Tuesday, October 28, 2008

content in a cottage


do check out this blog. She has the coolest pictures! A friend sent me the link and it's a blog I like to visit now!

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Torch

Isn't this awesome? It's still in the box because I'm moving. So the studio is getting set up again for I think about the zillionth time since August 2006. First I moved from N Michigan to N.Carolina and rented studio space. The lady who had that space would move my equipment when I wasn't there. It was moved about 5 times and it drove me nuts. So we rented a house and I moved it from the studio to the garage in the rental. Then we went to Michigan for the summer, so I took all my lampworking equipment with me, then back to NC, then to Michigan the next summer, then back to NC.. and now... drum roll please.............................................................
We bought a house and are moving in. Woo hoo!
I'm thinking maybe this new torch can get hooked up tonight. It is supposed to work great with an oxygen concentrator which is what I use. I'll tell you how it compares to my bobcat torch which is a sweet torch.
I bought the cricket because maybe there will be more 'ummmph' and you can get a pinpoint flame with it, which can come in handy when working in a small area and you don't want to melt too much of your design.

:-) Tonight's plan is move my glass, and gee I probably should move the contents of the refridgerator, and ummm more clothes. ok priorities. Maybe the torch won't get set up tonight!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Barbie Formal Dress-Up Magnet

CLICK on the Barbie picture to see it full sized. It's a Barbie dress up magnetic set. I so want these!!! Magnet stuff is so fun!
The walls in my old art room were metal dividers and I used those little kid magnetic letters to make messages. I put up around the room artsy kinds of quotes and in one spot I wrote 'clean up your mess'
Well... over the summer my custodian friend found the bucket of letters and changed that 'clean up your mess' to 'wipe your ass' hahah good thing I caught it before school started.

Monday, October 20, 2008


Well this is the week, and so is next week. We're moving from the rental to a house we're buying! woo hoo!
A lady I work with said I should have this bumper sticker.

Southern Grace

I like it here. Love the weather. Love the people I meet. Love the beach. Love the mountains. And the people who live here love it here. It's a good place.

Miss my friends in Michigan and wish you would all move here!

And while I was looking for this sticker I found this Barbie Ballet Dress-Up Magnet

It's a Barbie dress up magnet set! Now is that awesome for refrigerator art or what?
Click on it and you can see the site. It's not too expensive and think of the hours of fun you would have!

Friday, October 17, 2008

Early Voting

You can vote early in North Carolina! So this is one thing I did today. :-)

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Now this is amazing! Pandora Radio is an internet radio station that picks music for you. You tell them an artist you like, and they play music by artists that are similar.
I loved the movie 'Once' which has Glen Hansard and Marketta Irglova with wonderful music that will hook you and pull you in, and a great story. If you haven't seen it you must go rent it. I'd love to know what you think of the ending. In the meantime you can listen to them on Pandora if you like.
And for you viewing pleasure... here's a nifty little bead for a Pandora bracelet, that I made. (the bead.. not the bracelet!)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Back in the Saddle Again

That's such a neat song sung by the old cowboy star Gene Autry. In this case, it means, I've shook off the virus that plagued me, got a bit less busy and posted a few beads on Etsy.
More to come!

Friday, October 10, 2008


how about this for rude? Didn't your Momma teach you manners Mr McCain?

Just in case you don't want to get in line to vote, click on this link for absentee vote information.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I love this!

What is it about this video that is sooo much fun? I'm thinking it's the not perfect ladies with tattoos. :-)
Old Crow Medicine Show

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Grandma's Pumpkin Bread

It's October and it's time for baking and comfort foods. Roasts in the oven, squash, apple things like apple crisp, apple pie; the fall/autumn harvest foods.
Yesterday I made a big pot of chili and even though it's still a beautiful 70 degrees outside, it seems to be a good soup for fall. Did you ever put a bunch of shredded cheddar in your bowl of chili and eat it with nacho chips. So sinfully full of calories.
I also was looking through the cupboards for canned tomatoes for the chili (wishing I had some of those wonderful quart jars of home canned tomatoes) and found a can of organic pumpkin from Trader Joe's. It seemed a good time for a couple loaves of pumpkin bread. This is a family favorite from my Grandmother who was born in 1904 I think, or maybe 1902. It's a moist spicy bread that we always make for Thanksgiving and a favorite of my late brother Daryl. I always think of him fondly when I bake it, and of Grandma too. Good autumn comfort food.

Pumpkin Bread

4 c sifted flour
1 t soda
2 t cinnamon
4 t baking powder (did you know you can't 'taste' rumford baking powder in foods? so that's all I buy)
2 t salt
1 t nutmeg
mix all these dry ingredients together and set aside

cream together
1/2 c butter
2 c sugar
1 c milk
4 eggs
1 16 oz can of pumpkin (if you use organic pumpkin, you might put in 1/2 c less of flour because organic pumpkin in a can is not as soupy as regular canned pumpkin)

add the dry ingredients and 1 c chopped pecans (unless you don't like nuts in your bread)

blend but don't over beat because you shouldn't over beat soft breads

pour in two greased loaf pans
bake 350 degrees 45-55 minutes
I cover it with a loose foil about 10 minutes before it's done so the crust isn't too chewy
Check it with a toothpick to see if it's done. You put the toothpick in and pull it out. If it comes out with batter on it, the bread isn't done yet.

Let me know if you try this recipe and if you like it.
Grandma would smile. :-)

Friday, October 3, 2008


Kimberly at the Wild Hare Blog spot tagged me today. Fun! The rules when you are tagged you must share six facts about yourself that most people don't know, and then tag six other people who need to do the same thing.

