Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
|Painting with Fire Studio Logo|
|I have this book and it IS my go to book on torch firing.|
|Before I get into the details of a great giveaway, I want to announce that we've added to our website another size option for our enamels! We now have one ounce enamel packets available at our website. This is something we've been wanting to do for some time and decided we finally had the manpower to do it!|
|Now for some fun stuff! Today's my day for a giveaway through Jewelry Artists Network. You have to join the facebook group in order to participate ... a group that you'll enjoy! I promise! It's a great resource! The winner will have a choice of one of my new DVD's just released by North Light. They're brand new! All I ask is that you become a follower of my blog and leave a comment at the blog post for the giveaway. This comment will give me your name, which will be entered into a random drawing. On New Year's Day, a winner will be selected and I'll announce it at my blog! |
I love myself some techniques and couldn't help it when Barb's email arrived from Painting with Fire Studio. If you haven't tried torch fired enamels you need to. This is the perfect time to try them - yes, you'll be hooked. It's get fun and they're beautiful. You can see some recently enameled beads at Andrew Thornton's site and if you google enameled beads you won't believe the amount of sites you can get. I learned this technique from JJ at a class at Brighton Beads but it was Barb who took it global and main stream. Enamels are ancient but were not widely used by everyone because the process, for all intents and purposes, was kind of mystic and complicated. Barb seemed to grasp that "need for speed" and turned it into a process for everyone and anyone. Thanks Ms. Lewis for seeing a need and filling it with some great techniques and art projects.
Now please note I took these images from Barb's email....no doubt they are the property of Painting with Fire Studio and North Light Books but I wanted to share the giveaway with everyone and point out the great work Barb is doing in this field. I've made as much as I can interactive so you can get to the sites that you will want to use....quickly now....go sign up.
click above for the direct link to the Studio
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
The deadline for BeadDreams 2013 is March 26th, 2013.
Includes beads, buttons, components, jewelry, or jewelry-related objects that are 85 percent or more glass made by the applicant. Entries that use someone else's glass beads or components will be placed in the Finished Jewelry category.
Sponsor: Soft Flex Company
1st Prize: $300
2nd Prize: $200
3rd Prize: $100
In addition, category winners receive prizes from Bead&Button Show sponsors AND first place winner from each category has a chance to take Best in Show or Runner-up Best in Show, both of which are sponsored by Fire Mountain Gems and Beads ($1,000 gift certificate and $500 gift certificate respectively). Furthermore, all finalists will be in the running for the People's Choice award ($500 gift certificate from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads). In 2009, a lampworker won this award!
For more information and entry form, please visit Bead&Button Show website.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Here we celebrated the holiday early and all of my children were under one roof, at one time, like when they were my babies. We laughed, we joked, we baked - ate - played games and slept. I am, for this moment in a state of awe at their timber (and how they don't actually physically fit in their rooms anymore). You know how it is as a parent...right? You have these moments (magical moments) that are etched in the film strips that run in your mind. You can replay those moments at will when you want - or need - them. Oh crap, I'm tearing up.
May these next few days contain some peace and mostly I'm wishing you some magic too!
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
|"Cherub Angels" by Edwin Tuts|
Monday, December 17, 2012
|Photo from Lark Book Giveaway post|
Sunday, December 16, 2012
|A page out of my current drawing tablet - some pieces are actually taped in there as a reminder.|
|That twisted wire was a bear to manipulate - it's like 12 gauge...I should have annealed it rather than try to muscle it. Then I had to get stubborn and actually soldered it - like somehow it would open easily after all of that.|
Friday, December 14, 2012
Sunday, December 9, 2012
|My finished pile of Doggie Treats|
Anyway, I digress. Today's goodies are dog biscuits. My favorite (Trudy's too) and super easy recipe goes like this:
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
2/3 cup flavored liquid (bouillon, broth, etc.)
6 Tbs. vegetable oil
1. Mix the ingredients.
2. Roll and cut into shapes. I like to roll it out and use a pizza cutter to make squares. I also
use a dog biscuit cutter.
3. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 - 40 minutes.
Miss Trudy - age 7
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This is the usual tree that I do the Nightmare before Christmas tree decorations on. It’s a black tree but lends itself pretty well to any kind of decorating. I’m so pepped about things looking peaceful and having a few new things around I think I’ll do this again next year….but with a twist. I’m pulling out all of the old decorations – every single one of the kids have ever made me and I have quite a few. I have a few tucked in here and there on the tree now. But next year I think I’ll find some central kind of kid theme (hhhhhmmmmm – my wheels are turning - maybe lollipop looking treats covered in different kinds of cellophane?), my favorite Angel, and all the ornaments. I think I’ve a theme – don’t you?
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
Anyhoo, who'd of thunk it. This product works....I don't care why. I raised boys. Not that girls can't stink too but boys seem to relish the aftermath of a meal they should not have poured tabasco sauce on.
So here it is. The first post of December is about covering up bathroom odors for the holiday when all of the relatives come to visit. Consider it - really - it will be quite the conversation starter on the sink near the toilet. But, you might want to find a subtle way to explain that you spritz before you use the toilet...
Whoo Hoo - Let the holidays begin. Click on the caption underneath the bottles - It's Poo Pourri. Mallory had brought the No.2. I'm not sure what I ordered but I'm sure it will work great.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
In this case I've always made a lousy pie crust and I can tell you that for many years my friend Susan has worked with me on bread to absolutely no avail....and she has worked hard on it. She's sent me countless pdf's - xeroxed instructions (she knows I'm a total visual learner - thank goodness for you smart teacher friends). She's coached, called, and sent photos. Finally I gave up and took a class.
