Saturday, December 31, 2011
Thursday, December 29, 2011
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
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?
Friday, December 23, 2011
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
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
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.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
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!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
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
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
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.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
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
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Monday, August 8, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
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
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
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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.