Friday, June 19, 2015

Getting back in the swing of things!

      Hopefully this post will get me back to regular blogging.  I had been a bit derailed to a recurring pinched nerve in my neck/back and into my left arm. But I do believe with the help of an amazing chiropractor... I am on the path of NEVER experiencing that again. Oh and the only reason it was recurring is because once the pain was manageable- I stopped going. This time I've kept going and have seen further improvements in my lower back and am amazed how good I feel. Which just improves my overall attitude. It also makes me realize how much pain I was dealing with and how it affected pretty much every aspect of my life.  I've had to really pick and choose my creative therapy since I had a limited time before the pain overwhelmed me. But I'm doing so much better. I'm working on making my desk a bit more ergonomic and that should also help.
     Then we went on vacation last week to Baltimore/DC and it was HAWT!!! Having acclimated to my state of Washington for the last 10 years I am a complete pansy when it comes to anything over 70° with that hot orb baring down.  It was waaaaay too hot for this girl. I have not sweated so much just standing there doing nothing in probably 10 years!

       I will share my most recent project. This was for a swap on my favorite art charm group. The theme being "Traveling with Friends".   It was based on your state or city...  Seattle is sooooo much more interesting than anything else I could have fashioned so I went with the coffee theme. I lucked out and had found a state die at Impress stamps - and then used it on shrink plastic after stamping my image and punching a hole. I then made a coffee bean out of polymer clay. Assembled it all with a few glitzy baubles and Voila!



      The altered tag is a couple of tags glued together. One of which I textured with a Tim Holtz Sizzix folder and inked up. The front I applied an additional piece of scrapbook paper which I had stamped with an image from Impress Stamps. All the stamps I used were from at least 10 years ago and may not be available, however I do know they always have some amazing Seattle themed stamps of some sort, as well as skyline dies.  The location I frequent is the one in Tukwila and lemme just say... it's an AMAZING store. Always chock full of current samples and boatloads of inspiration. They seem to keep an active class calendar too. I love them not only because it's one of the few stamp stores left, but because they also have their own line of product as well as carrying local artists stamps and product lines.  It's probably a good thing they are just far enough away to not be a regular visit. HA! 

     As for vacation...
Here is a photo montage from a surprisingly interesting item my history/architecture loving husband dragged me too. Okay- so it was clean, air conditioned which was fine by me!  This is the Basilica of the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception.  Stunning, beautiful and Byzantine inspired- what a site to behold!

    

That's it for now.  

Happy Weekend!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 PCChallenge Recap

      So at the start of 2015 I joined in a Polymer Clay Challenge over at Kater's Acres. It's been good to do it. It's my goal to keep it up. I really love my polymer clay. Well we are 14 weeks in and she suggested to the participants to do a recap. I think that's a fabulous idea.  One thing I've learned is that I'm ALL OVER the place with this challenge. But for me- it was all about experimenting and finding my strengths and dislikes, etc and most of all, being creative.  At the very least I'm re-acquainted with the various clay brands that are out there.  So here is my recap.  Making the photo collage was a challenge in itself since my previous laptop bit the big one and although I had them all organized- my blog files were the one thing I didn't back up. (I learned that lesson)

Ack.. I think I got all my pics out of order at the end.  I can't forget this guy... 

#2015pcchallenge

And... there you have it.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Week 15 PCChallenge


    This week is just a continuation of last week. I ended up with a nice batch of khaki mud with some Premo and decided to make some beads. I was going to use one of my favorite tutorials from Blue Bottle Tree (rustic beads) but noticed I still had that package of silver leaf on my desk. I wanted to alcohol ink them. So I decided to use that instead. Needless to say-  I wish I had stuck to my original plan. It got really messy when I alcohol inked them. Yes- that is expected, but I didn't expect the leafing to start flaking off so soon. I'm unsure if there is a quality difference in leafs... I'm sure there is. I just picked up the Artminds brand from Micheal's. I think I might see if I can procure some of the Renaissance brand leafing and try again. Or perhaps use black clay and apply leafing, then stamp... lots of variables there. I had hoped it would last until I sealed them. Anyhow- I think I learned what NOT to do. It's not a complete failure.


     Moving on from that... they just got dumped in a drawer. meh...

     I also completed my fairy swap and finished on my little book charms for that...
These are about 1" tall by 3/4" wide.


     Lastly, I have to say a little something about the new Sculpey Souffle clay. It's not for everything. The color shifting is horrible. Not as bad as the original Sculpey III, but definitely not that great. I'm rather disenchanted with all of Polyform at the moment. The large block of Premo white I bought for sculpting and painting is absolutely mushy. Yes, I could leach it and make it a bit more firm. But that should be a workaround as a rarity, not the norm. While I can appreciate the fresh clay. Several Premo blocks I have were absolute mush that rivals only the original Sculpey III. I will say one thing about the Souffle, it does firm back up, but then it lacks the true color mixing qualities that Fimo or Kato has.   So anyhow- I am left with a bunch of Souffle, that I will begrudgingly use so it doesn't go to waste.
     I think each clay has it's purpose, be it complex caning, figure sculpting, jewelry and all that in between, and then further varies from your experience and where you are on the learning curve. But Polyform, in my opinion seems to continually miss the mark on theirs. I have also been experimenting with Fimo Soft(which conditions beautifully but does become quite soft) and am leaning towards going back to Kato and/or Fimo. Both of which are too firm for me to condition, unless the newer formulas are better, the benefits far outweigh the cons. I'm slowly coming to the conclusion that I would rather have a clay with few colors (but true colors at that) in it's palette than one that what you get is a mystery because it defies the logic of mixing color.

