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.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

HERE'S MY HEARTS

I'm sure you all saw the articles about Dr. Ron Lehocky in the Polymer Cafe magazine this month.
He was also featured on Polymer Clay Daily.  Dr. Lehocky makes the most beautiful hearts that he sells to support the continuing education for the therapists that support "The Kids Center for Pediatric Therapies".

I contacted Ron about getting some of his hearts and to find out where I could send some polymer clay canes for him to use on his hearts.
I went through all my canes and filled a box full for him.  I also had a big container full of pin backs so I threw a bunch of those in too.  I had canes from a Jana Roberts Benson class I took and one from a Sarah Shriver class I took.  I love making flower canes so I sent him one that I made that I really liked.
When I got my hearts from him, he made one with this cane.  Hard to believe they are the same one.

If you click on the picture you see them up close.  The heart on the top right was made with the cane in the above picture.  He explains how to make that in his article in Polymer Cafe.  The blue one is also from the box of canes I sent him.  I was going to give them as gifts but I think I'm keeping them all for me.  LOL  Aren't they beautiful.  You can go to this website to get more information about kids and the organization http://kidscenterky.org/ .



POOR BUSTER



My baby kitten had to have surgery.  Last Friday they took 20 jagged stones out of his bladder and urethra.  He's not feeling good.  It breaks my heart to see him like this.  His bladder is very swollen and he's hurting.  Say a little prayer for him, he's my best buddy.

Hope you all have a very Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

THRILL AND SURPRISE

The mail brought an unexpected surprise this week.  The winter 2014 Polymer Arts Magazine had a picture of one of my pendants in it.


I really like this magazine, it interviews and covers articles and artists from around the world.
This month Julie Cleveland of Blue Morning Expressions wrote an article called "FRAME IT!".  She discusses bezels, frames and cookie cutters to use for frames for polymer clay.  She asked if she could use a picture of mine from a polymer clay pendant that I beaded around.

This is one of my favorite pendants and necklaces.  I haven't done any of this in a while, I guess it's time to start beading again.
This is the entire piece.  I love doing Herringbone for the necklace part, it goes fast and is easy to finish.

Thank you Julie, I really love your articles and the Polymer Arts Magazine.