Christmas in July/August, Pup Watch and Oh …

Did I mention – I’M ON VACATION!  And – have you seen that MOON?   While we aren’t traveling anywhere – so it’s a working vacation – still, I’m HAPPY!  (THAT MOON!!!  Whew!  SOO glad I’m not in the ER right now …) I’m splitting time working on fused glass Christmas ornaments with Kumihimo, playing with Mica, making part sheets (photos to come), while I watch over my ‘camp’ and crew, and spend a bit of time enjoying the Michigan sunshine while marinating in the pool!   20150802_224008_resizedlatest kumi braceletmica on glass The garden is producing (we have PURPLE beans this year, oh la la!).  Our soon-to-be momma, Blondie is uncomfortable and close.  We’re sneaking in calcium supplements with chicken, yogurt and cheese as often as she’ll let us … The twins are gearing up to take their senior photos.  And DH is working on my (mid-life-crisis?) car.  It’s a Triumph convertible.  He bought it about 18+ months ago.  I didn’t ask for it, but now I can kinda picture running around town with it … Hmmmm.  (Not my photos, but this is what she’ll look like:)

triumph-color     triumph-dash-restoredfat-chick-in-convertible

DH also managed to hardwire my studio computer internet connection (some 300 feet from the house)!  No more finicky wi-fi router.  Yay!!!  So, Netflix plays in the background … I’ve watched Blue Bloods, Crossing Lines and now I’m working on House of Cards … All in all, I’m loving my vacation!  I may also be waiting on a few internet purchases … DOH!

PS:  Happy 23rd Birthday, Baby Girl!

Baby Girl

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All it took was Central Air …

Oh Yeah!  The BRAT strikes again.  DH – and licensed friend – are plumbing the studio for AC.  In honor of the soon-to-be COOL temps, I finally have a kiln running (the baby kiln for small jewelry pieces).  And I used my new work table.  Sure, I’m still sitting here in the studio – making certain nothing catches fire … But it’s a start!


In between, I’m playing with chainmaille: Scherzo with mood beads and tiny (3mm) peacock niobium wire Barrel bracelets.  I have an idea for some earrings too, but will need to bust out my tumbler first … (more to come)

scherzo-mood-bead-bracelet    barrel-weave-bracelet

I’m also prepping for my next kumi necklace:


Add to it all – three more days of Michigan sunshine/pool-time, and I am one happy girl!  Next up … more glass projects!


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Birthday Twins

birthday-twinsThe twins turned 18 years old yesterday.  Yep, the BABIES!  While I realize as a parent, my job is never really over – and, the twins still have their senior year of high school to navigate … But, can I just say – HOT DIGGITY DOG!  I win!!!  No one is pregnant, in jail, on drugs … they’re all healthy, smart, beautiful ADULTS!!!  Winking smile  Happy Birthday to my babies!

It was a laid-back kind of week (lots of sunshine/pool time).  The pups are moving on to their new homes, with a few more flying out later today.  New extended family in KS, FL, NY, IL and Canada …


The only ‘studio’ thing I got accomplished this week was a bit more cleaning/organizing, and this kumi necklace.


So, feeling a little lazy, a little sad, and … CONTENT!  Smile  Now to prepare for a weekend of fun-filled ER nursing …


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Cleaning and procrastinating …

DH is helping me get back to glass … He built a new work station with MEGA frit storage.  Awww – check it out!  (Not quite done … but close enough for photos!).  The other end has larger cubbies to store all of my enamels!  SWEET!!!  Thanks, Honey!



So, while I haven’t fired up the kilns just yet, I am cleaning the studio (in between some other projects).  I’ve also organized my chainmail supplies, which means I stumbled on a forgotten project (Elemental Chain by CWilson) with 3mm (umm, TINY)  Crystaletts:


I eased into the bracelet, by working a smaller version pendant:


I also pulled out supplies to work on a beaded bracelet, crystals and pearls … pretty.  It gives my hands a break from forcing stainless steel into shape (… I’m sporting chain maille blisters).  Ouch!

beaded-bracelet-WIP   chainmail-blister-hands

The best news (beyond a cleaner studio … I KNOW, right??) … Friday is a pool/sun day!  Woohoo!!!


