Sunday, January 15, 2012

YIPPEE I Was Chosen!!

I am so excited that I got picked by the random generator to participate in the The 5th Bead Soup Party!! Check out Lori's post on her blog Pretty Things! This will be such great fun and I can't wait to create a new piece with what my swap partner sends!!
I also managed to create (yes finally!) a new altered rolodex card and even cleaned and straightened out my work space on my table!! I now have a bit more space to work in and still have all my supplies at my finger tips (or some near my elbows!!) More soon and hoping a new etsy shop update as well!! I have been being a tad lazy but hope to have it all change soon!! Stay tuned and come back to see what my swap partner sends me to work with!!
Taken with my new I-phone camera!

back side of above rolodex card

Sunday, January 8, 2012

I'm Hoping To Join In The Fun!!

I tried to figure out how to attach a widget etc and as usual I have no clue what I am doing!!, so I hope that posting the pic and link will work easier!! Take a look and sign up if you'd like to try to be picked!! Only 200 will get to play along! This may be what I need to get back in the swing of creating again with beads, my artwork and of course fiber!! Wish me luck!
Here is the blog link

Monday, January 2, 2012

Wow a New Year! Where Have I Been?

Well it has been a wild few months since my last post! Some good stuff and some not so good family health issues and just life in general! I am hoping and planning on this being a much better year to come! A healthy one for my brother, my family and friends! I will try to post here much more regularly and keep you all posted on my goings on! I need to get back to spinning, dyeing wool and my art work, so I can update my etsy shop and be creative again! So stop back soon and see what's going on and how things are progressing! I'll be back soon as I learn more on how to use my new Christmas gift from my honey! My fab new iPad oh and my iPhone is on the way too! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and here's to a Fab New Year to us all! I leave you with a pic to our tree and our 1st snow fall with more falling today! See you all soon!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Yes it really IS OCTOBER!!

So sorry for being so lazy and not posting sooner!! It's not because I don't have anything to say either!! On the contrary! I have been quite busy since I last posted, so I really have not been just laying around snoozing and eating bon bon's!!!

As of the end of August I have been back to work again, so yes I have been a bit tired too after a long day but the weather was really the pits as well! Our spring was one of the wettest and yuckiest on record (yucky part my opinion of course!) We then had June which was the nicest part of summer and from there we went to HOT , HOTY and HOTTER!! Plus add LOTS of nasty humidity and yes my summer pretty well sucked in that sense! My garden went from mud to melted and peppers covered in aphids and watering constantly and then came end of Aug and September and the rains started up again and rarely let up! It was so not pleasant either!! So now sadly the tomatoes are slowly rotting into the ground and I have managed to salvage some and also some peppers but am now cleaning that all out!! I have planted some perennial garlic, some potato onions and multiplier onions and will see how they winter over! I surely am hoping the winter will be less brutal than the last one and an improvement over the spring and summer we have had this year!!! I am crossing my fingers!!!

Now that I have that off my is going quite well and I am happy that I have several of my same children back again and things are going well!! I did manage to get a whole week off in the end part of September and went to MI for a fabulous felting retreat with some awesome instructors and fab artists!! There was Elis Vermeulen that taught us 2 types of felted bags, pockets and so much more! She was unbelievably amazing and had such an aura about her, I truly enjoyed working with her and learned so much from her!! She is very intense, driven and gifted in her art work, do look at her blog!! Another instructor was THE Chad Alice Hagen! She is fabulous, oh so much fun and so funny as well! Her dyeing and resist dyeing techniques are fantastic!!! I truly learned a great deal from her!! Do a google search for her blog too (she hasn't updated in a bit though!) We also had a fun class with my friend Pamela MacGregor ,who is a very talented and also gifted felt artist here from good ole OH!! We created a fun felted cuff with her and also made a fused glass  along with that with Jone Radoski, who was also the organizer of this fantastic retreat!! Another marvelous felt artist and wonderful instructor was Amira Mudfaery (she is on FB!). Though I didn't take her class on our day off (I was in dire need of rest! hehehe!) she was such an inspiration and joy to me I was so happy to have met her!! There were lots of new friends made and also some others I knew but had not met in person and also some of my friends too that I knew that came as well!! My dear dear friend Heather came and her beau too!! One of my roommates was Kristi Felts!! Her work is absolutely amazing! She was a wealth of knowledge and a great help to me ,as was my other roommate Eugenie too! They were wonderful and a joy to room with!! The week was truly magical and I had so much fun! I learned so very much and hope to get time now to apply all the techniques and knowledge to some new pieces I want to create!! I plan to try and go again next year!! The Creative Felt Gathering was sensational!!

