Be Like Karen

This year, nothing, I mean nothing has gone according to my plans – and yet I still don’t learn. For years my plans have been flops, my great ideas, my life goals… all, complete failures and yet I continue to try. I continue to sketch, to plan, to dream, to hope, why do we do that? I say “we” because I would really like to not be alone on this one.
In high school I failed CAPP class (Career & personal planning) and my mom was called and it was a big thing – because I said I want to be married & be a mother. Apparently that was too easy! HA! We will save that for another blog post.. but my point is who cares?! At the age of 18 – NOTHING I wanted, set a goal for exists in my life today. And honestly, thank God! What does an 18 year old know about what a *ahem* 28 year old would want?!
At 18 I didn’t even know Glass blowing was a thing. Imagine if we only did what we decided to do at 18.. I’d be stuck in Manitoba teaching music.. again another blog post for another time.
This year didn’t go according to my vision board, to my plans but it led me to knew thoughts, new people, new ideas, and new paths and dreams. (I think). I read a few books that led me to new perspectives in life, like just give it to God – who cares. Just let it go. Take responsibility for your own life, whether its lemons or whatever and go with it.
Have you met my moms dog Karen? She is a year old German Shepard, teeny thing, beautiful face, and this presence about her that just lives in the moment and loves every minute in that moment. She has a bum leg, she came in as a foster dog with no name, the breeder fell in love with her even though she is disabled and couldn’t bring herself to put her down. My mom – fell in love with her story, before falling love with her face said “I’ll take her”. Karen makes everyone smile, not only because of her smile, but her zest. She runs with the other dogs, behind them, way behind them but she is the girl that finishes the loop and never gives up. She doesn’t know life is easier for the rest of the pack, she lives her life oblivious to how the other dogs live theirs. Karen took responsibility for the life she was given and she is living it to the fullest. This year it sounds silly to take life advice from a dog but I am telling you all – be a Karen. If she can do it, we can do it.

Karen

2020 will be a year for the record books for sure, and I could focus on the negative but you could also just watch the News for that… So I will say this, I am thankful for my experiences, of course there has been tears and worry, but there has been good too. I started a new job (stressful but amazing too), I bought a Spin Bike and made virtual friends riding virtual rides to music and actually smiling while sweating… Spending this time at home is a love/hate experience for sure but I think I will come out a better person for it.
I feel and I know Vicki does to the ultimate gratitude in my heart when it comes to TideLine and the overwhelming support this world has given us. Canada – not just Campbell River, or Port Hardy, or Vancouver Island even, the United States… my tumblers are in New York City. It’s an incredible feeling having complete strangers contact you and like your stuff. To trust you to make them a memorial orb of their loved one. It sounds silly, but I never felt like a good enough glass blower to classify myself in the same category as some of the famous blowers out there… but I think I might be a glass blower – not the best, rarely on centre but I think I might just be.
I really enjoyed this year in the hot shop, I loved making the tumblers, the Orbs… yes even the hundreds of Tidal Balls. I’ve been working with my Dad with some new ideas – and guess what Ill be doing while you are all watching the Grinch who stole Christmas? Thats right – standing where I feel the most at home, in front of my glory hole.
My family was pretty stern about December 25 no blowing glass… but I can be pretty annoying, persistent, naggy even that they will begging me to go outside and make some glass!
Thank you. To each and everyone of you, Have a Merry Christmas, and be a Karen!

November 1

New Tumblers – new colours!

Time flies, but were we having fun? Ah, yea! We are glass artistes, of course we were having fun!
This year, and for most, it has been an odd one for sure. My last post was August (I am deeply embarrassed by that!), but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t posting on Instagram or FaceBook because I certainly was. Let me share my up to’s with you – this year I started a new job, full time that required me to move to Port Alberni – only for an opportunity to move back home to Campbell River. SO! This girl literally packed up her life, along with her Cat (who can I say, does not travel well) and moved to Port Alberni. Beautiful town, and the people I did meet were more than welcoming only to pack everything up again, along with many tears, sleepless nights, new flooring and paint and moved home. Can I just say that during that time I was so grateful to my family, not only for their support but for the help.
So now, I finally feel like I can breath, that I am settled, unpacked, and found my routine. I was able to turn on the furnace after replacing an element in my fussy but adoring Emma and make some glass. The love and support I get my community is overwhelming at times, my heart feels so much gratitude. I am a pretty lucky gal.
Vicki too has been busy, she has been the one that has been posting all of our Etsy sales, meeting people at the gate for pick ups, and creating her “no waste” kitchen, dehydrating food, making teas and potions… her soups are amazing!
Christmas is well on its way, we are doing online only this year – no exceptions. We have everything online at our Etsy Shop and we welcome you the option to pick up if you’re local and we will absolutely wave that shipping cost!
We currently have a sale going on here, just follow the link! Canadian? Type in this code “TLG30” and you will receive a discount in thanks for supporting our sweet little business!
Timing is everything, so if you want your parcel in time as a gift – be sure to order very soon!

