Monthly Archives: February 2010

Long Time, No Me

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If I have any loyal followers…I apologize to you for not posting in so long.  We have been having a “Thing A Day” challenge at Polymer Clay Central this month.  Some of the other TAD participants have been posting their work on their blogs, which makes lots of sense.  I, on the other hand, have just been posting my pictures on Flickr and trying to keep up!

When I found PCC last year, the Thing A Day challenge was in full swing.  I jumped right in, without realizing how intimidated I could have been.  Maybe because I was SUCH a newbie, I didn’t even care if my stuff was worth posting…it was all experimental.  Well, it’s still all experimental, I guess! But now I have a lot more confidence, and a bit more pride.  A year’s worth of support from the amazing artists at PCC will do that for a person.

I wanted to show you a few of the beautiful things that my cyber-friends have made, but I’m having trouble, both with technology (grrrr!) and decision-making (“That’s perfect…ooh! but I like that one, too! No, wait….that one!), so just go click on the links under Polymer Clay Buddies.  The TAD participants I’ve listed there are Kay’s Miniatures (find her Flickr site, which is more up to date, here), Knightwork, and The Pleasant Pheasant.  Ginger and Ashley are also playing.

And, just so this post won’t be completely photoless, here are a few of my Thing A Day projects (since I can’t figure out how to post other people’s work, grrr):

Kaleidescope cane earrings

Four 3/4 inch Fairies

Pair of Retro Cane Votive Candleholders

Three (faux) Mokume Gane Pendants

And the winners are…

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I was going to use the random number generator to pick the winners of my One World One Heart giveaway, but so many folks asked me to “toss [their] name into the hat” that I decided to use this:

This is a straw hat made for me by my Wonderful Husband, after I told him about the chapter in Little House in the Big Woods where Ma makes straw hats for every body in the family.  Such a nice hubby.  In the hat are 182 teeny slips of paper, each with a number on it.

I had two willing helpers to draw the winners:

First my 5-year old Girl picked Anji from Juneau’s number (can you believe that? 182 responses from all over the world, and the 1st winner is from Alaska!).

Then my 3-year old Boy got to pick the 2nd winner, concupiscent335.  (As you can see, this event took place pretty early at our house – the wee ones are still in their pjs.)  Then, the Boy put the hat on his head and shook all the bits of paper all over the living room. Sigh.

So, CONGRATULATIONS TO ANJI AND CONCUPISCENT335! If I don’t hear from you by Friday, 2-19, I’ll choose another winner…and I really don’t want to pick all those little bits of paper out of the vacuum cleaner bag. 🙂

A Little Red for Valentine’s Day

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These pictures are from 1957 or 1958.  My mom and dad, who were engaged at the time, used to drive around in his red Triumph and pose in front of fancy houses – not the types of places where either of them lived.  They still don’t live in a mansion, but in October 2010, they’ll have been married for 52 years.

Check out Mom’s fab dress and that, um, hat?  Oh, and I love the pearls. Love them.  And look how cool Dad is!

I love you, Mom and Dad!  Thanks for giving me the kind of wealth that has nothing to do with money and fancy houses. 🙂

My mom at 19 or 20. Movie star.

Daddy at 22 or 23.  Rock star.

Car ad in a magazine.

See ya later, alligator!

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.


Smooshers’ Valentine Scavenger Hunt

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Wow, this is starting out to be a GREAT month – first the books, then the machine, then the giveaway and now I get to add this info, too!  The Polymer Clay Smooshers Guild of Art Fire is hosting a Valentine Scavenger Hunt.  You can check out the rules and prizes at the Smooshers’ blog.  Have fun!