Tuesday, February 16, 2016

MY NEW YEAR'S DAY UPDATE

My last post was on January 1st wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Right after that post I drove to OSH to buy a trailer ball hitch for my cuff class. Came home, set my purse and bag down, opened the gate for the dogs to come out ... and immediately tripped over Charlie and fell onto the driveway. Luckily I was able to scoot over to my purse and call my neighbor. I had fallen on my right side and my right arm was useless. Her friend helped me up, got me into the car and off we went to the ER. Fortunately I remembered my kiln was on with those broken bottle plates, so my neighbor was able to turn it off.

What a start to the new year! I had fractured my pelvis in a couple places, so it took almost three weeks before I could walk without pain. After staying in the hospital for a few days, I was transferred to a rehab facility where I had the best care and physical therapy. And finally got home on January 24th!

Yesterday I got those two plates from New Year's Day fired in their slump molds ... they are gorgeous!

Unfortunately I had an MRI last week on my right shoulder and the results were really bad ... so I am waiting for the doctor's office to call with a surgery date. In the meantime I have done everything I can think of to make my life after surgery easier. I'll have to wear a sling for six weeks, then start physical therapy.

I don't know about typing and using the mouse with my left hand .... so it may be a while before my next post!!

Friday, January 1, 2016

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE ! !

Hope you are having a relaxing New Year's Day. Are you watching the Rose Bowl Parade? It's about 10 minutes from where I live and it is COLD here! The forecast for today is 60 degrees, so that's an improvement, and the sun is shining brightly. Can't imagine how cold those people were last night who slept on the parade route!!

I started my new Cuff class with Leslie Kail Villarreal a few days ago. Have done everything I can while working inside the house. The garage has been in the 40's, so it's much too cold to work out there. I tried my little heater and even borrowed another from a friend, but they had no "poop" in warming the garage. I know how effective my big Skutt electric kiln is once it reaches temperature (around 1500 deg. F.) and you prop open the lid with a small post. So yesterday I prepared two glass projects, fired the kiln, and once it finished I had a warm and toasty garage and was able to start soldering elements to my cuff.

But, back to warming up the garage .... and the projects I fired in the kiln.

Here's what I did. I broke two mineral water bottles that my friend supplied me, arranged the pieces on thin fire paper on the kiln shelf. Here's a photo of one of them, and a photo of the leftover pieces of the bottle I didn't use. The pieces were arranged in a 6-1/2" square.

So yesterday was a WIN-WIN day. I got two glass pieces fused and was also able to work on my cuff. Today or tomorrow, I'll slump the two glass pieces in molds and have another warm place to work. I love them!

Monday, December 21, 2015

SNOWFLAKES!

I've been looking for my hot glue gun for a while ... I wanted to use it to make a few stencils for my powder printing on glass. And recently my friend gave me a bag of hot glue sticks! Yesterday I finally gave up my search and drove off to buy a new glue gun. Which means I'll find the other one very soon ....

Last week I saw a craft article where the writer used the glue gun to make wonderful snowflakes. What a cute idea! You can add them as ornaments to your tree, stick them on your windows, add them to your gift wrapping! There's still time for YOU to make some! She also added sprinkles while they were still hot so they sparkled. I googled images of snowflakes, reduced the sizes and printed a few. I used a piece of parchment paper with the snowflake pattern underneath, so that made it easy to copy the pattern using the glue gun. It took just a few minutes for each to dry. Then it was easy to peel them off the parchment paper. Here are the snowflakes I made today.

Not a great photo (and I need more practice), but you get the idea. And you need to go slow so the lines are thick enough.

Monday, November 30, 2015

GOODBYE .... FAREWELL ....

Boo Hoo. Over the weekend I said goodbye to my favorite BOHO ring. It made me very sad ... but yet, as soon as the door closed and my buyer left, I jumped up and down with excitement in front of my dinner guests with cash in hand!!

