It's almost become tradition now to clean out my boxes of spare pendants, some that I made in the wrong colour...cough cough...orange raddishes. This year I am having my biggest destash yet! It's all going to be taking place this friday in my new FB Group www.facebook.com/groups/GlassyEyed. I'm going to be running this years destash as a trunk show, all pieces are going up for auction (with starting bids as low as $2-$5).
To join in the fun and pick up a few pieces just join my new group and I'll see you this Friday at 9pm cst.
If you were hanging out on facebook last night, my new logo pop up on your feed (cause you can't make any changes to your page without them showing it off it seems.) If not ......ta ta ta da.... here it is!
Now ...I know.... some of you who have been following my Glassyeyed-ness since before ...well... before facebook was a thing ( and for the youngsters out there ... yes there was a time before facebook,) ...you may be going HEY that logo isn't new! And it isn't , it's totally retro Glassy-Eyed Beads from the early 2000's. It was drawn by a lovely fellow farmers' market vendor in Fredericton. I have been updating it up a bit on photoshop the last few weeks ....and voila here it is! I love it....it feels like putting on that favourite dress that makes you feel like you can conquer F***ing the world!
I think I'm in love!..... Vancouver Island your fabulous!
I went to help my dad at the Filberg Festival in Comox, BC in August and loved the area.
I have never been comfortable in front of the camera, I would much prefer to be the one taking the pictures of everyone else being awesome. But sometime you have to put on your big girl pants and get over it. It started 3 years ago with a tv interview on the local CTV morning show.......literally my hands were shaking , and my voice had that warble effect that those with with camera/ public speaking fears will recognize. Next came some interviews for the Etsy Made in Canada Market I had been planning.....bit by bit I got a little less shakey and my voice a little more sure of it's self ( though there is still a little warble if you listen closely. All a long I had been doing little videos of me working to share with ...well you guys.....on my Facebook and Insagram pages. And even though I don't speak in these, it was still mildly terrifying to put them out there into the internet. Because, I like so many others, when I look at videos and pics of myself all I ( used ) to see were the flaws.....the funny little twitches my lips make when I work, the occasional double chin appearance...etc. etc. But I made myself post them...kinda like a little bit of self therapy, as well as starting to take more selfies of myself...not because I wanted to document every outfit I wore or to get lots of attention ( though it doesn't hurt).... but to get comfortable in front of the camera, get comfortable with my body and my face ..with me. To stop seeing all the flaws and start seeing the good parts.
Which brings me to my last hurdle....talking on a video. I had been interviewed a couple of times on online and the videos are out there..... but they are in Spanish and I think people are a little more forgiving of mistakes that people make in their second language. It is also easier when someone is asking you questions and filling in the pauses.
BUT....yesterday I don't know what clicked...whether it was my horoscope saying it was a good day for communicating or watching the Suicide Squad the night before and still had some adrenaline running through me..... but I did it, I recorded a couple of videos of me talking directly to the camera ( for me this is the most fear inducing type of video) and hell I even posted them....... YAY Me!
Now I'm not telling you this because I want a pat on the back, but because I want to encourage you to get out of your comfort zone and do something even if it scares you.
Ok so here is the thing...I'm good at making and designing (if I do say so myself), but I am horrible at describing and defining the style of pieces of artwork.....especially my own.
So this is where I would like to ask for your help, there 2 parts.
First is the most important for me.... (because I am completely clueless....I don't even know what my personal style is!)..... what style or styles would you say my sun catchers are or would fit in?
Part #2 ..... how would you describe them?
As a thank you for all of you who help me out, I will send everyone who helps out a code to get $5 off your next order.
So, is anyone else getting tired of the Valentines Day ads? If I were to believe them I should be here wistfully hoping for that diamond studded proof of true love.......cause it can't be love if there's no diamond... right? It's not that there is anything wrong with diamonds..... but personally I have higher expectations. I don't want something that some ad executive tells you to get, I want a little detail on Valentines day that says you know me and know what I like ....that's all. So in honor of this little rant....directed at no one in particular (honest)..... here is a list of 5 things I would prefer to a diamond on Valentines day.
#1~ Coffee...... Don't laugh! Coffee is important and makes me happy. But since it's for Valentines Day it should be the good stuff.
#2~ A House Plant...... should be of the indestructible types....cause I love them, but tend to kill them (don't judge).
#3 ~ A Pretty Candle...... handmade of course. Espacio Punto Luz's candles are to die for...just saying ;)
#4~Some Funky Jewelry....... (step away from the mall jewelry store) .... my top 3 fav jewelry type shops right now are Justine Justine , Cheryl Zink and India Y La luna
And finally #5 ~ A Favorite Food....... What could be better right?
(Me in 2000)
It's no secret that I have been making glass for quite a few years now.....16 years! I was 18 going on 19 when I started, if your wondering what 19 year old me looked like check out the pic below. I originally fell in love with glass blowing while ln Finland on a student exchange, a friend's mom was kind enough to take me on a tour of the Nuutajärvi Glass Village. THANK YOU! I also saw my first lampwork beads being made while in Finland too. I used to have to ride my bike over the cobble streets of old town Porvoo to get to school. In the afternoon on the way home I would ride past a little gallery type shop where sometimes there was a women sitting just inside the door making these wonderfully earthy organic beads. When I returned home (briefly) my family ended up moving to Palm Springs, California. Where I began an apprenticeship with a glass blower at a local artist colony name Palapas. While learning to blow vases, cups...etc, I started playing around with a torch to make little beads to make into jewelry. Once I moved back to Canada I took what I learned blowing glass and combined it with what I had learned making beads, and started making the lampworked glass pendants that I am known for now.
Erin has been working with hot glass since 1999.