Friday, January 30, 2009

Still Growing

I don't know how anyone is keeping up with One World One Heart. I've been trying to get to all the blogs and can only make it to about 50 a day. there are over 700 bloggers who have joined in the giveaway. I hope I can visit everyone by the time it's over, but with time constraints I'm not sure I will get to everyone.

This is taking a lot of time. I haven't worked on my beading, knitting or sewing since it started on 1/19. don't think I'll be doing much crafting this weekend either. Everyone is so excited to join in, I want to say Hi to them all.

Hope you take the time to visit some or all when you can. It's a lot of fun. Like a great big party.

Some updates, our kitty, Sly - not Jane - we are back to Sly (shhh, I like Jane better but G won)
kitty got neutered this week, she is recovering nicely. she got shots too so when the weather gets a bit warmer we'll feel good about letting her out. hopefully, she'll come back too. :)

We got another 12" (of snow) this week. So we're planning on a fire and relaxing tonight.
have a great weekend. I'll be right here blog-hopping.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Block Head

I love to sew almost as much as I love to make jewelry. I've joined a couple "Block of the Month" clubs at my local Quiltery Shoppe. the first club is for very basic blocks, I've chosen to go with the earth tones group. First I started with a whole bunch of strips. Here is my finished block for January. Kind of primitive, but I'm learning.
The second Block of the Month group is a lot more challenging. We'll be creating a 12 days of Christmas quilt by the time we're finished. Here is the first block - I hope my comes even close to looking like this.Back to the really fun stuff... I can't believe I already have 225 comments for the One World One Heart giveaway. I added a third set to my giveaway since I went over 200 comments. Remember, you don't have to be giving something away to leave a comment up there, you just need to have a blog. Click on the World logo to see the over 600 participants and start signing up for their giveaways!

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Next Chapter : Secret # 3 - Follow Your Fascinations

The Keys listed for this Chapter are :
Taking Courageous Risks
Intuiting New Pathways
Developing Staying Power
Heading Your Heart

Theses keys tell us that in order to move forward we need to take calculated risks, challenge ourselves to go outside our comfort zone and trust our inner selves to follow the right path.

Our guide Jamie gives us two challenges.

The first from the book: get a clear picture of what en-courages you.
Most of my encouragement so far has come from my family. My sister U brought me into a shoppe and sold the owner on the idea of selling my jewelry on consignment. My sister A, probably my biggest fan, encourages my artist self to try new ideas. G encourages with his patience at how many hours I spend working on my jewelry. He gets me into my studio when I've been in a slump. He comes up with new ideas, suggestions to trigger my imagination. He even bought me a Dremel - a work tool that most men would question my need for it.

Reading the blogs and magazine articles of other jewelry artists encourages me when I find they started out just like me. Solely with a passion for beads and a love of jewelry.

Jamies second challengs is to take a brave step toward our dreams. One step - it can be big or it can be small, just take a step.
I've thought about this for awhile. I would like to keep advancing in my interest in polymer clay. I'm interested in creating my own beads, pendants, wearable art.

I found a book at the library that fascinated me. It was on working with polymer clay; designing, creating, ideas and concepts. I liked it so much I considered buying it on Amazon but couldn't talk myself into it - it just didn't seem necessary. It's been tickling the back of my mind. This week, I am going to order that book. My inner self keeps going back to it, I can't forget the book, so I will take that step, follow my instinct/my inner self guidance and order the book I've wanted for so long.We're still digging out and still getting more snow!Wow, Sunday morning already! It's time for some blog-hopping. I've been blog-hopping all week visiting many of the blogs that joined the One World One Heart giveaway. That is taking a lot of my free evening time, but I'm finding some great blogs along the way. I'm only half way through visiting the list of people who joined I can't wait to go visit some more.
  1. Shibori Girl
  2. Vanessa's Clay Adventures
  3. Ronnie Unplugged
  4. Synch-ro-ni-zing
  5. Abagadassett

Friday, January 23, 2009

Kitty update:
We now know that Baby, the stray kitty that we adopted, that now comes inside our home is a girl. She is in HEAT! poor little girl. we have locked her inside the house. she cries and cries and we know she doesn't have a clue why. So we've made an appointment with the VET and we told our little girl she is going to get "Tutored" next week. she is going to be very surprised.
Now that we know she is definitely a girl. We have officially named her Jane. Baby girl Jane.

I got a bit distracted on my health kick, but today I've cooked up some collard greens, then tossed them with tamari and brown rice vinegar. YUM. (if you like that kind of stuff) I do - G doesn't. more for me. ha.

So far 460 people have signed up for the One World One Heart givewaway going on until 2/12. Please click on the world at the top if you haven't done so yet. There are so many talented artists to visit. I've been trying to get to some sites every night. But I'm so GEEKY here is what I do.
I have a spreadsheet and I keep track of all the sites I've visited so I don't visit the same one twice. Then I also keep track of who has visited my site so when I make a list of all the names and cut them up to draw for my prizes, I don't create any duplicates.

