Before Sheridan, before even discovering glass blowing, before I even knew who I was… or what would become of me I did stained glass. It was during the first few years of opening TideLine Gallery that my mom taught me to cut glass. She would always leave me a list of what needed to be done like sun catchers of star fish or orcas… I would never do it. I guess I was an artist back then too and didn’t know it yet.
This was one of the pieces I used on my application to Sheridan – I Had done a personal series as more of an outlet than anything but the results led me on the most amazing path.
I was the girl in high school that had her plans laid out, I would get married, have some babies, and live the most beautiful magical life possible. And I remember breaking out my duo tang of my wedding plans to my fiancé when he finally proposed at the young age of 20. He was a little shocked at the guest lists, the dress selections, etc and I thought nothing of it. Now I think “wow, red flag”. We didn’t plan for the biggest loss of our life when we turned 24 or the divorce that quickly followed –
The Universe has hardly listened to me, laughed at my plans at best but has laid out a path I am now thankful to have experienced – this piece in the picture I called The Fight. It was the time in a divorce where your partner becomes a stranger and it is survival of the fittest.
What was once sad – is now how I am able to lead my best life! And for that my heart is full of gratitude.
You know who doesn’t get enough credit? Glen… as you all know I am on the social media band wagon and have been participating in the “Throw Back Thursdays” well this actually entails some research. As I was going through my hard drive named Brutus (its from when I was in my early 20’s) and going through pictures when I came across my Seattle trip.
Things were not going well in life. My grandparents both died, my dog died, my cousin died and we closed our retail space uptown. Needless to say it was feeling of nothing. No hope. No faith. Just a bad attitude hosting her own pity party.
In a thoughtless moment, and only a moment I was just that low I put my hotshop up for sale on CraigsList. I broke my parents heart, mostly my Dads I think. He asked why of course and I just said its over – I felt like a failure. Nothing was important anymore. My heart was broken and I didn’t care. Or so I thought.
That morning my dad said “You got your passport kid?” and that day my family took me to Seattle. They took me to the Tacoma Museum of Glass
where it all came rushing back. I sat in the hotshop and there was this guy that did a demo at school and he said “hey Toni!” I was home. Not in Seattle but in the hotshop. We spent the day looking at Glass, watching demos and walking around the city.
That is also where Vicki & I bought our first Coach purses… Memories.
Where was I? Yes. My dad. I’d be nothing without him, his love, his support, and his patience. And truth be told, 60% of my pieces wouldn’t be complete without his welding or woodworking skills.
I hope you noticed! So TideLine.Org has been getting a lot of my undivided attention due to my lack of procrastination in completing a Geology Course, the avoidance of housecleaning, the pieces of cold working that require water and a cold shop… So yea! #TideLine.Org is and will be getting a facelift. 2019 was incredible but 2020 I anticipate to be even more amazing! Have you heard of YouTube? What an amazing resource – like seriously I have discovered some pretty cool people, some odd individuals and some great learnings when it comes to the online world when you own and want to promote your business.
You’re all like “well yea, Toni!” but no seriously – So I have been implementing my learnings and let me just say YES! Our Instagram account has grown, our Online sales have grown and our FaceBook Page is heck of engaged! So to you – a huge THANK YOU! And to me well I am pretty proud.
So against Mothers will, I put our faces out there, it’s time people see the people behind the glass. So no more hiding, I pledge to you more action shots, more insight into us and what makes us well us. (Right after my Keto diet starts kicking in…)
So here is my goal for #TideLine.Org over the next few months:
- Grow TideLines Facebook Fan Page to 5000 Likes. What does this mean? Grows our fanbase and allows more great people to see what we are up to.
- Grow Instagram Account to 5000 Likes. Why? Because we make some pretty cool things and people should see them and like them. Many things have come to us from Instagram like Networking with other business owners and being active in the arts community.
- Achieve steady online sales on Etsy. So we will have to maintain our 5 Star review and keep it updated!
- Engage the Fans – plan some interesting blog posts (it’s not as easy as I feel it should be), post interesting photos & videos, more CONTESTS!
- And as usual – come up with something #NEW & #Unique!
An adjective to describe a fear of being attacked or harmed either emotionally or physically – Vulnerable. As an artist I feel vulnerable all of the time, what I make is personal, how I made it I hold personal. I am not the best glass blower out there, I don’t know who the best is – it’s a tough measurement to grasp but I know that I am by far not the best but I am also not the worst. They say it takes 10,000 hours of practice to be an expert. You would think after TLG began back in 2005 that I would get use to showing my work out there and feel the confidence of a professional – but can I just be honest here? I do the “happy dance” in my head and sometimes when you’re not looking when someone buys my cup, or a tidal ball. I feel absolute gratitude, validated, and accomplished when someone falls in love with the Jelly Fish. I truly do.
