Saturday, September 16, 2017

Some Inspiration from Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia


Photo of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia
Photo of Peggy's Cove Lighthouse, Nova Scotia by KLindemer

Nova Scotia is home to over 160 historic lighthouses, but no beacon is as photographed as the one in the fishing village of Peggy’s Cove. Peggy's Cove is a small rural community located on the eastern shore of St. Margarets Bay in Nova Scotia's Halifax Regional Municipality. It is 26 miles southwest of Downtown Halifax and comprises one of the numerous small fishing communities.
 Working fishing boats at Peggy's Cove
 Working fishing boats at Peggy's Cove
Photo Credit:: KLindemer
Built in 1915, Peggy’s Point Lighthouse still keeps watch over the ocean waves and working lobster boats.
Peggy's Cove
Peggy's Cove
Photo credit::KLindemer
Today Peggy's Cove remains an active fishing village and a favorite tourist destination. From its beginning, the community's economy revolved around fishery. However, tourism began to overtake fishing in economic importance following the Second World War. Even though Peggy's Cove is a major tourist attraction, its inhabitants still fish for lobster, and the community maintains a rustic undeveloped appearance.
Peggy's Cove
Fishing Village
photo credit::KLindemer

I wondered where the name came from and I found that there are two versions of the Peggy's Cove name story. The first version is that it is named after Saint Margaret's Bay (Peggy being the nickname for Margaret). It is likely that the village is named after Saint Margaret's Bay. Discoverer Samuel de Champlain named after the bay after his mother Marguerite.
There is another more romantic story that has more behind the name than because of its location. The second account of how Peggy’s Cove was named comes from a book "This is Peggy’s Cove," by local artist and sculptor William deGarthe. He writes about a Schooner that was shipwrecked on Halibut Rock, off the Lighthouse Point in a terrible storm of sleet and fog on a very dark October night in the 1800’s. He tells that the ship ran hard aground and with high waves washing her decks. Everyone on board was lost except for a young woman, who managed to survive the turbulent seas, swam ashore and was finally rescued by the people on shore.

Her name was Margaret. After the tragedy she stayed in the area and married one of the local men People from near-by places used to say, “Let’s go see Peggy of the Cove,” and before long they began to call the place Peggy’s Cove.




Statue of Fisherman of Peggy's Cove
photo credit::KLindemer



I like both versions of the name. Having a son, I have to admit that I also thought that Samuel de Champlain naming the bay after his mother Marguerite was wonderful. What mother wouldn't!  This is such a picturesque place with two romantic stories.


rustic old boat
rustic old boat
photo credit::KLindemer
There are plenty of opportunities here to create tales in your mind here.  I wonder what adventures this boat had.  What happened to it?  I love the faded turquoise and orange on the boat. These are favorite color combinations that I like to use in my BayMoonDesign jewelry.


Lobster traps
Lobster traps
photo credit::KLindemer
I wonder who used these lobster traps and when.  Where did they live?  Did they sell the lobsters to support a family?  

anchors for lobster traps
anchors for lobster traps
photo credit::KLindemer
I loved everything on this special place.  The memories will stay with me and inspire me.






Friday, September 8, 2017

The Making of a Fall Bracelet



Leather Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Leather Bracelet by BayMoonDesign


I was gifted a maroon leather strap for a bracelet and asked to make something with it.  For once, I had everything I needed and the bracelet came together quickly.

leather strap

The leather strap had a snap so I didn't have to worry about a closure.  I gave more thought to what I would do to decorate it than I did making it.

Vintaj Natural Brass
Vintaj Natural Brass

I found 3 Vintaj pieces in my stash that I thought would work.



Vintaj Natural Brass
Vintaj Natural Brass  
I selected the rectangular one because I thought the shape and size would work well.





Ranger Patina and Sealant
Ranger Patina and Sealant


Since fall is right around the corner I wanted to create an orange color with the patinas that I had on hand.  I always associate orange with fall.  I mixed a little quartz, rust, and clay Ranger patinas to get my color to apply on the natural brass.



Size of leather strap compared to US penny


I let the patina dry and then sanded it to bring out the texture and gold color on the design.  I then applied a sealant to the rectangle.


Micro Screws and Nuts
Micro Screws and Nuts

I have a stash of micro screws and nuts that I have been using on other designs so I picked the brass colored ones to blend in with the focal.  I only needed to use 2.

Leather punch
Leather punch
The srcews and nuts were the perfect size for the rectangular brass focal.  I put 2 holes in the leather with my leather punch and put screws on the back.  I then used a snipping tool to cut the screws down to a comfortable length.


snap closure on back of leather
snap closure on back of leather

I  hammered and filed the screws to make them shorter and smoother.

