Tuesday, December 22, 2015


I have a very dear friend that I am really grateful for.  Actually, I have a lot of friends I'm really grateful for.  Evelyn is a special friend.  She's sweet, kind, talented and losing her eyesight.  She has macular degeneration and her eyesight is deteriorating.  I love spending time with her and she loves shopping.  Wish I could keep up with her.  She has a twin sister who lives in Hay's, Kansas and a younger sister who lives there also.  I heard when they are together they shop for at least 10 hours a day.  Evelyn takes care of Buster when we go on trips.  She loves him and he's crazy about her.  She tells everyone she's his God mother.  I wanted to make something for her that was special.  Our clay guild was doing an ornament exchange so while I was doing that one, I got an idea for hers.

This is the front of the one I made for the clay guild.  Click on it to see it up close.
This is the back of the clay guild ornament.

This is the one I made for Evelyn.  This is the front.
This is the back.  I should have put some red shoes with crystals on them.  I just read an article that Judy Garland wore 4 pair of red shoes in the movie "The Wizard of Oz".  They were all done with Swarovski crystals and one pair of the shoes was recently sold for $660,000.  Wish my shoes were worth that much.

The map on the ornament has Magic Glos on it.  I used an original map from Kansas and scanned it which worked great because I got a clear picture of the Hays area and a good picture when it was printed.  I sprayed the front and back with PYMII.  I used Kato liquid clay on the back of the map piece before I put it on the raw clay to bake.  The PYMII protected it when I put the Magic Glos on it.  If you want to make something special for someone who is away from home, this worked great.  She loved it.  You could also cut it out and put it in a bezel and make a necklace or pendant.  Just make sure it is fully covered with either PYMII or a lot of Mod Podge or paper sealer.

Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and cherish the ones you love.  I lost a friend last week that I've known since I was 5.  She was 100 years old.  Her name was Jane and I miss her terribly.  We talked on the phone every week sometimes for an hour.  Her funeral is today and I won't be there because I live in Arizona and she is in Wisconsin.  She made me promise I wouldn't come back for her funeral.  She knows I love her and that's what's important.
This is Jane and a blouse that I bought her one time when I went to visit her.  She asked to be buried in it because she loved it.

Heaven is getting another Angel today and I hope they have a lot of vodka up there.  She had a martini every night.  She called it her "Holy Water".


Tuesday, December 15, 2015


Well, I changed my mind about the ornament for the gift exchange for our clay guild.  After 40 agonizing hours working on one ornament I decided it wasn't what I really wanted to use for our ornament exchange.

  This is the front of the ornament.

This is the back of the ornament.

It's going to be a wall hanging for me.  I made another ornament and I think it turned out great so that's going to be the one I use for the exchange.  I'll post a picture after the party.

This is a bracelet I made for my sister for Christmas.  She always reminded me of Betty Boop but I didn't tell her.  I hope she likes it.  She never reads my blog so I don't have to worry about her seeing this. LOL

If I don't get a chance to blog before Christmas, I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful and healthy New Year.

Monday, December 7, 2015


I'm sure you've heard me say that before but right now it's really true.  I had to make an ornament for our guild's Christmas party.  We are doing an ornament exchange.  What started out to be a simple little ornament turned out to be 40 hours of experiments, "Let's do that again", put more stuff on it and on and on and on.  I can't put a picture up yet but I will after the guild party.

I did make 4 ornaments for my sister who has a new grand baby.  I didn't have a very good picture to start with so they didn't turn out the way I really wanted but I like them.

I printed pictures of Kim using the wallet size format.  I did it on a regular printer and my laser printer.  The regular printer came out brighter so I used those.  I took the sheet outside and sprayed both sides with PYMII.  I traced a small heart around the picture and cut it out to make sure it fit.  I mixed white and pearl clay and ran them through the past machine with a Christmas texture sheet and cut out the big heart.  The first one I coated the back side of the heart with Genesis and when I baked that, the picture popped off.  The second one I did, I coated the plain side with Kato liquid clay and put the picture on it.  I cut another large heart out of the white clay and then cut the smaller heart out from the center and laid that over the picture and the bottom heart.  Then I used the texture sheet and textured the top part of the heart.  I used pearl mica powder on top of it and then I baked it.  The picture stayed down and never buckled.  I made the back heart and imprinted the words, textured it and baked it.  There are 3 layers of Magic Glos on each picture.  The heart and the fern were rub ons that were put on the first layer of Magic Glos.  I glued the smaller heart on the back and finished the top making a hanger with 18 and 20 gauge wire and a bow.  The PYMII worked great to protect the picture from the liquid clay and the Magic Glos.

