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.

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.

Mosaic Mermaid

I don’t know what week we are in now of self isolation from this blasted Covid-19 Corona beer virus… Honestly my life hasn’t changed too much but there is this thing I do, I don’t know if this happens to others but when I am told no, I can’t do something that is all I want to do.
I am not a big shopper but suddenly I find myself shopping online in the evenings, “add to cart” continuously when really I don’t need that. And holy does the cart add up! I have refrained but its become a little obsessive. Is this boredom?
I haven’t ordered the parts to my furnace or more glass – and am taking the opportunity to complete all the projects that have been sitting since I don’t know when! Same with Vicki. The other day she came in with five stained glass pieces – all that just needed to be glued in the frames and all she said was “Yea, I wasn’t feeling it” they are beautiful!
The productivity these past few weeks is awesome and I am super grateful for that, and the opportunity available to complete things. Some items have been listed on our Etsy site for sale.
We offer free delivery in the Campbell River area, Courtenay & Comox Valley as well. Do you live further? We can arrange something – I have the time!
Anyway, I hope everyone is staying strong and doing their part to stay home and give this nasty virus an opportunity to die. Enough is enough I say!

Jelly Fish

Our Etsy Shop continues to be updated with available items… like the Jelly Fish! Yay!
Also if you didn’t know there are some Jelly Fish available to our locals on good ol’Vancouver Island at Chefs Kitchen Supplies located in Courtenay on 5th Street! So Campbell River – when you’re down in the Courtenay area at Costco, etc stop in at 5th Street and have a look at the new shop!


#MeettheArtist Toni Johnson

This week its my turn… and I really hesitated on what to say!? Who likes talking about themselves!? So here – how well do you really know me, Toni Johnson?

It is true – I went to Elementary School here, I attended Willow Point Elementary & Penfield Elementary school in Campbell River, as well as Southgate for a year back when it was a high school.
I attended Port Hardy Secondary School where I graduated and lived for 15 years.
When I was 26 years old I moved to Ontario and graduated from Sheridan College after studying Glass! I majored in Glass Blowing & minored in Sand casting. When I graduated I moved home – to Campbell River.

What I want for you to know is that I am a Glass Blower trying my absolute best always. That I strive to be on centre, thin, and want to be known- what do I mean but that? I want you to pick up my cup and say this looks like a “Toni Johnson” cup. Or when you meet another glass blower you say – “Have you heard of Toni Johnson?”
What I want for you to know is that even when I am not in the hot shop I work day and night at this beautiful business we call TideLine.Org.
I love my life, I love what I do and every day I feel absolute gratitude for it!