Monday, March 5, 2012

Etsy Shop is coming back soooon..

I will keep you posted.

A new exciting Etsy Shop for really funky yoga wear. Veronica is Vancouver based and loves yoga. How cool is that a yogi that makes yoga wear. I can't wait for my cool order. You can buy her yoga wear on Etsy.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

House of Jewels small, tucked away boutique in the heart of Vancouver

I have found a wonderful little shop in the West End that has inspired me to make one of kind jewelry for the pleasure of it. I hope to create enough pieces so that I can consign them to this really nifty shop, House of Jewels If you are ever downtown and want something to wear that is not mass-made, then the House of Jewels is the place for you.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I am - poem by Emma

I am...
I am a patient girl who loves hedgehogs.
I wonder how hedgehogs evolved on the earth.
I hear the wind, softly blowing as it rustles the trees branches.
I see a hedgehog climbing out from its hiding place to seek other shelter in the vast area of trees and open grass.
I want to follow it, but I do not for I shall not disturb it.
I am a patient girl who loves hedgehogs.
I pretend to be a hedgehog.
I feel the wind tugging at my hair, telling me to follow the hedgehog.
I touch the hedgehog's spiny fur.
I worry that it might prick me and that I will get hurt.
I cry as I feel the hedgehog's spiny fur enter my soft flesh.
I am a patient girl who loves hedgehogs.
I understand now that I should not touch wild animals.
I say, let all hedgehogs be at peace in their green home.
I dream that all hedgehogs are not disturbed so they may be at peace.
I try to talk to the hedgehog, but it can not understand me and runs away into the dense green brush.
I hope that I will see that hedgehog again soon.
I am a patient girl who loves hedgehogs

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Dad's Family

I really need to start going through all my photos. Some of them are so priceless.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Horseback Riding Competition April 18, 2009

Before the first competition of the day, Emma is ready.

Emma with her first place ribbon after the first competition!!!! The two competitions inbetween, Emma entered two events (Walkt/Trot/Canter Equitation [ages 11-17] and Pleasure Pony) that were for ages 11-17, and she came in 3rd in both events! I think she was the youngest one.

The last competition of the day, Emma won first place!!! A great way to finish the competition for Hunter Under Saddle Pony. Needless to say, Emma is so proud of herself as we are. (picture below is with Gail, who is Emma's wonderful instructor.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Emma's Social Studies Project - Traditional Japanese Room

Emma holding her traditional japanese house. She used a shoebox and made the table out of origami and pillows using origami paper.
Emma's drawing of a traditional screen.

Traditional origami crane and box. It was very hard to blow up. It is about 2 cm across.

The lamps were a challenge since we didn't know how to make a circular blow up origami shape. So we did the next best thing, made a big cube for an overhanging lamp. The japanese are minimalistic. This type of organized house really appeals to me.

Friday, January 2, 2009

Socks the Hamster arrival

Coming home. Shannon is Socks benefactor as well as Emma's wonderful tutor.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

United Way Basket Competition at VGH My Diva Basket

At the hospital each year we do a United Way campaign. Usually units form teams and submit baskets then VGH does a silent auction. For the last 2 years I've always submitted my jewelry as an individual. This year, I'm doing a Diva basket, a kind of PIF (Pay it Forward). My rule to myself, donations are mainly labour, or items that are brand new and did not cost the donor anything.

My friend, Tiffany donated a tea towel, "Diva's don't do dishes", and martini glasses (she won these), I donated my jewelry, a dancing freshwater pearl choker and Swarvoski crystal bracelet in pastel pink and purple. To go with the theme of "Diva" I asked two of my favourite bakers to donate as well, my friend Tannis who owns Elegant cookies, and is donating cookies with Diva and my favourite cupcake store,, co-owners Kathy and Lori,"Cupcakes" who donated 1/2 dozen of "Diva" cupcakes.
Right now this a work in progress, I'll post the final submission once I create the basket.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Emma's Pumpkin

Look what we carved tonight. Guess what!!!? no cut fingers.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Rainbows Vancouver

What a lovely surprise to come home to an amazing full rainbow. The day started off rocky and ended with bright full colours.

Coming home from camp

The trek out from camp. Hmm seems that Emma had some equipment issues. Holding her therma rest and drink... All-in-all, Emma tells me that she had a wonderful camp. This year she did something really special. A first year Guider needed to go to the washroom in the middle of the night. The guiders have buddies, for going to the washroom is an adventure up a mountain, where they must leave the cabin and go outside in the pitch dark to the outhouse. I'm told spiders grow about 6 inches overnight too. Anyway, the buddie didn't want to go with this first year guider. Emma heard the girl start to cry and called out "whoever is going to cry I'll go with you to the washroom". This is an event that to me as a Mom, makes me so proud of Emma.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Hollyburn Mtn - Girl Guide Camp

I've not posted much lately, and made even fewer pieces of jewelry. Winter is coming and the torch is getting used again.

