Backgroundless Flower Canes

More than a few of the beads I make are little shaped slices of flower canes. They, mostly, have no backgrounds to them and I guess that’s a bit of a trick. So I made a couple of videos about how I do that.

The first takes a petal cane – which could be anything, including a chunk of plain clay – I made from the scraps of blends in my box through making a flower cane. The second makes two types of beads from that cane, preserving the no background bit and resulting in flower shaped slice beads.

Backgroundless Flower Cane video
Backgoundless Flower Cane Beads video

I Am Grateful

I struggle with the idea that you should be grateful for everything you have because, let’s face it, a lot of what you have was simply what happened. I am not a big believer in karma.

It was Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday and it’s like the smaller, less commercial, version of the US Thanksgiving. It’s definitely autumn here but there’s no snow yet. The leaves are that achingly beautiful and completely insane colour mix that they do every fall. I’ll get to eat a huge meal with my in-laws later. It won’t make up for the fact that I am missing my own family supper because of the pandemic but I am grateful just the same for that bit of normalcy.

I am grateful for all the little things that surround me even if I’m a bit more nebulous about the huge ones. My cats are a delight. My coffee is perfect. I got to sleep in a bit.

There’s this great Maya Angelou quote that probably sums it up, where I can get behind it if we use “wonderful” as in full of wonder:

“This is a wonderful day, I’ve never seen it before.”

Pandemic Craft Shows

All of the events I registered for this year were cancelled. I agree with that – none of us wants to become ill or make others ill – but it makes 2020 a miserable little year for shows.

It isn’t surprising then that all sorts of groups are putting on virtual tradeshows. These vary in approaches and, being a good little web based business, I’ve been cautious about signing up. I finally decided to give the Etsy Canada branded ones a shot. I’m missing my buds and these should be people who are fairly experienced with online sales.

My Etsy Saskatchewan group one runs November 7 & 8 and then one I’m joining On the Spot Pop Up (Edmonton) Etsy for is the weekend after, November 14 & 15. Most of us will be running sales of some sort and offering free local delivery or pickup. Local, of course, is a loaded word when your region has 40,000 people in a 200km radius but we’ll see how this goes.

TL; DR: there’s some good sales coming up in November in my Etsy shop!