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                       HAPPY CANADA 150 DAY!

 

Be Sure to visit my Etsy shop for unique all handmade gifts for everyone!

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My most ♥♥♥♥ item on my Etsy shop!  And of course it is Canadian!

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Canadian Ammonite Pendant

 

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Glass Works Factory (Gallery) 2016 8×10 Acrylic on Canvas available on Etsy and Fine Art America prints.  The original is available for the pick-up price of only $30.00 so send me a message if you’d like a piece of historical Toronto Art to grace your Bower while supporting a local artist…me!

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My children are always on my mind and in my heart each and every day!

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I’d like to feature the first art show that I was involved in since my cancer journey began (I’ve done a few more since) curated by the very busy Lauren McKinley Renzetti….

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“Rose” is in the show…12″x12″ acrylic on canvas

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“Hibiscus” is in the show as well…16″x20″ acrylic on canvas

  Here’s a little blurb that appeared in the Beach Metro Community News about the show:  http://www.beachmetro.com/2015/06/30/beach-arts-scene-49/

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Woodbine Park Companions”. I have loved photographing the Mute Swan and the American Black Duck for the past seven years. The Swan’s mate was busy in the marsh with their nestlings.

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One of the very best compliments ever……a young lady called wishing to interview me for an essay she was working on for school.  I had never met this young person, but I was so delighted to hear from her! ********************************************************************

Time Sure Flies!

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HAPPY CANADA 150 DAY!

Here we are at the start of Summer already!  Time sure flies by when one is busy!  Hope you haven’t been too busy and get to relax this summer.  Me…I’ll be busy moving my studio so haven’t been able to fit in any writing time it seems.  Been a whirlwind selecting new window coverings, changing decor colors…all that fun stuff when moving.

Definitely will be taking time off to have my Birthday picnic at the end of the month!

Today is Etsy’s big Canada 150 promo day so joining the ranks with all of the other Etsies out there with a flurry of social media antics.

My shop will be closed for the month of July and hopefully I will get caught up on finishing my blog posts…”All About Crystal”, “Wondrous Bismuth” and of course the on-going tale of Baby Ugly.  

Speaking of Dolls…the 3rd in my collection is finished!  “Canadiana” has been created in my unique way for celebrating Canada’s 150.  Perhaps you too have a creative element during your celebrations…would love to hear about it!

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“Canadiana”

 

  

Of Ghosts and Garnets part 1

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Of Ghosts and Garnets part 1

Long ago and far away on the other side of this vast Northern Continent – lived a scrawny, filthy and always wary ginger-haired girl and her doll….Baby Ugly.

Baby Ugly was a constant naked companion. Ever present during the days with wild wide open eyes during the night. While spirits wandered through out the rest of the derelict house they could not or would not pass through the Dutch door into their bedroom. Quite possible installed for this reason.

The house with it’s spotlight windows and deep dark chimney that sat on a hill. Whose view encompassed all of the Vancouver skyline disappearing into the fade of the distant ski-hill.

Though the split door hindered the ghosts and other entities, the cast iron air vent way high near the ceiling did not. The vent was usually shut but on occasions the wispy bony spirit limbs would rattle it open, usually as the brightest of bright moonlight flooded the small area. As the lumbering Popular tree branches danced and criss-crossed their grey shadows onto the curtain-less window. To the thud of some departed heart slowed with mud and sea grass.

Not only would Baby Ugly lay there unblinking, but so would the waif of the girl. Who’s eyes were the very same shade of Denim Blue as the doll. Eyes that during the day would seal shut tight to pretend what it was like to be blind wandering around the house… and quite adeptly. Considered good practice being that only one eye was good anyways and blindness may become a regular way of life.

Certainly Baby Ugly and the girl were not afraid of ghosts. They were afraid of the living. The constant threat of bloodshed. The confusion of others. The use of implements on parts that were not designed for such implements. The looks of muddled blatant hate swinging with veiled dirty looks. They were both the unwanted, the not needed, the sore bleeding scab that one picks unconsciously. Only to go to a mirror and pick at it again full of vengeance and with renewed vigor.

