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Dragonfly Dreamers – Jewelry that is Absolutely Riveting!

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Wendy Southin of Dragonfly Dreamers isn’t afraid to experiment when it comes to creating her jewelry. Although she enjoys taking workshops, most of her masterpieces are the result of her own exploration and experimentation.

Dragonfly Dreamers’ jewelry is created using a combination of metal smithing techniques – sawing, stamping, hammering, riveting and patinas may be used on a single creation.  Copper is the central material used along with other metals, upcycled objects, resin and beads.

“As an artist I enjoy the process of learning and creating with various mediums,” says Wendy.  “Jewelry designing fulfills this desire with its wide range of techniques and materials to explore.”

While her main focus is jewelry, Wendy also designs altered art pieces on canvas, mirrors and other unique objects with a vintage, grungy look-and-feel.

Dragonfly Dreamers will be among the roster of talented artisans peddling their wares in the vendor tent at Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale. Join us on December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and be sure to set aside some time for ogling the funky finds you’ll come across at Wendy’s table.

Delve deeper into Dragonfly Dreamers by discovering their blog, etsy, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Handcrafted Soaps Made From Scratch

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A gardener all of her life, learning how to make soap was a natural progression for Anita Masterson – emphasis on the word natural.

Having a daughter with eczema also prompted Anita to marry her knowledge of plants with soap. The result is a line of artisanal, handcrafted natural soaps made from scratch. Her company, Moon Bubbles Natural Soap Co., only uses their own recipes and no premade bases from other suppliers. Their rich creations come in scents such as Lavender Dreams, Raspberry Kisses, and Chai Tea & their tag line is: “conscience clear, natural soaps intent on your well-being, beautifully made.”

Anita will be among the talented artisans in the vendor tent during Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale. Her decadent soaps make great gifts and stocking suffers so be sure to drop by on December 1st between 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and get a head start on your Christmas shopping.

Learn more about Moon Bubbles Natural Soaps by visiting their Facebook page or by checking them out on YouTube.

Custom Woodturning Guaranteed to also Turn Heads at Old-Fashioned Christmas

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Claude LeBel has been turning wood for seven years and now his beautiful handcrafted creations are turning heads.

Claude will be among the talented artisans taking part in Goulbourn Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale on December 1st. Through his business, Redefined Wood, he makes and sells wooden pens, pencils, bowls, platters, serving boards, spatulas, bottle stoppers, mini styluses, toaster tongs, honey dippers, candle holders, and more.

An active member of the Valley Woodturners in Ottawa, Claude has also acted as an assistant instructor for the beginner’s woodturing course offered by the club. He has studied under world-renowned woodturners such as Mike Mahoney and Jimmy Clewes.  Passionate about his hobby, Claude’s artistic flare adds to the beauty and uniqueness of his creations.  Form and function are important elements in his designs because he believes his creations should not only be nice to look at but should be used and enjoyed as well.

Look for Claude in the vendor tent during our Old-Fashioned Christmas on Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and get a head start on your Christmas shopping!

Hope to see you there!

Lest We Forget – Wartime Exhibit at Stittsville Public Library

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Throughout the month of November, the Goulbourn Museum will have wartime artefacts on display at the Stittsville branch of the Ottawa Public Library. The exhibit contains items from both the First and Second World Wars such as military hats and a civilian gas mask. Visitors will also be able to read a collection of wartime correspondence written by Pte. Sefton Stewart. Although the young soldier’s letters made it home to his family in Richmond, he did not.

The exhibit will be on display at the Stittsville Library until November 30th.

Oodles of Free Family Activities Planned for Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale

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Save the date! On Sunday, December 1st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Goulbourn Museum will be hosting an Old-Fashioned Christmas – Art & Craft Sale.

Get an old-fashioned photo taken with Santa and a head-start on your Christmas shopping at this holiday celebration featuring local artisans, baked goodies, old world entertainment and festive crafts.

There will be oodles of free fun and activities for all ages. Children can write letters to Santa with expert help from The Calligraphy Society of Ottawa, play with old-fashioned games and wooden toys, and watch rope making demonstrations by Tom Stephenson of The Kettle Boys. Each child will even get a handmade skipping rope to take home!

