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Saturday, July 26, 2014

One Day Too Soon

A few years ago I made this square plate or tray. 

The glaze runs therefore I did not glaze down to the bottom of the tray.  At craft shows many people picked it up looked at the bottom and put it down.  It was also for sale on my Etsy site. 

Last month I decided to take my chances and glaze the outside to the bottom.  To make sure it didn't sell on the Etsy while it was in the kiln or sitting with the glaze on; of course that would be the time it sold; I took it off the list for sale. 

It turned out beautiful.  The green and blue glaze ran together just enough to creative a wavy blue and green stripe.  More than what shows here. I wish I had taken another picture of it.

Last night while cruising my Etsy I noticed  I had not reactivated it back on my site.  Two clicks of a button and it was back on.

Saturday mornings I sell my pottery at the 100 K Farm, Fresh and Homemade market in Huntsville, Ontario.  This morning a gentleman picked up the blue and green square tray and said, 'May I take this off your hands.' My kind of sale. 

If I had waited one day to put it on, would I have sold it today? Did putting it on my Etsy caused it to sell?  One never really knows, but I'm going for that it had nothing to do with it.  I believe it would have sold even if I didn't put it back on my etsy.  Although -- I have posted a listing on Etsy and then sold it locally, so maybe. What do you think?


Friday, April 18, 2014

God Stops A Truck

Some times I feel I need to open my eyes more to God's blessings.  I really won't know how much God had blessed me until I get to heaven, but for now I will count my blessings one by one.

This is a funny blessing.  My husband and I were visiting a friend we hadn't seen in 25 years. Joe was showing us his town and decided to drive by a famous person's mansion.  He dropped us off on the side of the busy road so we could take some pictures. He drove down the road to turn around to come pick us back up.  I was wondering how I would quickly get in the back seat of his two door car and not tie up the traffic.

His yellow car came around the corner with no traffic behind it.

Joe said, "You'll never believe this. A cop stopped the truck that was behind me."

I thanked God, and said, "This sort of thing happens to us a lot."

Just another way of God blessing us.

Share how God has blessed you? 

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Bless the Lord Oh My Soul

For a few years I have been writing a devotion on the Etsy Christian team every second Monday of the month.  You can see them at  http://castteametsy.blogspot.ca/

I also write in a journal what God has or is putting on my heart.  I feel he wants me to share on my thoughts on my blog. 

I have always struggled with saying Bless you Lord as I feel he has everything, so why does he need my feeble blessing.

Today as I read Psalms 134, 'Come bless the Lord, All yea servants of the Lord.' I pondered what it really means to bless God. Do I go around saying bless God or is it deeper than that?


I worship God, I try to put him first in my life, to be obedient to Him and follow Him as best I can. I believe that worshiping God with my life is the same as blessing Him for that is what he desires, me.




Saturday, June 29, 2013

Muskoka Lakes Art Festival

Today I worked at a day camp showing kids how to quickly sculpt an animal, pinch pots or  flowers.



Tuesday, March 12, 2013

One Of a Kind Kitchen Back Splash


When I was growing up I learned to sew my own clothes for 3 reasons.
   1) In those days it was the norm for girls to learn to sew.
    2) Material was .25 to 50 cents a yard, which meant I could make nice clothes really cheep.
    3)And  I like to have things that are different than what other people have, to be unique.

These days instead of sewing I make decorative and functional pottery.




 We had a pile of plain white ceramic tiles for our kitchen back splash.  Since I still gravitate to different things that others don't have I put my artistic gift  to some use.  Using China paint I decided on a theme of birds, butterflies, insects and berries and started to paint. 


After many hours and two firings in the kiln I had 10 unique tiles.  That was last summer. Once winter came Dave had some time to put my tiles on the wall. 




Now I have a unique kitchen back splash that I doubt any one else has. And all it took was imagination, several hours, paint and tiles.  If I had to pay some one to do this it would cost me several hundreds of dollars of labor time.

So what do you think of my back splash? I can't take it with me if we move, but I can make another one.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

A Spot Of Tea

My title needs to be said with an English accent.

I have always been intriqued by tea pots.  Maybe it is because I've been drinking tea since I was a preteen.  My parents didn't have much money when I was growing up and tea is cheaper than milk. 

I have a friend who sells really good tea of many flavours.  When they come to visit John and I sample tea while his wife and my husband sample scotch. Each to their own.

I don't collect tea pots expect on my pinterest  at http://pinterest.com/joycebutler/.

 Tea pots can be made into all sorts of designs and here are a few of them.




So much tea, so little time. 

Now that I have mastered making lids on my pottery perhaps soon I'll be able to show my own tea pots.

Friday, February 1, 2013

In a previous post I showed my cups just after they were turned, in the dry clay stage.  On left of the picture are some of my black and white stripped cups.

These two mugs are the finished product of those mugs. The bottom pictures shows the inside of the mug. 


 No two have an identical design as the stripes find their own space.

They are popular and at time I am sold out.  I will have more by March.