Thursday, December 29, 2011

White Christmas - in Texas!!!

We went to visit Grandma in west Texas this Christmas break. We took the RV and the dogs which is our tradition now. Little did we know that west Texas would be the only part of the country to get a white Christmas this year.

The dogs loved it. They frolicked in the snow and thoroughly enjoyed Grandma's back yard. We had to leave before the snow got too deep. Snow and pulling an RV are no fun. Thankfully, just an hour south, the roads were clear.

Below are pictures of the beginnings of a rare white Christmas in Texas.




Saturday, December 24, 2011

Cookie Swap


This season, I particpated in a cookie swap with the folks at DeviantScrap.com organized by Marsha of Tumble Fish Studios. She did a fantastic job of putting all of our recipes together. I love seeing all of the other talented entries. And, I got quite a few new recipes to try out.

My submission is above. Oatmeal cookies are healthy right?

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas to Me

As you can tell, I've been doing some painting recently. Previous attempts at painting have been the traditional oil painting that couldn't really hold my interest. So tedious. I was never able to "let go" and paint the types of painting that I've always admired. Lately, I've been exploring mixed media painting and collage art. It is messy and freeing and fun! I love that there are no rules except what makes me feel good.

One of my favorite artists is Nancy Lefko. She has some new art in her Etsy store and I just had to scoop up one of her original paintings. It is so colorful and full of life.

The sentiment of "Bloom and Grow" is perfect for my studio and I hope to be a motto for next year! Thank you Nancy!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas to Us

For Christmas this year, we decided to take a flameworking class by my friend Sam Hibler in her new studio. She is the creator of the wonderful beads at Dream Fire Glass.

C has been wanting some of Sam's jewelry for quite a while now. And, this was something that I could do sitting down. Mr. Tabby, C, my friend J and I took a private beginning beads class with a bracelet class to make something pretty with all of our new beads. Below are some pictures of the process along with our finished bracelets.

Thanks to Sam for a wonderful class. We all love our new bracelets!!






Monday, December 19, 2011

Reindeer Games



I'm still not walking but the knee is healing as expected. I have even graduated to a walker. It is sad that that makes me happy! Four more weeks to go...

In the mean time, I have been entertaining myself by painting. Above is a cute little reindeer that is now on display for the season.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Worst is Over…




It has been thirteen days since the surgery. Week one was pretty much a miserable mess. This week, I am starting to get around OK on my own. Still, very slowly though. You can't carry things on crutches because you can't use your hands, but I have found that you can put lots of things in your bra in a pinch.

Monday, the nephews were out of school for the holidays. They came over to visit when my mom came to put me in the CPM machine. We got some painting time in and made some holiday paintings. For a blissful few hours, my knee didn't hurt. Mr. Tabby says that the wounded warriors he works with say that distraction is the best pain reliever. I have to agree with them!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Pee Pee in the Potty



Oliver was born under our shed a few years ago. His mother and sister made the mistake of venturing into the backyard with the dogs. Oliver was smarter than that and we named him after the famous orphan Oliver Twist. We had been able to catch him and get him fixed, but he had no interest in becoming a house cat. He would come around from time to time to eat from the dish on the porch and was friendly enough. A few times we caught him and brought him in the house when it was cold. But those times, he would shoot out the door as soon as he was able. However, a few weeks ago it rained pretty hard (for Texas standards). At 3am, he was crying very loudly at the front door to come in. He was cold, hungry and wet. We let him in and he hasn't gone out since.

Oliver has been getting pretty acclimated to life in the house. He knows where the never ending bowl of food is, has been using the litter box and has claimed the perfect sleeping spot under our bed. This morning, Mr. Tabby and I were on the couch reading the Sunday paper. We had been watching Oliver as he amused himself with the throw rug in the living room. He then excused himself to visit the hall bath where we have a litter box. We heard the usual scratching in the box. Then we heard the tinkle, tinkle, tinkle of someone using the toilet. Being the only humans in the house, we both looked at each other in confusion. Mr. Tabby then snuck over to the bath to find Oliver peeing in the toilet! What proud parents we were! How does a mostly feral cat figure out how to do that??? He has definitely earned a place in the house. Now, if we can just have him teach the other cats this new trick…

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Playing with Paint


I am trying to use some of the techniques learned in my Flying Lessons course. I painted a picture and scanned it. I need to do some tweaking as it doesn't look exactly like the original. But, practice makes perfect... The original looks pretty nice. Good thing I'll have plenty of time to paint in the next few months!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New Work


This platter is a consignment piece for a friend. He and his wife saw a smaller piece that I had done and wanted one larger and in blue colors. I think it turned out very nicely. The bubbles in the iridescent glass gave it a crackly icy effect.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Prodigal Son



Last night John Doe came back to spend the night.

