Archive for the 'Happy Monday' Category

26
Aug
13

I am well, I have missed you, and I am coming back on the blog I think ;)

I just wanted to visit and say that I am going to be posting again! I have written a book, been taking care of myself, and tending to my life. My health was not the best (fat and run down) and I have been changing that. I want to be healthy.

Tired of being tired, I wanna grow old like my parents, they live a full life and they are my idols and still dancing and loving life at 76. My mother looks more like my sister now!

My grand-daughter is getting big, she is 4 and a wonderful child. I don’t see her as much as I used to, but will be starting to watch her time full again this week. Her mother is going after her dream and I am so proud of the changes my “little girl” has made in her life. Going back for her high school equivalency at 30, damn, I am so proud of my girls, such wonderful women, my gifts.

She is now going to continue her education for the next 11 months.

I am going to post things that are more general here, about me, my life, my family and what I do to create.

It has been a long time and I need to get familiar with the program again.

I have missed you!

Here is the first tip of the day.

I save the lids from canned frozen juice, (Oh hell, why lie? I save everything.)
I love their perfect circle-ness. I just knew there were things I could do with them. I love to recycle when ever I can, I think we should, and I have been saving these for a while. They are just hanging out and falling in front of me all of the time. LOL!

I am going to share this once in a while so you can expect that.

Do you save them?

Have you got a good application for them?

Have they never even crossed you mind?

Will they now??

LOL!!

Here is one.

I use them to mix small batches of epoxy

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10
Oct
11

Something was going around, Sandy Camp 13

There was something going around Sandy Camp 13, I suspect these guys.

Patty Mac had them crawling all over her.

Front and back.

Here is why I suspect this.

Lynne Ann is a beautiful, colorful woman.

Talented too.

Here she is with the Princess crown that Ellie makes everyone take a picture with.

A great sport too.

Here she is dressed up. Everyone had costumes on at some point.

But this is what happened after what I think is one of Patty’s pets bit her.

Patty’s spiders have blue eyes too, hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!

I had so much fun, I feel like I was hit by a mac truck today.

Oh no, maybe I was bit by a Mac spider too.

Have a wonderful week, my pretties.

You are loved!!!

10
Oct
11

1st day of Sandy Camp

Broomhilda showed up…

Kelly Broomhilda

 

 

 

Dee Broomhilda

 

 

Marni Broomhilda

 

 

Patty Broomhilda

 

 

 

 

Kasi Broomhilda

 

 

 

Lynne Ann Broomhilda

 

 

 

 

 

Yvette Broomhilda

 

 

 

Deni Broomhilda

 

 

 

Shelly Broomhilda

 

And…

 

 

Marie Broomhilda This is only the beginning. ;-D

26
Sep
11

Happy Monday- updates

I hope you all have had a wonderful week and an even better weekend.

I have been very busy.

We have our annual retreat for the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild coming up and we are all trying to get ready for it.

I have been packaging things for the store that we have there.

Making things, and getting ready for the demo I am going to do.

I am going to demo flower petal canes. The necklace above is something I made from those canes.

I love how this turned out and the canes are simple fast and fun.

I have also been playing with the new book I won from Nicole at Beadwright’s blog. Of course I would get something new and exciting to play with when I am supposed to be concentrating on the guild retreat. ;-D

We packed all of our goodie bags last Friday and had a great time doing it.

This is our 13th retreat and we are having a Halloween theme, so I am very excited.

Our committee is a group of 13 wonderful women and we have a great time together too. How can it get any better than that? I enjoy myself so much I actually look forward to seeing everybody and doing the job!

I have also started making some Xmas presents, it is pretty hard for me to believe this year has flown by so fast.

I need to start now, otherwise I will not get everything done.

So this last week has been nose to the grindstone and things prioritized out of the week and others placed in front of those, late nights, and working, working, working.

I am still here and hoping you all are doing very well and life is treating you with kid gloves and ease.

Have a great week.

Smile at someone this week and share your light with them.

Change the world.

19
Sep
11

I made this! Halloween Album, part 2

I hope you all had a great weekend and I wish you all an even better week ahead.

This is continued from part 1 here

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/09/i-made-this-halloween-album.html

And this is the rest of the album I made.

I forgot to show the inside front cover and 1st page.

The skull pulls out and can be written on and a picture added.

This is another page and I got to use one of the all over punches that Martha Stewart makes. They are very cool and work really, really well.

The card behind is red and the spider and web is the punched out black paper.

Ravens marching along the bottom of the page.

Another skeleton page. This is one of my favorite punches, Jodi and I call this iron gate, probably not the name but we like it.

This is a great page and the colors are standard Halloween. I love it. A photo will fit under the moon and bats on the right page.

This one is a favorite. I love the whole book. The vampire and the moon are printed on plastic. The tombstone is also.

Two paper is silver and gray are for photos and writing.

