Monday, June 27, 2011

week 26 – Dragon’s Eye

Week 26 -Dragon"s Eye
I have used my Dragon Parts texture sheet to create these button. A simple mokumegane stack with a red and gold center makes a simple but effective button with enough variety to keep it interesting.

Sunny Ladner

The sun was shining the band was playing and all was right with the world at Ladner Village Market yesterday. After such a rainy spring the crowds were out and enjoying the sun.

My tent in the sunshine
Sun glasses and no umbrellas

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Doing a sundance

Tomorrow is the second Ladner Village Market. It has been a very wet June, but tomorrow is suppose to me sunny. We can only hope.  I have completed a bunch of barrette pairs to keep a unruly hair in check. If you were looking for them at my tent two weeks ago, you are in luck tomorrow.

I am looking for ward to delivery a bunch of rosemary and bay to Luke of Royal Herbs, the maker of wonderful soaps, lotions and such. Makes one feel more a home at a farmers market if you can deliver something from your garden once in a while. One thing about all this rain, it has made everything grow like stink.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Button Back Revealed

Here is the answer to what kind of back I use. For the buttons in the 52/7 project all have a polymer clay loops on the back. I bake the front and the back of the buttons separtly and bake the two parts with a third piece of polymer clay.

For small buttons metal backs are available from House of Orange .

There on page F 410 just above the bottom right corner. It is easy to miss them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Week 25 - Sunflowers

Week 25 - Sunflowers
Tomorrow is summer solstice. this is one of my favourite days of the year but there is always that tinge of sadness that from now on the days will be getting shorter.

I decided that sunflowers would be a proper button for the solstice even thought it will be a while before they will grace the garden. A simple 12 section millefiori cane and a few minutes cutting away the extra from the petals and "Bob's your uncle". Now I will have to make another sunflower cane. Hum, thinking about different colours. Consistency is not my strong suit.

Some colours from the garden

Monday, June 20, 2011

Saturday Market at Trout Lake

I spy and earrings
 It was a rainy one but still they come. This time it was not sissy rain but the real thing. There were puddles on the tent tops and the umbrellas were in bloom. Luckily by the end of the day we were all nearly dry. People got vegetables for their table, plants for their garden and some left with barrettes, earrings and pendants. So every one was happy.

My next Trout Lake Market will be July the 9th. My only Trout lake Market for that month. This come Sunday I will be at Ladner Village Market. I am looking forward to that.
Rainy one but still they come.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Week 24 - Dragon Impressions

The more that is happening the less I write. Even the buttons have suffered, so it is time to catch up.

These buttons are made from a texture sheet that I am developing called dragon parts. The oval buttons are impressions of that sheet antiqued in gold and copper.

The First Ladner Village Market

The first Market at Ladner was great. The pavement looks wet in the picture but it was only a little sissy rain. The kind of rain that were you can tell the non natives as the only ones with umbrellas. I didn't even remember the rain that day. Green and busy and full of fun. The next Ladner Village Market is June 26th. Come on down!!!

Seymour Art Festival
We are in the gallery, and lest our art is, until this Sunday when we will have a great windup. There will be demos by some of the artist and a great jazz band. Company B Jazz Band is not to be missed. They will be preforming between 1:00 and 4:00 PM this Sunday, the 19th.

Tomorrow I will be at Trout Lake Farmer's Market. Might see you there too. 

Ladner in the almost sunshine

Matthew Freed's pottery in the foreground Nicola Morgan's and Ellen Scobie's paintings in the background
My little bit of wall captured on my cell phone. Polymer Clay takes flight.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Seymour Art Festival and Jazz

Seymour Art Gallery is where the action is for the next few weeks. Our  Arts off Main group show will be on from June 14th to 19th, with some really exciting musical performances on both opening and last day. Do please come, I am sure it will be very special, and make sure you say hi!

There will be music!  At the opening Tuesday the 14th from the guitar accordion duo, Dave Taylor and Tyson Naylor will recharge the gallery viewers for  7:00 to 9:00 PM. On Sunday the whole Company B Band will may you what to dance or at least tap your foot.

Come on you can't miss this event! See you there.

Return from Creative Chaos

Olga's bunny

We are back from Creative Chaos in Vernon B.C.

The weather was great. There were a few less shoppers then last year. Who could stay inside when the weather was so great after a long cold spring.

For me the best thing was meeting another polymer clay artist, Olga Osnach. She manages to make creatures with so much personality that you expect the to bound or hop away. I bought a little red rabbit from her and it watched over my table when my daughter Sophie was not  holding it. Take a look at her web site Madre Olius.

Our booth


We left Vernon Sunday after noon to spend two days and three night on a friends farm near Pinantan, north of Kamloops. It was wonderful to be out in nature. 
Looking west - Paul Lake

Looking East - Paul Lake