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My experience with the 3-Week-CRUD …

Holy Cow!  I am coming out the rainbow-unicorn-end of the URI CRUD that has been plaguing my county forEVER!   I have a new appreciation for anyone that has a headache – or any pain – that ibuprofen cannot conquer (or at least TOUCH!) … My saving grace?  I take diphenhydramine (Benadryl) just about every day.  Thus, I am 28 hours out from brain-death-CRUD … alive to annoy another day … and well rested after my latest 12+ hour coma (sleep), so my version of the crud lasted about 5 days. (Super-nurse powers …)

Moving a bit slower, but finally getting my week started … I have photos.  First up, Kumihimo: My ‘Fall Flowers’ bracelet, Picasso bracelet and a kumi-fish … because I can!


clayton-hill-kumihimo     beaded-fish

And squishy-faced babies, who are now 6 wks old, so much fun and full of puppy-breath:

neo pup 6 wkssexy and I know itcant catch meblue pup 6 wks

I’ll leave with some beautiful pictures DH caught with his phone:

my-lilac-bush-catches-butte barn-photo our-skyline

WWU – the Fourth of July weekend was not too bad (I think … I was suffering from brain-liquefying head pain) … Only one legal-blood-draw, no fire-work injuries, and a parasitic bug (tick) removal that I recall … so not bad.

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Hi. My name is Kris …

And I am a crack craft addict.  Now that I’ve admitted it, I can show you what I made:

june-bracelets     kumihimo glass necklace

giant-magnifying-glassI have another couple of bracelets on the (kumihimo) disks, along with a watch idea.  I’m waiting for a few chain mail supplies to arrive … and, I think I want to play with 11/0 beads again (- I’ll need to find my mega-magnifying glass though) …

In the meantime, DH has reached a ‘getting old’ milestone (colonoscopy … fun times!), and both of my babies (the twins) are on antibiotics for strep throat.  Thank goodness for some outdoor romp-time with the pups (photos to come)!  Now that everyone is settled in for the night – I can get back to my studio, kilns and jewelry! [Time for my ‘fix’ …]

craft fix excited

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Feeling Bummed–but working through it …

Tough ER nursing weekend … I was in in charge (yeah, BAD idea) with lots of summer folks (volume – fortunately NOT acuity – PRAISE JESUS!) … Thank Goodness for some great staff, but I don’t like changing hats that frequently.  Add too many bodies to count (patients PLUS their ‘posse’) – all wanting water, juice and/or coffee … End the weekend with my personal heart-wrenching couple (CANCER times TWO – whom I’ve cared for a few times before) … and Yuck … Just Y.U.C.K!!!  [I started this post once already, but needed a few days the week to let it settle …]

So, I’m just about over it.  And, ALMOST ready to run my kilns again (that near-miss studio fire hit HARDER than I thought … Every time I think ‘today is the day’ – I find myself fussing with something else!)! 


I also had my second, or maybe third ‘rejection’ in my life:  I didn’t make a juried show … Well SHOOT(!!!) – that hurt.  [OK, THIRD rejection:  A community production singing musical (Soo doesn’t really count – as I was 12!!!); a job posting (Case Manager at HMC, but I showed them by creating my own position – Just sayin’ …); and now this art show …] While I didn’t cry myself to sleep (like I did when I was twelve  – and again at 20-something when I relived my singing audition via NIGHTMARE while sleeping) … I did STOP for a minute (umm, several hours days …) to re-evaluate.

What I decided: Making STUFF makes me happy.  Selling it makes my accountant (and … yeah – my husband) happy.  (So, while I don’t like being Charge Nurse, I do know stuff about GOOD nursing care – and I’m scanning my produce patients like a GOOD nurse is supposed to …)  So, I’m over it (ok – almost … I still haven’t run my kilns  just yet – But I have plans and ideas!!)!

The great news … I don’t have to be in charge for another two weekends.  (Gulp!)  I have an unexpected (but COVERED vacation!!!)!  I have a beautiful, supportive family!  A-N-D- … I am surrounded by some of the cutest puppies on EARTH!

neapolitan mastiff pup

So, while I will settle in [umm, good thing – since it’s FRIDAY], I’m feeling blessed.  And, I’ve made some pretty nice bracelets along the way (chainmail and Kumihimo) … And Michigan had summer-sunshine, so … Peace Ya’ll!


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