Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Remember the blue beads I made the other day......I was able to make one last bracelet before I realized that I'm out of wire, and crimp beads, and clasps! Ugggg! Well, at least I have lots of pretty beads for when I get around to making more bracelets! Another secret of mine is how I bake my beads. Actually, it's not really a secret, it's just how I do it. I use the toaster oven to bake my beads, so I needed something small to fit in there. I bought a 6inch ceramic tile that works perfectly. Then I used some scrap clay to make the little stands on the ends. Bake those first, and then you can reuse them! I reuse the same ones every time I bake, and they have lasted for a long time.
One day I will learn the secret to keeping the cats out of my clay! It never fails, as soon as I walk away from what ever project I'm working on, one of the cats wants to come along and walk through it. I wouldn't mind so much, but do they have to leave their hair and paw prints embedded in everything?? (honestly, I love the foot prints, I think it adds character!!) I remember when I first learned this lesson, I was about 15. I was working on an oil painting, and made the mistake of walking away........in the 2.2 seconds I had my back turned, my Siamese cat, Ebenezer, went running across my masterpiece. Luckily, he ran across the bottom part of it, so he didn't mess up the painting, but my Mother did not appreciate the paw prints he left across the carpet! From then on, the paintings were stored up high on top of a hutch to dry. The hutch was very tall, there was only a couple of inches between it and the ceiling. LOL, it's hard to find places that cats can't get to!
So, now that you have the background on me 'learning' this lesson.....here's what these cats have been doing to me now......First I was sitting on the bed Sunday night, making beads. When all of a sudden I hear this galloping noise coming down the hall. Something told me to brace myself, so I leaned over the tray of beads I was working on. As I'm leaning over, Otis is in the process of launching himself onto the bed. Luckily, I was able to bend over in time, and he landed on my back~ and I managed to save the whole tray of beads. Last night, I was not so lucky!
Here I am, sitting on the couch this time, with my beads on the coffee table. I was almost done making all my big beads.....about 20 of them, when Pocus comes sliding across the table. And Flips my tray into the air! Yes! My poor unbaked, just rolled out beads went flying everywhere! Needless to say, I spent the next 2 hours trying to pick out all of the fibers that had attached themselves during the tragedy. I spent 2 hours picking out fibers because it took me less time to do that, then it did to roll out all those darn beads. They turned out OK, so I guess my time was well invested!
Friday, October 17, 2008
And of course I don't have a picture of what the green beads look like.......that be too easy, huh! But I do have a picture of a bracelet I made using the scraps that were left over. Although I like the color....I wanted to make it where you could actually see the different colors..........
Like these! Perfect! I'm so freaking happy with the blue ones, it's scary! They remind me of marbles...Oh, I can't wait to make a bracelet with these....won't it be fabulous?? LOL
Otis says Hello.....he's busy napping again.........Isn't he the cutest~ I love it when they sleep with their tongues hanging out!
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
I also made the pink ones...well, they were suppose to be purple, but ended up with that mauve tint to them....either way, I like them! Now, to make necklaces, my least favorite part.....I'm just never happy with the end result.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
There's Halloween posters, framed Halloween prints, metallic purple netting, cakes and a pie, a mini TV, skeleton hands, skeleton heads, and whole skeletons. Chris also sent me some of her books...check them out at http://cverstraete.com/printies/medievalbooks.html. She even sent me a witch!
My favorites, though, are her plants! They always make me laugh! Look at the one in the middle, it's a full moon plant, Yup....that's a butt.....the flash took away the crack, lol! And this one......fingers creeping out of the planter...too funny!Poor Otis thought the skeletons were his, he has tried to steal them a few times (those little feet and hands are just too tempting!)....I finally had to put them away, or they might end up looking like some of those skeletons on CSI. LOL, look at him, he's in a daze........I wonder what he's thinking???Thanks again Chris, I had a lot of fun trading with you! Now, I gotta put on my thinking cap and get to working!!
