Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Expose Yourself v.2

Here is another treasury featuring few-sale shops. Such great items and shops! If you feel the urge, why don't YOU make a treasury with that theme in mind? There are scads of "fewbies" who would love the help.

Without further hoo hoo...here is the current treasury. Please visit and click those item photos!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Etsy Treasury for "Needy" Shops

They NEED a sale! :)

I am so excited! I got my first etsy treasury today!! And it's full of cool items from shops that have few or no sales. So please, visit the treasury and click on the items. The more clicks the treasury gets, the higher it will move in the lists, and the more exposure these shops will get.
And if you see something you love be sure and buy it! LOL!

Thanks for helping out. I hope this will start the ball rolling for these fellow Etsians!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday randomness

My old blogging friends already know that I looove bulleted lists. But for those of you newer crafty blogging friends....I love bulleted lists! LOL! So for this pop in, say hello, chat about many things post I'm going to use bullets. Yay!

  • We survived the ice storm with no interruption of power. For that we are extremely thankful. Extremely!
  • Aaron ordered a new laptop Sunday. He spent twice as much as I would have liked, but oh well. We'll have a super fast super spacious beast of a laptop soon.
  • Today I was a mass murdering baby killer. I cleaned Garrett's little 2 gallon aquarium his Granny & Poppy bought for his bday. I don't know WHY, but Granny bought 2 male and 1 female fish to occupy the thing. So 2 months later we have pregnant girly fish. AND some of those "mystery snails" hitched a ride to our house in the live plants she also bought and we have (had!) dozens of egg sacks stuck all over the aquarium.
    Did you know those snails are hermaphrodites? I didn't. I googled it today. Well this morning they lost (hopefully) all of their baby snail eggs. And as soon as Momma fish has her babies I'm dumping the ones that don't get eaten first.
  • I started and finished our xmas shopping this past weekend. Thank goodness. The only thing I have left to do is buy groceries for xmas meals. We don't do the 'typical' food for xmas, so I don't know yet what we'll eat. I'm thankful the shopping is done. I was in the holiday spirit for about 2 weeks. (That is unusual for me. Normally I never get in 'the mood'.) But the spirit has left me. Now I'm just ready to get it over with. Mom is spending xmas eve nite with us. I hope it goes smoothly. She is VERY very Santa-oriented and I (and Aaron) are very not. I hope that doesn't cause problems after the kids go to bed.
  • I am overdue to blog about a pc artist I discovered on Flickr over a week ago. This 2nd round of computer problems distracted me and I forgot. So look for that later this week.
  • Speaking of the clay...my brain is bubbling over with ideas lately. But I'm totally lacking the motivation and time to act on them. And that makes me all frustrated and grumpy.
  • I'm tossing around the idea of doing the training necessary to be a medical transcriptionist (from home of course). Aaron makes ample salary for our family, but I would love to pad the pocketbook more and hurry along this house remodel. When I mentioned it he looked at me like I had lost what's left of my mind. And he may be right. It would likely be the death of my clay time. But I don't know...I'll research it and chew on it a while.
  • Today is grocery shopping day. I need to make my list so I can get to the store. Woohoo. :0[

Monday, December 10, 2007

The first layer

We are in the midst of an ice storm. The weatherman says a 2nd wave will be coming thru tomorrow. Oh joy!

All the area schools are closed, but Aaron still made it to work today. He had some comp time to take off, however, so he's currently on his way home after a half day. I think conditions are worse in the metro area, but we've still received close to an inch of ice I bet. Our lights flicker now and then, but we've been VERY fortunate not to lose power like many other people. I've been peeping out the windows that are not iced over and got a few pictures.
See the nice ice skating rink down there?

The view out the clay room:

To the south:

To the west:

These trees out Emily's window (east) show how thick it is.

These trees get a good amount of the north wind. Unfortunately I can't take pics out any of our north windows. They are solid sheets of ice.
Today I get busy putting the plastic window wrap on the rest of our windows. All these old windows are drafty!

Friday, December 07, 2007

Computerless AGAIN

I swear, I think our 2 computers are connected on a deeper emotional level. When one is sick the other one follows it into the deep dark abyss. It's so damn annoying!!

