Category Archives: Etsy

Time Sure Flies!



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.

I will be away 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!








Angelic Orange Calcite


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

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?


Rock n Roll


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!



Ugg…Summer is over!



This is me picking through rocks down at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto, for beach glass and other interesting finds.

I lost baby ugly at White Cliff Beach near Vancouver B.C.  Actually, I set her afloat to become a mermaid one year at a “family” picnic.  Not real family, not bio family.  My Step dad’s friends.  A concoction of alcoholics, thieves, bikers and just out of jailers.  They were as close knit as any other woven family.

Those were the highlights of my summers as a kid.  Crossing the Lions gate bridge onward to the “far away” beach.  Roaming freely on the ocean rocks-fearful the tide would come on fast and we’d be trapped at sea.  Amidst a never ending blue neither ending at sky or sea.  Bringing home hermit crabs, smoking with my “cousin”.  Pondering the drug addled almost adult topless girls making out with their boys.

Always loved the beach….perhaps being a water sign has something to do with it.

Summer is over once again.  Throughout the Winter I will be transforming my finds, my precious beach finds,  transforming them wondrously into jewelry and sculpture. Humming the still haunting tune of baby uglie’s lullaby.