Archive for May, 2011


Monday Updates on Tuesday!

I have been missing in action pretty much for the last week. I tried to post things that I thought interesting, but there was no person behind the post most of the time. Love that scheduling the posts thing.

I had two classes over the weekend.


Last week it was down to the wire and I forget how much time it takes to raise a child, I forget that I am older and do not have quite the unlimited fountain of youth at my back to stay up all hours of the night and keep going for days on end, while taking care of my grand-daughter, cooking food, doing dishes and laundry, I did skip the cleaning though ;-D, feeding the animals, meetings, emails, writing, editing, and planning, and all of the other things that is takes to make sure every one is happy in my classes and happy at home!

Well, I did do most everything I needed to do while going to bed at a decent hour, taking care of family, the blog, taking care of Madi, and everything else my life has become.

All of them are important to me so there was no ignoring them.

Being self-employed is wonderful and I only have to work half day, any twelve hours will do!

A couple of things were not completed or forgotten, but all in all I had a wonderful time at my classes with wonderful people.

The pictures that I have, show them either in deep concentration or laughing and that I figure is a pretty good sign.

I am thanking out loud Kelly and Howard for being an awesome support team and helping when I needed it most.

Thank you so much to all of the people who travelled to take my class. I really enjoyed myself and it is a pleasure to have gotten to know you all a little better.


To my Blog Buddies, Thank you for your comments while I was away and I missed you all.

I hope to get around to some of the blogs this week. Hope you all had a great Memorial day here in the U.S.

Have a great week this week. Blessings all over you all.


I am listingĀ  the Rodrigo Borgia Switch plate now.



I am also putting up a new listing of some vintage chain in the Hoarders Closet, this is a small delicate chain that comes in gold and silver and is in 25 meter spools. I have never had this one up there before. This chain will work well with 24 gauge non-tarnish silver and non-tarnish gold artistic wire, the wire will fit in to the little loops too!




Women in Art

by Philip Scott Johnson

500 Years of Female Portraits in Western Art

Music: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma

Happy Friday everyone!


Another new plaque-Kelly’s Birthday

Ok, I say I love all of these and I do, but this one is one of my very

Happy Birthday Kelly!

I have wanted to construct a cross that I like without using a cutter.

This is what I got.

I like it!

Thank you for the pictures Kelly.


Wednesday Wonder- Woodwife Wednesday

It is a wonder to me how many giving and talented people there are out there
in Blogland.

How can it get any better than that?

I know all of them!!! ;-D

My friend the Woodwife is a
multi faceted, talented woman.

I love this tutorial, here, simple,
effective, and quick,

the Woodwife, Donna, took some of
my pieces and included them in one of her works of spirit.

I love being able to be a piece of this love charged piece.

And this is what she did with them.

Cool huh?

Nice touch.
Everyone can use a guardian angel.

I adore the colors on these.

Great Job

Donna has a couple of Etsy stores too.

The Woodwife Wares

Blue Otter Arts


A Sacred Heart for Ellie

Happy Late Birthday, Ellie!

She likes Purple. Can you tell?

Ellie took the picture for me too.


Something happened Friday :-O

I know it seems the same on the outside here, but something happened Friday
that rocked my world.

Cynthia Tinapple from Polymer Clay Daily mentioned my little
switch plate and my series tutorial on the African Trade beads, she also
mentioned a bit of our history in polymer clay.

You can see it here

“On this blog I showcase the best polymer clay art online to inspire and
encourage you.”

from the Polymer clay Daily Blog

This is a big deal in the Polymer Clay World (Oprah big) and I am humbled by
the response and by the large number of comments and out pouring of thanks and

You are so welcome!

I just have to say that I could have never done this with out the help and
support of my dear hubby Howard who just wanted to be a stay at home dad.

He did that!! Well done Howard and along the way he also gave me the
encouragement and push that an artist sometimes needs.

Thank you Cynthia, so much, I can not even begin to word how I feel and how
much this means to me.

Blessings all over you!

And thank you Howard, you are the best!

What a long strange trip it has been. ;-D

Happy Monday to you all, welcome to new friends, and be kind to each other
and change the world, one smile at a time.


African Trade beads-part 12 Shinning Star part c

This is the 3rd installment of the shinning star cane.

You can find part a here

You can find part b here

You will need:

Clay Machine

Clay slicing blade-SB

Red Cernit

Yellow Cernit

Blue Cernit

Opaque White Cernit

Green Cernit

Porcelain White Cernit

Ruler if you need it

Middle cutter in the Makin’s clay Star set M36006

Knitting needle 3 to 4mm

All links above lead to my husband’s on-line store the

Thank you so much for looking.

This is the picture and the instructions from the last part b

Trim off the excess, if there is any.

Take the conditioned blue clay and roll it out in your clay machine on the thickest setting.

Trim the leading edge of the sheet for a straight edge. Lie the cane on top of that edge.

Trim the side to match the size of the cane length.

Roll up the cane in the sheet and then roll the leading edge over on top of the sheet on the other side of the cane and gently make a mark on that sheet.

Cut with the clay slicing blade just inside of the mark that you have made. Roll the cane up in that sheet. the edges should meet up.

You do not have to smooth and mess with the seam more than pressing the edges together.

Roll out some of the conditioned yellow and fold the sheet in half to double the thickness.

Do the same thing with some of the conditioned red clay.

Cut the yellow sheet to the width of the cane center and then use the yellow sheet to measure the red one.

I added more of the porcelain to the green here. I used the same mixed that I used in this cane here

Double the green clay as you did with the red and the yellow and then cut to the same size as the yellow and red sheets.

Trim the end to the other sheets.

Trim the sides to match those edges.

The piece that you see trimmed off is the folds of all the sheets. I did this so I have a straight edge.

I then made my first cut which is about 3/16″ in thickness.

Cut down and drag the blade forward with the clay piece against the blade and on it.

Use the slice to measure the width of the next slice and then drag the blade forward again and stick the next slice to it. Measure and cut again. Do this for about four slices or more if you can


It is not required though, you can add one section at a time. ;-D

Lay the slices in the repeating pattern against the cane center. Wrap around cane.

If this is what you end up with match the bottom edges of the slices together and then…

Turn the cane on its side and press the two matching slices in to place.

Press a little waist in to the cane by squeezing with the your thumb and forefinger and then turn a little and squeezing again.

Turn the cane and press moving upward in a circle a little press at a time.

See the center of the end of the cane moving out, this is right.

You can squeeze like this too, turning and squeezing to the end of the cane.

Turn the cane over and start in the middle again and work your way out to the other end of the cane.

When you have reduced it this way to half of the diameter it was, roll on the surface of the table of work surface.

If the cane looks rough on the outside like this you have probably done a good job and the inside will be nice and straight.

When you roll the cane you will start in the center of the coil and roll with both hands all the way to the tip of your fingers and then all of the way back past the palm of your hand in one smooth move while moving your hands away from each other.

Remember to move slowly and to make sure the cane rotates over 180 degrees when you roll. Do not make short movements it will not make a smooth coil, it will put in little dents from your fingers. The movement is smooth and fluid.

Roll down to about 3/4″ and roll the blade and the cane forward at the same time to cut in the center.

You can refer back to the other canes in this series to see how that is and the description that comes with them.

Tah Dah!!! Stars.

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