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Handmade…What does that really mean?

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017

Workshop Demo

  For those of you who already follow me on Instagram (@lisaridout), you know that I don’t overwhelm you with many posts. I’m lucky if I actually post more than once a month. You also know that Instagram is really the only social media platform I participate in. If you’ve been looking for me on […]

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This is Montreal

Posted by on Jun 24, 2017

Montreal Clock Tower

It had been over ten years since I visited La Belle Province and I took the opportunity to go on a short work/vacation weekend to reacquaint myself with the City of Montreal. Kathryn Johnson, who owns Boutique Nanuk, approached me to represent my jewellery line in her beautiful gallery located right in the heart of […]

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Frantic Farms Gallery – Where’s That?….Warkworth?? Wark-what? Where?

Posted by on May 29, 2017

Frantic Farms Gallery, Warkworth, Ontario

If you’ve been following along with what I’ve been up to for a while, you’ve probably heard me talk about Warkworth. It is a little place that’s about half-way between Peterborough and Campbellford. Cutest little Artist Town I know. I found out about it through my friends Paulus Tjiang and his wife Monica Johnston. They […]

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Do you have an LREJ Wish List?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017

Small Twist Necklace with Carlu Pendant

Just like the seeds I sow in my vegetable garden every spring, over the past 25 years, I have also forged some great relationships with clients. Women who have found my jewellery designs through meeting me at a craft show, or been lead by other women that wear my pieces – they all have “a […]

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Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017

Happy Birthday Canada Tree

Every One of a Kind Show, we artisans are challenged to create a competition piece based on a different theme. This year’s Spring Show theme is “Happy Birthday Canada”. I never used to submit anything to the competition. I was always too busy just working on my own booth presentation. But then, I started to […]

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Where Are You Going This Year?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2017

Lisa Ridout Large Love Knot Bracelet

Josh Simpson and I would really like to know! Who is Josh Simpson you may ask? He’s a Contemporary American Glass Artist who has been producing the “Mega Planet Glass Marbles” in various sizes since 1976. I first heard about, saw and handled his work when I worked as a Gallery Assistant at the Sandra […]

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1992 – 2017 Celebrating 25 Years

Posted by on Jan 20, 2017

O.K. So I might not be in the same league as my favourite imported Italian Food Specialty Store, Pasquale Brothers, who are celebrating their 100th year in business this year. But their business was started by Great-Grandfather Edward Pasquale. My business begins and ends with me. There will be no 100th anniversary; heck, there probably […]

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Last Minute Shoppers Unite!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016

As a Maker of jewellery, every year I get myself as prepared as I can be for the Christmas shopping season. This year marks the 10th Annual LREJ Christmas Pop Up Store that I host in my studio. For about a week, I open my studio to the public – no appointment needed. This is […]

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OOAK. Are You Ready?

Posted by on Nov 17, 2016

As part of my show preparations every year, I always build a “mock” booth set-up in my studio. To view the process via a one minute time-lapse video, click here.

What’s OOAK? It’s what myself and my fellow Makers fondly refer to as the short form for the “One of a Kind Show”. I have several other pet names for the show, which usually get used leading up to the show. One week to go prior to show week.  One VERY, CRAZY, BUSY WEEK. This […]

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Fall. The Climb is Steep.

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016

    Being not only a jewellery designer, but also a builder of all my own creations, and my own marketer, retailer and wholesaler makes every day a busy day. There is certainly never a lack of things to do! Ask anyone who runs their own business what they need more of, and the universal […]

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