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Superstition Blog Hop

Today is Friday the 13th.  Tammy Adams from Paisley Lizard set this blog hop up, made a whole slew of polymer clay pendants and shared them with a group of jewellery artists.  What a sweetie.
It is now our mission to make something in keeping with superstitions and to share it on our own blogs as part of this Superstition  Hop
Now a lot of people fear the number 13, and especially as a date when it lands on a Friday.

 I'm NOT one of them . I have always had very LUCKY Friday 13th's.  In fact it's often one of my luckiest days, a day when things always seem to go right.

Some folks don't like black cats. Again I'm NOT one of them, I LOVE black cats, and have shared my home(s) with them since childhood.

Ladders ? Don't walk under them something bad will befall you!
Mirrors ? Don't break one or 7 years of bad luck will come to you!
Spill salt ? throw some more over your shoulder!
Step on a crack ? you'll break your mothers back.!

superstitions abound. which…

Danse Macabre blog Hop

Holy smokes where has the year gone? It's halfway through October already.  That means it's time for the DANSE MACABRE blog hop.  It's hosted by Lee Koopman of  Strega Jewellry
She has put together a group of artists that are making something to do with  The Dance of Death (danse macabre) I chose to interpret this in a friendly way not a dark and dangerous way  as I am a chicken shit when it comes to scary things. 
I made some earrings for a monthly challenge and while designing them I decided to carry it a step further and make a co-ordinating necklace. 
But how to take a dark garnet swirl and make it macabre?  I added a leather bat to it. 
 I just love my leather scraps stash .  After sketching a bat I then had to transfer it onto the black leather.   I cut out the pattern placed it on the reverse side and traced around it with a silver marker. (It was the only thing that would show on the suede-like finish.) Then I cut it out and punched holes in each wing end to attach it.…

Earrings Everyday October Challenge

I got time to play along this month . I somehow seem to miss the deadline for participation , so hopefully I can play along this month. Here is the inspiration photo that I used for my starting point. 

Aren't these outfits stunning? love the colours!  I have always been a fan of the plums, purples and garnets. 
I was working on designs for another blog hop and was playing around with some items I had removed from a sew-on beaded trim used for halloween costumes and it reminded me of these outfits.    So I decided to complete them and play along with this months challenge.  I kept them very simple as the outfits shown are quite busy, with the textures and patterns used. These earrings would be best with the first row of outfits as the colours are more plummy than purply. I just could not get my camera to pick up the real colour of these and the hint of sparkle in the large motifs. These are quite lightweight as well as the large swirls are from sew-on trim that needs to be washable…

Leather Feather Blog Hop

to paraphrase Bugs Bunny

"It's here, it's HERE
Let the bells ring out and the banners fly
feast your eyes on me,
It's too good to be true.
But it's here , it's HERE."

do you remember that episode of the Bugs Bunny cartoon?
OK I guess I am dating myself here.

well, all that preamble just to say welcome to my blog and THE VERY FIRST  Leather Feather Blog Hop.
Our hostess and creator of the wonderful leather feathers is Rachel Mallis

She made 11 sets of feathers and sent ten of them to us (keeping one set for herself of course) so that we could participate in this hop.

I asked for funky colours and I got them . gorgeous purple feathers with an iridescent shimmer  that is green in some angles. and black in other angles, however they don't seem to photograph that way.

so what did I make with these  2 inch long pretties? 
I made earrings of course. 

I first tried using bronze-coloured wire for the spirals and links but, alth…

Leather Feather blog hop

I am taking part in the Leather Feather blog hop. I just received my feathers from the lovely Rachel Mallis and they are gorgeous . Purple with iridescent green designs on them. they have a single hole at the top
I cannot wait to start percolating ideas. I have till the beginning of sept to do so. Reveal day is Sept 5th and there will be 11 artists participating on that day. so check back then to see what we've been up to with our feathers.

I've gone international

While working  at The Artisan Loft and General Store this week I sold one of my necklaces to a customer, visiting his parents, from the USA. He was looking for a gift to take home to his wife.

what a lovely compliment to me that he couldn't decide which one of two pieces to purchase so I let him send photos to his wife via his iPhone and let her choose.

while waiting to hear back from her he decided which one to buy, a few minutes later she replied   that she liked both but preferred one better and  choose the same one he did.

so it's now on it's way home to San Diego CA.

