Reconnect. Although it seems to have negative connections, something must have disconnected to reconnect.  Yet, sometimes it is just growth and forward movement that breaks the connection. This past summer I had two amazing reunions.

One was with girls I meet in Sunday school when I was 4 years old and hung with until I moved in grade 8.  I mean we did everything together, sleep overs, hiking and usually with lunch involved,   hide and seek around the light post on Second avenue or just walking around town so we could talk and or search for boys. We grew up together and shared or lives with each other .  Yet we all went our separate ways. It was a small town and didn’t provide a lot of job opportunities, particularly for women. Before the reconnect event people asked if I was afraid. I didn’t have any fear while that was 100%  true …..I had the fear of driving through Toronto. What happens if you don’t enjoy them? It just wasn’t an issue it was the excitement of reconnecting that was the motivation. I didn’t know these people so it was just like meeting strangers and I usually found something I liked about people.

I have never been so wrong. I did know these people. I knew them intimately. I want you to know those friends that you knew when you where so young you didn’t have any filters, any rules, and experiences that teach you how to act in relationships. They are special!  I’m not sure  this experience can ever be recreated. These friends and the uniqueness of these relationships has to do with the times.  It was a small town, a safe town. As children we had freedom. Freedom to wander, freedom to call on friends just knock on the door and be invited in. Freedom  to eat over, sleep over or sit for hours and do nothing but talk. Our parents  felt safe knowing we were nearby and everybody watching out for everyone else. It was a community in the best sense of the word. And this community built relationships that are the foundation I still stand on today. I may not have seen these 4 amazing women for 50 years but they were with me ever moment of every day.  They taught me how to connect with others, they taught me about community, about friendship, about love, about caring, about laughter, about secrets, about being. I owe them so much and yet I took them for granted.

I know this because I had a second reunion this summer my University class reunion. I loved it as well but for different reasons. Mostly it taught me how special my childhood was. I spent my university years in Toronto, loved it because of its lack of intimacy.  Loved it because I could get lost in MY work . I found out who I was, I found out what I wanted to do. I found out what mattered to me, without the distraction of relationship. I met me. Lots of time I felt alone and scared and had to learn to rely on myself and find my own way.  It’s not that I didn’t make friends, it just they were just as busy. The course was heavy, difficult and expensive. We were all trying to succeed in a very large competitive world. I didn’t fit in and yet I was supposed to be exactly where I was, learning exactly what I was learning. I stand on this foundation as well, fortunately it is on top of the solid foundation of my youth. I have the ability to pick out the stones to stand on, enjoy the learning and understand me! This is all  because of the friends I spent so much time with as an  open, innocent child. What a life! I am so grateful for re-connections and all it teaches me.

graduation picture Can you find ME in this Graduation photo?



It has been the Year of reconnect.

Last January I had my youngest son living just an hour away for the  whole semester. He was back from the Yukon to spend the term plunging into his next degree.  He worked hard and did well. For me the best part of those months was spending time with him.

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My youngest son’s nickname was frog and he lives in Whitehorse. I have frogs all around my house this one always makes me smile.

It was amazing !! I made sure I had a least one meal a week with him. Dave and I would travel up to Waterloo go out for lunch with him and explore.  I learned so much about this grown man who at one time I knew so well. Who he is and what he cares about and what makes him happy.

My oldest son lives right down stairs and I take him for granted. I see him often but don’t stop to get to know him. I saying right here right now I vow to reconnect with my oldest son. Treasure the moment. How I am not sure. I think I will try for coffee on a regular basis. It is so easy to take those and for that matter things that are in our everyday life for granted.

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my oldest son. He is amazing so much like his Dad.

I want to appreciate my glorious life.

Yesterday I had some exceptional people come into the shop. I want to tell you about one. She came in unassuming. She had a smile, that had light behind it, but she also had some place to be, she was watching her phone. She asked questions, lots of questions, not just about beads although lots that is where we began. She allowed the conversation to flow to me to my history to my past lives. (I mean what I did before the store to make money not literally past lives) She had been worked on the floor of the stock market a very male dominated world. We talked about Harvey Weinstein, we talked about our experiences in this world of making money. We talked about buying a car. Eventually I shared what I was working on. I brought out the fabrics I had printed (which I will share we you as well) on my holiday. She so appreciated the beauty. She left inspired and the last thing she said was “You know you just meet your new Best Friend”.

Magic that is what had just occurred. Pure beautiful and simple magic. I didn’t want it to go unnoticed. So I shared with you. I thinking she reconnected with her creative self and I reconnected with my child filling loved and nurtured.





It has been a wild ride since August  and although I still  feel a little dizzy I’m pretty sure my feet are on the ground.

Andrew Thorton recently issued a dare,to

   start blogging  again

to anyone who had stopped.

If you don’t know Andrew, I’m not sure what to say, accept too bad. To meet him is to feel special.  Within minutes of meeting him you  feel you are indeed a very unique individual. I have had this opportunity and  once you experience it you don’t forget. So I don’t read many blogs these days but I still read Andrew’s when I get a chance. I think I am hoping to learn how he performs his magic.

Anyway ……Back to the challenge and you. Yes blogging is about you. Ok I have to take the time to sit and write but in essence it is about going for coffee with you. Rewarding myself by sitting down and taking the time to chat with friends. So why have I not been blogging……. because I have been doing morning papers.

and yet…..I have even fallen off that wagon as well.  And yes

I feel adrift

Journaling  is about relationship.

Relationship is why we are here. Relationship is the key lesson in this earth school. Both forms of journalling , are the same and yet different. Both intimate, both fun, both creative, both worthwhile and  both revealling. Yet only one connects you to others. Morning papers connects you to self.  Both are hard work and both fun and  both rewarding and both take time.  I have decided I need both in my life.

