Category: Chit chat

Bead Soup, Bead Hoarder’s Edition

Pretty Packages

I have to preface this with just how ridiculously tired of this winter season I am. I have caught every cold that went by and it has slowed me down. They’ve none of them been serious but for someone who doesn’t have allergies… I am much better friends with tissue and decongestants than I ever wanted to be! Sheesh.

What this means is that Sam’s cutely wrapped package arrived from over the pond at some point last week, our fabulous mail person put it in the shop’s box and then… I didn’t even look for days. So! There were adorable beads in my mail and I didn’t even know it. How very sad is that?

The Hoarded Bead Bead Soup

I quickly remedied that issue and found lovely, shiny beads. Fun glass and stone. There’s a pretty sort of free form focal bead – the hoarded bead in this case! – by Lorna Johnston of Pink Blue Sky.

I can cheerfully say I have no idea what I’ll make yet but I have ideas. The kind of creative and dangerous types. The blog hop and reveal of everyone’s lovelies is slated for March 25th. If I’m on the ball I’ll set it to auto-post for midnight.

And I get to share what I sent along to Sam, my partner, since she’s just let me know it arrived! Glass flowers from Fran Davis of Dragonfire Studio, lampwork from Cheryl Harris, and a last, hoarded bead from a previous swap mate – Michaela Pabeschitz. I poured a lot of soup.

My Soup

Catching Up

Polymer clay dragons
Polymer clay dragons

I try not to worry when I’m not as regular as I ought to be with my blog so I’ll jump right back in here with the follow up to the summer post below this. The dragons in the picture got finished up – months later, oops – and I’m doing the last minute preparations for the last and largest of my fall shows.

In the months between now and my last post we’ve done a lot and a little. My family decided we were ready for a kitten (or two!). My daughter began her first year of university. We kept on with the rounds of shop improvements to our building.

I’ve been pretty good about taking pictures of my work and cats and posting to Instagram so I popped a widget for that on the side over there to take a peek at.

Dog Days of Summer

Making Christmas ornaments in my studio. Seems crazy with the sun and summer heat.

I’m a lucky crafty type with a great big studio tucked into the back of my very own shop full of handmade goodies. It’s a good building, old and industrial, in big bricks and concrete with old cedar beams for the ceiling. In it’s previous lives, it was a car shop and then a lawn and garden outlet. There’s a garage bay next door where my partner does electrical and automotive related things. And in the summer it gets awfully danged warm in here.

Since it’s not usually that warm here for any amount of time – Canadian stereotypes and all – this doesn’t bother me much and we’ll add air conditioning to this side of the building at some point. It just means the clay is softer and the room is a little warm and dozy by the afternoon. It seems odd to be building Christmas ornaments with the sun blazing in and fans going everywhere. Definitely the dog days of summer.

Of course, in the winter, the place is cold and cranky but we replaced the furnace last year with a much better one and it’s pretty easy to toss a sweater on.