MERMAID in Progress

Super excited to see this beautiful Mermaid finished with the sun shining through that gorgeous BullsEye glass – that mottled glass never gets old. I say sun because today in Campbell River, BC it is beautiful outside – so nice I skipped the jacket to play frisbee with the dogs. Spring is near!!!!!
Glass on glass mosaics are tricky and once you commit to it and add the glue – there is NO turning back. Vicki is particular with this part and will most likely cut the hair several times before committing. Stay tuned for more progress.

BC Forestry Rally

Forestry Feeds My Family
Forestry Feeds My Family

Good Morning Friends, on Tuesday February 18 I attended the BC’s Communities Forestry Rally in Victoria. I supported the loggers in their concerns and I posted it on both my personal and business pages because I felt strongly about the issue,  passionate about the subject.  Although I don’t often post political or controversial topics on the TideLine.Org Fan Page as we strive to keep it glass related – Tuesday was my exception with no apologies.

We received some positive messages of support and unfortunately a few from those who disagree with this stance. Respectfully I’d like to take a moment to reply and share with you all why I personally support the movement.

Forestry is what I grew up with, my dad was a BC logger who traveled to Dominica BWI with his family in tow to support, educate and promote self sufficiency through logging. He also logged the Queen Charlotte’s, Vancouver Island and the mainland. He supported our family by logging, respecting the woods and teaching others his craft.

I married a logger. For 41 years now my husband has provided a living for his family in the logging industry. During these adult years there has been much controversy over the cutting of trees, old growth, clear cutting etc. Education is wonderful, in order to defend our families stance on the logging industry I have had to ask some tough questions.

As you most of you know Toni and I are very environmentally conscious, this didn’t just happen, it was learned. When we opened our business nearly 15 years ago my mother bought jean material and sewed re-usable bags for our product, she didn’t like the fact that we had plastic ones. Following her example the Tidal Balls are up cycled glass reused that otherwise would end up in our landfill.  Our cedar frames and much of our displays are and were made from old fences, cupboards, hand railings and decks.  If you have seen our workspace – nothing gets wasted.    

My husband, his father, my father and my brother will all tell you that loggers are more environmentally sound than most people. They have rehabilitated forests, cleaned up after tourists, built roads for said tourists to access camp grounds, coveted fishing holes, hiking trails, mountain bike trails and so much more. They have cleaned and maintained fish streams and creeks. Lived by what ever you bring into the bush you take out.  They have fought fires that civilians have started, sorted garbage, made animal proof receptacles to protect the wild life from becoming dependant on humans. They have been involved with the rehabilitation of any and all sites they have logged.  They have educated themselves on clean ups should an oil or gas spill happen, they have learned how to maintain the forest like a garden, it is a renewable resource that has been cultivated and cared for. They know from experience that ‘clear cut’ logging is not only a more economical way to log but in many cases a much safer and environmentally friendly means to harvest the forest. Selective harvesting can and has resulted in windfall and slides which causes destruction or contamination of fish creeks and or streams.  In British Columbia; there are several towns that house between 20-40% who are dependant on the forestry industry to feed their families. Which in turn feeds many others.

I am proud to be a loggers wife, a loggers daughter, a loggers sister, and a loggers neighbour.  Standing at the BC Communities Forestry Rally on Tuesday was a most empowering feeling. Sometimes you just need to share your point of view because this friends is important and I knew that standing on the grass in front of our Parliament Building was the right place for me.

You can get us Crystal

It is Crystal you give for anyone celebrating their 15th Anniversary and guess what! TideLine.Org turned 15 today! What an adventure! What a learning curve! So much glass!

Did you know:

  1. Vicki was working on a stained glass project back when she was making out of her home as a hobby when her and I went into the local glass store in town who at the time was getting out of the stained glass part of the business – she asked inquisitively “Well how much?” At that moment Vicki looked at me and said well do you want to do a stained glass business? I said sure.  Vicki produced her Visa and proceeded to buy the stained glass and supplies…
  2. We had the supplies but no store – so we drove around Campbell River giddy with excitement when it hit us that we needed to tell our husbands what had just happened so we went to Save-On to buy steaks.
  3. Glen said “Oh Vicki what have you done?”
  4. I had no idea anything about glass, or the supplies for that matter and lets not get started on the business end of things… but how hard could it be?!??! Our first customer got her glass and supplies at Whole Sale price because well – how hard could it be?
  5. TideLine wasn’t our first choice – we had Seaview Gallery as top choice… Kiss My Glass (Vicki said no).  Final Destiny (Glens idea).  Above Tide – not the hotel.  
  6. We didn’t have a lot of luck with employees until we met our Frannie.  She didn’t know how to do stained glass but for weeks would come in and buy sheets of class because they were so pretty.  Eventually she turned into one hell of a glass artist and dancer.
  7. We moved four times with less and less volunteers to help us move.  We are finally where we dreamed of being – right outside Vicki’s front door.
  8. Dakota was 5.  He was our store mascot and every customer was his friend.
  9. Vicki was only taken via Ambulance ONE time.  Tiny bit of blood… nothing Tonis dirty hoodie couldn’t handle.
  10. Vicki would do the ordering for the stained glass and would only buy blues and purples… She was replaced.
  11. Toni faked her way by doing mosaics because none of her pieces ever fit together and was featured in the Nanaimo Art Gallery… 
  12. Vicki won first prize in the Sooke Fine Arts show the same year Toni graduated from Glass school and didn’t win.
  13. We won New Business of the Year from the Campbell River Commerce – when Vicki Johnson was called to the stage Toni ran up and accepted as Vicki.  Vicki was very confused and offered to be Toni.  We were excited.
  14. Vicki received the Aboriginal Woman in Business Grant that helped with our expansion and new learnings.
  15. Did you know business is harder than we thought? It’s time consuming, it’s costly, and  frustrating to name a few, but it sure makes our gratitude list every day! 

