Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You won't Believe This One!

One morning last week, my husband hears this loud bump and then bouncing sound on the roof. He looked out, and unbelievably...this is what he saw:
Yup, your eyes are not deceiving you--it is a meat bone! I do not want to know what was flying overhead & dropped this. We do have these very large birds that look like Turkey Buzzards,
but I did not think that was a species that was found in New York. I'm guessing they are some type of hawk--at least they are the only bird large enough to carry a bone I would think.

Life is getting in the way of art right now. Yesterday was spent putting in the new air conditioner our bedroom and working on the drain in the tub. Houston, we have a problem! A small leak which I hope we can fix today and then start on the sheet rock. I hope by the end of the week to have some art to show. Hope you are all having a good week so far!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Black Flower Cuff

You may have heard me speak of "happy accidents"...well, this cuff falls into that category. I began making a black french beaded flower with some really cool metallic looking seed beads to which I added a vintage flat glass bead surrounded by opaque black seed beads. I intended to keep with the style of my previous cuffs-3 flowers. Unfortunately, I worked on most of this last week when I wasn't at my best and when I went to bead the border found that it was not centered. :(

Now I really glued that Nicole's Beadbacking onto the metal cuff blank so there was no way I was going to be able to take it apart & realign it--so I thought and thought and a way to add it on top was born! I used a small piece of matching beadbacking to glue it onto the blank. Here is the finished cuff:
So what about the happy part of the accident? Well, the same technique spawned a matching brooch! :)
The "patch" is not noticeable at all under the flower, but I still know it is there. What I have decided to do is list it on Etsy with full disclosure and offer it with the brooch as a free gift. If any of my blog readers would like to purchase it, I will go one step further & offer free shipping. Just visit my Etsy shop, purchase & use the code "Blogfree" and the shipping charges will be adjusted automatically.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Tales of Morning Glories & Bath Tubs

Well, here are the Morning Glories! It really is amazing that I've gotten anything done lately. Besides the events of last week, we are still in the middle of The Great Bath Tub Replacement Caper...

Let me tell you that it is much easier to install a tub when you are building than to replace one. The tub is standard 5 feet long, but because it sits in between two walls, kinda like an alcove, it was almost impossible to get in. Oh, to get the old one out...my hubby fired up his jigsaw & cut it into pieces! Each time we tried to fit the new tub in place we found we had to remove more sheet rock, more tiles, pieces of wood that were in the wall, etc. We even removed the toilet & sink/cabinet before we started to give ourselves more room. It seems like forever since we started this. Oh, in case you are wondering, we have 2 more baths--one with a useable shower. Said shower is where I store my beads & other craft items, and I neglected to realize that much of the grout was missing or fell out near the bottom of the stall. Need I tell you that it started leaking into the basement closet? I spent an entire day re-grouting it, and now it is fine. So we are now back to the present day where we finally (FINALLY) got the tub in place & set it in the mortar mix to set. It's level & that baby's not going anywhere! Next job: Hooking up the drain.

The next "learning experience" will be the sheet rock which neither of us has done before either. The good thing is that it will be invisible behind the wall kit we will install later.

By now, you probably know more than you would like to about installing tubs, but I warn you there is more to come, LOL! Tomorrow will be a day off while we take my Dad to another appointment to see if glasses may help him. I am not overly optimistic.

I'll show you the cuff on Friday--just about finished!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Garden Update

Do you see the little green shoots in this photo? I hope so...they are my cactus seeds that have started to grow! They remain very fragile and tender, and I hope I can nurse and coax them along so at least a few survive!
After just a few short weeks, lots of rain and some really hot weather, my cucumber plants have taken off! I did not lose any of them yet!
I can't believe they already have a few flowers. I am not getting too excited because I am not sure if all flowers turn into cukes--we'll see.
I have another busy week ahead, but I am just about finished with another cuff and some more morning glories--I'll post them later in the week. So what have you all been working on/doing?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Thank you.

Thank you everyone for your kind words and especially for your prayers. My family and I truly appreciated it.

