10.29.2008

Today I'm 'it' ..just as I always knew I should be.

It seems I've been 'tagged' by the very talented Cindy Daniel of 'Behind the Scenes'and I'm now 'It'.

Which means I need to think of 7 things about myself you may not know. This shouldn't be hard since there's really only one thing most of you know about me for sure and that's that I do like glass. So, hmmm
....oh I hate these games..
7 things..
  1. I'm actually quite good at baking bread.
  2. I loathe baking.
  3. My absolute favorite thing right now is a bowl of popcorn, my fuzzy blanket and 'Dancing with the Stars'
  4. In my next life I want to be a dancer.
  5. I love watercolor..I haven't painted in 5 years but I used to be not too bad...faces mostly.
7 really?! 7.. tapping fingers..wracking wee brain..something interesting..something my children can read..

6. I try very hard not to but sometimes when I'm not thinking about it and things are not going right...shamefully, I bite my nails. eyuck..I know.
and 7. My car at this very moment looks like a family of racoons have been nesting there for several days.

..whew.. that was just painful.
Now the for easy part~my grand list of 7 lovely bloggers who have been tagged:
  1. Roxi Designs
  2. Torch by Night
  3. My Tutor List
  4. Marmee Craft
  5. Letters from a Hill Farm
  6. Dreaming Spirals
  7. Craft Gossip - Craft Blog Network
The rules are simple as rules should be:
  1. Link to my blog (tagger) on your blog.
  2. Give seven facts about yourself.
  3. Tag another seven blogs by leaving a comment on their blog and letting them know they were tagged and listing them (and their blogs) on your blog.
Enjoy your day everyone!

10.26.2008

Are you a Magpie too??

About 4 years ago I walked into a small shop in Kimberly, British Columbia. There's a really great shopping area there called the 'Platzl' .. a pedestrian mall. Lots of cobbled streets and fun, fun little stores. In one of these shops, just as you walked in there was a twig display set up vibrating with drops of glass of all imaginable color hanging from the branches. Have I mentioned yet the magpie tendencies I have? They were hanging in the sunlight and I think I touched every single one of them. I chose a drip of clear glass with a thin thread of tangerine running through the center and took it to the till. I mentioned how beautiful something so simple could be and she agreed and told me that her husband made them. "How?!" I asked..."With a torch." she said and I filed that bit of information away and left with my treasure.It was a few months later that I stumbled across an ebay seller with some rods of glass and a torch for sale. I couldn't get my visa card out fast enough.

Glass still fascinates me and for someone who has a hard time staying interested in anything for any length of time, that is a feat in itself.
If you have an interest in the making of handmade glass beads start simply. Read up on safety requirements ~ very important. Proper use of propane, safety didyium eyewear, and ventilation are some issues that need to be worked out before hand. My favorite haunts for information on this and More! are 'Wetcanvas' and 'Lampwork etc.' One of the best starter books out there is by Cindy Jenkins, "You Can Make Glass Beads" another, though slightly more expensive is by Corinna Tettinger called "Passing the Flame"..a treasure that I've pored over a gajillion times.
When I look at that little drip of glass now with a bit of knowledge under my belt and knowing what can be done with a rod of glass, I'm amazed that it was something so pure and simple that drew me so completely.
and it still dances from the mirror in my car ..

10.23.2008

One for the guys..

A sexy pair of flame worked cuff links...easy way for guys to accessorize.
I have a few prototypes that never made the cut but these turned out sweet. ~one piece of glass and very easy to slip on.
I ship these gift boxed with a small signed artisan card telling a little of the care of lampwork.

Check my etsy shop for the aventurine pair or Pop me a request if you want a pair made up for you.

10.19.2008

and for today..

'Tumult'
As always click on the image to visit the auction..enjoy your day! Ü

10.18.2008

Etsy finds of the Day

Sometimes I slow down and rather than listing and promoting my own work I take a look at all the incredible talent on Etsy. For those of you unfamiliar with 'Etsy' (think Betsy) it's an online venue for those talented souls who make wonderous creations with their hands.
You'll have to register, a relatively painless procedure. My tip to those visiting; begin with the treasuries (in the menu bar on the left hand of the front page). To be sure, they are a treasure trove.
Here's a brief synopsis taken from my stroll through in my pj's with my morning toast and tea.
Click on the images to see the artist's shop.










10.15.2008

hihohiho..

..it's back to work I go.


I thought it would be fun to put together some of my lonely little orphan beads ( leftovers from sets) with some of my hand dyed silk ribbons. I've included two generous 3 foot lengths of silk in accenting shades along with one of my handmade glass beads.


10.12.2008

Enjoy your turkey day all of you Canucks.

My son and his room mates are cooking the meal this year. That will be a treat! My only responsibility will be to prepare the shrimp cocktail. How sweet is that?!
When I was growing up our family began making a shrimp cocktail appetizer to begin every holiday meal. Now, each of us with our own families have since carried that tradition on with every Thanksgiving and Christmas menu. Sometimes we'll get cavalier and throw randem amounts in..more lemon zest...more hot sauce. But truthfully the original is the Best. It's a very common shrimp cocktail sauce recipe..mayo, ketchup, lemon juice and zest, horseradish and hot sauce..umm I think worcestershire is in there as well, and of course shrimp. I have peasant tastes, I prefer the canned stuff.
Anyway all of you Canadian readers out there, enjoy your own traditions this weekend! I hope some of you will get to put your feet up like me and just enjoy the treat of someone else doing the cooking.
Oh geez, I just thought of something.
Does this mean I have to do the dishes...!!

10.01.2008

hey..it's Pumpkin season already!

How many of you are as surprised as I am by the speed of time.. is it possible that our earth is spinning faster on its axis? Whatever the case, we've spun into October.
This time of year always stirs my nesting instinct. I baked cookies yesterday (a pleasant shock for those other people in my house) and have eaten far too many since. We won't count. Let's just say 'plenty'. I got this recipe off of the Martha Stewart site so I'm sure they're Perfection Personified, but my recipe differs slightly. In the version I make the spices are not optional, there are no coconut or raisins or currents and they're not iced. Mine are rolled in a mix of sugar and cinnamon before they go in the oven (like 'Snickerdoodles'..another favorite. Oh. don't get me started.)..anyway, heres Martha's recipe. I'll have to try her version some time and compare.

'Crybaby Cookies'
Makes 3 dozen

* 2 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
* 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger (optional)
* 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice (optional)
* 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
* 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
* 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
* 1/2 cup unsulphured molasses
* 1 large egg, beaten
* 1/2 cup whole milk
* 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
* 1 cup chopped walnuts
* 1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
* White Icing for Crybaby Cookies
* Colored sprinkles or chopped nuts, for garnish

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line baking sheets with Silpats. Into a medium bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg; set aside.
2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. With machine running, gradually add molasses and egg. Add dry ingredients, alternating with milk, starting and ending with the dry ingredients; scrape down bowl as necessary. Stir in coconut, walnuts, and raisins.
3. Drop by tablespoons onto prepared baking sheets, leaving 2 inches between cookies. Bake until golden brown, 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and let cool on pans until almost, but not completely cool, about 5 minutes.
4. Dip tops of cookies into icing, and decorate with sprinkles or chopped nuts.

If you want them to stay soft keep them in a large ziplock bag, if you like them crisp store them in a cookie jar. ..Enjoy your day!