Saturday, February 28, 2009
As an Army wife, military charities hold a special place in my heart. I am a member of the Etsy Homefront Team. H.E.A.R.T stands for Homefront Etsy Artisans Returning Thanks. For the next few months, the Homefront team is offering items in our etsy stores as charity sales. Many shop owners will offer one or more items where 100% of the proceeds will go to the Fisher House The Fisher House is an organization that works to support military families by providing a home away from home, so that family members can be close to their loved ones during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury.
Starting on March 1st, buyers can do a search on Etsy for the tag "Homefront Charity" and see a list of participating items. We will make our donations to the Fisher House on July 1st of this year. We hope readers will help us to make our first charity event a successful one for this great cause.
The Homefront blog to learn more about this wonderful charity event. And be sure to visit Etsy starting tomorrow to help out military families in need.
Just a note, I have decided that rather than choosing just one or 2 items...I will donate 50% of the proceeds from EVERY sale over the next 4 months to the Fisher House. I feel that this will allow for more choices for folks to help out this great Charity.
P.S. I will also be uploading several new jewelry pieces as well as my dragons to my etsy store this weekend.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Steampunk...what an inventive art form. I love the juxtaposition of a beautiful piece of art with the workings of gears and such. A friend posted on her blog about a great artist selling on etsy. Catherinette Rings. They make amazing Steampunk Rings. Great metal work paired with gorgeous stones and beads. I was bowled over when I visited their store. And then to discover that they are generously having a drawing to GIVE AWAY one of their awesome rings! Please visit their blog and through it their etsy store to check out this amazing artist! www.steampunkrings.blogspot.com
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Inspired by the villianess from the 1959 Disney classic Sleeping Beauty! I chose to base my dragon off the Maleficent's human form rather than her dragon form. She has green facial features, yellow eyes, and even the pale purple 'eye shadow'. She is unfinshed at the moment, as the jade sphere she will hold (representing her staff) has not arrived yet. Also her wings are not complete yet. I do hope you enjoyed seeing Maleficent in all her wicked glory.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
So short and sweet for today, but more to come tomorrow.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Ipilya was born last night. I envisioned a stormy dragon, but wanted to name him something other than, well, Stormy. LOL So I searched out named of mythological Storm Gods. Ipilya caught my attention as he is the Aboriginal Lizard God of Storms. Seemed fitting huh! LOL Here is a little blurb I found online about him.
"Gods from Australian Mythology...
IPILYA: Lizard God of Storms.
In a large swamp lives this enormous gecko, 100 yards long. He is responsible for thunderstorms and heavy rain. When the monsoon period is imminent he slurps up large helpings of water and sludge, which he squirts up into the sky to become thunderclouds.
With a bit of roaring to set things in motion and induce some lightning flashes, he feels he has done his bit. Then he goes back to basking quietly without being disturbed until next season.
Intruders will be severely slurped."
I couldn't help but chuckle as I read it. I even did a little but of detail painting on him...I thought it kinda reminded me of Aboriginal tattooing. I am currently working on his wing and will take more pics after they are finished.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Well back to our day. We next went and had coffee and lunch at a local cafe. Hubby had a hot white chocolate mocha, and I had an Acai berry smoothie. MMMM it was so yummy. It also had pomegranate, blackberries and some other berries too. I LOVE poms and I am quickly becoming a fan of the Acai berry. it's got this kind of rich almost chocolate-y flavor. mmmm
Then we headed off to a couple local craft stores looking for my magnetic beads. It took 2 tries, but hey i finally found them. Also...not sure if this is chain wide but our Jo-ann's had some of their Studio by Sculpey clay and tools on clearance. So I picked up a pack of clay for hubby, and a couple of the tools that I didn't have.
Came home and started some bacon for dinner...in between batches, I started my newest dragon. After dinner, I got back to him and he is currently baking away in the oven. I have not yet named him, but will have pictures up sometime tomorrow.
So I hope you'll come back and visit, and meet my new dragon.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
I got some sculpting done last night! I decided to try my hand at creating a Kudzu's Whimzy style dragon. If you aren't familiar...I urge you to visit Sally and view her amazing work at www.kudzuswhimzy.blogspot.com Sally is not only an amazing artist, but a generous one as well. She graciously shared a tutorial on how she creates her awesome dragons!!! So with many hearty thanks to Sally, I'd like to introduce you to Blaze!
