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. :)