Friday, June 26, 2009

Taking a Break!

As I usually do this time of year, I am taking a blog break. I hope you will continue to follow my blog & check back in a few weeks to see what's new.

Enjoy your summer and Happy Creating!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I spent almost the whole day today trying to hone my peyote skills in preparation for beading the gourd I talked about a few posts ago. Actually, I know the stitch--it's the tubular variation that I was attempting.

This very large polished(? agate)cabochon was screaming to me from my stash so I thought I'd give it a try. After gluing it to the bead fabric (Beadwright's, of course!)I painstakingly back stitched around it with multi-shade topaz & brown beads. I took great care to make sure the count was even, as I planned to do a "step up". All went well until about the third row when it got a little loose from the stone. I hope I fixed this by decreasing here and there.

In retrospect, I wonder if perhaps I should have made the first back stitched row not so tight with beads. Anyway, it's done, it's not perfect, but not terrible either! It seems too big for a brooch, so maybe I'll turn it into a necklace.

That's what I've been up about you?

Monday, June 22, 2009

Handmade site--add your link!

Hope you all had a great weekend & a nice Father's Day! Today I want to share a site just put up by TimothyAdamDesigns. It is a place where you can add your links to your handmade shops for free!

Timothy has also very generously provide tons of useful information and links on his blog and Handmadeology site.

If you don't know Tim, he has spent mega hours trying to help the Etsy community help perfect their SEO, their stores, drive more traffic to their shops, etc. Stop by--I know you'll be glad you did!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's Day!

When I was pregnant with our daughter, 16 years ago, I went to a local store & had a tee shirt silk screened with a "#1 World's Best Dad" pattern. I, or rather our daughter, gave it to my husband in the hospital after she was born. My husband has worn this shirt, faithfully, every Father's Day for 16 years now! If that ain't love, I don't know what is!

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads and Dads-to-be out there!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Look what I got!

I am so excited! I just received the gourd kit that I ordered from Beadwright. I have long had a fascination with gourds but was interested in more than surface painting treatments. I've seen some beautiful painted gourds, but I just don't think my skill is that strong in painting. So when I first saw this kit, and knowing how I have a passion for beading, especially with seed beads, I knew this was for me!

The kit came with Nicole Campanella's (Beadwright) book, Gourdgeous Beaded Gourds,which is filled with great basic explanations of stitches with clear diagrams and lots of projects & eye candy. She takes you step by step through the process, and the kit includes everything you need to get started: the book, two hanks of seed beads, nymo (thread), a needle and a gourd.

Now would be an excellent time to visit Beadwright's Etsy shop or Artfire shop as she is having a $1.00 shipping sale (+ a penny for additional items). Both shops are stocked with different items and Nicole's customer service is exceptional!

Have fun shopping!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Here they are!

Finally, the skies have brightened up a little around here! We have had a whole week of rain-mostly on and off, with a couple of torrential downpours & thunderstorms thrown in!

Today, I am showing off our new cook top and wall oven which I am sure you are getting tired of hearing about--but I love them! They are finally in, hooked up. adjusted & ready to go! Glad to be back in business since I love to cook. On the menu tonight is homemade red clam sauce with linguine & garlic bread. My mouth is watering already!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


There are no limitations
to the self ...
except those
you believe in. (not sure of author)

How true this is! Whenever I am in a creative slump and feel like I'm just not creating anything worthwhile, I take a step back & stop trying so hard. Sometimes just taking a day off is all it takes to get me back on track. Sometimes it just "playing" with my art stuff rather than trying to create anything specific. Oftentimes, this is the way happy little accidents that turn out to be works of art happen for me. As soon as I realize that I can do anything...I can!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

The best laid plans....

So things did not go as planned over the weekend. My husband's cousin who is a contractor came over on Saturday to install the cook top & wall oven for us, only to find that we need some kind of adjustment in the fitting on the pipe from the propane.
It really annoys me, especially since the two appliances are from the same company. Yes, we've had the previous one for 17 years, but why was it necessary for them to change the hook up? Oh well, the gas company is coming today, so I should be able to cook again tonight.

I finished the first brooch for my artfire shop, but since I did not have time to list it, I'll leave the shop info for another time. I really like this one and will find it hard to part with it. The stone is Lazulite & has beautiful inclusions of blue in a cream matrix. It reminds me of the beautiful colors of the southwest, so I call it "Mesa" I love it!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Just a quick post today. We just got a new wall oven and cook top delivered & will get them installed tomorrow. So finally, finally, I can stop cooking in the fireplace! Kidding!

I am finally getting around to stock my Artfire store & have decided to do jewelery. I am going to start with some beaded brooches like the ones I showed in previous posts. I'll post again on Monday with some photos.

Right now I'm off to the library to pick up James Patterson's, "The Eighth Confession". I'm such a JP junkie--I've read everything and have loved mostly all of them! So what's on your bookshelf?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Breaking Dawn & Shop News

Well, I actually finished Stephanie Meyer's Vampire Series & I must say I really liked them. The last installment, Breaking Dawn, did get a little unbelievable at times. See, I almost could believe what was happening in all the rest of the books, but Ms. Meyer seemed to save all the kooky stuff for this last one! I still loved them! I ordered the Twilight DVD from the library so hopefully it will come in soon. I see New Moon is either already finished or in production. My daughter tells me she caught a rumor on the internet that Ms. Meyer is going to rewrite all the books from Edward's point of view. I doubt that I would read them....but that's what I said about the series originally. What do you think...would you read them?

I'm working hard to restock my Etsy shop, and here are two of my latest additions--French Beaded Dragonfly plant sticks.

That's about all for now. I'm hoping to get to do more painting outside around the house by the weekend. Everyday until then is calling for possible showers, and you know Murphy's Law!

Monday, June 1, 2009

I completely forgot to post on Friday~Moose Moment~~so I hope everyone had a great weekend. It's warmed up nicely here though the nights are still cool which makes for excellent sleeping weather! The peonies are just starting to open. We have dozens of bright pink blooms this year and one very light pink, almost white flower!

We've been taking advantage of the nice weather to do some "cosmetic" jobs around the house. We got a new driveway last year, so my DH resurfaced it with those big tubs of tar looking stuff that you get at the home improvement center-came out great! Yesterday he power-washed the patio while I painted the front porch railing & mailbox with almond gloss. I had previously painted all the stone pottery white and planted all the seeds, and last week we painted the foundation of the house. Of course not long after I painted today, we had a short rainstorm--but it didn't ruin any of the paint.

This is one of two azalea bushes we have--the other is a light lavender, but it lost most of its blooms with the rain.

We have a few more home improvement projects that I hope to finish before the end of June!