My New Year’s Resolution – starting now

Renewing My Vows – to my website

My web site is feeling neglected. And rightly so. I have been ignoring it in favour of designing and making, and doing shows. I have promised my web site that things will be different. That we will have a deeper relationship. That I will pay attention to it. And that it starts now! I also feel like I’ve been unfaithful to my web site because I’ve set up an Instagram account and a Facebook account – both are bluedawnjewellery. To be fair to me though, setting up the Facebook account was a bit of an accident but nevertheless…I’m renewing my commitment to my web site as of right now. May we live happily ever after!

And Death Will Never Part Us: Hearts & Skulls Collection

I’ve had a busy holiday season doing shows every week in November. I’m not doing any more shows this year and my next one will likely be a conference in late February 2020. 2020? I’ll be working on some custom pieces over the next couple of months, designing some new stuff, continuing with my ‘And Death Will Never Part Us Skulls & Hearts’ collection. You can bet that collection sparks a lot of conversation at shows. Our traditional cultural belief is that the people we love who die never really leave us. They are there by our side and I recall an Anishinaabe Healer telling us that we can speak to them in the same way we’d speak to them if they were still in this world instead of the spirit world. Love crosses worlds and spiritual boundaries. Death does not part us from our loved ones.

The skulls and hearts necklace below has a skull in Crazy Lace Agate and three strands of luscious gemstones. Orange Garnet, Labradorite and Citrine. The cut of the Citrine looks like flower petals and buried among the petals is a heart in a grey and light yellow jasper. The skull is wrapped with sterling silver wire.

The necklace below has an Obsidian skull and it’s paired with a sparkly heart and they are on a black wood chain. This one came together very quickly! Sometimes the stones know exactly what or who they want to be paired with.

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Upcoming Shows

U of T Pow Wow

I’ve had a few shows already this year and it’s only the beginning of March! My next one is the U of T Pow Wow on Sunday March 11 2018, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Details are on the poster. Come and enjoy the traditional dancing and drumming – the wonderful regalia is reason enough to come. Come to my booth and see my jewellery!

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Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale

Happening this weekend! Nov. 18 & 19 at 765 Queen St. East at the Ralph Thornton Centre just east of Broadview. From 11:00 am to 6:00 pm, 18 brilliant Indigenous artists and artisans. Check out our Facebook page for more info about the artists and their work. Admission is $5.00. Everyone Welcome!

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As a photojournalist, I am very conscious of stories, the need for stories, the comfort and understanding and excitement that can come from a story, especially a well-crafted one. All of the jewellery I design and make has stories. The stories may come from the sourcing of the stones and other components, the designing, the making of the piece, or what inspired it in the first place. People will ask for the story and I’m happy to share, most frequently unprompted. This is one of the special things about getting one of my pieces.

I’ll post some photos next time and I think I’ll start posting some of my stories in this blog.

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WIPCE 2017

What an amazing time I had at the World Indigenous Peoples Council on Education conference held in Toronto last week! Indigenous people from all over the world and I was so fortunate that Blue Dawn Jewellery was accepted as a vendor at the conference. And so fortunate to meet many of the 3,000 delegates – Indigenous people – from all over the world. My designs have gone off to the four directions and that is thrilling beyond belief. Australia, Hawaii, the Arctic, Labrador, New Zealand, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories, Colorado, Michigan and more. I didn’t get photos of everyone wearing pieces they bought, but I did get some.

Ammonite fossil pendant on ebony wood with turquoise accent beads. I’m wearing a double strand wood necklace with coral bead accents. My necklace can also be worn long.

A closer look at the extraordinary pendant and the beautiful Maori woman who took it home.

This beautiful woman took home a necklace with faceted rose quartz and sterling silver pieces on sterling silver chain. It suited her perfectly.

A closer look at the necklace that she was wearing to the gala dinner and closing ceremonies at Fort York that evening.

This gorgeous and very striking piece made with Kyanite and sterling silver has gone to a very good home in St. Catherines.This piece was, by far, the show favourite. So many people came to visit it on a regular basis and were completely astonished that the pendant was a fossil that I had wire wrapped. There is what looks like a feather on the fossil and it’s a completely natural design – I did not etch it. I wrapped it with sterling silver wire and hung it from sterling silver chain and buffalo horn beads with a sterling silver clasp in the front. The pendant can be removed and the necklace work on its own or with another pendant. It will have an extremely good home in New Zealand.

I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful Indigenous people!

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Another Show in April!

Chiefs of Ontario Education Conference

April 25, 26 & 27 at the Toronto Sheraton Hotel on Queen Street West. I’ll be there from 7:00 am until about 4:00 pm with lots of gorgeous jewellery, some made by me and some made by Native American artists from the US southwest. Anyone is welcome to drop in and shop in the marketplace even if you’re not registered for the conference! The necklace below is one of my pieces – turquoise drops on vintage brass chain.




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George Brown College Pow Wow

I’ll be at George Brown College Pow Wow with my jewellery on Saturday April 1st. Doors open at 11:30 and Grand Entry is at 12 noon sharp! Looking forward to seeing you there.

The Pow Wow is at their Waterfront Campus, 51 Dockside Drive (Lower Sherbourne). You can take TTC buses #6 Bay, or #75 Sherbourne.


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Indigenous & Ingenious Show and Sale 2016

The amazing Indigenous & Ingenious is back November 19 and 20 at 765 Queen Street East, at the Ralph Thornton Centre, 2nd floor. Eighteen amazingly talented Indigenous artists and artisans will be there from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, showing off and selling their wares. Paintings, beadwork, leatherwork, gemstone jewellery, stained glass and lots more. Shandra Spears Bombay will be singing with her hand drum, and Suzanne Smoke will be cooking up a storm in the kitchen. Suzanne will be using traditional Indigenous ingredients like buffalo meat and Indian corn to cook up food typically sold at Pow Wows. EVERYONE IS WELCOME! Admission $5.00.

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Artisans Gift Fair – Dec. 13

Artisans Gift Fair – Tranzac Club

Blue Dawn Jewellery will be at the Artisans Gift Fair on Sunday December 13th from 12 noon to 6:00 pm. I’ll have lots of newly designed pieces to fit all of your holiday gift shopping needs. You might also want to pick up a little (or big) something for yourself. Turquoise, moonstone, labradorite, rose quartz, sterling silver, vintage brass chain, wood, tagua nut – all lovingly combined into unique, original creations by Anishnawbe jewellery artist Barb Nahwegahbow. The Gift Fair is located in the Tranzac Club at Bloor and Brunswick in the heart of the Annex.

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Frost Fair at Fort York – Dec. 5 & 6

Blue Dawn Jewellery will be at Fort York’s Frost Fair in the Visitor’s Centre from:

December 5@10:00 am – December 6@4:00 pm


Fort York celebrates the winter season with a Frost Fair. Imagine yourself back in the early 19th century where the local Christmas Market was one of the social and shopping highlights of the year. Come to the Visitor’s Centre where Blue Dawn Jewellery will be showcasing and selling unique, original, Aboriginal jewellery designed and handcrafted by Barb Nahwegahbow. Regular admission to Fort York applies.

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