Here she is ... for the last time. Goodbye, baby BOHO.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

BRING ON THE HOLIDAYS!

Looking forward to enjoying the holiday season with family and friends. The Prom Plus Holiday Boutique was a well-attended, fun (and profitable) event. Thank you, friends, for coming to the show and supporting this artist!! Ornaments are one of my favorite things to make. Here are a few I had on display.

The Boho Ring class ended earlier this month and am looking forward to the next class, which will be on making cuffs. I'll post a link as soon as it becomes available in case any of you would like to join in the fun.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

PROM PLUS HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE!

I've been busy getting pieces ready for Saturday's Holiday Boutique. It should be fun. If you live near La Crescenta, CA, please come visit the show. It benefits Crescenta Valley High School's Prom Plus, providing safe venues to have fun after the prom. I will have a sampling of fused and stained glass, ceramics, gourds and some metal pieces .. everything except for jewelry. Apparently that category was already filled by the time I entered the show.


The last couple days I've been making Christmas ornaments. Here are a few.

HOPE TO SEE YOU ON SATURDAY!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

BOHO RINGS FINISHED!

Yesterday I worked all day and happily finished my last two rings that had previously been soldered together. These two were the easiest .... they were completed in one process ... no stripping off everything and starting over! No melted parts. Easy peasy. No, it was still not easy, but all that practice over the last few weeks has definitely enabled me to complete a ring and have it look good!

The class ends today. Sad it is over, but another will start in December or January. I've loved the FB group interaction, seeing everyone's projects started and completed. And making new FB friends.

Here are my two rings, again BABY BOHO and BOHO!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

COUSCOUS SALAD

I have to share this recipe my friend made for our golf tournament last week. Our club members brought so many delicious salads and desserts, and we had platters of Subway sandwiches too. Great fun and great food.

COUSCOUS SALAD

1 box plain couscous ... general rule: 1 cup couscous takes 1 cup water to swell.

1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
Pepper, to taste
1 tsp. curry powder
3/4 cup orange juice

4-6 green onions, sliced diagonally
2-4 tbsp. Italian parsley, chopped
3/4 cup Craisins
Chopped dried apricots to taste

2-3 tbsp. olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
3/4 cup nuts (walnuts, pecans or almonds) toasted and chopped

In bowl, mix together couscous, salt, sugar, pepper, and curry powder. Bring required amount of water to a boil and pour over mixture. Add orange juice and stir once. Cover tightly and let stand a few minutes. Stir again and continue to let stand until liquid is completely absorbed, 5-10 minutes. Fluff up with fork and add remaining ingredients. Better served at room temperature.

ENJOY!

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

A SMALLER BOHO RING

Sadly, our Boho Ring class ends on November 1st, in just a few days, but I feel pretty confident in continuing to work with sterling silver again. It's been years since taking my jewelry classes at our local community college. Now we can all look forward to the next class with Leslie. She hasn't announced a date yet, maybe after the holidays, and I'm guessing it will be CUFFS.

I finished my sixth ring yesterday ... a smaller version of the regular size. Again it wasn't smooth sailing, but it turned out well. How boring this would be if it was easy! Here's a photo of it with the last ring I made. I used one of my own dichroic glass cabochons.

MY BOHO BUDDIES!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A NEW BOHO RING!

I spent most of the week preparing lists, score cards and scoring sheets for a two-day golf tournament our club hosted. It was very successful, and the weather, golf course and food were all perfect.

So yesterday and today I was able to work on my fifth BOHO ring that was textured using the cupcake wrappers. The texture was so beautiful, I wanted to make this ring very simple. I domed two cut flower patterns and added silver balls in the center of each. And added a decorated flattened silver ball made in the Tucker Shot Plate to the shank. I love the stone, which is Chinese Blue Larimar .... from Cabtopia, an Etsy shop .... where I purchase all my stones. Will work on a smaller ring with a smaller 10mm stone next.