Not sure how but I want to commit to having coffee with you again. I need to be more responsible and stay connected with such a great group of friends who have been there for me. My focus was not on my story this fall and therefore I not telling that story but let’s catch up.


I have been learning all kinds of new stuff! Let’s keep in touch.

It is Time!

Registration opens this Saturday!!
September 23 at 10 am
That is tomorrow !!


Time to get back into the swing of things. Classes have been posted and you can download the brochure or pick one up in the shop ( The girls have done a fabulous job of the display, which always makes it easier for you to make a decision.
New Seed Bead Classes
Let me give you some tantalizing tidbit to help you decide which of the many classes you want to take. Lise has two really fun classes. The Paradoxe Bracelet is causing quite

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Paradoxe bracelet

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a commotion. It is being held on Saturday October 14. Actually 4 people have already bought there beads for the class and registration isn’t even open yet. She is also doing Chrysanthemum in December and I think it would make a wonderful clasp as well as a bracelet or maybe even a pin.
More seed bead fun with Laura who has two new classes as well. Garlic Knot which is being held Saturday November 25th. It has always been a favourite of mine, but this is the first time to be offered in the store. Where are my Glasses on Saturday December 2. It is the sweetest glasses leash I know. I am going to need a few for my magic glasses.21 dustin-wedekind'scones I’m repeating some old favourites like Dustin Wedekind’s Cones and Triptych Lariat. There is lots more to choose from this is just a few highlights.
Metal Classes
Nancy has out done herself and created Geometric Copper Pendant Sunday November17 geometic Copper Pendant 12th and Fold Forming Cuff on Sunday October 22. I absolute love the simplicity of design in Nancy’s work.
Nancy has also created a more advanced wire class, Wire Weaving a p24 wire weave a pendantendant # 24 I have a really fun, simple, easy wire class Wired for Drama. I am serious. I think it is too easy to be a class but I just love the pin.
Talking fun I have added some Play Dates and repeated ones from the last term. Note: some are on the weekend this term.
Cindy has been true to form and has come up with two new classes. One she is teaching with Sue Henry Nuno Felted and Embellished cuff and Viking Knit with Leather she will be teaching on her own. 38-hand-woven-textural-cuff
Truly going to be another exciting term.
Oh I almost forgot I have added fiber to my work and we are d11 colour me happyoing a little hand weaving which is new for me. Check out Hand Woven Cuff in January and my Colour Me Happy, a felt piece using the Big Kick is also  causing a lot of excitement,  it is on  Sunday October 29.



Some times I wonder why in such a stressful time in my life I want to no I crave to work (such a strange word for what I do) So let me start again I crave to put colours together, I crave to embellish my newly printed textiles, I crave to teach myself how to put holes in knitting. I think I must be hiding from reality and actually I am trying to find reality.



 I love that we get a long weekend in the middle of winter. An extra day at the cottage. I get a few more days to prepare for Registration day.


February 25th, this Saturday begins registration for the new term.

Truly we have some fun things instore.  Pick up a brochure in the shop or download it from web site. Come in and see Barb’s beautiful display of the samples.  Sorry, I know the images are not on the workshop page yet, I am working on it. Check back later in the week.


Read carefully because we are changing things up a little this term. We are doing a more intense focus on some of our favorite things. For example Cindy is doing a whole day of etching on metal and Catherine has an amazing new seed bead class, Life is a Circus which is the beginning of April. I am doing four “Playdays”. Enrolment is limited to four people, and ideally I would like the same four people to join me for all four days so that why I have made it so affordable. Nan Smith is doing two full days on Polymer Clay this term. Sue Henry is back and in full swing with some great classes. This term may be short but it is going to be a wonderful ride so don’t miss any of it.




stay-focused-stay-productiveIt is hard for me to believe that Christmas is almost here. I have had my head down and working hard. It is certainly my style. Once again this term has been extremely exciting. Ok really really busy but exciting. I have learned so much and the ideas are flowing.

Genevieve’s classes stimulated me to start this fabulous pieces that combines basket weave and ndebelle  (which is really one in the same) but I use, both two hole beads and  the original one hole beads in the same piece, magic happens. Eva and Nan’s dip into polymer clay has opened a door for me that I shut along time ago. I find myself wanting to refine my skills in this area to add this amazingly useful and simple clay to my repertoire. On my own I have explored a new wire technique that I am loving and several new methods of adding colour to metal. The results of both are pushing my work forward in leaps and bonds.  I dreamed of a  whole new concept that would make an amazing  jewelry line. The idea seems to be incorporating all that I have been learning for the last 20 years.  So my resolution for the New Year is to spend more time in the studio. Talking about studio space I have added another metal bench and a long work station. So in the New Year I will be offering some rentable time in the metal shop !


Twenty years!! and I still have the passion and excitement for this little corner of paradise. Ok, not ever day is happy go lucky but every single day brings learning and

May all of you be blessed with happiness, learning and growth for this holiday season and for ever moment of the coming year. We are so very lucky to be exactly where we are and at the stage of life we are at. Let’s enjoy it.

Ok some important dates. I will be closed between Christmas and New Years. We will close at 3 on the 24th  and reopen on Tuesday January 3rd.  The first week of January I will have my one Sale of the year.

Thank-you ! Thank-you ! Thank-you !! Sale

Tuesday January 3rd  20% off

Wednesday January 4th 30% off

                                                                              Thursday January 5th 40 %  off

                                                                                    Friday January 6th 40 %  off

Saturday January 7th 50 % off

One more thing. Proposals for new classes are due January 4th and samples due the 7th so get your ideas together.