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Trash to Treasure


Tonja Lenderman, whose blog is Polyclay Corner, has been hosting the most amazing swap for a very long time. The idea behind this swap is that we all have stuff that we’re not going to use, or beads or polymer clay pieces that we’re not happy with, or that just aren’t right for some reason. Tonja came up with the idea to fill a box with her “trash,” send it off to a swap participant and have them take what they wanted (up to 25 items). That swapper would then replace the removed items with their own “trash,” then send it so the next person on the list. We had something like 25 people on the list…and wouldn’t you know, being up here in Alaska, I’m the last one before the box goes back to Tonja. This box has been on its way here for a LONG time. (And if you want to follow its travels and travails, Tonja’s been blogging about it since the start – and restart.)


All that fit in a medium flat rate box!

Here’s what I took out (except the 2 Polymer Cafe magazines I kept – which are already on my nightstand):

Non-cane stuff

Canes I took

And here’s what I put in:

Non-cane stuff I put in

Canes I added to the box

This was so much fun! Thank you, Tonja, and BJ (who helped the swap get going again after a theft).


Long Time, No Me


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