And Here it Comes…

It’s in the air! I can smell it when I walk my puppy love down to the seaside park - AND she’s already had a number of ocean swims. Oh summer, I can feel it in my bones…

It’s been a whirlwind. I think it is often a whirlwind though - Toronto One of a Kind was exciting and excruciating like all good retail shows and I am now speaking with new retailers and planning exciting new events with exciting new friends (I’m thinking of you Kiriki Press)! Following Toronto, the train took Jana Bookholt from Swaine Street Woodworking, our (my new) friend Cat and me to New York City where we spent several action packed days roaming my new favourite place to get lost. Although, it is kind of hard to get lost there. Too many landmarks to guide you on your way.

Before heading to Toronto, I finished up my Remarkable Rings course at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design and my sister managed to snap a few photos of student work. I’m running my class again this Spring and I’m looking forward to seeing the fresh ideas in store.

Finally, I’m still wrapping up my travel plans for the Society of North American Goldsmiths conference in Minneapolis next week! Looking forward to plunging my mind into the pool of collective creativity waiting at the head of the Mississippi. 

PS - New photographs forthcoming. Christina and I have been hard at work!

PPS - Congratulations to my brother, Stephen Arsenault, and my soon to be sister-in-law, Anna Kocherovsky, on their engagement. Already looking forward to the family fun forthcoming in San Francisco! XO

Spring is going to come, I swear

So, here one the East Coast, it doesn’t really feel like spring is ever going to come. We’ve been told that this is going to be a cold March, despite our early winter and the relentless snow we’ve received. But Spring  is going to come, I swear. It always does, sometimes it just take a little longer. That being said, I for one am crossing my fingers for Spring in Toronto at the end of March.

As I mentioned in some previous posts, I’ll be participating in the Toronto One of a Kind Show at the end of the month! This will be my first time and I’ll be stationed in the Etsy section surrounded by a bevy of talented artists from across the country. I’ll have even more good company at the show because this year Halifax is really representing, and the latest issue of One of a Kind Magazine is dedicated to the East Coast stars who’ll shine at Spring One of a Kind. Superstars like Jana Bookholt of Swaine Street Woodworking, Bethany Buttersworth of Bread and Butter Pottery, Brigitte of BPractical Pottery, Heather of Cocoa and Honey, Geordan of The Quarrelsome Yeti and the list goes on! You can read all about it right here.

Because we love you, we’ve got a little deal for anyone who is planning to be in Toronto to attend the show! Follow this link to access your coupon.

Also, look who popped up in my inbox this morning: My little foxes are gracing the bailout advertising the Etsy Section!

Hope to see you there!

Moving Steadily Forward

Oh boy. It’s been a while. 

Of course there have been a million things swirling around in the whirlwind since I last wrote, and one of them is my class! We’re having a pretty darn good time down there at the pristine NSCCD studios on Monday nights and projects are moving steadily along. Christina is coming in on our last class to do a photo shoot of the final outcome as a parting gift to everyone and I think we are going to have some pretty diverse and fantastic works to shoot!

The Toronto One of a Kind Show date is swiftly approaching and I am attempting to get all of my ducks in a row. Preparations are underway and production is a go. I’ll be meeting several lovely ladies who are also heading to Toronto at the end of March to discuss travel and sleeping arrangements tomorrow. Halifax is representing, as always!

Last night I got word that my Grants to Individuals application has been fully funded by Arts Nova Scotia! This means that I am on my way to Minneapolis, Minnesota at the end of April for the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference, From Grains to Gold. Pretty exciting stuff! I’d better head to the library and pick up a travel guide to Minneapolis right now!

Class has begun and other good news

Remarkable Rings has officially begun! I taught my first class last night and it was very good indeed. My students have some very interesting and exciting ideas to work on over the nest few months and I am honoured to be their guide. We are going to cover the basics as well as explore some fun and challenging techniques - I think we’re all up to the challenge. I forgot what a pleasure the space at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design is to work in. So pristine! I’ve had a lot of people contact me about taking the class who couldn’t do a Monday. If you’re in that boat, let me tell you, I’m going to look into teaching the class again in the spring on a different day. 

