Just a couple more days …

Even with less than cooperative Michigan summer weather, I’m having a great stay-cation.  I have a couple more days of ‘bumming’ coe90-carnival-murrini-canebefore heading back to the ER this weekend …  In the meantime, we had our coe90 ‘carnival’ pull.  Here is the stack, with the resulting murrini and cane.

90-carnival-trial   90-carnival-murrini

We had a family gathering at my sister’s.  The photo has three generations of Thompson folk (my grandfather, uncle, and sister).  It was a great visit,


sisters-6-20Speaking of sisters … I’m sneaking in a photo of Chloe and Ro.  Cowbell is definitely feeling better!  And Rotunda’s daughters, Linda and Viola – who are rolling into 3 months old.  So stinkin’ cute!!!


foiled-sugar-skullI’ made some card bases.  Played with foiling – and had decent results.  I will slowly add sentiments and layers to them.  I also made some ‘inky backgrounds’ in bold colors.  I will emboss an image and tone down the bold coloring – as in the rose card.  I’m also making a few argyle cards – so the 3 diamond backgrounds are layer one … I’ll show the finished cards when I get there …


We had a cloudy ‘pool day’ yesterday.  As always, I’m hoping to squeeze in another before returning to work.  We’ll see … Leaving with a pretty picture DH caught of the moonlight over ‘Purdy Pond’ … Happy Summer Y’all!

purdypond moonlight

Finally some pulling …

I cut some glass for a few vitrigraph pulls.  Tonight we did an aqua pull.  Here’s the stack, and the murrini results.

90-turq-stack-6-14 aqua-murrini

90-beige-stack-6-14I also plan to do a repeat coe90 beige pull.  And I’m trying to recreate the coe96 Carnival pull, but in coe90 colors … We’ll see how well I did mixing the lead and sulfur glasses – hopefully I have enough protective (safe) colors surrounding them … Otherwise, we’ll have a lovely [NOT] mud-colored batch of murrini cane…

96-stack      90-carnival-trial


I’m still working out what colors/color-mixes to create in coe96.  And, I’m making baby-step progress towards our long awaited coe96 pink stack … I have some pastel pink and maybe a bit of transparent pink to add, as well.   It feels good to play with glass again!

Leaving with a pretty sunset photo DH caught the other day.   I love summer-time!


Tinkering …

Cuz – I can.  I’m on vacation.  No – we’re not going anywhere.  But I’m taking a much-needed break from (ER) work…

We’ve had a beautiful SUN day.  DH shared his plans to build a deck on the pond …


My dad has a birthday coming up … 71 years young.  So, I made a card.  And then, I ordered a gift card to fill it (to replace the ‘Amazon’ card) and some prints of our GANG – so he has new photos of his canine grand-kids!

dad-bday The-gang

And, I’m working on some dichro cabs, for an order.


I hope to straighten up and (re-)organize the studio, make some great food, and maybe have a vit pull or two …

Either way, I’m on VACATION!!! Smile

She is HOME!!!

After 7 long days, Chloe is home.  Eating, drinking, healing … and cuddling!  And, not thrilled about posing for any photos … That’s my girl!!Chloe is home

Can’t Keep a Good Gal Down …

So  – quite a lot has happened since my last post.  None of which is glass or card making related …

Shortly after my post last week, Miss Chloe Cowbella started vomiting …chloe-cowbell All NIGHT.  She would (on her own) drink water, wait 2-3 hours and vomit it all back up.  Wait a few minutes and do it again.  Drink, vomit, rinse, repeat… Until 7AM when DH took her to our local vet.  Initial blood work showed she was sick (WBC 21k).  X-rays showed fluid in her lungs and an abnormal abdominal x-ray.  [We were told a possible ruptured stomach … Wait, what???]  She would need 24 hour vet care, possibly an oxygen tent – more than our local vet could provide … I spent Thursday sobbing – deep, ugly tears – while holding Ro and praying to baby Jesus.

Turns out Chloe was hiding pyometra from her last heat cycle ~6 wks ago, and somewhere through the vomiting and vet visit, she had ruptured her uterus.  Fast forward through an emergency surgery with hysterectomy, one LONG week (with daily calls to the incredibly patient vet techs for updates), and my Bunk-Ditty-Bunk-a-Boo is on the mend.  We visited last night.  She has a drain in her abdomen, so we aren’t allowed to bring her home just yet (even though as a nurse, I’ve cared for JP drains before, and as a patient – I’ve had one …), but hopefully within the next 24-48 hours.


She’s eating and drinking, she’s successfully switched over to oral medications … It’s just that drain.  But she was happy to see us.  And, I was over-the-moon thrilled to see her!  Nope – can’t keep a good woman down! Winking smile  Thank you Sweet Baby Jesus!!!

chloe-drain2     Bunk-Ditty-smiling

Next up – day walker hours for the dreaded yearly nursing competencies (Ugghhhh!), and bringing our Bunk home!!!  Then we can rejoin our regularly scheduled programs!  HUGS!!!


