And they are ugly devils, don't you think?
Sunday, March 29, 2009
And they are ugly devils, don't you think?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
I found a shop on etsy called LTCreatesJewelry. Linda creates the most wonderful and unique jewelry from pewter items...spoons, forks, etc. Here are some samples from her shop (with her permission). Not sure what my favourite is...I think the watches. But the earrings and necklaces are great too. Definitely going on my favourites list for future purchases! Can't wait for my forks to arrive. I'll show you my "kitchen window" when it's finished.
LTCreatesJewelry's Shop Announcement
Welcome to my shop! I have started a new line of Pewter Jewelry that I'm very excited about. Over time, I will be putting it in my other shop, http://ltaylordesigns.etsy.com , but since this shop gets more exposure, we'll start here. Please take a look at that section of my shop for some very unique, exciting and affordable jewelry. You may never wear sterling again! For those of you who have retail shops, I do quantity discounts for large orders, so please be sure to contact me if you are looking for larger quantities of my items. I love custom orders, so please contact me if you want something special. I will do hand stamping of your favorite saying, initials, names, etc. My custom orders always get special attention. I have been making and selling Spoon Jewelry for a long time. Others are too, so I try to create unique items for you to enjoy - a little different than all the rest. Don't get stuck in a rut with your jewelry collection. Try something different! I guarantee your satisfaction, or your money back. I pride myself on great communication with my customers. You will never be in the dark as to what is happening with your order, and, you won't wait forever either. Oh yes, I only charge one fee for shipping, regardless how many items you buy. Have fun
Sunday, March 22, 2009
I've also been working on a second project for Paws for Charity...the initial stages of a "Photo Collection" (I was originally calling it a contest, but "collection" describes the project much better)...raising money for Canines with a Cause. I designed a promotional postcard to advertise this in the Ottawa area...and I even managed to find a sponsor to pay for the printing of the postcards! Yay!
On to the window art....
Most of my time last week was devoted to preparing some windows...sanding, painting, etc. But I also spruced up a couple of windows I made a few years ago. I decided to experiment and added grout between the coloured glass. I think the windows look much better with grout....the colours seem to pop more. Here are some "before" (on the left) and "after" (on the right) photos. What do you think? The window below actually got broken on our move from Ontario to Nova Scotia...the bottom half of the window is now without a pane. But I think it looks good enough to hang outside in a tree somewhere....a mission for John!This week I hope to be working on a couple of new windows. More on that in a couple of days.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
My second big project will benefit a small registered charity in Ottawa, Canada called Canines with a Cause (BN # 85755 0735 RR0001). CWAC trains assistance dogs for people with mobility disabilities. Their 2007 budget was only $20,000! It's such a great cause, and they really need our help. So, I'll be collecting your animal photos to produce a "2009 Friends of CWAC Yearbook" and 2010 desk top calendar. Here are the details:
All photos will be printed in the 2009 Friends of CWAC yearbook, a professionally published book. In addition, 12-25 photos will be selected to produce a 2010 desk top calendar. All funds raised are donated to CWAC.
September 30th - photos must be received by this date
October 15th - calendars will be available for purchase
October 30th - yearbooks will be available for purchase
Available Photo Sizes:
Regular Photo Insert: $5 Three Regular Inserts: $12
Half Page Insert: $30 Full Page Insert: $50
Preorder your desk top calendar: $12 each (includes postage)
Your Photos: Minimum resolution is 230 dpi. Please size your photos to 4 x 6 maximum size (unless you're purchasing a full page insert)
How to Submit Your Photo:
1. Name your photo: YourFullName-PetName
2. Email your photo to: saraharley(at)sympatico(dot)ca
Include your full name and mailing address (this information will remain confidential, and will not be shared)
Payment Instructions: When your photo is received, you will be sent instructions by email to pay your entry fee. Payment is due within 24 hours of receiving payment instructions, or your photo will not be included in the yearbook, and will not be considered for the calendar. Once I receive notice from Paypal, I will acknowledge receipt of your payment. All funds are donated to CWAC.
Photos selected for calendars: will be contacted by email in early October.
Photos will be printed in the Yearbook: in the order they are received. (the earlier you send your photos, the closer to the front of the book they'll be!)
Calendars and Yearbooks: will be available for purchase in mid October.
How can you help? Please help get the word out! Feel free to use the photo above and blog about this project.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Life around here is good for us too, not just for our animals. Today I headed out to the studio to work on some windows for my glass art. The only windows I have left to work on are in very poor condition. They need to be sanded and recaulked and painted before I can start working with the coloured glass. So today was sanding and caulking day. Several of the windows have panes that are completely dislodged, and I couldn't get the glass back in place. Somehow I have to find a new supply of old wooden windows. Mission for John.