John Doe is one of the original Tangerine Tabbies. He came to us just after Mr. Tabby was deployed to Afghanistan and I was a bit lonely. I thought he was just visiting and gave him the name "John Doe". He on the other hand, knew that he would be staying and made himself right at home. The name stuck.

He has always been a roamer and has made friends out of many neighbors. This summer though, we fostered too many kittens for his liking and he decided to find a new household. He found one down the street where the neighbors also have soft hearts and feed the deer and stray cats. They don't have kittens to bother him and they have a beautiful yard. His new people are good to him.

When he showed up last night for dinner, I was thrilled. I immediately got him his favorite chicken dinner and shooed everyone else away. I also got out his favorite blanket so he would be snuggly and warm. Mr. Tabby laughed at my attention and called him the prodigal son. He left again this morning. But, I am happy that he knows I still love him. And, maybe he will come back to me full time someday.

Back to the Blog


Sorry for the long break from the blog. Life sometimes gets in the way...
I have been increasingly stressed about my upcoming knee surgery. The literature that they gave to me to read details the procedure, the gigantic scar and the eighteen months of recovery including twelve weeks of crutches and months of rehab. Yesterday was the last appointment with the doctor before the surgery. He did help to quell some of my fears. I will be able to work in the initial twelve weeks, although I will need a driver and a Sherpa to make it through the airports. There will be a lot of time confined to the bed though. On the good news side, my little cartilage cells are growing nicely up there in Boston and should be ready for the transplant.
The preoccupation with my knee has pretty much killed my creative mojo. I won’t be able to work with glass while on crutches so I am pretty bummed. I will try to focus more on jewelry and painting – things that I can do while seated. Mr. Tabby will be helping me to do some rearranging in the studio so that I can wheel around.
Until the surgery, it is back to work on the road and a long weekend vacation with Mr. Tabby. Next week is Oregon, one of my favorite places. I hope to sneak in some good pictures while I’m there…

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Love Letter


This weekend, Mr. Tabby and I went to the mall. He saw this magnet and bought it for me to keep in my studio. He thought that the quote was particularly relevant to me right now. He is always doing nice things like this! He knows me well and is always, always supportive. Even though it usually means more work for him!
Today is our eighth wedding anniversary so I have been thinking a lot about the past eight years. He was the one to encourage me to turn my hobbies into more of a full time endeavor. He is the one to load up the truck for shows and is there to drop things off at the gallery when I can’t make it. He agreed to vacation in Portland because we could fit in a trip to Bullseye. He was the one with the idea to build a new studio and got the land cleared for the future home of the Tangerine Tabby Studio. I am able to do so many things because he is there to support and encourage me. Is it any wonder that I knew right away that he was the guy for me? I love you honey!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Work - Drought



My new piece is entitled Drought as it is what has been on the mind of all Texans this summer. You can see that the colors match my front lawn perfectly!

The piece is kiln formed art glass and will be on display at the Bulverde Area Art Center this fall.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Practical Magic Blog Party

Always throw spilled salt over your left shoulder,
Keep rosemary by your garden gate,
Plant lavender for luck,
And, fall in love whenever you can.



Thank you for stopping by...
Tangerine Tabby Designs


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

New Work


I haven't been in the studio as much as I would have liked in the past few months. This is my latest piece inspired by my class with Alice Benvie Gebhart. I have been working on trying to get more depth in my work.

This year's Art281 event has been cancelled. It is a favorite show because I can show off all of my Halloween art. And, I love seeing what all of the glass artists have been up to over the past year. Oh, well. There's always next year....