I had a wonderful time creating him, and am just thrilled with how he turned out. I'm hoping Auntie Sally is as pleased with him. I couldn't have done it without her! :-)
Friday, February 20, 2009
I finished the day grocery shopping and then reading hidden away in my room. ( I came home from shopping with a huge headache.) So I enjoyed finishing off the last of the 2nd book in a Gena Showalter Lords of the Underworld trilogy. It s essentially a story regard what happened after Pandora's Box was opened...and why it was opened. Gena is a fantastic paranormal romance author, if this is a genre that appeals to you, I highly recommend you visit her blogspot. www.genashowalter.blogspot.com
And now I'm catching up my blog before I head off to attempt a Kudzu's Whimsy style dragon. Be sure to click on the picture of her dragon to the left of my blog to view her wonderful work! :-)
Sooo for now I am gonna wrap this up and then I will be off to do some sculpting! Night for now.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday started with another call from the reporter...she was canceling her face to face interview and wanted to know if we could do it over the phone. I was a little disappointed but quickly said yes to the phone interview. We had a wonderful time talking and she asked me to take a few photographs of the hearts I will be teaching. She later emailed me and mentioned that if I might be teaching the hearts "with all the watch gears" on it. She loved my Steampunk turtle and said that if I was, then they might be able to use the turtle pic too. So I'm going to be on the look out for a large cache of watch gears. I sent her several pics of hearts as well as the turtle. She sent me a copy of the write-up that will be in tomorrow's paper. I don't know what pics she used (if any) but I will link the article tomorrow! :-)
Wednesday was a busy day...the leaders of 4 of the 5 spouses groups got together to put on a lunch fundraiser for the command and staff. I made a large crockpot full of chicken alfredo. Lunch went well although a little small...each spouse group made about $40 for our group. Not great, but not bad either. My group has another lunch next week. We are doing hot dog and BBQ pulled pork sandwich plates. Hopefully we will do very well.
Today was kind of a lazy day...slept late, talked to my mom, and then spent the afternoon reading and answering emails. I packed up my laptop today to ship off to HP. I'm not sure if I mentioned it, but I broke my A key earlier this week. I managed to catch my fingernail under the corner of it and it popped up! Talk about frustrating! It couldn't have been the X or the K key...no it had to be the A...I use that key ALL the time! LOL But the good news is, I called HP and they are fixing it for free. So I'm using hubby's laptop in the meantime.
Tomorrow is a pretty easy day...just gotta go grocery shopping. Hopefully....and heck I even say that hopefully! LOL I can do some claying tomorrow. I got a great shipment of Tibetan wool, beach sand and seashells today. I am very excited to get more done on my mermaid. I think I'm gonna tackle hands. Once her hands are done, I can paint her features and give her a gorgeous head of hair. :-)
So I'll be back if I can manage it tomorrow. If not y'all have a wonderful weekend.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I will be one of a few teachers featured in the article, and hopefully it will be available on their website. If so I will most definitely share the link. :-) I am very excited if not a little nervous too. But I look forward to telling you all about it tomorrow.
So for now have a wonderful night!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We enjoyed our Family Friday Movie Night with the kiddos watching Igor. It was a cute movie, but very un-disney-like. Not sure I would recommend it to everyone, but if your sense of humor is kind of warped you'll probably enjoy it! lol
Saturday Hubby and I went out for the day...we bought a 96 Mustang back in October and I loved having a sports car. Hubby likes it too, but it's his work car. And he really prefers a 4 cylinder as opposed to the V-6 of the Mustang. So he really wanted something different. So we decided to go looking for something both sporty AND a 4-banger. Something that would make us both happy. OH and BTW did I mention we couldn't spend more than about $1000 after trading the Mustang. Well wouldn't you know we actaully found something!!! We found a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire CONVERTIBLE!!!! For $2600, and the lot gave us $1600 for our Mustang! I was amazed. So our Valetines gift to one another was another car!
We spent the rest of the day just driving around. Window shopping and just enjoying being together. We came home and made dinner for the boys. TV dinners, they love 'em! Then I saute'd some various mushrooms and cooked us some bacon-wrapped steaks. We enjoyed a nice quiet dinner and then enjoyed some time playing the Wii with the boys. I bought them BoomBlox, it's basically jenga on steriods. Both hubby and the oldest say its addicting. So we had a very nice Valentines day. I hope everyone else enjyoed their day with loved ones.
