Category: Trivia, Facts and Stuff
well heck
well heck

Oh boy! When I opened the kiln this morning I did a big happy dance! Yay! Lookee lookee an experiment that worked! Tis that time of year, when I have a wee bit of downtime and I get to play….

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the snow queen
the snow queen

Meet the Snow Queen, queen of the snowflakes or “snow bees”. In the past the snow queen beads have made an occasional and unpredictable appearance. For some reason they are finicky and fussy and I usually burn them. Recently I…

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becoming a red person
becoming a red person

I’ve never been a fan of red. Don’t know why. I don’t wear it, I don’t own it. Not that I dislike it, it just doesn’t really do much for me. Lately however, I’m seeing red everywhere and I might…

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bling for all
bling for all

If every sketch of jewelry in these books came to life there would be bling for the entire planet. And these are just the notebooks that I carry around with me daily (which might explain why my “purse” is a…

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JANUARY GIVEAWAY!!!
JANUARY GIVEAWAY!!!

Did I mention that my mind is wandering to blue seas? I crave sunshine and blue skies, however I’m here for now and so I shall make the best of it. While my favourite winter sport is planning my annual…

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Winner of the December giveaway!
Winner of the December giveaway!

Well well well, it appears that we speak the same language – food. Last month I asked you to tell me your favourite food and the floodgates opened! Boy do you like to talk food! This must be why we…

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Happiest New Year Ever!
Happiest New Year Ever!

Happiest of happy new years to you! Yes you!!! And best wishes for a healthy and prosperous year. It’s a new month and a new decade and I don’t know about you but I’m planning on this decade being the…

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One of a Kind demonstration schedule
One of a Kind demonstration schedule

A new feature at the One of a Kind show this year – open studios! For an hour a day I’ll be demonstating flameworking, if you’re coming to the show why not schedule your visit around a demo and watch…

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ARGH!!!!! 3 days to go!!!!
ARGH!!!!! 3 days to go!!!!

ONLY 3 DAYS TO GO UNTIL THE ONE OF A KIND SHOW OPENS!!! a bomb exploded in the studio and i can’t find anything! for the first time ever i have space to build the booth in advance, of course…

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I. Am. A. Machine
I. Am. A. Machine

I am a bead-making machine!!! Check out yesterdays production run!!! WOOOHOOOO!!!! and all so pretty and lovely. You know what I need know? A bead cleaning elf. Each bead has to be pulled off the mandrel with vise grips, soaked…

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this is fall?
this is fall?

This is the time of year when I should be moving into Screaming Panic mode with the One of a Kind show in just a week and a half. However I am only feeling a mild panic, the sort of…

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daily photos – my project 365
daily photos – my project 365

October 12 – 20 Everyday i walk around with a square filter in front of my eyes. Until the moment when I’ve found my daily photo it’s always there somewhere in my mind, find the moment, find the moment. It’s…

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mail call!!!
mail call!!!

Remember being a kid and sending away for a prize from a cereal box in the mail? How you’d wait and wait and wait for the postman to bring it? Think of the joy of opening the mail box and…

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daily photo – my project 365
daily photo – my project 365

Sept 24 – Oct 2 My daily photo – for one year I have commited to taking a photo every single day. It is amazing to me that I walk around with a little voice in my head saying “is…

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Preview Party – Trunk Show
Preview Party – Trunk Show

Mark this down on your calendar, you don’t want to miss this!!! You’re invited to my Special Super Duper Holiday Preview at my studio!!! I have oodles of new work and I need your opinion on it please! Do come…

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ONE DAY BIRTHDAY SALE
ONE DAY BIRTHDAY SALE

Once upon a time in a land far away (yes very far away, New Zealand in fact) a princess was born. Well, she believed she was a princess and still does sometimes. Annually to celebrate her princess-ness on October 5…

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my daily photo – project 365
my daily photo – project 365

Ah there’s change in the air these days. It seems that the unlimited blue skies and sunshine actually do have a limit on them. And although I am sad to see the sunshine end it is a lot easier to…

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the beginning
the beginning

So how do you like my new blog layout? Me, I’m pretty darn pleased with it. The blog started as an experiment and a way to tell you a bit about what I do, why I do it, and to…

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one bite at a time
one bite at a time

Blank sheets of paper have always intimidated me. They’re so very white and fresh, so expectant of brilliance. The first blank sheet of an empty notebook is always the worst, when you realize there’s an entire book to fill. So…

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my Project 365 – August 19 – 27
my Project 365 – August 19 – 27

Armed with my trusty camera, I am taking a photo a day as I travel through life. Travel isn’t the places you go, it’s the way you see the places you are. Right now it’s easy to find a moment…

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lions and tigers and bears oh my!
lions and tigers and bears oh my!

Well I’ll skip the bears thanks and stick with the lions and tigers. And you can add in a cheetah and a leopard. I admit it, I am fond of the felines. I think large wild cats are the most…

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my project 365 – aug 10 to 18
my project 365 – aug 10 to 18

armed with my trusty camera i am traveling through life and a busy life it has been lately. what is it about the end of august that we begin to panic at the summers end and try to pack as…

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today i saw
today i saw

OOOOOHHHHHH!!!! I’m so happy! One of my favourite blogs – Today I Saw – is back! Jill Wignall is a lovely lovely girl who lives in England. Everyday she sees things, draws something on a postcard and mails it to…

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HELP! i need a 12 step program
HELP! i need a 12 step program

my name is catherine and i am a notebook addict. there. i’ve admitted it, maybe now i can get some help. what can i say? i LOVE notebooks. although i’m working up my arm muscles carrying all this around, it’s…

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my project 365 – aug 1 to 9
my project 365 – aug 1 to 9

yay! it’s aug 21 and i’m 21 days into my project 365!!! only 344 to go! it really does change your perspective when you start this. i wander around my days with the thought in my head of “oh, that…

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recipe for a summer day
recipe for a summer day

Start the day with an iced latte, the morning paper and french toast with a fresh blueberry sauce (so pretty!!!). Hop on bike and ride uphill to your studio. Play with hot glass for a couple of hours, so much…

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urban piranhas
urban piranhas

August 11, biking up Pape Ave to the studio when WHOA! there in the corner of the street, urban carnage right before me! one of the last remaining phone booths in the city being savagely attacked and devoured by the…

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my project 365
my project 365

I am a tourist in my own life. I am embarking on a project 365. Everyday for 1 year I take a photo. Somedays I’ll take more than 1, however only 1 goes into the archive. The original 365 was…

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