Families can don period costumes, pose for a photo with Santa in our Village Store, and take home a vintage keepsake of the day. There will be free hot chocolate and hot apple cider for everyone, and Pizza All’Antica will be onsite making authentic Neapolitan wood fired mobile pizza.

Our list of handmade vendors features something for everyone including jewelry, woodwork, pottery, Christmas greenery, stained glass art, hand-painted textile, chocolates, baked goodies, natural soaps, hair accessories, and more!

Sure hope you’ll join us!

Seeking Vendors for Museum’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Art & Craft Show

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BECOME A VENDOR
Goulbourn Museum is accepting applications to our Old-Fashioned Christmas Art & Craft Sale being held at the Goulbourn Museum, 2064 Huntley Road on Sunday, December 1stfrom 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In the past we have held an Art & Craft show exclusively. This year we are expanding to include festive Old-Fashioned Christmas fun including a children’s station for writing letters to Santa, old-fashioned photos with Santa, charming old-world entertainment and more.
We are currently seeking talented crafters to fill 14 vendor positions
in a variety of specialties such as clothing & accessories, home décor, Christmas greenery, art, bath & body, toys, textiles and baked goods.
Note:This will be an outdoor event in a heated tent. Vendors must dress appropriately. 

HERE’S HOW TO APPLY:
Send an email to marketing@goulbournmuseum.ca with:
Your name
Your business name
Contact info (web/blog/facebook/etsy)
A description of your handmade goods
A minimum of 3 quality photographs (Jpeg only, please)
Indication of whether you will need a table (at an additional cost)

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:
This is a juried event. Vendors will be chosen carefully to ensure a balanced representation of each category.
Applications will be accepted by email only.
Only complete applications will be considered.
Acceptance letters will be emailed by October 15, 2013 and will include a contract for you to sign and return with payment.


CRAFTER FEES:
Space rental is $40 (approx. 6’ x 3’). Please add $10 table rental fee, if required).
Fees must be paid and contract received no later than October 30, 2013, if accepted.
Please do NOT send payment until you have receiv­ed notice of acceptance.
 Please do NOT send payment until you have receiv­ed notice of acceptance.

From the Depth of our Collection

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Stephanie Miles has spent the past two months working as a Collections Assistant at Goulbourn Museum. Today marks her last day with us.  During her time here she has spent hours meticulously going through our collection cataloging and photographing artefacts. This is one of her favourite finds:


By Stephanie Miles

While going through a few artefacts I was surprised to uncover a book on the legendary ocean liner the R.M.S Titanic. The book, The Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters: Thrilling Stories of Survivors, was donated to the Goulbourn Museum in 2011 by Donna Foster.

Having been published in the year of the historic event, 1912, it is in surprisingly good condition for its age with the exception of its missing spine and the delicate nature of the pages.

This artefact led to many questions in my mind. Why was the artefact donated here to the Goulbourn Museum? Is it possible that a citizen of the former Goulbourn Township was a survivor or a relative of a passenger on the Titanic? If so then what stories might they be able to share about this ill-fated ship?

The Titanic sank approximately 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. Interestingly, 100 years earlier during the War of 1812, many ships carrying Irish soldiers enroute to Canada also sank off the coast of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland when their vessels hit rough seas.

Help Bring Clarence Evelyn Rielly’s War Medals Home!

