Just Me, Chloe and the Studio Crew …

Sent the last of our pups off today.  Always a day of mixed emotions … So, I’m playing in the studio, with the music loud, while Chloe terrorizes plays with her Yorkie siblings.

Working on some pendant pieces.  I took my cabs from the last post, decided they were just too thick – so I full fused them.  Now, I feel they’ve lost some detail and (obviously) depth.  I’ll work on it to find a happy middle ground.

too-thickthick-and-thintoo-thick-and-too-thin

But – I love these!  The interesting thing – so does DH.  “I’d wear it, pink and all …”  Wow!  I do believe that is one of the nicest compliments he has given me! Smile

fritrini-cloud-cabs

I’m also pretty pleased with this one.  Now I need to figure out which type of bail I want to go with … Hmmm

foil-diamond-cab

My tile saw and I have reached a level of comfort – mainly because my fingers get nervous … So I took the ‘tails’ (the point where I’m starting to feel like my fingers are too close to the blade), combined them to make another sheet.  Ha!  And – I kind of like these wee bits (~1.5 inches) as potential cabs themselves … We’ll see.

saw-tails-fused-new  saw-tails

Meanwhile, more ‘sheet’ parts headed for the kiln & saw …

new-foil-slabfoil-sheet-2foil-sheet

Since the Doc said to go ahead and work the broken wing (my arm) – I’m giving her all she’s got.  And, she is letting me know it!  Lucky me, I have physical therapy tomorrow!  Yay tennis ball massage!!! Winking smile

Posted in fused glass, jewelry making, non-glass ... dogs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Good news, bad news, good news …

So, yea – you get the gist.   Good news – my elbow is cleared for PT; Bad news –  I’m not a huge fan of PT.  It’s like paying for an exercise club – but instead dues are 3x the cost, due every visit.  No, you don’t get a massage included – instead, we’re going to lend you this used-tennis-ball, and have you massage your own elbow as part of your treatment … “Um, that will be $35, please.”

Good news – my family is all in good health.  Bad news:  My son was in a car accident (his 3rd in 3 months) …

Good news – my son is ok (and it was a single car accident); Bcut-and-beveledad news:  My son totaled the family vehicle (SUV) …

Good news – DH has a lead on another family vehicle; Bad news –  I’m on short term disability … Replacing cars is not part of the monthly budget!

Good news – my elbow is cleared for studio work;  Good news – I’m making pendants and part-sheets!

pendants-and-part-sheets

Posted in fused glass, jewelry making, non-glass ... life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

While I wait for the verdict …

Tomorrow is my ortho appointment … Time to see if a 20 pound full-arm cast or surgery is my penalty for ‘refusing to heal’ … Personally, I’m hoping for curtain number 3 … ???

fritrini-pendants

more-foil-tilesIn the meantime – I’ve made a few new glass pieces:  Future pendants (above), a couple of tiles ready for the kiln and another jewelry sheet ready for round 2 …

new-sheet

And the Cowbell and I are working on manners, while she terrorizes the Yorks.  Our conversations sound a lot like this video (you know  – if Mateo where speaking bulldog and I just kept saying over and over, “Linda, you’re not listening.  Linda!  Linda, listen to me …”  Subsequently, Chloe now has the new nickname, “Linda LISTEN!”

chloeapocalypse

Posted in fused glass, jewelry making, non-glass ... dogs, non-glass ... life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A bit of a set back- but moving forward …

So, I had my repeat xray last week.  Apparently, my fracture isn’t healing … Well that sucks!  I’ll see Ortho on Tuesday to figure out the next step …

In the meantime – I’ve made a few spoon rests …

spoon-rest-designs

Linda-LISTENPlayed (gently!) with the CowBell …

Put together some component parts for a couple of jewelry designs …

And completed my first tile …

component-pieces    frit-tile

While I’m not in love with it … I do like some of my fishies (potential pendants viewed through a pod template) …

my-fishes

Posted in fused glass, jewelry making, non-glass ... dogs, non-glass ... life | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Arrgghh–the Broken Wing strikes again!

Cooped-up, grateful, somber and reflective (… as we roll into the New Year with it’s mandatory RESOLUTIONS) = TOO MUCH TIME ON MY HANDS!

StyxTooMuchTime

I just watched an interesting piece on millennials.  As the parents of four such off-spring, my husband and I have often discussed, argued and compromised on the best approach to raise healthy individuals in today’s environment.  After this year’s family gathering, upcoming outings and events, and a long stretch of alone time at the grinding station in my studio tonight … I’m feeling … well …  Hell – I don’t know what I’m feeling … but here’s what is tumbling around in my ‘melon’ …

I’ve always known our oldest would be OK – just like I will always be OK.  We’re strong, we can roll with the punches, pull ourselves up by the bootstraps, and keep movin’ on … She is beautiful, successful and steady.  The key is finding a partner to balance things, someone to make you stop and enjoy the process, and forge a life of fulfilled contentment (i.e. happiness), who also leaves you feeling proud and complete – and LOVED!