The laptop took a crap again. (isn't that an eloquent phrase?!) :) Aaron has a theory that whatever part is inside the laptop and allows the internal battery to charge is not working any longer. So the new battery fixed the problem until it was completely drained of juice. It sounds logical to me. Because the laptop is doing exactly what it was the last time.
And the desktop....*insert big sigh here*....my poor old desktop...I think it needs to be put out to pasture. I have reformatted it a half dozen times in the past 2 weeks. It is finally so broke it won't even reformat any more! Half way thru reformat it tells me "partmgr.sys" is not working, or missing, or something like that. Again Aaron has a theory. He thinks windows service pack 2 has slowly killed it. I can't totally disagree with that. But I'm not a computer wizard and all I have is my 6 year old version of XP. (the cd actually says version 1.0 - wow!) So I guess the desktop is dead indefinitely. The thought of calling Gateway and spending 2 hours on hold to try and get an updated XP cd makes me nauseous.

This time around I'm using my FIL's old laptop. Aaron just happened to have it in the car. His Dad recently left a job here (to move to Conroe, TX - ew!) and Aaron is doing some part-time work for FIL's ex-employer for a while. And FIL's laptop had data on it pertaining to the employer's airplanes. So he left the laptop with Aaron. Sooooo....the laptop just happened to be in the right place at the right time! :)

Did you get all that? LOL! This has certainly been a whiny and confusing type post. I missed Claypen Chat this week b/c of the computers. Grrr!! And I have a new style of snowman earrings I'd like to upload. Grrr!! I guess for now I just need to take a deep breath...be thankful for Poppy's unintentional loaner...and go spend this xtra time at the clay table! :)

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Chef Phydeaux feeding Sabre

I would like to take a momentary detour from clay things and share a new Etsy store with you. Chef Phydeaux's Tasty Paw Treats
Some of you might recognize Chef Phydeaux in the picture there...she's my Mom. :) Mom has been making healthy homemade dog treats and selling them at craft shows for over a year now. She has received 100% positive feedback from everyone who buys her treats. I'm so proud of her. She has always been a goooood cook, and I guess that translates into doggie treats as well!
If you or someone you know is a pampered pooch owner, you should check out her shop. Her 1/2 lb. bags would make great xmas gifts! And I happen to know from a good source that there will be xmas gift wrapped items in her shop later this week. :)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Happy Room Pictures

It seems, from reading other blogs and message boards, that crafty people like to see where other crafty people create. I know I do. I am beyond thrilled to have my own Happy Room to clutter and create in now. It's so cool to have expanded from my Happy Corner. :) So far all I've done to decorate is sew and hang curtains. And I am so glad you can't see great detail in these pics! My sewing is scary (and lazy...no hems!). From a distance they are just pretty pale blue curtains. :)

Anyway, this is the view standing just inside the door. It's a narrow rectangular room. (about 6x11 ft) The windowless wall is crazy full of large screw holes. I hung some things on that wall to try and cover holes. It ended up looking like this weird hodge podge crooked eye wall. LOL! And poor Marilyn...she's still sitting on the floor. I bought that ginormous poster many years ago on ebay. I wish it were smaller. What was I thinking? I love that picture, but the size is so overwhelming. *sigh*
Ok, moving on. The built-in cabinets were a big stroke of good luck! Here's the view with the doors open.

Between the cabinets and my rubbermaid drawers I have a place for everything. So cool! (The other closed cabinets are full of mostly non-crafty things.)
Here's a shot of the clay table area.

It's not the normal cluttered mess. Usually I have several different projects going on and I end up leaving myself this tiny 6" blank working space. How does that happen? Do you do that too? Eventually I want to switch to a larger table to I can have a permanent solder station as well. At the last house I had a super large table (Garrett's old race track table his Dad built) and had that clay and solder setup. But that table is too big for this room.

I moved the computer desk to the living room area for now. It was in the Happy Room. The Happy Room doesn't have a cable outlet yet, so that desk needed to move out. In the meantime that end of the room has been converted to the tv babysitter corner.

