I am crazy in love with beads

As most of you know I am a glass fusion Artist but I also make cards and do beaded bracelets… Well In Canada I have one main online store I shop at and that is BeadFX.Com. I look for the unusual beads and am a big seed bead consumer. Last year I was ordering for a specific activity and someone in the office thought they better check with me and helped me get the right colors so I would not be disappointed.

I have never had a bad experience with them and my clients can be assured that the colors that I choose for them will be quality. I only work with glass or czech beads and that is what I am known for.

I sell my wrap bracelets in the ByWard Market Square Building in the Artisan Shop Ottawa.

I make chokers and bracelets wire wrapped and long stung necklaces usually around 17″. in many colors.

I will be starting to sell on line in my shops soon I will keep you posted. If interested in anything please feel free to contact me at grenier1928@gmail.com


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Snow, rain, snow and ridiculous temps

This last two weeks have been full of surprises weather wise two snow storms which gave us 30+ cms of snow and about the same in rain. Temps going down to -25 and up to +4. No wonder I have a cold which is I hope getting better. Only working in the shop one day this week in the ByWard Market.

It has been hard to be productive but have managed to sell more on my Etsy 21 sales since I opened my store https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/HandmadecardsbyCA. Posted new acrylic stamps for sale and am gearing up for a used stamp sale in mid February.

Not much else going on catch ya later


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It is snowing today

It is snowing today and it is beautiful out but it is deceiving because it will be going down to -30 overnight. I went out to shovel this morning and twisted my back. Hurts when I move. Had to cancel my dentist appointment to get final fitting for my retainer sounds like I am 15 years old I am far from it. The problem for me is I clench my teeth and the tension in my jaw area causes me headaches. Combine the clenching and add quick changes in air pressure voila instant migraine…

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Bear the Yorkie Maltese mix turned 11 in January. He is a happy boy no teeth but manages quite well regardless. I have had him for a year now and is my constant companion usually stays at my feet where ever I am. He definitely knows how to tell time because when 10 o’clock at night rolls around he starts getting fussy and wants to go to bed.

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Ugh have to do rearranging and inventory of all my supplies and products, need to list items on ETSY for now and have started a new Ecwid shop on my facebook page and instagram. So many ways of getting to my products including shopping in person in the Ottawa’s ByWard Market in the Artisan Shop, 55 ByWard Market Building.

We are getting ready for Winterlude here in the shop, new hats and leg warmers, buttons and cards…so hoping that the cold does a lot for freezing the Rideau Canal (longest skating rink in the world) I know skaters are disappointed that they have not been on the canal yet usually frozen mid December but not this year yet.

Winterlude Rideau Canal, Ottawa, Ontario - The popular Winterlude event is skated on the world's longest skating rink - Rideau Canal Skateway, and also don't miss Ice Dragon Boat Festival. For the second time in North America, dragon boats will race down the frozen Rideau Canal in February, 2018.
#festival #Ontario #Canada #Ottawa #outdoor #IceSkate #RideauCanal #Winterlude #snow #canal #skaterink #frozen #ice #LikeALocal

Well lots to do better get at it, oh yeah new buttons available in the market shop.

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Catch ya later and stay warm…


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This week made my 20th sale on Etsy

Milestone met Looking forward to a new year an see if I can double my sales…

I just made 20 sales. Very humbled and grateful for the support! https://etsy.me/2XEvtvh

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This week in Ottawa…colder and mix of rain and sunshine…welcome to Ottawa’s freaky weather patterns…

Sunday it was pouring record amounts of rain for a late October. Monday I went out to survey the landscape around my house and it was sunny with periods of clouds. Today was sunny as cloudy…

Now they are calling for snow overnight and into the day time. Good thing I had plans to work on Cards, ornaments and buttons.

The Light Rail has been as temperamental as the weather. Which is a shame when it works I can be as quick at 15 minutes from my home to the Byward Market and the shop or up to an hour stuck on tracks or walking to the other side to catch a train and both ways are running on the same track until they pass the blockage, immobile train is usually the cause…

Expecting new Postcards to come in from VistaPrint today so really excited to see them tonight.

Worked on Ornaments on Monday

Maple leaf and beaver ornaments with Ottawa on the back

Had another2 stampsets order on Etsy and a Card for a customer so things are beginning too pick up. Made some earrings and posted them on Etsy as well.

Owl Earrings

Not much of an update but it was a busy few weeks I had allergy testing found out I am highly allergic to Ragweed,and tree pollen

First arm mostly trees, ragweeds etc
This arm was foods

Glad to have that over with…changed most of my meds to deal with all of the reactions.

Bear and Zoey are still not the best of friends but now tolerate each Zoey tries really hard to play with him as he walks by she plays touch the butt but he jumps or runs the other way. A couple of times he has charged her and she just comes back for more.

Zoey watching Bear stalking is not allowed in my house but Zoey sees Bear as just another toy…

Well time to go and get on with life in general. Hope you have a good week.

Catch ya later from me, Mr. Bear and Miss Zoey

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As this week begins it is raining and chilly

Today it is going to raining throughout the day. Bear is not happy he hates the rain but what can we do…I will have to look for a rain coat that will fit him. I ordered him one that is sort of all season in blue

New coat ordered waiting for it to arrive

I ordered a couple of sweaters for the sweater weather we are experiencing right now. He does look great in a sweater.

Bear in his owl sweater

I am working on a big order for New Orleans shop for necklaces almost through 6 sets of 6. I only have 2 more sets to finish up. My house is a mess while I work on these.

