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 …

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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.

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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

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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!!!

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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)!

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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

 

Minimal Adulting …

We got thru tax season 2019.  It was a painful week, but we beat the deadline.  We did ‘OK’ this year – we felt the tax law changes, but came out ‘winning’ … For whatever reason, this year’s tax prep was UNBELEVIABLY painful.  I never wanted to miss a deadline as badly!  So, it’s Friday and I’m still recovering – with minimal adulting.

I finally did some cooking on Friday (the first time this week).  Of course I went big – a VAT of potato soup, strawberry jam, spinach pies and a big batch of cranberry granola.  DH is still making about two Instant Pot’s of greek yogurt each week.  So the jam and granola make me happy!

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Meanwhile, Ro and her RoBO babies are doing great(!) – growing, eating and adjusting to life on the outside.

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I’ve had the kiln running a couple of times this week, to keep up with orders.  I had some heartbreak after a successful firing.  I assume it was because I didn’t pull the glass off the mold after firing, but let it stay there for a few days –  with crazy Michigan temperature changes  … only to discover this:

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Through it all, I’m making cards: Easter cards – for our offspring; and a ‘batch’ of birthday cards – to add to my  ‘collection box’.  Eventually, I may decide to do more with these than just family/friend gift-giving.  I’m still thinking about it.  But, in the meantime, they make me happy.

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Now, to get ready for a week-end of ER Nursing fun …

And the Family is HOME!

Clyde was admitted to the canine hospital over the weekend, with pneumonia.  He came home on Tuesday, breathing easy and happy to see Dad (DH).  And RoMomma was admitted on Tuesday for pup watch, as she was showing signs of early labor … She and her pups came home today!  So, everyone is home now … YAY! 

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And we have three new little ones:  Newton and his two sisters, Linda and Viola.  They are gorgeous!!!  So far, mom is sleeping off anesthesia and the pups are settling in to life on the outside.  Look at those faces!!! Smile

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Now to prep for our annual date with our tax man … It can’t all be fun and cuteness!

Busy Week … But, Not Done YET!!!

clydeSo, just to shake things up a bit this week, DH fully embraced a senior moment.  He gave Clyde his dose of naproxen, instead of Clyde’s dose of Zyrtec.  Meanwhile, I was cruising along at 80MPH, whistling a happy  tune in the studio  … And came to a SCREECHING STOP! 

‘You did what?’  Ninety minutes and 2.5 bottles of hydrogen peroxide later … Clyde offered up the offendingly toxic Naprosyn, while doing his best imitation of a drowning CHF’er; DH is exhausted, both physically and emotionally; and I’m watching over the boys sleeping, as well as Chloe and Ro.  Then it hits me … I realize just how terrible DH would be as an ER nurse.  His emotions took over and he wanted to stop ‘torturing’ Clyde (who does not like the taste of H2O2, BTW).  ‘Nope – haven’t seen any pills yet.  Come here, buddy,’ as I place Clyde in my best toddler/half-nelson head-lock.  It was ugly, traumatic and absolutely no fun.  BUT  – Clyde is now naproxen-free, drank water on his own and he’s currently sleeping.  Now, I’m considering locking all the meds up, away from DH …

Meanwhile, Ro went to the vet for a check this week.  She has an ear infection, so they did a quick ultrasound … which showed 4 (or more) babies, all with healthy heart beats.  T-4 days (give or take) … heart

While I continue to watch over the four (and two) legged crew, I made a few card tops.  HMMMM…. I’m waiting to play with the new alcohol pearl inks – due to arrive any day now … (Give or take…) Winking smile 

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AIR-PLANTMURRINI-PEBBLESAnd, I’m using up useless nibs and bits of murrini, to create pebbles.  I chopped up empty wine/liquor bottles, to make a hanging ‘basket’ of sorts (complete with MACRAME twine/hemp hangers – THANKS You-Tube!), all ready  for ‘air plants’ … A fun and different earth-friendly house-warming gift for our daughter.  I hope to add some to our shop … we’ll see.

Thank goodness it’s Friday … I get to go back to the ER tomorrow!!!

