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Spring. Yeah, right.

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April 24, 2013

Yesterday I almost got my hopes up that winter was finally over. I’d been working on a blog post, whining about the amount of snow that was still piled up all over my yard and gardens. The kids were impressed by the size of the puddles in the road (big enough to engulf a car in some places), and one of them yelled, “Oh, yeah! It’s almost summer!!” I felt a glimmer of hope. After all, it can’t stay winter forever. The sun is back (it even feels warm on my skin!) and there is liquid water outside. This year the snow has held on a bit longer than usual, but now that it’s melting, it is going pretty fast. Spring will come!

This morning, there were 3 new inches of snow on my porch, and more was coming down. Somebody, please send me some patience!

Cool Tutorial

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Yesterday was not a good day for me and my clay. Everything I did either didn’t work, broke or just didn’t come out like I wanted it to. So this morning I was looking around the web for something that looks fun but not too difficult – time to regain some confidence. I found this great tutorial on 2 Good Claymates’ site. Carolyn is one of my guild-mates in the Polymer Clay Smooshers’ Guild of Art Fire.

The n0t-good-day seems to be continuing, as I can’t seem to get a picture of the very cool cane Carolyn came up with to post. Sooo, I’ll just go try it out and take pictures of MY version. (Yanno, this “I-can’t-post-pictures-of-other-peoples-stuff” problem could probably be resolved if I read WordPress’s help pages….)

UPDATE:  So, here’s the proof – I did try this tute out and it’s very cool.  However, my toaster oven has recently (like, about an hour ago) passed away, (grrrr) so the blue/white/gold extruder cane covered prescription bottle is not baked.  But isn’t that cane cool??



One of Those Days

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Actually, it’s been one of those weekends.  I have the February doldrums.  And I don’t even have the  excuse of a big ole snowstorm that the rest of the country has!  We kind of expect snow here.  It’s hard to have sled dog races without it.  Fortunately, I seem to be snapping out of it, thanks to some funny friends and a terrible old photo.

First gripey thing:

It’s Thing A Day time at Polymer Clay Central, and this little fairy was my offering for Day 7.  As you can see, she is really tiny.  Well, I got her all finished, and painted with Ranger Alcohol Inks, and sat her on my pasta machine to take a picture.  But then I got sidetracked with cleaning in my studio (probably looking for the blankety-blank camera), and before long I heard a crunching noise underfoot.  Yep.  Squashed fairy. One arm and almost all her petals broke off.  I mended her with super glue before taking this picture, but you can see that her arm and the petal directly under it weren’t quite in the right spot before the glue set.  Gr.

Next gripey thing doesn’t have a picture – my children have been dancing on my last nerve.  It’s getting to the point, though, where they are being so annoying I just have to laugh.  As I type, the Girl is putting barrettes and ponytail holders in my hair while the Boy (the Girl’s Assistant) is brushing it.  At least they’re trying to be gentle.  I was (facetiously) offering to sell them earlier, and one of my cyber friends came up with the best thing ever to get me to quit whining:  Could be worse.  They could have bagpipes.

Finally, my dad must have known I needed a laugh, because he emailed me this photo, wanting to know if I could date it for him.  Uh, yeah. 1983.  Junior Prom.  I’m second from left.  I won’t name the others – they’ve probably long since forgotten (blocked out) this picture.


Santa, Excuses, and a Random Musing

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This is a patchwork Santa figurine I made following directions in a book called A Treasury of Santas. (I think!)  The project was contributed by Maureen Carlson, and of course her version is many times better looking than mine, but I like the way the little guy came out!

I haven’t had much to post lately, because most of what I’ve been working on was for Christmas and I didn’t want to post spoilers. You’d think that I’d be able to post pics now that Christmas is over, but my boxes didn’t get mailed until yesterday (12/29). I should be able to show things by next week.

My other reason for not having much to post lately is that I’ve been CRANKY and TIRED. I’m not
sure if I should blame the Arctic darkness, a lumpy mattress or peri-menopause, but
when I asked my Darling to bring a bottle of wine home a couple weeks ago, this is what he chose.

