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!


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.

beets-in-oil    beet-chips

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!


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.


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!)


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:]

spring green  peacock-ore

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!

IP-strawberry-jam raspberry-mango-jamhomemade-yogurt IP-cauliflower-mushroom-sou

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!!!]

spinach-pies spinach-pies-to-freeze

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

A Pinch of Mojo …

I’ve been working on these blanks, to eventually make a custom-request spoon rest … By the time I’m done, I’ll have a whole coffin-kiln load to flatten – and then I’ll have a whole lotta spoon rests (to cut), in what I hope are fun and unique color combinations.  I’ve got a blank cooking in the production kiln as I type, and I have one more color combination I want to make.  It’s been a while since I’ve fired up the big kiln … I’m excited!


DH is still sick, but showing signs of improving.  The Asparagus with Roasted Garlic soup was good.  Lil Sis recommended leaving a few bites of asparagus (as it’s a blended soup), if/when we make it again.  This week we made egg drop soup and added carrots, spinach and lots of chives.  And, we made our own crunchy Wonton noodles.  Yum! [I’m sorry for the crummy Fire tablet photos … ]

egg-drop-soup  wonton-noodles

I have  a couple of coe96 vitrigraph stacks together.  I’m hoping we can pull at least one pot this week (uhh, later today) … The colors remind me of spring and summer.  [Who has cabin fever?!?]


My stamping mojo is in a rut.  I colored the flowers from last week’s card fronts.  Still no sentiment ideas calling out to me … So, I played with my Super Script ‘hello’ stamp.  It’s giving me grief, as it won’t fully make the impression of the ‘H’ unless I quadruple stamp with loads of CPR-style stamping technique.  By then things are looking fairly smudgy … Frustrating!


I am excited about my next ‘date’ with our Instant Pot.  I plan to make cold start yogurt, as I’ve watched several Youtube videos about it, and feel I’m at ‘expert’ level (enough to try it, anyway …)  Smile  Followed quickly with a batch of strawberry jam (for DH) and chocolate frozen yogurt – for me!  Happy Friday Ya’ll!

A Bit of a Rut …

It must be the time of year – DH and I are SUPPOSED to be in Paradise right about now …Unfortunately we won’t be getting away this year.  And, my ‘glassy mojo’ is (apparently) on vacation.  So, creatively, it’s slow-going.

copic-storageMy card making seems to be moving along.  I made a few cards last week, and a few more this week; I also found a case to organize and store my Copic markers.  I stopped stamping today after getting frustrated with a multi-layer stamp set, used in a repeat-pattern … Ugghhh!  Only three more layers to go!

new-birthday-card cosmos-birthday-cardslast-weeks-cards flower-squares-cardrepetitive-layer-stamping

chicken-noodle-soupWhile I didn’t do much cooking last week, I made up for it!  DH is URI-crud-sick right now …  (Yeah, the same illness I’ve been avoiding at work.  It’s super fun to Bob-&-Weave at home AND work!)  So, I made a huge vat of Chicken Noodle Soup – with mushrooms (his favorite), bok choy to replace celery, and lots of healthy spinach.  It’s great!  [No recipe as I improvised and tweaked a bit …] Of course, DH can’t taste anything right now … We also made Instant Pot Mongolian beef – too sweet, but I’d definitely alter a couple of things and try again!  I made another soup (Sausage Potato Soup, again with added mushrooms) earlier this week [Ummm, it’s SOUP WEATHER … don’t judge!]  Along with Spinach Ricotta Rolls … I’ve finally accepted that I just don’t like ricotta cheese … so another recipe with potential after tweaking!  I also have supplies to make Roasted Garlic & Asparagus soup … Hmm, maybe tomorrow.  [So, yeah – I’m trying to ‘soup him into wellness’ … I’m drinking lots of orange juice (with vodka), too – to avoid that CRUD! … Ummm, STILL A JUDGE-FREE ZONE!!!] Smile

Robo-tiredIf the amount of sleep she’s requiring is any indication – Miss Rotunda is making babies.  We’ll know for certain in another couple of weeks, but … She’s so cute, in her constant snoring slumber!  In the meantime, I’m cleaning the studio in wee-little-bits [BABY STEPS].  And, when I can’t take that any more – I’ve gone back to a knitting project (market bag).


