Archive for July, 2011

30
Jul
11

Blog is still broken

My blog is still broken.

I appreciate all of you giving me your opinions on Chrome. Thank you.

I also figured out that it is a IE 9 and Blogger conflict.

On my daughters computer she hasn’t updated to IE 9 and it works fine on hers.

I do not care for Google following me where ever I go and mapping out my destinations.

What is your opinion on that?

But since I can only publish first time blogs without any trouble, I will do that and hope they get the problem fixed.

I think that I am supposed to be taking a break though. I have been resting since yesterday when my back went out again yesterday. ;-D

You think someone is trying to tell me something?

A look at one of my new hearts!

This is fun.

The last red balloon!

Up and Away!

It is in my Etsy store http://www.etsy.com/listing/78707928/up-and-away-pendant

Have a great weekend everyone.

And Happy August.

27
Jul
11

Wednesday Wonder- time out

I am still taking a time out. I have been taking it easy and doing a lot of resting, just hanging out, and taking care of Madi.

At the end of the day I am all out. I have a hard time thinking of anything to say that is uplifting or happy.

I am working on clay though and playing.

I listed a new unzipped heart in a color instead of the ivory looking ones I do.

 

 

I think I like it. Soft and romantic, eh? I might try some more of these.

http://www.etsy.com/listing/78515796/unzipped-heart-48-purple-rose

 

I also did a light antiquing on the Seagull statue.

Let me know what you think of it. I am happy.

 

Brings that smirk on his face out.

 

I like the antiquing.

 

 

 

I do think he is just fine.

You can see it with out the antiquing here

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/07/happy-friday.html

Thanks for your help with this!

Have a great day.

26
Jul
11

20th Giveaway- the winner

Hi Everybody!

How ya all doing?

I am feeling better thank you so much for sending me your thoughts and healing energy, it worked.

I am so glad, still coughing a little and sleeping a lot to catch up.

 

 

Remember these? I finally finished the earrings and now just need to put on wires or clips.

Up to the winner though.

I wrote all of the names out on my favorite green post-it note pad.

There 37 entries at Blogger and one here on my WordPress site.

38 total.

I cut them all apart and folded them a bunch of times all the same way, in half, and then in half, and then in half, and then in half again.

 

Mixed them all up several times.

 

 

Waved my hand over them a couple of times and went for the pick.

 

 

You lucky duck Janine, send me your address and decide if you want clips or wires and these lovely goodies are yours.

You do though have to claim them before 3 days has passed which will be the 29th of July at 6pm PST.

If you don’t they will go to another lucky duck. ;-D

Have a great week everyone.

I will try to post again, having poopy problems with blogger right now. Hope it is over tomorrow.

I have another Black and White cane coming. Wooooooooooooooo Whooooooooooo.

 

22
Jul
11

Happy Friday

I for one am looking forward to this weekend.

I am going to sleep in.

I am going to catch up with my duties.

I am going to relax.

While I am making plans, right??

Here is something I have been playing with lately.

Look at that smirk on the seagull’s face.

I love these and they are so fun. They are not very tall, about 3″ and 2″ wide at the widest point.

I can not decide if I want to antique him or not. What do you think?

I really like him the way he is.

Someone suggested I add a little poop to the heart. ;-D

I actually like that idea!

Wait for the next one. ;-D

Have a great weekend everyone.

I am feeling a bit better. Still trying to take care of myself. Thank you all so much for the healing energy.

Do not forget the giveaway.

https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/time-for-a-giveaway-this-is-20-071211/

Closes on the 25th of July at 6pm.

I am in this ocean thing, aren’t I?

