Aug 27, 2017 | Summer

My Summer Jewellery Studio on Deer Bay

 

I have to admit that I am a bit of a workaholic and perfectionist. Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving you name the holiday, and you can be sure that I am available to my customers and working in my studio from about 8 am to 10 pm. Design, bench work, assembly, filling orders, taking photographs, or updating my website, there’s always more work to be done.

The only exception is summer break. I have a lovely little and very rustic cottage in the Kawarthas. It’s been in the family for over 50 years and hopefully will be for at least another 50.

The lakeside is my happy place. Somewhere I can escape the fast paced life of the city, the traffic, and the smog. Here I can connect with nature and relax and forget the time of day or the week. However, the workaholic in me won’t allow all play and no work, so I have built myself a jewellery studio in the old boathouse. Every year I add a new piece of equipment, so it’s one less piece of my Toronto Studio that I need to haul back and forth. It’s coming along quite nicely as you can see from the photos.

My favourite part of having a working holiday is that I can still be productive in my business while enjoying a quick dip in the lake or a long walk in the woods with camera in hand.

If you live in a city, the idea of cohabitating with a dock spider who has made a home in your bathroom sink or feeling something crawl up your leg and jump into your bathrobe pocket to retrieve peanuts can frighten the bejeebers out of you. These are joyful moments for me, and I sorely miss them once I return to Toronto at the end of cottage season.

Last Thursday I watched my final summer sunset before packing the car and heading home. The rosy glow of the setting sun lingers in my mind.

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Artist & Metalsmith

Introvert, amateur photographer, cat lover, want-to-be chef, and closet activist.

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