Here is Emma at camp today. I popped up to her campsite since she had such a difficult week, Emma got her second phase of braces and vaccinations for grade 6 students. Of course Emma is just fine, how could I think otherwise? Silly me.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Burn Camp - Alice Lake

My article for VCH News:

My love of making jewellery inspired me to volunteer at the 15th annual BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Camp for kids on July 24th. The camp is near Alice Lake, just north of Squamish and is funded by the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund, many local corporations, foundations and individuals.
The cost for a child to attend the camp is approximately $3000. The ratio of children to counsellors at the camp is 2:1 or 1:1. Counsellors come from many walks of life, some are nurses, some are firefighters some are just people who are passionate about giving their time to the courageous kids at the camp.
Tracey Taulu, trauma program manager, and I set up a jewelry station to teach kids how to crochet with wire and beads. What surprised me most was that our first customers were the boys at the camp. The counsellors were also into making necklaces. Let me tell you, watching a 200 pound, big, burly firefighter, crocheting and helping his young burn survivor is really cool.
By the end of the day, several kids had come by our station wearing their necklaces and bracelets with pride. Seeing kids smiling, and hearing them laugh and just be themselves is what life is all about.
This year, 73 kids attended camp. These kids have braved experiences that many adults haven't experienced and it was truly amazing to have the opportunity to see these kids have the opportunity to just be kids.
During the course of the day I talked to Lois Budd, medical coordinator for the camp, and patient services manager, BCPFF Burn, Plastic and Trauma Unit, VGH, about how the kids feel about camp. She said, “Once camp is over, the kids start planning for next year’s camp the very next day. And when kids turn 18, they are given the opportunity to come back as junior counsellors to be mentor younger burn survivors.”
As for me, I left the camp exhausted, in a good way, and truly amazed to see the happiness of the campers and the dedication of the counsellors. I’ve already started planning some activities that I could do with the kids next year, so I guess it is not just the kids who start planning their return.
Get involvedVisit the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Burn Fund Camp for kids website
(Photo Caption: Tracey Taulu, Patient Services Manager, Trauma Services, and 8 year old Julia, just finished making a necklace.) I post the caption shortly

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My birthday gift to myself

I wirewrapped this necklace quite a while ago with 18k gold. The citrine step faceted stones I bought in early May, I knew I wouldn't be able to part with them. Finally I bought some 18k gold in 18 ga to make a clasp. ***gasp*** the cost to buy gold, and I had to buy a minimum of 6 inches. This necklace is perfect for my neckline at about 15.5" in length and can very nicely wrap around my wrist two times for a perfect bracelet.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Geo Earth Collection

My friend, Terrain, convinced me to buy these glossy bold botswana agate stones yesterday. This necklace is 34 inches long, needing no clasp. This is a definite break from my very tiny gems that I've working with.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Curled Pearl Petals

Curled petals of silver with Keshi Pearls.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Labradorite flash

I didn't realize how difficult it is to photograph labradorite. To actually photograph the flash in the labradorite is quite an effort. I found that turning the labradorite helps as does angling the faceted briolette in the above picture.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Tuesday's work photography

I'm particularly happy with the photo of the Mystic Topaz and Tanzanite earrings. I've just listed them on Etsy along with the Exclamation Pendant below that has a turquoise bezel set stone in it.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Simple curves

Good Monday. A day of metalsmithing. No idea what to call this pendant. Measures 1 3/4 inches in length.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Smokey Quartz long long necklace

I finished making this necklace with my two jewelry friends today while watching "The Mist" by Stephen King. This necklace is outside my usual jewelry creations, chunky and 37 inches long. I put a clasp on it so it can be wrapped around twice. The stones inbetween are tourmaline. More photography practice with using the manual features AV on my Canon EOS Digital camera. I've learned to make the aperature really small so my depth of field increases - so the necklace is in focus at the front and back!!!! Edited. sad to say, I've sold this wonderful necklace.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Photography Practice

Practicing my manual setting on my camera. This gold locket was given to me from my parents for my tenth birthday. So I guess it is 30+ years old. I'm going to make into an heirloom necklace for Emma one day.

Here is a floating necklace, made with Blue Peruvian Opals and of course Swarovski crystals. This is a custom order for a friend's mother.

And finally, using some of the freshwater pearls that I bought last weekend for a commissioned piece. The richness of the pearls are really amazing.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Bellingham Bead Faire

Today I went to the Bellingham Bead Faire with my friends. We got lots of rocks and sparklies. These are my beautiful pearls that I picked up. 8-9mm with excellent drilled holes.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Dewdrop Earrings

I'm practicing my photography. Using my very favourite fruit/cake platter that is an antique. The patina of the solid silver frame of this platter is so rich. I'm not sure if I'm photographing the earrings or the plate!!!
Well here is a less distracting photo. Last autumn I made "Snowdrop earrings" for Emma with the matching flawless chalcedony briolettes. These earrings are "Dewdrops" Perhaps I'll work on a seasonal theme using the same type of briolettes. Now if I can only buy some more of them.... hmmm.

Close up of the accents - sapphires, aquamarines and London Blue topaz...

Monday, February 25, 2008

Green Amethyst (presiolite) with silver and gold Earrings

Finally finished my cube earrings. I fabricated the silver squares last December. My first attempt to fusing 18k gold to silver. The earring on the right was fused a bit too much, but the one of the left was better. I textured the silver and for a change oxidized the squares. The green amethyst (presiolite) cubes are faceted and measure about 9.5mm. I bought these fine cubes from a seller on Etsy. I decided that these earrings would look better being simpler. At first I was going to put on several tourmaline rondelles in the middle wirewrapped at the bottom of the silver squares, but I thought it just didn't look right. Perhaps I should have taken a picture to show you the difference. Anyway, I think simple gives these earrings a more organic feel.