Sunday, April 29, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Etsy :: Your place to buy and sell all things handmade
Monday, April 23, 2007
At last, I've tried raku.
No, it's not an exotic raw fish dish or a method of alternative healing (tho' I've noticed DH referring to our new works of art as reiki) - it's a way of glazing and finishing ceramic work. Once we had finished painting the blanks provided the actual glazing part took place in a gas-powered kiln and then bins of shredded paper to finish off. V dramatic!
The wee guy picked a rather splendid fish and went for a much more mundane but functionally useful pot "for putting things in" (and hopefully keeping me more organised in an aesthetically pleasing way). Both came out looking amazing.
... and now I find that the arts centre has an open clay studio including occasional raku firings ....
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I've been knitting since about the age of 10 years old and only found out about i-cords last year. Finally I found instructions that actually made sense so I've knitted an i-cord (see above for results). This is going to revolutionise my felted bag construction in A Big Way!
(click on the title for the tutorial)
Friday, April 20, 2007
The wee guy and I went to Family Place this morning for the drop-in play session. I love this playgroup as it has toys for the little people and full strength coffee and chat for the grown ups. We had lunch there and then left for some grocery shopping. Driving east along Prairie I noticed some strange red rings drawn in the road - then I realised. This is where Jason was knocked down and almost killed by a dark SUV last Tuesday night. The red marks started at the intersection which he and his mother were crossing that night ...... and they go on almost to the next intersection. In other words 'evidence' was carried almost a whole block.
Jason is four years old, a little older than the wee guy above is now. He was on his bicycle at the time, which places his head at roughly bumper height I guess. He is a regular at Family Place and has played with the wee guy many times.
There's more info in these two links, and also details of a trust fund that has been set up by his uncle.
He's still in hospital, unconcious with brain damage and a broken leg.
The driver of the dark SUV did not stop at the time of the accident and has still not come forward.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Friday, April 06, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
seaglass and faux pearl wire daisy chain
The seaglass is the reason why I started making jewelry (again - tho' my earlier attempts were back when I was in school and using Das modelling clay for beads!!) and wire wrapping in particular.
I grew up in a small seaside village and spent many a happy hour or several on the beach. First I collected shells and then I moved on to admiring the chunks of seaglass that get washed up. Now that I'm thousands of miles away from home and family these frosted gems meant a lot more to me.
The wire wrapping also coincided with motherhood and in particular, the grabbing fingers of a curious toddler. As I emerged from my woolly new mum haze I started to wear more jewelry again. In one week I "lost" several necklaces and beads. Wire wrapping and more secure stringing seemed the only way to go, and I might be able to create something that would keep my precious seaglass close to me.
The necklace above was my first seaglass wrap and it is still holding up well to daily life! Since then my wrapping techniques have developed and evolved. There are some examples on my flickr site (see link below).