Saturday, December 30, 2006

Live It Up!

Two days left to eat junk food, laze on the couch & in general just do all those things you know you're going to swear off of (hopefully) in the coming year.

The last few years have been rather eventfull for me and I expect 2007 to be no different. I'm going to watch my first child graduate from high school & "hopefully" move on to college.

I'm hopeing to make strides in the coming year (instead of baby steps) towards running my own artisticly fueled business.

& I'm watching my hair grow slowly back. That will probably be the most interesting transformation as my scarve collection begins growing.

Jim is telling me that he likes me without hair (I think he's just humoring me). After having spent the last few years coloring my hair it's a little scarry watching all the gray grow out. I do keep a supply of hair color (black mostly) just in cast I can't take it any more.

I've been working in glass quite a bit and finally started to mess with the clay again last night. The ideas are flowing...... My glass is mostly flowing into the shape of flowers. Probably in anticipation of Spring. I'll post some pictures at the bottom....

Enjoy your last binges before the end of the year!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

On With Life....

Christmas has come & gone. Now it's time to get back to "living". It does seem to me like everything goes on hold around the holidays except for preparing for Christmas. It could be because of all the kids we have (ya think).....needless to say it was an excellent holiday had by all.

Jim & I have set about getting some goals together for the coming year. The goals will be personal, together (him & I) & family oriented. When the new year begins I will post some of them and well see together how far we get on accomplishing some.

The kids still have a few more days off of school for their Winter break before they get back into the swing of things. Thankfully they have lots of stuff to keep them occupied.

I'm getting the living room back to normal and working, "again", on clearing more stuff out of the house. It really has turned into quite the long process but every little bit helps. I'm back at my torch and trying to make one or two sets a day. I have yet to get back to my clay but it's waiting patiently for me :-). I have a couple of more creative "ideas" in the works. One is doing something with my Mom's hair that involves needle felting. I haven't quite pinned down what I'm going to do but I know what direction I'm going in.

I'm also debating painting on some silk scarves. I've found that scarves (as in head ones) are not that easy to find these days. Particularly ones that I like so I'm thinking about trying to paint some of my own. My hair is already a "little" longer but I still haven't really adjusted to it. I have found that scarves are the look I like the best with the occasional hat thrown in for variety.

As it gets longer I'll post some more pictures and see what you think. I have found that there is such a thing as a "Bad No Hair Day". Who would have thought??

Well it's time for me to melt a little glass today. I hope you're all enjoying your Holiday Season.

Keep Warm & Take Care!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

The Count Down.....

Those final count down days are here. The kids love it! Christmas is now within reach.

I have been pretty busy & in the middle of it. I have shaved my head! Actually me and 2 of my sisters have shaved our heads. It's in support of our Mom, since her brain surgery. One sister is buying wigs but I think I'm going to stick with hats & scarves. I have to tell you that finding the older (square) scarves is proving a bit difficult & I have taken to cruising ebay (not like I don't spend enough time there already) looking for them. I haven't won any lots yet but I'm hopeful. In the meantime I think I'm going to have to sew a couple. I have plenty of fabric for it without having to make a trip to JoAnne's. I'm also going to be checking out the thrift stores for them when I have the time.

Yes, you get to see pictures too. I'm not one much to post pictures but I think in this case it's important. So without further ado....the bottom picture is my Mom in the middle, me on the left of my Mom, one sister (Cheron) on the far right, her girlfriend (Jessie)is next to her in the middle of Mom and her & my other sister (Cheryl) in the wheelchair, next to me. Got it....??

I still have lots to do between now & Christmas. Check out my glass auctions when you have time.

Happy Holidays!!!

Friday, December 08, 2006

Lots Of Stuff

Boy did the last couple of weeks fly by. A lot happened.....We had about a foot of snow which kept the kids out of school for a week. My youngest got a BAD case of the flu which put him out of commission for a few days. My oldest turned 18 (sniff, sniff). I can't believe how quick it happened & she put our van in a ditch (icy roads). And last but certainly not least, my Mom had surgery on her brain to drain blood that had been acumulating over a period of time (the Dr.'s aren't sure how long). It really affected her badly and now that the blood is drained she is doing much better. Almost like a new person.........wheuuuu!!! I can say that I'm really glad those two weeks are over. We still have a little bit of snow on the ground but for the most part it's gone & I say "Adios". Can you tell that I'm not fond of snow?? I think it's beautiful to look at and fun to play in but's a good year when it doesn't snow. I DO NOT drive in it, unless absolutely necessary!!

I almost forgot to mention that my boys had their school concerts this week too and now those are done until next year which means they will be in the Spring. The school alternates between Winter & Spring each year.

I didn't get back to my torch until yesterday & I've got it heating up for today. Hopefully to squeeze in a few flowers. I have some flowers up on ebay and a beaded elephant collar and one of my polymer creations. These things are art that I created awhile ago but just decided to see if they will sell or not. I am working on more of everything because I have a short attention span & I love all of the different things I make. Alas there isn't enough hours in the day. This is a photo of my elephant collar. I actually made it a year ago but didn't finish it until recently. It has a different macrame "chain" but everything else is the same. My next beaded project has and Orca in it. Lately I've had this thing for owls too. I don't have a clue why but I just love them!

And my Mother Earth Vessel (only for the bold).

I thought I would just add a couple of photos of what I've been up to. I'm off to play at the torch (shower first) and on with the day!