I was getting the ornaments out to decorate the tree and when I came back from the garage there was Buster checking out the ornaments and the box.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


I bought this tutorial from Pru at Prumihimo.com.  I love this little ornament and it was fun to make.  I have millions of Megatamas.  Some friends of mine sold their bead shop a couple years ago so I bought all the Megatamas they had.  I wasn't sure what I was going to do with them but this helped me figure it out.  Now all I need to do is figure out how to make a bow.

This is the red one I finished.   I want to send everyone in my family one for their trees.

I found a website on face book about the hospitals in Chicago sponsoring a program called
"LITTLE HATS, BIG HEARTS".  Here is the website http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/Affiliate/Little-Hats-Big-Hearts-Chicago_UCM_470828_SubHomePage.jsp#.  They are collecting red hats for babies born in February to celebrate Heart Month.  I'm still knitting more but the two on the left were made with the pattern from the website and I don't like them.  I changed the pattern and I like it better.  I tried knitting with round needles but that didn't work very well.  You have till the 31st of December to get your hats to the lady named on the website.  If you have an idea for a better baby hat pattern, let me know.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 1, 2015


Last December Buster got very sick and we found out he had 21 little stones in his urethra.  He had to have surgery to have them taken out.  Took him about two weeks to recover and a month for some of his hair to grow back.  Last week he was showing signs of the same thing.  For those of you with cats the symptoms of urinary tract problems are: throwing up, not eating, blood in the litter box, spending a lot of time in the litter box and acting very quiet which cats don't do normally.  This started last week and Monday I found blood in the cat litter box so I called the vet and they got him in right away and did surgery Monday afternoon.  He had a small pile of tiny sand like stones that were causing the problem.  He's been on antibiotics for a week.  I have to give them to him with a dropper.  So far there is antibiotics on my windows, the cover of my printer all my tee shirts, the curtains and as much as I could get in Buster.  He's eating better but still isn't 100%.  He's been on special food for a year now and I have a lot of input from friends about different things to do for him.  I don't want him to go through this again because he is my best friend and I don't like to see him suffer.

While walking through Wal-Mart one day I came upon these press board letters.  They were pretty cheap but very well made.  I bought a letter "K" for KIM my new little great niece.  Wasn't sure what I was going to do with it so it sat there.
A friend came over one and wanted me to teach her how to use Pebeo paint.  I had the K sitting there so I started painting on it.  I wish this picture was better because the colors are really pretty.  I painted the back and sides with a burgundy acrylic paint that I added white mica powder to so it would be brighter and that worked great but you do have to add more water to the paint when you do that.  Then I used the Martha Stewart alphabet mold which I really like to make the "KIM".  I glued those on to the dried paint and it worked great.  I used glue that I bought at Hobby Lobby called Extreme Power Medium Thick.  It works great on everything.  The top is crystal beads and a gold tone toggle part.  So now you know, the paint works great on these press board pieces.  Next time I'll paint the back first though or maybe paint the whole thing and then put the Pebeos on it.

If you click on the picture you can see the colors better.

Kim's only 5 months old but I'm sure she will love it.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


