Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
A short blog posting tonight as I've got to get my stuff in the suitcases. It's only 7:30 p.m. but already I could use a nap. I woke up at 5 a.m. and was too excited to go back to sleep. Got everything done at work that I needed to do before I left, so that is a relief. I'm working my way through my lists, although I was filling nine little Ziploc snack bags with cereal servings, it did occur to me that either I'm a little too uber-organized or I'm too *n*l- retentive for my own good (yes Janine, I know what your choice would be!!) But seriously, why not, if it means $10 a day in savings that could otherwise be spent on beads??? Easy decision. And Cheerios aren't at all heavy.
Cats are taken care of, VISA has been notified I will be out of the country charging up a storm if I spend all the American money in my wallet, I have my passport, boarding pass and Bead and Button show tickets, the taxi is booked to arrive at 6:15 tomorrow morning (which means I have to get up at god awful early o'clock) so it looks like I'm good to go.
But keep tuning in to my blog, I'll be posting all next week with the details of the classes I'm taking. Wait until you see what I'm going to be making - it's pretty darned cool!!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Now if I could just find the earphones for my iPod...
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
My friend Wendy posted a link on Facebook today to a page which had the following quote setting out how to observe this day:
"...gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with choicest flowers of springtime....let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us as sacred charges upon the Nation's gratitude--the soldier's and sailor's widow and orphan." --General John Logan, General Order No. 11, 5 May 1868
A moment of remembrance is held at 3 p.m., people place flags on soldiers' graves and the flag is flown at half-mast until noon.
The Indy 500 is also traditionally held on this day, which makes no sense to me whatsoever as I see no connection between someone driving a race car really fast around a track and a soldier giving their life defending their country but far be it from me to question this long standing tradition!
But in all seriousness, it doesn't hurt for us to pause and remember the fallen, whether they be our own countrymen or those of our neighbours. May they rest in peace.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Today's class was chainmaking. There were 10 students and we all made very different chains. Unfortunately with a one day class, there isn't time to get everyone's stuff in the kiln and fired by the end of the day, so our finished chains won't be fired and ready until tomorrow. The suspense!!
I made a chain out of a combination of ring sizes and types, some are fused rings, some are PMC. It's a very random design of large and small rings. At the moment, it's actually four mini-chains that I will join together at some later date. I might add in some lampwork beads and/or wire wrapped joins, I haven't quite decided yet.
Here's what my pieces look like right now, before they've been in the kiln:
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
For us, opening the cottage starts with getting the water running. It's a semi-mysterious process, the details of which were passed to my dad from the previous owner when we bought the place 34 years ago and which he passed to my sister. She has a little notebook where she keeps track of the details. I know it involves priming the pump using buckets of water carried up from the lake but that's about the extent of my knowledge.
Friday, May 15, 2009
The first time I went there was about 3 years ago. I had a supply list for a chain making class I had signed up for, and needed to buy a jewellery saw. (Turns out the first thing we learned was how to make our own jump rings, which was pretty satisfying but I'm still glad to know I can always buy them ready made!!)
When I went to Lacy's that time, I had no idea what all the stuff was that they had on display. This time, I was pleased to realize that I could identify a lot of the contents of their store and had at least a vague idea of what most of the items were for. Several of them are on my "some day when I have my own studio and/or win the lottery" list. I've definitely learned a lot over the past few years!
I only spent about 10 minutes there today and less than $50. I am amazed at my self-control. If it weren't for the fact that I'm saving myself for the Bead & Button show in two weeks, I could have been seriously tempted. There were several other things I coveted there but I was able to restrain myself (mostly because my back could barely handle the weight of the anvil, let alone anything else!)
As it is, I came home with an anvil, screw clamp and bench pin combination item, a beginner set of metal files (only $6.95 vs. the expert set which was $49.95!!), a bead awl and some new saw blades for that saw I bought 3 years ago.
If you want to go to Lacy's, keep in mind they aren't open weekends and they close at 5:30 during the week. But it's definitely worth the trip and if their hours don't suit your schedule, you can always check out their website and shop online. http://www.lacytools.ca/
As for me, that tumbler purchase will just have to wait until my next visit! Unless I win tomorrow's $40 million jackpot, in which case, I'll be back in the store on Tuesday morning!!
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Once again, we both made something completely different. Once again, I used wire crochet in my creation and Stephanie did nothing of the sort. Too funny!
Stephanie's creation is called "Convertable Jade" because her piece can either be worn as a necklace or a belt - very cool, very unique! (many thanks to Dwyn for the photos of the finished pieces)
Did I mention that I also made matching earrings? (but of course I did!!)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
I picked up a couple more insulators, a pretty turquoise one and a neat white/clear one that looks a little bit like a top hat (2nd from the left and far right in the photo):
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Getting to the first Flamboro show at the Brampton Fairgrounds was a bit of an adventure this morning. As I was driving, the sky was turning blacker and blacker and suddenly it started to pour. I could hardly see anything in front of me - just followed the lights of the truck ahead of me and hoped for the best. Then something bounced loudly off my roof, followed by another loud metallic ping and I realized it was hailing. For tiny little bits of ice, they sure make a heck of a noise when you're sitting inside a tin can!! It was so bad, traffic was pretty much standing still, although there was still the odd foolish driver here and there who didn't see the need to put their headlights on (what is wrong with these people??). I made my way to the side of the road and waited it out.
After only a few minutes (that seemed much longer), the skies cleared and I continued on my way. Met my friend Barb in the parking lot after a couple of cell phone calls to coordinate positions and we then prepared to shop. She had very cleverly brought along a couple of fabulous raincoats for each of us, complete with reflective strips, courtesy of a paramedic relative. Of course, several people seemed to think we were the parking lot staff as we walked around but that was okay. We probably could have auctioned off the coats for a pretty penny during the heaviest downpours!
The number of vendors seemed much smaller this time around, perhaps it was the weather, maybe due to the economy. There were two buildings full of the smaller bits and pieces and several stalls outside with larger furniture and whatnots. Everything outside was covered with a thin layer of water although most of the items seemed to have withstood the early morning deluge. Then it started raining again just before midday and that carried on rather torrentially for quite a while. Luckily, we had checked out the outdoor stalls before the rain started. Barb and I ate our hotdog lunch in the car, put our raincoats back on during a break in the rain and headed in to scour the insider vendors' tables.
I'll share my purchases with you in Monday's post. In the meantime, here are a few photos of my day:
Friday, May 8, 2009
This past Wednesday was the May meeting of the Toronto Bead Society. It was our annual general meeting to elect the Steering Committee but there wasn't anything to vote on because all the positions were filled by acclimation (i.e. only one person volunteered to do the job so they were picked!). In some cases, two or three people offered to share the position, which probably makes sense as far as time commitments go. I'm sure everyone will do a great job.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Stephanie and I and another woman (whose name I didn't catch but who saw the first piece and then couldn't leave before seeing them all) opened each bag and oohed and aahed over the pieces. Each one was even more intricate and beautiful than the one before.
Here are just a few pictures of her fabulous designs:
The white necklace was especially lovely and would look amazing with a wedding dress!!
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
I found this photo on the internet, in a blog called "OdetteRoulette" (great name) - hope Odette doesn't mind me using this photo. Her caption was "Sweet mother of toast! I would leap across the (bleep) cake and stab my friend with the cake server if made to wear this thing! Thanks to stylenews for this monstrocity." I agree, Odette!
I was sorry to miss yesterday's festivities and I look forward to taking part again next year.