Saturday, September 19, 2015


It's been a while since I blogged.  Took a road trip for two weeks to see family and when I came home my left arm and shoulder were screwed up and I couldn't do anything.  It's hell to get old and get arthritis.  I've also got tears in the tendons which were painful but went for a shot to help with the pain.  My muse went on vacation too while I was gone but I saw something on the internet that intrigued me.  It was on the  website and it was called "Dragon Egg Tutorial" by Sherri Kellberg HERE.  I asked my friend Evelyn to come over and told her about this and we decided to try it.  I have a box full of Jone's Tones and Lisa Pavelka foils.  I found the Pavelka foils seemed to work the best and were easier to apply.  My Jone's Tones foils might be old.

The first piece I did which I like the best was thinner and I used a lot of different color foils.

It has Magic Glos on it but I haven't finished it yet because I don't know if I want it to be a pendant or a pin.

A couple others that I did came out thicker because I added too much backing and then decided to put cut pieces around the outside.

This was one of the sheets that I did with a bunch of pieces of different foils.

Here are two of the thicker pieces that I did.  I wasn't sure what to do with them so I put Magic Glos and rub ons on them and made key chains out of them.  The pen on the left was suppose to be a kitten but by the time I got done it looked more like a Wookie from Star Wars.  These have all been sent to my great nieces and nephews.

These are the rest of the pieces that I did.

The piece on the top right does not have resin on it.  It was a left over piece that I used Penni Jo Couch's new innie swirl texture mat on it.  Best Flexible Molds Texture Sheets.  I coated it with Future and baked it again at 200 degrees for 30 minutes.  The bottom left was all the pieces left after cutting the hearts and teardrops out.

This picture doesn't do much because of all the shiny foil and the resin but I think I like this piece the best.  I think they are all too thick to be used as pendants but some people like them that way.  I'll probably make key chains out of them.  We were going to try this with a different cutter but didn't get a chance yet.  I would suggest trying parts of circle cutters and different shapes and putting them together.  I had a couple places on the sheets that the foil didn't stick to so I put Pan Pastel bronze, silver and gold powder on it before I cut it.  Or, you can leave the clay showing.

It's a fun thing to do if you've lost your muse.

If anyone sees my muse out there, would you please tell her to come home.

Saturday, August 8, 2015


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.