Hi folks ... it's been a while.
It has been a hard 6 months. I've been struggling with health issues, family health issues, work, house, depression ... the whole shebang. Needless to say I haven't been very productive lately. Right now I've got too much on my plate, too few spoons and very little time to get into my art much. I look forward to when I get my life back, but right now other things take precedence. This was just a little post to let y'all know I'm still alive and look forward to getting back to my art soon.
Take care and be well.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Hi folks ... it's been a while.
Saturday, December 24, 2016
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
So I wish for you a most Blessed Jul, my dears ... for while this night is long and the wind blows cold ... Spring is coming.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
I'm still in complete shock that it is finally here after 13 years of planning and saving.
I have so many people to thank in making this possible ...
Canadian Heritage Sheds (the builders), Stoney Creek Concrete (they were awesome), Michael Stewart (contractor friend who spearheaded tearing down the old shed and the pouring of the concrete pad), a long list of awesome friends (who helped through various stages) and most important of all, my best friend and the love of my life Leslie ... who I love with all my heart and who made all this possible.
There is still a lot of work to be done on the inside ... but that is winter work. Tomorrow is the final inspection!!!
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Life has been all kinds of things ... difficult ... stressful ... frustrating ... exhausting ... (you get the picture) ... :(
But some EXCITING stuff has been happening too ... and though it has been adding to the tiredness and stress, it's the "good" kind that I don't mind so much.
I MADE A THING!!!
Now some of you may be asking yourself ... "Is that a real ugly helmet?" ...
Others may be asking ... "Is that a real ugly planter?" ...
But to the educated Norse re-enactor, they will be saying, "No, it a real ugly DaLarna-stytle cooking pot! ... and they would be RIGHT!
I was fortunate to get invited to go down to Pennsylvania and visit with my new friends Stevan and Marci Waleff and participate in a weekend cauldron making class. In two days Stevan taught me (and a few others) how to shape 3 flat plates of steel into a "replica" of a Norse period 4L cooking pot. It's not quite finished yet - I had to leave early to make it back home in time to get ready to return to the classroom on the following Monday - the handle and hangers still need to be formed and attached but I think I can handle that on my own (... see what I did there? :) )
I know it's not that pretty ... and there are LOTS of mistakes in it ... but I think I've figured out where I went wrong and look forward to making more of these. I came out of the workshop with one (almost) complete pot and templates to make more 2L, 4L and 6L DaLarna cooking pots. Stevan is talking about a spring workshop to make Oseberg cauldrons ... I really want to take this one too ... I hope I can fit the time in.
... huh ... pots ... who knew?
Saturday, July 23, 2016
I made a trichinolpoly necklace in sterling silver (single-5 weave), more bone and bronze Norse needle cases, more bronze needles, lots of bronze chain and my first attempt at antler Norse combs.
I enjoyed making the combs - I've been working up to trying this for some time now ... today seemed as good a time as any. I look forward to making more of these and other styles of combs as well.
YAY Making Stuff!!!