wire ... metal ... fibre .... unique handcrafted jewelry and accessories for men and women

Friday, July 30, 2010

market date

my stall at the market

A reminder; I'll be selling at the New Westminster Farmer's Market on Thursday (5th August).
There should be some new flower bib necklaces, and even some wire crochet kits if I get busy over this weekend.
It's also a great market to call in to on your way home from work, or for a family evening outing. Food is fresh and tasty, with all the ingredients for a knock-out picnic. Hot dogs with fresh bread and a hummus dip anyone? Fresh kettle corn? Samosas? Coffee and fruit smoothies? Do I need to go on?

See you there ;)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

hearing a pin drop?

clutch of chainmaille
clutch of new chainmaille earrings; serpentine and white agate

Yes, it's been kind of quiet round here. Summer holidays are in full swing; I've applied for, been interviewed for, and not got got a job; the Wee Guy is home more of the time; family holidays intervened. I'm still working though, making stuff.

If you're in the locale, why not swing by New Westminster Farmer's Market next Thursday - I'll be there munching on my bag of popcorn.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

wordless wednesday: my stall at the market

New Westminster Farmer's Market - see you there again on August 5th and 26th!

Friday, July 9, 2010

fibre friday: the portable crafting aka how i'm staying sane edition

(As many of you are painfully aware) it's the summer holidays right now. A seemingly endless nine weeks sans fulltime (cough cough) school stretches menacingly into the distance.

We've (the Wee Guy and I) made some plans which will hopefully keep us both satisfied and relaxed. He has a number of activity camps and I am maxing out the available childcare and portable crafting occasions to carve out a few sanity moments. The sun has also arrived which makes life easier.

My portable crafting projects comprise mainly knitting though I do have some flower embroidery to dig out (started last summer, eep!). I'll also have some jewelry projects on the go soon as inventory in the two shops needs refreshing and I should also get on with revamping my poor online shops (see Where To Buy, above).

Next week's crafting projects, however, take a back seat to the teens' summer class in wire crochet I'll be teaching at Place des Arts. I have a couple of new projects to try out and so must organise finished examples/demo items as well as new student info sheets.

It's very rare that I feel "crafted out" though so I must be doing things right?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

custom findings

wire stack
custom sterling silver ear wires fresh from the tumbler

I haven't made these for a while so it was lovely to get a shout from a previous customer wanting a custom listing of my sterling silver ear wires. Of course I was happy to oblige :)

All my ear wires are my own design. I wrap them around my own mandrels then shape the design. The ends are burred smooth and then the metal is hardened in the tumbler with some stainless steel shot.

burrrfinishing off the ends using a cup burr on my proxxon drill

Most of the listings are found here in my Artfire shop but I do still have some listings on good old Etsy. If you prefer to order on your Etsy account just send me an email and I'll oblige. Custom listings are possibly the most efficient way of buying - my pricing is based on the listings posted but your shipping fee is as if it was for just one single order.

Monday, July 5, 2010

thank you, thank you

Huge thanks to the City of Coquitlam for such a wonderful Canada Day celebration in the Town Centre Park. As part of the artisan village I had a great time (and sales, networking and so on) and felt very pampered with having my tent, tables and chairs provided on site.

And my boys also enjoyed themselves "while mummy was working".

I've had a small break over the weekend (tackling a job application - a change is as good as a rest I guess) and am now in prep mode for the farmer's market in New Westminster this Thursday and the Summer Fun teens' class at Place des Arts next week.

Please do drop by - it's always good to see familiar faces.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy Canada Day

wire maple leaf, originally uploaded by ebbandflo_pomomama.

Enjoy the celebrations - Happy Birthday Canada, 143 years young!

Pin It button on image hover