Just waiting for my mojo to catch up with me … Happy Weekend Ya’ll!!!!

Not Much to Report …

I slept a lot this week.  I think I’m trying to keep the CRUD I’m exposed to every weekend at bay with loads of sleep through the week … Maybe???

Anyway – I slept a bunch.  And kept cooking to a minimum with Spinach Artichoke Ravioli and a crockpot full of Golumpki, with bushels of salads in between.  [No photos – sorry!]blue-boy-peekin

Our pups have opened their eyes.  Within the next 10 days or so, they’ll start to be lots of fun.  Right now it’s still eat/sleep/repeat.  [Hey – kind of like me this week Smile ]


Had a few kiln loads going to move some pieces along.  Did an inventory on our murrini, and informed DH we need to have several vitrigraph kiln date nights.  And then I made a few cards.

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I sent DH an early Valentine’s present (or a late birthday gift … Oops).  It’s a manly bouquet.  Not roses, but Jerky flowers … Awe!  Nothing says LOVE like dehydrated meat sticksWinking smile  He does really like them …


Now back to dodging and weaving around hacking patients for the next ER nurse weekend tour.  Wish me luck!

Ro-Bo Babies???

Oh my gosh – I hope so … DH and Rotunda have been on an adventure all week, with Ro getting her progesterone level tested .  Today, Ro met her man – Bodacious.  So, if all is successful, we’ll be having some RoBo babies!!! GAAHHH!  [Fingers Crossed!)


Meanwhile, I’ve been pup-sitting and keeping our clan warm and comfortable, during Michigan’s Arctic BLAST!  Which gives me time to color.  I’ve played with copics, watercolors and pencils:

flower watercolor-flowersnew-gamsol-marker  pup-birthday

When I get to the studio, I’m still working on mesh melts.  I hope to get one more going this week, before I change color themes. 


All while keeping an eye on these little bugs.  Too cute!


A Good Week …

Our Xena had her babies on Sunday – four beautiful pups joined our crew.  Here’s a quick pic John sent me while I was at work.  [Better photos to come …]


bean-bacon-soupAnd, DH turned another year older this week.  So, we started the week with Bean & Bacon soup – made with ham hock broth, and added carrots, water chestnuts, spinach, kale and arugula.  Absolutely yummy!

DH-and-cakeTonight, I made his all-time favorite – German Chocolate Cake.  He helped.  As everything was cooling, he let me know, “Darn, that’s a lot of work!”  Yep, it sure is … Just for you, babe!  As I was trying to get my photo, he decided he needed to jump in the frame too … Goofball!


To wrap up his birthday meals, I will make his favorite tomorrow – pork chops and mashed potatoes with mushroom gravy.  He loves it.  I don’t … Just for you, babe!

Caran-D'Ache-Luminance-PencilsWhile he was taking his turn waiting FOREVER at Secretary of State (I went earlier this week), I started playing with Luminance pencils.  OMGosh … I love these!  They blend so easily with a touch of gamsol … Instant pretty!  So, I colored these images.

luminance-coloring  ballerina-stamp

Add another mesh melt in the kiln as I type and I’m a happy girl in my studio!

Bits & Spurts …

That’s how my week felt, creatively speaking.  I struggled with card making, but finally got a miserly-few made.  I stamped these pretty layered dahlias.  And then had no clue how to pull the backgrounds together.  I’m not a huge fan of patterned paper, but I was eventually able to decide on four.

stamped-dahlias    dahlia-cards

I did create a mesh-melt blank.  Here’s the photo of the load, pre-firing along with the blank.  DH said he thought the amount of glass might be light.  Nope!  That blank is currently 10.5 inches wide by 1/2 inch thick, and weighs almost 4 pounds.  When I flow it back out, I’m hoping to uncover some more non-brown colors.  We’ll see … It’s been awhile, so I’m moving ahead slowly, giving my brain time to remember all the tips & tricks we learned years ago …

mesh-melt-load   mesh-melt-2019 

Back to card making and backgrounds.  I played with intense watercolor powders, both Ken Oliver ColorBurst and Nuvo Shimmer powder.  Yep, I played with them.  Not well, but … I’m sure I can do something with these, eventually!