And, no, the “beverageware” in the background in NOT what I used to drink it.

Cranky and tired is a bad combination. It contributes to my (already strong) tendency toward procrastination, and helps convince me that virtual farming is a worthwhile pursuit (Howdy FarmVille neighbors!). That means that I’ve not be at my clay table much in the last two months. Can’t wait to get back to it, now that the Christmas bustle is over. First clay project will be a figurine of a woman in a sari.

Well, I guess I’d better add a random musing to go with the title: I’ve been using the line, “The years fly by, but the days are looooong,” to explain my parenting experience. I’m beginning to think that, if I keep thinking that, every day will be crabby and unpleasant. So I’m resolving to switch that around in 2010. “The days are loooong, but the years fly by.” Repeating that will help me remember that my children’s childhood is NOT something I want to slog through unhappily. I also do need to remember, though, that the well-meaning folks who say things like, “Oh, they’re not this age forever; enjoy every minute,” either have no children themselves, had their kids so long ago they’ve forgotten the less “enjoyable” parts, or are just complete idiots. Nobody likes cleaning up poopy or sick kids, or coming in to a room and finding two overly innocent faces and a broken lamp or torn book. I am NOT a bad mommy for not always seeing the humor in those situations right away.

Water Play at the Kitchen Sink

This was an enjoyable moment. :-)

New (Lame) Addiction

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Ok, so my dear friend-whom-I’ve-never-actually-met, Karin, introduced me to FaceBook, FarmVille and Farm Town. For Karin, these applications are not a problem: she apparently does not sleep, and therefore has lots of time to do lots of amazing stuff, as well as keep up with her virtual farms. I, however, would rather sleep than eat…and I love to eat. So, I’ve been wasting loads of time pretending to plow, plant and pull, and have neglected posting. And making stuff. And cleaning (yeah, like that’s something new). So, I’m setting some limits – 1 hour of FB a day, AFTER studio time, and ONLY if the kitchen is clean. Maybe, if I pretend I’m one of my kids, I’ll be able to stick to this. :-) I would really rather dream about new clay or doll-making ideas than make-believe farms….

Back into the Studio – with hammers and crowbars

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Ok, so I know I said I’d post regular updates about my studio organization project. Sometimes unexpected things happen…like me not understanding quite what my husband needed to do with the space, and when. Anyway, it sure is a lot emptier now…

Window Wall

The ceiling had to be ripped out so we could see why the upstairs floor was so bouncy, and possibly do something about it. LOTS o’ dust. So, here’s my clay table:

Clay table

and my fabric stash (at least some of it), as well as the contents of the “play room”:

Fabric Shelves 8-12-09

Sigh.

Studio Redo Part Two

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! I know for lots of you (if there are “lots” of you!) it’s already the 6th, but it’s still the 5th to me.  I took the first photos of my messy craft space on April 5th, so today was the day for an update.  I’d been making steady, but SLOW progress, so I decided to do one whole day of focused work on the area.  I took pics before and after today.  Here are the before shots:

Sewing Table 5-5-09 Getting better...

Sewing Table 5-5-09 Getting better...

Clay Table 5-5-09 Still pretty bad

Clay Table 5-5-09 Still pretty bad

Window Wall 5-5-09 Ugh

Window Wall 5-5-09 Ugh

Shelves with Labeled Bins - Messy-Looking, but Organized

Shelves with Labeled Bins - messy-looking, but more organized

So, that’s where I started today.  After working for several hours, I had managed to clear out the space along the window wall enough to move my clay table under the window – yea! Natural light!  I cleaned the floor (as best I could – clay is murder on carpeting), moved the table and cleaned where it had been.  It looks GREAT!

Look! Natural Light!

Look! Natural Light!

Look! Empty Space!

Look! Empty Space!

Look! Space for Claying!

Look! Space for Claying!

Then I turned around:

Ack! What Have I Done!!!!!

Ack! What Have I Done!!!!!

Well, I guess I’ve got my work cut out for me tomorrow!  Next studio update in 2 weeks.