I’m still here …

half-of-bead-closetIt’s been forever, I know.  Busy mixed with a little funk, I guess.  Not so much going on in the kilns, but I did get all of my beading supplies moved from my ‘office’ to the studio.  This meant a lot of deep cleaning, reorganizing and stair climbing(!), but I like it …

I also managed to kill two cell phones in one week.  I know, right?  I have magic skillz!  To be fair,samsung-galaxy-s5-copper they were both older and DH is still the reigning champ of the most dead phones … Just sayin’!  We are now owners of the Samsung Galaxy s5 (love it!).   And – we left Verizon after 20+ years, as their customer service has become pathetically poor and our bill ridiculously high.   We’re giving Sprint a try for now …

We attended the Brighton Farmer’s Market, as well as Milford’s Ladies Night/market.  We did well, they were both great experiences in their own ways and we’re getting better at packing/unpacking the trailer.

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We’ll be doing a couple of inside shows this holiday season, too.  On Saturday, 11/1/14 we’ll be at the American Spirit Centre in Brighton.  I’m also happy to say we’ll be at the Arts and Greens Holiday Market again this year (11/22 and 11/23/14).

We celebrated a few birthdays (good family time sprinkled with some proud Mama moments) …  My grandpa is 90, our oldest daughter is [cough, cough] 22, our oldest son just turned 20 years old.  All are well and I now fully understand that time is flying by! 

Since I moved all the beads, I’m in a beading-mode.  I’ve been gathering ideas (for jewelry/wire-wrapping and chainmaille) like a loon (more projects than could EVER be accomplished in one lifetime, even if I didn’t have other hobbies or interests – let alone jobs/responsibilities) but, it’s what I seem to like to do … 


I’ve worked, caught up on mandatory competencies and attended annual meetings.  There are a ton of WWU stories, but I feel no amount of info ‘tweaking’ could prevent HIPPA-infringement in these cases … So, suffice it to say bizarre events continue to seek us out in the ER on the weekends.  (Not talking about ebola or enterovirus68 or any other viral outbreaks … NOPE!)

So … all caught up with work busy-work, my mind well saturated with beading ideas (time to let them boil and bubble), my lists of kiln projects made and prioritized –  I can now get back to producing in the studio … I hope.


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It’s a good thing I’m not panicking …

DH signed us up to participate in Brighton’s Harvest Fest Brighton Harvest Fest(market/art and craft show) … umm – this SATURDAY. (8am-3pm 9/27/14)  So, it’s a good thing I’m not stressing out, experiencing any sort of insomnia spike while I systematically search the internet (like some neurotic, jonesing sociopath with only one thing on her mind …) for more artistic booth displays.  Yeah.  I’ve decided to pretend I’m a mello, mary-jane-sort … while one of my many other self’s surfs the net, makes new ‘stuff’, packs and packages … and FREAKS OUT!

So if you aren’t doing anything this Saturday – come say HI, check out all our new glass – or wish John well as I will enjoy another 40+ hour day.  [I promise to be nice to all patrons, patients and customers.  Only legal life partners need to worry …]

But seriously – I’m excited.  Thus the insomnia.  And it’s a good ‘kick in the pants’ for the holiday season …

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Chuggin’ along …

While I feel like I’m barely moving, I am producing.  I’ve been taking pictures and working on listings (not my favorite) in between playing in the studio.  Here are some photos from today:

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And, while we wait to hear about this winter’s show schedule (I’ll let you know where we’ll be …), I’m working on ornaments and night lights for the holiday season …

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All while we play (- both DH and I) with new pendant blanks – cuz we both love the torch!   I wish I had a photo of what he’s been working on – his ‘gift’ for me … We recently bought a (used) enclosed trailer.  DH has been cleaning her up and making her shine.  [7X14, black, single axle, ramp back door, side door.  He’s painting the interior walls, installing foam flooring, and diamond plate on areas of the lower exterior … We plan to install shelving and more lighting.  All for my ‘lil traveling glass shop … Awwww!  I’ll post a photo of her soon.  Promise!]


Meanwhile, I keep having this sense of ‘waiting for a shoe to drop’ … Maybe it’s why my insomnia has kicked up a notch.  I grew up with this feeling in my belly.  (Evil biologic.)  I don’t like it …  So, I hope to face it or be free of it soon!  Hormone surges???

Yuck!  To not leave on such a neurotic note … (NSFO/NSFK – content, but funny!!!) Check out this Amazon review.  If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for that special ‘Scrooge’ person on your list … Winking smile


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Hot off the press …

I’ve put my insomnia to good use.  Maybe.  I think.  I opened another E-store.  This one is on my Facebook page … AND – since I don’t have to pay any extra fees, neither do you!  So, lower prices.  Plus I’m offering my necklaces there before listing them anywhere else.  Since it’s a trial run, I’m starting with just a few (10) items … Let’s see how it goes.

Here’s the link: Clayton Hill Studio Store  And a few necklaces to entice – maybe …


BTW – only 105 days until Christmas.  For all you early-birds – that’s just 3 months away!  In love

Now – it is time to sleep!  SOMEONE  needs to clean this studio, catch up on a bit of laundry and figure out what will be for dinner!

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Give-Away Winner

- Please contact me!  Kathy Petersen Jones – You’ve been selected to receive the necklace.   Contact me with your address and I will get it in the mail right away!  (chneos@aol.com)


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Finally …

(S)he sleeps.  Or, I slept … in the non-Pretty-Woman version of the tale.he-sleeps  But, ya know, it’s still a happy ending.  Crashing for 14 hours after a week long bout of insomnia, with 4 hour ‘cat naps’ in between several undesired periods of 24 hours of wakefulness.  Apparently, I was testing something in my system.  My ability to maintain calm, composure and/or customer-service with hormonal twins or cranky ER patients, maybe???  I’m not sure, as I was too sleep deprived to think it all the way through.  Winking smile

Anyway, I’m rested.  I was up in time to see the twins off to their first day of school.  (I can do “smiling 6am” if I’m well rested – who knew?)  I have been catching up on emails, working on listings for the shops (a sampling below), and I have my (almost) annual hair appointment coming up.  [The joys of accepting unruly curly hair – it doesn’t need regular ‘trimmings’ like normal hair.]  Oops – time to go …

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Labor Day Give-Away

In honor of Labor Day, I’m having my first ‘Give Away’!  Here’s the prize:


A necklace from our new (Rorschach) Inkblot series [What do YOU see?].  Here are the rules: 

  1. “Like” us on our Clayton Hill Studio facebook page (link at your right), if you haven’t already …
  2. Make a comment (on our facebook page) – anything (PG-13) you’d like. 

That’s it.  That’s all it takes to enter.  On Friday, 9/5/14 at 12MN (EDT), I will randomly choose a name (yeah, that ‘random picker app’) and announce the lucky winner.  [Announcement here and on FB.]  Come on people … help a sister out, please! 

More about the necklace:  This handmade pendant started in my torch with frit and rod (bits of glass).  It was then shaped and fired in our kiln twice to form this end design. Yellow gold organza necklace is included (Wow – what a deal!).
This cabochon measures just over 1 inch wide x just over 1 inch long.  A stainless steel (hypoallergenic) ring attaches it to the necklace.  The necklace measures 18 inches with 2 inch silver metal link extender.

In the meantime … Happy Labor Day!!!  I’m going to kick back, relax and reflect on just how grateful I am that the (ER nursing) weekend is over!  Winking smile

happy labor day

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