Memorial Orbs

Memorial Orbs! We are taking orders now for November 19-22 blow slot and currently booking for the Sunday November 22. All Memorial information can be found here, or shoot us an email.

“New Normal”

Here we are, at the end of August – what the heck just happened. And hello September – my favourite time of year when its still sunny and warm but you can wear your sweater in the cool evenings and of course you know it! GLASS BLOWING SEASON!!!!
Glass is finally on route – elements are en route.
The wait is almost over. TideLine Gallery will continue to sell our wares online – it works for us and it feels safer. Our space is too small for people to drop in but we will accommodate appointments –
I will be able to fulfill some tumbler orders, add some items to our consignment agreements, and update the Etsy Shop.

I will be scheduling some Memorial Times – but due to the Covid situation I feel more comfortable fulfilling the orders independently and will not be allowing people in the studio space to view the process. I do apologize but I think its best to stay safe, and blowing glass in a mask – while some do do it – This girl will not. Thank you in advance for your understanding. Please stay tuned as I update the Memorial website and add more details.

Blown Glass solid memorial orbs

Memorial pricing will change due to crazy glass demands –
One Memorial will be $125. each
Two Memorials will be $250.
If you order three or more, Memorial orbs will be $100. each.

Good morning Friday

I am one for routines, I like routines – but even I, during this Covid-19 virus I am starting to waiver from the routine slowly. From waking at 6 to pushing it now to 6:45am, the social media days are all mixed together and now I just feel a little lost!
Today is Friday, blog day. And what should I blog about? Well I usually have a calendar that has some already brainstormed ideas planned out that I would normally do on Sundays. What is my world coming to?! I can’t function like this! Or can I? NO.

My heart is filled with joy when I think of our little business, and how others are running their businesses too. What a creative bunch we are, how quickly everyone I can think of didn’t panic (Ok we did, in the shower, alone, and tried desperately not to show fear) and persevered forward, changed a business plan within weeks with quick thinking, positive attitudes and determination… I just want to say how proud I am of you – you, the small business owners, artists, the people I know and we’ve talked and even the ones I have just watched a supported at a distance in good ol’Instagram. Great job.

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Also gratitude. Things haven’t been easy – well things have changed and I think I’ve learned a lot through out this change, and Vicki & I have really talked about how our little gem of a business has changed and what we will keep and what we will go back to. Etsy – what a blessing! Do you know how awesome it feels to wake up and check your Etsy account and it says: One new review. And its 5 Stars – it’s almost as good as that first cup of coffee! So thank you.

If you don’t, you should follow us on FaceBook and Instagram where we share photos of our latest projects. No pressure though! As always, thank you for all of your love and support – we really are just two gals that love to make glass.