I am delighted that he bought one of my pieces as his wife is also a jewellery maker, and could make anything she wants.

I'll miss this one. I was thinking of keeping it for myself. but i know it will be appreciated and enjoyed.

change to blog url

I finally had the courage to change the url for my blog. I have been in the process of organising my branding and social media links and this was the last frontier.

If you were  follower of then you will have noticed that the link is gone and you get a note that the blog has been removed.

 all the old content still exists here on this new site.

If you stumbled upon this blog then Welcome.

 I hope to update this blog more frequently now that my website is up and running and my logo is designed and my business cards have arrived and my labels are made. I didnt realise how much piddly work was involved in branding one's product line. Whew!

If you want to see photos of my work or discover where you can see them in person or to shop online  please visit my website @

Thanks for stopping by, and please do come again

Its reveal day for Bead Peeps Swap N Hop

Today is the Bead Peeps Swap and Hop day! whoo -hoo!!!!

Today is the day that we get to show off what we made with the beads sent to us by our partner. My beads came from Inge von Roos in California USA.  

Several months back we signed up to participate, were assigned partners, and sent off our selection of beady goodies to our partner. Once they were received we then ooh-ed and ah-ed , stewed and cogitated, planned and designed, rearranged and then finally started the assembly process . 

Some of us got it right on the first go, others had to redesign, reassemble , rework, a few times or many, the planned idea till we were happy with the result. 

At last we get to share what we made with our beautiful treasures.

as a refresher , here are he beads I received from my partner Inge von Roos from California, USA.
I was one of the ones who had to rework my design several times as it just wasn't coming togetherthe way I had envisioned it. I think I was trying way too hard to make something ear…

My beads arrived

take a look at the lovely beads I received from my partner, Inge von Roos. I was so certain I had posted this  at the end of March but it has disappeared from my blog and history , so here it is again, belatedly.

Lots of  pretty hand made lamp work by Inge herself and an abundance of coordinating beads to go with them. crystals in three colours , shaped flower/leaf beads, small glass spacers and large green glass rounds.
It will be hard to choose which ones to use. I can't use them all, well not at one time for sure. but they will be used sooner or later

Check back May 2 for the reveal of what all the participants made with their goodies

I've changed my blog name

Life and design is an ever-changing game. As we grow and mature and change, things that were suitable, slowly become less appropriate for our needs.

Over the last few months I have become dissatisfied with my blog name.
There are so many Studio 24's out there and they apply to many different businesses, hair salons, architecture firms, photographers and so on.
 I had selected studio 24 because I live on the Rideau canal at Lock 24 in Kilmarnock  Ontario. (hence the k in my blog url, if it was even noticed)
I wanted something unique that wouldn't limit how far I could take my branding.

One day I was fooling around with phrases and the one that kept popping up in my head was My Home On The Island . I happen to live on a small island, though given time, and the tendency of nature to take over and fill in back channels with weeds and such, it may one day no longer be an island.

Thus Mhoti Studio was born.

Over the next few months I will be changing the url to reflect my new name b…

Bead Peeps Swap N Hop package on it's way

Here is the bead soup I sent my partner Inge von Roos. I don't want to ruin the surprise so I doctored the photo. and now even I can't tell what the soup looks like. I sure hope it doesn't take too long to get from eastern Ontario Canada to California USA 

meet my Partner

I recently signed up for the Bead Peeps Swap n Hop (see previous post).
It is getting close to the time to send out our beads and prezzies to our partner. But first I have to tell you about my partner in crime for this event.  

from Los Gatos, California, meet Inge von Roos
Inge is an amazing lamp-work artist. She MAKES. GLASS. BEADS.  *sigh* ( love these.)

She is a lifelong crafter with many interests; pottery, stained glass, weaving, jewellery making, and many other handcrafts. Beginning as a bead stringer she fell in love with hand made glass beads while at a glass and bead show. Hooked on this idea, she took one class and that was it, she found her passion.
Inge is a constant student , regularly taking classes from various lamp work artists, in order to perfect her craft, and she travels all over North America to do so.
She says that bead making is meditation for her and is loving the variety of beads she can create by playing with new techniques and trying different colour combin…