Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AWAY FOR A WHILE

Today at noon I'm having shoulder surgery on my right arm.  Won't know till he gets in there if the rotator cuff needs building up or not.  If it does, this will be a long recuperation.

Yesterday I tried to eat an egg with my left hand and the first bite rolled off the fort and landed on the table.  I tried brushing my teeth with my left hand, it was cumbersome but worked ok.  Got a few other things I have to deal with that I can't talk about on here but I bet I learn fast how to cope with those.

I'm wondering why all people weren't born to be ambidextrous?  I'm going to be wearing a sling for two weeks and can't even take it off at night.  This thing is huge, not sure how that's going to work.

Anyway, last week my good friend Lupe Meter http://gesmpccorner.blogspot.com/  came over and showed me how to weave these little purses with yarn and cord.  I have at least 1000 rolls of yarn and cord.
This is my purse.  I just grabbed what was available.  It needs a liner and straps.  Thought I would get that done before surgery but it didn't happen so that's on my list to do when my shoulder is better  Thank you Lupe, that was really fun.

Then I bought this paint.  They call it the "Magic Paint" because it does funny things when it starts to dry so I had to try it.


The top picture was my first try.  Those are metal bezels with the paint in them and Magic Glos on top.

The bottom picture is polymer clay pendant/bezels that I made and filled with paint and they also have Magic Glos on them.  I have 7 more I'm to finish before I leave for surgery and I have to pack my clothes to take and put the laundry away and here I am at my blog again.  DUH

I think I'm nervous and I know I won't be able to use my right hand to type for 2 weeks at least.

These are on my list to finish into pendants when I can use my arm again.  I started scanning old pictures and I have to finish that when I get my arm back.  Now I just need someone to come over and do my hair and put makeup on me, change the cat litter twice a week, mop the tile, vacuum the carpets, wash the sheets and iron the clothes, etc.  Ok, just put some makeup on me and fix my hair.
Who cares if I'm wrinkly..........I'm talking about my clothes.




Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SHE TOOK MY HEART WITH HER

As you know, my blog is about polymer clay, crafts, friends and animals.  For two years I've been walking my friend's three dogs.  My friend has a bad knee and hip.  The reason she has three dogs is because her husband loved to rescue dogs and so does she.  This started with Beau.
He's a good old boy.  A little bit of arthritis but doing good.

Five years ago my friend saw a dog at the shelter that pulled on her heart strings.  I drove her there to bring this beautiful dog home with her.  The first thing I noticed was her beautiful teeth.
She had been abused by some tall man, and then was adopted only to be brought back to the shelter.
At first, she would bite the back ankle of any man that came in the house.  After much love, attention and many walks with Beau, she stopped being afraid and became a lovable lap dog.

Two and a half years ago my friend's husband was walking dogs for the local small dog rescue lady.  They found a little guy in the Safeway parking lot.  Rex just couldn't leave him there.  So Champ was added to the family.


He definitely is special and funny and cute.

December of 2012 my friend's husband died unexpectedly.  I started walking the dogs a couple months later and it's been my "best job" ever since.

It was pretty obvious that Honey was the leader of the pack, the queen and the lead dog.

A couple years ago Honey started coughing and we found out she had congestive heart failure.  She's been on Lasix and was doing good.  Then she got bit by a coyote trying to protect Champ.  She came out of that with flying colors.

The last couple months her coughing got bad but she still wanted to walk and play with the boys.



Three weeks ago I went to Florida for my mother's 90 th birthday.  I spent time with Honey the day before I left.

This is the last time I saw Honey.  While I was in Florida, Honey's congestive heart failure got really bad and she could hardly breathe or control her bladder.  She struggled to walk and get air.
  I know she was suffering and they did the right thing for her.  I know she loved me because she always sat on my lap and would paw my hand if I stopped petting her.
I feel so bad that I didn't get to say goodbye to her.

The doctor who took care of Honey did everything he could to help her have a good life at the end.  He even sent a carnation to my friend.  She gave it to me yesterday to see if I could do something with it to preserve it.  I sprayed it with PYMII three times to preserve it.  I found a little flower vase that I had made a long time ago.  So I made a plaque that says HONEY and drilled out the clay so the flower would fit.


I'm sorry if this is a sad post compared to my usually funny ones but I wanted to dedicate a writing to Honey, who always showed unconditional love and gratitude for being rescued and loved by everyone that met her.

Thank you Honey for all the wonderful years you let us have you in our lives.


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

LUCKY ME

Tomorrow I will be flying from Arizona to Florida to spend time with my mom.  Her birthday is the 17th and she is going to be 90 so most of my family will be there to celebrate.  I don't like Florida and that's why we moved to Arizona.  When I was young I got bit by a jelly fish and swore I would never go in the Atlantic ocean again.  Another year I came home with a bug in my ear from being down at the beach.  Needless to say my Florida trips haven't been good memories.  Bugs and humidity.

On the up side, I belong to a facebook group called International Polymer Clay Swap. My swap mate for this time was Jainnie Jenkins from Kentucky.  This swap was geared around Tina Holden's "Gilded Paths" GET IT HERE.  It really is a fun tutorial and we all had to make something with it to swap.


These are the pieces I sent Jainnie.  I threw in an ear warmer since they had snow in Kentucky.  We also do twinchies with each swap and a good friend gave me a mold for the lion.  He has crystal eyes and he will protect her.  I'm a Leo so I love anything with lions.