For three months I've been gathering craft items in my dining room.  I also had a box full of ear warmers, hand made slippers and knitted scarves.  The top picture is of the 12 small afghans I made in the last 3 months.  I have a friend who teaches art to homeless and abused children, seniors with disabilities and Alzheimer's and she also helps the Phoenix Children's Hospital with their Beads of Courage program.  Three of my friends (Lupe, Carol and Evelyn) also brought a ton of items over for her to help with her art classes.  Many of the government programs and schools don't get funding for art classes or that is the first thing that is cut so she was thrilled to get all the things we've been collecting for her.  I had a box full of needles and thread and DMC thread.  She said how happy she was to have that because she was teaching the kids how to sew.  They had no idea how to sew a button on if it came off.  The simple things we all take for granted are a challenge to some of these kids whose parents never taught them how to do these kinds of things.
She also told me, the Boy's and Girl's Clubs don't always have funding for arts and crafts and neither do some of the schools.  If you have yarn, pipe cleaners, colored pencils, paper, thread, buttons, sea shells, cigar boxes, beads, paint, crayons, paint brushes, art books, containers, cord, etc.  Call your local Boy's and Girl's Club or a shelter or a school near you and see if you can donate these items.  It was great for me.  It made me clean out my studio.  Even the nursing homes do art classes and might want some of your craft items.

I haven't done beading with Delica beads in a long time because of the problems with my arms and shoulders.  I met a physicians assistant at my pain management doctor's office and she has been incredible getting me back on the road and without pain.  She loves earrings so I made her American flag earrings and a bracelet and these Halloween earrings.  My problem is Buster keeps trying to take my Fireline thread.  I bought some K.O. beading thread and I really like using it with Delicas, it's very smooth.  He hasn't tried to take that yet but I'm sure the day is coming.

I put his Halloween collar on him that I bought him when he was baby.  This is the look I got.  The eyes mean the aliens are here.  I'm sure he will hide that like he did with collar he came home from the shelter with.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015


A few weeks ago I posted pictures of things that I sent to my great nieces and nephews (ages 7 to 13).  It was called Dragon Skin tutorial from Sculpey.  You have to understand that I've been doing clay for 12 years and it's something that I love. This past summer has been a bummer.  I got spasms in my back so bad I couldn't move my legs, had surgery on my shoulder on my right arm and then my left arm started doing the same thing with the pain and then had to have a cyst removed.  My interest in doing clay was slim and none.  I'm whining but I'm done now.

 I sent the key chains and pens to my nieces and nephews and got a request to make either a llama or wolf for one of their friends.  I was going to call them and say "sorry, I don't do llamas or wolves".  Then I saw a picture and the light bulb went on.  It's been a long time since I've done an image transfer on clay and not all of them turned out real well until I bought Lynda Moseley's tutorial on how to do image transfers.  I bought a digital download from Etsy that had beautiful pictures of wolves on it.  Lucky for me Lynda talked me into buying a laser printer when I bought her tutorial.  The other thing I found is that Cannon matte photo paper works really good with transfers.  So, here is my wolf.
I also found in my stash an alphabet mold that I never used so I thought I would make Lanah a letter charm for her key ring.  I believe this is a winter wolf and I really like him.

A couple years ago I printed out some pictures that I was going to transfer so I thought I would try them since I had all the clay out and was feeling better.  The first one I did was the kitten and I thought I picked up the bottle of water but NO, I picked up the bottle of rubbing alcohol so this came out a little light but I didn't want to throw it away.

All these pieces have Magic Glos on them.  I found the best thing to do with transfers is, put one coat of Magic Glos or resin on them before you sand and buff the sides and back and then put your second coat of resin on.  This will protect your image.  I'm going to try the cat one again because he reminds me of Buster.  With all this research on image transfers I also found something interesting about the use of E6000.  Don't care for the smell of that and sometimes I didn't think it bonded metal bail with polymer very well.  I was doing it wrong.  You have to put a little E6000 on the bail and a tiny bit on the pendant and let them sit and get tacky for a little while before you put the two together.  I love the winter scene and it has sparkles in it when you see it up close.  And that is as close to snow as I want to get.

I was told that it's best to use new printed sheets to do transfers but the piece on the left was printed out two years ago and it came out really bright.

I'm waiting to hear from Lynda as to where her link to the Image Transfer tutorial is and I'll put it in here.

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 Sculpey.com  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.

