We’ve both been extra busy these days. Here in Ottawa, it’s because Drakestail Jewellery has some upcoming appearances. I’ve been in my studio, working away on some exciting new pieces that will be coming to our two upcoming shows.
All Saints CHS Craft Fair & Fundraiser
First up, on Saturday, November 2nd, I’ll be at the All Saints Catholic High School’s annual craft fair. We were last there in 2011, and I’m excited to be going back and support some great causes. In the words of the organizer:
” This will be the 12th year that All Saints Catholic High School hosts this fundraiser with funds raised going toward the support of Grands & Friends, a group of local women who are raising funds for African Grandmothers who are taking care of millions of orphaned children due to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. Funds and dry goods collected at the door will support the school’s Christmas Hamper project in conjunction with the Kanata Food Cupboard and Victoria’s Quilts for cancer patients. The fair features over 140 tables of treasures handmade by Crafters & Artisans from Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. A supervised child’s play area, café, musical performances and raffle tables are just some of the added features of this event.”
Following a few weeks later, I’ll be sharing a table with Maiden Star Jewellery at the MAC Fair. The annual craft fair at Immaculata High School will be on Saturday, November 23rd, and features 120 handmade artists, door prizes, face painting, and more.
As I said before, I’ve been busy making some great designs for the fairs. Here’s a sneak peek of what will be available. Which one would you pick up? Would it be a gift for someone special, or a special gift for you?
Well from September 26th to October 13th, I lived my life as a travelling jewellery maker. I left Edmonton early on a Thursday morning to head to Winnipeg and prepare the launch of our Vintage by Drakestail Jewellery line at The Foxy Shoppe. I met some fantastic new friends, we got a large list of custom orders and the new line was very well received. I had the opportunity to work with Dano Tanaka Illustrator on our catalogue pictures for the new line. Once again, he made our pieces look amazing! All in all I can’t complain one bit about that trip.
After that I made my way to Ottawa for 13 days of vacation. I enjoyed a wonderful family dinner for my Mom’s 60th birthday, visited our cabin by the lake, spent lots of time with friends, spent lots of time with Robyn talking about the future of our company and where we want to take things.
I also really enjoyed taking in the views. There is nothing quite like the Fall season in the Gatineau Hills around Ottawa. It’s breathtaking, and also inspirational to this jewellery designer. I expect lots of Fall colour inspired pieces in my future.
I’ve been home now for almost 2 weeks and I have to say it’s still challenging to get back into a groove with work, volunteer projects and Drakestail. I always seem to have so much on the go. All in all, my trip inspired a lot of thoughts about my future, it nurtured the gypsy in my soul and although I had to fight my cat to reclaim my little work station, it’s great to be home again.
As you can probably tell, we both LOVE making jewellery. Creativity is important to both of us, and we both need to express ourselves creatively. Picking out the right beads, the right stones, seeing in our minds’ eye how we want them to be arranged, and coming up with the right design to make that happen – it’s a part of what makes us who we are. I’ve dabbled with a lot of creative projects but jewellery allows me to express myself the best.
If money were no object? We’d both just be doing it more. This short video is built around Alan Watts’s talk on living life by one’s passions. Watch and enjoy, and think about your passions. Tell us below: What would YOU do if money were no object?
It’s tough when your friends move away, but life happens and there’s not much you can do about it except wish them well and Skype a lot. Roxy & I keep in touch regularly through email, texting, and Skype, but it’s just not the same as getting together over sushi, or pushing our bead collections together to see what new ideas we can come up with. Lucky for me, Roxy’s back in Ottawa for a visit, and despite her packed schedule with friends and family, we’ve carved out some time to socialize and make some jewellery! We’ve had a lot of catching up to do: she’s finally gotten to meet my daughter, and we have had a lot to chat about. We’ve even found time to work on Drakestail, both the (boring) business side and the creative side. We’re collaborating on a fantastic bridal commission that is having us think well outside our usual fare, and it’s been a wonderful challenge that is turning out even better than we’d imagined. Photos will be forthcoming, as soon as our client has them in hand. We can’t spoil the reveal for her!
Once again, I’ve been playing around with Polyvore. This time, I took a new necklace and paired it with a great outfit. Watch Etsy soon to see this fun agate and turquoise piece, and in the meantime, imagine how you’d wear it!