March 30, 2008


I had planned a "trip" to Italy but was detoured to Japan. I had gone through some old sketches and thought that this idea fit nicely with my world tour! A japanese lantern pendant has been one of those back burner things... I could totally see these as a charm bracelet. Or a locket!!!

March 29, 2008

The vacation I would take...

Since I will not be off on that fabulous vacation anytime soon, I decided to take a visual vacation... come with me on a trip to Paris, mon amour...

Next stop... Italy! I can dream can't I!

March 28, 2008

Deep sigh! The taxes are filed!

So now that the taxes are all tucked safely in at the IRS, I have so much catch up to do it is unreal! How can two charming and (almost) perfect children make such a mess (I had nothing to do with it! I swear!)? Bad parenting! I should be showing them how to become clean, tidy, responsible citizens. Well, at least I'm on the right track with responsible. I feel like I've spent so much time on all the yucky paper work and tax stuff that I can't settle my mind on a fun project to do. I haven't worked much with the clouds. They are very tempting. I did get a chance to do some mold making for some new "tulip" pendants. I've been wanting to work on a mold for an "eiffel tower" frame. I tend to list items for sale, but don't have them actually made yet. I think it would be nice for people to actually see what they are ordering, but nicely enough people usually end up ordering items with no image shown. Very trusting! Here is the new "tulip", I can't wait to see her with some glaze! Unglazed clay always looks so neked! I did a heart shape too that I'm very fond of. The two pendants are slightly different. Would you choose one over the other?

March 25, 2008

Taxes Schmaxes!

Ugh! I love this spring weather. I hate these spring taxes! And I'm a bit leery about this economic stimulation money that we are supposed to get in a few weeks. I have a feeling it isn't what it seems. Although I could easily see spending a good chunk on jewelry supplies! Wheee! If you are sent money for stimulating the economy, how or what would you splurge on yourself?

March 24, 2008

Spring has sprung... Let the cleaning begin!

It was a funny, bunny filled weekend with lots of candy and spring cleaning. I could have spent another two days on just the studio alone. Our yard sale/donation boxes have piled up to the point where my studio looked like a dysfunctional thrift store rather than a ceramic work area. It is now neatly piled into two sections. The Rescue Mission pile is awaiting it's pick up while the yard sale pile is waiting for a yet to be determined date. I hope it is sooner rather than later! It's time in the sun will soon be here!

Sunday the Easter Bunny made a visit to our house and my big boy shouted "Thank you Easter Bunny! Where ever you are!!!" My little one just had fun following her big brother. Calder noticed that we really don't know what the Big Bunny looks like "for real". I put my two cents in and imagined that he looks like Mr. Herriman from Fosters Home For Imaginary Friends (a house hold favorite!) The Easter Bunny brought us a fun new "Harry the Dirty Dog" book. This one is about a neighbor who sings too loudly for Harry's ears! How did the bunny know we had our eye on that new Doug and Melissa play sushi set?!? It is seriously the cutest thing ever! It has chop sticks!

I did get a chance to play with a few new beads and pendants this weekend and incorporated some of the new seed beads that I got back in February. They were such beautiful ocean-esque colors that I had to work in an ocean/mermaid theme. I love giving jewelry "titles", maybe because they seem like art to me. I like "Caught in Her Net" or "The Mermaids Garden". I don't know if it is obvious if the tail is a mermaid tail, my husband didn't guess that. I guess it could just as easily be a fish tail. The glaze is my new favorite color combo, Robins Egg on Brick! Ok. Enough play time, the taxes will not do them selves!

March 20, 2008

Spring has sprung.

It has been so beautiful lately it makes it hard to concentrate. Spring fever indeed. We NEVER water the yard so the bit of rain we've had this winter has had a greening effect on our yard. Makes it hard to find the doggie bombs but oh well. I don't really care to. I did manage to take a few pictures around town of some particularly beautiful scenery.... you can see Shrek and Fiona just behind the trees...

The sky really is that blue!

The Acatia trees are just amazing and photos don't do them justice.

March 17, 2008

Back in the saddle...

I've been really sick and really busy. The two don't marry well. Hopefully I'll be able to post a few new pictures later this week. I haven't even emptied the kiln to see if the new ideas came out alright. Some celestial and nouveau goddesses! A talented jewelry designer LORELEI created a really pretty necklace using one of our leaf pendants. If you check out her blog and leave a comment you could win the necklace this week.

March 7, 2008


A beading/craft friend Stephanie Bodine was recently on Martha. She had a great segment with a really fun project! Check her out! Yay Stephanie!