Friday, July 31, 2009

Quick Posts!

Just wanted to say "hello", as I've been rather absent for the past week or so...I've had the flu ...I'm back to my old self again so thought I'd do a quick post this morning, if you want to call it is 5:02am. I'm getting ready for my Rosseau Market, missed it last week, in fact missed all three Markets.

This will be my view today...hopefully it will be this sunny!

This is another part of my view for the beautiful, I truly love being there and look for ward to the Market every Friday.

I haven't taken any new photos this past week or so but I came across this one...I don't think I've posted it because it sold before I got the the ruggedness of this turquoise!

I hope to have a special post next week...that is if the product I've ordered to make my necklace with the stunning "Turquoise Song" wood pendant comes in...I'm starting to watch the mail as I'm itching to do something with the pendant...I acutally have it sitting on my desk right beside the computer...what can I's an obsession!!!
Enjoy your day...

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


I thought I would keep everyone up to date with what I'm doing with my lovely pendant from . I've a number of ideas swirling around in my head and I'm not sure exactly which will emerge...

The stones you see in the photo below are from a collection of un-drilled stones I have...I do think they work well so I searched for just the right stones and I think I found them...I will post the photo when they arrive.

I've just made my first purchase from have to say it is a great place to purchase products, as you can imagine I purchased more than I intended to, I couldn't help myself as they have an amazing selection of product.

While browsing I found this fabulous Hill Tribe silver starfish clasp...I love it, unfortunately it is out of stock... :0( This would be the perfect clasp for me to use as a signature clasp. I can't wait until it is back in stock!!!!! I would love to use it for this pendant as the colors and movement make me think of the ocean, crashing all around! We will see...

I've ordered a sterling silver fish clasp set, if for some reason I don't end up using it with this pendant I know I'll use it for something else.

As I mentioned, I've ordered a number of other great products from with this order ...they have all the beading basic as well as many truly unusual and interesting products...when the package arrives I will post a photo so you can see what I bought. Believe me I could have purchased much more than I did... :0)


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

My Pendant Has Arrived!!!!!!!

I've been patiently waiting for this interestingly, unique pendant to arrive since the end of was well worth the wait... isn't it stunning!

The online bead store, where this pendant came from, has many of what they are calling "Canvas On Wood Pendants".

These wonderful pendants are actually small prints of artists paintings, they are printed on canvas, using pigment paints then covered with two coats of water resistant-varnish. Each pendant is an amazing work of art, don't you think!

The name of my pendant is "Turquoise Song" by Charlie Clingman ...I chose this particular pendant, as most of you will know because of the color combination...I do love turquoise anything! The second reason is because it is a wonderful work of abstract art, which I find I'm very attracted to. The third reason is because I think it will be great challenge to me to come up with an extraordinary way to use this pendant in a piece of jewelry, while at the same time, not taking anything away from the beauty of it...the pendant must be the focal of what ever I decide to do with it! The way the two bails were used will present a challenge in itself.

I'm going to take sometime to let the pendant sit on my desk so I can look at it...I don't want to rush into anything... something will come to mind! It is a given I will be using a sterling silver toggle maybe a Bali toggle, or wouldn't a sterling silver toggle with emeralds embedded in it stunning?

I'm not sure at this point what else I'll be using...probably sterling silver beads, maybe semi-precious stones similiar in color to the ones I've added in the photo, how about leather and silk, or what about hand forged fused fine silver links? Or a combo of all/some of the above...regardless of what I use it will be fun.
Don't you just love a personal challenge...I do!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

A bit of everything!

I'm a bit behind on my postings, picture taking and just about everything else, but that really isn't anything new...

On June 27th the North Bay Downtown Farmer's Market Busker was a singer who had been part of the Market entertainment for a number of years...he moved away and was back for a short while this summer so he agreed to perform twice, once on June 27th and again July 25th...his name is Matt Amond and he is a great "one man show"!!! As you know... as a Busker tips are your payment, Matt chose tho donate his tips for the day to the North Bay Food Bank...way to go Matt! Friday July 3rd my daughter and I started our third Market...this one is on the beautiful shores of Lake Rosseau. I particularly love this Market as it is almost like a mini vacation every Friday. There is a huge children's play area, which my grandson loved for the last two years...he is getting a bit older and not interested anymore. Below is the beach front before the swimmers and volley ball players arrive...there are life guards, as well as councilors who play games with the kids, everyone has a great time...part of the vendor's view! Early in the morning before it gets crowded...this is part of the vendor's view...can't ask for anything better!!! The NBDFM on Saturday July 4th was nice and sunny but that darn old north wind just won't go away...our Buskers for the day was the C-Denny Band...

The above photo is a file photo from their previous really was sunny on Saturday...I just for got my camera!

Our third Market is put on by the Callander Legion...hence the name is the Callander runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm every Sunday, in the Legion parking lot. I don't have any photos yet, hopefully next week...this market is very new, only three days old, so there is much to learn and figure out, right now the vendors and Market goers are not consistent. I'm hoping everyone will have patience while the Market goes through its growing pains. I've taken on the task of Buskers Coordinator but I'm having a difficult time coming up with Buskers, not sure if it is because it is on a Sunday or because it is new and not a great deal of people milling around? Regardless, I will keep going as I feel very strongly this could be a great Market for the community of Callander!

Here is my first attempt to make earrings using the RAW, which as many of you will know is the right angled weave...the design is courtesy of a tutorial by Carol Ladine Lagoski...the tutorial was well written, great photos and easy to work with...most important for me the whole process was enjoyable. If it isn't fun I won't be doing it! Since these I've made a quartz crystal pair as well... Cheers!