27.10.11

October Waters

This line of pendants and ear rings was inspired by the clear blue skies, yellow and red leaves floating on the salt water on a sunny day in October. I will have them for the Christmas Craft Fairs in St. John's and Corner Brook this November.
Pendants hang on a 20" sterling silver 'wheat' chain.


Separately or as a set, both pendants and ear rings make beautiful gifts.


Each pendant is backed by a sweetheart silver-plated bail.

26.10.11

...And Still Working...

Reindeer Blue, going into kiln for third firing... wish I could fit them in all at once...

Kala and Shep, hopeful...

..still hopeful, but settling in for the long wait... there will be an outing, promise!

24.10.11

Working Hard...

Finally, am using the studio to full advantage... the Christmas Craft Fairs are coming, first one in St. John's in just over two weeks... so here are pieces that had to be fired separately for my Reindeer Blue series....

... and here is Shep, bored...  

.. and Kala... both wondering when it will be a good time for their walk... they're not so fussy about studio time these days.

19.10.11

Buddies

Yesterday on our walk we saw many many things...  the best part is the companionship that makes the whole day that much better.

18.10.11

Mail Order...

When Ian is home, he makes me coffee in the mornings, which I must say, is quite lovely... BUT... I have been using a small stove-top espresso maker, and it makes one cup at a time. So I was thinking, because I really LOVE the coffee from this machine, that I would try to find one that makes more than one cup at a time. After unsuccessfully trying to find one and even source one out from local shops, I became a fierce bidder on the eBay... and 'won' a 4-cup espresso maker for what I thought would be about $60, but ended up being $100 by the time it arrived... I could live with that just to not deal with another hassle, except that...
... the cup I use is not like the ones in the picture on the box. It is a LOT larger. Apparently I have four cups of espresso in my one cup of coffee every morning (which might explain the rush from 0-100 after just a few sips and the reality that I only have the one cup each day)... I know this because it turns out that this very pricey little machine is EXACTLY the same size as the one I use now.
If anyone is interested in a brand new, shiny, cool-design stove-top 4-cup espresso maker, please contact me and make an offer! 783-3505 or urve.manuel@gmail.com

14.10.11

SinCity

Just spent the past few days in the Big City (well, still here, but soon to get home), with a very enjoyable and interesting group of people. I learned a lot, and am grateful for it.
I didn't take my camera, so am posting an image from my trip with Nancy J. when we were here a short while ago setting up for the LAWN show at Eastern Edge Gallery. It still applies.

11.10.11

Up Up and Away!

Ian just left for the Labrador, gone for 26 days... hopefully it all works out for him. In the meantime, our little buddies and I are lugging logs, cutting and splitting them, and focusing on studio work to keep busy... Christmas Craft Fairs are coming up soon!

9.10.11

Heat for the Winter

This year, we didn't have enough time to get our wood ourselves... so John Dinny with his pick-truck arrived this past Friday night with a nice bit of wood for the winter!

This is the first time a truck ever made it up our driveway (usually, my crates of glass get dropped off at the bottom by the road... makes for a long haul, one sheet at a time to the studio), so we were more than pleased...

... and the boom on the truck allows for placement of wood...

... pretty much anywhere the boom can reach...

... this way, our driveway was kept clear, and happily, we only have to carry the logs up half the mountain for once! And yes, that is what we spent quite a few hours doing today... Urve's Log-Lugging Boot Camp: guaranteed to give you buns of steel, strong torso, and good upperbody strength as well as a decent cardio work-out. If you feel the need for a good burn, come on out, and don't wait for me to be here, just have at it!

7.10.11

Look What Happened!

First visible snow on the Blow-me-Downs... could be a big winter this year; only two day ago we escaped for an early morning SUNNY and pretty warm paddle...

Shep hunting for flatfish...

...Kala trying to be a flat fish...

...and still not getting the idea that it is best to run along shore with Shep, rather than trying to swim the whole way... it'll come!

3.10.11

Fish Sticks

It took me a few looks to figure out where this beautiful pattern was coming from when the early evening sun shone through the window....

... the 'fish sticks' that keep some of my salmon higher up in the water column of the glass river... amazing. And inspiring.