It gives me about 10 minutes of clay time instead of 5, before someone is crawling up into my lap or crying because "she took my toy". :)

Someday the swiss cheese wall and the water damaged spots will be repaired and the whole room will be a wonderful warm creative color. And I'll have artwork hanging and probably different curtains.
Did I mention those are $1 a yard curtains? Pale blue would not be my first choice of fabric, but when you are shopping only the $1 fabric isle you choose from what's available. :) But they are still cute. Up close they have this swirly embroidered detail that is very cute. In my house there are never enough swirls!

Thanks for taking the 10 cent tour of my Happy Room!

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Sweet little girls

After posting my snowmen earrings, my friend Gina suggested gingerbread earrings would be cute...and she was right! :)
Gingerbread girl earrings
They went thru a few different body shapes before I settled on this one, but I like how they turned out. This pair went to Etsy. I have a 2nd pair almost finished on the clay table. They make me smile. Thank you Gina for sharing your idea! ;)

Now let me share a few pics of my favorite sweet little girls. I had not intended to take pictures of them today, but the kodak moment just presented itself so I started snapping! I have about a dozen funny not-quite shots, but here are the best ones.
Here's my beautiful Miss Emily.

I am THRILLED to have not one, but two, good pics of Miss Lydia smiling! I have not been able to capture this smile since she started sprouting teeth!


And one last shot...this one of them both. I shall call them Thing 1 and Thing 2. Because they are that ornery. :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mini Snowmen Earrings

Mini snowmen earrings
I got the urge to make my teeny snowmen earrings. I made 3 pair in one day. That is like...huge for me. :) Not only for the multiple children making distractions factor, but also because I have the attention span of a gnat! :)

Anyway....I really enjoy making the little guys. Snowmen are my MOST favorite winter thing. And last year's earrings were a big hit. So I'm giving it another go this year. Would anyone like to place bets as to how many pair I can make before the ADD kicks in? I'll put my money on about....6 pair total. LOL!

They will be up for adoption in my etsy store. :)

ABS November Challenge

Thanks to our computer woes and house issues, I barely got this finished in time for the November challenge. I bought some really nice adjustable ring blanks from The Perfect Bead a couple weeks ago. I bought them with the intention of making some faux stone cabachons like these beads.
Faux stone experiments
But after reading about the coffee inspired challenge I had a lightbulb moment! I had just days before looked at some dark brown mica powder and wondered what I would ever do with it, but once again put the powder back on the drawer with no ideas. The ABS challenge inspired me to make "cappuccino quartz"!
ring
I am very pleased with it. It was a devil to photograph though. I could not get the colors exactly accurate. The stone came out so rich and chocolatey brown. It's much richer brown in person. The mica powders sparkle and make the ring really fun!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Fuzzy thankful moment

This evening I am thankful for the following things. It's not a very "deep" list but then, I'm not in a very deep sort of mood. :)

  1. Eggnog. More specifically eggnogg with Mandarine Napoleon and apricot rum. :)
  2. The hellion kids are GONE.
  3. Warmth


    It's not attractive but it is now a working gas stove. It's keeping the living rooms a comfortable temperature. No more jackets required in the house. Yay!
  4. Working computers!!


    This is our working desktop. I had to reformat it and lose everything but at least it's working again. (Oh yeah, I remembered a box of music cds in the garage that had not been searched and it also held a few VERY important computer cds.) So YAY for random bits of memory! :)
    AND! Just moments after taking this picture Aaron got the laptop working again. He managed to get into BIOS and return it to the default settings. Whatever THAT means! So now we have TWO working computers. Two! Oh happy days!
  5. Little Miss Lydia's pigtails.

    They make me smile. She was busy eating M&M's and this was the best pic I could get. But you get the idea. Imagine a big glowing smile on that cute face. That's why we call her Sunshine.

Basement work has begun

Okay boys and girls, it's time for a story about our basement. Yay! :)

Aaron's plan was to re-level and re-support the house. After some exploratory digging and poking around he discovered quite a bit of wood that had old termite and/or carpenter ant damage. So he started the rather large task of replacing floor beams and other important wooden components I don't know the names of. Then the day came that he needed to remove a large portion of the seal and some siding. This was our first look at the rotten wood.

With the rotten wood and the crumbling brick "support" walls, I don't know how this place is still standing! But according to Mr. Fixit it's all part of buying an old house that hasn't had the necessary TLC. He says, you just replace stuff and fix stuff and that's it! LOL! (He thinks he's invincible. But that's another story.) :)
A few hours later the new wood starts replacing the old.

