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

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Book Binge II

I am still busy making hard covered books

But these one are much smaller in size then the ones I showed last week. 

I still used water colour paper for the pages
as this makes the pages able to support a variety of techniques.

I decorated the covers with some layers of stamps
some paint - some bits of paper
and a final decorative layer of my hand carved stamps.

Four more items to add to my 'completed' pile
 for the upcoming sales I am attending.

(unfortunately the uncompleted pile is still very very big - so much to do, so little time!)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Bookmaking Binge

Since I made hard covered journal style books in a book making workshop 
just over a month ago, I have been wanting to make more of 
these type of books.

And I finally had some time to do that
Below are images of the three hard covered journals I recently finished.

These books are about 6.5 X 10 inches when closed  - pages about 12 X 9.5 inches when open

The inside pages are made with watercolour paper
and can be painted on, glued onto, or drawn onto with a variety of mediums.

The outside covers are decorated with paint and ink as well as paper I decorated, 
and copies of my drawings or photographs .

I am now finishing up some small books that I hope to share soon.
A definite bookmaking binge!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Wee One

I made a new little accordion book
decorated with my hand carved stamps

Not sure what it is about small that I like so much

One day I should try to work big.

But not today.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Fundraising For Bicycles

My oldest daughter is heading to Africa 
and will be pedaling her bike from Egypt down to South Africa!

She is trying to fund raise to donate bicycles
 to community support workers in each country she goes through. (10 countries!)
(see her blog for details and her stories along the way!)

In order to help her in this venture,
I carved a bike stamp, and made some cards
that I am selling locally as well as in my Etsy Shop.
All money will go towards buying bikes.

I also made a little accordion book using my hand carved stamps
and if it sells, the money will assist in buying bikes. 

To purchase bike cards or my bike book go to my Etsy shop

To learn more about the biking fundraiser visit Savannah's (oldest daughter) blog.