Friday, June 19, 2015


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.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Every morning at 6:30 I go to my friends house to walk Beau and Champ.  Beau is the big one on the left.  We walk for 30 minutes and then we go for a ride in my golf cart.  Dogs love riding in golf carts, it's like being in a convertible.  They get lots of air.  I go very slow when I have them in the cart.  Champ snuggles next to me and Beau lays on his belly on the floor.  He's too heavy for me to lift to the seat and can't jump any more because of arthritis.  After our ride yesterday, I took them to their house and then headed home to my house.  Here is Sun City West it's a little dangerous driving because we have a lot of 80 and 90 year olds who still drive but can't hear or see.   My friend calls it
"The Over 55 Demolition Resort Town".

As I was going towards my house I saw a really old car out of the corner of my right eye and two older gentlemen were talking and looking at each other and I didn't think they saw the stop sign.  I guess I hit the brake too hard and my cart turned and flipped over on it's side.  Thank God I had my seat belt on and it landed on the passenger side and most of all I thank God that the dogs weren't with me.  That was the first thing that went through my mind.  I was pinned in the seat by the seat belt and couldn't get it off and I was surrounded by golf cart with no way to get out.  The entire front window is made of Plexiglass and it flips down to use when golfing.  A couple guys pulled the window down to see if I could get out and when they did the whole right side of the window cracked.  It took me a couple tries but I finally made it out.  We were worried that the gas tank may have been damaged when the cart flipped.  By then, the ambulance, 4 Sheriff cars, the fire truck and 6 posse cars were there.  My husband pulled up and hugged me.  They put me in the ambulance, took my vitals and asked a million questions.  Told me my blood pressure was good considering what I had just been through.

5 guys tipped the cart up and moved it to the curb.  Police officers were chasing my golf balls down the street and picking up golf tees off the ground.  They were all so nice.  If only I was 30 younger and in my right mind from the accident and the sun and heat,,,,, those firemen were gorgeous, now all I can do is adopt a couple.  LOL  The two old guys took off before I had a chance to say anything so I think they knew I was right but it didn't matter at that point.  Today I have a sore right rib, a big bump on my right leg shin and a bruise on my right knee which isn't much.

I wanted to post this because I wanted to say in writing how lucky I was and who ever was watching over me I want to thank them and the guy that put the seat belt in my golf cart.  I was told that if I didn't have that seat belt on I would have hit the hot pavement under the cart or would have been thrown to who knows where and no one knows how long I would have been in the hospital if I lived to go to the hospital.  

I know this isn't one of my happy and funny blog posts but if it helps remind just one person to put a seat belt on, that makes me very happy.

Buckle up your children, don't leave children or animals in hot cars and keep them away from water.

I hope they make it mandatory for people in retirement cities to have seat belts on their golf carts while they are riding in the street. 

I want to thank all my friends for their support and well wishes.  I really appreciate it. 

Now I need some courage to go drive the cart again and am so happy those dogs weren't with me.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


Last week I showed my dentist some pendants I did with polymer clay and I gave him the crosses I made him with Pebeo paints.  He asked me to make a pendant for his wife.  So, I decided I wanted to try a few things with polymer clay and Pebeo that I didn't do before but I only had a week to finish his request.  I had 7 days to get something done and I got a headache the size of Texas.  It was either work or nap so most of the time I napped.  In between I made some pendants and I tried something new.  Instead of having a flat side and a textured side I decided to do pendants with two textured sides.  To one of the textured sides I added Pebeo Prisme paint.

I used this texture sheet to make the pendants.  I ran the clay through the machine with this sheet, folded it over and cut out pendants so there was texture on both sides.  Some of the pendants were done with black clay that I mixed with the new silver glitter clay.  I put the paint directly on the clay without putting PYMII on them.  I also made some silver and gold ones that I did put PYMII on before I put the paint on.  I baked all of them and then put the paint on.  The black ones without the PYMII curled a little when the paint started drying.  The other ones didn't.  The textures started showing through the paint which really surprised me.  If you click on the picture below you will see the texture coming through on the two large football shaped pieces.

This paint has a mind of it's own and you never know what the end product is going to be.  Once the paint dries, I put one layer of Magic Glos UV resin on them and then sand and buff the sides and back.  Then I put one or two more coats of Magic Glos on.

This is the back side of the finished pendants.

The doctor loved the little hearts so he took two of them and is giving one to his daughter.

I have about 10 more to finish but it's going to have to wait till the monster headache goes back to Texas.