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New pieces

I have been saving mica chips I got out of my driveway from gravel delivered. But for those interested, I think you can by bigger chips at Michael's craft store in the rubber stamping sections. I used my new love... low-e glass. I discovered that depending on which side you fire against the chips, you can get a beautiful, golden, bronze-like halo around the mica chips.
This piece is a 5x5 sushi like dish and has clear rubber bumper feet. It would make a gorgous candle base also! I will put it on my Etsy site for $25 plus $5 shipping by Priority Mail. If a person where to order from my blog, I will sell it for $22.50.

Learn some things.

Five days without water.. The guys finally got the pump to work today. Yippee!!! It was the electric wire. Conduit is better than direct burial!

I learned a lot:
1. Being without water in the winter is easier than not having it in the summer.

2. The hot tub comes in real handy.

3. How to wash my hair and rinse with vinegar so all the soap comes out. (Thanks, Grama)

4. Horses eat snow

5. Dishes can be washed using only 1 gallon of water

6. I have nice neighbors and friends that will let us use their shower and washing machine.

7. What a Marine spit bath is all about.

8. And the whole world is a toilet for you guys!!!

Beautiful Glass!

I posted pictures of this glass once before but it did some surprising things in the sunlight, I found out.. Take a look at the beautiful blues in this piece!! And as the sun moved, the surreal blues turned magenta in places. It was gorgeous!! So I need to display it so it may show all it's magic!!

Oh, how I love old country cowboy stuffs!!

Husband, Mike, received a really great Cowboy Country Cookbook from some friends. Yup, I have a hubby that cooks.. and he is good. The recipes in the book look great but I fell in love with some of the pictures in it.. after studying them for awhile, I noticed the car in the window (boo!) and the garden hose in the skull and cactus shot. (again, boo). But alas.. I get the concept of the whole thing anyway...

Speaking of horses

A funny little story.

I really enjoy hopping on my "big guy, Dan" and taking a jaunt around the neighborhood and local fields surrounding our property. At the southend is a restaurant down by the highway and I will ride that direction sometimes to educate him on cars and traffic but the funniest thing is when we walk by the windows. I suppose everyone in the breakfast/hamburger, country style atomsphere, gets a big kick out of watching us ride around. Road apples not on the menu though.

What is hilarious about all this is when Dan sees his reflection in the windows, he actually tilts his head with a real bewildered look about him. He is so curious. So, everytime I head out in that direction, he gets excited, wanting to see that "other horse". Just too funny.

Little Paint Pony

I put this treasure up on Etsy this am. Haven't made any for awhile.

I was taught how to make this by a gal in Burien so I owe her some credit for her talent. Her name is Kathy Johnson and she owns Glassexpressions, a stained glass supply shop that has been around for years..

Clicking on the picture will take you directly to the listing. I am particularly proud of this gorgeous little guy!! He is a winner.. What horse lover wouldn't enjoy having one of these as a keepsake..

Tutorial for Making Glass Swizzle Sticks

Clicking on the link above or the pictures below will send you to my Etsy site where I have written a tutorial on how to make Borosilicate Glass Swizzle Sticks and it is available for purchase. Even if you aren't a glass artist, there are some swizzle sticks available for you to purchase directly. I can drop ship them for Christmas gifts, if you wish. And you may request a swirl or heart on the end made with any color.

So everyone gets a handmade Christmas card this year. This is just some of the watercolor paintings I have been doing. They are not any bigger than a 5x7 or smaller but it has been so much fun. Some will receive reprint privileges from my computer and printer but it will definitely be my own artwork.. Can you tell I love aspens and birch?

I have been watercolor painting again

This was a class project that turned out to be a lot of fun.... Now I just need to figure out what to do with it!! Add it to my portfolio, I guess..

I love geckos.. made this little plate

This turned out cute and was fun to do.