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It has recently come to the attention of Goulbourn Museum that a collection of war medals, belonging to Richmond’s own Clarence Evelyn Rielly have appeared in an auction hosted on EBay. With the community’s help we hope to bring Rielly’s medals home to preserve this local hero’s story for future generations.
Photo Showcased as Part of Auctioned Collection
Clarence Evelyn Rielly served as a Sapper in the First World War with the Canadian Engineers and continued on to serve in the Second World War with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). When Rielly first enlisted, his attestation papers show he worked as a telegraph operator from Richmond. Rielly was born in 1892 and was 24 years old when he enlisted.
This collection includes Rielly’s WWI War Medal and Victory Medal, Second World War Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and War Medal, along with his RCAF Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, general service badge and RCAF Reserve service badge. Also included in the collection are two black and white photographs showing Rielly in his RCAF uniform. This auction of Rielly’s war medals, pins and photographs will close on August 15, 2013 at 2:56 pm.
The auction was first brought to our attention by Dave Thomson from St. George, Ontario. Thomson’s hobby is to find war medals belonging to Canadian veterans and help repatriate them to their family or hometown. The value of this collection to the Museum comes from collection of material as a whole, preserving the story of a war hero from Goulbourn Township. The rarest of the medals in this collection is the RCAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal. Rielly earned this medal after achieving 18 years of service with the RCAF. These medals were awarded between August 1944 and September 1957. In comparison, there were approximately 1.1 million Canadians who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force during the course of WWII, the majority of whom received the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM) and the equivalent Second World War Medal. What makes the RCAF Long Service & Good Conduct Medal so special is there were only 487 of these medals awarded to Canadians.  
In 2014, Canadians will commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. The Museum will be launching an exhibition in June of 2014, and this collection could be incorporated into the exhibit if we can rally enough support and raise money to secure the winning bid. 
Cash or cheque donations can be made to the Goulbourn Museum. If we can raise sufficient funds to secure the winning bid, we will purchase the grouping and accession the items into our artifact collection. Otherwise donations will be used toward improving our collection and creating programs and exhibitions at the Museum. Goulbourn Museum is a registered charity and can offer tax receipts for all contributions over $10, so please be sure to leave your contact information with a donation.
The Museum is open Wednesday to Sunday from 1-4 p.m. and is located at 2064 Huntley Road, just south of Stittsville.
Help to spread the word and let’s bring Clarence Evelyn Rielly’s war medals back to Goulbourn Township!

Exceptional Women and the War of 1812 Exhibit on at the Stittsville Library

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The Goulbourn Museum’s “Exceptional Women and the War of 1812” exhibit is currently on display at the Stittsville Public Library. Read about the bravery of Laura Secord and Maria Hill and see some artefacts belonging to women of that era.  
One featured artefact is an old-fashioned curling iron.  This item would have been a necessity for upper class women for the purpose of finding a suitable husband and maintaining the appearance of an upper class lifestyle.
Free copies of the Museum’s new booklet “Goulbourn’s Top 12 of 1812” are also available at our display.  The booklet tells the story of 12 exceptional individuals from Goulbourn’s past and details their achievements. Characters such as Andrew Spearman, Maria Hill and John Crozier are profiled. 
The Exceptional Women and the War of 1812 exhibit will be on display at the Stittsville Public Library until August 31st.

Child’s Christmas present from 1925 safely stored in Goulbourn Museum’s collection

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By Jennifer Adams

This doll was given to a little girl as a Christmas present in 1925. Just over six decades later, in 1991, it was donated to the Goulbourn Museum and has resided in our collection ever since.

Many of you may recognize this doll from our Museum banner at City Hall. It was chosen, along with two other artefacts, to represent our family-friendly site. Even though her paint is peeling and her face is cracked and chipped, this doll’s ability to represent a much loved pastime of many little girls cannot be overlooked.

The mid-1920s in Canada was a time of great prosperity for some, but for others it was a time of poverty. Many families did not have the money to buy their children toys and some children worked so hard in the home and fields that there was not much time for playing. More often than not, if a girl did receive a doll it was on a special occasion like Christmas.  Because a child would usually only receive one doll during her childhood, (if they received one at all), she would take extra special care of it. It not only had to last the rest of her childhood but there was also the hope of passing it down to her future daughter too.

This toy, known as a composition doll, reached the height of its popularity in the 1920s -1940s. The heads, and sometimes the limbs, of composition dolls were molded out of sawdust mixed with glue. Their heads were easier to manufacture and less likely to break when played with compared to porcelain dolls. Naturally, these American-made dolls gained popularity and German porcelain doll making companies lost favour.
The decades have taken their toll on this doll but like many women who can recall having a favourite doll, this one would have been loved and cherished by a little girl beginning on Christmas morning, 1925.

Question: At the height of the composition doll’s popularity, what famous person’s look-a-like doll was the most sought after? 

Answer:  Shirley Temple.




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