Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Pocket Book

A new little book I made

That is full of pockets

That can be filled with whatever
ones heart desires

Friday, December 12, 2014

Further Collisions

Here are some cards I made for the Christmas Fairs I have just finished selling at.

The images above and below are pieces I made some time ago
when my photographs, collided with tea bags, collage bits and ink

I took the scanned images of some of my creations on tea bags, 
 played with them on the computer
and then made them into cards.

I really like how they turned out
and others must have too,
as they sold very quickly.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Almost There

In less then a month my oldest daughter Savannah
heads out on her grand adventure.
She is going to Africa to ride her bicycle from Cairo, Egypt to Capetown, South Africa.
12,000 kilometres of riding in four months!

As part of this adventure she has been raising money that will purchase bicycles 
for health care and community service workers in Africa. 

Her goal was to raise enough funds 
to purchase 10 bicycles -  one for each country she travels through. 

I am really pleased to say she is so very close to this goal,
and I am positive she will make it 
before she leaves!

Savannah has worked hard fundraising, and I am happy that I was also able to help.

I want to thank everyone who has bought items from me that went to this cause
and to those that donated directly through her blog

It  is really appreciated. 

Way back in the spring when she told me about this planned adventure.
I carved a bicycle stamp and started making cards 
which were sold to fund raise for the bicycles that will be donated.

I am so very pleased to say we sold about 100 cards!

To assist her in her final fundraising,
I will be donating all proceeds
 from the sale of the last few bike stamped items in my Etsy shop
AND  50% of all proceeds from  any other sales until December 20
AND I am having a sale (until Dec. 20)....
Everything in my Etsy shop is 15% OFF the listed price if you entire the following code. 


If you want to learn more about her adventure as she travels you can follow her blog here

Thanks Again!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Day Planners

I am a planner
I (like most people) have a busy life, and I love to stay organized.
And so I created some day planners. 

These planners are soft covered books 
that I made with layers of fabric, paper, glue, etc, 
and 2 were decorated with tea bags and my hand carved stamps 
There final coat is a layer of wax that makes them feel so lovely to hold. 

When closed they can be secured with an elastic,
 that also holds a pen in place along the edge of the pages.

When opened there is a pocket page, that I have placed a 2015 calendar inside
but really it can hold whatever is needed.

The pages have the months and dates written on but not the days of the week.
In this way the books can be used for this upcoming year or a future one. 
The user can always write the days of the week in, if they desire. 

At the back of the book there is another pocket for tucking bits and pieces .

This one was made with fabric on the outside (versus tea bags as the other two were)
and decorated with a leaf stamp and some of my sketches. 

But inside, the pocket and the pages are the same.

I am hoping to add a couple of these to my Etsy shop in the next day or two.

(as well as offer 15% off everything in the store, and raise some funds for some bikes)

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Whimsical Circle Creations

What fun I have had creating this jewelry.

Necklaces with one or two circles 
that may or may not
 be adorned with a small brass decoration 
to create these whimsical rustic necklaces.

I have been trying for days to take pictures of them
 but there is not a lot of daylight lately.
I came home from work at lunch time today 
to try and get the most daylight I could to take some pictures.
Even then it was a struggle, as there wasn't much natural light coming in my windows.

But I did what I could.

Most of the necklaces are adorned with a bee 
or a dragonfly or a flower or a bird

But some of them were just left as circles.
I do love circles.

As well as a few more of my hand forged copper circle necklaces 

and earrings.

A number of these circle creations have made it into my Etsy shop.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Blacksmith Jewelry

In October I went to visit my sister in Nova Scotia.

Besides having a wonderful visit with her and her family and the farmyard animals

We spent many wonderful hours together in her blacksmith shop.
(Her husband builds these wonderful cement dome building - and built her one to create in)

Her 'Smithy' (as she affectionately calls it)
is a wonderful place to spend time in.

Here I am heating up some copper and ready to do some pounding
(note my very small hammer!)

I hammered many copper rings while I was there.....

And when I got home made earrings

and necklaces.

My sister though,
wields a much bigger hammer

and bends much heavier pieces of metal.

She creates hardware for doors (see the dome smithy image), many different styles of hooks

as well as hangers for signs..... she also created the beautiful sign to go on this hanger.

But while I was visiting she worked mostly on jewelry
And what a beautiful collection she made.  

I do hope to go again next year!

In case you would like to see more of her creations, you can visit her at