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The places we go, and the things we do.

Dale Chihuly Exhibit in Montreal

A recent trip to one of my favorite Canadian cities had me waiting in line at the Dale Chihuly exhibit at Musee des Beaux Arts.  Several years ago I watched a fascinating documentary about the American glass artist and his studio method.  His exuberance for trying new things and pushing towards the seemingly impossible was inspiring. The glass works shown in the following photos is just a small sampling of this tremendous talent.

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This is at the entrance to the old building which is across the street from the new entrance. This is a large museum. This glass explosion is about 12′ across.

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These two are mounted as a ceiling. They are resting on thick glass and lit from above. some of the pieces were almost a meter across. The documentary I watched showed how is pool has the floor like this. Beautiful.

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These 2 chandeliers are both lit from above and seemed to made of hundreds of components. They were about 3.5 to meters long.

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Then we entered this underwater forest al on black glass to reflect back. That large white disk is about 1 meter across and those red spikes are about 2 meters tall. Remember this is all blown by hand glass.

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These boats of huge glass balls on a lake of black glass were enchanting.

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Finally this last boat of glass rods. There were several more rooms but I didn’t know that you could take pictures and tweet etc.. during the exhibit so I only had my phone which isn’t the best camera. I highly reccomend seeing this exhibit wherever it is travelling to next and checking out the documentaries where he makes these object. It fascinating.

Meaghan

Barrie Spring Art Tour – The Art and Soul of Barrie

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The Barrie Spring Art Tour kicks off this Friday, April 26 with an opening reception running from 7 p.m.  til 9 p.m. at the Creative Space in our lovely downtown located at 12 Dunlop St. E. Come and meet the artists, enjoy music and a light snack.

The Art Tour itself is happening on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is a self guided tour and you can download a brochure at the Barrie Spring Art Tour web site, or swing by our shop to pick one up and you can make us your first stop. There are 50 artists being showcased in 15 different Barrie locations and the weather is saying warm spring temperatures. Don’t forget to stop for lunch at one of downtown Barrie’s many wonderful restaurants or cafes.

Hope we see you there,
Meaghan and Sara

Hat Class Success

The cream tea aftermath

The cream tea aftermath

Our fascinator class, hosted at English & Miller went marvelously. All of our expected students showed up and had a great time. They pillaged the supplies just as we hoped they would and asked when the next class would be.

At the end of the day everyone came away with at least one lovely fascinator and in some cases two. Unfortunately we didn’t manage to get a group photo but we have got photographs of everyone.

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Work In Progress

Almost Finished

Finished Piece

Finished Piece

We will be doing this class again in the warmer months with a whole new selection of colours to choose from. As for the second class it is in the works I promise, we’ve just been busy with all new hat designs for spring and summer.

Cheers,
Meaghan and Sara.

“Fascinator” Hat Class

After years of being asked about classes, we are finally doing one! I’m working on class #2 right now (no, that’s not a ‘hashtag’ it’s the number symbol)

Hat Class Poster

Hat Class Poster

What you may or may not be able to read beside the dates and times for the class is that there is no lunch provided. It will be plenty of fun though, and I’m sure if you’re hungry the lovely ladies at English & Miller will sell you something tasty.

Cheers,
Sara.

English & Miller

Meaghan and I have a new problem. Cream tea. I would imagine that it wouldn’t be such a problem if it wasn’t so close to work, but the new tea and gift shop is just at the other end of Lakeshore Mews. Now on quiet, cold days we seriously consider playing hookey for an hour in the afternoon.

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Today is an office day, and I have just learned that they do indeed have wifi at English & Miller. I strongly suggested to Meaghan that we should conduct office days at the tea shop in the future.
Cream tea is something everyone should try at least once. It consists of a pot of excellent tea, an english scone with or with out raisins, butter, double devonshire cream and jam.

You can find shop hours for English & Miller online at English & Miller and you can find the shop at 89 Dunlop St. E, Barrie, Ontario

Cheers,
Sara.

Race Day is Coming!

