The internet can be amazing. I recently started using Instagram, which I love because photos are definitely my thing. I love seeing what people make all over the world. Shortly after starting to use Instagram one particular poster caught my eye, both because they had the same name as me – Yvonne – and because their work was photos using rich, beautiful colours. One day their post was particularly striking, a gorgeous bright blue contrasting with an equally gorgeous bright orange. Although I love both of those colours I rarely use them together. However the photo appealed to me so much I decided to use those colours in a pendant.
I mentioned to Yvonne on Instagram that her photo inspired my pendant and she was so pleased she wrote about it. Then, when she found out that she was having an exhibition she decided that she would like to have the pendant to hang beside the photo. So now my pendant is in Sweden and will be displayed next to Yvonne Kundig’s gorgeous work. As well as photos she does beautiful paintings of flowers. If you’re in Sweden stop by 😉
Here is her Instagram:
And her Facebook page:
And the location of the exhibition (which starts on August 22nd):
And my Instagram:
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Tagged art, beautiful colours, blue, color challenge, enamel, enameling, enamelling, glass art, Instagram, jewellery, jewelry, orange, photo challenge, photography, seredipity, Sweden, Toronto
I’ve done a lot of crafts in my time but one I had never tried was woodworking. I love wood. The look of wood, the smell of wood, the feel of wood. But for some reason I’ve never worked with wood. So when I saw that Site 3 CoLaboratory was offering a Basic Woodworking class I was eager to check it out.
Site 3 is a workspace which provides members with access to tools and equipment for working on projects. It’s a pretty impressive list of equipment including a laser printer, welding equipment, a 3D printer, woodworking equipment and much more. As well as memberships they also have open nights on Thursdays where anyone can stop in to use the shop. And they have a variety of classes to choose from.
The project for the woodworking class I took was making a wooden box. The instructor is Marc Reeve-Newson. He is a very knowledgeable and affable teacher, and very brave to trust a bunch of newbies around large power tools, lol. We used a planer to take a piece of rough lumber and turn it into a usable board. To do this we put a board through the planer and it skimmed off the rough surface. We used the table saw to cut the pieces into desired sizes and the chop saw to cut the lengths. We used a router to cut the grooves where the lid would slide in. And then we clamped the boxes together and used the brad nailer to put it together. Lots of work and lots of measuring!
The end result is very cool, a box with a sliding lid. I didn’t quite finish mine because I had a prior commitment and had to leave, but the others in the class stayed and did their final sanding, staining and even had a beautiful Celtic design put on the lid by a Site 3 member. Gorgeous! I’d definitely recommend the class. Just make sure you get there on time and give yourself some time after the class (Marc lets you stay until you are finished the box) because there are a lot of steps involved!
Besides making a beautiful box you also get a great intro to using the various woodworking tools. I plan on using this for some of my future projects.
Marc is offering the class again in July. Here’s the link:
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Tagged box, class, classes, CoLaboratory, Collaboratory, ontario, Site 3, tools, Toronto, wood, wooden, woodworking, workshop
I finally made it to the new Ripley’s Aquarium in downtown Toronto this week! I love aquariums, from the small home version with guppies to the huge Osaka aquarium with it’s whale shark (yes, I was lucky enough to visit that one a long time ago).
The aquarium has very strict guidelines for animal care and is involved in a lot of research and conservation projects, including the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. They have many educational programs for those visiting and for teachers to share with their classes.
I like the fact that the Toronto aquarium has native species as well as the more exotic and colourful varieties of fish. The tanks are large and beautifully presented. The Pacific Kelp Exhibit even has a wave maker to simulate the surge conditions of the British Columbia shoreline – it’s mesmerizing to watch the kelp and the fish swaying back and forth!
It’s really hard to pick my favourite part of the aquarium. It’s amazing watching all the different species of rays in Ray Bay. There’s such a hypnotic effect to seeing them gliding gracefully past. But of course Dangerous Lagoon is so amazing too, I swear those sharks are watching me as they swim by! And the jellyfish! Oh the jellyfish! I could stand there all day watching them undulate and change colours with the light. I think I took about a hundred pictures of them!
Needless to say I enjoyed my visit. Apparently they have sleepovers in the aquarium too. I can just imagine going to sleep while watching sharks swim over my head! Magical 🙂
If you’re interested in visiting or more information here is their website – http://www.ripleysaquariumofcanada.com/
And here is a little slideshow of some of the pictures I took. I have some amazing videos too but they’re a bit large to put on line.
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Tagged canada, conservation, eel, fish, grouper, jellyfish, kelp, nemo, octopus, ontario, rays, Ripley's Aquarium, sharks, Toronto, tropical fish