This is another favorite. The witch is one of the best pre made decorations I have seen for Halloween. The cloak is velvety.

How about that spider web and spider border? Another Martha! She rocks on these punches in my opinion.

And the final page is back to the raven theme again.

The book is full and it was so fun to do. I mean how much better can it get when you go hang out with a dear, dear friend and make something awesome that makes you smile too!!

Lucky me!

Have a good week.

12
Sep
11

Monday Updates 09/12/11

I had a post planned for Friday and then the lights went out.

It was the “San Diego County Power outage of 2011” and it was amazing. It was really very weird.

About 3:30 pm on Thursday as I was sitting down to the computer to edit photos and get my blog post together, everything shut down, I mean everything. My whole house is electric. So I couldn’t even cook anything. I couldn’t open the refrigerator because I didn’t know how long it was going to last.

Luckily I had fruit on the counter and bottle of water on the cooler.

No TV for the little one after her nap, which was the wrong thing for gramma to say.

My daughter called and said they had sent her home and everyone else home.

She went the back way and got home rather fast, there were people all over the county that spent hours on the freeways.

My family was all together so that was great. It was still stressful because there was no TV, no radio, no phone, no fans, no stove, no computer, no lights, no ice, no showers, and no a lot of things that I forget are attached to an electrical grid.

We sat outside at night because was so warm and it was still, except for the occasional fire engine or ambulance horn blowing, very still. I never realize how much of a constant buzz there is from traffic, fans, motors, trains, talking, and barking till it stops and then it is still and silent and rather nice.

Everything shut down, stores, food places, gas stations, and the phone service (from people calling each other all over the county and saying “Do you have electricity?”). There were a couple of bars open from what I understand and they were packed but only taking cash ;-D

Both of my daughters sat in their cars and listened to their radios to find out what was going on.

It looked grim and then we found out how big this really was, from the Mexican border to some parts of Orange County all the way west to the ocean and east to the Arizona border.

That is big. Really huge, a big outage. The biggest ever from what the SDG&E guys said.

We were also told that we wouldn’t have power until much later that night.

I opened a bottle of wine and sat on the porch with my family and we talked. We haven’t done that for a very long time like that, it was the great thing about the outage for me.

 

The Power finally came on around 2am my daughter said.

What a day.

 

I started the next day on a photo album my daughter wanted me to make for her friend’s wedding on Saturday. I know, I am crazy. We were supposed to go to Micheal’s to get paper for it the night before (but the power went out) and I had to wait for her to get home on Friday before we could go.

I am sorry I do not have more photos but I was rushing through this and after ripping the last page and taking it out 5 times at 2:30 in the morning I finally went to bed.

I got up about 10 am on saturday and continued working on it. Finally at noon I said to her “you have to help me”, cut this, do this, glue this, tape this and so on until she went up and got ready and little after 2pm.

The wedding was at 3pm, LOL!

When she was ready to go, I stopped. I almost finished it completely.

I was very happy with the way it came out.

I wish I had more pics now and I want to do another one of these with this themed paper too.

I got a paper package from Me and My Big Ideas and it was perfect for her friend. Everything we used except for the chip board, the linen cord (it is Coptic bound), the inks, the glitter glue, distress ink and brads, came in the kit.

 

I also made another book this weekend, it is mini, it is Coptic bound, it is jewelry, and it is a journal.

And it has clay covers. You knew I was going to go there right?

So fun! The clay is pretty thin, about a the 4th thickest setting in the clay machine. I think I am going thinner next time.

I made the holes and set the eyelets with the new toy Jodi got me and it worked like a charm. I am in love with that Big Bite.

Bit right through the clay and set those eyelets like it was chip board.

I was doing a little dance, this opens so many more ideas in my head ;-D

 

It has parchment for pages.

It is signed on the back.

 

It has the waxed linen and rhinestone brads for the closures.

I covered the brads with a super thin piece (the 9th thickest setting in the clay machine) of clay that was baked and then cut with a pair of scissors to size and then glued in place.

 

I am very happy with this little book and I learned so much in making it.

I plan on making more.

 

 

 

I also made this. I think he is a little confused about his holidays.

 

He could be used for everyday.

 

 

He could be worn for Halloween.

 

 

He could be worn for Mardi Gras.

 

 

 

 

And for the Day of the Dead.

 

 

I love him. This is my version of a skeleton key ;-D

 

 

I also got my Book that I won from my friend Nicole at Beadwright Blog, Steel Wire Jewelry, by Brenda Schweder. Oh baby, am I going to have fun with this one.

I think you should go get one now! ;-D

 

Thank you Nicole and Thank you Lark/Sterling, you guys are the best!!

I would have posted on 09/11/11 but I thought it was best to have a moment of silence.

 

Have a great week, all of you! Thanks for giving me a moment of your precious time, I appreciate you all so much!!

Now go create a beautiful week.