20
Jul
11

Wednesday Wonder- Wheat Weaving

I had no idea that when I went to research this weeks Wednesday Wonder that I would be opening a window in to a wild world of wheat weavers and associations. Weally, I mean Weally??? ;-D

Osburn Butterfly, © 1998 Marje Shook, Photo by Marje Shook

 

I found the picture above on the National Association of Wheat Weavers site, I did say National Association. This is a big deal, at least it appears to be. The are having

 

 

The 2012 NAWW Convention

“DREAM OF WHEAT”

Portland, Oregon

April 11th – 15th

 

Their website is here: http://nawwstraw.org/

They have a gallery here: http://nawwstraw.org/index.php/gallery

It is kind of hard to believe this is wheat straw.

History

 

 

“Even for the earliest civilizations success of a harvest has always been critical to survival. In the ancient mythology of many cultures there are tales of harvest celebrations and by the 1500s in Great Britain there are accounts of sheaves being decorated to represent the spirit of the harvest. By the late 1800s the making of harvest tokens seems to have been quite widespread throughout Europe.” From the history page at the National site History

http://nawwstraw.org/index.php/about-straw-art

 

These are buttons. Photo by Karen Bell and Nan Rohan

Colorful punched shapes of marquetry are appliqued onto wood in pleasing designs and then lacquered for protection. I love these.

 

 

Dale Scoot owns a little company called “Wheatweaving company” and will teach classes, sells kits, and has free projects up there and links for buying wheat too.

http://www.wheatweaving.com/

The gallery is on the home page.

 

Here is a beginning project for weaving a heart called a Mordiford from Dale’s site:

http://www.wheatweaving.com/project1.html

 

“Wheat is the symbol of goodness, prosperity, and life itself, and wheat weaving is a fine craft that has been practiced throughout the world for centuries.” from Rocky Rothschiller’s site

Rocky Rothschiller is quite adept at Wheatweaving and also incorporates yucca, suede, and feathers.

Amazing and contemporary.

Rocky’s Corazon with Feathers 21″x 18″ from his site “Wheat Weavers”

http://www.wheatweavers.com/

 

 

Even Illinois has an Association of Wheat Weavers http://www.illinoiswheatweavers.org/index.html

 

 

Amazon even has a book on Wheatweaving and Strawcraft http://www.amazon.com/Book-Wheat-Weaving-Straw-Craft/dp/157990078X

 


There is so much more and I feel that this is a very good sampling to peruse of Wheat weaving.

I also found out that this is a very old traditional medium that has become a non-traditional medium.

I am thrilled that is being kept alive by the associations above that I have listed. It is beautiful, natural, and steeped with meaning.

 

19
Jul
11

I have been feeling pretty crummy for a week. Runny nose, rip your throat out cough, headaches, just trying to make it through the day, crabby, no voice (my family loves it), tired and generally under all the weathers.

I will get back to this blog when I can think straight.

I did teach a class this weekend and it went well.

I am worn out though and trying to keep up with my shops and watching the baby, so something has to take a back seat. Actually more than I want is taking a back seat right now.

I guess it is time to take it easy.

I went to bed early last night and slept so well.

Didn’t want to get up this morning.

 

I wanted to remind you all about the giveaway here

https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/time-for-a-giveaway-this-is-20-071211/

 

You can win these. Pendant and a pair of earrings. Do not leave comments here for them though, go here

https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/time-for-a-giveaway-this-is-20-071211/

 

Send me healing energy please, I need it.

17
Jul
11

Happy Sunday- Under the Sea

I have some new work for the summer, the “Under the Sea series”

Oh, I am having a blast with this one.

The piece above is an example of the style and design

This is another one. Dolphin Love! I am listing today.

And this one has found a home with a friend!

This one is already listed in my shop. http://www.etsy.com/listing/77830670/under-the-sea-pendant-1-the-reef

This is another version where I have used the metallic acrylic, Lumiere, to accent the designs.

I like this too but I think I like the ones above better. What do you think?

These pieces also have patterns on the backs of them.

Have a great week everyone and do not forget my 20th Giveaway here.

https://mariesegal.wordpress.com/2011/07/12/time-for-a-giveaway-this-is-20-071211/




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