He was so proud of his demolition.

Can you see inside that large hole? That's the inside of my house! Well, the basement. But still!

Just a couple days later the weather changed from 70's to 30's. It got cooooold in our house. So we now have this lovely plastic sheeting helping to keep the winter OUTside.

Here is a shot of the mess inside.

The basement is divided into 3 large rooms. This is the first one to get the repair and re-level treatment. So this project will be going on for quite some time.
Today Aaron's friend is here helping him. (unfortunately he brought his hellion kids along) They are installing a HUGE 20+ foot beam that will be held in place with new permanent pillars. When he's done, this house will be standing stronger than ever before. (If it doesn't break and fall down first!) :)

Friday, November 23, 2007

Post turkey chatter

I hope you all had a nice holiday yesterday. We did. We had our family gathering here, but my Mom was the chef. And she hit a home run. Everything was dee-licious and we even napped on the sofas after lunch we were so bloated and content. :) Actually I'm sitting here hungry for lunch right now, but can't get psyched up for turkey. As good as it was, I still want pizza or something. LOL!

We are still computer-less. Still!!! Our laptop has had the new battery in it for 2 days now. It has had plenty of time to charge but the laptop still won't boot up. *sigh* Oh how I wish I'd went to college to be a computer fixit person! It looks like we'll be buying a new laptop very soon. Unfortunately we wasted $110 on that new battery. Maybe I can ebay it. The whole situation is so frustrating.

Aaron has been spending his evenings and weekends in the basement. He's replacing rotten floor supports and basement seals before he levels the house. He has some of the wooden siding removed from the bottom of the house as well. That means the basement is exposed to the weather. We have heavy plastic sheeting providing a temporary break from the wind, but it's still damn cold in the house. We are dressed in 2 layers of clothes and jackets IN the house. It's crazy. He's making wonderful (and necessary) improvements to the house, and I know he's working as fast as he can, but DAMN. Ya know? :)
I have pictures of what he's doing. I will see about uploading them as is (which I hate to do) to my photo album. Visuals help explain the cold situation. :)

Ok, the low blood sugar shakes have set in. It's time to eat turkey whether I want it or not.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Twisty Sliver Post Earrings

Aren't these earrings fabulous?! I recently bought them from Anne of Contrariwise.Etsy.com. Since I do some wirework I was tempted to just make a similar pair for myself and save my money. But I decided to step outside my tightwad box, be adventurous, and not make it myself. I am soooo glad I did! Anne's craftsmanship is outstanding! She has a store full of beautiful jewelry, but I can personally vouch for her wirework earrings. They are comfy and absolutely perfect.

Monday, November 19, 2007

I see trees of green

Sorry, no red roses too. I don't care much for roses. :)

I am still using Mom's laptop (Thank you Mom!!) but I've discovered I can use my PhotoImpact program via the portable hard drive backup doo-hickey Aaron bought last week. Yay for USB connections! :) Anyway...here is a picture of the new pendant I made last week:
Green Jeweled Tree

It was definitely an evolving idea. I sat down intending to make a wire and jewel xmas tree pendant. I wasn't feeling that shape. So I pulled out my idea book and made this from an old sketched idea. I'm pleased with how it turned out. I used gold filled wire and vintage swarovski rhinestones from my pal Scott. (check out his Etsy shop for great swarovski supplies!) I used gold and copper mica powders for the earth below and tree and around the edges. If I wore gold jewelry I would be keeping this one! :) I imagine it hooked to two seperate pieces of chain. But I'll be putting it on Etsy soon and let someone else decide how to use it. :)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Been away

Fah fah away....like with 2 broken computers and no internet! **gasp** I'm not sure if it was Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon, but the laptop battery DIED. Like died died. And we couldn't find one locally so Aaron ordered one online. He comparison shopped and bought one that was $100 instead of $150. That's great...but apparently this company is not johnny on the spot with the shipping.
Anyway, over a month ago the desktop computer died. It gives me this windows\drivers\pci.sys file is missing or corrupt error message. And I can't find the XP cds ANYWHERE!!! But it wasn't a huge big deal b/c we had the laptop. Until Tuesday!

