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Happy Spring! It’s Almost Cherry Blossom Season!

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018

Cherry Blossom In Progress

And this post is about what Cherry Blossoms look like in jewellery form, through my eyes, hands and heart. I am a regular participant in the One of a Kind Show Artist Competition. The competition is always a chance to challenge myself to come up with something unique, within the boundaries of my medium, that […]

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Finally! The finished Jade Pieces.

Posted by on Feb 25, 2018

Jade Series on Judy

If you read my September 2017 blog post, you will recall that I talked about some exquisite Canadian Nephrite Jade pieces that I bought. Pictured above are the completed designs that I debuted at the Christmas 2017 One of a Kind Show. Both the Jade Jackie O Necklace and the Wow Jade Pendant on 36” […]

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New Year, New Design.

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018

I have always known that a big part of my reason for choosing chainmaille as my jewellery technique was all the knitting I have done since I was a wee five-year-old. In my August blog post (which actually didn’t get posted until September) I talked about how I had returned to my knitting roots, picking […]

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Introducing the Cane Minder

Posted by on Dec 19, 2017

Cane Minder Prototype

And no, I’m not talking about the seasonal “candy” variety we are so familiar with this time of year! I’m talking about the kind that aids the mobility of an increasingly large number of people over a certain age. As many of you know, if you have read any of my blog posts, I work […]

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Dear Santa

Posted by on Nov 20, 2017

Dear Santa Letter

Every year, the good folks at One of a Kind challenge us, the artists, to create a special piece based on a theme. This year the theme is “Dear Santa”. The criteria are that you, the artist (not your helpers, if you have them) must build the entry piece, and it must be in your […]

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Commissions Welcome!

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017

Infinity Bracelet

When, like me, you’ve been working at the same career for a long time, you become very efficient and develop technical speed. It reveals itself over the course of the many years you have practised your craft. And if you, like me, have a brain that is equal parts creative and technical, you build special […]

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West Nile Virus is Alive & Well in Toronto.

Posted by on Sep 29, 2017

WNV Fact Sheet

This is what I received when I was diagnosed with West Nile Virus on September 1st, 2017! The Public Health Nurse told me I was the second known case in the City of Toronto. I asked her if that meant I won a prize. She laughed and said no, but the upside is that once […]

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Knit One, Purl Two, Link Three, Chain Four.

Posted by on Sep 11, 2017

Sleeveless Cotton Top

I learned how to knit when I was five years old – the summer before I started kindergarten. Amazing to think that I could knit before I could print. My Mother taught me. Although I think she thought I was too young to learn, I was so insistent, she gave in, and we went and […]

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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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