I do the same thing with American Idol. I create my own spreadsheet and keep track of who is in and who has left and who and potential to win.

I know. I'm pathetic.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

To Mr. President:

Congratulations and Good luck Mr. President !

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek. "

Monday, January 19, 2009

Twilight - The Movie

We went to see Twilight last night. I first read the book so I knew the entire story line.
I'm glad I read the book first. The movie followed the story as best it could, but with only 2 short hours and a lot of information to get out so the audience that didn't read it could understand, much was left out. The writers did a good job with the time constraints. So read the book first, if you can, to get the story behind the pictures.At first I wasn't thrilled by the choice of actors. I expected Edward Cullen to be dazzling and absolutely drop-dead (ha) gorgeaous. He was cute but wasn't over the edge in my eyes, but as the movie continued he got better and better looking. Some of the acting wasn't all that great either. It seemed stifled/stunted at times. They really downplayed the part when Edward was dazzling in the sunlight. He could have been truly sparkling with effects possible now. I'm beginning to wonder if the theater had some screen or viewing issues. Perhaps the color and effects looked better at other theaters. I wasn't crazy about the clothes either. This movie could have been so much better if more time had been invested in all the pieces that go into a movie.
Other than that, it was fast movie, didn't lag and ended up a true love story, just like the book.
Here they are towards the end, when the 2 love struck teens are at their happiest and look the best.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Week #2 - Honoring Your Inspirations

I joined a group of bloggers who are following along together using the book, "The Next Chapter: 12 Secrets of Highly Creative Women", monitored by Jamie Ridler. It's not too late to join in.

This week Jamie asks...

What have you always loved? What inspires you? Catches your eye? Makes your heart sing?

I love colors - deep and rich, bright and vibrant, soft and mellow. Color sings to me. When I am out walking around all the colors in Nature inspire me. The whiteness of new snow, the light green of budding plants, the deep true colors of high summer. I bring the inspiration home and use the song of color when creating my jewelry.

Textures inspire me too. Soft, rough, smooth, gritty, creamy, silky, dry.... it's another facet of creativity I bring to my jewelry.
Beads - I am inspired by beads. When I show someone my studio for the first time, they are surprised at my collection of beads. I am drawn to them where ever I go. Again, color and texture of the beads sing to me to pick them up and take them home. A few months ago I started to challenge myself by creating my own charms and pendants working with polymer clay. So far I am enjoying the process of learning something new and ideas are being born.
I can still remember my first favorite pair of earrings I wore when I was 13. I can even remember some of my sister's earrings and my mom's jewelry. At 13 I found joy in looking and touching - the colors and texture of jewelry. It's not surprising to me that I am now creating my own. I just wonder - what took me so long.
Textiles call to me also. I love ALL fabrics. I would love to have more time to be more creative with fabrics, but jewelry is my first love and textiles take a happy second place.

Jamie guides us along with the following...

"Give yourself the gift of alone time and explore. Let go of all your preconceptions and discover yourself anew. Try every radio station on the dial and notice what moves you. Walk down the street and pick the house you'd most like to live in. Go to a movie that you want to see - no compromises. Go to a clothing store and be outrageous in what you try on. You might surprise yourself!"
I already do some of her ideas - I pick out houses I would love to live in. There are many so I wouldn't be able to stay long in any one house, but it would be fun. Try different radio stations, yes, my tastes change as I pass though phases in my life. It's fun to find new ones and keep the old. Trying on outrageous clothes - I haven't tried that yet - maybe next time I'm out that will be what I challenge myself with.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Minus 13 F

And I was complaining at 2 degrees and thought it couldn't get any colder.
BOY was I wrong.
it was minus 13 F when I left the house this morning for work. I had to go into the office for a STUPID meeting that could have been conducted by phone. argh.
so here I sit back at home and it's 1 degree F. doesn't feel much warmer.

It was a great excuse to go up to the neighborhood bar tonight and have some nachos and a couple of beers. YUM. The place was packed. looks like everyone is getting cabin fever around here and crawling out of the house to have some merriment.

so I wake up at 6:00 am, get home around 5:30. we go out to eat around 6:00, get back home around 8:00. now I'm to dizzy to work on jewelry, I'll fall asleep if I start reading, don't trust my fingers around the sewing machine, can't concentrate on knitting... G is playing with the kitty (he loves that kitty).. must be time to turn on the TV - a rarity around here, but what else is there to do ? oh, maybe I'll open another beer.

yes, it must be cabin fever.
hope I sound coherent. I don't usually blog with a few beers in my belly.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Ch ch ch ch ch ch chilli over here

ok, now my thermometer reads 2 degrees F. YIKES. The roads are awful - the radio is reporting car spin outs all over the place.
This is when I'm REALLY glad I can work from home.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Ready...

I've got my pieces created for OWOH, but I can't display them until 1/19.

It's a very exciting time when people all over the world meet up on their blogs and share their giveaways.