Tonight was about foiling.  I decided I wanted to foil some stamped roses … That worked.  But what to do with that stark white background?  I ended up blending some distress oxide inks and then adding a foiled ‘happy birthday’ sentiment.  Hmmm … ok.

foiling-stamped-roses    foiled-roses

Then I thought I might have more success with foiled embossing powder images.  NOPE!  Too hot, too much foil, images too distorted …  Doh!


I’m almost excited to get out of the studio and back to ER nursing for a bit.  Lucky me – 24 hour weekend tour up next!  Be safe!!!

More Baby Steps …

Cuz that’s how we move forward!  But first … Look at this!  Aunt Piggy and Uncle Clyde ‘lording’ over the Neo babies … Too Cute!


And back to baby steps:  We got the new shelving unit up – and full.  I like it.  Sure, I’d like it bigger, BUT … I have my lesser-used (coe96 coarse and mosaic frit and confetti glass) tucked away, along with most of my ‘fancy’ cardstock; re-homed my cute (DH special) shelf over by the coe90 area, along with my color-wheel/clock; and then I filled up that cubicle storage with stamps.  It works.  It also means I have ZERO new storage space to discover.  Which equates to this – ‘MUST MAKE MORE’ stuff, to use up the STUFF – before we endeavor on anymore HOBBIES .. DOH!!!


coe90-frit-shelving new-color-wheel-clock-home more-stamp-storage

But that’s okay … cuz that’s just what I’m doing.  I’m completing some orders while back filling some stock with etched dichroic glass (see that Fred – a coworker gave me that too long ago, but I’m glad I waited.  I think the two layer dicro is gonna look great, and my plotter, etching and alignment skills are better now -), all cooking in the kiln as I type.

etching-dichroic-images dichroic-cabochons fred-special-request

I also have a couple of batches of spoon rest blanks cut/ground and ready to fire.  One of the ivory spoons will meet up with some enamel … umm – later today, for another special request.  Add a sinter firing, and then back in the kiln to see how our ideas (mine and the customer) mesh … [To be continued]


I’m also cleaning my studio, in bits and spurts, until I rediscover something shiny or fun.  Yep, baby steps! 

I hope to have some card-time today.  I’ve got a couple of Pinterest ideas I want to try.  Here’s one – ready for the next step of a shaker card – using seed beads.  Oh yea – I have a few [thousand] of those!!!


DH and I have talked about dinner.  I want to try my hand at sautéed shredded veggies – kind of like this recipe [not my photo], but with more veggies (zucchini, carrots, chayote and purple cabbage) along with Chicken Bundles for the ‘entree’ … Yum!!!

shredded cabbage squash

Welcome 2019

georgie-and-chloeDH and I quietly rolled into 2019 with a new family member. Meet Giorgana … or Georgie, for short!  She’s 5 months old, and such a sweetheart!  The bulldog gang, along with the rest of the crew have already bonded… And Chloe likes to ‘mother’ her!


stamp-storage-1And, I’m cleaning and reorganizing the studio, with a little help from DH.  I’ve run out of stamp storage, so I need to reclaim the other side of this work table.  My coe96 coarse frit and confetti will move to a new shelving unit – once my carpenter finishes it, that is … Kind of like this one (coe90 shelves), but over here!

stamp-storage-2 studio-wall-shelving new-shelving-home

My resident computer tech (ummm, not so much, but DH does try …) took the sickly studio (monitoring) computer to the house to see if he can solve the Microsoft Update illness from last week.  In the meantime, we have a work-around.  I now have two monitors for this PC, allowing me to keep a watchful eye over Clayton Hill while I’m in the studio.  [Baby steps!]2nd-monitor-back-up

Final news that’s fit to report:  I made some cards.  Starting with birthday, as I hope to create a hefty stash (again).

birthday-cards-1-4Not talking about this past weekend, as I’m still fairly exhausted (in a good-work/hard work way).  I’m hoping Friday will have me feeling energized and ready for another ER nursing weekend … It could happen … Winking smile