My youngest daughter is the dreamer, idealist.  Her thoughts and whims change with Michigan’s hourly climate, and she is the most vocal (verbose – in a LOVING way) of our clan.  She is smart, beautiful and sees the good in people … more like my sister than me.  I fear for her innate trust, and have tried to use my nursing background to make her [female] wary and wise.  She, too, will do well in choosing a self-supporting career – which has been stressed to ALL of my kids, but maybe pushed a wee bit more with my girls …

purdys2015

My oldest son continues to amaze (and confuse) me.  He’s handsome, smart and certain of his opinions.  I will admit, as a female with no brothers, I’ve always looked at my boys with wonder and a touch of bewilderment.  I’ve rarely been able to look at the boys and know the dialogue streaming behind their eyes … Not like my girls – who have keenly expressed every thought and emotion through their telling faces and expressive eye-rolls [which I could interpret from my own development] …  My hope for my oldest boy is that he is fulfilled and content (i.e. – HAPPY)!

And, my youngest – my baby boy!  So handsome and charming … and deceptive.  He, too, is smart – but currently choosing not to commit the time and energy to successfully navigate upper education/career development.  He is so caught in the moment of conquering the moment, that he’s messing with the well-laid foundation for adult success that we provided/outlined/expect … In other words, he’s so busy making ‘time’ with his superfluous female ‘friends’, he’s going to flunk himself right out of scholarship money and school.  And this tough-love/ER nurse/Mama-bear doesn’t now how to help him start thinking with the right his head!

In the meantime, I love my family!  I’m enjoying all of my four-legged clan.  I’ve made some beautiful glass ornaments and spoon rests today.  I’m certain my elbow is healing – as it’s down to a gnawing, ever-present dull ache, mostly … and I will continue to struggle with Simon’s words (dammit – my kids are 19-24 years old!) as we roll into this new president year!

chloe-12-wks  lil-sis-7-wks

Posted in blogging, fused glass, life, non-glass ... ER nurse, non-glass ... life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Broken-Wing Christmas 2016 …

AND … that’s a wrap ~ with no packages actually wrapped!  It will officially be known as the ‘2016 Gift Bag Christmas!’ …

Christmas-2016

But SHE’s done, and officially underway … Santa has visited with all ‘HIS’ magical Christmas BAGS; the fridge is loaded with pre-prep food; I have this recipe all set to go into the crock-pot; And my youngest daughter DESTROYED my kitchen to make 48 mega-frosted cupcakes (… WTH – who eats cupcakes in this house??? …) [Seasonal Joy!!! and 2 hours of kitchen-clean-up! … ALL BETTER!!!] …chloe-cowbell

Cinnamon-Roll-Casserole

We ‘entertained’ 9 strangers in our home this pre-holiday – while prepping for THE EVENT … And, ‘Lil’ Chloe-Cow-Bell is now all gung-ho to enjoy her first Christmas ever ….

Merry Christmas to All … and to ALL a Good NightWinking smile

merry christmas to all

Posted in non-glass ... life | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Darn Wings Anyway …

Wow – this elbow thing hurts!  The mutant limb aches from my thumb up to my bicep … So – it MUST be healing … RIGHT?!?  Grrrr …

A measly few items from the studio to share, as I have spent much more time with the Netflix, AMC and History channels … I am SOOO caught up with TV …    

 future-plate rainbow-night-light-shades future-crackle-project

ChloeTubbyThank goodness for my pups!  Everyone is up to date with immunizations, deworming’s and diet-advancing.  And, there is puppy-breath everywhere!  Chloe is learning her place in the pack ~ a demon amongst the Yorkie clan, but a mere mortal/snuggly pillow dreaming with the Neos …

lil-sis Lagatha-5wks

beef-jerkeyMy dehydrator is working night and day … I actually loved the beet-chips, all to myself! [Yeah, no one else would eat them …]  We’ve tried cucumber ‘paper’ (so MANDOLINE-wafer thin), fruit leathers and I’ve got a batch of teriyaki beef and pork marinating.

Since we are T-4 days from Christmas, DH and I need to get busy!!!  No idea what to buy, and completely limited with making STUFF … Yikes, I am totally feeling like Ebenezia (girl-style) Scrooge this year.  I’ve made  Chex-mix by the truck-loads – and I’m still not feeling the MAGIC … Darn busted wing!

Ebenezia-Scrooge

Posted in fused glass, life, non-glass ... dogs | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment