Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Years Amulets and Valentines Amulets Stone Carving Workshops at The Rosseau

Today I was at The Rosseau resort in Minett, conducting a stone carving New Years Amulets workshop from 1:30pm-3:30pm. I ended up staying till 4pm because a few girls joined us late and I wanted to make sure their amulets were drilled and cording tied with adjustable knots. Beautiful necklaces were made all around which included abstracts, a dancer, a guitar and hearts. Unfortunately I did not bring my camera to document the afternoon! The idea for the workshop is that while carving you think of your New Years Intentions or Resolutions and the energy is contained in your finished necklace. It is the third year I have offered this workshop at The Rosseau. Last year I offered Valentines Amulets workshops as well and will do so again this year. The date this year for the Valentines Amulets workshop is on February 12th from 10-noon. For the Valentines workshop you can think of your loved one(s) as you carve, it's very meditative and your love will energize the stone. I will try to remember my camera!


Monday, December 27, 2010

Bird's Eye Maple Teething Necklaces

Cirvan made teething necklaces out of bird's eye maple so they are hard enough to be gnawed on by our baby nieces. They look beautiful and are functional and soothing. Finished with hemp seed oil, they are safe to chew on.

Friday, December 24, 2010


Cirvan and I had a blast designing, making & painting these Shields for some of our nephews. Each one has a symbol of a Greek God as the kids have been reading the Percy Jackson and the New Olympians series. Our daughter helped out by finding the symbols for Apollo, Artemis, Hades, Poseidon, Ares, and Zeus on the internet and sketching them out for us first! We hope the boys will enjoy their gift! Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Holiday Gift Making

I have 14 nieces and nephews I want to make gifts for. I have completed 8 gifts now 6 more to go! I love giving a handmade gift because I think it will be cherished. I had fun making this stuffed turtle and this purse made with vintage floral fabric from Miss Nelles Antiques in Baysville.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Year of the Bunnies!

My daughter calls this purple one "Splitzen" because he does the splits.

Getting a head start on the upcoming Year of the Rabbit by making a couple stuffed bunnies as Christmas gifts for 2 of my nieces. They sort of look like Alien Bunnies!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Successful Show this weekend

Here are some of my new pieces that I brought to the SIRCH show - "Love" sculpture and "Stringed" amulet. I talked with some great people, did some trades, had some sales and made good contacts. I would say it was worth the scary snowy drive to and from Minden.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

In SIRCH of the Perfect Christmas Show in Minden

This week I'll be getting ready for this show! Looking forward to checking out the Minden crowd this weekend.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thank You Letter from Grades 3/4 for Workshop!

I received this lovely thank you letter from my daughter's french immersion class at Riverside P.S. A couple of weeks ago I went in for a few hours with a box of Brazilian Soapstone pieces and my tools for them to carve small sculptures. I should have brought my camera to capture their creations. There was a turtle, a cat, a peace sign and so on... some sculptures turned into heavy necklaces LOL! - I hadn't brought my drill for making holes because we were making sculptures and some of these kids "drilled" by hand spinning my tools to make their own necklace holes, great determination. This letter was so sweet and they all signed their names on the back with additional comments such as this one which is my favourite:
"the tools were extrodenarily magnifisent"

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Riverside Arts and Crafts Show

The Riverside Arts and Crafts Show this weekend was great. Nice to talk to people walking by and I had some sales too (plus a great trade with another vendor which is always fun!)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Shows

Stone Tree Studio is coming to Huntsville at the Riverside Arts & Crafts Show 9-4pm this Saturday and 10-3pm Sunday. Due to the large numbers of exhibitors this year, we will be displaying our work in one of the hallways with other hallway exhibitors (don't miss us!). Also coming up is the In SIRCH of the Perfect Christmas Show on November 26th from 4-8pm and the 27th from 10-4pm at the Minden Community Centre. I will be bringing stone ornaments and necklaces, small sculptures and larger sculptures as well as some of Cirvan's beautiful mirrors (above photo) and fine furniture. Come check these shows out, both being important fundraisers for Riverside Public School and for SIRCH Community Services. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Limestone Carvings Finished!

I am pleased to have completed the 7 feet of Indiana Limestone relief carvings. Looking forward to seeing it installed by a stone mason over a hearth in a cottage down the road. I enjoyed carving the 5000 year old Irish symbols and 3000 year old Peterborough Petroglyphs also known as The Teaching Rocks carved by the Algonkian people long ago. The Irish symbols have to do with the solstice, equinox sun, and such while the Algonkian symbols were birds, a shaman, snake, turtle and spirit boat (which I changed a little so it was a family canoe representing the family I carved this for).

