|Backcountry, Beautiful Snowy British Columbia|
Near Apex Mountain
British Columbia truly is beautiful, and a short holiday in the snow made this crystal clear once again. We spent 5 nights at Apex Mountain, with some of the group X-country skiing, others downhill skiing, others snowshoeing, and still others simply hiking without any special equipment. Everyone enjoyed everyday.
I personally was thrilled to discover numerous trails that had been packed by snowshoers where I could walk quite easily without sinking too deeply, and without marring the trail for future skiers and snowshoers. One day we went on a nearly 4 hour hike, and we never saw another soul.
It was really cold (minus 17 C, or 1 F), and sometimes snowing, but hiking was an easy way to warm up, and infact get warm enough to remove gloves, unzip jackets. Absolutely awesome!
Now back home, and the work begins. I need to put my whole workshop back together (it has been stored away since the big art crawl back in mid-October). My stock of wind chimes and suncatchers is seriously depleted after the art crawl, and the Christmas rush. Oh, I will have busy days ahead! But I am looking forward to making new, beautiful works.
There is still a good selection on my website, if you feel like adding something beautiful to your life, or a friends life: Coast Chimes. Happy 2018!
Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Monday, December 18, 2017
|A Few of the Boxes Shipped for|
Christmas, 2017, Coast Chimes
A huge THANK YOU to all the fans of handmade, the fans of wind chimes, the fans of quality. The Christmas shopping season is traditionally the most important, or nearly the most important, period of the year for gaining the income I need to continue the work I do, and this year was the best ever! There will be a lot of smiles as people open their gifts this year, and find a beautiful one-of-a-kind wind chime or suncatcher!
I'll be taking a short break, catching my breath from all the packing and all the hiking boxes down to the post office. And then, early in 2018, I will be setting my workshop back up (it has been stored in a back room ever since out mid-October Sunshine Coast Art Crawl), and returning to serious work to replenish my stock.
I wish you all a splendid holiday season, and a most happy new years!
Monday, December 11, 2017
|Still Time For Christmas Delivery|
But Order Soon!
Find the Perfect Gift at Coast Chimes
The shops are going to get crazier and crazier. Why not relax at home and browse Coast Chimes for the perfect gifts for the special people in your life? Handcrafted, high-quality, original one-of-a-kind wind chimes and suncatchers, art for the home and garden, and everything now has FREE shipping!
Today is the 11 of December, and that means there is still time to have your order delivered in time for the 25th. But not a lot of time! The postal deliveries have so far been excellent: very fast! But I would defiantly not wait too much longer before ordering.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Beautiful and exceptionally well made, all the creations at Coast Chimes are guaranteed to please. Starting at $58, everything ships fast, and for free (USA and Canada).
Keep it simple this year, and shop from home. A few clicks, and your shopping is done. Your gifts will bring joy. Enjoy your holidays!
Visit Coast Chimes
Or find Coast Chimes on Etsy
Friday, December 01, 2017
|Maybe Shop from Home?|
Coast Chimes: Awesome Gifts
From $58 with Free Shipping
Give the unexpected. Give the delightful. Give the long lasting. Give Coast Chimes!
From small suncatchers to large wind chimes, Coast Chimes has something for everyone. The surprise is assured, and there will be long lasting joy, because everything at Coast Chimes is built to last.
Beauty. Durability. Awesome gifts. Visit Coast Chimes now.
|Large Outdoor Glass and Copper Wind Chime|
Find it at Coast Chimes
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Stock is Depleting
But Still Lots of Awesome Wind Chimes
No New Stock Until 2018
Visit Coast Chimes Now for the Best Selection
Every spring and summer, I work really hard to prepare as much stock as possible for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl. Just before the Art Crawl, I put away all my tools to more than double my gallery space. After the Art Crawl, I now no longer immediately put my workshop back together, instead concentrating on internet sales, packing, shipping, and also keeping the gallery space for locals who drop by for holiday shopping.
This is great, except that my stock goes from relatively huge to dwindling pretty fast. I try to let all my customers know that they really need to order early to get a great selection. Also, it's a great idea to order early because although I pack and ship fast, closer to Christmas I can get backed up with the packing, and the border services / post office can also get overwhelmed somewhat.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
|Artist-made Sea Glass with Handcrafted Brass Chimes|
Coast Chimes: Now with Free Shipping
For a long time I have paid most of the shipping on my orders to the USA and Canada, but not all the cost. I thought that people would not object to pitching in a bit, as postage is so high. But the trend on the internet has been more and more towards 'free' shipping. Recently Etsy has been rather aggressively urging their sellers to offer free shipping, or discounts, which I think is a little too bad, but I guess they know what they are doing.
So to continue selling on Etsy, I realized I had to probably offer free shipping. That means that the same goes for my website. So now all orders to the USA and Canada ship no additional charge.
