Monday

The Christmas Show

 
 


Our first Christmas Show of the Season was held third weekend of November at
Harbor Station in Saint John, New Brunswick...
 This tent with the colored flags  and John's steel tables is our booth...





 


We have been going to this particular show for 17 years... as I write this, I can't believe it... but I do remember our first show being very pregnant for Max who was born on Christmas Day... where has the time gone...

... the panel that is 1/2 hidden in the back of our booth,  is called "Seeing All" ... it involves the Moon, the Sun,  the Eye of Horus and Time ..

 

After 3 days of long hours and the weeks before preparing for it,  our feet were so tired by Sunday night, I thought they were going to fall off......  but it was worth it ...

Thank you dear friends, customers and organizers....  Wonderful to see you!!!

Study of a Dragonfly





Our Dragonfly Earrings..
Sterling Silver and Copper... forged, delicately textured and antiqued


...we have been creating this design since before we moved to St. Martins



 



The delicacy of  Dragonfly wings...
...makes one imagine that this is what Fairy wings would look like...

... gossamer...






... Dragonfly pen and ink...  from an earlier post... can be seen here



... At Rest...         wings outstretch

 ...On Watch...     a patrolling general

...In Nature...       exquisite sensuality



...click photo for shimmering up-close wings...



Dragonfly, Dragonfly, light on me,

Your beauty close, so I may see...


... your iridescence

... your fragility






...a very mellowed, small pen and ink from my sketchbook...






... a summer visitor...

...she's had her tea...   it's time to go...







...all drawings, paintings, jewelry, words, photographs...
 created in our DESIDERATUM studio in St. Martins, New Brunswick


...approximate size of Dragonfly earring...
wingtip to wingtip 1¼"  ... eyes to tip of tail 1¼" ...
$25.00 pr.

... to our Whimsical Collection




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This page is dedicated to my Friend, Cvitka Marun, a lover of dragonflys... Thank you so much!
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A Tour Down the Street




From the first time we strolled through the village of St. Martins,
I fell in love with it..

for it is more than just a  seashore...


1844.. historically known as The Willows


... Older Architectural Beauties abound...
to fill the eyes with the creativity of talented creators from the past...
...we can still share in their visions come to be...


1850... the Rourke House


...still standing proud


1899... General Store since that time


...showing the life that came before


 
home of former train conductor... no train runs here now


... charming


 
1877...originally the Doctor's home and his Drugstore


..unfortunately,  lost to fire, Aug/11




 ... historically, it had been the social center of the village...it was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1900 and rebuilt exactly as before...


...it reads like a story book


 
 ...an old Captain's house


...imagine the stories


 
1890... The Overlook


...many built by shipwrights and Sea Captains



 
1857... after a villa on the French Riviera seen while on honeymoon


there are so many more Beauties.... 



 
Surf Cottage.. built as a wedding gift for a daughter


 that will have to be for another time...



 
1880...Avon Hotel


...an old lovely that has seen better days...


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...excerpt below taken from the Historical Society of St. Martins, New Brunswick...

 " St. Martins was settled in 1783 by a detachment of the King’s Orange Rangers...  Loyalist soldiers from  Orange  and Duchess Counties,  New York.  The detachment had been posted to garrison duty in Nova Scotia at the end of hostilities in the American Revolution of 1776.


 St. Martins was the third largest producer of wooden sailing vessels in New Brunswick.

Between 1803 and 1900,  517 vessels such as  Schooners,   Brigantines,   Sloops,   Yachts, and  Cutters,  were built and launched in over a dozen shipyards along the beaches, coves and rivers in and around St. Martins.    Lumbering was also an important industry locally and a great deal of it was required to construct vessels of the size turned out by local shipyards.


     Contemporary St. Martins is less populous than during its shipbuilding heyday of the 19th century. However, the village has retained much of its 19th century character. The vessels built here sailed all over the world and brought back ideas and architectural designs which the Captains, wealthy shipbuilders and mariners applied to the construction of their own homes. Those who could afford it (and there were many at the time), brought artisans from abroad who painted wall and ceiling murals in their homes and some exist still."


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Sadly sixty buildings were lost during  "The Great Fire of 1900",   which started in Burchhills's Mill,  a few miles from the village and burned through the woods until reaching the village..