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! ❤️
The sun is shining and that always makes for a great start to a day, a Monday, and a week! So yay for warm sun!
The Studio is open today 10am – 4pm. We’d love to see you. Lots to choose from for Christmas tree ornaments like Angels, Paws, Trees… And some pretty unique jewellery pieces and glass pieces that make for cool gifts!
My family has come up with a “Handmade Gifts” this year… meaning we have to make our gifts to each other *groan*. What will I make…. needless to say Emma is being turned on today and the glass furnace should be up to temperature by Friday.
Some available appointments for Memorial Orbs… and by some I mean limited this is a unplanned & short notice for all parties. I do apologize but I am excited to get back into the heat.
Custom Jelly Fish – you wanted Purple? Email me. You wanted Blue with red… email me. You wanted Yellow with purple (ew but ok) email me. I will do some custom but this will require a deposit.
Vicki added to the pack yesterday so today I will be spending my beautiful Monday getting my fill of sweet puppy kisses from Karen & Pearl.
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward
Today was a great day, weather wise it was perfect, breakfast was delicious, I saw my family, and I got to blow glass. I was so grateful to my friend Bob McLeod for reaching out to me a few weeks ago when my Emma’s element broke and offered me access to his studio. What I didn’t expect was to meet another glass blower, Suzi! It’s been a long time, like ten years since I got to assist someone in the hotshop, run ideas by another like minded person – it was just a great day!
I worked on some special pieces today, Christmas gifts to others. Tonight, reflecting on my day, and the loss that has surrounded my friends I just need everyone in my life to know they are important to me. That I do love you.
This past year with TideLine has been another successful year and your continued love and support is appreciated. We, Vicki and myself just feel so blessed and look forward to another year creating with glass. So Thank you! Happy Holidays, kiss your loved ones, and Merry Christmas!
A service I haven’t been that vocal about – but maybe I should be.
Death effects everyone and their family, whether it be a loved one or a beloved pet. The first memorial I did was for myself, although I didn’t say it was, it was. I collected all the beautiful flowers from my Grandpas funeral – they made my Nanny so happy. I waited for them to dry naturally and then I began my process. I sandcasted over every rose, sunflower, daisies, babies breath, and fern. I had so many of these castings I didn’t know what to do with them. I partnered with my dad and he made the most beautiful plant stakes – I thought perfect! His flowers will be in everyone’s gardens. He loved the gardens, the outdoors, and most of all the Deer! That’s right, he would feed the Deer that visited the gardens. Although I still miss him every day – the process of making those pieces and the thought of his memory in the gardens have helped me through that sad time.
Back in February I met a lady who was after a custom order art piece – the conversation took for a turn when I suggested adding some personal touches to the piece. To make it hers, and personalized. She told me about her recent loss of her mother. She told me about her, the loss of her father, and her two brothers. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Regret isn’t the right word, but my intuition kicked in and I knew then what she wanted to incorporate in the custom piece. We set a date that I would be blowing, and she with the support of her friends joined me in the hotshop. It was then that I combined some of her loved ones remains into hot glass and made a “paper weight” shape.
The results were beautiful. In the end I was no longer feeling that hesitation so much as I was feeling honored that I could help someone during their grieving process and contribute to their loved ones memory.