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.
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.
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!
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!
You may or may not know that TideLine.Org is at my parents house – they live out in quiet Oyster River, BC with a huge shop that houses the production of all of the glass… the hotshop, the stained glass, the cold shop, woodworkings and even the welding. I am describing it as massive when really its not – we get super bitchy with each other when we are working in our areas because we have to move stuff into the other areas, etc. Vicki also is known to “borrow” tools and never to return them… Anyways. Then we have the small studio space where we can display, store all of the made up pieces that we proudly share with you all daily – you’re welcome! And of course, thank you for your support! So Yesterday I go to the glass studio in hopes to make – I didn’t. Lately I have had grand ideas but no energy or drive to carry out which isn’t like me… but these times gah! There are no words. #Covid-19 – thank you for making the world stop. I always wondered what it would be like if the world had to stop. I mostly wanted this when I lost my Grandpa and people were posting about their dogs on social media and I remember being so angry because people weren’t recognizing the loss that we just endured. I can be so self centred at times – The world is forced to stop now and really makes you think about things. Where do I want to be? What am I doing? It’s actually a little uncomfortable with all the silence and self reflection you’re forced or I feel forced to face. But at the same time I am thankful for this experience – because it has made me think. So yesterday, not creating my amazing idea that I have had planned out was sitting at the table with Victoria – I call her Victoria when she is just so unruly! She said I don’t like my house. So she convinces me to help her rearrange her furniture, and basically dust… she’s a trickster that way! As I am moving things… suddenly I see a table FULL of glass – some with the price stickers still on them. It took three trips to the tiny studio to put the glass back out for sale. She – yes, Victoria had the nerve to say Hey! I said NO! She’s a stinker that way – Anyway, when I left I think she liked her home again. Maybe tomorrow for Sneek Peek Saturday I’ll post from her living room…
Have a wonderful Friday Friends. Stay home, wash your hands! Much Love to you!
Oh thank you universe we made it! Spring is here, winter is done. The plants are sprouting, the air is warmer. Although we are still in this weird Covid-19 virus epidemic where we are stuck at home alone in seclusion away from other people… but the sun is shining! I will probably go out and enjoy beautiful Campbell River from the ocean floating around on my paddle board. I have been behind the scenes on the creativity side – I have been struggling with some cold working ideas, sand blasting etc so occupying my mind with our Etsy site. I love the stats, the numbers, the competition. There is so much research that goes into social media – when should you post on FaceBook, what should you post on Instagram… and how many listings you should post on Etsy and then there are search tags. OMG overwhelming! But oh so fascinating and challenging.
So if you’ve seen TideLine’s air plants – the glass holders are for sale and available on ETSY! Sale for Canadians is 30% until April 1 code TIDELINE. Also other items listed is my Chakra inspired garden bells… bright and fun for the outdoor patio!
Am I just fooling myself with this normal idea? With this #Covid-19 virus everywhere and now self Isolation … things are getting real. Someone close to me has it and it a real kick in the heart and it’s tough to maintain positivity when the news, the world, social media is just telling you about the bad. So aside from making I am not watching cable, I am avoiding Facebook other than the TideLine.Org page and Instagram – if its not a cute dog photo I am not looking. I can’t – that rabbit hole of darkness is overwhelming. So I have taking to Etsy to upload everything we make up there to stay available, to stay at the front of your minds when you think of local Campbell River Glass gals because SOON very soon life will be ok again. I also broke out my crystals, made a healing grid, and am using my Amethyst cup to calm my nerves.
So what is normal for Thursday? A throw back thats what!
Remember friends, wash your hands and don’t touch your face!
Here it is! The Central Island Studio Tour hosted by the Comox Valley Art Gallery where TideLine.Org is participating, hosting so make sure to come out and support your local glass gals! We are now working on new pieces for your home & garden from blown glass to fused glass, with some glass on glass mosaics, and other wonderful things such as wood! Thats right, Glen will be in the wood shop coming up with some new designs like wooden tables, benches, to name a few. Live in Courtenay? Comox? Sayward? Or the North Island – there are so many stop on this tour it is worth your while I promise!