I have had such a great week in the hotshop! The weather has been amazing, the glass has been cooperative, and my mind is relaxed. What else can a girl ask for!
Glass is becoming more and more harder to find. The glass I use is no longer made – and most would think its just glass! I have some old wine bottles you can have. Unfortunately it doesn’t work like that. So – instead of panicking (again) I have done what I should have been doing all along was sort my clear, and recharge as I go using half new glass half upcycled. But anyone who knows me knows I am a bit of princess. Regardless, I spent a day sandblasting the seconds and charged the furnace with the used glass. Not only did it clean up my shop a bit, it freed up my favorite bowl and has allowed me a few more days of blowing with nice, clean clear glass!
My week has been spent making Tidal Balls, some pieces for some Garden Art, and well terrariums. I want to create functional. I wanted something new. Sometimes – a nerd moment I will walk the garden centers, and look at all the beautiful plants. I even bought a few for my balcony when I saw the air plants. Then I found myself on Pinterest. Anyway – I tried it. I like it. I call it the TidalPus. You know like the Octopus but Tidal for Tideline… I’ll stop. These plants are misted a couple of times a week – no dirt, no fuss. My kind of plant!
Want to see them in person? Vicki and I will be at the Nanoose Bay Art in the Garden Show June 23 & 24!
What else have I been up to? Memorials. I have met some beautiful people that have shared their stories of their loved ones with me. I feel grateful I can create these treasures for people and maybe help a bit with the healing of their loss.
This week I did some with color, and some without. All of them turn out beautiful.
TLG will be attending this years spring Arts & Bloom Festival at the Kitty Coleman Woodland Gardens May 20-22! Not only is this the most beautiful setting, but there is so many talented artisans that come out. This is by far Vicki and I’s favorite venue!
We are planning to have some Tidal Balls, Jelly Fish, sea urchins, sea stars, and some new garden art made from blown glass as well as our soy candles that we have been experimenting with! There will also be the driftlines on display and some tea cup motif as well!
TLG survived the Kris Kringle this past weekend, four days in Nanaimo with some amazing artisans! We set up our booth at Beban Park where thousands of people came through – and we saw some friendly faces we knew too! It was everything we had hoped and expected so thank you Nanaimo! And a big thanks to the Kris Kringle committee who put on a fantastic show. I think the singing bird/hockey player/toy story dude on stilts was my fav besides the Grinch – both had me laughing pretty hard!
Our Christmas sales are coming to an end for the year – if you missed us we will be set up this weekend at the Filberg Lodge in Comox for the Christmas at the Lodge and Holiday Market. We will be set up there both Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 4pm with some stained glass Angels and Fish, lampworked Christmas Tree Spiders, Driftlines, Tidal balls, Sea Stars and even a few blown Urchins.
What an incredible weekend! We are so thankful for such an amazing weekend spent at the Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire.
Getting into the holiday spirit, I wanted to share with you a new design from TideLine. Blown sea urchins – they are small measuring approx. 3″ across… designed for the tree!
I can’t stop making them! I have made purple ones, blue ones, green ones, even black! I can not stop! I have added some hangers to them so that they can be hung on the wall – I have adopted a few of them for my own wall… I might need a couple more!
I am excited and proud to say that some of my blown works is on display and available for purchase in Bowser, BC at the Salish Sea Market.
Its a beautiful art gallery made up of many Vancouver Island artists featuring jewellery, carvings, pottery, glass, and metal. If you are in that area – it is a must to stop in and browse. Give yourself some time as there is lots to see!