See all the great works on Coast Chimes, and enjoy the free shipping.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
|Kaleidoscope Wind Chime|
$175 by Coast Chimes
The popular kaleidoscope wind chime by Coast Chimes is popular for a reason: it's awesome! Built extremely well, too, with artist-made sea glass, tung nut oiled red cedar, and copper. Suitable for year round outdoor use.
Fine it, and many other amazing wind chimes and suncatchers, at Coast Chimes.
Thursday, November 09, 2017
|7th Wedding Anniversary is Copper|
Coast Chimes Copper Wind Chime
$135 at Coast Chimes
Coast Chimes has wind chimes and suncatchers that make the perfect gift anytime, for anyone. But for a 7th wedding anniversary, the all copper chimes are really awesome! The wedding date can even be engraved onto the copper windsail.
Hang a set out on your porch or deck, and you will remember your sweet love each time the breeze gently sways the beach stone clapper, and you hear the sweet chime.
Visit Coast Chimes to see all the great wind chimes and suncatchers. They are naturally beautiful.
Wednesday, November 08, 2017
|Beach Comber's Natural|
Pacific Driftwood and Beach Stone Wind Chime
$195 at Coast Chimes
Can you believe that part of my job description is beach combing? How cool is that! I am fortunate to live in a place where there are great natural stones and driftwood, and that I just have to do a long hike to find them.
A big difference between the stones and driftwood and my usual artist-made beach glass is that the glass looks its best in sunlight; the stones and driftwood when it is raining, and they get dark and glossy. But whether glass or stone or driftwood, all my designs look great anywhere, anytime.
Visit my website to see all by designs: Coast Chimes.
Friday, November 03, 2017
|Freestanding Double Wind Chime|
These are gorgeous, and the chimes are not annoying (ie, not horribly loud). The chimes are handmade from brass, treated with a reactive to be nice and dark instead of gaudy yellow, and suspended from handcrafted copper hangers with 49 strand nylon coated stainless steel, with sterling silver crimps (no rusting).
These freestanding wind chimes are completely happy outdoors all year round: snow, rain, wind, sun, nothing is going to bother this chime.
See all my wind chimes by visiting my website: Coast Chimes. Enjoy $10 shipping to anywhere in the USA or Canada.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
|One of my favourite trails|
Mount Elphinstone, Roberts Creek, BC
After many months of preparation, the 2017 Sunshine Coast Art Crawl took place last weekend, and it was the best one yet! The only real glitch is that after investing in several thousand awesome fairy lights, for the first day the power was out the entire time! It was kind of fun, getting everyone to take out their cell phones and to use their flashlights. Still, I am sure that cut down on the sales for Friday a bit. Especially Friday and Sunday, but Saturday too, were all far busier than past years (which were already super busy!). Excellent!
It is now time to unwind. Today I went on a solo hike through one of my most loved trails, above Roberts Creek on Mount Elphinstone. It was delightful taking time to stroll, breath, let nature wash over me. Really nice!
I have also already started and made good progress revamping my website. First I had to clear out over a hundred sold items-- nothing like browsing on a website where it appears everything is sold! Now it is a much nicer experience. I changed pictures on the homepage. Polished some of the language. If you have time check it out: Coast Chimes.
|Tiny Mushrooms, Mount Elphinstone Fall Hike|
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
|Cedar Framed Indoor or Outdoor|
Suncatcher by Coast Chimes
I have personally been working since the end of April preparing for the Art Crawl, knowing that if past years hold true I can possibly have over 500 visitors. Just finishing making the final works (see picture above), and about to start the massive annual clean up of my workshop, to double the display area of my home gallery.
Almost every item I have for the Art Crawl is available for pre-viewing on my website: Coast Chimes. currently over 190 large wind chimes, smaller chimes, and suncatchers. All the prices on Coast Chimes and Etsy are in US dollars, but when you come and shop in person, you get charged in Canadian dollars, saving a fair amount (ie, if the website says $50 US, you get charge $50 CA when you visit in person).
I look very forward to seeing many people at the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl!
Thursday, October 05, 2017
|Natural Pacific Beach Stone Wind Chime|
Five Copper Chimes
Beach Stone Clapper
$175 at Coast Chimes
This has been an extremely busy past few weeks, as I work hard preparing for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl (October 20-22, 2017). This will be my 3rd year participating, and if past years hold true, I can expect north of 500 visitors to my studio gallery. It is very enjoyable to see people meeting my wind chimes and suncatchers face-to-face (face-to-chime?), as they typically seem to love what I do.
As I make extra stock for the art crawl, I also photograph most of it, and place them on my website (Coast Chimes), and in my Etsy Shop.
This means I will hopefully be in good shape for the Christmas rush, too, which will allow for more time to promote on line (blog, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). The only trick is to remember to photograph each item that sells during the art crawl, so I can remove it from my online sites. I really try hard to keep things accurate, because I know how frustrating it is to invest time choosing something online, only to be told it is no longer available. Not good!
Monday, October 02, 2017
|Framed Artist-made Sea Glass with Natural Driftwood|
I love this framed glass piece. It took me a long time to find just the right piece of driftwood wood, but it all came together very nicely in the end.