Monday, October 6, 2008
Otis has found a new napping spot, and well....... I'm not impressed. Why do cats insist on being where they're not suppose to be? LOL....You see Katie's Corner? It's covered in a turquoise pillow case to keep you know who out. Right next to it, is The Skate Shop.....Daddy had to put a big tub of plaster in there to keep Otis out, he finally found that cork floor, and has plucked up the back corner! I don't think there's a mini around here that he hasn't added his touch to!!
Yes, this is my work table.....although I don't know if I've ever really worked on it, I normally drag my stuff to the couch and camp out. One day I'll have a whole room for this stuff, and it won't look so cluttered. I managed to play a little over the weekend. I have always wanted to cook a slice from each color of clay and bake it, so I'd have color chips. I just never knew how I wanted to do it. Then this I ran across this, http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?ref=sr_gallery_9&listing_id=14022004 on Etsy.com.......and the idea was born, again. I hand stamped the names of the clay into each disk, and baked the colors I had here. Some Sculpy colors change when they are baked, so it is nice to see what the end color will be before I make something. Do you see the 2 Lemon ones at the front, I had to turn the toaster oven down to 240ish in order for it to bake an actual lemon color. I love having these chips.....I can take them out and experiment with the colors. For example.....I used the colors that are laying down to make a mokume gane cane. And when I baked it I turned the toaster oven back up, I liked the darker lemon for in this color combination.And got these...The boys in my house said they have a very feminine like quality to them.....it lead to a very interesting conversation, which I'll save you the details of, LMAO!!!
Either way, I like how they came out.. They'd make some pretty focal beads!
Aren't they cute? Makes me want to curl up with them and take a nap!
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
1. My favorite book as a toddler was Whose Mouse Are You, by Robert Kraus. I had my Mother read it to me so many times, it fell apart, and eventually disappeared. Then, the day I bought my oldest son home from the hospital, I found a brand new copy of it, in his bassinet! How sweet is that!
2. I learned to read by memorization: lots and lots of Ladybird books!~ which I still have! I spent the first part of my childhood in Wales, and came to America at the end of 2nd grade. They had already learned phonics, and somehow, I managed to skip right over it....I still to this day, couldn't tell you the difference between a long A and a short A?!?!
3. I love 'coffee table' books! You know, the big books that are full of amazing photos! Recently I bought one of those big atlas books on a clearance table, and was in Heaven! It's so heavy!! I had been wanting one for a long time! Haunted Castles of Britain and Ireland is one of my favorite books~There's a picture in there of Roch Castle~ a castle that was behind my school in Wales, I used to look at it everyday~ just good memories for me! Another favorite is Amazing Places to go in North America. There's so much out there that I want to see! From Niagara Falls to the Grand Canyons, I want to experience it all....and if I can't get there physically, I'll have to settle for my beautiful books.
4. I must admit, I'm not a big reader. I will sit down from time to time and get totally engrossed in a book, but it has been awhile. (Now that I think about it, The Golden Compass was the last book I read, and I read it before it came out in the theater, terrible, huh!) Most of the books I read are True Crime books. Daddy was the Black Dahlia Killer, and other books about the case are really interesting to me.......So are Bernardo and Homolka, and Bundy, and Dahmer, and this one time at band camp, oh.........lol...you get the idea. I will say I started to read this one book years ago, called When Rabbit Howls, and I still have yet to finish it. The main character has I think 92 personalities, so it makes it rather hard to follow.....but one day, I SHALL finish reading that book!!
5. I get most of my inspiration from books. For example....I have a book called Healing Crystals and Gemstones, it has lots of info and pictures about rocks.......and I love making rocks! So I can study the book and design my own rocks using inspiration from the book. Same thing goes for those castle books, it gives me lots of ideas of how to build walls or how ivy grows up the side of bricks. You can never have too much eye-candy, that's for sure!
6. Do the AAA books count? You know, the books you get from AAA telling you what attractions are where, and where to eat and sleep.......Yup....I'm totally addicted!
Ok, well there you have it.....6 things about me and books! Now it's your turn!!