June One

Seconds ready to go back into the furnace and be melted down!

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!

 

 

Colored Memorials.  I did the photo in B&W to respect the family. 

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.

Loop this

What a great past few weeks in the hotshop! I made a lot of tidal balls… if you’re not close to Campbell River I did bring down a fresh batch to the Salish Sea Market in Bowser.  They are on display there with so many other talented artists! Great handmade LOCAL! gift ideas there! Stay tuned for more venues!
We will be attending Christmas at the Lodge & Holiday Market November 25 & 26 10am – 4pm at the Filberg Lodge in Comox! We will be sure to bring our new sparkly candle holders (or what is left of them), Driftlines, Christmas spiders, Tidal Balls, and sea stars to name a few.  So save the date!
What’s new you ask!? Just a new spin idea on an oldie… rhinestone urchins? I work in retail so I see the trends before the hit the salesfloor – I also like to design so I research trends, ideas, etc.  I’ll even go outside in the nature and study things like the beach – ask questions and try and answer what makes this piece of kelp beautiful.  It’s a thing I don’t do often enough lately but I do it to inspire me.  Anyway – sparkles are in.  Jewels are in.  So I tried it.  I like it.  I’ve only made a few – and will put them on display at the Filberg and see what the people say.
Anyway stay warm! I am spending the day in the Hotshop today and then turning Emma off for the rest of the year – bitter sweet.

Whew!

Vicki and I are done! We are so thankful for such a successful weekend at the filberg lodge! What an incredible turn out and supportive bunch the comox valley is! What a fun weekend.  it’s weekends like this that encourage us to keep making, inspire us to create more, and fulfill our creative minds.  Driftline
This season Vicki expanded her tideline’s and created a more organic twist to them – driftlines.  We sold out! They were a hit!
During my time in the hotshop I really wanted to blow sea urchins but couldn’t figure it out for weeks – until a jelly fish top went terribly wrong.  The sea urchins were a hit! I cannot wait to get back into the hotshop and make more, improve them, add some color… the ideas are never ending!

What a weekend!

u6TLG 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.

Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire

Save the date!

It would be awesome if you followed this event on Facebook and shared with your friends! We are looking forward to the upcoming shows! As always thank you for your on going love & support!

November 11-13th
Friday 3-8pm
Saturday 10-5pm
Sunday 10-4pm

411 Anderton Ave, Courtenay

Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire

The Charles Dickens Christmas Craft Faire is the first major craft fair in the Comox Valley. This successful Faire in its 22nd year has become a tradition in the Valley as shoppers have the opportunity to do their Christmas shopping early in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere filled with the sights and smells of Christmas. The juried Faire offers two floors of outstanding arts and crafts at the Florence Filberg Centre, Courtenay.