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RECYCLED BEAUTY – Saturday was a day to enjoy visiting with friends, both newfound ones and those we have known for years. It was a day to enjoy the display of antiques and works of north country artists at the annual St. Lawrence County Historical Association’s Antique and Artisan Show and Sale.

The Clock Man in our home was one of 35 vendor booths. His attendance was in a professional vein, attending to the repair of some clocks, appraising others and discussing the history of each clock at his table and those owned by others. I was only at this show to accompany the Clock Man. Since I had no official role, except passing out business cards to interested parties and giving directions to the Bombay clock shop, I could visit with others.

What fun it always is to visit with those we have known for years now and what a pleasure to meet new friends, so many who now recognize the name and connect with this column. I enjoy looking at the beautiful antiques that can be found throughout the Canton Middle School cafeteria and gymnasium. The skilled artistry of those who have brought their crafts to display and sell is marvelous. There are so many talented artisans in the north country.

There was one table, though, that I was most impressed with – I visited with this amazing young woman last year and made a purchase (or two or three). This year I looked for the name Christina Adams in the brochure of dealers and artisans and I was delighted to see this amazing artist was again at this show.

Christina’s artistry fascinates me – her beautiful pendants and earrings are exquisite glassware. Some pieces are iridescent while others have symbols of north country life embedded in each piece – there are also some with musical notes (I absolutely love each of those). What amazes me most is that Christina’s work is made of recycled glass – the most extraordinary recycling I think imaginable. She blends glass bottles and stained glass together – breaking them apart and melting them together. From these two elements of differing colors and textures, she creates the most beautiful jewelry.

This year I visited with Christina about her remarkable work. Her business name is Blue Frenzy Wearable Art. I love that name for it is indeed “wearable art.” I look at each piece of jewelry as the most beautiful art work. Christina lives in Canton, she told me. She will be opening a store in Potsdam soon in the Old Snell Building. When her Potsdam store opens, she will be offering lessons and she will be selling supplies, too. That opportunity will be wonderful for local artists. I will wait until I see Christina at shows and purchase what she has already created.

She explained that she uses “old glass – recycled bottles and stain glass. Some of the nicest pieces are (made from) stained glass,” she said.

She told me that it is a “mystery” how they turn out. “When you first try something new, it is kind of tricky,” she explained.

She has been working in this particular medium for about 10 years. She has always enjoyed drawing prior to finding this wonderful form to express herself through. She said she likes anything that is interesting, adding “I like to keep it fresh.”

Her work is not only absolutely beautiful – it is always “fresh.” Last year there were old, discarded clock parts shared with this artist. The “clock” jewelry is spectacular – the tiny gears are backings for some glass pieces – they, too, are wonderful – truly amazing works of art.

We try to recycle each week in our home – the plastics and aluminum are saved for the trash hauler. Newspaper is stacked for recycling.

The recycling of Christina Adams, though, is the pinnacle of recycling. Her works combine discarded clock gears and parts, old bottles and discarded stained glass. Each item discarded is combined with others and transformed into something beautiful. My heartfelt thanks to Christina Adams for her insight and artistry and for sharing her skilled gifts with the north country. Isn’t the north country a marvelous place to live – and shop? I certainly think so.


BELATED WISHES –Gene Ackerman celebrated his birthday on Monday. What a fine gentleman Gene is (even if he threatens to bag my gallon of milk in a most unceremonious fashion!). Gene always greets everyone at Hannaford’s with a smile and kind word and a helping hand. His kindness on my birthday (and that of his lovely wife Bonnie, too) this year touched my heart.

Although my wishes are a few days late, they are most sincere, Gene. I hope you had a good day on Monday. My warmest wishes for only the best in the year ahead. I hope each of you who have been touched by Gene’s smile and kindness will take a moment this week to wish him well. Thanks, Gene, and the warmest of belated wishes!


WARMEST WISHES – Carole Smallman, our neighbor just across the road, will celebrate her birthday tomorrow. Carole is the absolute best neighbor anyone could ever hope to have living nearby. My heartfelt thanks, Carole, for all you do for others, especially our furry feline friends, and for being there every time there is a need in our neighborhood.

My warmest wishes for a wonderful birthday, Carole. Your neighbors across the road (Tigger, too!) wish you only the best as you celebrate this year.


THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK – Let no man boast himself that he has got through the perils of winter till at least the seventh of May. (A quotation by English writer Anthony Trollope 1815-1882, found on a calendar page in one of my mother’s many journals.)

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