Monday, September 30, 2013

Tea Tuesday Trip

Hi everyone! This past weekend, my husband & I traveled to New York City to spend the day with our daughter & celebrate my birthday. (Oct. 2). It was a gorgeous, warm, perfect day.

After walking around Chinatown, we made our way a few more blocks to Little Italy where we stopped for lunch at one of our favorite restaurants--Puglia's.  Unfortunately, I didn't have a camera with me, so the photos are from my daughter's IPhone.  We also didn't take any photos of the food which was delicious!
After lunch, we visited another iconic location in Little Italy, Ferrara Bakery.  All you need do is click on this link and you will surely gain 10 pounds just by looking!  Here is what we bought:
Don't worry...we had a plan to walk it off.  Our next destination was the Brooklyn Bridge.  Since the day was so pleasant, and neither our daughter nor I had ever walked across it, that is what we set out to do.
In this photo, you can see the walking lane is actually to the left and well protected from the driving lanes.  The walking lane is divided roughly in half, the extreme left being a bike lane.
Here we are, my husband, Dennis and I, and a very important bottle of water; although I would have rather enjoyed the pastries with a good cup of tea!  The Bridge spans the East River, linking the two boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Built in 1883, it is 5,988' (1,825 m) long--so a bit more than one mile each way.
The views were just gorgeous.  This is looking towards Manhattan.
This is a beautiful view of the Empire State Building, and looking in the opposite direction,
The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France in 1886.  And finally, looking back towards Manhattan, the tallest structure with the large antenna on top is
the new World Trade Center.  It stands at a symbolic 1776 feet, including the antenna.

I'm linking up with Bluebeard and Elizabeth's Tea Stands For Tuesday.  Thanks if you stuck it out to the end of this long post!  Stop by and see what everyone else is up to and join in if you are inclined!

Friday, September 27, 2013

A Bit of Autumn

I just finished this little Autumn project.  There are roughly 3000 beads in the maple tree I created using yellow, orange, red, brown & green Czech glass seed beads.  Each branch was created separately & then combined to make the branches & trunk.
Here is a little closer view so you can see the cute Quail & the acorn caps I added.

Happy Autumn everyone, and have a happy creative weekend!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tea Tuesday!

Hi everyone! First I want to thank everyone who commented about the brand of heat gun they use--it was really helpful to have this good info!  Today I am joining Elizabeth and Bluebeard's Tea Tuesday at lunchtime, so I am drinking a half glass of Cranberry Acai Berry.  This is supposed to be healthy, but I must admit the taste has to grow on me! Anyway, you'll see my glass sitting on the marble table/plant stand on the right in the photo below.
Last week, when I showed my buffet display, Elizabeth was interested to see the "piece" to the right.  Well, it is this wooden plant stand that you got a sneak peak of.  I believe it was made by someone in my husband's family which is where the marble table also came from.  These are actually two of the three plant stands we have.  Here is the other:
This one is very heavy, ceramic or some sort of bisque, with a leafy pattern.  Right now it resides in our bedroom, without a plant, but still beautiful.  I really enjoy having these family pieces displayed.

I've been working on some altered charms for a swap I am participating in--a new undertaking for me!  I just sent them out to the organizer, and since the few guidelines did not say to keep them secret....
We were to make 5 same/like charms per set, and, of course, I had to get some bead work in there someplace!  I hope they will be enjoyed by the recipients--I'll show off the ones I receive in return sometime in October when they will actually be swapped!

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be visiting everyone a bit later on!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friesen Friday-Steampunk!

With the cooler weather, I have had a chance to break out the polymer clay again and continue along with the Friesen Project.  If you want more info on this, just click on the link in the right sidebar.  Briefly, the link will take you to Kater's Acres who facilitates working through Christi Friesen's Polymer Clay Series.  We are now on to Steampunkery!
This week's project is an elephant.  I used screws for his tusks, part of a toggle clasp for his monocle, some chain that I aged with a flame, and silver mica powder to make him look like metal.  I added the screw eye on top since I intend him to be a Christmas ornament.

Last week at a tag sale, I picked up some luscious  recycled silk yarn that was made in Africa.  I've been looking for something just like this to weave (loom) a bracelet.  Since I will not use much for that project, I'm trying to decide what else I could make.  The obvious, a & pattern to be determined.  Any ideas?

