I have been working on a couple of Tree Goddesses the past few weeks that will be part of my display for the Ancaster Gem, Mineral, Bead and Jewellery Show this coming weekend (September 30, Oct 1 and 2011)  My local Homesense store had these two sculptures on clearance a while ago and I thought they would be perfect for this project.

A friend of my husband , with the right equipment, was kind enough to drill through the shoulders to allow me to insert a bundle of wires.

Next came a couple of layers of plaster cloth and paper clay


Then I coated them with a product called Powertex which made them really durable and I painted them to match our booth colours.  They have 10 fingers on each hand and I intend to hang pendants from their fingers with fishing line.  We have raised our table by 6″ and these Goddesses are close to 2′ tall so I think our pendants will be almost at eye level.  Heres hoping it encourages sales.



This is how I spent my summer vacation.  It took many wonderful hours walking the beach to find all these hearts and I enjoyed every one of them!!  All in all it was a very relaxing, peaceful week……358 days till next time



These are a couple of projects I will be teaching at the Southampton Art School.  The second piece is designed so that the bead can be taken out and replaced with a different stone for a completely different look.


My Happy Place

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.

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.

I have been playing around with the Tree Goddess concept changing proportions and trying to add detail.  The reality is….they will all be different, with their own personalities and little quirks : ) but I think I finally am able to turn out a consistantly good looking one.  Thanks for looking….I hope you like her too.

The Dream

About a month ago my husband had a dream that he described in this way.  We were separated …. but not.  I had my own apartment, with 3 bedrooms, and he lived aparently somewhere else.

Well, last night, he arrived home from a sales meeting at which he broke his right ankle and injured his left knee…..so NO good legs : )  I set up a bed in our family room so that he will be able to stay on one level in our 5 level house.  As I climbed the stairs to go to sleep last night I thought…..There are 3 bedrooms on this level.  He can’t climb the stairs so , I pretty much have my own space on the top level….. we are separated….but not…..Hmmmmmmm

Even more curious….my right ankle ached all day Monday….the day he broke his.  I wonder if this is what happens when you have been married for 41 years???

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