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This kind of weed is legal

I put this necklace off for ages because it seemed like a whole lotta work.

I was right (so many edges and points and corners!), but I’m glad I finally did it because while it was tough going, it ended in far less frustration than I had expected.

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A little stalk of fireweed for your neck. Well…not for your neck. Not this particular one anyway. This one sold at Halifax Crafters (to the same lad-ay who bought my Twin Otter necklace! I’m pretty psyched these two pieces will get to sit beside each other in her jewellery box), but I’ll make more.

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Hand-sawn brass hung on more brass.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a dog walk to enjoy before I hit to the nines at White Elephant tonight. I need a dress for the Hamilton Arts Awards, where I’m nominated as the emerging writer alongside established Hamilton poet (musician, composer, educator, and on and on and on…) Gary Barwin.

I don’t want to count chickens out of school, but I THINK WE’RE GOING TO WIN.

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Yukon Times Two

After hammering out my first cuff of the Canadianarama Collection, designs took a turn for the freeform. I started cutting the bracelets to follow the shape of the flower instead of cutting the leather and then jamming the flower into the window created by the cuff.

Yesterday I started on a new fireweed cuff – one with a less rigid shape and which shows the entire plant. I’ll have better close-up’s once the snow melts -right now, my main squeeze outdoor photography surfaces are buried beneath- but this gives you a pretty good idea of what the cuff looks like off the wrist.

I’m a little unhappy with the snap placement – something that, in my excitement to tool and paint, I didn’t consider until it was too late. However, I’m only down on it when it’s sitting around flat like this. On, it’s no biggie.

Bet you didn’t know I could play the accordion, right? Right. I can’t. But it makes for an interesting prop.

A couple more custom flasks to come!


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Fireweed Cuff

The first in my Canadiana-rama collection.

Featuring the territorial flower of Yukon – fireweed.

This stuff crops up like crazy, following wherever fire has cut back the trees. You’ll find it in a lot of places far more southern than Yukon, but the first I saw it was up north where I had honey from its pink-petal-nestled pollen.

It’s beautiful and, like lupins, comes in varying shades -from palest pearl to fiery magenta.

Sized for a seven inch wrist. Set to hit the shop in a couple minutes.

Which province/territory should I do tomorrow? Suggestions?


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Finally Fireweed

A couple paintings I’m finishing up today. These poor canvases (canvii?) spent too much time on the bench, thanks to the all-consuming event that was Hillside.

First – Fireweed.

Second – Aurora.

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