14
Aug
11

Fave Crafts Blog Hop- Black and White Canes #2 Atomic age influence part 4, and Happy Monday!!

It is time again for the Fave Crafts Blog hop- finished on the 15th.

 You can click on the link/logo to take to you to a Fave Crafts page with all of the other artists participating in this.

Welcome to my site.

I am in the midst of a tutorial on Black and White canes with Cernit polymer clay.

A cane is a method of making images in rods of clay by layering different colors of clay together to form that image.

Then cross sections are cut of those rods and used in many applications like jewelry, and application to many different things like light switch plates, silver ware, glass, and ceramics just to name a few. The possibilities are endless.

It is an adapted technique from ceramic and glass, in ceramics it is called neriagi and in glass it is called millefiori.

You can see a wonderful example of neriagi here by Ito Sekisui V, make sure you scroll down to see the flowered vessel:

http://www.e-yakimono.net/html/ito-sekisui-v.html

Here is Wiki’s definition with pictures of Millefiori in glass:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millefiori

And now for the tutorial…

Continued from Part 1: http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age.html

and Part 2:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age_09.html

and Part 3:

http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2011/08/black-and-white-canes-2-atomic-age_14.html

You will need:

2 blocks of Opaque White Cernit

1 block of Black Cernit

Porcelain White Cernit big block

Clay machine

Clay Slicing blade

ruler

Links lead to my husband’s store http://www.clayfactory.net/.

Thank you for looking or buying, we appreciate it very much. It helps us eat and pay the bills.

Mix the small blocks of Opaque white with equal amounts of the porcelain white.

Then mix the black block with an equal amount of the porcelain white. It will look slightly lighter, but bakes up a beautiful black color.

1. Trim off the ends of your cane (so far).

2. Stand the cane on one end.

 
 


3. Add the round cane rods that you cut in part 3 to the block you have standing on end.

They go at the four points of the diamond image.

Trim off the excess from the four round rods.

4. Like so.

5. Roll a small coil of white clay about 3/16″ and using your thumb and forefinger press in to a triangle shape.

6. You will need 8 of these as long as your image block is high to go around the small rods in white wrapped in black.

7. Tuck one of the points of the triangle in to the space under the coil, just enough to fill that space, not enough to move it.

8. Press them in like this. I have this turned on its side so I can show you how it is done. You do not want to lay this on the round cane and press it in, it has to be standing so you do not flatten the round rods.

9. Fill all of those spaces on the image block.

10. Roll a coil of white clay that is about 3/4″ in diameter and a little bit longer than the length of the image block. Trim off one end so it has a flat edge.

11. Cut the coil in half through the length.

12. Add one half flat side in, to the top right side of the image and add the other one to the bottom left hand side of the image flat side against the image.

13. Roll another coil that is the length of the image block’s height.

14. Now cut that one in half through the length. Add those to the other diagonal spaces. The top left and the right bottom of the image block.

15. Roll out a coil of white that is about 3/8″ in diameter. Press it into a triangle shape.

16. Add those triangles to the left and right side of the image right in the middle of the two half coil on each side.

17. Roll out another small coil of white about 3/16″ and press into a triangle.

This you will use to fill in the two spaces on the top and the bottom of the image block where there is a dip on the top and one the bottom.

You will need four of these triangle pieces.

18. Here the image block is filled in all the spaces with one left to trim off. It is basically in a rectangle shape.

19. Pinch the block in the top corners and in the bottom corners to make them more defined and more like a rectangle. Pinch them all the way down the image block side in all 4 corners.

20. Roll out a sheet of white on the thickest setting in the clay machine. Trim off the leading edge for the straight edge. Lay the rectangle image block on that edge.

Trim off the right and the left side of the block to make the sheet that width.

Wrap the sheet around the rectangle image black sides.

21. Wrap it up and trim the other end of the sheet to match the beginning of the sheet. Smooth the seam with your finger.

22. Press on the side of the image block to compress together and reduce. Go slow and use the flat part of your palm (or the flattest part) usually the heel of your palm. That heel of your palm is the strongest too. Press down as evenly as you can.

Turn the block 1/4 turn to another side and press again the same way.

Turn the block 1/4 turn to another side and press again the same way.

Turn the block 1/4 turn to another side and press again the same way.

You have now done all four sides.

Flip the cane(image block) from end to end and proceed to do all 4 sides again. then repeat, doing this over and over until you have reduced the cane down to about half the size.

23. When I have reduced the cane down far enough I then I hold the cane with one hand and use my upper palm and slide my hand down the cane to lengthen it.

Always turning it one-quarter turn now and again and then I flip it from end to end and do the same thing from the other side of the cane. This makes it smooth and stretches it out. I am gliding the top of my palm over the clay.

24. When you have reduced it down to about 1″ by 3/4″ cut it in half.

Tah dah!
Come back for the next one we are going to cover a votive in all the black and white canes we have made so far.




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