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Archive for April, 2013

spring flowers

Our daffodils have been struggling through all the random bursts of cold, daff snow, and even a batch of hail, the other day. We’ve been impressed by their endurance. After the hard freeze last week, all the greenery went limp and I thought they were finished but they managed to recover with no visible damage. The tulips, on the other hand, are still alive, but their leaves look terrible. The only bulbs that are looking actually as they should, are the hyacinths. Now that it finally seems like spring is really here, it’s time to get to work on the garden again.

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When we got the batch of watch parts, there were also some of the core body pieces. img_4373 Once all the gears were stripped off, a few still have interesting shapes and details. The spaces, where other parts had gone, were intriguing and I decided to try fitting some with images from my vintage book stash. This one of an eye turned out to exactly fit over a jewel setting. Once it was glued down, I sealed it with a clear coat, so it can be worn. It was then detailed with three salvaged drops in an amber tone and strung on some vintage chain. I’m happy enough with how it came out that I’ve done a small group, with other images. The only thing is they are all, as is typical for my stuff, completely one-of-a-kind pieces.

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The ice storm hit this region badly, and a bunch of hydro poles ice went down, to the north of us. It took days for them to get them replaced and the power back. It wasn’t until Sunday evening that it was back at both the house and the store. We still have some clean-up to do, on the grounds, but we’re hoping to get to it later this week. It was upsetting to lose some branches from the big maple, in the middle of the east lawn, but it could have been much worse. We’re hoping that there won’t be an too obvious reduction in it’s symmetry since we’ve always loved how pretty it is.

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Power out

The ice storm took down some poles to the north and we’re still out of power, here in Shakespeare. As a result, the gallery is closed. We’re hoping to have it restored, and be able to open, by tomorrow. (and thank goodness for the public library, who’s internet access let me put up this post!)

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We are going to be closed this weekend. From Friday the 5th until Sunday the 7th. I will not be taking any appointments for those days. I’m going to be doing a small show in Toronto. (and decided not make my mother struggle with register again ) While I will be back next week, we’ll stay with being “by appointment” until opening with regular summer hours, in the beginning of May.

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