Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Yard Sale Find

This is the only photo I took of my flea market finds. I picked these cabs out of a tin can for $1 each. I think the middle one on the bottom is jasper & the two green ones are tourquoise. I really liked the shape of the bottom right one & the matrix. I'm unsure what the other two are--any rock hounds out there? If you know, just shout it out! I also picked up some leather scraps--at 25 cents a bagful, I grabbed 4 of them.

I also bought a few books: One on Elvis (Duh!), a novel by Chuck Palahniuk for my daughter, a drawing book for me, and a book on researching your ancestors in Ireland, Scotland, & Wales. The latter I picked up for my friend who just got back from Ireland & is very into researching her family history.

That was about it. I had to hurry a bit to make it home to see our friends who stopped by before returning to North Carolina. I came away happy with my finds and with the hunt....Half the fun for me is in the hunt!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Voting has begun!

Hi Everyone! Voting has begun on the ACETSY Team ACEO Blog Challenge. There are 33 beautiful entries for the theme "Nature". . If you have a chance stop by and help our team select this month's winner. Vote here.

Now if anyone can help me with this problem:
I am still having a problem with some blogs. There are highlighted links that I can click on, but the "Post A Comment" link is solid black and not clickable for me. There are other comments, so I know comments are enabled. Other blogs are just fine. Any thoughts? Anyone?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

To all my friends...

My computer crashed! Of course, since computers are my husband's hobby, we have about a zillion of them (all right about 6)in the house at any given time, so I just grabbed another one to use. Unfortunately, until he fixes my other laptop--which he will probably do before I finish typing this!--I don't have my feeds. Which means, I will have a hard time visiting and commenting on any blogs for a bit. I will catch up with you all asap.

We had a wonderful weekend. The yard sale wasn't as good as some, but I did get a few goodies which I will show when I get my old computer back. The highlight was visiting our daughter , and we all had a great time walking around the campus, eating, laughing and eating some more. This time I felt confident to leave her, that she is thriving and doing well, and there were smiles instead of tears. It was a great day together, and I think we will make it until our next visit the end of October for parent's weekend.

I'm off to work on some crafty stuff which I hope to show in a day or two, also!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Weekend Forecast

Well, the forecast for this weekend is for 2 beautiful sunny, warm days! Tomorrow I am headed to a big sale called The Ultimate Yard Sale. It's at an old airport where they hold flea markets once a month. This sale is something that just started a year or so ago, and they hold it twice a year. As the name suggests, it is like a giant tag sale. I've been twice so far and have scored some pretty neat things. I'm excited!

Later on we will meet up with some old friends who are visiting from North Carolina to have dinner & spend a few hours together. They came up for the wedding of their sister/aunt who is also a friend of ours.

Sunday we decided on a road trip-you know, get outta town & enjoy the nice weather. Let's see, where shall we go? I know! How about up to visit our daughter?! LOL! As if you could not have guessed! She is actually looking forward to us coming up and bringing her some warmer clothes! Well, we made it two weeks!

Oh, the Halloween display above I made (from a pattern by Shelly Comisky) for my daughter to decorate her room. She loves Halloween & when she was small, I always called her "Boo".

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

New ACEOs


Whenever I need a little break from bending wire and beading flowers...I love to create ACEOs. In case you are not familiar with these, ACEO stands for artist cards, editions and originals. They are small works of art in any media, the only criteria being they measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2".

The cards above & below are part of a series I am working on, called "Moose on Parade", and inspired by the Cows on Parade figures. The top one is called "Hearts and Vines" and the one below is called "Zebra Moose". Duh!
All of my ACEOs are originals. Just created yesterday is my latest--"Autumn Serenade". I entered this one in the monthly ACEO Challenge run by the ACETSY Team on Etsy. The theme this month is Nature. This is an original acrylic paining on 140 lb. watercolor paper.
ACEOs are fun and addictive to make and collect!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Custom Orders

Here is my latest custom order for 3 beaded brooches. My customer selected 3 beautiful glass cabochons from papernclay on Etsy. I previously made some purple tulips for her and used the same transparent amethyst and purple rainbow seed beads plus some faceted amethyst czech glass beads. She is getting married next year, and I am fairly sure these are going to be gifts for the two mothers and a grandmother.

Collaborations are such fun and they have given me a chance to work with a really nice person and an excellent glass artist.

Friday, September 10, 2010

WIP Finished!

Are you like me...do you have a lot of works in progress? I have tons of them--a lot of them are just in my head at the moment, but they haunt my thoughts until I create them! This project was not one of my thought ones, but rather one that I had started last year and never got around to finishing.'

This year, maybe because of the extreme hot/humid weather we have been having, or maybe because it was its time, our hydrangea plant/bush whatever you call it--went absolutely wild! I wish I could show you a photo of the 20-30 blue blooms it had, but I accidentally erased the photo! But I can show you what I was inspired to make:

There are over 50 individual 1" diameter florets in white, blue, and lavender. It took a long time to make, but I'm pleased with the result. It is residing in my Etsy shop.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

All Moved In

This is pretty much the view that my daughter has out of her 8th floor dorm room picture window! The tall building on the left in the background is the library which has 26 floors! We went to the 23rd floor & the view from all sides is amazing!

We got her all moved in and I have to say it was "almost" a pleasure! I had heard so many horror stories from friends about move-in day that we tried to prepare ourselves for the worst and a long wait. Her building has about 22 floors and out of the 4 elevators, only one stops on her floor. Well, we pulled right up...unloaded the car, and while I went to park the car, Mr. Moose watched the stuff while C went to stand on line for her key. Shortly after I came back she had her key & we were on the line for the elevator. It moved pretty fast & all in all it was only about an hour or so before we were in her room unpacking!

We spent most of the day with her helping set up the room and enjoying lunch in the dining hall right outside her dorm, reputed to be the best on campus. It almost rivals the buffets on the cruise ships we've been on. You'd be hard-pressed to not find something you like. I had grilled chicken on a bun, a few fries, & a salad from a huge salad bar. Mr. Moose & C had stir fry made to order.

Her room is spacious and her roommate whom she has been chatting with online for a few months is a sweet girl. We also met a girl from down the hall that C met at orientation last June, and she & C get along great, too!

It was hard to leave her, of course, but I am excited for her & happy that all seems well. For me, it hasn't quite sunk in yet.

Hope you had a Happy Labor Day!

Friday, September 3, 2010

I Finished The Quilt!

This is the finished quilt that I made my daughter for her High School Graduation. She loves all things to do with England, so I purchased a pattern on Etsy from JenSport to make a Union Jack Flag. The pdf pattern had great directions, and I did pretty well at getting this intricate pattern right. I decided to machine quilt it with a stipple pattern and actually had a roll of paper that you put on top and sew over the dotted lines. I don't have a professional (good) sewing machine so at times I had trouble keeping the stitches the same length, but it still looks pretty.
My daughter decided she wanted a large border around the quilt, and she chose this blue on white floral print. I used the same fabric for the backing & the binding. The free-form quilting goes almost to the edge. It is nearly the size of a twin bed and should fit her dorm bed perfectly. It is the largest quilt that I have made to date! I want to thank my friend Cathie who gave me some tips on how to cut the edges straight! She has a beautiful Etsy shop. Just click on her name and stop by for a visit-you'll be glad you did!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. Wish us luck with the move-in and few tears. She's not only my baby, she's our one and only...life is going to be different.