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The Enterprise

The Enterprise

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Have you ever heard of Vulcan, Alberta? I’m sure many people haven’t, but we decided to stop in for a dose of science fiction fabulousness at the end of our road trip. Here is a quote from the City of Vulcan website:

Contrary to what popular culture might lead you to believe, the Town of Vulcan did not get its name from science fiction. In 1910 a CPR surveyor, who had a fondness for Roman Mythology, named the town after the Roman god of fire. Originally all the streets in Vulcan were named after the gods and goddesses of the classical world such as Juno, Mars and Jupiter.

In the Star Trek television and feature film series Vulcan is the name of the homeworld of Spock and his fellow Vulcans. Capitalizing on this coincidence, the town has become a worldwide known tourist attraction with the building of Star Trek themed tourist centre and replica of the Starship Enterprise from Star Trek V.

Trek Station

Trek Station

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I wouldn’t say that I’m a Trekkie (or whatever the politically appropriate designation is these days), but I described myself as “Trekkie-lite” to the nice woman at the post office who found us and our enthusiasm for Spock a little peculiar.

Canada Post

Canada Post

All I know is that I walked through the town with a huge smile on my face.  There may have also been a bit of jumping up and down plus a whole lot of giggling.

Unexpected murals were found around corners, paintings of characters were on windows (we had just missed Vul-Con by a few days), and even the pedestrian crossings has Star Trek logos painted on them.

Here are some pictures – some are quite poor quality due to reflections, but I think you’ll get a feel for the town.  I’ll do a separate post on art related findings.

Me in a signed Captain's chair - photo by Bo (thanks!)

Me in a signed Captain’s chair – photo by Bo (thanks!)

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Final Pear Update

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally summing up the Great Pear Experience.  Over May and June I taught four workshops, one of which was for the staff at the Beehive Wool Shop.  Pears are fun… I’m not sure I ever want to make another one again, but I sure enjoyed the process.  This was the first workshop I’ve taught where the focus was more on shading the object over building the shape. It was so pleasing to see people’s interpretations.

Before I show pictures of the all of the pears, here is a bowl that I started before the workshops so that I would have something to hold them.  This is the start of it – it was different in each class as I continued to work on it.  It still isn’t complete, but you’ll see the process/progress through the pictures.

 

The bowl in the beginning

The bowl in the beginning

First Workshop

First Workshop

Second Workshop

Second Workshop

Staff Workshop

Staff Workshop

Final Workshop

Final Workshop

Table For Class

Table For Class

Thanks to everyone who participated – you were all a lot of fun!

The World Loves a Pear

If you are hoping to take a pear workshop, another one has been added on June 11th.  There will be fluffy felted pears all over town 😀.

The first pear workshop was last Saturday, and we had a lot of fun.  It was a great group, and they produced some amazing pears. I’m looking forward to this Saturday’s class!  See sign up details for the class on the 11th on the Classes page.

Needle felted pears

Needle felted pears

Mmmm… Pears

It’s time for another workshop!  On May 28th I’ll be teaching a workshop on how to make needle-felted pears at the Beehive Wool Shop.  The shape is not too difficult, so we should be able to spend a little extra time layering fibres to produce shading.  Pears have so many amazing colours and shapes – I’m really looking forward to this class!  Space is limited, so contact the Beehive Wool Shop to reserve a spot.

Needle felted pears

Needle felted pears

 

Proprietor, Sole Proprietor

Okay, that heading isn’t quite as catchy as Bond, James Bond, but it is very exciting to me!

I’m happy to say that I have made progress in my goal to set up a small business. I find this sort of thing a bit tricky – all the forms and the figuring out what I need to do – but I have to say, the BC Provincial Government site OneStop BC Business Registry made life so much easier.  I was able to figure out what I needed to register for, and then register from the site.  The site gives lots of links to helpful publications, and I feel confident that I have completed everything that I need to run my own small business.  Yay!!

Now I’m dealing with the detail stuff – business cards, packaging and stamps.  The business cards are done, and I’m really happy with them. I had them printed by Moo and the quality is lovely.  Packaging has proved to be a little trickier, as I’m trying to find something fairly flat and sturdy for mailing (to keep postal costs low) but available from Canada.  The stamps are very exciting, but I have to learn how to use them.  I now have a .925 metal stamp, and somewhere in the Canada Post system is a metal stamp with my initials – should be here next week (I keep wanting to say “Yay!”).  Now I can finish off my jewellery in a more professional fashion, having identified it as sterling silver and made by me.  And the yays just keep coming!

Twisty Tree Artworks business cards

Twisty Tree Artworks business cards

Once the stamp arrives, it’ll be studio time… So looking forward to it!

I know what you’re expecting, and I don’t want to disappoint… Yay!!