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ancient Inspirations!

I'm about to embark on an exciting project for above a fireplace. The 7 foot long Indiana Limestone piece will be carved with ancient Irish and Peterborough Petroglyphs for a cottage down the road. I have completed the sketch for it and taken some photos of the sketch and limestone before I get busy transferring the sketches and carving away! It's hard to capture the whole 7 feet in one photo. I am approaching this project with the utmost respect for the original stone carvers and their spirituality. I have paid my respects at the rock carvings at both Newgrange, Ireland, and the Peterborough Petroglyphs in Canada and used my photographs as inspiration for the combined sketch for the Irish family who have commissioned me. I'll keep you posted with photos of the process and the finished project!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Art sale today...

Today was a fun day having a table with my daughters in Dwight for a fundraiser for highschool students raising money to go to Kenya to help build a school. My daughters had made some beaded necklaces and bracelets to sell and I had some sculpture, amulets and ornaments. I think we spent as much as we made but there was lots of good stuff there and it was for a good cause. I didn't have my camera to take pictures, but some of my recently made necklaces that I brought are pictured above.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Rock Rain-Water Vessels

I carved two rain-water rock vessels today in preparation for a client who requested a private lesson to make such. I combined the use of my angle grinder with diamond blade and carbide hand chisels and mallets to carve the local boulders I found on my property. I look forward to teaching this technique which results in lovely stones for the garden. The two I carved today will sit next to the timber-frame sign posts that arch over our path to the studio. I think I'll carve one for my labyrinth next.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Stone Cut Prints

My stone carved printing blocks of the Chinese Zodiac signs. 5 more to go!

Today I carved two new stone printing blocks - Year of the Dog and Year of the Monkey - and printed them on black paper. Previously I had carved and printed Dragon, Tiger, Rabbit, Horse, and Rat. The Dog and Monkey prints will be put in one of Cirvan's wooden frames for a customer. Special orders like that motivate me to get the rest of the Zodiac finished!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sadie's handmade backpack

Sadie wanted to turn some old dresses into a backpack for school!
Upcycled, junk 2 funk, Sadie even used the sewing machine to help sew it!

The bejewelled butterfly patch used to be on one of Kaslo's shirts.
We reused some ribbons we had lying around for a handle to hook the pack at school and for the straps around her arms. We just need to sew on a Mollie Dog label and we'll be all ready for school!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

New Show - "Celebrate" at the Art Space in Huntsville

I am pleased to have been selected by the jury to have one of my sculptures "Dancing Tree" in this new exhibition "Celebrate" at the Art Space. The show runs September 3rd till October 31st. Hope you can come to the reception 5pm-7pm on Friday September 3rd. For more info got to www.huntsvilleartsociety.ca

Friday, August 27, 2010

Workshops Lately

This beautiful amulet was hand carved and sanded by this 7 year old at one of my workshops.
I have many stamps for printmaking on fabric to make beautiful prayer flags.
During my Expressive Arts sessions multi-media are used including clay.
I have been doing many workshops this month. I have made prayer flags with Girlz Unplugged summer day camps, Minden Peace Camp, and at home (photo above). I have held stone carving necklace workshops here at my studio and also Expressive Arts. Please contact me if you are interested in a workshop 766-1382.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

"Moonfaced" song on YouTube / sculpture at "Art & Lyrics"

"Moonfaced" my song is now on YouTube. "Moonfaced" my sculpture will be displayed at the "Art & Lyrics" show this weekend.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Sculpture & Song "Moonfaced"

"Moonfaced" carved in pink alabaster stone. I finished the wet sanding process today, waxed her and am waiting for her to dry so I can buff her. As I worked on this sculpture, a song also called "Moonfaced" was created simultaneously in my mind. I will enter the sculpture in the "Art & Lyrics" Show organized by the Huntsville Art Society on August 20 & 21st. I would like to get together with some musical friends and record my new song "Moonfaced" as well!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Baby Blankets for my 2 new nieces!

