Sunday, July 31, 2005

Big Turq

We can't keep up with the demand; yesterday it was carnelian and today it's turquoise.

All the magazines have touted turquoise as the new pink for the season, yet it wasn't until today that it really sunk in because we've now sold out of this vivid blue gemstone plus orders to fill.

Snagging the right turquoise won't be easy. We prefer the lighter colouring of the Chinese variety, but it appears that those from Brazil are more readily on hand. Whatever the shade of blue, it's still very hot!

summer = gorgeous bronzed skin + turquoise

Saturday, July 30, 2005

Karma Carnelian

For several weeks, our display of carnelian pieces drew very little interest; that is until today.

These reddish-brown stones are members of the quartz family and are found throughout the world. The most famous sites are in India, Brazil, Uruguay and Japan. Crystal healers believe that carnelian helps to calm and ease anxiety.

The morning started out with a very handsome woman unable to decide between two pairs of carnelian earrings. Both designs were equally unique and accented with Swarovski, one with Indian Red and the other with Crystal. Her husband and I were in agreement that the pair with the Indian Red complimented her colouring better, however she was hesitant to make a decision and her ever so patient man suggested they come back later.

You've heard this histoire before, but here's the twist...

Within MINUTES, the next two customers that came along each bought a pair of the two that she could not choose between. They have now put this poor woman out of her misery.

One of our Bowen regulars picked up yet another pair for her daughter (it's quite possible that her collection of Izzy & Buds is larger than my own!), while an out of town visitor snatched the other! It's either all or nothing; très amusant.

The day had passed when the couple finally returned and but of course, were disappointed to find out that both pairs had sold. As it happened, we had a few pieces of carnelian available and were able to design another pair to match a necklace we had on display. In the end, they purchased the set and it looked absolutely stunning on her. I believe that these earrings looked even more beautiful on her than the others. Call it karma?

Monday, July 25, 2005

Full Moon at Sassafras?

I was busy like one of Santa's elves making jewelry at my table when a nosy, middle-aged woman approached me and said, "These are made in China". It wasn't a question; it was clearly an uneducated observation.

Surprised by the insult, I replied, "No, I make all of this jewelry, as you can see I am making them right here".

The woman retorted, "No, these are made in China!

I had to laugh in disbelief that someone could be so ignorant, as I answered back with my muddled Spanish accent and shot back with, "Do I look Chinese?

Sunday, July 24, 2005

It would be impossible for us to not blog...

about one of our heroes, Lance Armstrong. For the past three weeks, we've woken up in the wee hours of the morning and faithfully followed le Tour de France to see him win the title for seventh and last time.

Admittedly, watching the tour has improved my commutes. If these riders can pedal more than a hundred kilometers each day at top speeds and sometimes during inclement weather conditions, then my 10km ride should be a piece of cake. Mind you if I was riding through the French countryside, I'm quite certain that it would even be more pleasurable, especially with a crusty baguette, fresh cheese and a bottle of vin rouge in my pack.

During Armstrong's parting speech he said, "I'm sorry for you. I'm sorry you don't believe in miracles, but this is a hell of a race," he said. "You should believe in these athletes, and you should believe in these people. I'll be a fan of the Tour de France for as long as I live. And there are no secrets - this is a hard sporting event and hard work wins it." Mais oui, words to live by.

"Vive le Tour, forever". It won't be the same without you driving the peloton to record breaking speeds, but we will continue to proudly sport our LIVESTRONG bracelets and have no qualms about wearing it alongside our very fashionable glitter!

Tuesday, July 19, 2005


A friend has just discovered that Crest Whitening Expressions Toothpaste is an excellent jewelry cleaner.

Upon her arrival home from a recent visit to the dentist, she decided to try out her new samples and confirmed that her gag reflexes worked just fine, thank you very much. Not one to be wasteful, she decided to give her jewelry a quick polishing with one of the packets. It's no secret that toothpaste makes a great metal cleaner, but apparently, the Crest Whitening Expressions really kicks it up a notch!

If you're not offended by the scent of Refreshing Vanilla Mint wafting in your face all day long - why not?

Sunday, July 17, 2005

A Day in Provence

I was inspired by Rosie the lavender lady. Her beautiful long, silver hair delicately frames her gently, etched face carrying a smile that warms the heart. The spirit within her honest hug sparked me to create a beautiful pair of crystal turquoise and opal chandeliers.

These earring were especially alluring and were waiting for the right woman to enjoy them. Many women picked them up in admiration, but only ONE was meant to possess them.

Just a few hours later, that woman came along. A very pretty, Asian woman with exotic features, wearing Pocahontas braids, fell in love with them at once. Tormented by whether or not she should make this purchase, she reluctantly walked away from the table only to return five times! Seeking encouragement from her friends and partner, who all agreed that these chandeliers looked fantastic on her, she walked away once again and headed for the hiking trails. In the end, her John Smith insisted that she should come back and buy the earrings, as he knew very well that she would be disappointed if she waited until after the hike. Now there is a wise man...perhaps he had read our blog, "
You lose"?

The market was positively busy, crowded with lobster-red, sun worshippers welcoming the long overdue summer heat. Ferry loads of people flocked to Bowen and were welcomed with the scents of the salty, ocean air and Rosie's fresh cut lavender as they strolled along the boardwalk. Not unlike Provence, Bowen is sure to delight both the young and the young at heart.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Word of the Day

bling /bli [ng]

n. Diamonds or high sparkle jewelry worn for personal adornment.
"She wore her little black dress, threw on some bling and was set for a night on the town".

Current Music: Sparkling Diamonds - Moulin Rouge Soundtrack

Monday, July 04, 2005

Magic Lemonade

It was the opening weekend of the Bowen Island Summer Market. We narrowly escaped the rain, but not the wind, always a tricky consideration at Bowen. Despite the BC Ferry disaster at Horseshoe Bay, we still welcomed many visitors to celebrate the Canada Day long weekend with us.

It was wonderful to see all the old faces of the fellow crafters return to the market. We were so happy to see Jean Marie Claret, a fantastic potter, whose charm is unmistakably French. We own one of his French butter dishes that I absolutely adore. It is a unique method of storing butter at room temperature without the worry of the butter oxidizing and getting spoiled.
C'est très chic!

Of course we also met some new faces. Most memorably, a five-year-old named Phineas, who was selling "magic" lemonade for a mere fifty cents! Phineas is quite the character - a little man with an old soul and comes with the kindest heart. A glass of his magic lemonade was guaranteed to make one happy, very happy indeed.

Phin's mother,
Jeanette Wrenshall, may be new to the market, but is no stranger to architectural ceramics! Her work is most awe inspiring (check out her Gaudi inspired fireplace) and we are so very pleased to have met both her and Phineas.

There are so many talented artists showcasing their work here at Bowen, be sure to come by and check us out. Bowen makes for a wonderful day trip, so grab your sunscreen and shades, pack a picnic and ahoy matey!