Today is March 4th.
A Warm Welcome
I chose to open oneseedwonder's door today because the date seems to cop a strong directive
*(cue music) with sounds of a heaving, splintered, weather-worn, wooden door on rusty iron hinges creaking ... sending the tiniest dust puff fluffs flying off ... sparking joy as they float in cumulus cloud formations ... landing lit on webs within the ethereally soupy cavernous bowl of my studio ... in the middle of the night ...
(the mood is powerful yet surprisingly light and airy)* That is all ... for now.
The Chain Gang's Signature Collection has launched.
More will be rolled out on OneSeedWonders' bench in the heart of west downtown Toronto as collections are completed.
It's a one-person operation ... so whatever whims of fancy strike at the moment will be what's at play and on display.
I hope you enjoy seeing and reading about them.
[Now, I'd like to take this moment to thank, Gary, my brother, for encouraging me to set up shop and for advising I can never have enough tools.]
At this moment, he is the only one on my e-mail list ... please sign up, too, and I will keep you apprised of all that is new.
When I was first learning how to make jewelry (and while he was living at sea on one of his sailboats, prior to the day corona swooped in and stranded him off the coast of the Bahamas, for a bit), he became the first person to commission a silver piece from me.
A single anchor earring.
I accepted the challenge (not knowing how I would ever be able to fulfill this request but as sure as necessity is the mother of invention, little did I realize it, at the time); this one contract would serve to help me corner the entire pirate market.
Thank you Gary!
here we are after post storm ... rainbows ruling
photo taken by Dad who is in heaven with Mom and our younger brother, Wayne
I gave it to him on his birthday along with a hand-painted and custom-lettered shirt I got from Tania who is an artist living in Greece and is now a supportive friend on Tizzit, an amazing membership of Makers, based out of Australia.
Here's Tania's Etsy shop with her pirate shirt (so cool my comment is at the top - everyone loves her work and working with her). One of the reasons I like it so much is that it will just keep getting better and better - stained or ripped - he can wear it forever.
Thanks for making this day even more special for us.
Here he is in a sailboat shirt just before opening up his new pirate t-shirt ... but first showing his earring off, for posterity, in a clink at the click of a pic.
Some of that Process