I made these blankets for my sister's new baby Frankie and for my sister-in-law's baby Gwenivieve. They were born 3 days apart! The backs of the blankets are the solid green polka dot fleece. I have lots of fun making baby blankets! Gwen's blankie has "Give Peas a Chance" which was a quote on a pottery bowl that had been given to my daughter 10 years ago. I thought it was a great saying so time to reuse! Frankie's blankie has a turtle, snail and bluebirds on it because the background flannel has those little animals on it with sayings like Sweet Snail, Tiny Turtle, Time to Fly and Outdoor Friends. It has one of our last Mollie Dog labels on it that we used a decade ago on homemade fleece hats , mittens, scarfs and some clothing. Mollie, our dog is 13 now!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Arts Walk on Sunday July 18th, 12-3pm!

I will be demonstrating stone carving tomorrow (and selling some of my work) as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Festival Fringe events "Arts Walk" which will include live demonstrations of a variety of art forms in River Mill Park in Downtown Huntsville. Nearby at the Town Dock there will be "Art Splash" with interactive arts and crafts for kids. Come check out both fun events that run simultaneously from noon till 3pm!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stick Puppet Workshops for YWCA Girlz Unplugged Camp

Just back from a great 2 hour Expressive Arts workshop I conducted at Bracebridge Public School for the YWCA Girlz Unplugged Summer Day Camp! The girls were instructed to pick a stick and examine it for awhile to figure out what it wants to be. Using Model Magic, paint, markers, fabric etc. they created the most amazing stick puppets! Some of the puppets interviewed each other to find out who these new characters and creatures were and a farm yard performance (a farmer stick puppet & animals were made) was being practiced for tomorrow's talent show. It was a great morning helping these creative girls with the tricky stuff (like using the hot glue gun - I thought I better be in charge of that!). A very inspiring workshop and will be repeated next week in Huntsville and the week after in Gravenhurst.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Try Stone Carving!

Tomorrow, Saturday July 10th is Dorset Heritage Day from 10am - 3pm. I will be there with stones and tools for anyone who would like to carve a little something! If you can't make it or would like to try making necklaces, small sculptures or larger sculptures with chisels and mallets you can do so at my studio, just give me a call to arrange a time!

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Amulets with Clasps

Here are some new hand carved stone amulets I made this week (from left to right) - "Blue Fish" (Alabaster), "Black Dove" (Chlorite), "Transparent Heart" (Alabaster) and "Fish Bones" (Pyrophyllite). Normally my necklaces are made with adjustable slip knots so they can be worn at any length. These ones I made with clasps for something different. School is out for summer now and it is easier for me to work on small stone carvings and still be present for my children. When I work on larger sculptures with chisels and mallets I get very absorbed in my work and don't like to be interrupted so much.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stone Tree Studio Open for the Season Now!

Stone Tree Studio with new pond and bridge!
After living here for a decade, we decided to do some major landscaping in front of the Studio. The bridge will be painted perhaps turquoise like Monet's bridge! We are getting some Koi fish for the pond this week and hopefully our ducks will let them be. Our ducks are loving swimming and diving in the new pond. They are 2 years old now and had been puddle ducks up till now! We opened up Stone Tree Studio on Saturday and will continue to be open now when we are here throughout the summer and fall. Please come by for a visit if you are near Dorset or Baysville. We are at 4547 Muskoka Rd. 117.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Don't miss your chance to hear female musicians like Ruth Cassie perform while raising money for Waterkeeper Alliance to purchase masks for the oil spill clean-up crews in the Gulf of Mexico. Donations also for Me to We - Huntsville High School students raising money for this program born out of Free the Children.

Stone Tree Studio is one of the event sponsors, so I will be there displaying and selling my work and enjoying the performances! Hope to see you there!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pics from the Muskoka Lakes Spring Art Tour

"Grounded" (Italian Alabaster)
Amulets, small sculptures, earrings etc. were displayed on table above to the right.
Art patron, Mike Napolitano sits in front of 3 new pedestals with "Lovers, Mother, Wise One" (Italian Alabaster), "Tree Spirits" (Marble) and "Hands Holding Water Lilies" (Carrara Marble). Mike commissioned me to carve the Portrait Bust of Sheila Snow below.
"Sheila Snow" (Haliburton Dolomite) was the beloved wife of Mike Napolitano (above) and authour of The Essence of Essiac. She grew up near Gail Wilson's and is peacefully displayed there in her memory.

It was a great weekend full of positive comments and great energy. Hopefully some of the crowd who came through will make it out to Dorset to visit me at Stone Tree Studio!

NEW ETSY SHOP to buy my stone necklaces, check out www.stonetreestudio.etsy.com I will be adding a necklace a day!