Thursday, November 29, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
I actually want to keep them all for myself, but I must share like all good girls are taught to do.
Today I must solder. I have another mountain of pendants waiting. Anyone who'd like to come over and help is welcomed!! I will supply you with pistachios, coffee, beer, candy canes... you name it!! See you soon... right??
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Two days in a row with no time for art. This does not make me happy.
But I did have a nice lunch with my dear friend, Laurie. It was her birthday.
It was so pretty and warm today, but tomorrow the big chill descends. It was inevitable.
Monday, November 19, 2007
The best thing was purging my outrageous heap-o-shoes and carting two sacks of them out to my car... next stop Goodwill. God, I hope I don't buy any of them back!
We have a big, cool closet under out stairs that Will loves to use as a camp. My sis named it The Nugget (?? size? tastes good??) and it is fitted out with a TV, PS2 and a pile of pillows and blankets. What more could an 11 yr old boy ask for? Anyhow, The Nugget falls into disrepair at times and becomes more like an actual closet... filled with crapola and unuseable as a boy-cave... so today I returned The Nugget to its favored state and I can now guiltlessly send my baby boy to the closet! Mom of the Year retains her crown and septor!!
So, all in all a good day... but tomorrow I must make art.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I can hardly believe that my son and his wife have been married a year today!! They are so sweet and happy! I am so proud of them... working and attending college. They are so good to each other! What a blessing to know my son has such a dear and loving wife!
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Spent the day working on (not in) my studio space. It is an on-going quest of mine to make the space tidier and more functional. Mostly I move things around and vacuum up glitter.
My sweet daughter is stressing me out so much. She is going through an emotional growth spurt, I think. She is 18 and I am wishing that she was 4 today. I miss my little girl...
Thursday, November 15, 2007
I think I'll make another batch or two and then I WILL solder. I must do this before Thanksgiving so that I'll have a bucket-o-pendants for the shop. McKinney's Dicken's festival is the weekend after Thanksgiving and there will be a shopping frenzy. I need to be well stocked.
Today I am off to scamper about with my sweet sister, Juli. We are going on the hunt for cheapo bling down in the bowels of Dallas. Treasures await!!!!
This is how I roll... Despite my best efforts, I am so messy when I create. I try so hard to not be a slob, but I get too caught up in the process to remain tidy. I DO clean up often, but my work space always looks like this when I am creating. sigh...
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Well, it is November 13th and still wonderfully warm here in north Texas! Though I fight it, I truely hate cold weather and the long, bleak days of winter. And I don't like autumn. There I said it. It always feels so sad to me. Everything is dying... ugh.
I absolutely could not live one inch further north. One more day of chilly weather would kill me.
But, it is lovely now and I will survive the cold when it arrives.
I need an island, though... the sound of gentle surf on a sugar sand beach... my soul's harbor...
Monday, November 12, 2007
The weather here on the outskirts of Dallas is hardly Christmasy. It was a most splendid weekend with temperatures in the low 80s. I LOVE it!! Still the holiday season nears and I am busy making Christmas things for my shop.
There is a bit of a pall over our household as my daughter has split with her sweet boyfriend. We all love him, so it is a loss for everyone. So sad, but who knows... they may work things out in the future. He is a dear young man and I confess, I would have been most delighted to have him as a son-in-law someday. My precious daughter is spreading her wings. Sometimes it is just too hard to be a parent. One misses the days when the kids small and easier to protect... sigh...
Friday, November 09, 2007
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
Thoughts of beautiful Virgin Gorda warm my heart on a chilly day. I hope to wade in that gorgeous blue water again soon.
It is a mild autumn so far.
Today is dedicated to creating. I have no plans to leave the house and hope to end the day with a pile-o-completed-art.
It is sunny, cool, but a lovely day... a good day to create.
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
Will and I went to the park on Sunday sfternoon to enjoy the spectacular 80+ degree November weather. A cold front came through last night and it was in the 40s this morning... but the trusty weatherman says 80s by the weekend. Not bad.
Saturday, November 03, 2007
All day we scrounged and dug. I am proud to say I stayed pretty close to my resolve to be focused and look for items to create with. A few things were irresistible and came home as personal treasures, but mostly I found wonderful supplies.
As the day (a most extraordinarily warm and beautiful day for November) wound down I realized that all but one item on my list had been found. I mentioned this to Lisa and we marveled at my good luck. Literally in the next breath we rounded a corner and there was the last item... vintage wallpaper!! Amazing! I do wish I'd added world peace and happiness to my list, but I was astonished nonetheless.
Vintage wallpaper border from Nebrask, purchased from a sweet Amish lady.
A bit of the ephemera I could not resist. This is my greatest weakness and looking for it so time consuming. I mostly bought lots of stuff that seemed interesting at a glance. My instincts led me to the right things. No junk, all delightful paper treasures!
$1.00 birds... these I must keep.
Kitschy Christmas!!! Hard to find cheap as the dealers certainly know how popular these items are... but on a back row found some super deals! Oh, such wonders~ rusty keys and junky jewels!
Bottles everywhere... the grubbier the better! Bliss!
So, the thing I really needed could not be found... TIME! oh, well... I will dig some up from somewhere. I am off to create and sort and share some of my finds. Keep an eye on my Etsy.
Dutch dolls, dominoes, a huge jar of game pieces, wooden shoes, saints, a dance card, cigar bands...
Friday, November 02, 2007
Pink and cream delights... old hats, vintage bling, cherubs, a gorgeous bird, doilies, wallpaper, lace...
Marvels in blue and ivory... a doorplate, earbobs, a pearly collar, the sweetest bottlebrush tree, broaches, a bluejay, millinery flowers...
... magnificent buttons, transistors and rusty things!
And this is just the first photos I've taken. I have so many more wonderful finds for creating and sharing! More soon... I promise, after I recover a bit...