Thursday, January 10, 2019

Depth Year 2019

“Go deeper, not wider.”  These are the words of David Cain at (Getting better at being human) in his first post about doing a "Depth Year." He talks about taking a year to go deeper with what you already own or know rather than acquiring more. Check out his blog for the complete post and be inspired!

Like many creatives, I have a habit of acquiring new and shiny supplies and resources when I already own more than I can possibly use in this lifetime. So I am declaring 2019, My Depth Year. My goals for the year are to not buy any new art supplies except to replace something that I have used up, to not buy any magazines or books and to go deeper to learn from what I already own, to not add any new art or crafts, and to not buy any new beautiful journals or art papers that call to me with their beautiful pristine pages and endless possibilities!

So far I have been successful for 10 days!

This is my little art area in an alcove at the top of the stairs. I had too much stuff for it all to fit in my little garden shed jewelry studio so I had to create a space for it in my house.

I love that everything is within easy reach. I'm excited to start going through my books and exploring neglected techniques and supplies.

Last January I took a free online boot camp called Jewelry Brand Makeover to help me figure out the direction I wanted to take my jewelry business. Flourish and Thrive Academy teaches jewelry designers and makers about growing a jewelry business. I went on to take their Laying the Foundation course, too. I learned a lot in both the free boot camp and the paid course and came away with so much information to use in my own business.

Now that I'm retired from my "day job", I am ready to explore further, to go deeper, in my jewelry business. I have so many decisions to make and I'm hoping to get the clarity I need by taking this year's boot camp called Jewelry Brand Marketing Hub as well as revisiting Laying the Foundation. If this is is something that interests you, here's the link I love how they are all about "Community Over Competition", jewelry designers helping their fellow jewelry designers.

Happy 2019 and cheers to you and meeting your goals for the year!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Happy New Year (finally)!

Hi everyone! Over a week into the new year but here I am finally. I've been giving this poor little blog disjointed starts for awhile now. This year I plan to change that. I even printed out some cool free Blog Post Planner sheets from a company called Productive Flourishing to keep me on track. They have lots of great planning tools on their website.

I haven't been very good about photographing my jewelry since I haven't been selling online but here are some pieces I did manage to get pictures of before the Christmas craft fairs this year. The leaves are made from old copper roof flashing that a friend found behind his shed. I annealed the copper and fold formed the leaves before using a blow torch to add several layers of enamel. The bails are made from obsolete Canadian copper pennies and I used recycled electrical wire for the jump rings and clasps.

I'm kind of excited to try some new strategies for growing my jewelry business and I'm starting by participating in a Jewelry Brand Makeover Boot camp. I've been a fan of Flourish and Thrive Academy for over a year now. I first discovered Tracy Matthews' podcasts while searching for something motivational to listen to while working in my studio. Flourish and Thrive Academy has a philosophy of Community over Competition and Tracy and her partner, Robin, share an incredible amount of free resources for jewelry designers at all levels. They also offer popular in depth courses for a fee. If you are a jewelry designer, you might want to check them out.

I'll see you again soon!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Cuttlefish Casting

I've been meaning to try casting with cuttlefish bone for some time and I finally got everything together so here is my first attempt. 


I used reclaimed sterling silver from a variety of sources after testing it first for silver content if it wasn't marked. 

I'm glad the first piece I did turned out because the next three didn't and I might have given up.  I learned from the flops, though, and as soon as I get some more cuttlebone I'll be at it again.  One of the things I learned is that the stench of burned cuttlefish bone doesn't leave the studio for hours!!! so next time I'll do this outside.

Monday, May 1, 2017

That didn't take long!

So over a year ago I moved from my lake into a little house in town. It was a really tough decision but it made sense in so many ways. I confess that I miss the lake a lot but I feel really good about the downsizing. 

When I moved I said I would be revamping my blog so I'm finally doing it. I hadn't been posting because I kept meaning to do this first. I'm trying colours that are different for me and getting away from the lake theme I had before I moved so this design is a work in progress.  We'll see how it develops.

My little house had no room for a studio and only a small space in the yard to build one. So, thinking it would save time and money, I bought a garden shed kit and converted it into a studio.  FYI, by the time I had the wiring, insulation, drywall, roofing, skirting, and replacing doors done as well as adding a small deck, I did not save time or money.   But it's done and I love it!  It's only one third the size of my lakeside studio (just 8' x 12') but it's cozy and efficient.  So come on in for a tour.  It won't take long!

View from the main door.

I'll try not to wait so long for my next post!

Monday, December 28, 2015

Goodbye Lakeside

As we look forward to retirement, it is time to start downsizing so we are leaving our home on the lake.

I have been so privileged to live right on the south shores of this beautiful pristine northern lake for so many years. 

Now it's time for change. 

Over the next few months I'm going to transition from the lakeside theme on this blog.  I don't want to change my blog location because then I would have to start over so I plan to do a bit of a renovation instead.  I don't know yet what that will look like but it will be more in keeping with Liz-Anna's Studio (no 'Lakeside').  Stay tuned.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Etsy Again!

I received an email the other day from a Japanese TV Network (TV Asahi) that claims to be one of the biggest tv networks in Japan.  They are doing a program about the papermaking industry and want to include a bit about my moose poo paper, including photos from my blog.  I agreed but asked that they include a link to my Etsy shop in return.

Moose poo paper card from my Etsy shop
My Etsy shop, however, has been on vacation mode for several months.  So, once again, I'm responding to crisis and will be spending this week getting some listings back into my Etsy shop.

If you would like to learn more about the process behind making moose poo paper, check out my tutorial here. It includes links to the series.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Of Bees and Trees - The paintings

One last catch-up post because I said I would blog about my art show and then I didn't and 2014 is almost over. 

I had a show of my encaustic paintings, Of Bees and Trees, at the Smithers Art Gallery from Oct 28 - Nov 26 so much of the year was spent either painting or stressing about the paintings that I needed to get done.  It was kind of scary to put myself out there like that but I got lots of positive feedback and sold a few paintings, too.  Here are a few pieces from the show.

Sunflower, Good Morning, Encaustic, 24x24"
White Rose, Encaustic, 24x24"
Poppies I, Encaustic, 8x24"
Poppies II, Encaustic, 8x24"
Yellow Lily in Red Bowl, Encaustic, 24x24"
One with the Sun, Encaustic, 24x24"

Autumn Beauty, Encaustic, 8x24"

Now I am putting away my encaustic paints until next summer when I can work outside or in my studio with the door wide open.