Sunday, May 29, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Thoughts on Gardening and I touched a Dead Mouse!

I thought it was the potato chunk I planted in a bucket.
What I thought was a root was a tail.
Yuck!
The mouse was a special gift with the soil.
Oh.
My.
Goodness!!!!!
Yuck!
I  touched a dead mouse.
I washed my hands 
6 times.
Luckily, my neighbors were walking by and Dean came to the rescue with my shovel.
He carried the corpse to it's final resting place in the back.
I still don't know if the potato chunk was growing.
I don't care.
I touched a dead mouse!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Worth Repeating: The Art of Relaxation (Remembering my Dog, Spike)

When it comes to relaxing, my dog, Spike sets a wonderful example. Right now, on this beautiful fall day, he laying by his tree, in the sun, sleeping a peaceful sleep. I feel like joining him, but the lawn chair in which I am sitting doesn't recline, and I don't want to go and lay in the leaves under the tree, so I'll just close my eyes for a bit, and see if I can relax enough to sleep. When I relax, I like to turn on a good movie for a snooze, melt glass, lay down for a minute, do you see a pattern here? I'm following the example of Spike who never lets anything or anyone get in the way of his naps. I usually torch in the morning when I am widest awake. When I finish, I go upstairs to check email and check on Spike. This morning this is what I found. He was in a total state of relaxation! He didn't even hear me come in the room. I had covered him up before I went downstairs to torch. While I was relaxing by doing, he was relaxing by not doing. Don't you just love it? There are plenty of days that I wish I were a dog.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Two of My Favaorite Tools to use When I Work with Polymer Clay: You Won't Believe what They Are!

This is a tool I just started using for texture on polymer clay.
Can you guess what it is?
Of course,
It's aluminum foil.
You can use it in two ways.  

1) You can wad it up in a ball like shape and press it into the clay.
You get great texture this way, but only on one side.











or
2) You can wad the piece of aluminum foil up,
open the foil, the encase your clay in that foil.
(This will get you texture on both sides of your clay, if you want it that way.)
Run the encased clay through the largest setting on your pasta machine.
Open the foil up again.











Look at that beautiful texture!
Every time you wad up the foil, you will find a different pattern on your clay.

Not only is this technique versatile,
it's very inexpensive.















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The other tool I love is this little, wooden skewer.
I use the skewer to make dents in the clay,
to poke holes in the clay,
and I use it to add a light texture to my clay.
















The best thing about these 
"tools"
is that 
you can buy a package of
100
between
$1 and $2.


So, now that you've seen my favorite tools,
what are yours?










Monday, May 16, 2016

If the Night Could be More Perfect, Honestly, I don't Think it Could be...

I feel blessed.
The early evening air is cool, but not cold.
The air is scented with lilac trees and bushes.
The light is soft, more like early morning light.
The only sounds I hear are the birds chirping.

I sit in the Woman Cave looking out at the world.  
The peace of the evening envelopes my soul.
The joy of that peace floats into my heart.

I am blessed.
I am truly blessed!