I also participated in a fun paper swap and got some awesome papers to use in my journals I hope to create and sell in my etsy shop!! They are from Orit in Israel and I will post some pics as well in my flickr of the goodies I rec'd!! If you'd like to join in a paper swap go check out the site LaWendula to sign up!! I love FM's work and the swaps are fun! I am already signed up for this month and swapping with a gal in the UK!!Of course signed up for next month as well!!!

Well I think I have said it all for now! I will leave you with some fun pics below and do please check out my flickr and facebook pages to see all of my fab pics!! I had so many, that the ones on Flickr are not labeled but the ones on FB are!! sorry I was tired!!! I will also try and be more productive and post new posts and also update my etsy shop VERY soon! Stop back by to see what I am working on and creating!! I will also take pics of my Creative Felt Gathering pieces to share soon as well! didn't get them in with all my others as I was too busy keeping up with everyone else's stuff!!! Have fun and take care till next time!
I got to hug ELIS!!!! She didn't frown!

THE Chad Alice Hagen!

The room we did most of our work in and ate too!

someone's awesome bags!!

Elis in her Felted Finery!

The whole teaching gang!!

Our Last day!! It was Marvelous! all but 5 are here!

part of my paper swap

more paper swap goodies!!

my new journal soon in etsy shop!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Where Did My Summer GO!!!?????

Well seems as though I have been lost in a fog or should I say heat and humidity all summer long! It was a very hot and sticky summer and we have now finally had several days of pure loveliness with cooler temps and low low humidity!! I just love this! I have been busy doing nothing really! I did make a new journal after taking Mary Ann Moss's Full Tilt Boogie class and I plan to make a bunch more and sell some too!! I went to a Wine Fest in Kirtland with my sister and family (pics to come as well soon!!) My family was here to visit for a week. My mom,  dad, and sister and her 2 boys!! We had lots of fun, ate and drank and were merry!! I have a few pics to add now and more to come .....just have to download them from the camera and I will of course post them ALL on flickr!! and Facebook too hehehe! I will be posting new batts and yarns as well soon to my etsy shop and sadly I will be back at work very soon as well! Yes my summer break will officially be over on the 22nd, so I will no longer get to sleep in and sit and watch all our little humming birds empty all 4 of their feeders in a day!! I will have to start thinking of having to get up early again and make my 30 min drive into work daily and the 30 min back home!! Oh well so it goes right!! No rest for the wicked so they say! I will be a bit better at trying to update my poor neglected blog and also my shop! I am working on new things along with my fiber goodies so hope you'll stop in to peek!! Here are a few pics to get you started of what I did during break!! More to come and of course garden pics too! Sadly the peppers are not happy and being eaten by aphids and the tomatoes are gigantic and have been retied so many times and are over 7 ft tall I am letting them now hang and hope to actually get some ripe ones SOON!! Thanks for following along in my ramblings!! I'll be back soon with more pics and news before very long! So please do stop back by! My sister returns tomorrow from a short trip with her boys to MI then she goes bk home to CO Tues so I am sure I'll have lots more to post after that as well! Have a great weekend all!
my daddy!

my sister here in OH

my darling hubby!! love!

my nephew (belongs to sister above!!) and mom!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Finally Updated My Etsy Shop!!

Well I've had those batts sitting there for over a week, just waiting on pics to finally get them posted to the shop!! So they are now available, so take a peek! Here is a shot of each one of them!! All the pics are on my FB and flickr! Have a nice Sunday and a great week ahead! I also have to throw in one of my little baby with me in my art room! She always is with me wherever I am!! Or dad when I am gone hehehe!!
sleeping under her blankie even if it's 85 in here!

new batt in etsy shop!

new batt in etsy shop!

new batt in etsy shop!

new batt in etsy shop!

new batt in etsy shop!

new batt in etsy shop!

new batt in etsy shop!

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Time With Our Granddaughter!!

Well I have been busy goofing off for the most part! I have gotten batts made (really I did!! just before she came!) I just need to get pics now, so that is next on my to do list!! We also spent some time with our granddaughter Erica for the past few days and we had loads of fun doing things, but the most fun I think was at the zoo Thurs!! We walked and saw so many animals, but didn't manage to finish the rain forest, so that is on the list for next time! We did spend over 4 1/2 hours walking and looking and looking! Here are just a few highlights! All 118 pics are on Flickr for you to see! Loved taking pics of her and of course lots of the animals!! The weather was a bit humid but not super hot so we managed! As my hubby says "it is summer ya know"!!! To say the least we were all tired but happy! So watch for the next post on new batts listed in my etsy shop ok!! Have a fun day!
entrance to the zoo

near the new elephant exhibit

having fun riding the camel!

grandpa and Erica

at the playground!

near the wolf exhibit

walking with grandpa