Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fire in downtown Nelson, BC

Downtown Nelson, BC was filled with smoke early this evening.

I was still in town, (Nelson, BC) at 7:30pm tonight.
The air smelled of smoke, as I walked up Vernon St, and then I could see it.

I followed the gathering crowd and the billowing smoke up Ward Street, to Baker.
Firemen were already fighting the fire... it's the Redfish Grill, I was going to go there for lunch today!
It sounds like no one was hurt or in the building (that "they" know of).

Since we no longer have our Nelson Daily News paper- I figured I'd take some pictures and
share the news. Fortunately the "grapevine" works pretty well in a small town. I'm hoping we can read about the fire and maybe see pictures some day soon (next week?)
But I wonder... what else has happened in Nelson since we lost our paper this month?


Note: There was a fire in Ainsworth about a month ago and the Silver Ledge Hotel burned down. It was arson.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A rainy day in my studio

Today was a particularly stormy day. Lots of thunder & lightening, and finally some rain.
This kind of weather makes it easy to spend the day in my studio.
Recently I bought a small block of self-hardening clay, that doesn't need to be fired in a kiln.
I used the whole block to make a whole bunch of little skulls and one big one.

Now that they've dried for a few days, today was a perfect day to paint them all, so that's what I did. I think they look great all together.

The big skull I made into a wall hanging, complete with glow in the dark beads. Each small skull has a hole in it, so they can be used as beads, or pendants.
I took numerous photos of them, and will add some to my etsy store. I'm just not sure if it would be better to sell them individually, in groups, make them into necklaces or sell them as a supply for someone else to use... in their creations.
I ended up liking some of the photos so much, that I made a few really cool gift cards with them.
A long time ago, I had joined and set up a shop on Zazzle- but hadn't really added anything to it, so I uploaded a couple of skull photos (and grandpuppy photos) and designed some cool buttons, key-chains, mugs, a neckTie, and even shoes!!

Decisions, decisions...

Updated Oct 29/10

It's almost Halloween, and I've finally added some of the skulls in my Etsy shop.
(I've added links to the photos, and to the highlighted texts.)