I wanted to share with you all that this past year, or years have been amazing! I love how everyone has been so encouraging- I read your messages, your comments, your reviews and I cherish you all.
And I know it goes the same for Vicki, she is always surprised almost when someone chooses her drift line, shocked that they see what she sees. And I always laugh because I think of course they love it! Its unique and original. Vicki gets the biggest grin on her face when she hears the etsy order ding on her iPad – like seriously big toothy grin. And it doesn’t matter if it was $5 or $25 or the fact that she has been doing etsy sales for years…. it never gets old.
Vicki and I have been talking a lot about TLG and where we want to venture next with it and in that we talked about the branding. The look. We have always been Yellow & Purple – do you know why? Because it’s our birthstone colors and happen to be opposite colors on the wheel… and we are two very different gals so the colors felt fitting. But we are also two very powerful gals so with the help of a friend and local artist here in CAMPBELL RIVER; Terri Wells we have a new logo we will be working with!
We are absolutely in love with this logo that Vicki is getting it tattooed on her neck, lol I kid but if she was the type I think thats where she would get it. Stay tuned!
Good Morning Monday!
Can I just say yesterday was such a great day! Not only because I got to blow some glass and stay warm in this wintery weather but I met some pretty cool people. It’s orb season so I am getting the opportunity to meet with new people, although their circumstances aren’t the best it’s been really nice hearing their stories, experiences, and sharing some laughs and even some tears. Everyone that I have invited into my shop has been so interested in my love of hot glass – the questions, the conversations just warms my heart.
And what was pretty special too was seeing the familiar faces, laughing and reminiscing over ugly pieces I have made – but at the time I thought they were master pieces. Thank you for your never-ending support! What will I think of my Tumblers I did yesterday 10 yrs from now?!?!
And while I am on this gratitude trip – Facebook. My goodness is that an amazing tool. Everyday I continue to learn about social media and the power it holds – the people it introduces me too. It is just really cool and TLG is pretty thankful! My goal right now is to get the TideLine Fan Page up to 5000 likes by the New Year. Can we do it? There is a free draw on there for a Tidal Ball thats racking up the “Likes” right now – so I don’t think its that far of a stretch!
How can you help? Invite your friends to like, comment on a post so your newsfeed shows it, and if you have experienced Vicki & I’s services/art then write us up a friendly review! We really do appreciate you all! ❤️
Hey its December 1 today. December – the last month of 2019. What a whirlwind. I love December mostly because it involves a lot of chocolate and cookies. Why do we only bake in December?
So being its December 1 – you have 24 days to get those thoughtful gifts for the people you care about or feel obligated – I kid. Kind of.
Maybe I can help? TLG has some classic Tidal Balls with the cute lil story that can hang inside or out. JELLY FISH! Everyone loves the Jelly Fish – there is still a handful of those left. Some beautiful silver jewellery made by Vicki. We have gifts from $5. and up that are thoughtful, unique, and locally made!
It’s Give away time – super easy to be entered into the draw all you have to do is LIKE the Tideline.Org Fan Page on the FaceBook. Comment & Tag a friend on the video of the Tidal Ball post. Share the Video to your page! That’s it, that simple, that easy. When will you get the message you won? December 15!
Shop local, make a difference in a small business life. We work hard.
Grab that hot drink, walk the Shoppers Row, admire the decorations and let the Wintery Christmas Spirit in… Merry December 1. Love you all!
I love buying handmade – I love the atmosphere of markets and shows. The talent always amazes me, and speaking with the maker is always rewarding. Because a maker is passionate about their product whereas at the big box store the “kid” at their evenings & weekends job doesn’t care about the product on the shelf… and why should they? Thats the CEO’s job right?
I may have already told you but my family has implemented the “You have to make your gifts” umm ok really what am I going to make? And you’re probably thinking well duh you’re a glassblower blow the gal a ball and she will be happy. Yea, no. My mom takes what she wants usually when I am not looking. And my dad loves my tumblers – he takes the big ones that hold the most chocolate milk so thats out too. And my brothers – they smile that polite smile they have to when my parents are looking and say thanks when I give them a paper weight or something. So what will I make them? I am open to your suggestions and I have no integrity when it comes to this sort of thing so Ill probably cheat a little bit!
TLG Studio is open daily 10-4 for your shopping needs and we are pretty flexible if there is a time you’d rather – its the “be simple” business mantra… why make things difficult? Just give us a heads up.
And open 24 hrs a day is our Etsy shop!
We also have a good representation at the Raven Song Gallery AND at the French Creek Collective on Shoppers Row downtown CAMPBELL RIVER as well as the Artisans Studio on Commercial St. in Nanaimo.