 

2019 Top 10

So TLG had a fantastic year – amazing actually and choosing the best 10 has posed difficulty but here goes!

  1. Sandcasting! If you know me – it will always be sand casting as my top pick.  I love sand casting! I love the impressions, the detail the glass picks up, the heat, the smell, and the finished pieces.  I love explaining to people what it is when they pick up a “beach memory” or hold in their hand a barnacle.  It’s such a unique process that requires some planning, imagination and resilience.
  2. Amethyst! Healing crystals, blown glass, tumblers.  All that brought challenges, creative juices, sketches, experimenting and the result was success.  I enjoyed researching the crystals and combining two loves.  This was a collaborative between Vicki & I – and well it was a lot of fun.
  3. Tumblers! I had to learn to make cups again, self punties- I can guarantee you I did a lot of swearing and then a lot of celebrating when I finally was able to make a simple cup again! If you bought some of the tumblers this year – make sure you use them! No sitting in the cupboard waiting for a special occasion because every day is a special occasion!
  4. Recognition.  It was such an honour to be recognized in the Compass Magazine which not only boosted the ol’self esteem but man was it cool reading some of the emails, meeting new people and doing some custom orders! So thank you!
  5. Experimentation.  This year I was able to take a moment in the hotshop and try out some new things, I mustered up some courage and some strength to try some new things out and even encouraged my Mom and baby brother into the hotshop to help.  Made for a fun year in the hotshop!
  6. Silver Jewellery.  Vicki and I took a course on jewellery making – I can tell you Vicki excelled.  She finally had to tell me “no, put that back” when I’d add another stacker ring to my finger.  Her spinner rings were a success – and I can tell you she is off to her advance jewellery course in the New Year… stay tuned!
  7. The Christmas Gift tour was our first time opening our studio space up to the public and well can we just say we can’t wait for next year?! It was awesome.  Beyond awesome! We teamed up with some friends and invited the town to see what we had been up to.  So thank you CAMPBELL RIVER and COURTENAY!
  8. TideLine.Org is on ETSY! And branching out onto the World Wide Web has been rewarding – thank you to Vicki for her time that she puts into this site and to Dakota for the photography… time consuming but totally worth it!
  9. We were able to raise $100 to the Loggers fundraisers! So thank you to all that bid on this beautiful Jelly Fish.  It meant a lot to Vicki and I to give back.  We were also able to host a few give aways – we got our name for the new Tumbler design “Eb & Flow” as well as a Tidal Ball! So thank you to all that supported us on our FaceBook Page!
  10. And number 10 is the new TLG – A local artist Terri Wells sketched and designed this beautiful glass blower.  Vicki and I know what we want for TLG for 2020 and can we just say it encompasses the same feel this picture portrays – strength, elegance, tradition to name a few!

How well do we really know Vicki?

 

Did you know that it is her birthday today? 60.  She has had 60 birthdays now – today is a milestone.  What a life she has created for herself thus far –

60 things you may or may not know about Vicki:

