Thursday, December 31, 2015

As the year winds down....

                           I want to wish everyone a safe and Happy New Year,
                                                        and all the best for 2016!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

T Stands For Merry Christmas

Hi Everyone! First, I thought I would follow up a little with the dried papaya results. If you read my last post, I had found a tea nearly the same as I had in Sweden and thought it just needed a little more papaya taste. I purchased some dried papaya that I cut up very small and added to the infuser when I made the next cup.  Not only did it not add flavor, but it seemed to bland the flavor that was already there.  I decided to just be content with the way it is--almost perfect.

Today because everything is in such a rush, I am sharing my husband's coffee cup--I know, I know, it looks worse than my stained tea cup, but he loves it and won't give it up. Since I had my tea at 6:30 this morning and did not even have my eyes open, this will allow me to join Elizabeth and the T Stands for Tuesday gang.

I have all the decorating done, most of the cleaning, and planned to do more of the baking this morning. In the meantime today, took DH for a routine test this morning, got a panicky phone call from my 89-year-old Dad that he was having trouble with his laptop, and found out DD is on her way home from work early, so my whole world went topsy turvy again!
Thank goodness for Elvis music that keeps me happy & energized....

Thank goodness for my happy little avocado pit--which isn't so little anymore.....
Thank goodness I've had a little extra time to bead (ok, I skipped a few cleaning chores, but who will know?) which always makes me happy.....

And thank goodness for all my online friends who give me so much encouragement, inspiration, and friendship--just by being there!  Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year!

Monday, December 14, 2015

T Stands For Celebration

Hi Everyone! Another year has rolled around, and today is DH's birthday. We celebrated by having his favorite meal--homemade pasta which we ate so fast I neglected to take a photo! However, I did remember to take a photo of my drink for the T Tuesday gang.
As you can see, I've started decorating and have cheered up the Dining Room a bit. You can see some French beaded flowers that I just completed in the background, and, of course, Mr. Moose in his usual spot.  I made the birthday card on my new die cutting machine which I will tell you all about probably after the holidays since I have put it away for now.
Here is a closer look at the card.  This weekend we will be going to our close friend's Hanukkah Party, so DD & her boyfriend will be here for the weekend which will be nice.

This past weekend was the annual "Candy Cane Run" in our town.  Santa goes around on the back of a fire truck handing out candy canes to all the kids in the neighborhood. They usually make several passes on nearby roads but I didn't have my camera ready in time. So, instead I will leave you with a photo of a visitor of another kind while I go finish decorating!

Happy T Day everyone!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

T Stands For Two Posts in One

Hi Everyone! I'm running around doing errands today, but before I go thought I'd join Elizabeth and Bleubeard for a T Stands For Tuesday post. I'm actually drinking English Breakfast tea right now in my same boring cup, so instead of another photo of that, I thought I would share my recent tea purchase with you.
Ever since I returned from Sweden, I have been trying to purchase some tea that I had there every morning with breakfast that I absolutely fell in love with. In our travels around the city we came upon two tea shops where we inquired, but neither were familiar with the tea even after showing them a link online in Swedish. Near the end of the trip I even asked the hotel staff at the buffet where I could purchase some, but alas they order it online. Not to be deterred when we arrived home, I set out on a mission. I scoured the internet and found it but choked at the cost to order and ship to the US. I tried all the shops around here, until I finally found something very similar at a company I have ordered online from. Enter Passion Fruit Papaya....very, very close to the one I have been searching for, if only it had a little more papaya taste. I am going to buy some dried papaya today if I can find it, chop some up and let it dry out and then add it to my next cup.  Hopefully, that will do it!

Now on to my 2nd post....for Art Journal Journey whose theme this month is collage, I made this:
I have no idea why this photo came out so blurry, but I took a few close ups, so not to worry!
Here at the top you can plainly see that I used an old book page as my substrate and did a glazed lavender background. I used a little trick that I learned from Seth Apter to gesso the back side of the page first to control curling. It worked! The birds were cut on a die cutting machine, but that is a story for another post.
The rest were magazine images, scraps of paper, wings off a bag from a purchase in Egypt, and a gifted crown for the "king of the jungle" lion. Valerie,our hostess this month, wanted to see some words or journaling, so I chose an appropriate quote from Emily Dickenson, "Luck is not chance, it's toil; Fortune's expensive smile is earned."  Stop by AJJ and see more fantastic collages!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Second on the 2nd

Hi Everyone! I can't believe it is December 2 already! You know what that means, right? Yes, it is time to join up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth for a second look at previous post. I chose this post from January 10, 2011, because when I came upon it, it made me smile! Hope it gives you a chuckle, too! Click on the link above to see Elizabeth's post and what everyone else is sharing.

 January 10, 2011

Boob post revisited...and a big reveal!

Do you remember this post? How could you forget? It is being revisited for a special reason.  After reading all the comments (both agreeing & disagreeing) I came upon Nicole's comment, and we decided it would be fun to each take a boob, er one of the polymer clay pieces and challenge ourselves to see what we could make. So I mailed one to her, and we have now both completed our pieces. Today is the great unveiling ...Oh, yeah, we have not seen each other's pieces either. Sure to be fun! Here is the original post:
 I was playing with my polymer clay & made a spiral bead which I got the bright idea to cut in half and see if I could use it as a cabochon & bead around it. After cuting it in half and looking at them both together...well, do you see it? Do they look like a certain female body part to you? Or is my mind in the gutter?
Is it my color selection? I don't think these are going to make it into any project anytime soon! Maybe if I use the two of them, I can make an art doll of some sort. I think I will put them in my "didn't come out quite like I planned" drawer!

And now for the big reveal.....
I decided to make a brooch and added another "unknown" stone.
Thanks to Nicole's excellent instructions in a bead kit she gifted me, I was able to complete the back without any stitches showing!
I am rather pleased with it...What do you think?
Nicole & I have talked about what to do, and I am going to join her in offering my piece in a silent auction format. All proceeds will go to breast cancer research. If you are interested, just send me an email--highest bidder wins!

Now go see Nicole's piece!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

T Stands For Museum Wrap Up

Hi Everyone! Thanks for stopping by to see the last of the exhibition posts....Moving our daughter into her new apartment on Sunday went really well. The drive there and home was much better than expected, and since we left early to come home, we stayed ahead of the traffic and snarls that occur on this heavy travel day.  Anyway, on to the show.....

The last room, was Autumn, filled with breathtaking golds, deep reds and gem-like colors. One side of the room featured several large displays,
while the other showed smaller, more compact arrangements:
It was interesting--and I didn't notice until I got home and looked at the photos--that this display looked like this on Friday night when the crowd was family and friends, and like this
on Saturday and beyond
when the general public were welcomed in. Here are just a few shots of the larger arrangements:
Moving into the last hallway, is a memorial wreath of the kind used to decorate a loved one's grave. This one is brand new, of course, and even though it is a really terrible photo, you

can see all the work that went into the flowers and wrapping beads all the way around the heavy wire frame.

Last but not least was a plaque demonstrating how a beaded flower is constructed (the steps were constructed by me),
and a case that showed how glass is stretched into rods and then cut to make the individual beads:
To the left are some vintage color sample cards and the photo depicts women collecting the beads onto strings by hand which must have been very tedious! I hope you enjoyed seeing a little of the exhibition. Thank you for all your enthusiastic and lovely comments on all the posts.

I wanted to share a few photos of my blooming cacti--the little one on the window sill next to my seed grown cacti was a cutting I made for our daughter's new apartment.
Now all that is left is for me to share my drink and a freshly baked pastry with Elizabeth and visit all the other participants!