Relentless, tenacious perseverance pays off …

Sure it does … Or it makes me a Magatama-Master … Or, maybe just mulish and crazy!  But – after reloading those darn 8 strings some 32 times … I win!  Thank goodness for QUICK projects!!! [Snarl!]

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magatama beadsSo, those tiny little buggers have to be loaded onto the cord (read: string!) in a specific, single-file format … like, the same direction on ALL eight cords.  Yep, for the spatially-geometrically-challenged ARTISTE, it might pose a problem.  Not this girl.  Not anymore.

Moving on … Next up … Rocket Science!  … Or – maybe just a simple pair of earrings … (Not mine, but available on Amazon.com)

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Busy, busy … Good!

Holiday weekends sure are busy!  But overall good!  I have highlights:

We have puppies!  (Of course it meant a long sleepless period … but look at those faces!!!)

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Momma Izz (Isabella) is doing great, eating and sleeping like a champ and her pups are growing before my eyes.  (And, we will catch up on sleep later, I’m sure …)

I have just wrapped up my last package for shipping.  Made the deadline for 14 orders, THANK YOU very much!!  (Right now I’m only limping along new glass designs … but, we are moving forward!)

poppy-glass-spoonrest  decadence-bowl  custom-glass-heartssummer-blooms-glass-bowl  bumble-bee-glass-suncatcher  summer-landscape-glass-bowl

I got through a busy (ER nurse) tour.  No one died.  All got good care – as my snarl was saved for the [behind closed doors] medication room …  In the midst of all the chaos, I learned something (table sugar to shrivel unwanted parts … who knew?!?) and [unrelated] laughed a bit, thanks to a great crew.  Move over Ben&Jerry – Aunt Ginger’s adult ice-cream will be hitting local grocery markets soon, and I will never watch a scene from the movie ‘Dodge Ball’ without cringing!

DH is splitting his day-walker hours helping my uncle build/attach a 14 foot tall garage addition onto his single story home (impressive tie-ins!) and rebuilding a much loved Chevy truck (new motor, new paint with custom pin-striping and emblems) … So – he’s busy doing double over-time, too!

Oh, and I finally started in on Japanese beading bracelets (Kumihimo style) along with some other jewelry designs.  (I do love wholesale shopping accounts – and mail orders … Doh!)

kumihimo-bracelet    caribbean-waters-bracelet

Is there junk to whine about?  Sure … but life is too short!  Next up on the ‘Add-to-Mid-Air-Juggling’ list: Vegetables, gardens and pool-openings, OH MY!

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Funk, funk … Date Night!

Pitch_Perfect_2A crummy weekend work-tour; a mandatory in-service that outlines dreaded documentation changes coming my way*.  Add lots of angry kiln-Gods in the studio recently, and it sure would be easy to feel blue.  Nope, I’ve got a date with my youngest daughter.  Yep … A wild night out on the town – or, plans to take in a movie with Little Sis.

*Umm … thank you, JCAHO … ?!?  I’m not sure why you hate through-put and customer service, but I’m certain dragging a computer around with me everywhere I go while scanning patients like they are PRODUCE(!) is the answer to good care …

Studio news – if at first you don’t succeed:  My crackle powder designs are struggling.  [I don’t want to talk about it – yet!]   So, I moved ahead.  Then, my ‘heart’ order had a bizarre reaction – silver/gray SPLOTCHES everywhere.  WTH?  OK, shake it off – so, I made more. And, my No Days Powder Wafer film arrived:  After some trial and error, I figured out how to make it work with my ‘spensive vinyl plotter (CE5000).  I will be busting out my Eclips, as I think it may work better.  [Baby steps – tune in next week …]

reaction-on-hearts  new-heart  powder-wafer-trial-cut

In between funk and frustration, I played with my first Kumihimo.  Hmm, I like it.  Simple and mindless, while keeping hands busy during TV (or audio-book) time.  Next up, more challenging designs – ‘cuz, I have books!

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And, I finally fired a few of my less exciting pebble tiles – the ‘shanks’.  I love these two!  I’ll be playing with this technique again … along with pattern-bar/wet-saw ideas!  [More to come, I’m certain!]

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Three kilns running, ideas flowing …

2015-05-0702.33.16_resizedPrep work done … AND surrounded by half of my ‘Dwarf Clan’ (the Yorkies … all seizure-free and healthy – Thank You Very Much!!!) … Here’s ‘Buubbby’ (Chauncey), with his much-loved/hoarded dental bone!  Callie, Nora and ‘Meems’ (Mimi) are sleeping [with one eye open] on the studio couch, watching over me (and the bone) while I work …

The production kiln is loaded with ornaments.  Meanwhile, powder-meets-fiber-paper trial 4 is looking good (and #5 is firing in the baby kiln).  My powder wafers faired well …

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And, I have bottles slumping in the coffin-kiln … with home-made devit spray – to see if it improves bottle-outcome.