As of yet no claying done, however I did dye some crepe doll wool for her hair. I love the color but am not sure if I am going to be happy with the texture. I will have to see how it dries first. I have some Tibetan lambs wool coming soon, So I might use that instead. Oh I also found the perfect shell for her 'lounger' out in the garage. I had forgottten that 2 summers ago I took the boys down to Mobile for vacation. While there we went to Dauphin Island and the boys collected 2 jars full of great seashells. I found a wonderful larger rectangular shell in the jars that will suit her perfectly. I'm still going to paint some satin and line the shell with it, that way it looks alive, and will be much comfier for her.
Well that's it for today, no claying done. Hopefully I can get some in tomorrow. Enjoy the evening all!
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Why a giant clam...well I have decided that since my mermaid is resting in her sea garden she needs a lounge chair. And what better lounge chair for a mermaid than a giant clam! :-D I am going to sculpt the shell from clay and then take some satin and hand paint it. (cause if you aren't familiar with giant clams...the insides come in amazing colors and patterns!) So those are my plans for tomorrow and into the weekend. Hubby is off from work on Friday and then he AND the boys are off on Monday. So we shall see how much I can do.
Wishing everyone a great Thursday!
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
So yesterday was another busy day for me, I babysat in the morning, ran my hubby lunch and then off to Hobby Lobby for supplies to make hubby a bulletin board for work. Then came home to make dinner and head to a meeting. Thankfully I had a little time in the morning while I baby sat to put some pieces together. I finished my yellow and green anemones, and added a head to my mermaid. I also sculpted a little cf-style sea turtle and an octopus too. My sons LOVE the octopus. I gotta say I adore him too. And he look so much better once I sdded as little brown paint to antique him. Oh yeah I also added 'nemo's' stripes! I think he looks fantastic.
Today is more laundry, and more sculpting. I'm gonna work on some more fish, and try and figure out what other coral, anemones and critters should be in my mermaids garden. Come to think of it I need to decide what to call my mermaid. She needs a name!
Well I'm off for now, talk with y'all later!
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Not to much else going on today, Hubby is most likely gonna head out and go golfing tomorrow morning, and I am gonna try and swing over to visit our local Paint-your-own-Pottery store. I think it would be s neat place to have an outing for our spouses group. I'll also spend sometime tonight and tomorrow making phones calls just to remind folks about our meetings, and preparing for that meeting Monday night.
I am also gonna get some clay time in. I need to play, still no idea of exactly what I'm gonna make, but I feel the need to get my hands moving.
Y'all have a great day!
Friday, February 6, 2009
Then after lunch I had to rush over and get my nails done. And then rush to be there when H got home from school. Had to start dinner almost right away because Hubby and I had a meeting at 5:30. Or atleast I thought it was 5:30!!! LOL we showed up, kids in tow, only to discover the meeting didn't start until 6:30!!! Ugh! I hate when I mess up times like that. But I guess it's better to be early than late. lol The meeting finally wrapped up around 8ish. Made it home in time to get H and B ready for bed.
Today was a little slower, a friend came over this morning to go through my scrapbooking supplies. I scrapped for several years, until moving on to my jewelry habit.(which of course I have since moved on, to my polymer clay habit ) But anyways, she is newly married with little ones and wants to start scrapping. And since I have tons and tons of stuff I gladly willing to 'share the wealth' and pass stuff along to her. So we enjoyed spending the afternoon going through supplies and just chatting.
This evening I had a 'ladies night' with the other Support group leaders. We had a nice time just chatting and hanging out. Our host is planning a wine tasting for our next get together. Sounds like fun. :-)
Hubby is thinking about going golfing tomorrow, so I think I will alternate between laundry and claying. I'm not entirely sure what I'm gonna work on, but I'm eager to play. So hopefully I will have some new pictures to share with y'all tomorrow.
Have a wonderful Saturday everyone.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
I stopped off at Books A Million on my way home and picked up the new issue of PolymerCafe and BeadUnique. One of my favorite artists, Christi Friesen, has pieces in both of them! So I am eager to try them out. I made it home and started cooking hamburger for tacos. Dinner was late tonight, but on the weekends I don't mind. And well I've been online ever since. LOL So unfortunately I didn't get any claying done today, and most likely won't get any done tomorrow either. Hubby and I will spend a portion of our afternoon at the Airfield tomorrow, as we have a wave of troops returning. And then a SuperBowl party tomorrow night. Ah well there is always Monday, well atleast until I need to go shopping again! But then I can alway sculpt afterwards too.
I hope everyone is having a nice weekend and enjoy your Sunday.