FYI

I love how loved we are – and trying to find a balance between my work life and glass life so that I can continue to share with you all!

I have posted on our website the days the studio will be open for you to drop in – and will continue to post this way as well as setting appointments via email(Toni OR Vicki).  Eeeek so exciting! Again, gratitude is in our hearts – we love making! Living the dream!

Red Roses

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.

The Sea Star is said to be sensory creatures, nerves that run from their center to the tip of their limbs. It facilitates feelings such as strong, patient, magical, renewing, healing, sensitive, perception to name a few.

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!

‘Tis the Season

I use to love this time of year – and I still do to some degree.  Now there are no babies, my niece and nephew are overseas, and Dakota reminds me constantly that he is an adult now.  I find this time of year hard, a reminder of my Nanny – I still have all her wrapping paper she insisted on storing.  Kinda makes me laugh because I haven’t had to buy any in years now so either I suck at gift giving, she gave a lot, or she was preparing never to run out of any wrapping paper for any occasion.  It’s a reminder of what should have been, what was, and just a reminder to be honest – hug your loved ones and be grateful.
I truly believe glass is my therapy.  I don’t know where I would have ended up if glass didn’t find me – and right now I really wish Emma was hot.  I try not to focus on loss – I really do.  My gratitude journal is becoming less and less, all my urchins are completed, my Jelly fish are made up, my closet is organized, and I even tried dating… I might have to take up exercising?!
What am I grateful for? You.  Everyone who has played a part in my life, glass career or not.  This year – the glass was amazing.  Vicki and I had so much fun getting ready for the garden shows: Kitty Coleman x Two, Nanoose Bay as well as the Filberg one last month.  We have met so many awesome people who have supported us since the beginning and that is a pretty good feeling.  So thank you!
And I am grateful for my parents that always ensure my crazy glass obsession happens – housing the hotshop and putting up with the “ridiculous” heat, turning off any electronics while Emma is running so we don’t lose power… finishing the pieces like gardens stakes, fixtures, and paying the gas bill.  I don’t know why they do so much but I do feel pretty blessed.

 

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.