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All while I surf the net for jewelry/beading/chain-maille ideas … DH and I have started negotiations over opening the pool and tending the garden … Life is Good!

beading ideas

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Rocky starts, baby steps and moving forward …

Finally figured out (after three tries!) why my ‘crackle with image’ pieces were not working … DOH!  But, I think I have it now (kiln at 900 degrees – I just have to wait and see)!

crackle-image-fail     sugar-skull-wafer

So, while I wait, I’m working on custom hearts … lots of little bits!

lots-o-dots-glass    hearts-and-ornaments

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WWU:  It was a full moon this past weekend – which means way too many dysfunctional folks wandering about! … ‘Nuff said!  I’m not talking about it any more!

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DH is still down and out with his URI (… umm, his body is S.L.O.W.L.Y. destroying the DEATH STAR of cold viruses, according to him) … so I’m hiding in the studio as much as possible!

death star cold virus

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Dysfunctional is the New Norm …

I was going to try to leave it at that, but – a quick word of advice.  Regardless of how much you’ve scoured WebMD for bizarre diagnoses, please do not come into the ER seriously expecting your triage nurse to newest-cab-in-progressconfirm your ‘suspicions’ regarding your loved one within the first 5 seconds of your arrival.  I don’t care how many times you repeat the ‘question’/statement or how loud you get.  It’s annoying – just sayin’ … and I have things to do first, like, umm – ASSESSING the patient …

Moving on from all dysfunctional encounters … I’ve been losing myself in the studio this week:  Here’s an experiment from weeks ago, ready for pendant making … It might just be my new favorite.

I’m also working on custom hearts and playing with more crackle (on both 3mm and 1mm fiber) pieces;  And, my future-dichro (plotter) images are weeded and waiting …

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More crackle … meets stencils:  Hot air balloon (hello Melon Fest!) and preparing for Cinco De Mayo (both projects are back in the kiln as I type) …

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A bumble bee sun catcher, trial one:

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Oh, and I’m prepping wine bottles for eventual slumping.  Look at what I stumbled on:  It is called a LABELNATOR – and it’s kind of slick.  Definitely made for little hands, but it makes removing those wine labels much easier.  And, I purchased a bottle blaster/washer for removing stubborn left-over inside stuff.  Little job-aids … gotta love ‘em!

labelnator     bottle-blaster

Speaking of which – the much needed diamond saw blade is finally ordered and on it’s way (with wet saw waiting patiently for her arrival) … Thank you His Glassworks!  Next up: Pattern Bars!!!  I’d better get busy!

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But HE Started It!

OH!!!  It is SOO DH’s fault … He sent a de-funk Craig’s List item that promised a new storage rack/work station in my COE-90 designated work area.  HE emailed the no-good listing to me.  Now I WANT one!  Shelves for my frits, upright storage for my glass, a place to tuck much-needed tools, AND a higher counter/table … YES, please!

Meanwhile, while NEGOTIATING, my plotter and I have been prepping all sorts of cool images.  (Here’s one:)  And, I’m taking advantage of running water, so I continue to ‘Spring-clean’ in the studio. 

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20150425_013101my-jello-shotsOh, I also made these, which are amazing!  Pineapple Upside Down Cake Jello Shots … while I don’t think they taste so much like the cake-namesake, they are YUMMY!  So, my fridge is (currently) very well stocked …

And, I exposed the kids to brussel sprouts.  I don’t love them, but … “a Mom has got to do what a Mom’s gotta do” – so I tucked them in with all the other veggies and “Lemon-pepper” Swai … the kids liked it – more than I did!  So, you know … I WIN!!!

Grilled veggies & lemon pepper Swai

We also experienced our first seizure here … My 9 year old Yorkie, Chauncey decided to spice things up a bit this week.  So ten-scary-minutes and 2 days later, I’ve added to my private-duty patient list.  I’m happy to report all are doing well, and I’m back to sleeping with one eye open.

Chauncey

While keeping vigil, I managed to get a few photos taken/listings going:

White owl night light  Fairy wing pendant

heart-badge-reel  C3PO night light

So, I will get through my weekend ER-nursing tour, then dive into glass projects next week!  (… while we juggle the needs of hormonal teenagers and our four-legged crew, running and feeding the homestead, and steady chipping away at my CARPENTER for the New Work Station!!!) Smile

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