Monday, December 10, 2018

New Horizons

10mm diameter (mosaic) - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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Today, I am off to India! I'm looking forward to exploring the beaches in South Goa, having some drinks and laughs with a gal pal, and eating a different style of curry than what I've had in Sri Lanka. I suspect my seafood binging will continue. 

So here's to a new adventure, with new sunsets, new vistas, and and new challenges. 

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Island Farewell

18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I am in the midst of saying goodbye to Sri Lanka, as I leave tomorrow. It is a day of bittersweet lasts. I am ready for a new adventure, but having my last roti, sitting at Green Umbrella Bar having a last beer, and trying to decide where to eat my last dinner is still difficult. I've been here for 6 weeks—how is that possible?—my trip divided into two parts, 3 weeks with a travel companion, 3 weeks on my own. Having seen much of the country with company, my goal for my solo time has been to get some work done. I did manage this, though not as much as I would have liked, but I don't think I've ever said, "I got everything done I wanted to do!" 

I've enjoyed the slower pace of the last few weeks, and have come to feel very comfortable in this island nation. Thank you Sri Lanka. I hope to return. 

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Routine Sweetness

14mm diameter - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I have heaps of change in my life. I write about it. I seek it out. I thrive on it. But even a change junkie likes myself need the occasional break. Sometimes, even I need a routine. 

I am currently in the middle of a really delicious one. The beauty of my life is I can plan my routine spectacularly. Currently, my day, my everyday, looks like this.

I wake naturally, usually between 7:30-8:30am. I get up and go for the same breakfast at the same place: pumpkin cheese roti and coffee, served by the beaming young Dewmi. Her effervescent smile promises of a good day to come. Then I mosaic, usually 3-4 hours, at the communal outdoor area at my hotel. The woman of the family who owns it always comes to admire and chat. Yesterday it was how the unrest in parliament has kept tourists away. Today it was how many girlfriends her dog has. I can't wait for tomorrow's topic. I think she admires my work ethic. 

After I pack up, I go to the beach, sitting at the same beach bar each day. I don't know what it's called. I call it the Green Umbrella Bar in my head. They know me now. I don't know any names, but one calls me Miss Canada. Depending on my mood and the weather and the time, I swim or not. I then drink 1.5L of water, followed by a beer. I will blog, or other business admin. A video chat happens too.

Dinner presents the largest challenge and decision. The food here is very good. I have found 4 restaurants of excellent caliber, and have decided to indulge myself a bit. The usual question is prawns, crab, or tuna, followed by where. This is a difficult decision, though as my time here comes all to soon to a finish I find this being somewhat more planned so that favourite dishes can be had for a final time.

By the time I leave here, I'll have had ten days of this. While I suspect I'd balk at doing this everyday for the rest of my life, I am thoroughly enjoying this fleeting routine of mine. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Red Sisters

28mm by 7mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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I am not always the best at getting to some of the requests my nearest and dearest make for my work, which is horrible, really. So my dear sister has been VERY patiently awaiting these earrings, which she requested about 9 months ago. Sorry Lorna! 

But just maybe, I was waiting for the right inspiration, which came in the form of an unbelievable plant with fuschia leaves on it that I saw at a guesthouse recently. Of course, I had to go searching for the name, and found out that it is referred to colloquially as "Red Sisters". Damn. That couldn't be any more perfect, right?

Tuesday, December 4, 2018


18mm by 13mm - Mosaic gold, smalti in sterling silver
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The creation of this piece has an interesting back story, and one that makes me look less than great, to be honest. I probably could have titled this post "Eating Crow".

You see, I had a negative opinion about someone that I formed based on seeing them from afar, and from a few brief interactions. I almost always tend to think the best about people, I usually like everyone almost immediately, but in this case, I did not. I was even, perhaps, derisive. I did notice that others in the community didn't necessarily share my opinion, but tended to chalk that up to the longevity of their friendships. 

Then came a late afternoon where I witnessed this individual buying a cute little souvenir for his friend's grandchild. I then ended up in a long conversation with this man, and was surprised by the level of depth, sensitivity, and vulnerability he was willing to show me, despite our lack of closeness. I realized that maybe I had been wrong about him. A few days later he asked me to make a pendant to give to his mother, and was active in the choosing of the size, colour, and length of chain, based on his knowledge of her preferences. He then paid me more than I asked him for it. 

So apparently I, who hardly ever thinks unkindly about people, can get it really wrong sometimes. 

Monday, December 3, 2018

HIkkaduwa Sunset

10mm diameter mosaic - Mosaic gold in sterling silver
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I see the sun go down on some pretty amazing places, and as you well know, I don't really get tired of it. There is nothing better than a sundowner drink, preferably with my feet in sand. Sometimes the sky is on fire with orange, sometimes it's pink, sometimes it's not much of anything but a bit of a warm glow. 

I recently had the privilege of seeing the sun go down in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka at least a dozen times. This was my favourite.