What In Creation?!?
Hand Crafted Jewellery Walking Sticks and Canes
Glass Jewellery &
Gemstone Jewellery & Mala Beads
Welcome to my website for my business "What in Creation?!?" I am Carol Leckie, and I have been making jewellery for myself for years, and have been making and selling it since about 2006.
About the name, "What in Creation?!?". Credit goes to Helen Maddock, who suggested it. We were trying to come up with something, I wanted it to have creation, creativity, creating, something like that in the name. We were coming up with all sorts of things and then she said remember when our parents or grandparents used to say "What in creation are you kids up to?" and that was it...the name became "What in Creation?!?"
I think my journey to jewellery making began many years ago, influenced by my father who was a rock hound. He used to make some jewellery, although he didn't really make the kind of things I do, and with his friend and fellow rock hound Dave he would saw apart geodes and thunder eggs and huge rock crystals and make book ends and various other works of natural art. He was very fond of making and wearing bola ties, and also had jars full of tumbled polished stones. All of his children and grandchildren have lots of beautiful stone bookends as well! From him I got my appreciation of the beauty of rocks and minerals. I remember going with him to his rock club meetings when I was a kid, and being fascinated by the variety and colours of all of the things the members would bring in. I particularly was fascinated by agates, and still love them. What could be more beautiful than the natural beauty of the earth's minerals? I do some of my own tumbling of stones, using a vibratory tumbler because I want to retain the interesting shapes as much as possible, instead of rounding everything off like a rotary tumbler would do.
A bunch of stones I was tumbling, between grit changes.
My Dad, Graham Leckie
Dad also made some walking sticks, although he didn't do too many. I have his favourite that he made from a piece of grapevine from our bush. Dad was a farmer and grew up during the Depression, and his mentality was always very much that you improvise and make it yourself if at all possible. I think I learned this from him too, and so when I want something I am always thinking "I could make that" and ideas just seem to flow as to how it could be done. However, he sometimes didn't care what it looked like as long as it worked. I am a bit more picky about that!
We have 2 cats (Monet & Houdini) and one dog (Roger, a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever who is my service dog).
Monet & Houdini
Roger is a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever. He is the fifth Toller I have had. Duck Tollers are one of Canada's native breeds of dog, and are very intelligent, beautiful dogs. For more information click here. Visit Roger's breeder's website at www.armachord.com . She uses a minimal vaccination protocol and feeds raw.
Roger leaps in the water.
Roger got his CGN (Canine Good Neighbour) title at the Kent Kennel Klub show in Chatham! (April 18, 2010) His Nanna was very proud!
Handmade Spring Extravaganza, WFCU Centre Community Complex, Windsor April 8 - 9
London Spring Arts & Craft Sale, Western FairGrounds, London April 14
Retrofest, Tecumseh Park, Chatham May 26-27
Artwalk, Sarnia June 3 - 4
Rosie Rhubarb, Shedden June 10-11
Canada Day Sarnia, Canatara Park July 1
Canterbury Folk Festival, Ingersoll July 7-9
Art In The Garden, Blenheim July 15
Lynn River Music Festival, Simcoe August 4 – 7
Kingsville Folk Music Festival, Kingsville August 11-13
Port Rowan Bayfest, Labour Day weekend
Art In The Park, Mike Weir Park, Sarnia September 9
Downriver Craft Sale, Moore Museum, Mooretown September 17
Ruthven Apple Fest, Colisanti's, Leamington September 29-October 1
Lambton Heritage Museum Fall Colours Craft Sale, Legacy Centre, Thedford October 14-15
Pumpkinfest, Western Secondary School, Amherstburg, ON October 28-29
Optimist's Craft Sale, Oil Heritage Community Centre, Petrolia November 4-5
United Way Fundraiser, FIMS/Nursing Building, UWO November 15
Rotary Christmas Craft Show, Stratford Rotary Complex Nov. 10-12
Animalert Bazaar, Western Fair Grounds, December 2