Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Short Blogging Week

It's gonna be a short blogging week for me since I have to go to New York City tomorrow with my husband and Friday, I promised to accompany my Dad to his follow-up Doctor's appointment. He is doing really well, so I do not anticipate any surprises.

Yesterday, I really enjoyed myself playing with my polymer clay. It was nice to do something fun without necessarily thinking of my Etsy shop. I made some unusual cabs that I proceeded to put in my new dedicated toaster oven...only to burn them! I put the shelf on the top instead of the bottom of the oven, oh well. There is a learning curve to everything, right? I'm going to try again today and maybe next week I can show some photos. I have another big, non Etsy project in the works which I'll tell you about next week, too. For now,

Have a great rest of the week & weekend!

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sweetest Day!

I had the sweetest day...My husband greeted me this morning with a big hug and said, "Do you know what today is?" I hadn't a clue. He said, "It's exactly 20 years ago today that we spoke for the first time, and it has been wonderful ever since!" Awwwww! Way to make me melt!

Just so you don't think I am not romantic...I usually commemorate the anniversary of the day we first met, April 28, as well as our wedding anniversary, of course.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Quickie Post!

Got a bit of a late start today. As I mentioned, I did all my cleaning yesterday in anticipation of oil painting class today. It's only 1 1/2 hours but begins at Noon so it sort of interrupts the entire day. Last night I got a call that it was canceled so I had to rethink my entire day today. One would think that is not such a hard thing to do. I decided to shellac the kitchen cabinets at a house we are selling, but the too cool temperatures & high winds made that not too good an idea. So.....

I figured I would just have to bead all day! Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to stop back on Monday when I plan to have a giveaway! (I hope by then I will be able to figure out how to make a button that you can grab to put in a post on your blog)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My 6th photo!

Happy Earth Day Everyone! I spent all morning cleaning my entire house from top to bottom. It is always so dusty here--all winter, too, even when the windows are closed. Sigh. I used a green cleaner that has a nice light scent & does a terrific job cleaning so at least I felt good about that.
I was invited by Nicole over at Beadwright to play along with showing the 6th photo you've posted. You then critique it and invite some others to play along. So, here is my photo:

This piece was a custom order--one of three flower girl head pieces. The photo is really terrible. The flower colors were on the pastel side, but they are still not shown off especially with the too dark background. This was before I made myself a lightbox and learned a little bit about camera settings and touching up photos in a digital imaging program. I do hope my photos look better now, LOL!
So I invite the following blog friends to play along:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Southwestern Inspiration

Although I live in the Northeast, my heart has always been in the Southwest. I have visited the area several times and I love the scenery, the climate, and the artistic communities that abound. I love the art & decorations and although I don't have a speck of American Indian blood in me (100% Italian ancestors), I have always felt some sort of connection to this culture. I've mentioned before how my living room is decorated mainly in a Southwestern style. I know this sounds like a travel post, but it isn't really...

But, it was this love of the Southwest that inspired the colors in my latest lizard suncatcher. The aqua reminds me of the gorgeous sky and the orange certainly reflects the color of the beautiful rocks.

Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Back online!

Happy Monday Everyone! After spending all day yesterday transplanting some Hosta and Wild Lily plants, today I am sore! Boy are those Hosta roots are dense! Of course, the plants were not as big as the one above--they are just starting to grow. Next, I spent a few hours finishing up the brooch order. Well, I tell you, after that I just had to reward myself with some goodies from Beadwright. In case you haven't heard, she is having a free shipping sale (domestic and international) for the month of April, so you have a few more days to take advantage. It includes both her Artfire and Etsy stores! Now if I could only get my Spring cleaning done!

Actually, it was a new Router that we bought (not a modem)and it seems to have fixed the problem. Guess the old one which worked fine, did not work fast enough for a computer loaded with Windows 7. Now we just have to get the network hooked back up and all will be well again in craftymoose computerland!

Have a great day!

Friday, April 16, 2010

We are having the wackiest computer problem at the moment. We bought our daughter a new laptop to take to college in Sept. and when my husband (who is pretty computer literate--I don't speak computer at all!!)tried to synch the wireless connection to the Internet, it would knock off every other computer in the house! Including my wireless laptop. After multiple troubleshooting calls, he decided to get a new modem & try that. The next step is to return the computer & get something else (my vote, but don't tell him that, hehe).
So, remember last January when I told you about this group that we say on PBS? Last night, we drove up to Hartford, Connecticut and saw them in concert at the Bushnell Theatre. They were really fabulous! Here's another little clip from the PBS special via youtube, of course:

I finished with Physical Therapy for my shoulder--sort of in limbo--improved, but not gone. I go the the Doctor on Monday for follow up, so we'll see. Meanwhile, I'm busy working on a companion for the green lizard, and 12 more corsages for a customer who orders the thistle/shamrock ones that I designed in french beaded flowers. Today I have oil painting class and I want to start beading some cabochons I just bought. Sounds pretty busy right? Busy energizes me! I don't know why but the more I have to do, the more energy I seem to have to do it!

Have a wonderful weekend my blog friends!

Monday, April 12, 2010

Drumroll, please!

Good Monday Morning! I finished beading my first lizard over the weekend. He is about 8 1/2" long and about 4" at the widest point. As you can see, I used a variety of green beads to make this first lizard in a more traditional color. I used antique black beads for the eyes--they are actually attached on top of the green beads for dimension.

So, what do you think?

Friday, April 9, 2010

Dazee, Dazee

Give me your answer, do...Boy I'm dating myself! My Grandmother used to sing this with me in the car when I was young...very young!

Here are a dozen Daisies in a cute Nantucket style basket. There are seven white ones and five pink ones for a little contrast. Soon to be in my Etsy store.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Stop back on Monday to see the finished Lizard/Gecko!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

WIP-Gecko Lizard

After some research and many drawings, here is the wire frame for my next sun catcher. It will take some time to mentally bead this before I physically bead it. I don't plan out the whole thing, but I do try to figure out beforehand what I want the finished result to be!

Hope you are having a great Wednesday!

Monday, April 5, 2010

It's Here!

Spring, that is! I think it is really, truly here! We had a beautiful Easter weekend here in New York. The weather was sunny & warm and just right for raking out the peonies & lilies. I keep them covered over with leaves as long as I can to give them a head start. If you wait too long, you end up breaking them with the rake or cleaning out by hand--neither of which excites me! I use the tomato cages to support the lilies so they don't fall over-works great!

The container plants are already growing, too! I still do not know exactly what these are, but by August they produce the most delicate purple flowers--and if you've been reading my blog awhile, you know how I love purple!The forsynthias are in bloom, adding a splash of yellow--too bad they don't stay yellow all year--but green is nice, too! Anything is better than brown!Lastly, this is a bush that I transplanted from our other house. It makes beautiful, yes, purple, spear shaped flowers. Best of all it attracts butterflies & hummingbirds. I hope they find the bush relocated around the corner! I tried rather unsuccessfully to get some photos of the hummingbirds or perhaps hummingbird moths-not really sure yet what they were,but they had bumble bee colored bodies--maybe I'll have better luck this year!

Hope your weekend was nice! I'm looking forward to getting my creative juices flowing again!