We must go back further, before the house, when the scab was new. To the one bedroom slum apartment situated at the race start of the tenement. Baby Ugly and the girl dragging a cereal box on a string and picking up litter with a stick. Neither spoke at that time, with the exception when some kid would kick over the box of trash. Then the girl became so alive and with a tremendously strong pitch, would fire as many lashings at the neighborhood brat as possible. Nobody messed with her duties…

Rose Quartz: The Stone of Love!

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Rose Quartz: The Stone of Love!

Hope everyone is enjoying Valentine’s Day and those who are alone or seeking reconciliation. It is my hope that you have been able to indulge yourself with a piece of Rose Quartz…the Stone of Love in all of it’s forms including self-love!

rose-quartz-heart-17_ink_liRose Quartz expresses itself in many forms…from very pure and pale pink crystals, milky opaque pale pink, banded, and very (sometimes called extra ) red otherwise known as Cherry Rose Quartz. Often the Cherry Quartz has been altered (cultured) to achieve a very pink color so buyer beware!

I like all of them though the most valuable to gemologists is the clearest, most purest, form. The pink color is clear Quartz that has trace amounts of titanium, iron or manganese.

Rose Quartz like all other Quartz have a strong vibration related to all Chakras for healing and is associated with the Zodiac sign of Taurus. Whether you wear it close to you in the form of jewelry or have a single rough or tumbled piece can be beneficial

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Not just for Love-though this is well-known-it also absorbs energy such as radiation emitting from electronics, so having a piece near your computer can lessen any negative effects emitting from close and long term usage of these devices. It also amplifies the energies of other stones making for a powerful combination.

Quartz is one of the best conductors of energy thus the massive use in the electronics industry.  Quartz in the electronics industry is most often “cultured” otherwise known as Lab Grown from a small Quartz “seed” so that there are no impurities to interfere with  the electronic device being manufactured.

The mythology of Rose Quartz goes back to Egyptian and Greek eras. Adonis who was the lover of Aphrodite, was attacked by Aries (the god of War). When Aphrodite rushed to save Adonis she caught herself on a wild rose bush. The lovers mingled blood stained the white quartz to a pink. Zeus felt so sorry for the two and reunited them and thus Rose Quartz symbolizes reconciliation.

Rose Quartz is also the stone of a youthful complexion. Reportedly the  Egyptian Goddess Isis used to rub her face with tumbled stones in an upward motion as she believed this would preserve her beauty. To this day this is practiced by many Egyptian women and is part of modern ritual to connect with the Goddess in the Isis temple in Egypt.

That’s it for one of the most pretty of stones….have a wonderful Valentine’s and next week perhaps we will go back to the tale of Baby Ugly…

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Angelic Orange Calcite

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Even though it is completely cold and gloomy out I’ve decided to focus my attention on Sunnier days ahead with Orange Calcite!

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Calcite and tumbler polishing don’t quite work together well. It is one of those stones that can totally disappear while being tumbled. Usually considered a tumbling process for advanced tumbler people!

I often begin my stone processing in my rotary tumblers. Any variety of Calcite that I tumble needs to be frequently checked on… I only tumble until the desired “softness” of edges has been achieved.

Then comes the handi-work, which is different for each stone. With the Calcites I use very fine grit papers first to remove the initial “crusty” appearance of the stone. I work this stage, sometimes over a period of months, for the glassiest surface shine as possible before using Titanium Oxide for the final polish.

During these steps I am consciously, unconsciously and intuitively deciding on what the piece will be:

Will it be a Wire Wrapped pendant?
A Drilled Specimen for pendant work?
A piece to be set in Polymer Clay?
Something to add to Encaustic Painting?
Or a stone for my own personal collection?

Despite Calcite being difficult to tumble because of it’s harness of 3 (out of 10 on the Mhos Scale), once it is polished it is quite durable.

