BC Forestry Rally

Forestry Feeds My Family
Forestry Feeds My Family

Good Morning Friends, on Tuesday February 18 I attended the BC’s Communities Forestry Rally in Victoria. I supported the loggers in their concerns and I posted it on both my personal and business pages because I felt strongly about the issue,  passionate about the subject.  Although I don’t often post political or controversial topics on the TideLine.Org Fan Page as we strive to keep it glass related – Tuesday was my exception with no apologies.

We received some positive messages of support and unfortunately a few from those who disagree with this stance. Respectfully I’d like to take a moment to reply and share with you all why I personally support the movement.

Forestry is what I grew up with, my dad was a BC logger who traveled to Dominica BWI with his family in tow to support, educate and promote self sufficiency through logging. He also logged the Queen Charlotte’s, Vancouver Island and the mainland. He supported our family by logging, respecting the woods and teaching others his craft.

I married a logger. For 41 years now my husband has provided a living for his family in the logging industry. During these adult years there has been much controversy over the cutting of trees, old growth, clear cutting etc. Education is wonderful, in order to defend our families stance on the logging industry I have had to ask some tough questions.

As you most of you know Toni and I are very environmentally conscious, this didn’t just happen, it was learned. When we opened our business nearly 15 years ago my mother bought jean material and sewed re-usable bags for our product, she didn’t like the fact that we had plastic ones. Following her example the Tidal Balls are up cycled glass reused that otherwise would end up in our landfill.  Our cedar frames and much of our displays are and were made from old fences, cupboards, hand railings and decks.  If you have seen our workspace – nothing gets wasted.    

My husband, his father, my father and my brother will all tell you that loggers are more environmentally sound than most people. They have rehabilitated forests, cleaned up after tourists, built roads for said tourists to access camp grounds, coveted fishing holes, hiking trails, mountain bike trails and so much more. They have cleaned and maintained fish streams and creeks. Lived by what ever you bring into the bush you take out.  They have fought fires that civilians have started, sorted garbage, made animal proof receptacles to protect the wild life from becoming dependant on humans. They have been involved with the rehabilitation of any and all sites they have logged.  They have educated themselves on clean ups should an oil or gas spill happen, they have learned how to maintain the forest like a garden, it is a renewable resource that has been cultivated and cared for. They know from experience that ‘clear cut’ logging is not only a more economical way to log but in many cases a much safer and environmentally friendly means to harvest the forest. Selective harvesting can and has resulted in windfall and slides which causes destruction or contamination of fish creeks and or streams.  In British Columbia; there are several towns that house between 20-40% who are dependant on the forestry industry to feed their families. Which in turn feeds many others.

I am proud to be a loggers wife, a loggers daughter, a loggers sister, and a loggers neighbour.  Standing at the BC Communities Forestry Rally on Tuesday was a most empowering feeling. Sometimes you just need to share your point of view because this friends is important and I knew that standing on the grass in front of our Parliament Building was the right place for me.

So this is 40

I think this is the first year I didn’t sit in tears with worry anticipating my birthday.  I guess I use to measure my birthday as the day to evaluate my success, my achievements, and where I should be.
I had a different vision in my head years ago of where I would be at 40- I wanted normal.  And I gave it an honest try, I really did.  I  pictured celebrating my milestone in Paris with my love but the universe didn’t agree.  I don’t feel like I am missing out, or I failed, or at all disappointed which is usually my go to.  Something happened a few months ago, I was so unhappy and blind trying to fit the mold I thought I was suppose to fit into when really UGH!
Today I am living my best life.  I said “Im done” and the roof didn’t cave in, I took the leap, I jumped, I had no cares left.  And nothing to lose.  And wow what freedom! I am 40 and not ANYWHERE where I thought I’d be, or where I thought you’re suppose to be but I am happy.
I now live a simple, uncomplicated life blowing glass, running a business with my best friend, going to concerts with my parents, training dogs, studying so many things and learning.  I sleep well.  I learned to meditate.  I read.  I make a point to surround myself with genuine and kind people.
So hey, I am Toni and I just met myself a few months ago.  I am 40.  I wear blundstones and ugly sweaters, I read tarot cards and burn sage.  I am a glass blower.  I feel so much pride, so much love, so much good energy from the people who follow and support TideLine that sometimes it’s almost overwhelming! So yea, I am a glass blower.  I have the most amazing family with nothing but support and love any girl could ask for.  I have the most amazing supportive group of friends that accept me, laugh with me, and encourage me.  I love dogs and one cat.
So my goals for this year? To continue.  To say yes, to experience more.  And really to only do what feels right with no guilt.  I wish I met this girl sooner –

#NewLook

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!

 

You can get us Crystal

It is Crystal you give for anyone celebrating their 15th Anniversary and guess what! TideLine.Org turned 15 today! What an adventure! What a learning curve! So much glass!