Mom, bless her heart, brought over her laptop today. I've downloaded and burned that pci.sys file to a CD but I can't seem to get the desktop fixed. I am sooooo not computer saavy in that way. So I'm guessing it will remain broken until we can find the XP disk.

How many times can I roll my eyes? :) Anyway, it's just fortunate for me that google has merged with a half dozen companies or I wouldnt' even be able to log into blogger! Without my firefox cookies I'm lost! LOL!

I had just taken pics of a new pendant I made when the laptop died. I still have them on the flash card but I can't resize them, so I'll wait to share those later. I really just wanted to pop in and say Hi! And thank you all who sent bday wishes! I really appreciate it! :) See you later taters...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

32 is not so hot

So far, being 32 is no fun. Last nite just before bedtime I had what I thought was an allergy attack. Could not stop sneezing, puffy itchy eyes, etc. About an hour later I had the beginnings of a sore throat and achy body. A few hours later, Emily came into our room crying. Her nose was bubbling and she was motioning that her throat was bothering her. I was also miserable feeling so it was a long nite!

And today is my birthday. What a way to start it, huh? Last nite, Aaron & Garrett were out late with Aaron's dad. He was helping his Dad with his airplane. (He bought a slightly wrecked airplane and they have been rebuilding it.) Poppy has recently accepted a new job near Houston and is storing his little plane in our garage until he finds a hanger to rent down there. So last nite they moved the plane into our garage. This is something I didn't agree to. And hope it's a very short term situation. (That airplane, and the stress it has caused is a long story.)

Granny just called. We are going to pick her up at her sister's house. She'll spend the day here hanging out with us. I'm glad she wants to spend the day with us...but I really feel like crap. It's going to take effort to be good company. Luckily Granny is a sweetheart and will understand.
My Mom is coming over after work to take us to dinner. Again, I don't feel like it but I know she really wants to treat. All I ask for on my bday is to not cook or clean up after dinner. :)

Emily seems to be quite happy right now. She obviously feels a lot better than I do. Maybe I need to take some of her kiddie medicine!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Been beading

I think I'm afraid to clay. I just can't bring myself to open the clay drawer and start a new project. It's really weird. I want to clay but I can't make that first move.
Yeah....I'm definitely weird! Where's my therapist? **looking around for Dr. C. Morgan** :)

In more recent weirdness, I have made some jewelry. Nothing major. Just earrings and a pendant. Let's not forget my other phobia: designing jewelry. WHY is jewelry/beads my primary hobby? (Note to self: Research taking up knitting.)
I can't commit to something as serious as an entire necklace but I can do pendants. I finally used some lovely ceramic beads I bought many years ago. I made this pendant:


Then I made some matching earrings:


I also pulled out all my zuni bear beads and made these guys:

I'll be making more zuni bear things, I think. My Mom will get some of it, but the rest will go on Etsy. :)

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Eggplant clusters

Or maybe dinosaur egg clusters. I'm not sure. Neither name sounds very glamorous. LOL! Here are the earrings anyway:
New earrings for ME!
I bought the window beads in a bead store in Eureka, CA about 3 years ago. And I just used them today! I hardly ever buy beads in a bead store. Bead stores are just not...economical. I am frugal and like to buy my beads in bulk.

I love cluster earrings. I made a few pair of cluster earrings, a few years ago, before I had ever seen them on the internet. Which makes me feel good. Lately I have serious issues with "originality" and "oh crap...that looks like someone else's design". So me coming up with an original cute idea, way back then, makes me smile today. Nowadays cluster earrings are all over Etsy. Have you noticed? ANYWAY...it dawned on me that my unused bead store beads would make cool clusters.

I spent some time playing around with photographing in the new craft room. The windows are all south and west light. I took late afternoon pics. I experimented with direct light on the earrings. They were SO pretty sparkling in the light. It's sad I couldn't capture that in picture. But I'll keep experimenting. I didn't use my lightbox. And I didn't even adjust the picture color afterwards! I just cropped and sharpened. It's not a stellar picture...but it's not bad for a first pic in the new room.

