Monday, August 29, 2011

Lucky Lucky Lucky

scrap metal

I'm so lucky! He (my better half) did it again!
Wait until you see would he made me from this pile of scrap metal!
It's almost finished, then I'll take a pic and share...I'm just saying "I'm so lucky"
Thank you to everyone who took the time to comment about Saturday's post. Thank you for your kind words. I too was blown away with all the different ideas people came up with to fill their shadowboxes! What a fun challenge that was!!!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The Challenge

Shadow box

A few weeks ago Lorelei picked 23 lucky people and challenged them to fill one of the above enameled shadowboxes anyway they wished. I received the pinkish rectangle shaped one on the left hand side.
The shadowbox sat on my work table for a few days before I knew what I wanted to do with it!

I thought flowers would go well with this shadowbox. Lampwork flowers...

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So that is what I choose to fill my box with.

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I then added little glass chips (frit) and poured a little resin into the bezel to hold everything in place. I added a lampwork heart dangle and some silk ribbon to complete the piece.
Thanks again Lorelei, this was a fun challenge!

Here are the links to all the participants-
 1.Lucid Moon Studio
11. Grubbi
12. Jenny Davies- Reazor
 13. Beth of Elizabeth Williams

Friday, August 26, 2011

Feelin' Fallish

Night Owl

Night owl


Added a couple things to the shop.
If you'd like a peek, go here.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Night hiking


A couple weeks ago we went night hiking in Yosemite. I thought it might be fun with the full moon and all.
ok, the moon reflecting off the granite was really pretty, but even with our head lamps it was still hard to see. So it was sloooow going.
We saw a few of these (I have never seen one of these during the daytime) 
Glad we tried it, but I don't think we'll do it again.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Soup Mix

Bead Soup mix that Wendy Blum sent me! The Peruvian Amazonite pendant is so much prettier in person! I love it!

I received my "Bead Soup" mix from my partner Wendy Blum. The focal is a Peruvian Amazonite (which is much prettier in person) Looking forward to some play time to see what I can come up with. 

You have a little more time before I go to, to get yesterday's Facebook giveaway winner!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A Giveaway!!!

Facebook Giveaway

Today I'm having a giveaway...
A fun Fall giveaway for a cute little acorn and 4-glass head pins.

This is a Facebook Giveaway, so we'll have to be "Facebook Friends"
But, it's easy for us to be friends!
Just click on the link below...
(then click on "add friend")
Once we are friends, just leave a comment on my Facebook wall (not here on blogger)
That's all it takes, easy peasy...good luck!

I also put a set in my Etsy store, just in case you don't want to wait to see if you're a winner...

Monday, August 22, 2011

Show and Tell

Bead Soap Mix

Bead Soap Mix

These are the beads I sent my "Bead Soup" partner Wendy. As you can tell, I was in a Fall mood when I made her beads (wishful thinking) with acorns and fall colored blooms. I also added a few glass head-pins.
I received the beads she sent me this weekend! I need to take a pic of them...I love them! Very Summery and beachy feeling. 

Come back tomorrow, as I have a little giveaway! Which is always fun...xo

Friday, August 19, 2011

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  baby cute!

I can not believe I've never grown potatoes before!
And I only did this year by chance. Saw a bag of them as I was leaving the garden shop and said "what the heck, I'll give them a try"
We've been having potato salad for dinner and fried potatoes & onions for breakfast the last few weeks.
The package only gave planting instructions, I had to look on line to see when they would be ready for harvest (when the plants die back) 
I had no idea how easy growing potatoes were! 
They are my new favorite thing...

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hello Sunshine

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Looking out my window at my garden, it's like a little spot of sunshine. 
My bees are loving all the yellow blooms this year! Between tomato blooms to cucumbers to pumpkins to sunflowers, my bees are happy visiting those sunny yellow blooms this Summer.
In the photo above there were at least 7-8 bees tucked inside just that one bloom!

What are you growing in your garden this year? 

