Friday, July 24, 2009

There is no picture for this blog but I really want to share a wonderful thing that happened to me Thursday.

I decided to go see Harry Potter (by myself) Thursday morning. I loved it and want to see it again. Next to the theatre there is a place called the Golden Spoon Frozen Yogurt Shop. I can't go to the show without stopping there after ward and getting one of their specials for the day. I went in, got my "little" cup of chocolate and pistachio yogurt and sat at a table. A young man came in wearing an Air Force uniform. We live near Luke Air Force Base. Anyway, I had a 5 dollar bill in my pocket so I got up and went to the counter and told the yogurt guy that I was paying for the young man's yogurt. The young man told me I didn't have to but I said "Yes, I do because it's one of the ways I have to show how much I appreciate them". I think what these men and women are doing for our country is wonderful and they never complain about it. He was a nice young man and was very gracious. At the same time some lady behind me yells in my ear "I wish I would have done that". She kept saying it over and over, I thought my ear drum was going to burst. I went back and sat at my table and finished my "little" cup of yogurt and the manager of the store came over and gave me a card so I can have a free yogurt next time I come in. I really didn't expect that but I thought it was really nice. I hope I have another opportunity to do something like that. I felt really good all day.

This morning my husband was telling the story to some of the guys he has breakfast with and one of the older guys wanted to know when I would be there again so he could have my free yogurt. Gotta love those seniors.

My last thought is, now that I've done it once, I'm going to do it again whenever I get the chance. I think it made all the calories of the "little" cup of yogurt disappear.

SBS Necklace and The Rose Beads

This necklace is made entirely of Studio By Sculpey clay. I was going to put it on Etsy but I wore it a couple times and got so many compliments on it I decided to keep it myself. I guess I'll have to make another one. This set of beads was made by my sweet friend Rose. We share a lot as you know from some of my past blogs. Many times when Rose and I are together doing clay, we give each other pieces of canes that we have made.
These beads that Rose made were from canes that she had made and from pieces that I had given her. I think they are awesome. I'm waiting to see what she is going to make with them. I tried to tell her they match what I'm wearing. That's a joke we have. Every time I make something it seems as though she is wearing something that absolutely matches what I made. There will be four of us doing clay together very soon. Sweet Rose, my lovely friend Evelyn who also has a strange and beautiful knack for colors and my good friend Judy who had breast cancer surgery two weeks ago and has to have it again next week. I will be thinking about her but I know she's going to be OK. My three friends do some wonderful, colorful things with clay and they inspire me.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

This set is from a Kaleidoscope polymer clay cane that I did with left over clay. I was fortunate to get 3 pendants, a pair of earrings and enough beads for a bracelet. This is my favorite set of jewelry right now and I can't duplicate it so it won't be going on Etsy but I'll be coming up with more One Of a Kind items for Etsy very soon. I'm working on some wild canes which hopefully will make some wild items. I'll be gone back to Wisconsin for two weeks starting July 26th so my Etsy shop will be closed and this blog will be sleeping but until then I hope to publish enough fun stuff to last till I get back. It better be cool when I get there. I'm tired of this heat. I'm starting to feel like a mushroom in this house. It was 119 on the patio the other day.

This is my July Carnival bracelet, it's cute. Makes me smile. I love chunky. It's on my Etsy at

Saturday, July 11, 2009

This little dominoe bracelet has a cute little dog on each dominoe that was stamped on and then hand painted. The back of the dominoe was painted with silver paint and then stamped with black leaves. He's so cute but he needs a home.

Thursday, July 9, 2009


This necklace has a spiral focal bead and a spiral peyote bail that is attached to a black velvet cord. You can see this on my flickr website at on my Etsy website at The shoes are on there also. About a year ago I had a shoe thing and made lots of shoes and gave them as presents to everyone. My friends all called me Imelda like in Marcos. She had thousands of pairs of shoes. I still like decorating those little things and using Mokume Gane to make the shoe itself.

If you read my earlier post you would know that my good friend Judy had her breast cancer surgery today. I got a call at 3:30 saying she was doing good and had 2 lymph nodes removed instead of 5 and we would know the pathology of it all next week. Will keep our fingers crossed that she doesn't need chemo. She's just now starting polymer clay and she loves it. It sure has brought out the wild artist in her. I don't yet have a piece of her work but I'm going to get one so I can say "I knew her when".

Marlene is doing good also right now and someday I'm going to get her blog right, let's try it again.


Sunday, July 5, 2009


This is the necklace and earrings that go with the bracelet. More, round chunky beads but they are pretty.


Here is another one of my bracelets made with big chunky beads,it is pretty and matches a necklace I made. I'm going to turn my wild side loose and make some different things than what you've seen before. Might take a lot of wine but I'm going to do it, I promise.


I am stuck in a rut. I love making polymer clay beads but I like making big chunky, round ones. This is one of those bracelets that was made from big, round chunky beads. It's in my Etsy shop at, had to get a commercial in. I could sit for hours and make beads. I love making polymer clay canes like my friend Marlene who's blog you can see http://it's all about creating. She does some wild things with clay and so does my friend Judy that I wrote about on the 24th of June.

I feel very fortunate right now. Marlene just had hip replacement surgery and is having a hard time. She's younger than me and I can't imagine what that would be like because I'm so dependent on my body to do things for me that I take it for granted. I'm hoping Marlene will wake up some day and say "boy do I feel great". No more pain, she's had her share this year and last and even with the pain and problems she creates gorgeous things out of polymer clay and beading.

My friend Judy that I got started into polymer clay about a month ago is making some incredible things. Her jewelry has a wild side that I wish I could grasp. Mine was like that when I first started but after 6 years I'm more classical with my creations now. I wonder if I had a couple glasses of wine before I started doing my polymer clay if that would take away my inhibitions? Maybe a couple Margaritas would do it. I hope to get Judy on Etsy some day but first things first. A couple weeks ago Judy found out she had breast cancer. She said it's a small lump but this Thursday they are going to operate and will be removing lymph nodes also. I know she is going to be fine because she has a great attitude and a guy who loves her a lot. I try as much as I can to make her laugh because I know for a fact that laughing helps cure more than any drug or therapy can.

If you are reading this and it's Thursday, please say a prayer and keep your fingers crossed that she gets through this.

Whenever I have a friend who is down or having problems, I tell them what my grandmother use to tell me "get your a-- up out of the chair and dance". When my grandfather was alive and we would stay with them on the weekends they would dance in the living room when Lawrence Welk was on. He would always have my sister, brother and I dance with him. One night he had my sister on his feet (she was about 2 or 3)and they were doing the polka. Grandpa said he thought they were dancing to the Poop Pants Polka because Susie had pooped in her pants while they were dancing. We never forgot that. Those were the good old days.

Well, when Judy gets home from the hospital and has a little rest, we are going to be doing some major polymer clay stuff. She bought a new Makins Extruder and she's having a ball with that now.

On the UP SIDE, all my friend have gotten buffers. Rose got a buffer, Judy got a buffer and I got my new buffer a couple weeks ago. If you want to see how beautiful a polymer clay bead can look, sand it starting at 320 and move up to 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 2000 and then buff it. Lots of work but it's worth it. I'll be posting some pictures of beads that I've done.

Didn't get any new pictures of Booboo but he's still sitting in the box all the time.

That's it for tonight. Keep on claying.