Wednesday, February 22

Just Another day at the bench

It is another grey day and I'm banging away at my bench. Occasionally I'll hear the Red Wing Blackbird who has taken over one of my feeders but as usual it's pretty quiet in my neighborhood. Today the guys are here painting my kitchen and tomorrow they will be putting up the tile backsplash - so excited. 

Just a few days ago the sun was out and it was beautiful. Glad I took advantage of it and went for a walk with my sister Angel and her son Ian. We went to Stones River National Battlefield for a walk. I'd never been there. Their are wonderful places to walk in Murfreesboro. We have a great greenway that runs beside the stones river. 



I love rocks and this was such a beautiful area. 
It has a horrid history, it's called the slaughter pen. 



Recent creations




Monday, February 20

Ahhhh the pain

Well a few days ago my beloved old Mac just up and died. I was in the middle of backing up photos of my sweet nephew so I did at least get those on a few CD's One thing I didn't know was that all the photos in the iphoto didn't back up with the rest of the files on my hard drive. Thank goodness I did have a daily backup in place. Three years ago when my little sister's computer did the same thing I panicked and went out and got the back up drive. Yea I did a good thing there. So now I'm trying to get this new wonderful iMac back to where the old one was with links, downloads etc. 

Computers have sure changed a lot since my last mac
oh my no cd player anymore! What!

There was just 2 things I wanted to change in my new little house and one of them was the kitchen counter tops. The old ones were very dark. So after living with the kitchen for 6 months I'm now giving it a upgrade. New counter tops and new paint on the walls. My sweet brother in law came over and with the help of my nephew removed the old counters and unhooked all my plumbing for the new sink and stuff to be installed. New counter tops are in now and hopefully painting will be started soon. So excited.


I met JoAnn at a craft show last year and she has such amazing skills in decorating
eggs. She said she would be having a class the first of the year so I signed up. 
It was tons of fun and I learned a lot. Here is my egg I designed in class. 
She taught us the meanings of the symbols on the eggs and 
it's largely based in Christian religion. Very interesting indeed. 

video

I have reopened my Easy shop and have been very busy making jewelry. I was very happy to have a very low inventory at the end of last year. I wanted to add a few new things to the pieces for this year. I have brought back polyclay and added painting on the metal for some of these pieces. 

 polyclay beads and copper washers with enamel edges

clay pendant, painted with alcohol inks and guilders paste
and a few watch gears

Polyclay pendant with inks/guilders paste, wire, fiber and beads

Clay pendant with copper foil and enamel paint

Friday, December 16

Today is a good day to stay in and work on projects and cook a big pot of veggie beef soup. The older I get the more I dislike cold weather. I have been busy with getting the etsy shop back up and loading items. The last 2 shows put a big dent in my inventory (yea!) so I need to be at the bench as much as I can. 

I did spend the morning yesterday wrapping packages.
I listened to Christmas music and it really got me in a happy mood.

Here is the new smaller tree. 

 It would seem that somehow in the move I lost
or left all my wrapping paper. 
So I got a new roll and a few bags. 
I don't normally have it all matching. 
My sister was teasing me that I'd had some of my wrapping
paper for 10 years...maybe I had, hum.

My current quilting project is a table topper for a friend. 
She is very fond of Red Birds. 


Finished the big quilt that was on the "long arm" and how sad is this - I'm using it for a staging table for the items I'm listing on Etsy. I take photos, weigh jewelry and process into inventory all from the sewing machine. Of course the computer sits between 2 sewing machines in this room, so all the flat surfaces have many uses. 


Tomorrow is Christmas Cookie day with Angel and Ian
Can't wait.

Sunday, December 11

Christmas will be here in no time - yea I'm ready. Well I'm blaming it on moving, ok that's good yea it was moving. OK excuse out of the way. So this year things aren't as decorated. There are still decoration boxes in the garage that didn't get opened. I'm finding I don't want to do quite as much now. But I did do something new this year I've never done before and that is I have a tiny bit of decorations outside! Oh my goodness, my house has always looked like scrooge's cousin from the outside. I have lights on the porch! Mercy me call the decorating police. It is still very sedate, but I love it. I had metal reindeer out their but it's so very windy here they just kept being blown over. So Jack volunteered to put up the lights and little did he know he had a helper. 


Ian started off very excited to help put up the lights. He was out in the driveway waiting for Jack to get here then he realized it wasn't all that much fun. He stuck with it thou. 

I had to let go of my old Christmas tree, there was no way it would fit in living room. I posted a curb alert and in less than an hour it was off to it's new home. I now have a pencil tree and decorated it in monotone grey, silver and clear glass. Also a big change from my normal very colorful cartoon tree. So things continue to have slight changes in my life, I've even cut my hair short! I didn't see that coming. 


With all my shows behind me now I've been working on my Etsy shop and will be creating new jewelry feverishly to be ready for spring shows. All of my really "Royce" pieces have sold, so I need to get to work. Here are a few of the pieces I've made in the last few days. 




It's turned cold and being all warm and in my little house is very comforting. The house is feeling like home now. 

Tuesday, November 22

Holidays - Oh how I love them

I've just put the last show of the year behind me and now it's time to really get going for the holidays. I have a quilt on the machine ready to be quilted. Fabric stacked on the other machine ready to be cut. Canvases ready for backgrounds - well in other words - fun stuff a-plenty. 

The weather has turned cool - cold and it will soon be Thanksgiving. Since this is my first Thanksgiving in my new home we will have our dinner here. The turkey is waiting in the frig and the menu settled and the shopping done - I think I'm ready. 

For some reason the days before the holidays I always feel the need to do something new to the house. Why... don't you have enough on your plate? I guess not. Yesterday I painted an accent wall in the kitchen and hung a shelf and photos. The kitchen is yellow, it's a nice color of yellow, but I'm just not crazy about yellow. I went grey on this wall and I really like it.


This is only part of the wall, there are more photos etc, but this shows the flavor. At the bottom - my new Phil Ponder print of downtown Murfreesboro. Other tiny treasures are on the shelf. It was hard to decide if I wanted to add the white wash on the larger frame. It's an old frame that's been hanging in my home for many years - it's never had a thing in it. I think the light wash is a good update for it.

I've shown my fairy house collection here before and this past Saturday I made a new addition. Craftsman Jim Cohran can really bring the hidden treasures from a piece of wood. This one has an opening in the back for a light source. I will have to get that lit very soon. 


Another thing I need to get busy with is loading photos and info to my Etsy Shop. I'm very behind on that. Not one of my favorite things to do but hey it has to be done. Well, I must be off, much to do. 

The holidays are a wonderful time, remember to enjoy each moment. 
If things start feeling too hectic then back off and remember you are just
a human and can only do so much. #nostresshoilidays