So ok 6 things which aren't all that interesting because what I like to do the most is quiet kinds of things. And that might surprise some people who know me since out in public I can be rather extroverted. (ok a lot extroverted but really I'm an introvert )

Sometimes (usually most times) we'll go to a Superbowl party and I don't know what football teams are playing in it. I have to ask my husband on the way to the party. Football just doesn't do it for me and when we went to the games when my kids were in high school, I'd take a book on tape on an mp3 player and listen to it. There were people listening to the game on the radio with their headphones, so I fit right in. When everyone stood up and cheered, I would too. The games got a lot more interesting after I discovered audible books.

I have two recipe boxes and one is full of cookie recipes. Homemade cookies are the best! My favorites are soft ginger cookies. No bake cookies are good too, and sugar cookies, oatmeal cookies, chocolate chip, peanut butter..... ok all of them are good. The secret is to use real butter.
:-) I bake them and then take little ziplock bags of cookies to my friends at work. But mostly I eat them. The best time is for breakfast with a cup of coffee.

I grew up in a large family in Michigan. 7 kids. No one lives in Michigan anymore. We live in Oregon, Missouri, North Carolina, Wyoming, and South Dakota. My kids live in Illinois, Arizona and Missouri. My parents live in Michigan in the summers and then in Florida. My brothers and sisters and I rarely get together as a group since we all live so far from each other, but we do see each other when we get the opportunity. People ask after knowing me for a while, 'just how many brothers and sisters do you have?'

I like to ride bikes. It's like flying when you glide down the hills, and riding smooth roads is just heavenly. I can take my bike apart and clean it and put it together again, thanks to the experience of working in a bike shop in college. There is a little fold up basket for the handlebars. One summer, I decided I wouldn't drive anywhere unless necessary and used my bike for most everything. But then I discovered that you shouldn't ride your bike and try to carry a watermelon. They are slippery and break when they hit the pavement. Quite colorful though! A gallon of milk can fit in a backpack but not much else, so you have to plan the trips carefully and save the big stuff for a car trip.

I had a rare uterine cancer almost 7 years ago and 'own' and moderate a list-serve for that specific cancer. Women find us when they look for information, and some physicians send their patients to the group. It's rare enough that there isn't much information out there and there are about 70 cases a year in the US and Europe. Go figure. I am a rare flower. ;-) and blessed to be healthy even if there are some left over side effects. Being sick with something serious makes one's view of life different than it was before the illness. That's why I follow my dreams.

I like to knit. It doesn't really matter if I finish the project so there are probably 5 or 6 knitting projects in my basket. It's mindless, and soothes the soul. I started knitting when I was in 4th grade and have had a project going ever since, it seems. Right now I'm trying to find the perfect sock pattern. I have three different socks made from three different patterns and not one of them is a perfect fit. It seems that if it takes that long to knit a sock, it should fit just right. One project in the basket is a wrap-type shawl. I only knit it when waiting for appointments. I want to see how long it will take to finish and when it's done, it will show how much time would have been wasted sitting waiting for someone to see me, or waiting for a test. When I get a CAT scan, there is a good hour wait after drinking glucky stuff, so I always knit then. It's probably about half done and was started two years ago. And the only kind of mittens that anyone should wear are hand knit mittens, in my opinion. !! So those get finished once they're started. But then again, I have the perfect mitten pattern.

and even though there are 6 already... here is number 7
We are buying a house! :-) After moving to NC two years ago, we finally sold the Michigan house and have found one here. We close in two weeks! Woo hoo!
that's why I haven't been around much lately on the etsy forums. Packing to move again! Hopefully it's the last move for a while, and this time I can set up a great garage studio since it will be 'my' garage studio.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Hot Time in the Mountains

It has taken a few days to recover :-) from all the fun I had this past weekend. I was lucky enough to be able to attend a hot glass bead retreat in Asheville, North Carolina. There were 30 lampwork artists there sharing skills, doing demos, and just generally having a great time. We worked in an old fire station in Asheville that is a glass shop called A Touch of Glass. The torches were working from 9 am to 9 pm and there was opportunity to learn many new things.

Here are a couple pictures. In order top to bottom
Top: Jeri Warhaftig of Jeri's beads demos her hollow mandrel that is used to make hollow beads. I learned how to make the coolest beads from this demo! And I bought a copy of her latest book. It has a bunch of beads to make with full instructions. Such a great deal for the price. 20 projects for $25 which is a much better deal than buying one tutorial on Etsy and printing it out yourself, wouldn't you think?
Here is the link to her book http://www.jeribeads.com/pre-order%20page.htm
well worth it!

next: Lissa Judeman working on her teenie tiny flame placing teenie tiny details on her fun and colorful beads.
Thanks Lissa! I learned a lot from her too!

And next:
an example of a ruffled hollow bead made by Jeri in her demo.

And next:
Two ladies that
I really enjoyed spending time with, Cindy Lemmo, and Connie O'Connell. Connie makes some fun and colorful whimsical beads and Cindy does some beeeeutious long thin beads with florals. She now has some new styles that are very nice too. I'm lucky to have beads from Cindy. I just keep taking them out and looking at them. Such eye candy!

It was great! Asheville is great! And now this weekend I'll be doing some practicing of some new techniques. Watch my Etsy shop for some new listings! Maybe I'll get one of my new hollow beads 'ala Jeri' in my shop. :-)