I've also been working on finishing up the Paws for Charity Art Book. Everything is put together and ready to upload, with the exception of my intro page. I'm having a tough time with it. (Thanks, Jennifer, for your input). I need to have it finished tomorrow...we're heading to G and DIL's place on Saturday and I'll be using their high speed internet access to upload the book file.
I was working on the book yesterday too, which brings me to a funny story...
Yesterday I decided to make a salad for our lunch. I popped some eggs on the stove to boil, and ran upstairs to quickly check my email. I received quite a few emails from the Art Book participants and got totally distracted. A while later, I heard a big bang and jumped up to run downstairs thinking my egg water had boiled over. Well, the water didn't run over. They had been on the stove for so long that the water had boiled away...two of the eggs had burnt to the bottom of the pot...and one egg exploded, throwing off the pot lid. Egg and egg shell was all over the floor and the dogs were trying their best to eat it. John had made it there before me, and started cleaning up. John: "how long did you have the eggs on for?" Sara: "um, quite a while. 45 or 50 minutes?" Yikes. No more quick email checks for me! The funniest part? John put more eggs on the stove and hard boiled them, and called me when they were ready to put into the salad. The eggs had been cooling for 10 minutes and I looked over to see that he had left the burner turned on! Good thing we have each other to muddle through together.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Today, yet another physio appointment. But a big surprise today. I have a new physiotherapist (she's not new, but she's new to me...my previous physiotherapist decided it was time to have her baby). Sue tells me that my arm is much worse than when I started and my movement is much more restricted. (this is what I kept trying to tell the previous person, but she kept assuring me everything was going along as it should). I have now been told to do no exercises for the next two weeks, and no physio appointments. She sent an email to my doctor saying I need to see an orthopedic (sp?) doctor asap. Well, my doctor has been trying to get me an appointment for the past 2 months so we'll see how that goes.
Tonight is a photo club meeting and I'll see the results of a photo challenge. We were to take photos that illustrate the lines from 10 songs. I didn't complete the challenge (I think I got 4 I was happy with) so maybe I'll get to judge everyone else's submissions...they always have a hard time getting judges. Here is my photo for "Signs, signs, everywhere signs..."
Not my usual type of photo, but one of the reasons I joined the photo club was to stretch myself a bit.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
But...some good things did happen last week. First, our son Cody called with some great news.For those of you who don't know, Cody is living in the big city of Toronto and is trying to break into acting. He had his first paid acting job last week! He spent a day filming a commercial...he had auditioned for the lead roles, but was only cast as an extra. But, hey, he was paid more than he receives for more than 3 days work at his regular job. And he got to see how a commercial is put together. If we actually want to see the commercial, we'll have to fly over to England. Apparently it is a pop commercial that will be released in the theatres in England. Don't ask me why! A step in the right direction as far as an acting career goes.
The Paws for Charity Art Book project is coming along well. February 28th was the last day for accepting submissions. What a great success for my first year doing this...99 submissions were received (I originally thought the total was 93, but miscounted) All the participants have been contacted (I hope) and I'm working on putting the book together. It's going to be great!
One last good thing happened to round out the week. The library called to tell me one of my reserved books was ready. It's a new release, so I only have the book for 7 days. It's the new book by Maeve Binchy, one of my favourite authors. You can always count on Maeve for a feel good read....something good for me to tuck into for the next couple of days. Speaking of which...I think I have some reading to do...
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Death is nothing at all. It does not count. I have only slipped away into the next room. Nothing has happened. Everything remains exactly as it was. I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged. Whatever we were to each other, that we are still. Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight? I am but waiting for you, for an interval, somewhere very near, just round the corner. All is well.
from "September" by Rosamunde Pilcher
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
"The communities of Peggys Cove and Blandford were central to the recovery operation following the crash of Swissair Flight 111. The Whalesback and Bayswater Beach sites were chosen for their proximity to those communities and because they have view lines to the crash site and each other.
The Three sites combined - Whalesback, Bayswater, and the actual crash site - make a triangular shape, which is reflected in the design of the memorials. Whalesback is at the eastern tip of triangle. As you stand at the monument, facing the ocean, the line on your right is a sight line to Bayswater Beach. The line on your left leads to the crash site, which lies on the horizon.
At the request of family and community members, the quiet, modest memorials are consistent with the coastal environment. The names of the passengers and crew are inscribed at the burial site at Bayswater." "In memory of the 229 men, women and children aboard Swissair Flight 111 who perished off these shores September 2, 1998. They have been joined to the sea and the sky. May they rest in peace."The facing stone says:
"In grateful recognition of all those who worked tirelessly to provide assistance in the recovery operations and comfort to the families and their friends during a time of distress."
The land is barren and desolate. I was alone at the memorial taking these photos, with just the sounds of the ocean and the seagulls. All I could feel was a deep sadness.