Saturday, January 29, 2011


Still working on The Art of Balance.

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I’ve been adding a few things to "the board”.

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I thought maybe I should look up the definition,

I  think there is still balance to be kept…



I’ll keep working on the board.




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There’s still plenty of time.

But speaking of time….

I ‘m hoping  you will be at Tarte tomorrow.  Check out the details!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Making Things

I’m getting ready for the show this coming weekend at Clark County.

I’m pretty excited that the sales are starting again, I’m making myself a little crazy doing random things around here.

One night last week I was feeling particularly wired and I made a crown.

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I like wire.

I finished the studio, then decided I would like it better in the front room. So I spent the next couple days, moving the rooms around.

Another good reason to have wheels on all the tables and cabinets…

I made a few necklaces.

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I’m a little obsessed with journey these days.

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All the reasons you might think.

Am I spending time doing what I want, am I enjoying my journey?

Or am I thinking more about the fact that one of my sons is in India.

He’s working there for a few weeks he seems to be enjoying the journey.

I’m skipping going to bed tonight, because the youngest of the big boys is going on an adventure and I’m taking him to the airport at 3am.

He is taking a trip with a friend to Chile.

He doesn’t know any one there.

Doesn’t have specific plans, doesn’t know when he is coming home, doesn’t know Spanish…

Sounds like fun!

I am just a wee little bit nervous, but I know it is his journey

I decided to send a little snack for the trip.

It’s been a few years since I made granola, so I looked on the internet and saw what the ingredients were.

I put some of just about everything.

A little butter, a little oil, some brown sugar, a little honey. A bit of vanilla, some almond flavoring and cinnamon.

I boiled that and started putting in nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, coconut and oats.

I baked it for a couple of hours in a low heat oven.

When I took it cooled just a bit,

I added raisins, cranberries and apricots.

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Looks like a good snack for an adventure!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Working In The Studio

I’ve had time to work on my Word for the Year. 

I figured out what YEAR it is

I even fixed the bulletin board,

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I  guess I just got a little ahead of myself…

I’m working my way around the studio getting all my favorite things lined up and dusted off.

This shelf sits on my work table.

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A  close up view.


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I spend a lot of time thinking about, why do I like what I like?  I get why I like glitter, I get why I like random pearls, but I have to wonder why I like the corks???


Then you might be wondering about the old snuff bottle?

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Might be one of the “WISHES” in the little metal book that Terri Brush taught me to make? 

Could it be I have a secret longing to use tobacco??

Just a little pinch between your lips and gums…

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Tobacco or glass glitter???  One seems about as likely as the other…


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I never know when I might want to “freshen up” just a bit.

I like to have that Precious Pink lipstick at my finger tips…

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It is nice to have somewhere to display your projects.

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This might explain why I never have a clue what time it is…


Sunday, January 2, 2011

This Is The Year

A couple of weeks ago, my friend was here and we were going to make banners for our studios proclaiming our word for the year. After MUCH deliberation and contemplation I chose Balance, well I actually ended up with a phrase “The Art of Balance”. That sounds more like what should hang in the studio than Balance, more for a gym… don’t you think?? I originally thought of Organize, but seriously… what is the chance?? Banner or no banner that seems pretty farfetched!

Sadly we didn’t finish the banner, maybe the word should be FOCUS???

Either way I’m going with Balance and until the banner is up I can just look at cork board and there it is…

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I’ve been spending some time getting things “in order”, organized comes to mind, but…

I decided to show you a little glimpse of why it is such a struggle.

I start out with the best of intentions

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I like to work on a game board, the theory being if I have to stop and clean off the table before I am done, I can fold up the board and all the pieces I was using are still in one place.

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It’s all good until I open the drawers

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I want to see all my choices…

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And there you have it!

Are you asking yourself what is oddball wire stuff??

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These little guys I think are for computers?? Or something electronic…

But they work really slick for attaching the beads to the necklace.

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This was the first time I used them and I am anxious to try some other ways.

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Another necklace.

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And one more

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I have a problem when it comes to buying things I know practically nothing about, like computers, cameras, well I guess anything electrical, mechanical or electronic…It seems like you make a choice and then the next week they are either obsolete or half price… Sometimes waiting is easier, but eventually I bite the bullet.

After MUCH deliberation and contemplation,

I’m sensing a life pattern here…

I got the Droid Smart Phone.

I think I should have moved a little quicker on this…

I feel like a skipped a step and now I’m not sure how to make a call, but I can post to my blog, Skype and check Facebook all at the same time…

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I’m looking forward to 2012, with “The Balancing Act”, I mean… “The Art of Balance”as my mantra.

Gee, after I posted this I realized it was only 2011...I feel much better,

I have another whole year to "get balanced... "