If you’re looking for something special for your Valentine, mark your calendar! Two If By Sea will be hosting another Pop Up Shop in partnership with the Halifax Crafters Society at their Dartmouth location. The fall event was filled to the gills and action packed so be sure not to miss out on this super event happening on February 8th (my sweet and beautiful Sister, Christina’s, 30th, gasp, birthday! Younger sister, I might add). 

I’ll be involved with another great Valentine’s Day event at J&R Grimsmo on February 12th when I will team up with Caitlyn Rose Jewelry for an extra-romantic shopping event. Stay tuned for details!

So, for a little more good news: I was accepted into the Toronto One of a Kind Show for spring and I will be heading to T.O. at the end of March with a group of lovely makers from Halifax to flaunt our wares in the big city! Such a flurry of excitement for the nest few months. I’ll keep you in the loop!

Happy New Year!

Phew, it’s been a while! This has been an awesome and very busy season.

Thanks to my generous clients we raised a tidy little heap of non-perishables for the food bank! I was pretty darn proud and I was happy to see the name of my friend and colleague, Jen Bennet, drawn for the sterling silver fox ring. I know that she’ll wear it in good health!

I had the opportunity to work with a lovely couple to design and create some very special wedding rings. Now they are off in Australia getting hitched and I thought I would share the lovely Lara’s elegant wedding ring with you. It is made from 14K yellow gold, 14K rose gold and an Akoya pearl. Very ladylike indeed. 

And since we are heading on into a brand New Year, why not take that opportunity to sign up for my ring making course at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design. I can only take 8 students, so it will be a small class, but I think we’ll have heaps of fun twisting our brains and haunting our dreams for amazing and out of this world designs. Give Alexis (the studio coordinator) at NSCCD a call after New Year’s day, but don’t wait too long, class starts January 20th!

Happy New Year Everyone! I hope this one is filled with health and happiness for you all!  XO

Sip & Shop

Come on down to J&R Grismsmo this Thursday (December 12th, 4pm to 8pm) evening and join Jessy, Rachael and I for a relaxing beverage and some holiday shopping! Don’t forget your donation to Feed Nova Scotia to have your name put into my draw for a sterling silver Fox Ring!

Metal Arts Guild Show Opens This Weekend

Here’s a heads up to all of your Haligonians out there! The annual Metal Arts Guild Show is opening tomorrow (December 7th) at Zwicker’s Gallery on Doyle Street. It will be open all day, from 10am to 5pm and will run for a month. You can check out the details on the Metal Arts Guild Website. My piece, Bringer of Light will be on display!

Also, my upcoming course at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design was listed wrong on the website! It is Monday nights from 6:30 to 9:30 and I have room for eight students! Join me on Monday nights in the New Year and let me help you build your dream ring! You can visit the NSDCCD Website for more details and to sign up!

Great Market and Upcoming Events

The Halifax Crafters Christmas Market was a fantastic event, as always. I would say that it was the busiest one yet and most people were saying the best as well! It was so busy it was hard to get away from the booth to do any shopping, but I managed to get a little done, and I finally got myself some of the wooden spoons I have been lusting after for the past number of years. Yes, that is correct, I lust after wooden spoons.

I thought I’d fill you in on some of my upcoming events: On December 12th, I’ll be hosting a Sip and Shop event with J&R Grimsmo at their beautiful Barrington Street boutique. We are going to have some cocktails and snacks and it will be the last night that I will be collecting food for the food bank. Last chance for romance, folks, bring me your non-perishables on December 12th and your name will be put into the draw for the sterling silver Fox Ring. We will be drawing that night!

I’d also like to invite you to sign up for my course at the Nova Scotia Centre for Craft and Design. I’ll be instructing a class on building your dream ring in the New Year and I encourage you to visit the NSCCD Website for all of the course details!