They’re Done … Almost

flip-and-fire-with-murrini-I spent the better part of the week bringing the spoon rests thru to their final slump.  All but three.  This other one had air bubbles I didn’t like, so it’s in the baby kiln for a flip and fire, along with some murrini nibs.  I hope to use the nibs (otherwise ‘useless’) in an up-cycled house warming gift … [Photos to come …]

In the meantime, I’m pretty pleased with my spoons.  I have a hard time picking a favorite (or three) … Smile

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In the kitchen this week, I made another batch of Instant Pot jam – this one with blackberries and (fresh) mango, frozen pineapple and a touch of shredded coconut (- why?  Because I had it!).  Yum!  Perfect for homemade yogurt!  And, we made (a too-large-portion of) Spinach Chicken & Mushroom alfredo sauce (with bok choy and peas – again, because we had them!).  Lil Sis came over, so she’ll be leaving with enough corned beef and cabbage and chicken alfredo to bring out the Irish and Italian in her – or to eat well for a week! Winking smile

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I’m slowly reorganizing/cleaning the studio (if you noticed in the spoon rest photo – I managed to clear off much of the coe90 table … Wow!)  So, not a whole bunch happened with card making.  I did manage to stamp several card fronts to color – maybe at work this weekend???

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I’ll leave with a cute pic of Sassy Miss Cowbell (Chloe), who was posing all fierce and guardian-like in between scratching her back on my arborvitae … Meanwhile, RoMama (Rotunda) is growing daily, and getting a wee-bit picky with her food choices.  She’s got about 10-12 days to go (give or take) before the babies are due … My beautiful pot-bellied piglets!

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Happy weekend everyone!  Be safe!!!

Some cookin’…

Both in the kitchen and the studio …

chicken-bonesI made a vat of bone broth.  I couldn’t help it.  When I was at the grocery store, I stumbled on a package of chicken feet … CHICKEN FEET!  And then I thought,  ‘Well, why not?!?’  DH was a bit concerned – and kept taking pictures!

making-bone-stock     bone-broth

no-knead-bread-tale-1But, I regained his trust once we made our first loaf of ‘no knead bread’, and another batch of jam.  (This time we used strawberries, mangoes and pears, oh my!)  I have another ‘loaf’ of bread proofing, as I type.  And, I think we need to try Honey Oat (no knead) bread next …

 mango-strawberry-pear-jam     homemade-bread-and-jam

almond-butter-jam-yogurtWe’re still making yogurt, just about daily – as Ro and Gina (our pregnant moms) like it too!  We also made our first batch of almond butter.  It will never replace peanut butter for me, but when I mixed it with yogurt and jam (almost PB&J yogurt …) – I loved it!

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Since I was tied to the kitchen for a bit, I made beet chips.  You have to like beets (umm, DH does NOT), as the finished product is not so eye-appealing.  But they taste good.  And, Ro liked them, too.

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Not that she is a picky eater, but I wanted to mix up some goodies just for Ro (and Gina) … So, I steamed a sweet potato to add to turkey burger and rice.  Oh yea – they love it!

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Once all were well fed, I went back to the studio to move along my 47 spoon rests.  They’re getting there, and I hope to start slumping the bulk of them this weekend or early next week.

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DH likes to hang out with the (bulldog) GIRLZ, while I work.

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Leaving with a photo of RoMama – who was surveying her domain in between the crazy rainstorms we had – in March … IN MICHIGAN … RoMomma

On The Mend …

I think we are finally getting well (no more URI-crud) and moving in the right direction, creativity-wise.

I’ve moved my fun and colorful spoon rests along.  I have two more (coffin kiln) loads to go – but here’s the first batch.  These will need to go back into the kiln, another trip to the saw and (hopefully) a final kiln run for slumping … Yay!!! (So, yeah, that will be roughly 40+ hours in the kiln from start to finish.  I’m glad I made so many blanks!)

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ChalcopyriteAnd – we had our vitrigraph pulls … beautiful coe96 murrini cane.  The first (spring green) is already listed in our Etsy store.  The second, should join our shop next week.  I struggled with a name – it’s teal, purple and blue (search google images for gorgeous photos), and finally decided on ‘Peacock Ore’ … which is chalcopyrite or borite.  [Credit for rock photo:  UKGE.com]

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Instant-potWe played with our Instant Pot quite a bit this week:  We made  strawberry and raspberry/mango jams, greek style yogurt, and cauliflower mushroom soup.  All that goodness finally killed DH’s man-cold.  [AMEN!!!]  I hope to try ‘no-knead whey bread’ next week!

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Our oldest daughter bought a house(!).  So DH and I tried our hand at spinach pies (a practical house-warming gift for move-in day, I hope).  While not even close to the amazing pies I’ve grown accustomed to … ours were sloppy, but good.  [An extra special Thank You to HLWLG – I have an even greater appreciation for all the work and magic of your spinach pies now!!!]

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Leaving with a photo of the sisters – Chloe is staying close and supportive while Ro gestates … Awww!!!sister-hugs