Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery Show

The Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery Show (VIBJS) is one-of-a-kind on Vancouver Island. It is a bead & jewellery show dedicated to jewellery making and finely crafted artisan jewellery, with an emphasis on fashion trends. It is a retail and semi- wholesale show with exhibitors from Ontario, Alberta & of course, beautiful B.C. If you love beads and jewelry making you will be amazed at the lessons that are available. You have everything from glass bead-making, working with copper, bronze, silver, seed beading and even clay beads! Check out the fantastic classes here What “inspired” Cheryl Bevan Gellor, owner of Serenity Pearls, a pearl importer, supplier and jeweller. to start the Vancouver Island Bead and Jewellery Show? …

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What I Learned From My Father

What I learned from my Father

He was the love of my life – My Dapper Dad I was ten years old and and felt blessed. Life was simple, fun and I felt loved. I was living a “Sleeping Beauty” kind of a life, believing the prince, my dad would always be there to love and protect me. It was an early Spring morning when my day began. An absolute awesome, bright, sunny, day with not a cloud in the sky. I headed out to school with my lunch box over my shoulder, jacks & marbles in my pocket, and my best buddies by my side. How could anything go wrong? Suddenly without warning, clouds turned to rain, rain turned to sunshine …

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Reflections on Mother’s Day 2014

Carell-Ayne Whalen and Family

She wasn’t Mother Teresa, she was my Mother! I am the daughter of a nun, well not exactly… she was an ex-nun. However, when she couldn’t align her views of marriage & children with the church, she was ex-communicated. Her life made a three hundred & sixty degree turn, with my dad, sister and myself. She never once shared her experience. I was blessed to have her in my life for fourteen short, wonderful years.   Then one day, out of nowhere a horrific, life changing event  knocked at our door. To say the least, my sister & I were changed forever. My special mother developed cancer. We thought she had it licked, however, even …

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