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!  (


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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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Lovin’ It!


DH and I are making baby steps towards bringing the new studio computer on-line, so that we can lay to rest the seriously ill, old computer.  Umm, the new one has Windows 8.1.  I feel like a geriatric patient …“I don’t DO computers … or VCR’s … or digital watches.”  We WILL figure this SH*T out, dang it!  (Apparently NOT what I’m loving!)

In the meantime … I’m playing with the torch, running the kilns and assembling necklaces.  Have I mentioned I LOVE MY TORCH!?!  It’s true!


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I’m also plugging away, (with the OLD, terminally ill computer –) working with digital decals.  Still doing my three color experiments.  Here is what recently came out of the kiln.  Next up – I will try actual photos, to see which color profile I prefer …

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Two kilns running every day, in between gaining our “I.T.-degree-by-fire”.  Add to all that ‘some’ kind of fun outing every day, and this wanna-be-Hermit is LOVING IT!!!  Seriously! Winking smile 

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BTW – Spit an 8 month old, non-existent, DISSOLVABLE stitch.  My parts are getting happy again.  Still not loving God-like surgeons who do not LISTEN to their patients, but … I no longer feel like a jacked-up weather barometer.  So, ya know – it’s all good!  Smile

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Let me introduce you …

To the coolest tool ever!  And such a small investment.  After struggling for years, look at what I can do … Such small holes!  It’s called a Dremel Work Station, and mine cost about $40 (I love Amazon!).

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So, I’ve been working on necklaces and cabs.  Lots of them!

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 flower-bouquet-cab  necklaces-2


Now to take individual photos, complete listings, and get to some other special requests!  In the meantime, my studio computer died last week.  So, I also need to get everything (programs, files, photos, etc.) moved over to the new one.  Fingers crossed that it all transfers smoothly!!! 

In between all that, we need to get the twins ready for ‘back to school’ and pups are starting to move on to their new homes … Aww!


No down time for the wicked weary … Winking smile

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