The Ladder

2020 Garden Trellis made of transparent yellow bright like the sun made for climbers!

I am moving. I have always been a girl that has been interested in different. Unique. Bizarre at times… I remember announcing to my family that I was moving to Ontario to go back to school, to become my own person and support myself! And my Dad, my sweet sweet Dad was so supportive asked what I was going to study? Nursing?
What?! Nursing! No. Glass blowing! Like it wasn’t obvious. To me it was – to me it’s always obvious but to my friends, my family I see their faces… I see their thoughts of oh wow she’s serious.
Always serious. But with my serious comes a door I hide behind and I freak out! No, I freak out- I question my every move, I lay awake all night thinking of everything that could go wrong, I have scenarios for years… Some times my deep thoughts help and lately well they don’t.
I have a plan, a life plan and uprooting my life is what needs to be done – but I am so tired of being tired that I wish I could just walk into my hot shop and turn on the Glory hole and sweat the stress out. It’s funny how your own mind can beat you down and point out the negative and really surround your own self with stormy depressing rain clouds… it’s actually quite sad because you’d never talk to your friend the way you talk to yourself. Or maybe this is just me?
And if I’m being honest here, the stress is minimal. I have a place to live, I have a job. It’s just collecting boxes and putting the plans into action – and I think, although I am terribly busy with the move blowing glass would rest my mind.
So far I have thought of some new colour schemes for tumblers, new sets I’d like to make. Some bud vases. I never make vases! Who am I?! I thrive in chaos. I said that in my interview… it is true. I thrive in it – when my flight or fight kicks in my brain turns on. Last night my brain turned on and I am ready for my new chapter.
I will always blow glass, I love blowing glass. I WILL be back to blow glass – plus my mom is a pretty good cook. What does this mean for you? Nothing. I have always worked full-time and none of you noticed – I’ll continue to make. Etsy will continue to list and sell… Instagram will continue to share the new, the exciting, and the past. Facebook will still be your go to to snoop at what we are up to next. I promise, TideLine.Org will continue to be your Campbell River glass gals go to! You won’t even notice!

Regeneration in honour of Mother Earth

Isolation, not a new thing for me.  I tend to stay home most of the time,  having my work space and supplies at my finger tips is a bonus.  However; during this mandatory self isolation, that has taken over the world I have found that I am easily distracted.  From funny memes, play on words and goofy pictures of animals I find myself prosing the internet more often than not.  

Reading of mass devastation, worldwide hysteria, hoarding, running low or out of essential supplies to acts of heroism, miracles in the midst of tragedy . Hearts in the windows around the entire world, people making loud noises , sirens, cannons being set off in cheers of thanks to the medical, grocery, cleaning crews who are working so diligently to keep us safe.  

These stories, quips, antidotes have gotten me thinking.  What can I do to depict, commemorate, show my support?  Being a creative person my mind went to, what can I make?  Going through my memory bank I found that one story stood out to me, it was so positive and beautiful, it was in my opinion a gift that the whole world has been given through such a trying and scary time.  

Mother Earth was showing signs of healing, she stopped the world for only a short time and she was able to catch her breathe, to begin to heal.   Mother Earth has shown us that anything is possible, we can as humans make a difference. 

Being a mother myself, having a very strong woman for a mother as well as my Grandmothers being strong and respected ladies made me reflect on what the female truly is, she is a force to be reckoned with.  Mother Earth has been; polluted, beaten up, burned and disrespected .   She has been forgotten, mowed over and unloved yet she has come back, she has beaten the odds and is regenerating herself.  She like all women is strong, beautiful and resilient.

This piece is called regeneration in honour of Mother Earth.

Adjusting

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I think I am good at Social Distancing – I think I’ve practice this in my everyday life, even before this blasted Covid-19 virus broke out. The only thing now is I am afraid to go grocery shopping, before I was just lazy and didn’t want to go. Now it brings on anxiety & worries – which is silly because I have a good sense and practises in place which include my lysol wipes and a good hand washing upon my return. Now I don’t feel the freedom I once had to run out to grab supplies like silicon, etc. Now it’s gardening season and my patio looks bare – but are flowers worth the risk?
But for the most part I think I have experience with social distancing – I spend a lot of time alone and don’t feel a lot of shake up to my everyday life. But I did miss my best friends birthday – we did the Zoom thing but it felt pretty impersonal. There is the social evenings that I miss – a glass of wine, some laughs. You know?
TideLine.Org has adjusted – I am pretty proud actually of the changes we implemented and to be honest was the long term goal to be an online shop and well day by day here we are. We are doin it! And it feels amazing. Between both our Etsy shops we have more than 600 listings and the response has been incredible. Right now we have a sale on our TideLine.Org Etsy Shop exclusive to Canadians a 20% off Sale with the code TIDE20. Maybe it’s the times, maybe people are finally understanding the importance of shopping local, supporting the artists – THANK YOU! Just Thank you. Every day I say my thanks- and every day when I see the posts on FaceBook of local businesses being supported my heart feels overjoyed. We should be proud of each other, and I hope that when this is over that we continue.
I hope that when this is all over with we wear the custom design t-shirts, we continue to buy the locally made laundry soap, and we continue to support our local butcher & those homemade pirogies. Seriously! I really hope that we learn something here – that not only our Earth heals but that we are rejuvenated and instilled with a sense of loyalty to our own community, our province and our country. So thank you Campbell River!