The calm before the storm …

thCAHG1W8ZSo, the kids are officially on summer vacation.  They’ve ALREADY started talk about things we should do, buy and partake in to ensure they’re properly entertained this Summer … Oy Vay!  This started right after I asked them to remove the 80 pounds of back-packs and school papers from my counters, couches and stairs.  At least they’re not bickering … YET!

After cooking/serving my heathens  a healthy dinner, romping/playing ball with my four-legged brats and watering my garden … I promptly escaped to my studio.  Knowing I needed time to refocus [yeah, that’s code for calming down, finding my ‘Zen-ness’, becoming maternal – or at least friendly …], DH left me alone.

I made some progress with my frit/mosaic load.  Everything is drying for the next round.  I’d like to get them in the coffin this coming week, but we’ll see.  I made a Shamrock night light, cuz – I felt like it (and according to my grandmother, I’m Irish … no one else in the family knew that when I was growing up – WTH???); and, I grouted my ‘busier’ rose plate:

shamrock-nitelite     mosaic-rose-plate

I also finally got the coffin loaded with my slump-run.  We’ll see tomorrow how she turns out.  [Fingers crossed for some nice bowls and spoon rests …]


But then – I had research time … Time to scour the internet and see what’s out there.  I’m quickly becoming fascinated with sand-blasting.  I think I’ve found some new supplies/equipment that I just can’t live without.  But, you know – it’s just the research phase … the calm before the storm.  Winking smile

And I’ve got just one more weekend at work to get through (again – calm/storm) before I’m off for 12 days, AND take my glass classes.  Who knows what kind of trouble will find me then?!?


About claytonhill

Artisan of beautiful and functional art, handmade in our glass studio. All items one of a kind due to the nature of our medium. A little about me: As the mother of four children, multiple four-legged 'children', wife and an ER nurse ... I've always found pleasure in pursuing creative outlets. My current 'hobby' is kiln-formed glass. As I never do anything 'half-way' ... my husband and I are really enjoying this medium. Other hobbies have included/include stained glass, quilting, knitting, wine making, candles - oh, and a brief trial of the ancient Ukranian art of etching designs on blown eggs ... don't ask. :) You can view my on-line glass store at
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