Monday, June 18, 2012

Wedding bouquet photo frame charms and more

Wedding bouquet and memorial photo frame charms.

Short story:
   My son is getting married this fall, so I made a couple of photo frame charms to clip to his bride's bouquet,
 I enjoy making them, so I've made more and added some of these charms in my Etsy shop.

Longer version:
Since my son is getting married this fall, I've made up a couple of photo frame charms, I'm hoping his grandparents can be included on his special day. 
It's a lovely way to remember them.  

These charms can be clipped onto a bouquet or just about anywhere, so I made some more to include in my Etsy shop. They are so well loved by my customers, I've added many more colours and designs :)

I love this combination of antique silver and freshwater pearls
I call these my "Classic" charms.


Now I have so many colours and styles available!
Here's a link to these charms.

It's easy enough to add a little photo to these charms, as they have slots in the corners to hold the photo in place. You can also cut out a small rectangle of clear plastic to use as a clear cover to protect the photos.

A red shell pearl, lovely for a winter wedding.
(Tip: To get the photo corners tucked in place, I use a toothpick.)

I also have some lovely little frame charms that don't have any slots in the corners, so the photos would need to be glued into place. 
 (I haven't listed any of these ones yet).  

A piece of two-sided tape should work fine, but I thought I'd use Dimensional Magic and see how that works.  I made some memorial charms of Spike, using it as a glue and clear coat for these frames and am very happy with the results.

Here's the finished charms of our dog Spike. He was the best model ever...
he never complained about my sharing his pictures :)

This photo frame charm features a baby blue shell pearl
(and my boys when they were little... don't tell
them I posted this :)

I love these pink shell pearls.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Road Conditions in the Kootenays

Short version:
If you're travelling around the Kootenays any time of year, it's always a good idea to check on the local road conditions 
any time of the year. BE PREPARED.
 I'm adding some local webcams and links (mainly for my own reference,) and thought I'd share them.

Longer version:
   It's June 6, 2012 and it's been a cool and very wet spring here, which means mudslides and sometimes unexpected road closures. The snow-covered Kootenay Pass (AKA Salmo-Creston Pass) looks ugly with all that snow! I'll have to check and see if it's still open.
 A detour in the mountains, can mean many extra hours  and kilometres, and maybe an unplanned ferry ride,(at least it's still free to ride the inland ferries.) Gas stations are far & few between, as well as accommodations. BE PREPARED for any kind of weather or situation… you know, munchies, water, blankets, etc. especially the etc.
  Anyhow, since we need to know what the conditions are to get to Golden, I'm checking the Passes and (adding their live webcam links) to see what the best route to travel will be… will have to check them again tomorrow… today wasn't a good day to go from the looks of things.

All BC inland FERRY SCHEDULES are on this MAP.

Kootenay Lake Ferry SCHEDULE.


Balfour ferry landing WEBCAM. Balfour Ferry Terminal

Balfour inland ferry terminal, looking north towards Hwy 3A. (elevation: 535 metres)

Kootenay Bay ferry landing WEBCAM. 

Kootenay Bay Ferry Terminal: looking northeast on Hwy3A. (elevation: 538 metres)

Shelter Bay ferry landing WEBCAM

Hwy 23 at Shelter Bay ferry landing, looking north.

Drive BC-Major Events- MAP  (very handy)


Salmo Creston Highway Summit. Looking East.

Paulson Summit WEBCAM

Hwy 3 about 3km East of the the Paulson Summit, looking West (elevation 1446 metres)

Castlegar WEBCAM

Hwy 3 at 14th Ave. in Castlegar, looking East

Christina Lake WEBCAM

Hwy 3 at East Lake Drive on the east side of Christina Lake, looking Northwest.

Coffee Creek WEBCAM

Hwy 31, 45km north of Nelson and 25km south of Kaslo, looking north.

New Denver WEBCAM

Hwy 6 at Hwy 31A in New Denver, looking north.


Junction of Hwy 6 and Hwy 23 in Nakusp, looking south along Hwy 6

Rossland- WEBCAM
Hwy 3B at Hwy 22 (Rossland Weigh Scale) looking West on Hwy 22


HWY 3 at HWY 6- looking West on HWY 3.

Hwy 3 at Hwy 95, Yahk Weigh Scale, looking North-East
(elevation 854 metres)

Revelstoke WEBCAM

Hwy 1 at east end of Columbia River Bridge in Revelstoke, looking east.

Hwy 1, near Parks Headquarters at Glacier National Park, 72 km east of Revelstoke
looking east. (elevation: 1330 metres)

Golden WEBCAM Hwy 1, just north of Hwy 95 interchange, looking northwest.

Kicking Horse Canyon WEBCAM HWY 1 (Kicking Horse Canyon) at 10 Mile Brake Check- looking East.


Drive BC-  MAP


Public Weather Warnings for BC…. MAP


Local News


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Raining... still and again.

 Another rainy day in the Kootenays, wishing the sun would come out 
so I can watch Venus pass in front of the sun.  

Instead, I'm trying to ward off the emptiness of our home, without our dog. 
 It was hard, when the boys moved out, but they keep in touch, and I'm pleased to know 
they are finding their way, creating their own lives, including us where they can.

  I wrote a little Haiku poem:

  clouds squeezing teardrops
like my endless leaking heart
buds spilling rainbows

It's not making that melancholy feeling go away, but that's ok, I'm going through numerous Spike pictures,
to make a couple of memorial charms and fridge magnets, for the family. Little keepsakes of our buddy.

He rarely put up both ears...his right one was usually flopped over.