This is what I got from Jainnie.  I love the pendant in the upper left.  It's going to be hard trying to decide which piece I want to wear, I love them all.  This has been a great experience and I've made new friends and learned a lot of new things from the swap and from the new friends I've made.

I made a blanket for Noah before I sent him off to the shower.  Buster didn't want me to take it.  He loved that blanket.  John thinks I should make one just like it for Buster.  Do any of you make blankets for their cats????????  It sure was soft.

I just love this bear.

Have a good two weeks and thanks for stopping by.

Happy Valentines Day from Bonnie and Buster.



Thursday, January 29, 2015

WHAT WILL IT BE??????

My Godson and his wife are going to have their first baby in April which means my sister will be a grandmother for the first time.  They decided that they didn't want to know whether it was a boy or girl so it's difficult to buy a gift unless it's yellow or green.  Well, my sister is having a shower for them so I said I would make little "Take Homes".  Little did I know she was going to have 45 people there.  The theme of the shower is HEARTS in pastel colors since it's near Valentines Day.
So, I ended up making 50 files with pink, blue, yellow, green and white hearts on the different backgrounds and putting Swarovski crystals in them and on the black case.  When I got done with those I had all that pastel clay left over so I kept going.

I made 50 hearts with bears on them using Penni Jo Couches mold.  I had ordered some baby charms that I was going to put on the bottom but ended up putting them in the hands of the bears.

Thank goodness for a motor for my pasta machine because my arm is still sore and cranking that pasta machine with all that clay would have done me in.

A couple weeks ago I was at our hospital and stopped in the gift shop.  They had so much wonderful baby stuff.  While I was looking, the lady working in there came up and showed me this bear.  It talks, I started crying and of course the bear went home with me.  I also had to buy a pair of baby pants that said "I POOD" on the back.  They fit the bear.  The bear talks to the new baby and welcomes it to the world and tells the baby how important family is.  I can't wait till my sister sees it, I know she will cry.  I made it an ear warmer and I'm knitting a baby blanket that I will wrap it in when I send it so they can open it at the shower.

My favorite thing about this bear is at the end.  He says we all come with the label that says
'HANDMADE BY GOD".




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

HAPPY DAY

This is Buster's feet on the day I brought him home from his surgery.  His left paw was so swollen it was hard for him to walk.  Today is a HAPPY DAY because he gets his stitches out and I know he will feel better.

I DIDN'T KNOW

When a cat has a urinary tract infection there is special food that he can eat for that.  Well, my Buster is very finicky about his food.  They gave me a can of Hill's Prescription C/D chicken for cats with UTI's.  I put it in his bowl, he pushed it across the floor and then made believe he was burying it like it was poop in a litter box.  So I got out the old food and he snarfed that up.  The new food is $1.78 a can.  He doesn't understand the meaning of money yet.  I told the doctor and they gave me some little cans of chicken stew that were the same brand.  He liked those.  So, off I went to Pet Smart and filled up my cart with Hill's chicken stew and a bag of C/D hard/dry food.  Got to the check out and he asked for my prescription.  I guess I was shocked because my friend Evelyn said I yelled at the top of my lungs and said "THIS IS CAT FOOD".  I did not know in order to buy that food you have to have a prescription.  So I went to the hospital in the pet store and asked for a prescription and told her my cat just had 20 stones taken out and he needed some of the Hill's cat food.  She said I had to have the doctor fax her a prescription.  I can't repeat what I was thinking.  So I went to the doctor's and told them what happened and they got mad because they sell the food there and the cans are cheaper but the hard food is the same price.  BUT, aha, they didn't have any chicken stew so she said try this kind of chicken in the can.  I could tell what he was thinking when I put the dish down.  He walked away after one sniff.  So this was working almost as good as the water bowls with the tuna fish water in that I put all over the house hoping he would drink more.  I knocked two of them over because I forgot they were there.  Now my office smells like tuna fish and he didn't drink any.  So yesterday I take my prescription to Pet Smart and fill my cart with chicken stew and go up to check out with my prescription and she says "You have to go to the hospital with that and they will verify it and give you a card in order to buy that food".  You can't imagine what was going through my head now.  I love this cat more than anything in the world but I'm starting to think that these cat food makers are playing a game and this is why they can charge more.  And, the stew only comes in little cans so I had to buy more cans.
When I came out of Pet Smart, John wanted to know why it took me so long.  I guess the smoke coming out of my ears wasn't an answer.  

Did you know there is C/D, I/D, W/D/, M/D, P/D and about two dozen more kinds of cat food?  And, they are all prescription.  Who would have thought?????????????

BABY SHOWER

My Godson and his wife are going to have their first baby in April.  I'm so excited.  My sister is having a shower for them in February in Chicago.  I can't make it because I'm going to Florida to visit my mom.  She is going to be 90 so I wanted to be there for her birthday.
Many years ago I bought some crystal nail files and covered them in clay.

A lady in Prescott saw the files and asked if she could sell them in her store.  Kept me very busy.  I offered to make some for the shower.  What was I thinking????????????  My dear sister wants 50 of them as attendee gifts.  She has her specifications too.  LOL.  I guess I better get back to work if I want to get them done.  I'll put up a picture after the shower.  Don't want to ruin the surprise.  HI HO, HI HO, it's back to work I go.