Aug 27, 2017 | DIARY

Summers on Deer Bay


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 the summer break. I have a lovely little and very rustic cabin 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.  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.

There are double doors on the lakeside that open up to create an airy feel. A sofa for relaxing, a crazy old refrigerator without a handle (yes it still works), and a double bed should I need to take a snooze.


If you are a city dweller, the idea of co-habitating 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 the 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.


I’m Karo, a jewellery designer + metalsmith inspired by women’s history, ancient Baltic/Nordic cultures, and the cosmos.

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