The Queen’s Plate race is just around the corner and we have been making like crazy. This year will be the fourth that we have been invited to sell our lovely hats at the Woodbine Race Track. On that note we will be on City T.V.’s Breakfast Television tomorrow morning between 7:00 and 9:00 at Woodbine to talk hats and horses with the lovely morning show host.
As always with preparing for the race our little shop/studio is bursting at the seams with hats, vintage accessories for men and women, as well as our writing nook and vintage picnic baskets.
The race is taking place this Sunday, June 24th. The weather should be lovely, and we hope to see you there.

Cheers
Meaghan and Sara

Seriously, pull up your pants.

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Is it too much to ask for “men” to pull up their pants and try a little harder? For the amount of “grown men” I see on a regular I see walking around with the waist of their pants anywhere from under their ass to just above their knees with over sized shirts to not quite go the distance, I think it might just be. Frankly I am just plain tired of seeing dingy underwear on boys prancing around like baboons thinking they look good. Your puff of undies and your non-existent ass does not elicit feelings of arousal. Quite the opposite the feelings I get are more along the lines of extreme repulsion. I am not alone in this.

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Are any of you aware of what you look like from behind?

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Or what exactly you look like at all?

Why is it so difficult to pull your pants on all the way? Are your belts just not cutting it, because we have some fantastic vintage suspenders at the shop I would be more than happy to sell you.

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I mean really, what is so hard about this?

Pull your pants up.
Sara.

Spectacularly Old School

There is an antique mall that Meaghan and I often go to on our days off. On the door they have one of those fantastic ‘over the door doorbells’ that no one makes anymore. Every time we walk in, the sound greets us with a happy chime and Meaghan says how much she has always wanted one. Last Friday the story was much the same. We don’t always go looking for anything in particular and last Friday was purely for the pleasure of looking around. I ended up buying a few things, five espresso cups, a card case and fantastically an ‘over the door doorbell’.
I have always had a knack for finding things and during our wandering of the maze like building we continued to talk about that bell and possible ways to make one. I kept thinking about how great it would be to have one on our shop door and then there it was on the shelf in front of me. It was in the middle of Meaghan telling me how they are impossible to find and about finding one that was far more than she wanted to pay. I picked it up with a ring and said “Here’s one!” She blinked at me and asked how much. It was twelve dollars and I happily bought it.

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Later, I installed the bell in it’s new home and now every morning it greets me with that happy ring.

Cheers,
Sara.

When in doubt, picnic.

I have been daydreaming about picnics since our week of oddly warm weather in the middle of March. The almost summer like temperatures inspired me to dig out all of our picnicking things and make a list of what we had and what we still needed. We have almost everything now except for a fork or two.

Inevitably the weather got cold again, and feels all the more cold for just how warm that week was. So now I am sitting with my sweater pulled up around my face against the early spring air daydreaming about warm summer evenings spent with friends. I also am thinking about going looking for those last couple of forks today, and maybe some linens.

Meaghan and I are making two picnic baskets for the shop. Both are going to be basic picnic sets for two with a “blanket” to sit on, two napkins, mismatched forks, spoons, and knives as well as two wine glasses, tumblers, plates and bowls. Nothing is strictly one set, but everything works together in a lovely kind of way. Oh, and of course a basket for everything to live in. There is something wonderfully nostalgic about picnics, a sort of old world charm when nothing is plastic or paper. Not to mention a picnic this way is environmentally friendly as we are only buying second hand.

I look forward to the adventures the warmer weather brings Yes warmer, I think it only needs to be 15 degrees Celsius and in the sun to be warm enough to start out on a picnic. I think I need to buy myself a bike. One with a basket in the front. One I can wear summer dresses with and tie my books onto the handles.
One like this.

Sara.

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Where do you get your ideas?

I recently answered some questions for an interview that is to be published soon in ACF Magazine. One of them asked me where I get my ideas. I get asked this question all the time. Where do you get your ideas? It makes me a little nuts. Why do people ask this? I realize that people who aren’t in the creative life are curious. I wonder what they think I do though. Do they never experience inspiration? Do they think there is a store where I can buy it? It’s very weird to me to want to know this.

The life of someone who creates is different for everyone. For me, what inspires me has no apparent connection to what I make and I’m going to leave it there. It’s very personal to me. Very private. I have a public statement about it but it’s a complex and changing thing. What I do is essentially self-expression. What I’m expressing and how I do so I can’t explain properly so I won’t try. Sometimes the audience needs to trust the artist.

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