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Week 21: Shows and Clay


I’m a little late actually posting my Week 21 – which was super productive – so here’s a bonus shot from the show I was super productive for. This was the yearly Lilac Festival in Calgary, Alberta. The weather was fabulous, there were huge crowds and I didn’t forget anything. Pretty much the ideal outdoor show.


I made bracelets with pillow beads. I like playing with wire and beads the most so this is my happy place.


Then there was the pile of chokers. Useful things that use up my orphan beads and let me dig into my bead stash.


And a fresh batch of bowls. After beads, bowls are my favourite things. Not even that far after beads. The little bowls are hugely popular so there’s often a batch in progress at my studio.

Show Recap

Lilac Festival

I don’t do many outdoor shows – the Lilac Festival in Calgary is it. I’m always hemming and hawing about doing it too. While all of the shows I’ve done have been dry 3 of them were chilly most of the day and let’s face it, I’m a spoiled house plant sort of chick. This weekend, until the last day, the forecast was for rainy gloom and I drove in expecting a wash of a sale.

Turns out it was sunny, warm and dry the whole day. The best turn out I’ve had and certainly the best sales. The universe laughs at my expectations and sometimes I don’t mind the joke being on me…

Lilac Festival

I could not do this show every year without the help from my folks. They cheerfully give up a Sunday and help with the whole deal. And that wraps year number 5!

What Have You Been Up To?

Flower Dangle Bracelet

Sometimes I look up and time has flown by. Spring finally landed and I’ve been spending a little more time digging around outside. Each year since I’ve moved I’ve tried to work a little more on the gardening and growing stuff thing. I picked up a pottery class to finally try throwing pots on a wheel. Tonight is the night we glaze everything so I will have pieces to take pictures of soon! I told people that everyone gets lop-sided bowls and cups for gifts this year.

Cherry Blossom Necklace

I’ve been topping up my stash of goodies for my show in Calgary this weekend – the Lilac Festival! I’ll be in my same booth, at the east corner of 14th ave and 4th street. This will be my fifth year doing the show. They’re calling for rain so think happy sunny thoughts for me please! Or at least, very little rain and mostly sunny happy thoughts.

Sunshine Pillow Bead Bracelet

After the show I am firming up my summer plans: the Windscape Kite Festival, selling at the Frontier Days, setting the kid up as my assistant and hopefully enjoying the whole summer thing. The fall has already turned into this list of busy-ness to get ready for and yet something about summer always seems to make it seem a little slower and mellower. I guess that’s probably the biggest proof that I am not a farmer. That and the fact that I asked which way to plant the garlic and onions…