Saturday, November 03, 2018

Lured Back to the Jewelry Bench

a dull November day... rain is falling... but the light from the window still brightens the amethyst teardrops on my work bench...

 I like that it highlights the inclusions... I feel they give the amethyst more character

Sterling Silver and Silver Wrapped Amethyst... lg. 5/8" textured dome dangle... handmade at our studio...   $40. pair

"Square Peg, Round Hole" ... Solid Copper links and textured square dangle ... Lightweight with gentle movement... handmade at our studio... $25 pair

Sterling Silver and Turquoise Jasper... textured oval with jasper dangle... handmade at our studio. $30. 
...only pair we made

"Heart Lines", shaped and textured copper hearts dangling from copper shaped bead ...handmade at our studio. $25. pair. 

It has been 10 months since we went on sabbatical of producing enough work to supply shops...
But I still like to play at the bench when the mood strikes to make designs to sell.   That is Fun. 
 So I can again offer a few designs to individual customers. I will post them here every time I have something new. 
* if interested in any of the  designs, please send me a note in the message section on the right sidebar. 
it goes to my email and I always answer you asap. We ship within Canada.
...shipping and tax to be added.

Cheers and Thanks so much, Gwen

Friday, July 06, 2018

Making the Veggie Garden Fence... Because We Had To

That is if we wanted to have a garden that was not devoured by DEER.. Those nasty, hungry, sweet-eyed, 4 legged, pretty little monsters... don't be fooled by their  gentle faces.. they are tricksters of the highest degree. as soon as you are confident and your back is turned..  your Hosta  will be gone.. your beans, your broccoli, chard, carrots and on and on.  We have deer come through our property several times a day.... and at night when they are the bravest and greediest

So we are building a Garden fence. and I am so excited.

 John is cutting it all from 2 x 6 lumber...  he laid it out on the back deck ( he built last year) so he had a nice flat surface to work on. most of the trellis panels are 8' x 12' . and we need 10 panels and a door.

so here we go.

 in the background is the woodshed John built last fall just in time to stack our winter firewood

 we watched the location in the backyard that received sun the earliest in the morning. and plotted out where the big 6" x 6" posts would go and placed some concrete deck blocks in those spots.

 ...every panel going up was so exciting.

 the thought that my veggies would be protected from the deer. yes of course raccoons and squirrels can climb over it but one thing at a time 

 We prepped the garden area last year with many loads of organic seafood compost and covered it with a thick layer of straw/mulch for the entire winter in hopes of making a productive growing medium

 every time I looked at it I was so happy.

 John did such a great job and he never stopped till he had it all finished.. I just absolutely love it!!!

 all up ... yippeee...  
Then I took a 3 foot piece of plastic deer netting and fastened it to the bottom couple feet of the fence all the way around.. to discourage rabbits and other short walking around critters

last but most important.. a lovely door. 
so until deer can figure how to unlatch a door.. I am feeling pretty secure the deer will only be able to peer through with no tasting.
we did this in May ready for the growing season here.