Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dear September

Dear September,

I remember when I used to greet you with a bit of bitter and a bit of sweet.

The sweet was the fact that summer was over, and the kids were returning to school.

The bitter was the fact that summer was over and the kids were returning to school.

Being a mother and having been a teacher,
I felt the emotions on both sides.
It was a relief not to hear the drama of "I'm bored," but it was a fist clenching few days as we prepared to welcome our students into the classroom.

 September, I don't consider you a month of drama, but I do consider you a month of transition, a month of  
quiet change.

There will be a few warm days, truthfully, Hot days.  I remember when my kids would go without light jackets or sweaters and freeze on the way to school, or they would wear their jackets, jeans, and long sleeved shirts, only to find that they were a sweaty mess when they came home.

Now, September is just September. 
"It is what it is."
I am retired.
The kids are adults and have not lived at home in many years.
They like September since the cooler weather makes it easier to exercise outside and enjoy those last few friendly gatherings outside.
The state fair is going right now.
The weather is great for that.

September, sometimes, you fool me.
Sometimes, I come home a sweaty mess, and some days I trust you, and I freeze.
What to do?  What to do?

The air is cooler now.
I like that.
September, what have you got in store for us?
I guess we'll wait and see. 

Monday, August 31, 2015

Easy Peasey Tutorial: Needle and Texture Tool made with a Nail

This Needle Tool is so Easy to Make Yourself.

Here's what you need::

small amounts of::

Liquid Polyclay

Scrap Clay

A Nail about 1.5 Inches long.

That's it.

Now, here's How you Make it!

Flatten the scrap clay.
The shape doesn't matter.
Just make sure you have enough clay to go around the nail a couple of times.

When the clay is flat, put the nail into the clay.

Since metal and clay are not a permanent match,
add a very small amount of 
liquid clay on top of the nail head.

Flatten or round the clay around the nail making sure that the nail head is encased in the clay.

If you want to decorate the handle of the tool, use some canes that you have and add it to the handle.
You don't have to do this, but it will make the handle a bit stronger.

Bake according to manufacturer's directions for 30-40 minutes.
Cover it with a piece of foil to prevent burning.
I baked these tools at 275 for 40 minutes.

To make the Texture Tool, simply reverse the nail.
You will need to add liquid polymer clay around the point of the nail.  
Bake the same way.
You have new tools!
How fun is that!!!
Easy Peasy!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekend Poetry

It was sort of a hazy, cloudy day, yesterday.
I got up and threw on a warm blanket.
I covered my shoulders with said blanket,
then I pulled out my notebook and wrote.
Here's just one of the poems my muse whispered to me.  
It's called 
I thought ahead to my busy day, 
but the chores could wait for a bit.
I hope you like it.
Just remember, it is copyrighted.


Chores to do.
Errands to run.
Laundry in the dryer.
I almost sat down for lunch,
I couldn’t eat fast enough that way.
Neighbors are having a party
for their
95 year old grandma.
I asked her
how she survived so long.
She smiled,
“Kids did some of the chores.
I snuck a smoke outside.
I gave me some time to relax.
When they left home,
I snuck a beer each night.
Oh, and I took a nap each day.”
Well, I’m not that old,
and their nana died later that day.
My chores are done.
My errands are run.
The laundry is folded from the dryer.
I had dinner with the kids.
We talked and ate and laughed.
Next week, I’ll go to the funeral.
Nana, I’m glad you lived the life you did.
Oh, I’m going to take a nap.

copyright 8/29/15 
Mallory Hoffman
Weekend Poetry

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Birds in my Etsy,

Autumn leaves are there for you,

Discs in my store, too.

You can PIN any of my beads!
Full and complete permission to do this.
It helps!

Friday, August 28, 2015

Three Beautiful Things This Week

Three Beautiful Things This Week was inspired by a wonderful blog that Clare writes called Three Beautiful Things. Everyday, Clare writes about 3 Beautiful Things that happen each day in her life. It's a wonderful blog! I can only hope to imitate her in a very small way.

1) This beautiful little flower!  I've never seen a flower like that before!

2) Jenny's port was removed yesterday.  It knocked her flat a bit, but she's doing much better now.

3)  Looks like we're in for a rainy day today.  I really do love a rainy day!