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?