How was your summer? Did you travel to any beautiful beaches?

I've had the pleasure of meeting several of you who have brought me your sea glass treasures to transform into one of a kind jewelry. Thank-you so much for sharing your memories with me and for allowing me to create a personal keepsake for you!

Prince Edward Island (P.E.I.) seems to have been a popular destination this summer. For whatever reason, I've come across more aqua colored sea glass in P.E.I. than in Nova Scotia. Aqua is one of the most popular colors of sea glass, I've noticed, maybe because it is the color that we associate with ocean surf...

 Aqua colored sea glass

Aqua colored sea glass

 

Now that the sugar maples are beginning to turn red at the tips of the crowns, it is time for me to turn my attentions to the Fall 2016 craft show season. This time round I am focusing on one or two events to allow more time for custom orders and the many family commitments that accompany the season.

You'll be able to find me at the Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair, November 18 - 20, 2016. This is held in a beautiful neo-classical building in a great community so this is wonderful chance to shop local handmade gifts. Free admission and street parking.

And I do plan on hosting an open house once I can confirm a suitable date, likely in late October or early November. Stay tuned for more details! Why not join the newsletter so you'll be sure to get an invitation? The form is on the right hand side menu.

If you are thinking about custom gifts for December, please do get in touch soon so I can be sure to have them ready in time.

Glebe Craft and Artisan Fair
Friday November 18, 6-9pm
Saturday November 19, 10am - 5pm
Sunday November 20, 11am - 4 pm
Glebe Community Centre
175 Third Ave., Ottawa ON K1S 2K2
Tel 613.233.8713
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We're having a Spring SALE on all stock in honor of spring! And my birthday is in May, along with Mother's Day so in the spirit of gifting, prices are very much reduced. Find the perfect gift for beach lovers, fashionistas, and eco-conscious shoppers alike. These designs are great for beach weddings, graduation gifts, birthdays, anniversaries, you name it. Special pieces at not so precious prices.

To claim this offer, use coupon code May2016sale30 to get 30% off your purchase, valid until May 30, 2016.

 

You wouldn't know it here in Ottawa, but it is April and Spring is here. I swear I saw a purple crocus in the backyard last week although now it is under a foot of snow. Next week the temperature is forecast to rise to the high teens!

In years past, I have participated in several spring shows such as OVCC Vibrant, MAC Blooms, Love Handmade, Handmade Harvest and the Glebe Jewelry Show. It was fun, but chaotic as it coincides with many family events and birthdays which I couldn't not participate fully in. Part of the reason I wished to explore the lifestyle of an artist is to reclaim my schedule and family life.

That being the case, I have decided this spring to focus more on promoting my current work through social media, accepting custom work, and exploring new ways of showcasing sea glass artistically. I will still do a few shows in the Fall but much fewer than in previous years so that I can channel my energy as productively as possible.

As always, I enjoy your sea glass stories and always happy to discuss how to transform your sea glass treasures into wearable art or some other expression of your coastal memories.

 

 

Here we are with the holidays upon us. Can you believe it? As I type this I can smell something delicious in the oven which we will share with family over Thanksgiving dinner (US Edition) tonight. Hopefully you find yourself warm of body and heart. If you can manage, maybe find a way that is meaningful to you to extend your warmth to others in need.

One way of trying to bridge the marketplace and the desire to do right by our community is to seek out places where these values meet. That is one of the reasons I really enjoy participating in the Ottawa Valley Crafts & Collectibles Guild (OVCC) Joy! show. The organizers do their utmost to showcase the varied talents of Ottawa and Outaouais area artisans, to promote the local small businesses as well as to shine a light on a charity. This year, the OVCC Joy! show will donate the proceeds from the $2 admission to "Sit With Me" dog rescue and "Adopt Me" cat rescue.

The Joy! runs for two days but please note that I will be there on the Saturday Nov 28, 2015 only. This will be my last show of the season.

If you are not able to come by tomorrow but are interested in browsing my work, the National Gallery of Canada Bookstore carries a selection of SeaCycledGlass Jewelry. My Etsy store and Web store will be active throughout December and I will add new listings regularly. If you wish to send a gift from my store, I can ship directly to the recipient if you add their information in the shipping address form.

Here is some more information about OVCC's Joy!:

"Our shows are renowned for bringing an exciting variety of art, crafts, designs and artisan foods together in a unique venue, and "Joy!" will be no exception.

Swag bags loaded with goodies for the first 50 visitors daily!

A $5 gift certificate - redeemable at any of the 100 vendors - handed out EVERY 10 MINUTES to visitors brave enough to wear a REALLY ugly Christmas or Hanukkah sweater!

NO commercial vendors - NO resellers - 100% LOCAL artists and artisans

Parking free - admission $2 (door tickets only - proceeds go to "Sit With Me" dog rescue and "Adopt Me" cat rescue).

Wine bar provided by Savour Italy, who are also taking care of: tea, coffee, water, pop & juices, and beer.

Event music provided by BlastTheRadio.com (live on location!) - Ottawa's little station making BIG noise!

Lunches & treats available.

Library and Archives Canada is located at 395 Wellington Street (west of the Parliament Buildings, between the Supreme Court of Canada and the Portages Bridge).. Parking in the Library and Archives lots as well as in the Supreme Court lot is free on weekends so please ignore any signs that say "permit holders only" etc. as these only apply on weekdays."

Parking is free in the Library and Archives lots as well as in the adjacent Supreme Court of Canada lot. There are signs saying "permit holders only" but this does not apply on weekends so please ignore them.

Ottawa Valley Crafts and Collectibles Show's photo.

 

 

 

 

 

A very interesting crafts show coming our way on Nov 29. Will be fun to go!

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