Tuesday, October 30, 2012

No Play but Display

I am being consumed by display at the moment. New banners, new signs and a new approach. It Circle Craft I will not be selling jewelry, (it’s a long story) but so many of my things look like jewelry even though they have a practical use. So this year I am going to display my whistles, eyeglass pins and enros as if they were jewelry and see how it goes.
A nifty display idea
Last year at Porto Bello West craft fair a jeweler had a great economical way of displaying her pendants and necklaces. She used plate stands and tiles instead of commercially available jewelry display stands. I am going to try this trick at Circle Craft and I wanted to share the idea with others out there looking for an inexpensive way to display their art.
A week tomorrow the big show will start. The first three days are from 10AM to 9PM. Its not so much the length of the days but I am often asleep by 9 ( and up at 3AM) so I will have to try to keep more civilized hour for a few days.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


Friday, October 26, 2012

Not the Production Blues

Children of production meditation – inro and eyeglass holders

Tiny two holed wafer beads – they will top off the enro
Every year about this time when I am in crazy production mod, someone will say;

“Production must be really boring. I can see that designing and getting ideas must be fun, but it must be a drag repeating the same thing over and over.”

Well production is like a meditation. Every year there are at least a couple of good ideas that just pop into my head while I an doing production. Sometimes the ideas are solutions to long standing problems, sometimes there are things so obvious that I wonder how missed them before and sometimes they are “Hello! where did you come from!”.

That is why I will not bitch about production. Maybe I will whine a little but I will not bitch.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Racking up for Circle Craft

New racks – an upgrade of my summer market racks.
I need lot so of stuff – production, production

I am in the last days before the big one, Circle Craft. Fourteen days and counting. Actually I have to set up my booth two days early so not even that. I have been working on my booth and doing production so I am a rather dull girl these days. 

Sunday, October 21, 2012


Friday, October 19, 2012

“Real” Clay

It is down to the crunch for Circle Craft and many crafts people have their heads down getting the last things done before the biggest show of the season. For this reason I own a special think to Matthew Freed for taking that time to test out one  of my rubber stamps on ceramic clay. I am hoping to take a pottery class in the spring to play with my stamps but perhaps it is a medium that I will like too much. There is always a temptation to go whizzing off on some new project. Just a taste, that  is all I will take but maybe I should steer clear of temptation.

Thanks again Matthew for testing out the Teapot Tempest stamp.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ballpark Colour

The mixed green and a band of the raw colours
If I am without deadline pressure I really enjoy mixing colour in a systematic manner but I also enjoy just going for it. When time is of the essence this is a useful method. Here is how it works. I pile up all the colours that I think that I think might work, then I take a thin slice out of the middle. I mix that little slice thoroughly. It doesn’t take long if you take a small enough sample. If the colour is what I want, I go ahead and mix the whole batch. If it is not what I wanted I can add one or more colour and cut and mix a new sample. If I and way out I can always take the stack apart. ( I think that this is easier done with Fimo which doesn’t stick together until you add pressure.) When I have a stack that comes out to the colour I wanted I can take a picture of the stack and file it with the mixed colour sample. No exacting but it gives me the colour that I want quickly and a starting place for more exacting mixing.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Do I Have a Deal for You

Not Quite finished but you get the idea
Yesterday morning I helped to install a fantastic array on at the Seymour Art Gallery for there 3, 2, 1 Art Party at Seymour Art Galley. The party starts at 7:00 tonight so if you are in the Vancouver area this is your chance to get great art at a great price. Great music too, have a listen.

I love to work on the installation team once in a while – a chance to see something besides polymer clay.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Knit City Rocked

 Knit City was the first of its kind in Vancouver – Definitely the first of it’s kind that I have attended, definitely not the last. I learn a lot, sold a lot and laughed a lot. Sign me up for next year!

Knit City 2012
I want to make more tools for knitters and spinners. More spindles and lots of new things that I didn’t know that I wanted to make until this event. When I got home Sunday evening my helper, friend and extraordinary knitter, Mayu, sent me this link to an  instagram posted by Sweet Georgia Yarns. The yarn is a special colour way made for the Knit City event and the button was made by you know who.

Dam that was fun!

