festive

This sparkling bow is on the corner of Sim's Steakhouse. I was drawn to the contrast between the gleaming gold of the bow and the matte black of the wall.  

fox on the Row

Welcome to the Row, Young Folk and the Kettle Black ROASTERY! Adam and his crew roast beans and serve espresso based beverages in this tiny standing room only coffee hotspot, maybe 100 metres from my doorway...

fall blaze

I waited patiently for these leaves to turn, then, for a sunny day. Perfect combination!

 

 

winter wonderland

I LOVE a good snow! This snow was big and light and fluffy, and not a breath of wind.

I was inspired to take the beads outside and see how they looked in the winter wonderland. Beautiful, I must say!

This photo was with a flash.

These 2, without a flash.

The window below the air conditioner, is one of the studio windows.

The sandwich board, and entrance awning, dusted in snow.

The view, from inside the studio.

Steph waiting for The Royals

This is our dear neighbour, Stephanie, waiting for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to pass our corner. I learned a valuable lesson that evening. When you put a camer between you and what you want to see, it acts as a barricade. Catherine, smiled and waved to us, but all I got was a blur, and all she got was another camera pointed at her. VERY IMPERSONAL moment. Lesson learned!

FINALLY

Spring is FINALLY here. This is the very first sunny day in weeks. Seriously, weeks. Egads! After 12 years in the Arctic, I know when I am on the edge of the abyss. Seasonal Affective Disorder was my constant companion in Iqaluit and Yellowknife. Phew!

fresh snowfall

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE a cold, crisp, clear day after a fresh snowfall, before the wind blows. This morning the flakes were so large and light that it looked like these crabapples were wearing feather caps.

A woman at the bus stop found me very amusing, because I was very intent on getting under the crabapples to get this photo. Made her smile!

Sir John insists that he's been using that new dandruff shampoo.

He's a true gentleman of leisure, and not a bit bothered by the cold.

Looks like someone had a pillow fight and the feathers got caught in the bushes.

snowy day on victoria row

Morgan delivered my camera. Thoughtful and a snazzy dresser. Thank you Morgan!

I LOVE soft fresh snow clinging to branches.

Victoria Row is always quiet on snowy days.

I had a blizzard in the studio too.

I've had these paper snowflakes for 14 years. I love the way the swirl about when someone opens the door.

last summer with Alexis

This is Alexis working at the jeweler's bench on her first day as the Studio Assistant at Happy Glass.

Every time the Confederation Centre Gallery opens a new show, they invite the neighbourhood galleries to join them in a Gallery Crawl. I asked Alexis if she'd like to "hang a show" in the hallway. Her face lit up like a Christmas tree. It was her FIRST show.

Here she is, charming the patrons.

And making her first sale!!!

Paying the street performer.

Making her first bead.

VERY pleased with her first bead.

I set up this mini studio for her, in the hall. She worked on this collage, in coloured pencil, for her boyfriend.

I have a bazillion photos of Alexis, but I'll sum it up with this one...

It was an exciting summer!!!

Thank you Alexis, for the laughs, and the help, and for getting Simply Accounting set up for point of sales.

Good Luck with your experiments and discoveries at NASCAD (Nova Scotia School of Art and Design)!!!!!

last summer in the neighbourhood

The Happy Glass Studio in is the historic part of Charlottetown. When the delegates from the Maritime colonies and Upper and Lower Canada came to Charlottetown in 1864 to discuss the possibility of union, they got off their ships and walked in the mud up Great George Street to the Colonial Building. They talked and partied a lot and by 1867 the vast and diverse nation of Canada was born. The colony of Prince Edward Island joined the union in 1873. This is a statue of Sir John A. MacDonald. He was the delegate from Upper Canada and he became the first Prime Minister of Canada. Visitors love to have their photo taken with him. I've seen him wearing a toque, a scarf, and even holding a bottle of beer. I laughed out loud when I saw him being French kissed by a young francophone guy. I love to pat him on the shoulder and say "Good Morning Johnny".