Almost all of the works in my studio gallery are photographed and available on my website, and Etsy, but a few I hold back, including this one. I am reserving some of these for the fast approaching Sunshine Coast Art Crawl 2017, October 20-22. A few others are just too big to ship. A few are just not ready for me to say goodbye to yet.
If this framed piece does not sell during the Art Crawl, I will probably put it on my websites, and say goodbye to it pretty fast, especially with the Christmas rush soon to start, the busiest time of year.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
|Kaleidoscope Large Outdoor Wind Chime|
Five Copper Chimes
$175 at Coast Chimes
Always a popular choice, my kaleidoscope wind chimes and suncatchers look awesome anywhere, anytime, but they truly shine if they can be hung where early morning / late afternoon sunlight can filter through the glass from behind. I say the glass 'wakes up' when the sun shines through, and you are treated to that kaleidoscope of color.
The small pieces of artist-made sea glass are loosely trapped between two extra-thick plates of glass in a well crafted red cedar box frame. All the cedar is treated with an exceptional tung nut oil finish that will never peel or flake.
The five hand cut copper chimes are double brushed, treated with a reactive (that will also never peel or flake), scrubbed down with steel wool, and polished: gorgeous!
The beach stone clapper, or striker, produces a sweet sound against the copper chimes.
An absolutely amazing additon to any garden, yard, patio, or deck.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Soothing, Cool Blue and Greens,
The five copper chimes are double brushed, treated with a reactive (not paint, this finish will never peel or flake), hand polished, and suspended with handcrafted copper rings-- no string or fishing line to wear and break.
The beach stone clapper, or striker, produces sweet sound against the copper chimes.
See this and many other wind chimes, chimes, and suncatchers at Coast Chimes.
Friday, September 15, 2017
Kaleidoscope Artist-made Sea Glass
I am currently working hard making lots of new stock for the annual Sunshine Coast Art Crawl, October 20-22, 2017, and, yes, already for the fast approaching Christmas rush. This is a great time to visit my website, as it has the yearly maximum selection, before a big slump from stock cleared through art crawl sales, and then early Christmas shoppers.
My website can be found here: Coast Chimes
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Freestanding Kaleidoscope Suncatcher
Monday, September 04, 2017
Beach, Gibsons BC, Canada
After a short camping trip into the interior of British Columbia, as lovely as it was, I am reminded on returning to the Sunshine Coast just how lucky we are to live here. I have been back and forth across Canada, and through much of the USA, and the Sunshine Coast is awfully hard to beat.
We had a long, dusty trip home, much of it on gravel roads. That back country is wild and awesome. But an afternoon reading on the beach back home, swimming, and maybe a short snooze, is just about perfect.
This picture was taken near Granthams Landing, which is just steps from the small town of Gibsons. There was no one else on this section of beach. And the water was super clear, and warm.
If you visit the Sunshine Coast, try to leave time to visit Coast Chimes. You can see some real west coast works of art, perfect for gifts.
Saturday, September 02, 2017
Carpenter Lake, British Columbia, Canada
We just returned from 2 nights of camping at Tyax Wilderness Resort, on Tyaughton Lake, just off the Carpenter Lake Road. The whole area abounds with camping opportunities, including some decent free sites.
This entire area feels very remote, even though it is just a day's drive from Vancouver. The main town, Goldbridge, has a population under 50. There are a lot of rivers, lakes, and some grizzly bears. A mother bear with 3 cubs was frequenting the area where we camped in our small tent: a bit of a sleepless night. It's funny how acute your night hearing becomes, when you know a bear is in the area. All those leaves rustling, twigs cracking. We never saw the bear.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
|Frosty Glass 'Ice' Cubes with Black Beach Stones|
Five Antiqued Copper Chimes
$175 at Coast Chimes
This is a wind chime of contrast: black and white. The frosty white glass cubes are treated glass from a vandalized bus shelter. The beach stones are very black, from a local beach where there is an abundance of this type of stone. Together, they make a very interesting combination.
With my usual high-quality deluxe copper chimes that have been double-brushed, treated with a reactive, and polished with steel wool. The beach stone clapper produces a very sweet sound against the copper.
See all my wind chimes and suncatchers at Coast Chimes.
Friday, August 18, 2017
|Cobalt Blue Glass with Antiqued Copper|
$87 USD at Coast Chimes
Cobalt blue glass somehow just really goes perfectly with antiqued copper, as can be seen in the picture above. The glass looks awesome anytime, but really comes alive when the sunlight shines through from behind.
All the glass is artist-made beach glass, upcycled from old bottles. The copper is cut, brushed, treated with a reactive, steel wool brushed, hammered. The chimes are cut from brass and also treated with a reactive (a finish that will not peel or flake, but only look even better over time). These chimes are made to last, and may be enjoyed fully exposed to the elements all year long.
See all the Coast Chimes' wind chimes and suncatchers by clicking here: Coast Chimes