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Time Away

If my social media accounts have been quiet of late, and I have been slow to respond to e-mails, it is because I unplugged at a retreat centre for a while. I spent almost two weeks at wonderful Dorje Denma Ling in Tatamagouche, Nova Scotia.

This rural retreat centre may be rustic, but it is also splendid!

This rural retreat centre may be rustic, but it is also splendid!

The retreat was attended by roughly 50 people from international destinations.

local powdered juniper is used as incense

local powdered juniper is used as incense

It is not fancy, but I love it there, and have been coming here for over twenty years.

An approaching storm made for a dramatic sky over the meditation pavillion

An approaching storm made for a dramatic sky over the meditation pavillion

The place is fairly small, but swells in the summer with larger programs

To create a space for the program's meals, a tent was erected on the lawn. The grass coming through the floorboards made endless fodder for the eye

To create a space for the program’s meals, a tent was erected on the lawn. The grass coming through the floorboards made endless fodder for the eye

Being on retreat opens the senses – everything becomes quite beautiful. Or maybe it always is, but we miss it in the speed of daily life.

One of the perks of rising with the sun is the amazing light of the earliest morning hours

One of the perks of rising with the sun is the amazing light of the earliest morning hours

Now I am renewed and ready for summer artisan shows on either Coast. First Halifax –

Downtown Halifax, across from Public Gardens, and free admission!

This annual show is in downtown Halifax, across from Public Gardens, and free admission!

and then the Harmony Arts Festival in West Vancouver July 27 – August 7. See you there!

 

 

 

Thanks, CircleCraft Market Vancouver!

I have just returned from the CircleCraft Market in Vancouver. I very much enjoy coming to Vancouver twice a year to show my work, and look forward to returning again in the summer, for CircleCraft Summer and the Harmony Arts Festival. Here are a few impressions of my last visit!

Upon arrival to set up the show, one always gets this amazing view of Vancouver harbour from below the Convention Centre West.

I love this view

I love this view

Set-up went smoothly, thanks to my wonderful uncle Gary Zumar, who lives in Vancouver and always helps me out.  Upon leaving on set-up day, I found this:

These banners with my rings on them would greet visitors all week

These banners with my rings on them would greet visitors all week

The ads all over town had caused quite the stir, and so I had a very interested audience for talking about the Onefooter rings, throughout the show.

Photos of my rings, and of my hands at work , adorned the busses

Photos of my rings, and of my hands at work , adorned the busses

Even the subway platforms showed my hands (photos by Paige Littlefair) and my work (photos by Christina Arsenault):

The subway ads were particularly stynning

The subway ads were particularly stunning

All this made mine a very popular booth:

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The flow of people at the booth was steady

People were particularly interested in seeing the many variations of Onefooter rings with colourful sapphires. I even had one with a ruby, and some with very nice tourmaline, one of which found a happy new owner.

Trying on rings

Trying on rings & asking questions

The highlight of the show was when a couple whom I had been working with over the past couple of months, came to pick up their commitment rings. It remains amazing to me that I get to play this huge role in couples’ lives – Thank You!

These two were as excited as I was!

These two were as excited as I was!

the happy couple with their custom made commitment rings

The couple had me make them a 18k palladium white gold Onefooter ring with princess cut blue sapphire, and a white gold MapleLeaf ring

Lastly: I got a treat, too. Craftspeople have a very hard time not falling in love with each other’s work. This time, I returned with a particularly special piece: my epic new teapot, which Lynn from Red Pot Pottery (Surrey, BC) has painstakingly ornamented in her precise yet whimsical way. Here it is, on the wood stove back in Halifax, where I have been preparing for the Nova Scotia Designer Crafts Council annual Christmas Market. It opens tomorrow morning – hope to see my regulars there!

I love my new teapot!

I love my new teapot 🙂

See you this weekend, Halifax!

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As always: come early for the best selection

 

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