3/4 through order
Last two to finish off

In the middle of changing the spring /summer clothes to fall/winter it has been quite cold at night. We have had frost warnings for a couple of nights now.

Also finished listening to Little Girl Lost : Dreamcatcher series now re listening to the Handmaidens Tale by Margaret Atwood in preparation to listen to her second book The Testaments

The Handmaid's Tale cover art
The Testaments cover art

I will be at the shop this week on Monday and Wednesday lucky on my day off Tuesday I have a dentist cleaning appoint whoo hoo.

I have started to post the Color By Amber jewellery on Poshmark.ca @cargren so if interested check it out.

Well that is all for now. I am doing laundry, working on the order and hopefully will be able to get a card or two up.

Bye for now

Bear and CA

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Fall is here

It is Monday morning the first day of fall. It is raining, the smell in the air is a little skunky but not sure if it is the animal or a neighbour smoking up. Here in Canada it is legal to partake in a little weed. Weed is not my favourite smell in the world but it is tolerable.

Fall is my favourite season I can break out my Rae Dunn mugs now to have my favourite coffee or tea in. I also have a new journal to break in…The fall colours, trees changing, the air is crisp and fresh except when they throw down the manure on the Experimental Farms…or the paper mill exhaust make it to Ottawa from across the river.

Rae Dunn mugs

Also while out this weekend I found a couple of more pieces of Rae Dunn pottery. I am not sure why I love this line so much but I think it is the simplicity or the organic shapes…

New Rae Dunn Pottery

I work tomorrow and Wednesday in the Artisan Shop Ottawa, in the Byward Market…Hopefully it will be a great couple of days for sales. Last week sales on my days were very good. Not enough to pay any major bills lol but a couple of smaller ones or get more supplies.

I did work on some choker and bracelet SeedBeads sets.

New choker and bracelet sets

In other news my oldest grandchild turned 17 I can’t believe it. Time is an odd complicated system I do not feel old but I know I am on paper. Oh and the blood pressure pills I need to take…

Bear is here to say hi. He has had a little trouble funny tummy the last few weeks so I found some sensitive stomach and skin food for him it seems to help he is more perky and less scratching. His fur is growing in and is looking more like a Yorkie than a chihuahua.

Bear says Hi

Well that is about it for today…Still working on Book Marks, Cards and bracelets…

From CA and Mr. Bear

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Tuesday riding the rails in Ottawa


Today I was nervous taking the Light Rail (LRT) to the ByWard Market for work in the shop. Being the second day of the week I was expecting it to be busy but there were three people in my car.  The ride was fast but quite a few more stops along the way than I am used to although they were quick.


The say that there will be free WIFI eventually – again if we wait as long for that as we waited for the LRT to get here could be awhile…we waited a little over year from the planned date and it came in way over budget.

I think it might be faster but I worry about the winter in Ottawa…lots of snow and extreme cold some days then the weird melting and freezing in sometimes the same day.

Wednesday made a number of cards for the shop very tourist in mind – fall is in the air buses are starting to bring in tourists for the fall colours and they can be spectacular in the Ottawa area.

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It is Wednesday and I took the LRT to work and back today. The cars were much more packed. I do like the ride. I just need to get a good set of headphones so I can listen to books during the commute. Right now listening to

Thursday today on the agenda to to process a few orders for retired stamps on Etsy and setting up for an inquiry about skinny Color By Amber Bracelets so will have to take some photos for the client. I also have to work on ornaments for the shop tourists like to have an ornament for the tree of their travels so I create a number of them year round the ones they like best are the red glitter but will change up the icon this year to something new…have to decide what it will be and will share in the next post.

Life is good, busy but good. Just the way I like it.

As for Bear his fur is growing back and he is pretty happy that the mornings and evenings are cooler. Bear can be very snarly when it comes to regular grooming so as soon as he sees the brush come out he hides. We are working on it though. Being 10 years old and no teeth means his bark is definitely worse than his bite…even though his bark sounds like a seal bark…

Bear with polar bear

Well the day is getting on and need to start working on more items for the shop.

Have a great week

CA and Mr. Bear

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Some news today

I have started trying to rearrange my work area and have had some success but it is a real work in progress for now.

some progress

I also sold a number of bracelets to a woman from New Orleans who will be selling them in her shop. She sent me some photos of the layouts of some of them and I am sooo impressed. All can be found at
Voodoo Spiritual Temple
1428 N. Rampart St    New Orleans, LA   70116

or online at

Now creating some necklaces to show.

I did create a few fall cards here in Ottawa the weather temps drop at night and go to a reasonable temp during the day…mornings Bear has to wear his sweater. With short haircut he has little protection it will grow back…I keep reassuring him…

So that was this week in our household. So From Mr. Bear and I.

Catch you all later…Have a great week.

CA and Mr. Bear

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New Era Beginning

I have been getting ready for the fall creating cards, bracelets, earrings and new buttons and magnets for the Byward Market Artisan Shop that I have ignored my social media commitments completely. I am back have an new email for cargren.com website cagrenier@cargren.com so please connect if you see something you like or don’t but be constructively helpful not hateful.

I have also been trying to work on building my etsy store but they are making so many changes that I can not keep up…

There has also been an addition to my family his name is Bear a 10 year old Yorkie Maltese he has no teeth but manages quite well without them. I adopted an aging dog because they deserve a good loving home to live out the rest of their lives. He gets along great with kids and adults alike. Life is good as you can see…

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Mr Bear

Just a Quick update from CA and Mr Bear

Have a great day

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