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COVID-19 Updates

 SHIPPING DELAYS NOTICE Canada Post advises that delivery times are at least one week longer than usual--so add that time to the estimated delivery date for any Barb's Outlet Etsy orders. Canada Post is dealing with Christmas volumes of mail, due to people ordering online rather than shopping in stores. I believe the US postal system is dealing with the same situation. GIFT BOXES AND MESSAGING AVAILABLE AGAIN, but... Keep in mind that packages are handled by many people. According to a recent study, this is how long the coronavirus can surviv[...]

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Barb’s Outlet is taking COVID-19 precautions

Barb's Outlet is taking COVID-19 precautions for your safety. CURBSIDE PICKUP is now available for Lacombe, AB customers. Email me for details. NO GIFT BOXES OR GIFT MESSAGING ARE AVAILABLE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. Purchases will be packaged in ziplock bags. Please follow this procedure when you receive a shipment: 1) Put water with a little dish detergent and 1 tsp. bleach in a plastic container; 2) Put on disposable rubber or silicone gloves; 3) Open package from Barb's Outlet; 4) Open ziplock bag and slide purchase into prepared water;[...]

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Alberta public healthcare

Alberta public healthcare   Commentary: What, exactly, makes the government think it’s okay: - For them to lie to the people they are supposed to be caring for and “representing” (what a joke); - Break their word; - Break the law with impunity (contracts with doctors, nurses, and teachers); - Treat healthcare workers with disdain and disregard as though they are worthless (running smear campaigns against them at the same time); - Expect said physicians, other healthcare workers, and educators to continue risking their lives during th[...]

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Hidden surprise – part 2

Do you remember the mystery stone with a hidden surprise? As it happens, there were more surprises in store after I blogged about this stone. For starters, it took me a good deal longer than 45 minutes to finish grinding and polishing the two halves of the stone--especially after I decided the partially ground and polished cabochons were too thick. This was a weight consideration; many people prefer lighter necklaces. As I worked on these cabochons at the Genie, more colours and patterns were revealed. I am amazed at the colours in this stone.[...]

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Alberta health care update

Alberta health care update Christine P. Molnar, president of the Alberta Medical Association, has issued a statement that discussions will continue next week with the Alberta government in an attempt toward a physician agreement that provides value for patients, fairness for physicians, and affordability for the system. You can read Dr. Molnar's statement here.  While this is a step in the right direction--and doctors are attempting to remain cautiously optimistic--government's previous actions have severely undermined both the public's and the phy[...]

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Alberta’s health care is in crisis

Alberta's health care is in crisis. The sweeping policy changes made by Tyler Shandro, Jason Kenney, and the UCP to take effect April 1--now, isn't that a date with interesting connotations?--won't affect only doctors in our province. It will affect every single Alberta resident. Most of us have no idea how far-reaching and disastrous those effects will be. Here are some links to help you understand the implications of the upcoming changes to Alberta's health care:   https://wildeandrandom.wordpress.com/2020/02/22/how-doctors-are-pai[...]

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Red Deer Rock n’ Gem Show

Our Rock Club had a table at the Red Deer Rock n' Gem Show yesterday. We displayed a number of member-made items on our table (beadwork items by Carolyn (Lady Beadle); fold-formed items by Ron; hand-forged copper bowls by Doug; and wire-wrapped and silversmith items by me). Ron, Doug, and Tony took turns giving fold-forming demonstrations for onlookers (using an anvil mounted on a hardwood stump) and gave the resultant copper "leaves" to visitors. Tony and I ground and polished rocks into cabochons on the genie. Carolyn did beadwork at the table.[...]

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Student ring

Glamour shot of student ring from recent class This Argentium silver ring was made by a student in my recent knot-a-ring class at the Lacombe Handicraft and Lapidary Guild. It is only the second ring she's made. Instead of using a single wire, she used two--and wrapped them as though they were one. I brought the ring home to further polish and harden it in my rock tumbler. For fun, I did a "glamour" shot of it for her. What do you think? If you want to be notified of upcoming classes, subscribe to my newsletter. You can also follow this bl[...]