Leather Bracelet for sale at BayMoonDesign
Leather Bracelet for sale at BayMoonDesign

I am happy with the completed bracelet and I am anxious to make a few more with the Vintaj filagree that I have left.  Pretty easy!  What do you think?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Fox- looks like a dog, behaves like a cat.- E Hunter, Into the Wild


Photo by Linnea Sandbakk on Unsplash

I have always been fond of red foxes. They live around the world in many diverse habitats including forests, grasslands, mountains, and deserts. , They are present across the entire Northern Hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to North Africa, North America and Eurasia. They adapt well to human environments such as farms, suburban areas, and even large communities. The red fox's resourcefulness has earned it a legendary reputation for intelligence and cunning. The species has a long history of association with humans, having been extensively hunted as a pest and furbearer for many centuries, as well as being represented in human folklore and mythology.

By Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
"Brer Fox Tackles Brer Tarrypin", from Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings: The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation, by Joel Chandler Harris, p. 60a. Illustrations by Frederick S. Church and James H. Moser. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1881.

My experience with the red fox began in my childhood with folklore that I read and had read to me.  In folklore, foxes are typically characterized as cunning creatures sometimes having magical powers. The fox is also sometimes associated with transformation. In Europe, in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, foxes, which were associated with fraudulent behavior.  They were sometimes burned as symbols of the Devil. The term "foxy" in English ("having the qualities of a fox") can also connote attractiveness, sexiness or being red-haired. The term to "outfox" means "to beat in a competition of wits". 
By François Chauveau (1613-1676) (Scan by Philippe) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The illustration of the fable by François Chauveau in the first volume of La Fontaine's fables, 1668

In elementary school I was exposed to Aesop's fables from 4 BC. A fox is featured famously in The Fox and the Grapes.  The story concerns a fox that tries to eat grapes from a vine but cannot reach them. Rather than admit defeat, he states they are undesirable. The expression "sour grapes" originated from this fable.

As a child I read Uncle Remus which is  collection of 19th-century African-American folktales adapted and compiled by Joel Chandler Harris, "Br'er Fox" is a major character, often acting as the antagonist towards the stories' main character, "Br'er Rabbit".  


As a teen I enjoyed the animated Disney movie The Fox and the Hound which stars a fox named Tod as one of the two protagonists.


Perhaps my love of the fox began with the stories that I read as a child.  Before retiring to make jewelry, I was a children's librarian and my exposure to foxes in literature grew.  Now, I find myself using the fox as a element in my jewelry.


Fox necklace by BayMoonDesign

Currently, in my BayMoonDesign shop you will find this fox necklace.  The necklace is new and in my autumn collection.  The reddish brown fox is surrounded by a few charcoal gray Czech glass leaves and a bit of orange deer hide leather.  Those colors along with the quartz chips are favorite fall colors for me.  The necklace has multi strands.  There are 3 strands on one side and 1 strand on the other.   It is a choker necklace and is only 19 inches around.  The beautiful polymer clay fox pendant created by artisan Brooke Brock.  It  is one of a kind and is available for purchase.


Fox Bracelet by BayMoonDesign
Another example of my using the red fox is this fox bracelet.  This animal bracelet was tan leather straps and is held together with a brass clasp. The leather fox cuff bracelet fits a 7 inch wrist. The fox art bead is by artisan Humblebeads. It is a favorite bead of mine to order for bracelets.

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

Do you have an favorite fox memories that you would like to share?  I would love to hear them.

Friday, August 18, 2017

We're All Ears::Moths


photos of moths
Moths
The August We're All Ears Challenge focuses on moths. We can create a pair of earrings that is inspired by their the colors, the patterns, the shapes of moths. I had no idea that there are far more moth species in the U.S. than birds (914 bird species to be exact). Also, It amazes me the variety of colors in which they are found. Looking at the colors above, I decided that I would make some earrings inspired by orange and brown. I am working on my fall line of jewelry now and those are perfect fall color in my mind.


Burnt Orange Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign
Burnt Orange Ceramic Earrings by BayMoonDesign

These burnt orange ceramic earrings have the orange and browns of some moth.  These are textured ceramic earrings that dangle below an orange and yellow bead. I thought that the orange and yellow bead was perfect for the earrings because many of the moths have all 3 colors and I like those 3 colors together.  Copper is used in the ear wires and to wrap around the ceramics. I love how the burnt orange color of the ceramics looks with copper. These rustic earrings are 2 inches and are light and comfortable to wear. The artisan ceramics are made by Marsha Neal Studio.  The earrings are available for purchase HERE.

What colors of moths inspire you?