Showing posts from 2009

Happy New Year!!!

This little guy is either trying to figure out what he's got here or..........................
He's gazing into his "crystal" beach ball to find out what the future holds.HAPPY NEW YEAR!!See you in 2010!!

A few new things

A must have strung this one 6 times before I liked it.

Image transfer pendant. The pendant has alot more green than shows in these photos.
(Still practicing with the new light box.)

Love the look of the emerald chips but what a pain in the butt they are to string!


it's a Christmas surprise.
Just thought I would show you a couple of thingsthat the folksare getting for Christmas.I haven't named either one of these guys cause I want Mom & Mike to pick their own.
AND, I think Alaska has finally decided to go for the White Christmas this year.Dec, 15, 2009

My New Light Box :-)

♥ I think I love my new light box ♥

(My light box set up on the floor in the loft) I found this great tutorial for making a collapsible light box. I have been flirting with the idea of buying one, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay that kind of money. I have found a few tutorials for making one, but they are a little more "permanent". Like I would have to find a place to store it when I wasn't using it and I have a tiny house (I mean tiny) and about a third of the useable storage space is already filled up with my craft stash. It was super easy to build, I followed the instructions and it came together in about 1 hour (most of that time was spent marking, measuring and looking for my utility knife that my husband had used and not put back :-)My light box cost me alittle more than the 5 bucks it cost Amy, but then again alot of things you buy in Alaska seem to cost quite a bit more than the lower 48. The box itself cost me around $12 (foam core- 4 pieces @ 2.99 ea, po…

New things


Bracelet and earrings

Chunky Pendant Necklace
These earthy colors are some of my favorites.

I think he loves me.

These arrived at work today.

I haven't received flowers from my husband for several years.He used to send me flowers all the time, for all the "right" occasions: Valentines Day, Birthday, Anniversary ... you know the ones I mean. I finally told him that as much as I appreciated the thought, if he was going to spend that much money on a gift for me, I would like it to be on something that would last longer than a week.After that the flowers stopped and the "What do you want for your birthday?" started.For a few years I tried the "I don't care." approach. Then one year for Christmas he bought me a beautiful pair of diamond earrings. Wel l l l l l l.... I already had a pair of diamond earrings that he had bought me a few years earlier and what am I going to do with two pair of diamond earrings anyway? Soooooo..... I asked him if he would be really upset if we returned the earrings and bought a Dyson vacuum cleaner that I had been eyeing. H…


It's not my fault,
He just came out of my brain

like this. HotTub and all.
At this point I don't even know what to name him.
George? Octo-Guy? (I know, technically an octopus has 8 tentacles and our fellow here only has six, but who's countin').
Have a great idea for a name? Let me know!

Here are some more pendants I have been working on.

I really like the copper patina look.
I definitely like it better "un"-varnished.

Patina and shiny just doesn't seem right.

Hooray for Me!!!!! :-) :-) :-)

When I realized what the date was today, I was very pleased with myself. Today was the day I was aiming for. Today I pat myself on the back, today I gave myself three cheers, and today I tooted my own horn. As of today, after thirty of my (almost) 46 years I have been a non-smoker for two WHOLE years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yay for Me!!!

--> These are my "Quit Stats". They are delivered daily, courtesy of QuitNet, by email.
(I'm not into the whole community chat thing, but the counter gadget was awesome)

Your Quit Date is:Monday, October 22, 2007 at 12:00:00 AM
Time Smoke-Free:731 days, 6 hours, 4 minutes and 17 seconds
Cigarettes NOT smoked:14625
Lifetime Saved:3 months, 21 days, 17 hours
Money Saved:$5,402.09

I have been receiving a daily "Quit Stats" email for exactly two years now and I think I am ready to "unsubscribe" and stop being concerned with being someone who "quit" smoking and move on to being someone who "do…

Some new work

I finally have some new work to show. These are all pendants. I'm thinking of trying Artfire and just selling the pendants. I don't seem to enjoy the construction of the necklace as much as I enjoy the making of the pendants. Toner transfer and ink drawing.

Carved and back filled and embellished with leaves.

Photo transfer, acrylic paints and embossing powders.

Photo transfer.

Photo transfer.

Photo transfer, ink drawing.

Carved, drilled and back filled.

Photo transfer.
Thought I might put some of these together for Halloween.

I Live Here

At this moment I am trying desperately to remain right smack in the middle of denial, but as we speak EVERYTHING around me is turning orange and yellow. So I thought I would relive a tiny slice of summer.

This is my house and yard.
A glimpse of my view from the yard

My honey arriving home ( and the plow truck waiting, knowingly)

Nosey neighbors

Nosey neighbors inviting themselves over for dinner

In clay news, I have been experimenting with image transfers and mold making with what leaves I have left. Hope to have something to show off soon :~)

All I can say is WOW!

I first saw this on a wonderful blog I follow: (she is a very talented artist and a very entertaining blogger, you should stop by for a visit).
I spent 8 minutes and 33 seconds with my mouth hanging open. This is awesome!


Finally finished....
It's a wall hanging.

When I taking these, I realized that a flying bug can't fly without wings.

So now he has


another peek...

Still not saying.


I'm not tellin.

Whale of a.. well..... Whale :~)

I had a lady in the shop the other day, she was admiring my polar bear pins and asked if I did anything with Whales. She had had a friend up visiting from the lower 48 and when they went on the 26 Glacier Cruise the lady apparently fell in love with the whales. So, I went on a mission to figure out how to EASILY make whale "stuff"Anything that's "Alaskana", I am trying to keep down in cost, and in turn, in price.There are so many Alaska Souvenirs that are "Made in China" or "Made in Taiwan", it is really hard to compete with the prices that stores charge for these items. I can't spend hours making them and set my prices according to mass produced, resin, made in china prices.

So, after some (a lot) of experimenting I have come up with a whale that I like. The entire thing is made up of existing "cutter" shapes, two colors of clay and 3 shades of mica powders. Once I got down how to put them together, it took me about 1 hou…

Life of Fireweed......

A lot of people that visit Alaska think that Fireweed is our State Flower.
Probably because it is big, it is showy and it is EVERYWHERE.
Our state flower is actually the "Forget-me-not"
Starting in early summer theFireweed starts blooming from the bottom up.

Conversations between locals go like this:
"Wow! It's July already?" "Yea, I know, my fireweed's already half-way up!!"

Once it blooms out, all of the petals fall off and the transformation begins.
Think a cross between dandelion fluff and spider silk. (Don't ya love the way it curls?)

Then the most dramatic part.....

Isn't it just the prettiest bright red? I have to admit that I look forward to it but I dread it
even more. This means that termination dust is just around the corner. And, I'M NOT READY!!!