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Tea Tuesday

Hi Everyone! Well I finally got the runner on the buffet and made a little Autumn display.   The candle holders I made 30+ years ago in ceramics class--I change the candles this time of year to orange and later on closer to December they will be changed again.  This mug (currently empty as the water was taking too long to boil and I got impatient!) has a raised unicorn head design on both sides.  It's a little small for my taste, but I pulled it out to continue to show you some of my collection.

The main focus of this little display is the pheasant which resides in our Dining Room year round.  Quite an attention getter, it always stole the scene when our daughter was young & her friends came for a visit.  Of course, there is a story.  I estimate this pheasant is at least 75-80 years old.  It belonged to a beloved uncle who lived with my grandparents.  Many, many years prior to my birth, when the town he lived in was just dirt roads, he accidentally hit this bird with his car.  He felt so bad that he had it stuffed & always kept it on their mantle.  Every time we went to visit, I begged to be lifted up so I could touch the pheasant.  When my uncle passed away, my aunt put it in her attic.  Years later, I asked what had happened to it & she gave it to me.  I treasure it to this day.

Now, I'm going to ask for some opinions since I know a large number of you who take part in Elizabeth's Tea Tuesday are paper artists.  I'd like to purchase a heat tool, and if anyone would like to share the brand that they use and how they feel about it...I'm all ears!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Artist's Play Room #74 Flowers

Hi Everyone!  The prompt in the Artist's Play Room this week is flowers--a subject that I work with almost constantly.  I am happy to be able to link up and show off my newest french beaded flowers:
I made this arrangement with a mixture of purples and pinks. 

Each Saturday, Jenn, from Just Add Water Silly posts a new challenge for us to conquer.  This one was easy for me, almost cheating, but my time is filled with a lot of obligations just now so I play along when I can.

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Are you a skygazer?

Did you know it is possible to see the International Space Station (as well as some satellites) with the naked eye?  Well, armed with the right information you can do just that. 

Image credit: Wikipedia

All you need to know is what time it is visible in your area, what direction to look and the trajectory.  You can find that information (and more) on Nasa's Spot the Station website. At various times and dates it is visible all over the world.

Give it a try--it's pretty incredible!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

T Tuesday

Hi Everyone!  I'm joining in with Elizabeth and Bluebeard for T Stands For Tuesday! 

It's a rainy miserable day here but sunny skies are promised later on.  Just perfect weather for curling up with a good book and a cup of tea.  Which one of my many favorites should I choose?
This is only some of my stash--yes, I have a stash of tea as well as a craft stash!  What can I say....I like variety.  The table runner behind the tea resides on our buffet from September to late November when I change it to a Christmas theme.  I also change our dining room tablecloth to a themed one. 

Well, I am off now to go visit everyone else!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Summer-Beginning or End?

Normally by this time of year, all the flowers have finished blooming, whatever garden I've planted has yielded all it's vegetables, and with the warmer days and cool nights, plants and vines start to turn, well, brown!
Not this year!  We have virtually no flowers all summer, no cucumbers--in fact the vines hardly grew, but look:
This is where our peonies grow every year, except this one.  Since they didn't even come up, I threw in some marigold seeds just to fill the space.
This is the other part of that same flower bed--these tall spindly flowers are still coming up!
Here you can see nearly every pot and the planter bench are in full bloom.  That's the third set of blooms on the rose bush we planted in this big tub. You may be able to see the cucumber vines I just threw over the bench because they weren't growing much or producing all summer.
This is the second large cucumber--just picked this one tonight!  The vines, all two of them, are filled with growing cucumbers.
Lastly, the rose bush in the front is starting to bloom again.  Look close. Can you see the busy bumblebee in the center of the flower?

I think Mother Nature has herself a little confused, but I'll take the color and cukes for as long as they last!

Have a happy creative weekend everyone!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tea Tuesday!

Hi Everyone! I'm glad I made it in time to link up with Bluebeard and Elizabeth's T Tuesday party.  I'm not really drinking anything right now, so I decided to show one of my "keepsake" mugs.  This photo mug shows our little cutie at age 4 months.  This is the very same "baby" we just moved into Grad School yesterday.  I promise not to bore you every week with the same stuff, but honestly, that is all that is going on right now! I did try to play around with clay today, but it is so humid, all I managed was some clay beads before the clay was just too soft to work with.

Here is a closer look at the beads:
Clockwise starting at 11:00 are a rustic set of leaf striped beads, pretty pink squid beads, gold foil green with an imprinted Asian-style design, and basic black with peacock color foil and my own impressed design.

Looking forward to visiting everyone! Thanks to Elizabeth for hosting.