Saturday, August 8, 2015

WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? CHRISTI FRIESEN DID

I got my new Christi Friesen book today about DOGS.


It's a great book and I read it from cover to cover today.

Well, Christi is having a contest on her facebook page.  If you put up a selfie with her Dog Book, you have an opportunity to win Spike the lump mutt.  I don't do selfies.  I do take a lot of pictures of Buster though so I opened the book and called him.  He came running and stood by the book so I could take his picture.  He can be a ham sometimes.


He doesn't like real dogs but he likes this book and Christi said it was OK to put his picture up with the book.

Speaking of dogs.  I got a new sewing machine so the first thing I did was make bandanas for Beau and Champ.
Beau


Champ

My husband laughed and wanted to know if that's why I bought the new machine so I could make dog bandanas.  Absolutely.
I walk these two every morning for a friend of mine.  This morning we had a scare and my blood pressure shot up.  We were a block from her house and there were 3 coyotes walking up the street toward us.  I grabbed them and we hid in the bushes but they saw me.  One came walking toward us and the dogs started barking like crazy at it and it ran away.  Then another one came and they did the same thing and he ran away.  Champ thinks he is a German Shepherd.  They have no fear.  I had to go home and change my underwear.  When I see them in packs I get scared.  I wear a whistle just in case but I didn't need it today.  That little guy would be no match for a coyote.  Now I have to make more bandanas for my niece and nephew's dogs so says my sister.



Monday, July 20, 2015

Pebeo Challenge and Some Extra Stuff

My friend Judy called and said she bought some Pebeo paints and would I show her how to use them.  So, she came over Friday with her Pebeo Prsime paints and some old polymer clay pieces that she didn't like and wanted to do something with them.  Well, they were curved on the top so we had a challenge.  I took out a 2 inch by 2 inch piece of glass and showed her how I put the paint on.
This is the first time I've done this on glass.  I gave this to Judy so I don't know how it acted as it was drying.

 These are the two pendants Judy brought over that she put Pebeo on.  I'm hoping I'll get a chance to take a picture of them when they are dry.

EXTRUDER DEMO

This past Saturday I was suppose to do a demo at our clay guild meeting but I wasn't able to go.  For a week I worked making things to take prior to the demo.  I love doing the Randee Ketzel Crazy Heart Tutorial and I did a bunch of those just to show at the meeting.


A friend asked if she could take my pieces to the meeting even though I couldn't go.  Some I didn't even finish sanding and buffing.  The two on the bottom left are pieces that I've been doing for 10 years and the other 3 are made from Randee's tutorial.  I'll post pictures of the other ones when I finish them.  I used the new Premo gold and silver glitter in some of them and the results were stunning.


DESTASH

For 4 years I made polymer clay pendants that I sold at a local bead store.  I really enjoyed the opportunity and the extra money.  Unfortunately, they had to close on short notice.  I was in the process of making pendants and some of them were from Lynda Moseley's tutorial "Masterful Faux Made Easy" Masterful Faux Made Easy.  Well, I have almost 200 pieces of different pendants that aren't finished and I would like to sell them so I put them up on Etsy  Destash along with other pieces.


Pendant Pieces  14 pieces in total.


These are also in my Etsy shop.

The bottom ones have resin on them and top pieces have been sanded and buffed but you could sand and buff them more.


Sunday, July 5, 2015

GOD BLESS AMERICA

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July.  We went out for ice cream and then went to the fire works.  It was pretty hot and no shortage of kids and sparklers.

My grandmother was one of the most patriotic people I ever knew.  She had to have that flag flying every day when it wasn't snowing or raining.  She was a die hard Cubs fan and you couldn't talk during the National Anthem or when Harry Carry sang Take Me Out to The Ballgame.  One 4th of July I bought a tape of Kate Smith singing "God Bless America" for her.  She made me play that almost every day when I came home from work.

Her favorite shirt was the 4th of July shirt that I got her from Snap-on Tools where I worked for a few years.  In honor of grandma and this wonderful country, I'm going to play her favorite song for you.

GOD BLESS AMERICA  click here to hear to hear grandma's song.  I wish grandma would have lived long enough to see this thing called "YOUTUBE" and the internet.  She would have loved it.

As you can see, I was never far away from her.  She meant the world to me and we lived together for 25 years.  She died in 1995 when was 99.  I think about her often but mostly on holidays because she always made them special.  

I just wanted to wish grandma a very happy 4th of July and thank you for all the wonderful memories of  Independence Days from the past.  Hope you had your hamburger and corn on the cob.

John and I miss you a lot.


Monday, June 22, 2015

LET'S WATCH KLEW MAKE BEADS

Last year I joined (click here) or here -> POLYMER CLAY ADVENTURE and joined the PCA Virtual Retreat Experience.  It's really great.  There are 24 lessons that you can watch on your computer from some really well known polymer clay artists.

Yesterday, I was watching Karen Lewis AKA Klew making beads with polymer clay.  She is so smooth and her shapes and techniques are really interesting and beautiful.  Well, right in the middle of the video, Buster jumped up on my desk and pushed my papers aside and laid down and watched the video with me.  I should have taken a video of him because his head would move from side to side and up and down as she was talking.  I could swear he knew what she was talking about.


 He was really interested, I was cracking up.  He hardly gets on my desk anymore.  He use to when he was a baby, he always watched the computer.

This is Buster when he was a baby reading my blog.  I can't believe how big he's gotten.  I didn't think he was going to be a big cat but I didn't think I was going to be a big cat either.  It might be that I feed the two of us too much.



If you have an opportunity to join the Polymer Clay Adventure, it really is worth it and you will never be able to get 24 classes with those incredible artists for that price.

Check it out.

Friday, June 19, 2015

PEBEO PAINTS AND SOMETHING NEW FOR ME


I belong to 2 groups on facebook that are only for the Pebeo paints.  I've seen some of the canvases that people do on there and they are beautiful.  One day at Michael's they had these canvases on sale that are already stretched around a wood frame.  I've been using the Prisme colors on jewelry and polymer clay but have never done a canvas so I thought I would try one.  This is the second one I did and I really like but not sure what to do with it.  In 24 hours this changed so much for the better.


This is the first one I did.  I added some of those tiny no hole beads to see what would happen.  This is a mix of Moon and Prisme paints and I swirled this one.  The other one I just added the paints next to each other.  Some people pour the paints on their canvases, I used a large wooden stir stick to drop the paint on.  Now I need to figure out what to do with them.  I don't like a lot of knick knacks and decorating stuff because it's so dusty here in Arizona and I don't like to dust.  I have a couple bigger canvases that I want to try with this paint and some inclusions.


This is the thermometer on our back patio and today it's suppose to be 115.  My muse is hiding in the refrigerator and she won't come out.