Old Traditions and New Friends



This was a great weekend. Saturday we took a family trip to the Aggie football game at Kyle field. C is a freshman in high school now, so, it is time to start thinking about college. She really enjoyed the marching band as she is now in the high school band. There are several Aggies in my family who would love to have her choose A&M! So many traditions and so many choices of study.
On Sunday, I met with the Texas Fly Girls. We had all taken an e-course by Kelly Rae Roberts about growing a creative business and wanted to meet in person. We had a show and tell and got to know each other a bit. It is so nice to connect with people in a similar place in their creative journeys. Each woman had very different medium and type of art, yet we all have so much in common. Kelly Rae was right when she said that we would attract like minded people. Thanks to Ann Marie for her gift to us. Mine is now hanging above my workstation.
And the best part about the weekend? We finally received some rain. Not a lot and certainly not what we need, but it is a start and all Texans (Aggie and Longhorn) were dancing in the rain this weekend!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wednesday Wish

Jamie Ridler's prompt today is "What guidance do you wish for?" Right now, I am feeling a bit out of sorts. I feel stuck between two worlds. One is a day job that is going extremely well with many successes. The other is a creative passion that I would like to pursue. I have created a five year plan. But, being impatient as I am, I want to skip the plans and jump right to the fun part. My evening and thoughts are now consumed with the steps and tasks that will take me to my goal.

My wish is for some guidance to live a balanced life. How do I balance the day job, the creative part of me and still have a happy, healthy life with my family?

And again, I also really, really wish for rain for Texas!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Remembering

I'm off to DC again today for the day job. It goes without saying that the events ten years ago have forever changed us. Today will be a huge reminder as I fly into the nation's capital.

Thanks to all of those who stopped by the Bulverde Jubilee in the dust and heat yesterday. It was nice to remember and celebrate our heroes as a community.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday Wish


Today's Wishcasting Wednesday prompt from Jamie Ridler Studios is: What path do you wish to follow?

I've been thinking about this for a while now. I am ready to start following a more creative path. My current career has given me many experiences that I wouldn't have wanted to miss. However, the whispers that are telling me to stay home more and follow your bliss are getting louder and louder. I have started this year with a plan to increase my skills with glass and have taken some amazing classes. I have begun to get more involved in the creative community where I live. This is the path that I want to follow. I am surrounded by people who are extremely supportive and am completely grateful for them. Creating makes me happy and my wish is to have the opportunity to do more.

I also really, really wish for rain here in Texas!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Great Week!



This is going to be a great week! The heat has finally broken! No more 100+ degree days. This morning was a wonderful crisp 59. The AC is off and the windows are open!

The big kiln is working again thanks to my fantastic electrician. The heat in the garage caused it to poop out! Got that fixed. The new sand blaster is working. The heat caused the gloves to melt! Got that fixed. Sensing a theme here? Got a new blade on the tile saw too. That wasn't a heat issue, but it sure is nicer to use now (it is in the carport).

I even got my knee fixed last week too. The surgery went well and I am up and about.

Pictured is one of the pot melts that took me two months to do (they don't work as well when the kiln won't heat past 1150). Hopefully, there will be more pretty glass pictures in the near future. I'm ready to get back into the studio!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Strange Wonderful Day




Today started out like any other day on the road - waking up in a strange room, breakfast on the run, meetings and more meetings. The days tend to run together. But not today. It started with a phone call that I shouldn't have answered. Then after lunch, an earthquake – in DC! DC!

After abruptly ending our conference call, we were ushered out of the building and on to the street with all the other people who work in the area. They decided that they needed to examine the building for damage so we had to leave. It was 2:00 – what to do? My coworkers and I decided that we should take the water taxi to Alexandria. What a wonderful night for a cruise on the Potomac! After a lovely dinner, we ended up in the middle of a yacht race at sunset. It doesn't get better than that! Sometimes, this job is pretty cool.

Now, off to finish that work that I should have done at 2:00…

Friday, August 19, 2011

Glass Class Projects



Today, I picked up my projects from the Alice Benvie Gebhart class at Wired Designs. They turned out really nice. I love the colors on the green one and I love the depth in the ocean and the cool sky on the beach scene.