I hope you all have a happy, creative weekend. I'll be back on Monday.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Blog Break

I'll be taking a break from blogging. Will catch up with everyone when I can.

We just received the terrible news that a close cousin of my husband was killed in a car accident last night. He was the Grandfather of the baby whose Baptism we just attended over the Memorial Day Weekend.

I have no more words.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cuff #3

I finished cuff #3--Violets! You've all heard me say numerous times that purple is my favorite color, so it is no surprise that this is my favorite cuff to date!

Last night we had terrible thunder, lightening, rain and hail. Knocked our electric out for a couple of hours--always fun to fry hamburgers by candlelight! Good thing we use propane gas for cooking! The internet, of course, remained out for most of the night. Also prior to the storm, our downstairs room air conditioner gave up after working perfectly fine earlier in the day. Guess where we are going today?

Gotta keep this quick and go beat out all the last minute shoppers--hope they have some left!

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Almost a Miracle!

Two days into the pills and believe it or not, the itching is nearly gone! I just seem to need the prescription cream at night. I still look awful, but I feel much better.

Thank you all for your sympathy and well wishes! I hate to whine, but never having been allergic to this before, it really hit me bad. Lone, I think I may move to Norway so I don't ever have to have this again! Stacy, stay far away if you see any, LOL! A neighbor told us of a spray call "Round-up" that he says kills this plant to the roots--I'm sure it will be on my shopping list the next time I am out.

Thanks, too, for the kind comments on my orange lilies. By tomorrow or Friday the latest, I should have a new cuff bracelet to show off--the second one has already sold so I may be onto something here.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Itchy, Itchy, Itchy

After itching for a week and treating myself with over the counter and under the counter remedies...I finally decided my poison ivy was not going to go away without help. Mind you, I have never been allergic to poison ivy before--the most I got was two or three little bumps that barely itched and were gone in a day. I won't treat you to the lovely welts I have on the sides of my knees or the ichy spot in the bend of my elbow. Suffice it to say blogger would probably cut me off for showing scary photos!

So this saga actually starts last Friday when I decided to call our Internist who turned out to be away. I went to another Doctor in the group who said "Yes, you have poison ivy" (Ya think?) and tells me to wash it with ice cold water, take Benadryl three times a day (can you say, Zombie?), and apply the "prescription" cream he called into the Pharmacy for me. So off I go to the Pharmacy. You will note prescription is in quotes...that is because when I got there the Pharmacist told me it was over the counter! (Are you kidding me!) What did I just do for a week? Trooper that I am, I bought & followed his advice and itched all weekend.

Today I went to a Dermatologist that my family uses. He called the regimen the other Doctor prescribed wimpy and said it would not cure the rash. He then gave me the stronger medicine & cream that I needed in the first place. Apparently, the poison ivy is now in my system & is spreading from the inside. Moral to the story...go straight to the specialist next time. (Which I hope there isn't one)

If you managed to stay with me while I ranted, thank you. As a reward, here are some pretty french beaded orange lilies that I just finished and put in the shop.
Hope you all had a better weekend than me!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Random photos today

It was a short week with Monday being a US holiday and Wednesday I was occupied all day with taking my Dad to his appointment, so I don't have any beaded flowers to share. I will share this photo of our blooming peonies. I wish the computer had smellovision--the scent when we walk out the back door is intoxicating beautiful!
These peonies were already planted when we moved here--they are over 20 years old and continue to spread & make more blooms every year. The white ones are huge with a touch of pink in their petals and the others are the brightest pink! I wish they lasted all summer, but alas, the next rainstorm will knock off the flowers.

This is my latest oil painting. I really enjoy taking these classes "just for me". Several of the paintings I have adapted to ACEO size. That's baseball card size or 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" for anyone not familiar with an ACEO. I think this sunflower may find itself on an ACEO soon.
I hope you all had a wonderful week. I hope to be back with some beaded flowers and a new cuff next week. My Dad has another appointment on Wednesday so I'll do my best.

Have a wonderful, creative weekend!