My sources of Calcite comes from Brazil and rock hounding trips in Northern Ontario.

Perhaps I have such an affinity and Love for Orange Calcite, and Calcites in general, because it is the stone of the Zodiac sign of Cancer. The Orange variety especially emphasizes attributes for Cancerians of which I am a text book example.

Orange Calcite has an important effect on the 2nd Chakra. It is useful in all new beginnings, including birthing, new projects or changes. Orange Calcite is also a gemstone of wisdom, especially for those in charge of other’s fates.

                                How do you imagine Orange Calcite’s effect on you?

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Rock n Roll

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This week there is no rock of the week.  This week all of the rocks are a rolling!

My lapidary cart has everything I need for the gemstone tumbling process, including two Lortone double barrel rotary tumblers.

I spend on average up to 10 hours a week on maintenance: oiling the machinery, changing the slurry and grit, cutting slabs and pre-shaping rough rock to be tumbled. 

Mondays and Fridays are my rock days.  I get to witness what trans-formative wonders are revealed through the tumbling process.  Today is Monday so after I write this I will be checking on my tumblers.

This month they contain Emeralds, Indian Rubies, Laboradite, Amethyst, Extra Red Rose Quartz, Yellow and Black Jaspers, Carnelian and Tourmaline among others.

The tumbling process can take up to 8 weeks…so patience (and caution) is a must!

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Starry Jasper

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This week’s rock is “Starry Jasper” who’s name was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s epic masterpiece “Starry Night”.

Which happens to be (the painting not the rock) exhibiting in “Mystical Landscapes: Masterpieces from Monet, Van Gogh, and more…” this month at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) http://www.ago.net/ .

So how many of you love Gold? How many don’t like the price? The perfect substitute is Pyrite! Pyrite is made even more beautiful as inclusions within and on the surface of Red and Blue Jaspers.

The most prized inclusions are one’s that look like confetti sprinkled through-out the stone. I was very fortunate last summer to acquire Grade A rough Red Starry Jasper to work with.

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After a bit of investigation on-line I discovered that it is not readily available at this time-could not find a source elsewhere that was in stock. Did see some small tumble specimens but nothing like the example I got the pleasure to work with. And not only that the available finished products were not all that inspiring for me and pricey. One of the perks for me as a creator!
The solid color Jaspers are so nice to work with. They polish well and in a relatively short amount of time (4 weeks in the tumbler-more on tumblers in the future- then hand finishing).

I will be experimenting on the solids with “fantasy” carving…which is basically any kind of unconventional faucet ting…and or carving. As well as acid etching.

Starry Jasper has to be handled a little more cautiously. Checked on frequently. Would not want to erode something wonderful as it appears during the process.

Even the final cleaning with a soft brush has to be handled with discretion. A final loving buff of Bee’s wax conditions the entire stone. Then, and only then, is it time to create a pendant or other special item!

This particular piece was the best of my lot. I paired it with Gold and Rusty Red palette colors to achieve perfect harmony. This pendant was deserving of a longer necklace process of double stranded wire beading. With unique beads that are beautiful while not over powering the stone.

Stardust Photo Effect: https://www.tuxpi.com/photo-effects/stardust
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As I said, Starry Jasper was named after Van Gogh’s painting however has been well known by ancient cultures of all kinds through out history. Including Egyptian Kings, Jewish Priests and Shamanic Healers.

Worn as a protective talisman and buried with the dead for a safe passage to the after-life.
All Jaspers have a slow and steady energy attuned with the Earth.

Wearing such a pendant may encourage a spiritual relationship with all things living and a greater appreciation for all of Earths elements and wonders. This particular piece has a gentle, relaxing though stately power. A great stone for grounding oneself, dream recall and meditation. Vibrationally complements Aquamarine which is also another Chakra stone.

Hope you enjoyed reading about the wonders and some of the history related to Starry Jasper!