I learned a great deal and can't wait to start using some of the techniques. I already have lots of ideas. Alice is a great teacher and a fantastic artist! We made a meadow landscape and a beach landscape. We focused on depth and used metal oxides. Fun, fun fun!

Monday, August 15, 2011

New Visitor – Part 2



My dad is home from his stay in the hospital and is doing very well. While I had the puppy, I decided to practice my dog training skills and I taught him to sit. Here he is showing off his new trick and wishing my dad a happy birthday.

I remember being so overwhelmed when we got our two dogs from the shelter. They were older, hyper and had never been trained. Having been a cat person all my life, I was not used to all the jumping and licking and overall misbehaving. We all went to training and learned how to get along. Now, we have two mostly trained dogs who are wonderful pets. I still get licked from time to time if my face is too close to Lulu's - she just can't help herself!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Alice Benvie Gebhart


So excited!

Tomorrow is a glass class with Alice Benvie Gebhart at Wired Designs Studio in San Antonio. Her art is so colorful. I've been waiting all year for this! I hope she doesn't melt in our Texas heat.

http://www.abgebhart.com/

New Visitor



We have a new visitor here at the ranch. My father found himself in the hospital yesterday so I went to pick up the puppy that he had rescued a few weeks before. He was dumped on the side of the road and was starving before he was picked up by the Humane Society. He is adorable and friendly and eats like it is his last meal! He has made friends with our dogs and is having a great time running around the back yard. In the picture, he is enthralled by the deer - something that a city dog doesn't see that often. We are enjoying him but hope he will be back at home with my dad soon.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Flying Lessons


It is brutally hot here this August. Most of the garden is brown as we have had to let many things die. We are focusing on keeping our trees watered and hoping that our well doesn't run dry. This is a picture from last year when things still looked happy.

With it so hot, I am focusing on doing things inside. I have started a taking Kelly Rae Roberts' e-class called Flying Lessons (kellyraeroberts.com). She is going to be showing us how to grow our creative businesses. I am very excited! I have admired her work for a while now. And, the class has artitsts from all over the world. So many fun people!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Boys of Fall


The deer are getting more and more bold as they search for food in our drought stricken Texas. These guys have been coming in the evening to see if we have put something out for them. Sometimes, we treat them with deer corn. They usually get our produce scraps that would normally go in the compost. I figure that they are composting for me - just at a faster pace.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Back to the Real World


Back from vacation and back to the daily grind. After a day spent unpacking, I was off to work again - in DC this time. The fall calendar is also filling up quickly with knee surgery, shows and a few mini-trips.

I had such great plans to do some art journaling along the way during our vacation. We were driving so I didn't have to worry about liquids or weight. I made a box of supplies and pre-painted some pretty papers. What did I get done in the 14 days? Nothing, nada, zippo! I didn't even open my box. Too much to do – too many things to see…

I did take pictures (too many if you ask my daughter), visited galleries (too many if you ask my daughter) and made some sketches/notes in my journal. And, I have come home with many ideas in my head. I am anxious to get into the studio to work on some of the ideas. The problem is time – never enough time…

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Orange Beach Art Center



Today we are in Perdido Key, Florida near Gulf Shores, Alabama. We visited the Orange Beach Arts Center. The center has an art gallery of local artists. They also provide classes for both children and adults. We took advantage of the Hot Shop and we made some paperweights and a flower. The instructor was very patient and informative. It is obvious that the community is very artist friendly and they do quite a bit to support the center. I think that this is what our little Bulverde Area Arts Center would like to be when it grows up.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tybee Island


Today was a water play day. C and I rode in a shuttlecraft with the dogs. Hubby rode a jet ski. We saw quite a few dolphins which made C very happy. The dolphins even did some tricks for us. I think they were trying to figure out what the dogs were. 

Tybee is a very dog friendly place (except for the beaches). They looked so cute in their life jackets.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

This is Love…



My Hubby is so supportive of his girls and their artistic endeavors. C wanted some pictures of the cemetery but we got there too late (they close at 2:30). So, wonderful Hubby put her on his shoulders so that she could take pictures. He also stopped the car when we saw a bead shop and explored some antique shops with us.

My cemetery pictures are below. I settled for pictures through the gate.