Friday, August 12, 2011


Bead Soap Mix
As if I'm not busy enough, I signed up for a couple more things to participate in..what was I thinking?
I know! I just didn't want to miss out on anything! Now I think I have a panic attack coming many deadlines! But it's a fun busy...
Above are the beads I sent to my Bead Soup partner, Wendy Blum. They are incognito until she receives them...I hope she likes them! Once she receives them, I'll show their identity and I'll show off what she sent me. It's like Christmas in August! Fun Fun Fun

Weekend plans?
I am taking a little break to go night hiking!
With the full moon tomorrow, we thought it would be a perfect time to give it a try.
I must admit, I'm a little nervous about coming face to face with a bear (IN THE DARK!!!)

What are your weekend plans?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

In a pickle


With my garden giving me lots of cucumbers and red peppers, I need to find ways to use them.
One of my favorite ways is making pickles. I.LOVE.PICKLES! LOVE!
All pickles, sweet, dill, bread and butter, I love them all.

1/2-cup apple cider vinegar
1/2-cup white vinegar
2-cups sugar
1-tablespoon salt
A pinch of...celery seed, mustard seed, whole peppercorns and 3 whole cloves
1-onion (sliced)
1-red pepper (sliced)
1-clove of garlic
6-cups cucumbers (sliced)

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, bring vinegar, salt, spices and sugar to a boil. Boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Place the cucumbers, onion and red pepper in a large bowl. Pour the vinegar mixture over the veggies. I make these in the morning and they are ready just in time for dinner (BBQ hamburgers) Store pickles in the refrigerator.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Going strong

(Nevada Falls)

The waterfalls in Yosemite are still going strong. This weekend we hiked up to Nevada Falls. It's been awhile since I've done a real good hike and my legs felt it! They were like jello when we got to the bottom of the valley floor. It was a little smokey up there too, as last week a fire started from a lightening strike and they like to let natural starting fires burn themselves out. I'm hoping it will be out by next month (when we hike Half Dome) my throat is a little sore this morning from breathing the smoke. 

Today I'll take pics of a few Tide Pool Pendants I made last week. I'll send out a newsletter then they are up and ready.
Have a great week.

Friday, August 5, 2011

End of the roll (so to speak )

A few random shots from last week (vacation)...

Jerky Store
Molly waiting for Kurt to come out of the jerky store (Cattaneo Bros. in SLO is the best! I like the honey pineapple turkey)
We found this fun nursery years ago. We go back every time we go to the coast.
Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
They have a couple kitties there too!
Fairy Doors
And Fairy doors! Which reminded me of the Fairy Doors I make.
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Window Display
The window display at a garden store.  Of course I loved it!!! buzzzzzzzzzzzz
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One day we ventured over to Morro Bay and found a crowd at a little hot dog stand (Hot Dogs on Harbor) so we gave it a try.  We both got the Chicago dog (yum) and Kurt had to try the Waffle Dog. He gave it two thumbs up.

We are heading up to Yosemite this weekend to go hiking. (we are training for our Half Dome hike in Sept.) There have been some horrible accidents up there over the last few weeks. With 3 people going over the waterfall and then last weekend someone fell off Half Dome as she was coming down the cables. It's sad, as none the these deaths should have happened. People climbed over fencing to wade in the water and climbed the cables when it's advised not to when it's wet (it was raining there last weekend)

Have a fun weekend!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Design of the Month {August}

Lampwork Starfish

Starfish seem to be the main attraction in many of my Summer pieces.
This month they are specially priced too! Click HERE to place an order.
I also re-opened my made-to-order page on my website.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Back to reality

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Last week we came across this cute little old school house.

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Patricia Griffin's studio/gallery

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I loved her clay creations...

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Bunny Salt Shaker

I bought one of her one hole salt shakers. A bunny one of course.

It felt good having some down time this last week...sleeping in, eating breakfast at noon (we only did that once) walks around town after everything closed at 5:00pm (love small towns) treasure hunts for moonstones (we still need to go through them to see who won. The biggest, the prettiest and who got the most. But I already know I won that one!)  

I know I just got back, but I'm taking off again.
My dad is going into the hospital for a little procedure today, so I wanted to be there.
So off to Santa Barbara I go.
I'll open up my website store when I return tomorrow...