Anyway (how many times have I said that word??), I'm wearing my new earrings right now and I love them. It's the first jewelry I've made for myself in a long time. I think I'll do it again....soon. :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Girly curtains

I've been mildly crafty. Not in the way I'd like to be, but it's better than nothing! :) Emily's room (window hell) is looking better. ALL the rooms still look pitiful because of the stale paint and bazillion screw holes in the walls, but every little bit of newness helps. Anyway, Emily's room. The curtains are all sewn and 3 of the 9 have the fluffy accents. See:

I'm gluing the yarn on. It's not hard, just tedious. I'm using 2 rows of green with 1 row of pink on top. It's like gluing on 30 yards of fake eyelashes!!
When they are complete, those white sash rods will be in the bottoms securing them to the windows. And metal rods will go up top with custom flower finials (polymer clay of course) on each end. I'm thinking they will be the same color as the tiny flowers in the ribbon loops. It will be so cute it's nauseating. :)
Here's a closer view of the yarn. I am not hip with the yarn lingo, so I'll just describe the green as a thinner eyelash yarn and the pink as super fluffy and soft. LOL!

And Miss Lydia's curtains are almost done. (I swear I canNOT finish a project immediately.) Mom made her curtains one afternoon while she was here, and I have sewn bead dangles on one of them.

They are very cute in person. Just a teeny bit of sparkle. I have very little pink in my bead collection. I haven't bought beads in years. And I didn't start liking pink until after Emily was born. So I really scrounged for ANY pink beads. The fabric was $1.00 a yard. I'm not spending money on beads. It's thrifty decorating at my house. :)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Polymer Clay Pumpkin Projects


Hello, Country Pumpkin!
Originally uploaded by CraftyGoat
Do you need a last minute Halloween gift for a teacher? Are you looking for a Fall project to do with your kids? Maybe you need some extra goodies to adorn your table runner?

My fellow guild member (and President), Angela, has three different pumpkin projects on her blog. I can't link to all the pictures, so why don't you pop on over to her blog and check them out!

Saturday, October 27, 2007

More kid pics

Aren't you excited?! :)
I seem to have momentarily gotten over my issue of sharing public pictures of the kids online. It's a wishy washy thing for me. I used to share myself and my family freely online. (I've been blogging since Garrett was a wee baby.) But that was before psycho ex's, divorce, adoption, etc. I still want my online friends to have access to some personal stuff, but I also want to protect my kiddos from the weirdos. So.....with all that rambling off my chest...I'll share some pics from yesterday.

The girls were fresh out of bed. Bed head, juice cups and all. They had decided to sit on the hearth and have their juice with the scarecrows. I tried to capture the kodak moments, but a perfect shot never happened. So I made a little animation of all the cute not-quite shots. :)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Xmas shopping

Woohoo! I just bought my 1st xmas gift! Actually, I can probably consider my shopping for Aaron DONE now. LOL! We usually buy each other a gift, if we even buy that many. We prefer to spend the xmas money on the kids and parents.
This morning I happened to be flipping channels with Lydia while waiting for Emily to wake up and saw these DVD storage cases on QVC. I promptly ran downstairs to do a quick comparison surf and decided to buy 2 of them. We have about 200 movies so it will store them and give us a teeny bit of room to grow. Plus we're going to downsize to a smaller tv/entertainment armoire soon, so these will be GREAT!

Monday, October 22, 2007

My cute kids

Today they are annoying the hell out of me, but they are still cute. :) I had a coupon for some free prints at MyPhotoAlbum so I uploaded a few pics and placed my order. While the pics are online I thought I'd share the cuteness.

Most of them are from this past weekend. Saturday we went to the zoo with my Mom, so I got some decent shots of the kids in front of nice green bamboo. Then yesterday (before the super chilly wet weather arrived) we walked downtown to a hay maze. It made a great backdrop for pictures, but I only got one good pic of Lydia. I wish she had been smiling more. She has great dimples! I also wish it didn't cost so much to get professional studio pics made. And that it wasn't such a HUGE hassle to get everyone pressed, dressed, primped, to the studio and HAPPY at the same time. Oh hell, while I'm wishing I'll wish I was a better photographer then I could take my own fabulous studio quality pics! LOL!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Tarnish is bad

Do you read the Art Bead Scene blog? If you don't, you should. Collaborative blogs are cool! Anyway, one of the writers, Virginia Miska has shared a great tip for removing tarnish from your jewelry in a non-toxic way.

