Self Isolation Week 1 ✔️

OH MY GOSH… I always thought I was a team player but you know what, I am not. I have always been the leader, or the manager and it was because I could set the path. I have always been open to peoples ideas and opinions but now more than ever I feel like I am not in control. That I am relying on all of my fellow humans to stay home and stop spreading this awful virus #Covid-19 that buries fear deep inside.
He is going to hate me, he is a pretty private person when it comes to the internet but you know – I grew up with him, sat for literal months in a hospital room with him. He would take a nebulizer to school with him so he could breath and continue to learn. My mom would pound on his back to break up the mucous in his lungs because he would be weezing so bad from not being able to catch his breath. And when he told us that he had this virus, and that night on the news some 20 something or 30 something punk said its for old people – he’s 36. He’s 36 and he is suffering. And now we can’t get to him if we tried. And my family and I are relying on strangers to stay home and #flattenthecurve. And it seems like we are asking the impossible. This thing is real, and it’s scary. I’m scared – not for myself but for my brother, my parents, and Grandmother. And you should be too young or not.
And then there is our business. And other small business owners out there – trying, brainstorming and racking our brains to adjust QUICKLY to this crazy time. I feel like I just learned how to promote our beautiful glass business on social media for the locals and now I have to learn to promote it out there in internet land. It is such an unreal surreal feeling… I can definitely say I did not see this coming. And how does a business plan for this?! My fellow business friends texting, scared and even planning on losing it all… Umm I don’t want to. My mind needs to blow glass more than ever right now, the blowing that kept my mind occupied.
Things have gone so dark in my mind that I don’t watch cable if I don’t need to and I have unfollowed any news related post on FaceBook – I am a huge believer in manifestation and the laws of attraction and this folks is asking for a long road of lonely hell with a cold.

I am trying to keep normal in my social media routine except for today – I just felt like writing. But even that is down in numbers – unless you are posting about toilet paper or the doom and gloom of Covid-19 virus the Campbell River People aren’t interested. Now is the time to like those Business pages, heart every damn post they post, give them reviews, buy the gift certificate even… Keep them alive.
It was Dakotas birthday on Monday and months before this all came to a halt I promised him a trip to Nanaimo to go shopping, the guy loves Chapters… so Monday we did a virtual shopping trip. It was fun for what it was but it felt good to make the guy happy!


Air Plants

So this post is actually about what the inside of my home looks like, people often wonder and ask or say weird things. Well yes, I do love glass, I would actually marry it – it’s the only thing I have been able to commit to long term. I kid. Sort of. Ugh this got depressing fast.
This my front room window where I have on display one Tidal Ball and One Octopy. I actually custom made this one because I bought the air plant and needed something to hang it from – that is where the idea expanded.
It’s been almost two years and I haven’t killed the plant – although I must admit it got so dehydrated I found it on the floor once… er twice.
Available air plants at the adorable boutique French Creek Collective on Campbell River’s Shoppers Row! And Tidal Balls are available at the Raven Song Gallery on Shoppers Row too AND Quadra location. Not local? Tidal Balls are available on our ETSY shop!!!

February Recap

Blue Memorial Tea Light Candle Holder
Tea Light Candle Holder

Good Morning Friday! What a week.  What an incredible month! February just flew by so quickly and January felt like it was never going to end! Am the only one feeling this? February 2020 has been incredible – I have been learning so much in regards to small businesses, networking, and social media.  I participated in Campbell River’s She Wolf Marketing Pinterest Workshop where I spent the evening learning another way of promoting our business using visuals.  What a great evening and so much information! Who knew there was more to Pinterest than planning your (pretend) wedding! So now there is a Pin button on our website and our images are slowly makings way to that social platform from our Etsy & both TideLine.Org & Unique Memories websites! TLG is so uptown it isn’t even funny!!
A quick congratulations to Nerissa who won the FaceBook contest in celebrating yours truly’s birthday who went home with a sand casted barnacle.  Thank you everyone who participated- you always know how to make a girl feel super special!!
This month in the hot shop I made some memorials each turning out so unique and beautiful.  I have been posting new pictures to the Unique Memories site as well as some updates to help better navigate.  I think this time around the blue tea light was my favourite, or perhaps the orange one.  Orange is my favourite colour.  I love making the memorials, meeting with the people, families, hearing about their loved ones and even forming friendships.  I truly am blessed!

Rainbow Rondel
Rainbow of Color Rondel – a component to a Garden Art piece

Fire! Orange, Red & Yellow blown bowl
Fire! Orange, Red & Yellow blown bowl

Green Tumblers
Green the colour of our heart chakra – a more unique way to celebrate Valentines Day!

Spring Inspired Cups
Spring Inspired Cups

glass blowing action shot
I am assisting Bob with his cup

It has been a whirl wind of fun in the Hot Shop this month! Last weekend Bob McLeod & Shannon McLeod joined me in some blowing fun where I was able to focus on bigger pieces with their assistance.  In late May TideLine.Org will be participating in the Comox Valley Studio Tour and want/need to come up with some pretty cool and unique garden pieces.  Stay tuned to see what Glen comes up with!
I did make some Tidal Balls with all of the bowls and rondel that didn’t make its way into the annealer so there are some new colours… mixed with some tears (I kid) but working big you have to manage your heat and your punties.  Bigger isn’t as forgiving.  Needless to say the experience was humbling if anything! Also these past few weeks I was able to make some bright new tumblers and some bowls available on our Etsy site.

Stained Glass Lessons have been so much fun! We are offering another session March 7 & 8 – for more information email Vicki or hit our FaceBook Page up for the details.  There is space for you if this is on your bucket list make sure to sign up.  We will be busy with upcoming events and shows for the remainder of year and will not be offering these lessons monthly.

Everything made is on display at the studio so come say hi – we’d love to see you! Just ring the doorbell on the fence! As always thank you for the bottom of our hearts, your love, your support is what keeps our dream alive!!

 

Getting’ hip with the times

Do you know how much effort and work it takes to photograph, upload & add descriptions to the things we make?! Yea, me neither – but Vicki does! She has been working on our Etsy Shop and it looks amazing!
What did I do? Well besides literally sweating over the product – I uploaded a link to this very website for everyones ease! You’re welcome!
Seriously though, we have our Etsy Shop linked to our website to make it easier for everyone to purchase our original pieces of art from Silver Jewellery to Stained Glass to Blown glass… if we make it our goal is to get it listed! Except Jelly Fish – I kid.
We have had 100% success with our shipping (Thank you again to Ms Vicki for saving all those random boxes and packing materials).  And only positive reviews thus far with the products received too – so we are feeling pretty good about this time consuming adventure.  We accept PayPal & ETransfer for online purchases, and are committed to shipping the product out as soon as possible.  (Again – thank you Vicki)