Sunday, July 31, 2016

BEEN GONE TOO LONG

I haven't blogged since April.  Life just keeps getting in the way.  That and migraines.

I hate to be a downer when I write on my blog but 4 weeks ago my heart got broken again.
I have been walking my friend's dogs for 4 years since her husband died.  Beau was the oldest.  He just turned 13 and was the sweetest and most lovable dog.  He loved walking and he was very protective.  He got an eye infection and the vet gave him drops and he was doing good.  I went there on Saturday to walk him and his little brother and he was happy and doing really good.  On Sunday he wasn't hardly moving and acted like he wasn't feeling good so I didn't take him.  We took him to the vets on Monday for a follow up for his eye and while we were sitting in the room waiting for the vet, Beau had a seizure.  He started going around in circles and his head kept going back and forth and around.  I ran and got the vet and he confirmed it was a seizure.  Beau's eyes started darting back and forth and he couldn't keep his head up straight.  We took him home with some meds but he wouldn't take them, he wouldn't eat and he was very sick.  We took him back the next morning and I carried him.  I sat in the back seat with him on my lap and he hardly moved but his eyes still kept darting back and forth.  He couldn't walk so I carried him in and held him.  The doctor said it appeared he had brain damage from the seizure and has lost control of his bladder and bowels and appeared to be in pain because of the way he was laying.  He wouldn't drink anything so I put a little water in my hand and was surprised he licked it but then dropped his head again.  We knew he wasn't coming home with us.  I kissed him goodbye and he licked my face.  We said goodbye and held him.
I'm still not over this.  I feel like I've lost a child and he wasn't even mine.  I just wanted to say Rest In Peace my special dear Beau.  I love you still and miss you.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

LET'S GO GOLFING-------FORE

Many years ago a friend of mine bought me a very expensive golf stroke counter and it was made of plastic.  It was nice but my friend said "why don't you make some of these with your polymer clay beads?"  The first time I put them in my Etsy shop I sold 10 counters in a week and got orders for more.  For a while, I wasn't keeping up very well with my Etsy shop but I decided it was time to get back into it.  I sell the counters for $15 and shipping and I know with all the work I put into them I'm not making any money but if I raised the price, I wouldn't sell any either.


These are a few of the latest ones I put in my shop.  I make the beads, bake them, put three coats of glaze on them and bake them again.  Every counter has some glitzy beads on the bottom.  They can be used to keep track of how many times you walk around the block and how many times you let the dog out.  


Here's my Etsy Shop check it out.

I'm going golfing.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

BEADS, BUTTONS AND KUMIHIMO

Ever since I was a little girl I loved buttons.  I have cans of them that I've collected but I've also given a lot away.  I use to do a lot of sewing and thought I needed a lot of buttons but I was wrong.

Then I learned how to use buttons with Kumihimo to make bracelets.  Since I have 2,000,000 beads this was a great fit.  I've given away more than I've put in my Etsy shop shop so far but I'm working on it now.  Here are the 5 I put in yesterday.








I think this is my favorite.

I need to make some polymer clay buttons.  Just not enough hours in the day.  If I could just teach Buster how to iron and do dishes I would have more time.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

PEBEO AND CLAY, DOING IT MY WAY

Every year I try to make a few things to donate to the Oklahoma Clay Guild.  They do a lot of good work for the high school girls in Oklahoma.  This year I tried to do a few different things.


This is suppose to be Steampunk.  The heart is clay and the center is Pebeo and Magic Glos.

This is also polymer clay with Pebeo and Magic Glos.



The top heart was done with a Randee Ketzel tutorial,  The bottom key chain is a swirly lentil bead that's been sanded and buffed.

This is also done with the Randee Ketzel tutorial.  It's one of my favorite.

Now I need to clean off my work table and start making some canes and get more stuff in my Etsy store.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, February 25, 2016

MORE IS MORE LESS IS A BORE

Seems like since I've gotten older, bling, glitz and more glitz is what happens every time I sit down to do something.  I just don't want boring any more.  I've tried to do polymer clay, beading and all the other crafts I do and not be so flamboyant but I guess that's not going to happen.  I've been making some pieces to donate to a picnic I'm going to this Sunday.  I'm originally from Kenosha, WI and every year here in Phoenix we have a Kenosha Days Picnic.  Of course, most of the people attending are Green Bay Packer fans.  We are doing raffles to offset the price of the hot dogs, bratwurst and meat.  Everyone brings a dish to pass.  I made my famous coconut-oatmeal crisp cookies.  They are my husbands favorites.  I'll publish the recipe if anyone wants it.

I made these key chains for the raffle.

And this bracelet.  I found the button in an old button box.  I covered the white part in Modge Podge and then put the Green Bay Packer sticker on it and covered with the Modge Podge that has glitter in it.

Of course I couldn't just put them in just plain jewelry boxes,,,,,,,,so, I got a little carried away.  MORE IS MORE, LESS IS A BORE.


This is the Kenosha light house on Lake Michigan which is a landmark.

I am very lucky to have 6 friends from high school that live out here in the Phoenix area.  We get together once a month for lunch and talk to each other often.  They are all working on this picnic so I decided to make each one of them a steampunk pendant/necklace that says "I Love Kenosha".


If you click on the picture you can see them up close.  I did one with a Kumihimo necklace but then I ran into a door and got a big bump on my arm and a sore shoulder so doing Kumihimo was a no-no.

I'm taking a Meg Newberg class Saturday.  It's a caning class.  I'm really looking forward to it and meeting Meg.  I love her canes.

I need to condition a lot of clay for Saturday but now I've got a migraine and have no clue what it's from.  Maybe from inhaling too much glitter.  LOL