Monday, February 26, 2007

Back To Normal.....

A sampling of my latest work...

It has been one heck of a busy couple of weeks. Things are evening out again.....yeah!

I don't have much up in the way of auctions right now but that should (hopefully) change by the end of the week. I was trying to get some things up on etsy but they having some server issues so today might not be the day for that. I have a bunch of lampwork items sitting in front of me waiting to go up for auction so today will probably be a listing day (later).

I headed to a rock & gem show with my Mom this weekend. I didn't buy anything but she found some "rocks" for her creativity. We also paid a visit to the local Ben Franklin. I was wearing some of my "hand crafted" jewelry & one of the sales people really liked what I had on which led to her asking if I would be interested in teaching a talked to Jim & the kids. The boys aren't really happy about it. They really like the "normalcy" of having Mom around but I think it's time for me to start making them a little more independant of Mom. Jim is thrilled & I am too so I'll be calling the woman back around the end of this week so we can set up a meeting. I'm pretty excited & a little nervous too, but I really feel ready for this kind of a change.

I've finally reached the point of being able to go out in public without a hat or scarf on my head. However I'm really not fond of all the grey hair I've aquired over the years & will be taking care of that over the next day or so.

I'm outta here.....enjoy your week!

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It Caught Me!

Yep, the creeping crud that got my kids caught up to me. I have been pretty miserable for the last couple of days but I think I'm on the upswing. I have stuff that needs to be photographed & projects in the works but it's hard to concentrate on anything at the moment.

I'll be back in a couple of days....

Stay Well!!

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Happy Birthday Dak Man!!

My oldest boy is 12 today. One year shy of the terrible teens. He's definetly showing signs of moving in that direction. Yes, boys get hormonal too!! He's a good kid, just starting to strive for that testy independance.

His birthday has been the best part of this week other than that I will be glad to see this week come to an end. It was one of those, "when it rains, it pours". I swear.........I'm trying to figure out the message I'm supposed to get from this & I'm sure it revolves around the financial aspect of life.......however it would be much nicer if when it rained it would rain money instead of making it dissapear (or never show up). We are stuggling through & things like this never last long. In fact today really was a good day all around & I get to complete it by attending the second to last class with Mom. I'll keep you posted......

My daughter is heading out to Berkley with her debate team this weekend for a competition. I'm really hoping it goes well for her. I've got lots of family down in that area but I don't think she's going to have time to meet up with them (bummer!). They are a wonderful bunch! Maybe another time.

I've been making rings this week. Photos tomorrow (hopefully). I think they are really cool (Thank you Eni Oken!!). I'm gonna see what my Mom thinks of them tonight.

Gotta run! Lots to do before I head out......

Sunday, February 11, 2007


Sorry it's been a bit since my last post.......I have been a little busy with.....hmmm....some wire....yeah, I know I said I wasn't going to start with the wire stuff, but having a class every week is making it very hard to stay add to that, the fact that I have a ton of left over wire from my previous wire working/wrapping days least my mind is going on ways of incorporating all of these cool artistic endevors into one.....

Add to that, the flu going around and two of my kids already sick (one is taking a nap right now) & I have little time left over.

This coming week it going to be a whirlwind with Valentine's Day and another kid with a birthday. School activities & mid winter break (which is just a weekend with a day tacked to the beginning & end).

I only have two classes left to go & the teacher said we may get to use some sheet metal this coming Thursday. She seems nice as a person but she is everthing you shouldn't be as a teacher. She has made it obvious that she really doesn't want to be there and every time someone asks a question she makes that noise of "why are you asking this question, when you should have figured it out the first time I said it"...............I admit that this is one of the first classes I have taken. I'm self taught on everything I make, from books, video, the internet or just experimenting. However, I do think I'm able to tell a good teacher from a bad one......anyway......

I hope you're enjoying your Sunday.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Etsy Too!

And just like that I now have an Etsy shop. It still needs some fine tuning but I have 3 things up & that's a start. Here's the direct link & I'll add it to the side bar so it's always around. There's a couple more things in my ebay & justbeads has a few still hanging around.

I've got the blind coming tomorrow for their monthly donation so I've been franticly filling bags for them to take.

The rain is back, after a couple of days of dense fog & it's still a bit chilly but I'm REALLY looking forward to Spring.

I just finished a book that my sister gave to me for Christmas & I highly recommend it! It's called The Laws Of Spirit by Dan Millman....Great Book if you like books on Spirituality. carries it.

I still have homework for my wire class to do.....

Take care!

Saturday, February 03, 2007

Here's The Picture

Yeah! The picture button is working today. As you can see the bracelet is a simple design but fun. You get to do a little hammering too, which I enjoy. The teacher did tell us to elaborate for homework & maybe even make a pair of matching earrings for homework. I do love copper (even if it is the cheap stuff).

I got my living room closet cleaned out yesterday. The doors actually close now. I don't think the doors have closed in......let's just say it's been awhile.

Today I need to run out for a couple of things (ink cartridges) and then it's back to working on the house & squeezing in a couple of more projects (maybe).

I hope you guys are enjoying your Saturday. It's cloudy (maybe rain) but that warms it up a little. The groundhog is saying that Spring is coming (hopefully). I've been scoping the seed packets at the store (lots of glass inspiration) and can hardly wait to start planting.

Later Alligator!!

Friday, February 02, 2007

Wire Wrapping

It appears that I don't have the option to post a picture today. I don't know why but it looks like something has happened and it reverted back to the old version of blogger....huh.

I will try to post a picture of the bracelet we are working on in class, tomorrow. It definetely has the feel of a wirework class. We have 3 more classes to go & I'm enjoying it quite a lot, especially spending time with my Mom. I do however have a couple of complaints. The teacher seems like a very nice person & is slowly warming up to the class (there are 5 out of 6 people, left), but I definetely get the impression that she would rather be anywhere else but there. Personally I think that if you are going to teach a class of any kind you should do it with enthusiasm. I'm seriously considering teaching a class myself & am having a hard time biting my toungue during this class. I do have way more knowledge in the wire arena but I figure there is always something new to learn no matter what the subject.

I have a sick kid at home today. He's running a bit of a fever and has a headache but otherwise seems to be enjoying his time off of school.

I've got the kiln heating up today & hope to squeeze in a couple more beads and them maybe some wirework (big grin).

This weekend is dedicated to doing some more organizing around the house & getting some things ready to put up in the "garage sale" ebay. I've been holding off on that one because it's my least favorite to do and seems to take a bit more time when you're writing descriptions of the items. However I'm now surrounded with things that need to GO!!