delightful chorus

I had an absolutely delightful visit from the Amani Group from the Upper Canada Chorus this afternoon. The Chorus is visiting PEI and doing a scavenger hunt along the way, as an adventure to help them learn more about PEI. One of their many tasks was to find and interview an Artisan, that was ME! I wasn't prepared for the interview to be videoed, but I went along with it. In return they sang for me. My arms and the back on my neck were covered in goosebumps. What a thrill!!! I was so excited that the photo isn't in focus...

THANK YOU Ladies, for a truly wonderful afternoon! You'll be singing about Ice Cream after seeing "Anne" tonight.

BEST Landlord, EVER!

I am blessed with the BEST Landlord, on the face of the planet. In the summer, Victoria Row is a pedestrian street. There is a stage with live music performances. Each restaurant has outdoor seating. Horse drawn carriages and wagons clomp down the cobblestone street. I look over this idyllic scene from the second floor an historic building.

I've been thinking that the next step for Happy Glass would be to have better street level exposure. With the magic of photoshop I was able to propose the idea of building a display window beside the entrance to the second floor to my landlord and the Heritage office for the City.

They thought it was a great idea, so work began the week before William and Kate's arrival.

Darrel, a man of few words, and excellent craftsmanship.

TaDa!!!!

A bottle of Champange, for the best landlord. Thank you Chris!

Studio Fairy

Oh BOY, I was LUCKY!!! I staggered blindly into Timothy's for a cappuccino one  Sunday morning and ran into Stacey Leunes. Stacey has just finished the Jewellery program at George Brown College, in Toronto. Last summer she worked for master goldsmith, Jeanette Walker, my friend, colleague and neighbour. Stacey is from PEI, but she is living in Toronto, for the moment. She wasn't in a big hurry to get back to Toronto, and she happily agreed to work with me for 2 weeks.

OH! I am blessed! Instantly, I called her "the Studio Fairy". Customers, friends and colleagues now know her as "the Studio Fairy".

Complete with WINGS!

Making a bead.

Modeling a Stacey Leunes ORIGINAL!

THANK YOU Stacey! You saved my life. xobj

visitors

Megan, Molly and Tillie stopped in for a visit, on one of their very long walks.

Tillie is small and white, Molly is big and black, and Megan is sweet as can be. Megan also walks dogs at the PEI Humane Society. Lucks dogs!

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!