Saturday, August 30, 2008
The names entered into the drawing for my carnelian/agate/pearl necklace were written down on slips of paper and put into this decorative enameled bowl (Dylan's choice). Another bowl was inverted over it and the contents given a few good shakes, also by Dylan, after which he drew...
Debbi Baker's name!!
Congratulations, Debbi. The necklace will be winging its way to you later today. And thank you all, blog friends, not only for entering the drawing but mostly for enriching my life so wonderfully over the past year. I look forward to continuing our ether friendships.
Have a great weekend!
Friday, August 29, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Here's a sun stamped with Lumiere paint in 3 colors. I looked up a tutorial on joggles.com to make sure I was doing things correctly. I'm fairly happy with how these have turned out.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If you're familiar with Mrs. Nesbitt you know about her odd shots. I don't usually participate in posting odd photos, but this is too good not to share. My niece Katie took it with her waterproof camera, Dylan in the motel pool while we were in Iowa for my brother's wedding to the lovely and charming (and I'm not exaggerating, she is both) Lisa.
I guess this could be classified as an odd shot, too. I will attempt to take a better photo but for now this is it. This is the necklace I've chosen to do the drawing for in observance of my first blogging anniversary. It is composed of glass pearls, freshwater pearls, fire crab agate, and carnelian chips. It has a small PMC ring charm strung on one of the bead strands, which this photo doesn't show. It really is a pretty necklace in spite of the horrid photo.
It is about 18" long and sits comfortably at the base of the neck. I took the photo against a red cloth--obviously not the best choice.
Hope you are all having a good Wednesday.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Not to be outdone, the trumpet vine is in full flower. Note the honey bee visitor in the right hand blossom.
And finally, this is a variety of clematis given to us by the mother of our next door neighbor. It is in its second flowering for the season! It has been a really good year for some types of plants.
If you have not entered my first blogging anniversary drawing for a piece of my handmade jewelry, go here.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
I'm dyeing today--cloth, paper, and my hair. I got my hair cut earlier today so I decided to use the box of hair dye (burgundy) I've had in the bathroom cupboard for weeks. In addition, I'm dyeing some heavy handmade paper from off-white to orange, plus space dyeing some silk ribbon and cords for use in scarves and probably in the fiber workshop I plan to teach in October. Needless to say my hands will be a sight--I can't stand gloves.
I use Procion and Jacquard dyes for cloth, and I decided to try them on the paper as well. It really soaked up that pure color! I love the fact that the dyes come in so many great colors and are easy to use. It's probably also good that I have flexible expectations because I'm so fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants when it comes to things like this.
If you have not entered my one year anniversary jewelry drawing, please read about it here.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I've got another fiber piece started but it's not too far along so no photos yet. Hopefully it will look like something later this week.
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is a terrible picture but it gives you an idea of what the piece will look like draped over the tree branch I have in mind as part of the exhibit piece. Please note our decorative laundry room door--yes, it was used to hang a dartboard on by the house's previous owners.
If you're a fiber-y type and haven't experimented with solvy, by all means give it a try. The effects one can achieve are just wonderful.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
It's a little early, but I think the annual monarch migration may be starting. At least I've seen what seems like more than the usual number of these orange and black beauties around lately. Since the weather has modulated so much, cooler and drier than it was even last week, the weather forecasters are calling for an earlier autumn, so maybe the monarchs got the word. Anyway, it's a beautiful sight. I've seen several butterflies "playing" in the lawn sprinkler! That's quite something.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
I've been having some luck selling clothing items on e-bay, so this weekend I'm going to go through my closet, cull those things I no longer wear and post them online. I'm a plus-size gal and I've noticed that it's very difficult to find nice plus size clothing in second hand stores, so others like me tend to grab things when they can get them on e-bay. Now I just have to decide what to do with all my money! (Maybe buy more clothes? Nah!)
It absolutely feels like a Louisiana swamp here today--so humid the moisture is literally dripping from the trees. At least it isn't as hot.
I hope you are all having a good day.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
This is a little something I made for myself (as opposed to selling). I had a new top I wanted to wear to the reunion and needed a necklace to go with it. The pearl colors are hard to define in this photo, but one strand is a deep olive green and the other is kind of bronzy brown. There's also a strand of little oval shaped wood beads. It's quite short, not a choker (can't do that) but the pendant sits right at the base of my throat. The pendant is PMC which I impressed with a rubber stamp that includes a rose which you can make out just off center.
I've subscribed to the back issue of Maggie Grey's Workshop on the Web that contains instructions for the fairy shoes so I shall hopefully produce some shortly. That is, if I can wrench myself away from making jewelry. It is quite habit forming!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Monday, August 4, 2008
Darling Kate has given me this beautiful award, which I do appreciate so much. I'm going to pass it along to a couple of bloggers on whose sites I have heretofore only been a lurker:
Check out their sites if you haven't already.
I was so exhausted after two days of reunion activities (plus I had a bad headache) that we didn't go to church on Sunday but just stayed at home and tried to catch up, including grocery shopping and about six tons of laundry. I'm happy to say we made a lot of progress.
In the course of the house clean up I was sorting through a bunch of papers and found an unused gift certificate for amazon.com. Nearly overcome with giddiness, I went online and ordered the following:
Friday, August 1, 2008
Here's the pendant. It strung very well and hangs beautifully. It's quite heavy.
And the clasp, which I also made, along with the shell shaped bead cones. I'm pretty happy with this as a first attempt at molded PMC pieces.
I haven't done a Friday cat blog for awhile, so here's Dylan mimicing Romeo, asleep as usual.