On the topic of tarnish, I have a little tip to add. Keep your sterling silver things in an airtight container. Long ago when I sold at craft shows, I would keep all my carded jewelry in Rubbermaid containers. The jewelry only came out during the show and went promptly back into the box if it didn't sell. I still have some of that jewelry, in the same containers and it's as shiny as 5 years ago. No joke!
The airtight containers are not glamorous, but it sure beats the hassle of cleaning jewelry!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Missing my clay

Well...a little. Between my normal daily duties and the never ending to-do house list, I'm usually too mentally tired to feel creative. Most everything is unpacked. Except for a couple boxes of misc. items. And my craft room. My craft room is all boxes and mess. So far I've been in there twice to unpack it and I quickly got frustrated and left. Now I'm determined to get all my curtain sewing finished before I unpack the clay. I really don't enjoy sewing, and I'm trying to make clay time my reward for finishing the job. So far I've made four 7+ foot long panel curtains for downstairs, and four of NINE curtains for Emily's room. *insert big eye roll here* NINE windows in one little room?? That's just crazy. Then I'll make 2 more for Lydia's room, adjust Garrett's 2 existing curtains to fit his windows, and buy 12 more yards of fabric for 2 more large living room curtains. Woo-freakin-hoo.

Aaaaanyway...moving along. We've met 3 households of neighbors so far. All very nice people. The lady across the street even brought us homemade cookies and a candle! WOW! I wish I had a video camera. I'd love to go for a walk and take you on a tour of our neighborhood! Hell, I'd love to take you on a tour of our house! LOL! Oh well. Maybe Santa will bring me a video camera for xmas. :)

Since I'm not claying yet, I'll share some family pics with you and then be off on my way. Here is Garrett on his 9th bday. He wanted this little cupcake lizard cake and sparkle candles. I couldn't resist such a simple bday request.
Garrett's 9th
Same evening, here is my Mom with Emily and Lydia. The kids call her Gammy.
Gammy & her girls
And finally, here is Lydia the fearless.
Lydia
This was in the garage of our old house. We were storing a friend's Harley for a few days. I thought she looked cute motoring around the big bike. :)

Friday, October 05, 2007

Cool basement finds

Last nite we ventured into the basement after the kids were in bed. It started with discussing the wonderful ornate door knob on the kitchen/basement door.

There are several of them in the house, but they are disguised with layers of white paint. :(
Then we went down the stairs looking at the cool original wallpaper. Once in the basement I mentioned that I liked the woodwork on the door that divides the two basement rooms. The door has always been open, but last nite Aaron decided to peek at the other side. He had to fight with the rusty old hinges, but look at what we found!

Isn't that a neat old door?! And it's been in a basement! Even neater still, we had already decided on a sage green color for the outside of the house. And tossing around ideas for accent colors. Creams, charcoal, other greens. Now we're going to take this door out, clean it, and try to match the colors for our outside colors. It's a sign. LOL!

We also found some basement tenants. These slimy slugs were hanging out in the far back area of the basement.

Their "territory" was all shiny with slug trails. They made me smile. I kind of like slugs. Their wall was adjacent to a retaining wall. I've never been in a basement this big before. It's fascinating. There are several 5 foot retaining walls with plain old earth behind them! We can totally bury the bodies of our daughters' future boyfriends down there. :) I took several flash pics of the dark creepy areas between the "earth" and the ceilings above it. I was expecting to find interesting things in my downloaded pics. Not so. Just dirt and cobwebs. Oh well. I guess in this case boring is good.
Ok, I'll stop rambling on about our basement. I'm guessing it's not as fascinating to you as it is to me. :)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

We made it!

Hello from our new house!
The cable guy doesn't come until tomorrow but I lucked into an unsecured wireless signal from a neighboring house. :) So I'm checking emails and wanted to pop in here and say HI!

We moved in Saturday. Today is Aaron's first day back at work. Tomorrow is Garrett's 9th birthday! Busy busy busy! I have lots of boring details to share, but they will have to wait. I need to be moving along. I can't believe how much STUFF there is to do. It's totally overwhelming. I have a whole new appreciation for the term "move in ready". :)