Hi Everybody- I have been MIA for a while. I sure hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season. We still need to remove the lights from the outside of the house. We can then get all the Decorations stored away in the attic for another year…. Jen goes back to college on Tuesday. ugh. So what have you all been making? Anything exciting? I might get inspired by your projects. I am really trying to get my head on straight.
At this moment Yahoo says that they cannot retreive my email. That I need to walk away from 10+ years of contacts and other info. I have been making a list of places I need to contact. Ugh. That does not help my Head… But it does clean out my old emails…. So if you are reading this and have tried to reach me by email you know why I have not responded.
January is running fast and I pray you are all having a great time making things. Is it sewing, painting, drawing, what kind of textures or glitters are you working with? Christi Friesen Blathered about playing with glitter. Check out all of her great work! http://www.cforiginals.net/ I know my friend Dawna has a clean work surface she was bragging about today on FB. Maybe I could start there.
Happy New Year! K
Tina and I along with Marie Segal will be selling at this fair. Rain or shine. Come join the fun!
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will be hosting its’ 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Sat November 12 from 9am to 3 pm. There will be over 60 local artisans and crafters this year offering Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday décor, pottery, jewelry and accessories, photographic art, unique gift ideas, specialty food items and gifts for all ages. Come shop for the perfect hostess or secret Santa gifts and get started on your holiday shopping early. Our Lady of Mt Carmel is located at 13541 Stoney Creek Rd. in Rancho Penasquitos at the corner of Carmel Mt. Rd and Stoney Creek. (intersection at the top of the hill at the light) Location is near the 56 and 15 Freeways. Hope to see you there!
I have been planning on making Birdhouses for some time now. We had a bunch of wood pieces left over from trimming the ends off of board when we built our fence. They are nice boards and I thought that they should not be wasted. So I decided that I would make some birdhouses and decorate them in some fun ways.
Today Marty and I got them all put together. We cut all the sections and then did an assembly line to put them together. I have big plans for the finishing of them. But for now they are all natural. I plan on putting wire and beads on them and possibly painting or washing some with a color stain. I figure I will do as the spirit moves me. -K
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
Working out in the garden, I noticed this plant that didn’t look like the others. This one had bigger rounder leaves and little curly arms like a vine. Ooo, maybe it will someday give me grapes or some sort of berries! The poor little thing has been chopped down with the geraniums at least 7 times! That’s how long we’ve lived here. So to make sure this doesn’t happen again I thought I would draw more attention to it.
This was just an old trellis the previous owners left in the patio. I have a terra cotta pot painted to match (…why?). I love it even though it is so simple. When my daughter saw it she said “oh yeah, Mary Engelbreit”. Yes, I am a fan. Simple, colorful and fun. Thank you M.E.
I can’t stop here…can I? – Tina
I have been a bit scatter brained lately. Not really focused on anything in particular. I have not even told you about the wonderful classes I took from Marie Segal! I had 2 day chock full of information. I was able to read through the directions a day or two after the class. We had so much fun playing in the class. First of all she was teaching us how to use the amazing clay Cernit. It has some wonderful qualities. One day was devoted to the porcelain effects that you can get from it. I have lots of fun pieces in various stages of completion. With Marie you just never know what she is going to teach you next. Some times the simples thing is a big “awe ha” moment for the class.
We started off Saturday with a somewhat intense button making project. They all turned out great! We liked it so much several of us traded samples amongst us so we could go home with different examples. We did beads, caning and tassels using pearl ex and paint and ink. So if you ever get the opportunity take a class with Marie. It is sure to inform and entertain! -K
Wow ! Thanks a bunch E.C. Look what we got a “Versatile Blogger Award”! That is very nice for you to think of us. We like making stuff up and posting it for the world to see, or at least those of you who read our blog.
We are supposed to post 7 Random facts about us.
1. I have kissed my cat on the lips. – Tina
2. I will cry watching sad movies even if they are animated. – Tina
3. I am a chronic license plate reader. It will bug me if I can’t figure that personalized one out. – Tina
4. I Would like to know why people think holding their cell phones away from their ears while driving think it is using their phone “Hands Free”? – Kelly
5. I sometimes find myself getting excited by thinking I can have certain foods, cus I am now an adult and I don’t have to have my Mom’s permission. – Kelly
6. I grew up in Wyoming. We all thought it was the Midwest. But since I move to California, Wyoming is not considered the midwest. – Kelly
7. Blogging helps keep us on our toes! – Kelly and Tina
Thanks for giving us this award E.C. We appreciate it!
Check out another blog…. We pass the award to:
http://fimofanatic.wordpress.com/ Charlene A.Therien Aka: CAT She has a very funny blog and links to all her other fabulous sites.
Dresser with Doll Hutch
Dresser in Place
I finished the Dresser and placed it back into Jen’s bedroom in time for my brother to come visit from Nashville. She has a lot of special dolls so I wanted to be able to showcase them on the hutch that she used to have books and other things as well as some of the dolls. I removed the books and placed the dolls and a few other things that she wanted to have in her room. I hope she likes the new look! I really enjoyed refinishing the dresser. I learned a few things and can use it the next time I try something. Thanks again to my friend Heidi for her help! I will keep looking for the hardware that I need for the drawers. -K
So I have been trying all week to get all the different supplies together that I have been stockpiling for years. These are findings that I plan to use to make jewelry and other things with my clay. I really have intended to do clay all week, but did not actually get to any claying until late of Thursday night. I made a Natasha Bead or two.
Today was the SDPCG Round Robin. There was 14 different classes offered over four hour period. It was great because you can take lots of different techniques from several instructor. We have a potluck lunch which is always fun! I spent a good part of the week making tickets and making sure I had the right people in the right class at the right time. All this work ahead of time worked out becasue we did not have any scheduling problems today.
Well I did clay today! I actually took 2 classes. One class we made Bobbin Beads with Dotty McMillan. This technique you repurpose sewing bobbins into beads. Then I learned how to make Faux Silk Screen by painting on the clay. I have not created any items from the sheets yet, but I really liked the technique that Patti McElhiney taught. Then since I had some spare time I conditioned some clay so that I was that much closer to actually making something out of Polymer Clay. Tina may die of shock. I think she thinks I gave it up… BTW She taught a class today! She taught how to make a very sweet angel.
So I guess I have no other excuses for not making clay for the next few weeks. Not if I want to have something to sell at Sandy Camp. So don’t be surprised the next time you check back and I have new things to show you! I have a list 4 pages long of things I want to make. -K