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 –

Duo-tang Plans

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 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! 

 

Monday Funday!

A few things:

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The Johnson pack: Lily 6 yrs old, Gary 1.5 yrs old, Pearl & Karen 4 months

    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.

OPEN 10-4pm!

We are here, 10 – 4pm open and ready to meet, greet, chat and so on with you.  If you are looking for handmade, & local then come see us.  We have some beautiful pieces on display from jewellery, to glass for the tree and gift ideas that are all made on site!

Today we will be working on our jewellery collection – I will give you a hint its with leather! Ha! And you were thinking it was glass… silly!

 

Open House/Gift Tour ’19

 

What are you doing the weekend of November 15th?

It’s a Friday and TLG will be participating in the 20th Annual Christmas Gift Tour right here in Campbell River.  We are so excited to host this open house, to visit, share, you know… get into that Wintery Christmas Spirit!
Consider yourself officially invited! Where? 2277 Upland Rd. Wildwood Creations will be set up with their beautifully handmade children’s clothes, unique and oh so sweet as well as the talented Moment In Time Photography!

We will be there:
November 15 12-8pm
Saturday 10-5pm
Sunday 10-4pm

TLG will have some Jelly Fish, Sea Urchins, Tidal Balls, Beach Memories, Spinner Rings, Earrings, Perfume & Oil Bottles, Sea Stars, Pendants, Ebb & Flow Tumblers all on display!