Did you know:

  1. Vicki was working on a stained glass project back when she was making out of her home as a hobby when her and I went into the local glass store in town who at the time was getting out of the stained glass part of the business – she asked inquisitively “Well how much?” At that moment Vicki looked at me and said well do you want to do a stained glass business? I said sure.  Vicki produced her Visa and proceeded to buy the stained glass and supplies…
  2. We had the supplies but no store – so we drove around Campbell River giddy with excitement when it hit us that we needed to tell our husbands what had just happened so we went to Save-On to buy steaks.
  3. Glen said “Oh Vicki what have you done?”
  4. I had no idea anything about glass, or the supplies for that matter and lets not get started on the business end of things… but how hard could it be?!??! Our first customer got her glass and supplies at Whole Sale price because well – how hard could it be?
  5. TideLine wasn’t our first choice – we had Seaview Gallery as top choice… Kiss My Glass (Vicki said no).  Final Destiny (Glens idea).  Above Tide – not the hotel.  
  6. We didn’t have a lot of luck with employees until we met our Frannie.  She didn’t know how to do stained glass but for weeks would come in and buy sheets of class because they were so pretty.  Eventually she turned into one hell of a glass artist and dancer.
  7. We moved four times with less and less volunteers to help us move.  We are finally where we dreamed of being – right outside Vicki’s front door.
  8. Dakota was 5.  He was our store mascot and every customer was his friend.
  9. Vicki was only taken via Ambulance ONE time.  Tiny bit of blood… nothing Tonis dirty hoodie couldn’t handle.
  10. Vicki would do the ordering for the stained glass and would only buy blues and purples… She was replaced.
  11. Toni faked her way by doing mosaics because none of her pieces ever fit together and was featured in the Nanaimo Art Gallery… 
  12. Vicki won first prize in the Sooke Fine Arts show the same year Toni graduated from Glass school and didn’t win.
  13. We won New Business of the Year from the Campbell River Commerce – when Vicki Johnson was called to the stage Toni ran up and accepted as Vicki.  Vicki was very confused and offered to be Toni.  We were excited.
  14. Vicki received the Aboriginal Woman in Business Grant that helped with our expansion and new learnings.
  15. Did you know business is harder than we thought? It’s time consuming, it’s costly, and  frustrating to name a few, but it sure makes our gratitude list every day! 

 

2019 Top 10

So TLG had a fantastic year – amazing actually and choosing the best 10 has posed difficulty but here goes!

  1. Sandcasting! If you know me – it will always be sand casting as my top pick.  I love sand casting! I love the impressions, the detail the glass picks up, the heat, the smell, and the finished pieces.  I love explaining to people what it is when they pick up a “beach memory” or hold in their hand a barnacle.  It’s such a unique process that requires some planning, imagination and resilience.
  2. Amethyst! Healing crystals, blown glass, tumblers.  All that brought challenges, creative juices, sketches, experimenting and the result was success.  I enjoyed researching the crystals and combining two loves.  This was a collaborative between Vicki & I – and well it was a lot of fun.
  3. Tumblers! I had to learn to make cups again, self punties- I can guarantee you I did a lot of swearing and then a lot of celebrating when I finally was able to make a simple cup again! If you bought some of the tumblers this year – make sure you use them! No sitting in the cupboard waiting for a special occasion because every day is a special occasion!
  4. Recognition.  It was such an honour to be recognized in the Compass Magazine which not only boosted the ol’self esteem but man was it cool reading some of the emails, meeting new people and doing some custom orders! So thank you!
  5. Experimentation.  This year I was able to take a moment in the hotshop and try out some new things, I mustered up some courage and some strength to try some new things out and even encouraged my Mom and baby brother into the hotshop to help.  Made for a fun year in the hotshop!
  6. Silver Jewellery.  Vicki and I took a course on jewellery making – I can tell you Vicki excelled.  She finally had to tell me “no, put that back” when I’d add another stacker ring to my finger.  Her spinner rings were a success – and I can tell you she is off to her advance jewellery course in the New Year… stay tuned!
  7. The Christmas Gift tour was our first time opening our studio space up to the public and well can we just say we can’t wait for next year?! It was awesome.  Beyond awesome! We teamed up with some friends and invited the town to see what we had been up to.  So thank you CAMPBELL RIVER and COURTENAY!
  8. TideLine.Org is on ETSY! And branching out onto the World Wide Web has been rewarding – thank you to Vicki for her time that she puts into this site and to Dakota for the photography… time consuming but totally worth it!
  9. We were able to raise $100 to the Loggers fundraisers! So thank you to all that bid on this beautiful Jelly Fish.  It meant a lot to Vicki and I to give back.  We were also able to host a few give aways – we got our name for the new Tumbler design “Eb & Flow” as well as a Tidal Ball! So thank you to all that supported us on our FaceBook Page!
  10. And number 10 is the new TLG – A local artist Terri Wells sketched and designed this beautiful glass blower.  Vicki and I know what we want for TLG for 2020 and can we just say it encompasses the same feel this picture portrays – strength, elegance, tradition to name a few!

Cyber Wha?

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! ❤️