Sunday, July 27, 2008

Love/Hate relationship

Have you ever made something that was so challenging that you had a love /hate relationship with it? Well that's the case with this necklace. I am glad I finished it because I like how it turned out.

The reason this was difficult is that I am a design as I go kind of creator instead of a pattern follower. Usually that works well for me but not this time. I redid the beading several times before I got it to a point where I could put it down.

The diamond shaped focal I made with polymer clay using one of the awesome canes I got in trade with Nat from Belgium and the seed beads I got at the Chicago bead show a couple of months ago.

I am working on some earrings to go will them and I have one done and it worked up so much quicker and easier the the pendant thank God.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

I've been busy

I haven't posted in a while because I have had a lot of things going on and I have been playing catch up.

This week end I officially opened another new web shop my URL is . Dawanda is a European based web mall much like Etsy in that it is for hand crafts. It has some nice features that Etsy doesn't that I like. For instance there is a section to make comments on individual items . I have often seen things on Etsy that I have wanted to tell the maker how much I liked it and why. I like that much better then the heart system on Etsy. I'll load a couple of items every day and see how it goes.

I have been back to work at my clay table this week end. I have been making a bead embroidered and polymer clay pendant that has been kicking my ass. I have been designing it as I go, at this point I don't know if I love it or hate it.... Tomorrow I will start on the 3 strand necklace I am making for it. With all the hours I have been putting into it I hope it comes out ok.

I haven't been able to work as much as I would like because of some problems with my back; some days are good and some are bad. I am learning to do what I can when I can. From what the Dr.s are saying is that I am going to need some rods put into my back to support my spine because it is deteriorating. Whoopee sounds like fun huh.

Well I am going to do what I can to help with the pain with out drugs. Step one is I have went back to Weight Watchers to see if I can get some of the lard off my butt and that will help. Also I am trying to find some way to strengthen the muscles in my back that support my spine. Maybe if I can make them stronger that will help relieve some of the pain. Who knows if these methods will work but I would like to try to do as much as I can with out surgery or to much drugs. We'll see what happens.

The new photos are 3 new soap scents...blushing jasmine-blue sugar-rice flower and shea.
Next are some cute little polymer clay bobby pins.
Last is a new bracelet.

Well it's almost time for Big Brother I gotta go.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Look Who's 2

Well they sure do grow fast. Yesterday was Brenden's 2nd. birthday Ashley and Aaron had a nice BBQ to celebrate. There were about 25 of us there.

Right now Brenden's favorite thing is trains and he has been telling us he was having a Cho Cho Party and he wasn't kidding. 99% of his gifts were Thomas the Train items he even got Thomas underwear and tooth paste. He was thrilled.

You can see by the photo of him and his Grandpa by the time it was cake time he was pretty well partied out. So was Grandpa. It is so cool to be Grandparents.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Angela's visit

Our 17 year old niece Angela came to visit us for a week. She is a lovely young woman and we loved having her.
She lives in Chicago and is very much the city girl so it was quite the culture shock for her because we live in very rural Indiana. She was a good sport and even though she is not an out door girl she went hiking in the woods with Jose she also let him teach her target practice ax throwing with him. I took photos because none of her friend would believe she did it with out them.
We spent a lot of time in my studio making bracelets for her friends and making a sculpture for her Drama teacher. She is a very creative girl we have a lot in common.
Another thing we did was go to The Newport Aquarium in Newport Kentucky, I am posting some of the cool photos we took.
I hope she enjoyed her visit as much as we did.......