I can’t believe how long it has been since I have posted. I have been living life. Whatever that means. I have a dog now. Did I tell you that. That is a new experience for me. Ginger is great. We are learning all kind of new things. She is a pomeranian. But without the yip, all the hair and the short nose. We think she must be a throwback to before they were bred smaller. She is about 12 pounds.
Ginger strikes a pose.
San Diego Polymer Clay Guild’s Sandy Camp 14 has come and gone. 50’s Rock and Roll. We had a great time. I dressed up as “Lucy” I never did find “Ricky” for those of you who asked. We had some rain, but nothing we couldn’t handle. It was better than too much heat. We had lots of friends from all over and learned some new techniques.
It is hard to believe it is mid October. Time flies. But soon the temperature gauge will dip below 90 and we will again enjoy or San Diego weather we pay for…. It has been a hot one. I came away from Sandy Camp with lots of new thing I want to try and all those that I didn’t get done before I left.
So what is everybody else up to these days??? -K
I am planning on doing a demonstration on making bugs at Sandy Camp which is coming up next week. I have made lots of cute bugs. Since we are celebrating our 13th year with Trick and Treat I was wanting to make some that are more Creepy. So I have made a few Scarabs and beetles. I have not come up with anything too scarry yet. Maybe some of the other campers will make something that will scare everybody…. I will keep trying. They all don’t have their eyes or their antenna. I have to get them completed and baked. I wanted to show you that I have been doing something. I figured that some of the bugs would look good on the Birdhouses which still need decorated! -K
Filed under Clay, pictures
Upscaled Can Lids
Tina and I have a friend who moved away to Kansas City. Irene does Wacky art that makes you smile. She is having an event next Saturday for any of you who may be in the KC area. You must check out the things she has been doing with her art. She is a fabulous photographer. I love her cute animals and other wacky creatures she makes. You can check out Irene Niehorster on facebook. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wacky-Ink-Studios/173639582652229
Waking up to the thunder, I looked out the window and saw a double rainbow. I expected to see lightening, but saw a beautiful rainbow which arched over the homestead. It was amazing. One picture shows a garden fountain made from old pieces of farming equipment collected off the farm. Needless to say I couldn’t go back to sleep. But the sun rises are as amazing as the sunsets here in Montana. We leave tomorrow and I will miss it all, except the mosquitos. -K
A Beautiful Day
Through the Pond
Today I dropped off my husband Marty and father-in-law Al to go backpacking in the Mission Mountains. If you have been following this blog at all, since last summer, I attempted to make a cane of the mountain for the Families 100 years celebration of the homestead. Well this year we are back again hoping only to get in a hiking trip. I did not get to go due to my back being out of wack. So I stayed behind and collected some really nice drift wood. I hope to turn it into some fabulous pieces. We will see. In the mean time here are some mountain shots for your enjoyment. -K
This is one of the cherry trees-Pie Cherries
I am enjoying my time in Montana on the homestead. I got to pick cherries for Aunt Tam to make fresh apple pie. The cherries looked so pretty on the trees. I had to take some pictures. The pie was oh so yummy. Sunday morning we also got to have Aunt Tam’s “Awful Waffles” – Awful Good Waffles, that is… So we have fabulous scenery and scrumptuous food. Fresh fruit and veggies from the garden. What more could you ask for? Maybe a few less mosquitoes.
You can check out Tina’s fabulous fruit corsage pins on her etsy site http://www.etsy.com/shop/handmademom They look good enough to eat! -K
Lathe turned Bead
I promised I would tell you about my second entry for the San Diego County Fair. I made a bead that had a beach theme. It had a big wave, a sand castle, some footprints in the sand and a big sun. But it did not excite me. I had initially wanted to enter one of my beads that I turn on the lathe. So I looked around to see if I had one that was nearly finished. I found one that I really liked that just needed to be sanded and buffed to a nice shine. I wanted to add some wire and accent beads to dress it up a bit. I used some crystals. Give it a little Bling! I even created the Bead Stand for it so it can be displayed at the fair. You can check it out there. -K
Kaleidoscope Bead Necklace
It is that time of year again. Soon the smell of deep fat fried everything… will fill the air. I am talking about the San Diego County Fair. I entered two items in this year. First a necklace made from my Kaleidoscope cane beads. I had a particular vision in my mind. I kept thinking I should have taken pictures along the way. I would get the chains strung and then I would think of an idea that I thought would make a better design. So I would change it to the new idea. I think I went through at least 3-4 different variations. Even after I took pictures of it so I would have them to show you I changed the back necklace. I didn’t like it having the clasps on each side of the end of the three strand chains. I changed it to a single lobster claw clasp which hooks in the back. So if you want to see the final product you will have to visit the fair. Next time I will tell you about the other entry. It has a story also…. -K
I have An Artfire Site where you cannot only see the things I am making, but purchase them.
Tina and Marie have been encouraging me to get going for some time now. I am a slow starter.
The above pendant is just on of the items available to you.
There are crosses and hinged pendants and other Kaleidoscope pieces.
You may just find something you can’t live without!
Please check it out and tell your friends.
I am always available to make special orders. I plan on making beads and canes for use in your pieces too.
Thank you for looking it over. Let me know what you think! -K
Drawers before Stripping
My neighbor was having a garage sale back in November and had this fabulous dresser that I could refinish. I decided that since my daughter is in college now that she needed to not have the dresser that she had painted purple with flowers. Besides, one of these days maybe I will get her room for my crafts… I want to be able to enjoy it too. Well I had just gotten her room back in order after doing some major cleaning and organizing. But had someone who wanted the purple dresser for their 2 year old so it was High time for me to get the dresser done. So Heidi and I got busy. First we emptied the shelves which sit on the dresser and what was left in the dresser. Then we decided to paint the wall as well. So here is a picture of the dresser before we did anything to it, but after we took it apart. I have a picture in my mind of what I think I want, but whether it will happen I am not sure. I have visions of a somewhat distressed slightly white washed in places finish.. But only time will tell. I will keep you posted. -K