Freezing cold here, I'm looking at 6 degrees F. on my thermometer.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

A whole lot going on...

It snowed all day yesterday and we've ended up with another Winter wonderland. I love the starkness of all trees against all that white.
The kitten we were calling Baby is enjoying the indoors as much as the outdoors now. We have named him Sly, but still don't know if it's male or female. We will be bringing it to a Vet soon to have it neutered. Whether the cat decides to stay with us or not, we will have it neutered to do our part for the APL.

Here Sly is watching the snow fall. We were surprised to find this kitten loves playing in the snow. When we did let it out, G would make a small snow ball and Sly bats it around like a ball.
Sly layed down a bit later and watched G shovel the patio so we could put food and water out for the other strays that aren't so lucky to come inside. G shovels pathways in the lawn so the cats can walk since we had about 10" of snowfall. In the background you can see the neighbor kids sledding down our tiny slope. It's barely a slope but they still have fun on it.
We have a historic district in our town that has saved old houses and they are rented out for shop owners.
We went into town for breakfast yesterday and as G looked out the window he saw smoke coming from one of the houses that was converted into a French Bistro. After we ate we stood out in the snow storm and saddly watched as this old house went up in flames.
My sister knitted me a scarf for Christmas so I asked her to teach me to knit. ~~ Like I need another hobby ~~ but the colors and textures of the yarn have always enticed me. Here is my first project - third try, I have already ripped it out and started over twice because I keep losing stitches. The first one she called a clown tie and made me start over. The second on would get skinny, then fat, then skinny again so I started over AGAIN. so far, so good.
Lastly, here are some pieces I made that will go to the gift shop in the historic center where I sell my work on consignment. I will work on Etsy pieces later this week when I have more time.


Phew! that was a lot! Still have time for some Sunday morning blog-hopping ?

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The 12 Secrets of highly creative Women - Week #1

Secret 1 - Acknowledging Your Creative Self

for this first week, Jamie has asked us to start by celebrating that we have joined the group and are willing to be acknowledge our own creative selves.
The more open I am to creativity, the more drawn I am to the richness of colors and textures. I can feel my beads and textiles vibrating with energy, calling me to touch them and discover what I can make with them.

She asks us to look inward and tell where we are on our journey.
I am now happily selling my creations in a gift shop and on Etsy. It's a wonderful feeling to know others are enjoying things I took joy in creating. I have watched my skill grow and my interests expand. I started just stringing pieces of glass together and lately I've started creating my own focal pieces with polymer clay and using more wire and chain. Growing and changing, I am looking forward to the next 11 weeks of creative discovery.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Reading my nights away

yep, ok, so much for blogging everyday. that didn't last long.
BUT I've been very busy.
Some friends want to go see the movie Twilight and I really prefer to read the book before seeing a movie so every night after work, dinner and clean up, I've parked myself on the couch with the book Twilight and I've read and read and read. That book is 500 pages !! but I finished it in time for the movie this weekend! The story was pretty good, a bit of a stretch for my imagination, but well written.

I've been keeping my food portion control in check except for a terrible chocolate craving every night. it's my weakness, so I've been sneaking in M&M's while I read. just a small handful - I'm doing pretty good on portion control for my choco craves too.

I picked up the Barefoot Contessa's new book "back to basics" at the library today while returning Twilight.
I know she loves butter and lots of high calorie stuff but I thought I might try something from her book just for fun this weekend.

Since I've been busy reading this whole week my beading has been sitting patiently waiting for me. So I can't wait to go touch all my little pretties and make something special. Even my camera feels neglected. Hopefully I'll be back to normal next week. normal? is there such a thing?

Friday, January 02, 2009

Here we go

Yesterday started off the new year quietly. I didn't leave the house. Puttering and playing was the game plan which is great for recharging.
Start the day with hot lemon water when you can. half a lemon squeezed into hot water - not boiling. Refreshes and recharges the liver and kidneys.

Then I cooked up some Quinoa and added dried cranberries for breakfast. The cranberries didn't work that well with Quinoa but I like their tartness so I ate them anyway. Plus they are sooo good for you.






For lunch I had my leftover Sicilian sausage and lentils. Dinner turned out great - even G loved the flavor combos. Hopping John Black eyed peas with brown rice, stewed carrot and butternut squash, skillet cornbread, collard greens. I broiled ham slices for G - I skipped the ham since I filled up on all the other goodies anyway.

I fell short on water. I ony counted 4 glasses of water - coffee and wine don't count for liquids :)
I need to work on that. I have an idea brewing that I'll work on this weekend.
Don't forget to exercise. 12 minutes walking - make sure the middle 6minutes gets you breathing hard. that's it - drag yourself to start up. I know I have to but when it's over you'll find it wasn't too bad.
I started some jewelry pieces yesterday. I'll do show and tell when I finish this weekend.
It's back to work for me today. So food will be a full ditto of yesterday since I cooked a lot of everything.