Moving Past a Creative Rut …

Or trying to … I haven’t been making much, but I’m starting to get a bit of the mojo back.  Last week, DH and I went to one of our old stomping grounds (bar/restaurant) to meet up with work friends.  We had a good time, and I made a card for a dear friend (who happens to love Mickey Mouse and all things Disney):


hibachi-noodlesDid I mention for Mother’s Day, we went to a Japanese steak house.  I’ve been searching for a recipe for those addictive noodles ever since, and tried a combination of recipes to create my own take on Hibachi Noodles.  Not bad, but I would alter a few ingredients/quantities next time.

I did a bit of card making stuff:  I created a few more watercolor backgrounds.  And I copic-colored a few adorable skunk images that I hope to make into cards.

water-color-backgrounds-5-1 copic-skunks

The garden is planted and we had our first pool day (on Memorial Day).  It was a bit chilly, but the sun was out, so one of my favorite ways to spend a sunny day!

The bulldog pups are as cute as ever, rolling into 8 wks old.  Here are Viola and Newton wandering about ‘their domain’ – and Linda ‘posing’ while giving us the stink eye! heart-emoji

Viola-and-Newton linda-8wks

Posting early this week, as I failed to post anything last week.  Which means I have a couple more days to make cool stuff in the kitchen and studio, play with awesome fur-babies, and maybe catch a little more pool time before heading in for a weekend of ER nursing fun! Later Y’all!  Winking smile


Cuteness Overload!

So, I’ll start with the bulldog puppies.  Even after diving into some home-made yogurt (as seen on Viola’s crusty head), they are still too darned cute.  They love exploring in the yard, climbing rocks, cruising through grass or stopping to smell (and maybe taste) the flowers …

 viola-6wks newton-6wks Linda-6wks

Then we move on to cards – birthdays, weddings and one without a sentiment just yet … I’ll switch modes to Thanks You’s and Father’s Day cards next week.  All the while, moving a few glass items along in the kilns (night lights, spoon rests – the staples!)  We plan to do a vitrigraph pull or two next week, so I have to work out some color-schemes for the stacks.


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DH and I are having ‘date night’ later today … I grew up going to the (horse) racetrack with my grandpa from time to time.  It’s something DH and I would do as cheap entertainment in our early marriage ($20 goes a long way when you’re placing show bets).  They’ve closed all but one track in Michigan, so we’re going before that one is gone!

We hope to get the garden planted next week, too.  Whew – it’s going to be a busy week.  Good thing I get to ‘play cards’ this weekend … Winking smile  Be safe Y’all!


Mother’s Day and cute stuff!

We had dinner out with the kids tonight.  Over the years, DH has been fairly ‘privileged’ and/or isolated from dining out (I have food allergies, plus I like to cook).  We went to a nice restaurant, and he nearly choked on the cost of the bill.  But, it was a good dinner, great visit and a fun early celebration … And – I got flowers, lots of them!  Smile  Thank you, my babies!!!

Speaking of … the bulldog babies are 5 wks old, and absolutely ADORABLE!  Here is Viola (with Mama Ro), Newton and Linda – checking out grass for the first time.


I made a few cards, as I slowly make my way through my Pinterest favorites.  A friend has a wedding soon; I played with paper piecing, and water colored some die cut flowers on a stamped background.

wedding-card-dina roses-paper-piecing hello-friend-card

I had a special request for coe90 bright murrini, so I put together some mixed bags.  I like them and may add a few to the shop.  Meanwhile, I’m still trying to get my vitrigraph cane pulling partner (ummm … DH) to set up some dates!

coe90-birght-murrini-mix  coe90-mixed-bright-murrini

Later today, I will catch up on kiln loads and glass orders, before I head back to a fun holiday weekend in the ER.  Happy Mother’s Day, Y’all!

Thank goodness for Cute Puppies!!!

Here is the RoBo gang.  They turned 4 weeks old this week, and are loving gruel!  Look at those adorable mugs! heart-emoji  That’s Linda, Newton and Viola …


I had some dealings with difficult people this week – at work and at home.   Why do people choose to be rude and ugly?  Anyway, the mojo was off in the glass studio.  So, I played with cards.  I made some watercolor backgrounds.

watercolor-ombre-background  watercolor-backgrounds

nuvo-enamel-dotsAnd while those dried, I made some homemade (Nuvo) enamel dots … which I then placed on a couple of cards.  I did a bit of copic coloring too.  Here is my ‘group hug’ card.

someone-special-card  copic-coloring  group-hug-card

Last night I discovered a video tutorial for these pretty Rose cards … So, I made a couple.  Thank you, Kristina!


I’ll leave with a cute photo of Chloe, who is wondering why I’m messing with her naptime … Winking smile  Have a great weekend, y’all!Chloe-chillin

Sweet Puppies, Mental Health Nite and CARDS …

RoBo’s babies have turned three weeks old.  Their eyes are open and starting to focus, ears are opening (they scare themselves when they growl or bark) and they’re getting cuter by the MINUTE!!!


DH and I got together with some of my work gang this week.  Many have moved on from our ER ( – one has even RETIRED – I’m so jealous!), but we all share some third shift magic!  It’s great that we still get together – after 17 years (for some of the gang)!


special-request-plateI made a special request dog plate – this one spotlights a German Shepherd. 

And I made a few cards.  Some okay, some not-so-much … But I also have more stamped images ready to color.  One more day of fun before heading back to the ER this weekend.  Happy Spring Y’all!!!

water-color-flowersembossed-flowers-card  new-stamps-to-color