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There are just a couple more days in which to register for my workshop at Fanshawe College in London this weekend. It promises to be a lot of fun. Lots of projects planned. Just follow the link, download the pdf course guide and it is listed on page 14. If that date does not work for you, my weekends in Southampton at the Art School are coming up on July 6 and 7th and Aug 10 and 11th. Hope to see you there.

Fanshawe College.

Southampton Art School

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Registration is now open for the Summer Art Program at Fanshawe College.  I will be teaching a weekend workshop on June 22 and 23rd 2013.  These weekends are so much  fun.  Techniques are taught, originallity is encouraged.  Follow this link to the PDF Program. http://www.fanshawec.ca/continuing_education   Download the London Campus Course Guide (Hint, hint,  My class is on page 14 LOL)  Hope to see you there.

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I am pleased to tell you that there have been 3 new classes posted for the end of this season.  If you get a chance stop by  www.stix-n-stones.ca to check them out.  These will be the last new ones posted this year.  As usual the spring line up will be posted shortly before Christmas.

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If anyone is looking for a learning holiday in an ideal setting, here’s a couple for you.  I will be teaching two workshops this summer in a couple of the most beautiful towns in Ontario.

The first will be held at the Southampton Art School in Southampton Ontario.  Located on the shores of Lake Huron just south of the best beach in Ontario (Sauble Beach)  July 7 and 8th will be two days of relaxed creativity and learning.  You will learn a lot of basic techniques, taught a few structured projects and encouraged to use thos skills to design and create something all your own.


The second is a week long workshop (July 23 to the 27th) in the beautiful town of Haliburton in the heart of cottage country.  This will be a more extensive course and will cover many techniques that will take you from beginner to intermediate wire artist.    All this while enjoying a week away in the north.  The Haliburton Art School website has a list of accommodations available for students.


Full colour, extensive tutorials will be handed out in each of these classes to insure your success in repeating these projects at a later time.  All tools required will be available for use during class.  The kit fee will include any wire, stones, and beads that you will require but feel free to bring any items you might like to incorperate into your projects.

Hope to see you there!!!

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So I have finally finished with my new workroom and I thought I’d let you take a look around before I got it all messed up : )  Here goes.  First I organized all my beads into these neat little screw together containers.  I must have cleaned out 3 Dollarama stores! but they came in 3 different sizes and are perfect for the job (I think)  So now I can see all my beads.

Then came the trip to Ikea.  I bought 2 CD cases and 2 bookcases and, being Ikea, I was also able to get doors to fit on the bookcases to neaten things up a bit.  At the lumber yard I was able to get a shelf that fit the length of all 4 pieces and it will serve as a countertop.   It is a handy space to spread things out on.


My stones are organized into these tool cases that I have gotten over the years at the local Home Depot.  The little compartments are removeable and interchangeable.


The closet has been outfitted with shelves and houses the cases with the stones, a photography setup, the tumbler, more storage, etc.

There are two desks in the room, one on wheels that I can pull up to any chair.  There is a spot for my computer and I am saving for a new wiresless printer.  I installed a bulletin board and last but not least, hung my autographed picture of Pierce Brosnan : ) (A gift from my daughter).



So, no excuses now!! : )  There is a place for everything and everything is in its place.  Time to get to work.  I’ve got fall classes to organize!!  I doubt this room will ever be this neat again. LOL  Thanks for looking.

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Since my children have left home (long ago) and are not likely to be returning its time to turn one of the extra bedrooms into a workroom for myself. Don’t know what took me so long to get to it, but it sure will be good to have everything in one place for a change.  So closets have been emptied and painted, trips have been made to Ikea, the lumber yard, and Staples Business Depot and Costco.  Now I am in the middle of sorting things and putting everything in its place.  More pictures will follow. : ) as I get things organized.  I also found some great bead organizing containers at Dollarama.  I swear I cleaned out every Dollarama within 10 miles.

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Just thought I would post a picture of our booth at the Ancaster Gem Show.  This was the first time that we set it up and I have to say …. I was quite pleased with the result.

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Not only will I be teaching classes at the Ancaster Gem Show but will be a participant in the show.  The new venture I am involved with …Soul Gems….will have a spot as one of the vendors.  I am anxious to see how everything looks in our new display ….got the banner and business cards…..printed the stone story cards.  Everything is ready to go….just have to wait till Thursday.  If you are in the area come out , it promises to be a good show.

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I will be teaching 4 classes at the Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead and Jewellery show this coming weekend.  Check them out at http://www.ancastergemshow.com/classes.htm  This is only the second year for this show but if it is anything like last year it promises to be great.  There is a good variety of product so ….lots to see and do.  There are a lot of free seminars and demonstrations  offered also.  Come by and say Hi 🙂

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I’m pleased to announce the launch of a project that I have been working on since the beginning of the year.  It is the creation of a business and website in which I have partnered with 3 other talented artists.  Soulgems.ca has been my vision for a very long time and the partners I have chosen share this vision.  The mythology and properties of these wonderful gemstones has always been a source of fascination for us and designing  jewelry with that in mind has been such a creative venture!!  This has been a labour of love….I have learned so much! from setting up  the website to creating the jewelry which populates it.  So….if you have the time….wander on over and check it out at www.soulgems.ca

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I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching a 3 day workshop at the Southampton Art School in Southampton Ontario.  Wonderful, a working vacation, and it couldn’t be in a lovlier town!!  Check it out at..


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This is a Herkimer Diamond that I bought a few months ago.  I wrapped it on a recent trip away to Tobermory.

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These are a few of the new things I have been working on for my fall class lineup at http://www.stix-n-stones.ca/09classes.htm   The black teardrop pendant is from a tutorial written by a talented wire artist  by the name of Nancy Wickman of www.wickwirejewelry.artfire.com  She very gaciously gave me permission to share this technique with my students.

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wishing-well-pendant-2.jpg  This necklace was made with a little glass vessel that I purchased from Samma at http://www.posh-abilities.com/  I fell in love with her vessels and knew I had to come up with a special design so I have branched out to an entirely new technique.  This project was greatly influenced by the work of Magdalena Borejko, Eni Oken and Iza Malczyk three very wonderful jewelry artists whos work I have admired for a long time.

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 goldfish-upload.jpg The minute I saw this Crab Fire Agate bead I saw a goldfish.  After making this about ten times in my head this is what I came up with.  Hope you like it.

 imprint-4.jpg This is a picture of the finished piece.

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