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Friday, March 29, 2013

Week 13~ Have Faith

Week 13 of Focus on Life... 25% of the way through the year.. I usually have these written and ready to post by Tuesday or Wednesday... It's already Friday... of Easter Weekend...  (I took the pictures on Tuesday before the most recent SNOW!

I live on a coast that has some of the highest tides in the world.... I really don't understand why the millions of gallons of water move in and out of 'my' cove 3.7 times per day but I have faith that the tides here will continue to rise and fall

 My faithful tide clock....

 When I had the idea to spent the next 8 hours photographing the water coming and going from thecove this is where the tide was...
10 :09 am Atlantic time
just over two hours from high tide....
12:03 Atlantic Time
12:37 ... High Tide

13:13 The tide has turned
15:37 My yard is getting noticeably bigger!

16:43 2 hours from low tide
18:30  Atlantic Time Low Tide

The extremely ugly thing in the picture is one of the old ferries.. a neighbour bought it to use as a wharf and storage for their lobster traps... It is still in use but big chunks seem to fall off every year... 

To see other peoples interpretation of faith check out 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bead Table Wednesday

This all started with  a free pattern from Bead & Button...  I thought that the Peyote rivets were really neat so tracked down the 2 hole black bakelight connectors....
They come from A Grain of Sand, beware!, there are lots of neat things there!
The original bracelet is all bakelight components... I made my own ring and my own 'rounds'... I 'finished' the top piece yesterday and really don't think that I want to continue the bracelet as 'advertised'  because that would put the bakelight 2 hole connectors on the sides of my very tiny wrist... so I guess I have the makings of two nearly identical bracelets.. I can use my ring as part of my closure and make a few more frosted purple 'beads'

Friday, March 22, 2013

Week 12~ Observe the Curve

Focus on Life week 12 

Thought I'd take you back to Costa Rica for this weeks prompt!
These pictures were taken in Guaitil , where the entire town is dedicated to making pottery from local clays in a pre Columbian style!  Picture # 1 is pounding the clay  .... remember the air temperature is  34 C ... 94 F not my idea of a fun job!
Throwing the pot... the wheel was being turned by hand and was made out of old bicycle parts (wonder where the pre Colombians got their bicycles!)  I love the curves you get making pottery on a wheel... however I was somewhat hopeless when it came to building pots on a wheel the one class I took! Which is why I became a fibre artist... Wool doesn't fight back!  Glass however does!
Think this is a decorated version of what he was building... 

Thought I'd throw in a piece of my work this week too... this was a prototype I did for a residential commision... I don't think that some of the curves flow at all well in this panel... but it was the curviest thing I could find in the house!  And the rondels were all made by me on my minor torch

To see how other people observe the curve check Sally's blog!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bead Table Wednesday... almost wordless Wednesday

 Isn't this beer bottle a lovely colour of Blue?  It's Iceberg beer from Newfoundland... The bottles are actually manufactured in China and the glass was quite thick so it wasn't that easy to cut  I think these will make a gorgeous necklace though once I have enough beads!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Week 11 Possibilities are Endless

Focus on Life week 11

One of my first post when I started this blog was about a charity in NC called Endless Possibilities... they turn 'rags' into rag rugs...and other things.... Check my 2008 posting for info on the charity!

I got this 'rug' the second time I was there... & no it wasn't $25!

 My husband thinks this is a really good use for ties!  He refuses to wear them and when he was forced to wear them at work they were always tied so poorly that they looked awful... but he was adhering to company policy!
Love the colours in this one!  If you're ever in Manteo NC make sure you check this store out.

For other peoples interpretations of this weeks prompt head over to sally's blog

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

almost wordless wednesday

Pouring rain here today... with any luck it will clean all the snow off my croci beds and they will be blooming by March 21....
 that stream is normally a 6 inch trickle!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Week 10 ... All Wrapped Up

Focus on Life week 10... All wrapped up

OK I'll admit I don't have a clue what to post here.. I actually hate wrapping.. at Christmas I use an entire roll of paper then move onto the next roll... I do like curling ribbon though... so you won't see an image of a wrapped parcel here.. when I'm shipping parcels I wrap the entire item in packing tape ... an attempt to foil the post office... I'm sure Canada Post randomly checks parcels to see if they will float....

I decided that you would see my dyed seam binding necklace from Artisan Whimsy  .. Karen Lackey of Starshine Salon posted a tutorial on dyeing seam binding on Artisan Whimsy in January, everyone who commented got 5 yards... I received mine while I was in Costa Rica so did not meet the deadline for the blog reveal so after many hours of making and unmaking knots this is what I came up with

SO I think I have the project and the challenge "All Wrapped UP"

I ended up braiding the seam binding 2 pieces of seam binding and 2 pieces of wimpy useless chain... (I tried to wire enameled components to the chain and it kept breaking.).. the enameled 'pendant' is hanging from 3 strands of chain, the clasp is an enameled poppy.   (The pendant does look a bit like a lamp...)
To see how other people interpreted Sally's prompt this week

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wordless Wednesday

Wishful thinking....  (The shoes The toes do look like that, maybe the contrast with a snowbank would have been more appropriate!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Week 9... Knock Knock

Week 9 of Sally Russick's Focus on Life Blog Challenge

 A door opened and I went through it.

                                                          ~Temple Grandin

I didn't have to think about this for very long, I have a door in my house that has followed me accross Canada.  I was born in Alberta in the 50's and grew up in a 1940's war house.  When my parents bought the house it had a small front porch/hall with a leaded glass door. (Between the porch and the living room)   When I was 4 there was a major renovation done to the house and the leaded glass door was put into the garage, where it stayed until I bought a 1920's bungalow in Saskatoon in 1981.  There was a  door missing between the bedrooms and the dining room, I immediately thought of the leaded glass door from our former porch. I measured the 'hole' dad measured the door  and we discovered it was a perfect fit!  So the door was wrapped up and moved East one province on  the roof of the family car.  The door had a home again.  I only lived in that house for 2 years.  My  next move was into a 1910 stone and brick house 3 blocks west and yes the door was moved and once again there was a doorway that fit it perfectly. Five years later we moved to a  house in rural Saskatchewan, the door moved but it didn't have a home this time... back in the garage for 10 years.
My door once again has a home in our house in NB, we  built the room that it acts as the door for, (It's the door between the gallery and the house) ... so it wouldn't be lonely  I made it a friend to keep it company! The hole they are filling was the original living room window.

For a look at  more doors check out Sally's blog