  1. She likes coffee.  2 cream, added first (actually just let her do it) then the coffee.
  2. She is extremely intelligent yet humble, she works with her intuition and common sense whether it comes to business, learning a new skill, or working with people.  She learns quick.
  3. She recently spent some time with her Grand babies and her eyes sparkle when she shares about them.
  4. She is fearless.  Always full of hope and faith.
  5. She can knit like no ones business, one year she made everyone a sweater for Christmas.
  6. Sometimes she hides $50. bills under your pillow then acts like she doesn’t know what you’re talking about.
  7. She got married at 20 yrs old.  To Glen.  She loves him still to this day.
  8. Vicki knows what she wants, she does it, gets it, accomplishes it and there is no other way around it.
  9. Vicki encourages, she is that lady you read about in the memes that “lifts each other up and celebrates your success” kinda gal.
  10. She is psychic.  No seriously, she has a gift.
  11. Vicki loves and rarely judges.
  12. She is my biggest fan and I am pretty confident I am the favourite.
  13. She was close to her Mom and loved to tease her. She would always say her name in shock and in such a way “Vicki!”
  14. She will help, she will offer, she will always say yes unless you’re moving houses – she hates moving so she will volunteer my dad, myself and or my brothers to help!
  15. She has three Children and Dakota is most likely her favourite.
  16. Lately her pride and joy is her dogs Lily & Gary.
  17. She will always root for the underdog.
  18. She is blind without her glasses.  One morning she was yelling at a black bear to get inside thinking it was our dog Jake.
  19. She will always be honest, and say what you’re thinking.  She’s a straight shooter, right from the hip and to the point.
  20. The first man she loved was her Dad.  She loves to talk about him.  (I think she’s a lot like him)
  21. She lived in Dominica as a child.
  22. She can cook amazing meals but doesn’t use recipes or measuring cups.
  23. She likes olives.
  24. She had open heart surgery when I was 7 and nearly died.
  25. She can cross stitch, beautiful cross stitching, she made us all stockings one year for Christmas.
  26. She was removed from a hockey game for getting mouthy with the Ref.
  27. Loves essential oils, meditating and living a holistic lifestyle (I know what you’re thinking – but #26 she was booted from a hockey game… that was years before).
  28. Hates Cantaloupe, like so much you can’t put it on the same plate as the watermelon.
  29. Hates shopping.
  30. She did all her schooling by distance while working full time.
  31. She fostered over 70 children – only four girls.  And cried over and loved every one of them.
  32. Laugh – she will make you laugh.
  33. She can quilt.  Every foster baby that came into her home she made them a quilt of their own.  She made everyone that meant something to her a beautiful quilt, even my brother Randy (it was his hockey game).
  34. She cannot blow glass.  She hates the heat but always has great ideas.
  35. Vicki is loyal.
  36. My dad won’t let her paint because she doesn’t paint going up and down, and she’s ok with drips and the paint being uneven.
  37. Vicki used to be a sign language interpreter.  When she was learning to sign, she would only sign and people thought she was deaf or I was.
  38. She can dance.  Girls got moves!
  39. The only time she wore a skirt, she slipped on the ice and slid under the bronco at the ice rink.
  40. She punched my brother in the face when he hid at the bottom of the stairs in the dark to scare her (Randy again – jury is still out if she actually was scared or just saw an opportunity).
  41. She cannot sing but that won’t stop her.
  42. She can drive a truck like no ones business but docking a boat makes my Dad cringe.
  43. She gets a prissy prudy look on her face when there is swearing in a movie.
  44. But she said the “F” word once when I was 20 yrs old…
  45. Vicki doesn’t wear jewellery – of any sort unless its a special occasion.
  46. Vicki is a morning person.  Like annoying morning person.
  47. The chimney caught fire once and she had to call the fire department… she made Randy and I clean up the living room before we could go to the muster station like we practised…
  48. Vicki is terrible when it comes to electronics Dakota can confirm this.
  49. She isn’t impressed with fame or fortune and she was clear about that with Cuba Gooding Jr.
  50. My mom rejected my friendship when I was 15.  She told me she had enough friends…
  51. She is petrified of the dark.
  52. She stole a dog once and renamed him Fred he lived until he was 17.
  53. She snores but thinks it’s my Dad that has the problem.
  54. Vicki doesn’t drink but will pretend to drink the wine.  How you wonder? She switches glasses with my Dad like no one notices…
  55. She prefers soda water to pop or juice.
  56. Vicki doesn’t add contacts to her phone – so you never know who the text msg is from
  57. She hates leftovers – so she gives them to me and I freeze them and always have a homemade meal.
  58. She shops the perimeter of Costco, never the middle where the good stuff is.
  59. She drives under the speed limit on the inland hwy even in the 90 zone.
  60. Her family is her pride & joy.

 

Lucille Ball

My Dad always says being married to Vicki is like being married to Lucille Ball… because you never know what she’s going to get up to and into.  If you know Vicki – she is always trying something new, creating the trend, and coming up with something you’d never think of on your own.
Her last creation lives up to her reputation – candle holders… she has spent months mastering the technique, fine tuning it, experimenting, (in my side of the shop too) only to come up with these beauties.

Spring is here!

Can not get enough of the Chakra Colors.  They are so bright, bold, and energetic! The color not only works in glass but looks awesome as soy candles too! Vicki has been hard at work experimenting with her candle making skills – I love burning these candles.  They are not scented, and because they are soy they burn clean.

 

 

 

 

 

The Nanoose Garden show is fast approaching which means that I will be turning on the furnace to blow some glass May 6 – 14! Times to be announced.  What will I be making? Things for the garden, Tidal balls, maybe some castings – we will see! And some cups – for candles just because!