Leap, and the net will appear” has long been one of my favourite sayings. In 1998, in my late 40s, I took the plunge. I leapt – from Toronto to a simple old heritage home built in 1855 located in a tiny hamlet by a small lake. My leap turned out to be a pivotal point in my life.
Inspired by the story of my house and its builders, as well as my surroundings, I immersed myself in learning some of the artisanal crafts of past generations. In the following years I caned 300 chair seats, wove baskets, made soap and beeswax candles, sewed, knit, crocheted and hooked rugs, all in the traditional ways, and all a part of the dream. Smallbones Studio Shop was born. It was a wee shop in the front parlour of my house and enjoyed visits from many delightful people.
A few years ago I inherited boxes and boxes of beautiful antique linens and children’s toys and whatnot when my mother moved to a retirement home (she died in March 2017, 12 days after her 98th birthday) – some were even from her mother! I opened an Etsy sop, combining vintage with simple, useful items I make myself echoing the integrity of past generations. Now I’m moving everything here and will soon close my Etsy shop.
Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoy this small exploration into my world. May your dreams come true, too.