Showing posts from January, 2009

A Little Taste of Clay

Hello. My name is Pat and I'm a blog-a-holic.

I have to admit I have been on BLOG OVERLOAD since this "One World~One Heart" thing started. My wonderful, very understanding husband even mentioned that I have been spending quite a bit of time blog surfing. I have to keep reminding myself that the entire list of blogs involved in the event will remain on the main blog list, so I can go back and spend more time where I want, when I want. I don't have to lose sleep and be late for work RIGHT NOW.

I can do it later, at my leisure :-)

Ok, enough about me, now for my stuff------>

Some heart charms (zipper pulls or cell phone charms) This picture has a pink tinge to it, the charms are a marble of black and pearl white, there really isn't any pink.

Kind of a goth type pendant (behind the black leaf is a fresh water pearl) .

This is an "encased" heart

There is an online class for making these.Check it out at the link below.…

Is It Spring YET?

This blog is supposed to be primarily about Polymer Clay.
Lately I have been spending alot of time on other subjects and I am trying to curb that. That being said, I bring you another post about the WEATHER. I can't help it. I just got back from walking the dogs.

Alot of people, when you say walking the dogs, they picture a little trip down the sidewalk with a lease in one hand and a plastic bag in the other.

Well, I do have one dog on a leash, but there is no need for a plastic bag and there are no sidewalks,
JUST THIS. After the super deep freeze we had, then the thaw, we are now back to "normal" weather for Alaska in January.
Which, in my neck of the woods means, temps in the teens and a nasty wind with wind chills of usually below zero. Oh, and did I mention the wind acts kind of like a zamboni on the ice?
Well, I gotta tell ya. Diamonds aren't this girl's best friend.
This winter (and several in the past) my best friends are:


....................for hearts. Marbled hearts waiting to be embellished and baked.
I knowalot of clayers prefer the natural matte finish of the baked clay,

but I can't resist shiny objects.
Speaking of shiny (or shining), for about 2 months each winter, the sun doesn't go up high enough in the sky to clear the mountains near my house. We go without direct sun for 2 whole months, so you can image how excited I was on Jan. 17th when it peeked in between two mountain tops.It was only there for about 15 minutes, but it means we are heading in the right direction. Winter's on it's way out ( in about 3 more months ).

One World ~ One Heart Giveaway

This is so totally COOL!How exciting to be part of something so fun!

I am giving away two items to one lucky winner
This heart pin (one of my favorites) And this little trinket "Poof" BoxBoth Items are made of Polymer Clay For your chance to win, leave a comment ON THIS POST only. The drawing is open to everybody.....just please, please be sure there is a way for me to contact you. Add a link to your blog or your email address in your comment. (You wouldn't want to miss out on these great prizes). The giveaway will end February 12th. I will announce the winner on that day, If you would like to know more about this incredible, worldwide event, click the One World~One Heart logo at the top of this post for information and also to find a list of all the participants.

Weather, Weather, Weather

I love where I live............. most of the time.

My daily commute is about 45 miles each way. And I hate driving in the winter.
The bad cold front that is sitting over the lower 48 right now spent almost 2 weeks parked over us until about 3 days ago. Most of the time I consider the super cold weather to be kind of a trade off.

I love snow, but I hate driving in it and when it gets REALLY cold the roads have a tendency to "freeze dry". After the first day or two, between the sanding and the traffic the highways are usually down to dry pavement. So, it may be cold, but at least you can commute to work without being one giant knotted up nerve when you get there.This last cold spell didn't work out that way. Almost everyday we had ice fog, so every nicely rutted section of highway that normally makes me nervous, TERRIFIED me. (Some of those ruts will suck you in and spit you out the other side so fast you won't know what got ya).
Now, over the course of less than 48 hou…

Meet my "New Guy"

You have to meet my New Guy. I work with him everyday.
Cover your eyes, if you must. In this photo he's running around in the buff like he doesn't have a care in the world.
Here he is, fully dressed and ready for work as a very important pen holder.

He takes the place of a very ugly terra cotta flower pot full of pens topped with very old silk flowers. The male customers really appreciate the change. And the female customers just think he is SOOO CUTE.

A whole lotta me.

As of the new year, there is apparently, a whole lotta me to love.

This post needs a little back-story.

I have spent my entire working life doing physical work.
I was a cocktail waitress/bartender for approx. 3 years, I worked construction, doing sheetrock, tape, texture and painting for approx. 8 years, then I moved to Alaska and started a new career in retail.
I worked sixteen years as a "working" Bakery Manager in a major grocery chain bakery,
I scratch baked, I threw freight (lots of it), I decorated cakes and I fried donuts (from 10pm to 6 am).
As I said I've worked very physically demanding jobs all of my life, until recently........
This is where it gets interesting......

Let me also mention that, after 30 years, I kicked the bad habit of smoking.
I quit smoking Oct. 22, 2007. My wonderful husband decides we should go into debt for 7 figures (which, by the way, I figured there was absolutely NO WAY this would ever actually happen) on or about January 15, and I quit my &…