Friday, November 26, 2010

New necklace for Open house

I'm still busy getting ready for this Sundays Open House. Here is another sneak peak at one of many new creations I've made in the last few weeks. You'll have to come to the open house to see more. I've been trying to take more pictures of them but the sun has not been cooperating with me this week. I guess I'll have to get a light box made one of these days.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Getting ready for Open House

I've been very busy getting ready for my Open House this Sunday. Here is a peek at one of my new necklaces I finished today. If you live in the area come on by and take a look. I have about 5 artisans coming to sell their own creations. We'll be at 3557 Munster Rd. from 1pm - 4pm. Come have a coffee and do some stress free shopping. I'm hoping to help out our local Food Bank too. So if you can please bring a non-perishable food item.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I had a great afternoon with my ATC group at the Painted Pony yesterday. We meet once a month. This month was one of my favourites since it was Steampunk. We each make one card and trade at the end of the meeting. If you're interested in joining the next meeting is on December 21 at the Painted Pony from 1:00 to about 3:00pm and the theme is "red". We didn't want to do Christmas but this gives you the option if you want. Here are the card from this month.

I'm in a huge creative mood today! I've been beading, riveting, hammering, drilling. All in the name of jewelry. Gotta get back to the riveting.

Have a creative day!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Journal pages

After finishing my Vision Board yesterday I found I had things inside me that I still wanted to get out, so I made these journal pages. It's really just about the things I learned about myself while doing the vision board. Sometimes I make excuses for not having or being what I want. Things like this isn't the house I want, my studio isn't want I would really like etc. So this is a reminder to myself that those things really aren't important in the end. Being who I want to be and achieving what I want are not conditional to these material things. It is what I do with my life that will get me where I want to be not the pretty things around me. No excuses it's time to be grateful for what I have and just do what ever it is I want to do with my life.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Vision board

Yesterday I had Michelle Casey from Collage Your World over to my studio to teach her Vision Board workshop. We had a wonderful time. Michelle was a great teacher. I learned a lot about vision boards and about myself.

I started out unsure of my direction so I had planned to do a Passion Vision Board. But when Michelle took us through a visioning technique I had a vision of my new house come to me. This made it easier to find images for my board. We all had most of our vision boards finished by the end of class. I added a few more words to my board this morning and it was finished.

It was interesting to have this vision come to me but I realized later that I don't really need a new house. Many of the things I put in my board I already have. And the things that are not are things that are not really part of the house but part of me. I learned that new walls and windows are not what I need right now but to focus on my goals for myself.

If you ever get the chance to make a vision board I highly recommend it and if you're in the Ottawa area check out Michelle's workshops.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Busy week...

I had another one of those weeks that just whizzes by.

Saturday was a wonderful day at the Handmade Harvest show. The hosts Emily and Colleen of BlackBird in Almonte were wonderful and the show was a great success. To find out more about how the show went and view a few pics check out their blog.

Although I was tired on Sunday I had a strange urge to start to reorganize and tidy my studio. I had the Tin Man rearrange some shelves and bring in an old cabinet from the back room to use. I'm tired of just have ugly shelves for everything. I've had this cabinet in the back room for many year thinking I would refinish it but I really didn't have any where it could fit. So I decided I would use it in my studio. It's a little rough around the edges but maybe I'll paint it next summer. It makes me happy! Although I still have things I wanted to rearrange in the studio it was on to more creative and way over due projects on Monday. I finished an order for a little guys "first year" scrap book. I've been working on it since some time in the spring I think. Needless to say it took me a little longer than I expected. Once this was finished I took a little time for some card making. This was like a reward for getting this major project done on my to do list and I needed to replenish my card stock for upcoming shows. The rest of the week was filled up with mostly domestic chores with a little break for Tai Chi and Chai tea with the girls. I had done Tai Chi years ago and gotten away from it and it feels so good to be back at it. I'm really enjoying it.

Today in between cleaning house I was thinking about my vision board I'll be doing here with Michelle. She gave us some homework to complete before class on Sunday and it really got me thinking. Probably a little too much since my brain is usually in overload at the best of times. I think I'm going to try to do a Passion Vision Board for my first one. I'll let you know how it goes and I'll see if anyone wants to share their finished board with you next week. LOL.

So I'm off to tidy the studio for Sunday's workshop and then to a Glass Bead show tomorrow with the girls. Wow what more could you ask for in one weekend!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Handmade Harvest

Yes it's finally here. Tomorrow is Handmade Harvest. I've been busy all week preparing for it. The above necklace was the first time I used Wire Ribbon. It wasn't as easy as I thought to add it beside some chain. It took a few tries to figure out how to fasten it. I love that you can twist and pull it apart to get the look that you want.

Well I'm off to finish up a few more pieces for tomorrow. Hope to see you there. It's in Almonte at the Town Hall from 9am- 5pm.

And the winner is...

Thanks for playing along with me this week. Jennifer had it right with her first guess of Niagara on the Lake. And I picked her name out of the vase so she is the winner today. If you ever get a chance it's a beautiful place to visit. Too many wineries to count.
We had a tour of Chateau des Charmes. It was really interesting to see the process of wine making and learn about some of the history of this area of Canada.

Where was I?

Okay it's your final chance to leave a comment on where you think I was last weekend to win a tag.
Yes we were in Ontario.
We had a tour of this winery and I discovered that I do like Ice Wine!
You have until 3:00pm today to leave a comment and then I'll pick the winner!
Good Luck.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Win a tag.

Yes there is still time to win a tag. All you have to do is take a look at this weeks photo's from my weekend away and make a comment trying to guess where I was and you'll be entered to win a tag. Everyone that leaves a comment will be entered but if you guess correctly you'll get 2 entries. Tomorrow morning I'll put some photo's on that have a clue or two to help you if you haven't already figured it out. You have till 3 tomorrow to leave a comment.The trees in the background here is the reason why they are able to grow grapes here.
And unlike where we went last year at this time there were still some grapes left on the vines.
And yes we did have a taste or two of wine. Although the Tinman had more since I was the designated driver.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

More photo's

I think I'm making this game too easy!
We saw these...
And these...
And more of these!!
Okay you've probably guessed a bit about where we were but can you pinpoint exactly where we were. You have until Friday to make a comment and be entered to win a tag.

I'll have more photo's tomorrow. Maybe some hidden clues too!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Sorry I forgot...

I forgot my cord for downloading pictures while we were away so I wasn't able to share our experience first hand. So I think I'll prolong it even more. And for some fun let's see who can guess where we were. I'm going to add pictures throughout the week to see if you can figure it out. Anyone that leaves a guess in the comments will have a chance to win a tag. If you guess correctly you will have 3 chances to win the tag. You have till Friday to make your comments.

Good luck.


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