Saturday, November 11, 2017

Back soon

My health is on the upswing - with many changes.

I'll be back with some new things - no longer doing glasswork, but getting back into some of the other art forms, including music, and a redo of the book, Grillin the Road.

Thanks to all who stood by me during the trying time in the past year.  You are gems.


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Bad health

Unfortunately, my health of late has taken a very bad turn for the worst. I've not been able to do much of anything.  I am not sure when I'll be back up and running again.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Been a while...

... since I updated this page.  I've been doing other things and haven't been doing much in the way of crafts or beadwork.  We've moved and I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things. And, yes, I've taken down - I just had too many pages going.  However, the original blog page is here:

PSA: Upcoming event April 29 in Westmoreland:

I've just set up my glass table again in the new place, and hope to get back into working with glass very shortly.  Please note: I and my family are in no way associated with the Westmoreland Center of the Arts, aka COTA. Nor do we wish to be.

In progress.  I now have a vent system in place.

I've also invested in a few instruments! I'm relearning the violin, and hoping to pick up the mandolin (thanks to my new instructor - Joe Caverlee and Grampa's Music in downtown Westmoreland) and the piano. Ash just got a couple of harmonicas, and I still can't seem to find my tin whistle.

The Purply Sparkly Violin

Electric piano!

My mandolin

What Ash calls the Moon Drum

Ash's tambourine

Downtown Westmoreland (Grampa's Music)

Downtown Westmoreland (Old Country Store and church to the far right)

Downtown Westmoreland (old Mike's Foodland location)

Some of my woodworking projects:
Porch roof and railings, to be stained/painted

Hitch cover, to be stained/painted

New piano stand - awaiting a dark walnut stain finish

The culinary arts continue.  Charlie has a new job so my ideas for lunches is put to good use (Grillin The Road).  Speaking of, I found these beauties at the Old Country Store in town:

Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar from the Napa Valley, California.

More later!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Friday, February 27, 2015

Frit Tray & Etching tin from sugar/salt tin...

Someone gave me some Margarita mix and a sugar rimmer tin once for a birthday. While the mix and sugar are long gone, I kept the tin. I'm pretty sure the one I had came from World Market, but they can be bought anywhere, such as Amazon or most any liquor store.   Early summer is a great time to find them. They run around $7 and the salt or sugar can be used for other things, if you aren't into Margaritas. They are about 5" in diameter. They are made of aluminum, so easy to cut notches in, but are sturdy enough to hold shape and use often.

Etching tin - from the bottom part

Notches cut in the sides and bent down to hold mandrels for drying.
I use a cream and brush it on. The tin catches the drips
and I can turn the mandrel as it rests in the grooves.

Frit Tray - from the lid

Again - notches cut (I used a tin snip) and bent down to hold mandrel if needed,
or get bead closer to the frit in the tray.
The lid is only 3/8" deep with lots of room to roll the bead around.

Salt Rimmer from Amazon.
I'm thinking this flavor would be good on roasted chicken for a Mojo flavoring. 

This might be good in lemonaid or iced tea.

Beads of Wrath...

Still in the big crayon - scribbles stage in beadmaking, but getting better.

These are yesterday's beads - mostly done to dispel a bad mood.

large disc is about 1 1/2" across

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Today's Beads

Beads I did today - more practice.

I'm rather proud of the fish.
Bill the Cat! Hey, it's my first attempt.