Some of my work on Ebay right now

Use the link above to take you there directly.. can't go wrong at the price either.. Started at .99

Happy Veterans Day

I can't imagine what it must feel like to have someone close to you in the service right now. The anxiety of the wives, children and parents, and the stress of hoping you don't get that "visit" or "phone call" (though I would hope the service would care more than to just call about something like this!) My heart goes out to all the families and servicemen serving right now. And my thanks to all those that have served. You were sooooo brave. A great big HUG to all of you!!!

This is my husband, Michael, during the Vietnam war in about 1968. He was 20 years old.
Dong Ha, Vietnam War 1968. Never knowing what the next hour may have in store for you!

This is my Dad during his naval stint during WWII. I am not sure what year this picture was taken but I would imagine he is about 20 years old and am thinking that was 60 years ago!

Mini Vacation

Last week was an unusual one but lots of fun. I spent a week with my best friend, Karen, in her hometown of Sequim. A very, fast growing little burg on the other side of the waters of Seattle. I was greeted with the damp atmosphere the west coast is noted for, thus cleaning out my sinuses but Sequim hardly received any actual rainfall as the surrounding areas were swamped.

Mike stayed home and tended the homefront. He was entertained by several of our friends and, of course, Ruby Ann shadowed him where ever he went.

Karen's hubby went hunting for almost two weeks so us girls had a grand time. Both of us torch glass and this trip, I showed Karen how to use her kiln to fuse glass. She is totally inspired now and having, also, showed her that she can do borosilicate glass with her torch and kiln, she now has bigger horizons to explore.

We managed to make a big mess every day, in some form or another. A couple days of rubber stamping, watercolors, crocheting, shopping, Casino…

Wild attempt gone good!

I decided that doing florals in softglass is a challenge but found out doing them in boro is even more challenging!! But look at this! It is about one inch wide..l boro.... Wahoo...
I actually put something up on Ebay this am. I haven't done that for two years now. Boy, they have made some changes... my sunshine set.. clicking on the picture should take you to the listing....

More fusing projects.

I have been experimenting some more with this technique. These projects came from the kiln. The halo gold really speaks to me but some of the other lustres, I am still exploring..

My little Dragon..

I watched Dorian make this little guy. He is hanging in my studio for inspiration!! Lots of detail in him including his tummy. Tummy is made with dichro glass encased with clear...

My cousins front yard

this is a not too uncommon scene from my cousin's place in Ketchikan.. Their house is to the left of the red one.

oh yummy.. I love these beads!!!


Worked on some paintings today..

I love feedback ... be it good or bad...

Made this piece to hang on the pergola

It is made with Bullseye glass rods..

Eloika Lake.. One reason we choose to live here.

The pictures in this portfolio are of the lake we live on. We don't have waterfront property, but we do walk to and ride our horses down to this lake.

The Lake is visible from our little ranch and right now the fall colors are coming to full bloom. Beautiful aspens quaking in the breeze outside the big picture windows in the back of our house. Every year there is a Poker Paddle and it is a lot of fun. The lake is about 3 1/3 miles long.

For the pictures, check out the link above... or here. Eloika Lake

My best friend is here.. yippee

Karen is visiting from Sequim. We are both flameworking artists.. After the initial visiting and catching up on things.. we spent time just putzing with glass and putting things together..
The first part of the day we are going to Ione.. a little town up north where another flameworker resides. Peggy Rose does awesome glass art and is sharing her time with us. We love networking!!
Here are some pictures of some of my last pieces... some fused plates and the first one is a candle tea light holder my DH made for me from an old fence post...

good friends, good horses and good times

At the end of this ride, we have to pass by a latte stand to get home. We thought we might get in line at the drive-up window?? :-) Cheryl & me.
Cheryl, me, Nancy and Mike

Waiting in the latte line behind a car that was probably scared one of those "beasts" was going to run over her car... or maybe she didn't even notice.. she was on the cell phone all the time we were there.!