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After 8 years on Etsy, I closed my shop at the end of May due to some policy changes on their end. It’s taken a while, but I’ve finally got my very own website up and running! ( sort-of, not all the payment options are live yet, but that should be done very soon)

I went with Squarespace, since I’d spoken to other artists and heard good things. (their pretty templates helped too) After taking a TON of photos, I’ve got a good sampling of my work listed! Now to finish filling it out…

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Wow! It’s been an incredibly busy year and while I’ve been back at work on a ton of different projects, I haven’t been keeping up here at all. Sorry about that and I’ll try to do better!

The gallery is usually open our regular summer hours, Tuesdays to Sundays, but it’s always good to check in by phone or email if you want to stop in since I am called away now and then. I can usually accommodate early or late appointments too, so long as you let me know.

The biggest change is that the etsy shop is now closed. They’ve made using their payment system mandatory for sellers and I’ve decided it was time to move on. I’ll post here when I’ve figured out a new on-line selling venue but of course, can always do mail orders through the store. Just call, or drop me an email and I can let you see what’s available.

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We’ve had an assorted set of cast iron and wood benches and chairs garden furniture out on the east lawn for the last few years. They sit in the shade of the large maple tree and provide a comfortable conversation grouping. While it’s pleasant to have them covered by shade, it’s not all that good for the wood. They had finally gotten to the point where I could no longer trust in their stability so it was time for the wood to be replaced. We decided to go with ash, since it is a hardwood and we could get some locally. Since they were going to be dis-assembled, it made sense to clean up and re paint the iron parts as well. They had been a mix of black and a faux verdigris green (that hadn’t been all that well applied) and we wanted to make the whole group more cohesive. I decided to go with a semi-gloss black. It looks sharp, and is also an easy one to do later touch-ups, if needed. The wood was sealed with a marine sealant, but left in it’s natural colour. I’m really happy with how they look now that they’ve been rebuilt. We also finally got the cement tile bases for all of them in position so they won’t sink into the ground. (and Dad will have an easier time with the mowing around them)

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I didn’t intend to take such a long break from this blog but it just sort of happened.

leopard dragon baby

leopard dragon baby

It’s been a really harsh winter here with the heaviest snowfalls we’ve seen since we moved here. Not only has a ton of snow fallen, but it’s stayed so cold that it never gets a chance to melt. There have been several days that the highway has been closed and the extreme cold has made getting around unpleasant. It’s also made it very difficult for me to take pictures of things so I’ve just been really bad about photographing my work this winter. (as well, the custom framing has been busy)

In the interest of trying to get back onto the blogging and picture-taking horse, I risked some frozen fingers and shot some of the new mutants. This one is a variant on a prior design but it’s a different dragon body as well as a slightly different head.

I’m going to work on experimenting more with shooting pieces indoors since I have a whole group of new jewellery using some of a wonderful lot of antique keys we found in the fall. I also have some more Steampunk masks and assorted other new bits and pieces to share so will try to keep up a more regular posting schedule. As for the studio hours, I’m keeping them as “by appointment” and we see how things are going in the spring.

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Considering that winter has finally settled in, it’s time for me to get a bit of a vacation.

Green Cottage Gallery, Shakespeare, ON

Green Cottage Gallery, Shakespeare, ON

I’ll be away until the end of February. It will still be possible to stop in to view the shop, but you’ll need to call ahead to make an appointment ( 226 648 0055) and I won’t be around to take any framing consultations. Both the Artfire and Etsy shops will also be closed. See you in March!

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While the weather keeps acting like we’re in March, it’s still January and I’ve been working on some larger projects that kept getting put aside during the business of the summer/fall. From now, until probably the beginning of April, we are going to the weekends as our only set hours. I’ll be around most of the time, but have put Monday to Friday as “by appointment”, until the spring. If you think you’ll be in the area and want to stop by, just give us a call and I’ll make sure I’m in the store, not upstairs in the workshop!

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We’ve just had the first snow fall of the season and, for the rest of the winter, we will be open “by appointment” during the week. I’ll typically be in the shop, since there are always things to work on, but it’ll be a good idea to phone or drop me an email, if you’re planning on stopping in, so I can be sure to be around. Saturdays and Sundays, we’ll be open our usual times.

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