Saturday, October 13, 2012


Friday, October 12, 2012

Such a Bright Light

12:00 noon - starting

4:00 PM getting there
Yesterday after delivering my package to be juried and went to the studio and packed today’s set up. I did the metal exercise of setting up in my head to make sure that I didn’t forget anything. I am suppose to have a check list, but I have packed so often that I don’t usually use one. I unpack at the Croatian Centre, got my display set up and then I realize that I didn’t bring any lights. I do this at the first indoor market every year. It least I am consistent. So back to the studio, nice little visit with Carmen who has been dying fibre all day, then back to finish up with the lights. I think that I will put some more buttons on cards this evening. That will be relaxing. The market doesn’t open until 11:00 so I will have time to do some stuff in the morning. And then I will see.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Panic as a Supplement

I woke up this morning at 2:00 AM and could not get back to sleep. At 3:00 I got up and decided that I would read over the rules for the jury that I was submitting things to on Monday the 15th. But what was this! The work has to be submitted on the 12th not the 15th!  Eeek!!!  By 10:00 AM I had my submission assembled, photographed and packaged. I have known that this had to be done for weeks but it took vitamin P, for Panic, to get the job done.

By a 11:00 AM I was at the studio loading the wagon for tomorrows set up. 11:00 Saturday the doors will open I and I will have my first taste of vending at a fibre focused festival. Now a deep breath and I’ll try to make sure all my buttons are in a line. I hope to get some picture of the event this week end.

Jury items, awaiting approval, I do so seek approval

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Knit City

My coupon for the swag bag and some of my buttons
Knit City is an event for knitters and other fibre lovers.  There are classes, lectures and a vendors  market this Saturday and Sunday.  There are lots of vendors with fabulous fibre, yummy yards and bodacious buttons.  It is the first time that I have done an event with this group and I am really looking forward to it. If you are among those that like to line up and be the first off the blocks, I believe there with be swag bags for the first 50 customers. If you make there come and say hello. I am in booth #28.

Monday, October 8, 2012

The Cat Came Back

The cat came back the very next day,
The cat came back, we thought he was a goner,
The cat came back, he just wouldn't stay away

So one of the things that I have been working on is cat whistles. White ones and black ones. So far they are all a little different and I can’t decide if it is a good idea to put in stone eyes or not  (I think maybe not). The one second from the top left has jade eyes. I put them in with two part epoxy.

Sunday, October 7, 2012


Friday, October 5, 2012

The Free Table

One of the odder selection from the Free Table
This is a great day for production but there is nothing to show because I have been working on the backs of this and the inside of that. So I would like instead to mention our free table.

The free table has been in front of our place for the last three years. Because of a civic rule that anything put out for the trash officially belongs to the city, anyone who takes it could be charged with theft. This is not likely to happen but there is an something less that wonderful about having to steal trash. So the idea of the Free Table was born. People around the neighbourhood put things on it and take things from it and my husband and I, to a lesser degree, tidy up and take things in the might not like the rain and throw away the truly unusable and possibly dangerous. This is in one step up from just leaving things on the curb. You don’t have to stoop to recycle.

Watching what comes and goes is also entertaining.

Thursday, October 4, 2012


My buttons cozying-up to the hand spun.
Lots going on at the studio. Carmen has done a lot of rearranging. Her friend Paula took a run at the tidying end of thing and by the time I got there the place was down right presentable.

Both Carmen and I are working to a show a week this Saturday. Carmen is off to the Apple Festival at UBC and I am off to Knit City at the Croatian Cultural Centre.

I have never done a full fledged fibre festival and I am looking forward to seeing how it will go. So there at are to options for those of you living around Vancouver.

Carmen’s wall of wonderful wool

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Oh My Stars

It is a beautiful fall day. The sun is shining the birds are singing and I am inside making glow in the dark stars. I enjoy my work but this one of those days when I thing “be careful of what you wish for”. All these little suckers have to be wired with hangers, hung on cards and stuffed into bags. It was a cute idea years ago and now there is a demand. That is the good and the bad part.

I think that I have to take a walk.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Don’t Try This at Home Kids

The items on the left – 380, the ones on the right 280
Have you ever wondered what would happen if a really tired person set their oven at 380 degrees Fahrenheit instead of 280 degrees, and then this person set it the oven to 35 minutes?

When my son said, Hey mum, I don’t think that your oven is suppose to be smoking like this. Off goes the oven, open goes the oven door, out comes some translucent clay that isn’t exactly translucent any more. It looks more like mahogany. I still finished some of it off – because in its way it looks pretty cool. Still this not a recommended way of getting something that looks like mahogany.

In the past I have burn thing that have gradually returned to something of their original colour. Has anyone else had this experience I wonder. (I don’t expect these to return to their original colour, at least not all the way – I will keep samples and watch them.)