Whoo Hoo - I got bread. It was a class derived from 5 minute Artisan Breads - great class and book. The other class helped tremendously with the pie crust. I made a great crust last night but a lousy filling. Who can ruin a pie - ME! Today I corrected that (can we say do over) and froze them uncooked. They'll come out of the oven all perfect for Thanksgiving. And boy do I have plenty to be thankful for - this year - and every year.
I also unloaded some ceramics from the kiln and here are two recent additions to Etsy. There are more yet to photgraph and list.
And... I want to whisper something in your ear while I'm here talking. I'm having a sale on Etsy that is starting on Thanksgiving. It's a way to say thanks for the all of the support. BUT, I wanted to let all of my blog readers know first so if there is something you'd like at 20% off - convo me and I'll hold that listing for you at the sale price. This gives you a little jump so you can concentrate on all of the holiday doings too.
Hugs - Sharon
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Anyhoo - the "Back in the Saddle" title brought out that little revelation and memory. LOL
|Ceramic Barrel Bead - hand carved and under glazed|
|Lampwork Elf Set|
|Ceramic Mitten Pendants and connectors|
Monday, November 12, 2012
It got me to thinking about the military. As I grew up and presidents changed; Vietnam expanded, and it was my friends who were either enlisting or were called to duty by the draft. As the first man I knew was KIA we mourned and prayed for our friends, brothers, or fathers to return. And return they did - after ONE tour of duty. Many had PTSD (very unpopular and difficult to prove at the time). Many (including my husband to be) were exposed to Agent Orange. It was being sprayed around the bases to keep the foliage down. Trust me, I am not waxing nostalgic about this war - or any war. People are killed - ours/theirs - innocent and otherwise.
My concern is that today these service men and women are being deployed to these wars for several tours of duty. After having seeing what one tour can do - what in heavens name to do we think two, three, and sometimes more are going to do. So many have survived one tour to be KIA in the second. PTSD? Who would not have a stress disorder after such continual deployment.
I am worried about this trend of deployment and crazy overseas warfare. I want our servicemen home - let them take care of our home front. Hell, deploy them to New Jersey for clean-up. Cook in Soup Kitchens. Rebuild and defend America here at home. Maybe it's an isolationist type of thinking but I do not care. I'm sorry other countries are having it rough - we are too.
Friday, November 9, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
was graduating from high school - it was the '60's. My father held business boxes because of the
company he worked for - Budd Wheel (hubs and drums). I had spent part of the previous year
before the new school year sitting at the stadium with him watching games. I knew all of these
names very well:
Mckey Lolich (pitcher) and Bill Freehan (catcher) - along with Jim Northrup, Mickey Stanley, Al
Kaline, and my favorite Willie Horton.
I feel the fever coming - - - -Let it be SO. GO TIGERS GO!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
|I did a bunch of holiday stamping and scraffito on the clay.|
|If you are in need of a focal bead I think I'm going to have quite a few. |
Everyone have a wonderful week and enjoy the fall weather - I know I am.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The artist is Amy Semenchek of Chek Designs - Amy has a Etsy snipet for her piece and I asked her if she would mind if I passed along the information - here is what she said:
Look at the great etched eye on the copper tubing - it's just right up my style with the talisman intent. Nice job Amy - it's great to know what my beads are used for and I love the eye candy a great piece of jewelry provides. Thank you for sharing.
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The new one I ordered is so long (it has all of these graduated sizes) I couldn't get it all in the photo I was taking so I've imported a picture from the site so you can see - LOL. When I make some new beads with it I'll post them.
Have a great day. Sharon
Monday, September 10, 2012
Saturday, September 8, 2012
|This is the newest Dragon (in wax) and it's ready to be cast. The stone will come out first and then the casting will be done before the stone is set into its proper position.|
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Often, if it's a new thing for me to make, I have to do a mock up first. It lets me know which layer of the design goes on first and what challenges in the process need to be altered. Some times I will work in the actual size (Cherie likes earrings) or I will go for a larger piece I can sell on my site
and then downsize after the process and design is worked out.
This time I ended up with a cute witches shoe in a larger size to list on Etsy. I think it would be a cute necklace. I happened to have this rubber stamp that says "I have my eye on you". Don't you think it would make a cutie of a necklace? Etsy seems to be having its issues today so I'll probably get it listed tomorrow. I wonder what else I should be making for the Fall season - ideas?
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
|"The Lightness of Being" by Howard Ben Tre'|
In the Dennos Museum they had one exhibit hall dedicated to an installation by Howard Ben Tre'. It was beautiful. The tall sculptures looked like trees, sundials, people standing tall in the wind. Spectacular pieces!!! DH and I sat in the gallery for awhile admiring them and resting my cranky left knee while we contemplated which one would look good in our yard. Then I had to laugh - uh, they are impervious to weather but what about dog urine? Okay, skip the dreaming about a sculpture garden.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Anyhow, I digressed there. Back to the trip. While in Traverse City getting my future eagle eyes checked out I wanted to test out this new knee and get in some exercise so we went to the Dennos Museum. It's a small but mighty place with beautiful gallery spaces. They have a children's area, a great Inuit gallery, sculpture gardens, and then several galleries with rotating exhibits that come in.
This time they had an art quilts exhibit, and a glass exhibit from the collections of Habitat Galleries.
I don't have any current work finished as I rehab but I thought you might enjoy a little inspiration from my outing.
|Shame on me for not getting the artists name but this is a beautiful cast sculpture that is about twice as tall as I have photographed. It's title is "Sonya" - which stuck with me because it's my DIL's name.|