In this photo he's having a "conversation" with my nephew Daniel.

I was puzzled by these glasses perched on top of the marquis at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Turned out that "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" was gearing up to play at the Charlottetown Festival. I bought Buddy's Greatest Hits the next day and practiced up for weeks. I sat beside a stranger at the performance, and we sang out hearts out. It was wonderful! Thank you, kind sir, for not putting your fingers in your ears.

My young neighbour friend was pumping away on his swing, but stopped to show me his boots. Best boots EVER!

You know the Stomping Tom Connor's song, "Bud the Spud the guy from the Bright Red Mud"? This is what he's singing about.

I'd been waiting all winter for it to be warm enough to roll up the windows and let the music out. Phew, it was a long one.

Eckhart is the mouse in a story by Island writer David Weale. In "The Meaning of Crumbfest" Eckhart searches for the true meaning of Crumbfest. He wonders why, every year, there is an abundance of crumbs that fall from above. There are 9 statues of Eckhart around Olde Charlottetown, and a map with clues for finding them all. Every couple of weeks I go around to make sure that they are all in place. A snowplow took out one last winter and brazen bold ones take a few each year. I have maps at Happy Glass and I love sending people, especially families, out to search for Eckhart(s).

On the way home.

Iris, in the morning, and in the evening too.

Two of these beauties, on one roof. Were they in at Anne' s eating chocolates?

These wooden kayaks drew quite a crowd. Someone asked if they were mine. In my happiest dream!

Is it blue, or purple, or heaven?

A fountain fairy!

The projecting sign!

Where's Happy Glass?!

Cruise Ship traffic in the Fall.

Doing a "180".

Rather tiny tug.

The "Crown Princess" holding court.

Lindsay Walker, from Walker Studios. Lindsay is a painter (of the fine art variety). His wife, Jeanette, is a master goldsmith, and my dear friend and mentor. I'll add a link when I figure out how.

A wagon-load of sunflowers to decorate the street for Fall Flavours.

MUST be PEI!!!

And then it snowed.

last summer in the studio

I took a lot of photos of things and people that made me smile. I intended to post them here, but I was shy.  Well, now it's 2011, and I'm turning 50, and it's time to get on with it. RED Gerbera daisies. JOY! I kept these vibrant flowers on my window sill and then out on my window ledge for months. They were my most successful indoor plant experience ever. I kept trimming the faded blooms, and new ones would appear, like magic.

I can never buy "just one" bouquet from Vanco farms.

The view from inside.

Axel is a connoisseur of glass. His dad  is a hot glass blower.

New friends! Anne and Yvette were touring the Island in a RoadTrek (deluxe camper van). They stopped in, and stayed. The next day Yvette made me my first cappuccino ever and then I went touring with them. We checked out every room at Dulvay-by-the -Sea (a.k.a. The White Sands Hotel), made watercolour paintings and visited Avonlea Village. I had a wonderful day!

The Confederation Centre Gallery runs an art program for kids during the summer. This group of budding artists came up to the studio for a demo of glass bead making. They asked lots of questions and I enjoyed myself tremendously.

 

A beautiful bunch of handmade headpins.

This oriental blue, silver encased necklace was shipped to Burlington, Ontario. I was very, very pleased with it. The bead is built up in layers starting with the blue at the core, then clear, then the fine silver wire, then more clear the encase the whole bead. When you heat a wire encased bead beyond a certain temperature, the wire will melt and pull into balls, hence the "bubble effect".

This HURT! I dropped the hot rod of glass, and picked it up by the wrong end. It stuck to my fingers for a fraction of a second. I knew right away that they were going to hurt. Luckily for me, there's a restaurant downstairs and I just held out my cup and said "ICE! I burnt my fingers." They could tell by my face that I wasn't kidding.

Mark must have been laughing about something else, not my fingers.

Lily's first earrings, and they're Happy Glass!

Karin traveled from Wisconsin (please correct me if I'm wrong) to visit PEI, and look who's on her map!