Prayers and happy thoughts

My Grandma is in the hospital again – darn gallbladder!  She is NOT feeling good.  This afternoon when we were visiting her, I decided I didn’t like seeing her as a patient (looking tired and sick in the ICU bed) about as much as I don’t like being one (a patient, that is).  Please send prayers and good thoughts her way with me.

In the meantime, the Yorkie pups are here to make you smile … (That’s Calvin in the front, with his sisters … and part of big, fat Aunt Kat in the back.)

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Back in the Saddle again …

Guess what?  I have water in my studio!!!  I KNOW, right?!?!  How incredibly cool is that!  So – from here on out, most days that end in ‘Y’, you can find me in the studio …

Those projects I had going from the last post are done:  A stringer bowl and several spoon rests (12 of them to be exact).

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Spoon rests 1-3 Spoon rests 4-6 Spoon rests 7-9

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And, being Monday (which means a slow moving day for me), I made earrings and a bracelet.

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WWU:  I am grateful the weekend is over.  I feel like I’m back in the swing of things as far as being a fully functioning ER nurse goes.  And Easter weekend proved to be a rough one.  Lots of crummy diagnoses, accidents and news.  My take home message … life is a precious gift!  (And … so is running water!)

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Chainmail and glass …

four-winds-agate-earringsMeans I’m one happy girl.  I broke down on Monday and purchased an instant download tutorial for a weave that I’ve liked but couldn’t quite figure out (felt like I needed 3 more sets of hands to complete).  And now, I am a Four Winds mailing fool!  Here are some earrings (with stainless steel, copper and agate).

And a bracelet I’m working on (stainless steel and anodized aluminum).  Plus, a quick pic of a shaggy loops bracelet in peacock (glass fringe beads) colors:

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Speaking of anodized aluminum … DH recently said he wants to get some equipment to do just that – SWEET!  I guess there is a man-application for coloring metals … Who knew?  Winking smile

I’ve also spent a few productive hours in the studio.  I have spoon rests going through the final slumping phases (photo of 2 completed).  AND … I have my coffin loaded with stage one of a few more spoon rests, bowls (including my sister’s special request cobalt stringer bowl) and a night light.  [Fingers crossed for happy kiln Gods!]

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I’m not talking about the snow.  Nope.  But, on the plus side, the crazy weather seems to have put a kibosh to the (Sandhill) Crane WARS going on in the field by our house.  Yep, must be mating season.  Those brown flamingos sure are loud!  (Photo credit R.Reznick)

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And now to PARTAY!!!

OK, umm – so maybe not with champagne, but … It’s over for another 364 days, WAHOO!!!

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And, look at what I made today.  It’s  a chainmail pinecone.  Cuz – I can!!!  And … it is “4 out of 5 intermediate advanced” on the difficulty scale …(?) Watch me go!  wlEmoticon-winkingsmile.png

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Then I made this.  I like it!

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And, we took some pictures.  Look at that face!  Such a handsome guy and huge at 2.5 weeks old … the little Porker!

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How to prepare?

A box of tissues or bottle of champagne???  Off we go to the tax man to see if we win or lose.  Fingers crossed! guillotine-tax-game

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Heigh Hoooooo

It’s back to work I go!  I’ll let you know later which of the dwarfs I am/was over the weekend …

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Please read all instructions carefully …

instructionsThis means you, doofus!  Or, more specifically, ME!  I am currently the [not so] proud owner of about 5 pounds of seed potato pearls in every possible size from 3.5mm-5mm.  All because I figured those instructions I’d printed out were for the more challenged of my creative  counterparts … NOPE!  At one point, I had DH ‘helping’ with man tools, drill bits and metal files.  We had a vise and forceps out.  We destroyed a pearl and mutilated a silver finding.   I ordered additional supplies from multiple companies.  The whole time I had the instructions – with the magical answer sitting right in front of me for weeks … DOH!  Lesson learned – the hard way … and, ya know – I love my new bracelet.  (So much so, I think I’ll make about 10 of them …)

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new-glassesMaybe things will be better (or I’ll be more inclined to read) now that I have these.  Personally, I think they look better on Lola (my model), but I see better when I wear them, so … (Getting old ain’t for wimps!)

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Now, back to taxes …

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