  The only color mix I actually really liked on the Souffle palette was using the Igloo white and the Latte to get a really nice ivory. That of which I used at the "pages" of my little books. No point in showing a picture, as I put a wash of paint over it anyhow. but I think my ratio was 2:1 Igloo:Latte.   My other gripe with Souffle is that the color not only shifts, but dulls quite a bit. The colors seem vibrant and then just.. pbbbbtttttt... Maybe that is part of the shifting- one in the same? I dunno. I prefer a matte finish, but there's just something missing about Souffle. I don't think dull is the same as matte.  I am happy with how I bake them. I use a secondary oven thermometer for accuracy. I enclose everything in 2 foil pans and clip them shut. So I am inclined to think it's the clay...  Meh...

   I guess 4 months in to this experiment- I'm finally learning a little more- even if it's just what clay qualities doesn't suit my intentions. It's all fascinating.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Polymer Clay Challenge Week 14

 Week 14 involves another tutorial on the books from Kater's Acres.  I have several things in the works but the Griffin is the finished item for this week.


     I used Sculpey Souffle clay in Royal purple and Pistachio green. I used a Skinner blend and let me tell you- the Royal and Pistachio blended together absolutely beautifully. I really like how he turned out.  I love the mythical creature, the Griffon. Plus, it was my college mascot at MWSU (or MWSC when I was there) ha!  I want to make a gold and black one in MWSU colors eventually.

Happy Weekend!

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 PCC Week 13

    Spring has sprung. The forest is full of fiddleheads popping up. Soon the brown wilted emptiness will be overrun with foliage and all things become green and Spring. Yay!!!  So ready for Spring and warmer weather.   Here's a pic line up of my last week- a walk in the woods to view the mountain, the ferns as well as a shot of Seattle buildings from Pioneer Square from my Saturday outing with the husband. (which is quite scary anytime after 6pm). (Pioneer Square, not the husband) *wink*


    Did I mention I'm so glad it's Spring?

Here are my pieces for this week.


    The little book is a for a Fairy Garden swap on my favorite group. I still have to alter the matchbox it's supposed to go in, but I am finally pleased with the prototype of my book.   Once I complete the swap, I hope to have a small picture tutorial of how I created them.



     The bottom picture is proof I've been reading some of Christi Friesen's books.I still can't embrace the way she marbles/blends the clay and looks so... well... Christi Friesen. But I'm definitely enjoying her style.  Well... flower-like pod thingies WERE on my list of things to achieve. I used a daisy cutter to create these. I flattened them in the palm of my hand using my ball tool. Stuck a blob of clay in the middle to fold the leaves up onto and added the center part. I used some chalks on them as well. The pod thingies are the only clay. The other stuff is lucite or plastic flowers,glass beads and metal. 


     There you have it... Week 13.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 12

   This weeks tinkering involved coloring a stamped image on raw clay with chalk pastels and Pearl Ex powders.  I found one of my favorite fairy stamps from years ago. I wish I could remember who the stamp was designed by, but it was in a unmounted grab bag from many many years ago. I haven't used pastels on anything to this extent. It's kinda scrappy looking- I need to perfect the craftsmanship of the shapes and finishing. However, this was fun.



     Happy Weekend!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Polymer Clay Challenge week 10 and 11

      Long story short- my laptop bit the big one. I was NOT and I mean absolutely NOT going to attempt to post from my Kindle or phone. Nope. I sorta loathe typing anything of any length on a touchscreen. So... now that I am back up with a working laptop... YAY!!!  AND.... I now have a fully charged camera, now that I found my battery charger. SCORE!!!

My pieces for last week and this week are double duty. The faux turquoise is for the Pavelka Project for the month of March. The beehives are for a busy bee themed swap over on my favorite art charm swap group. 



So there is week 10 and 11 in a nutshell.
Happy weekend!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Week 9 PCChallenge

   I actually got this weeks challenge done a bit early. I got my monthly tutorial from Kater's Acres and had to make him..er her...  So... Here she is... Her name is Junie and she's a tree frog.
That's a butterfly on her nose and a daisy accenting her femininity.  She was fun to make. I want to make some more of different colors.


     The sun is shining!!!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Week 8 PCChallenge

    Oh yeah... I received my Makin's extruder in the mail. It only took me nearly a week to actually sit down and play with it.  But when I did- I actually used the results to cover my Exacto knife and a cute little pendant. Here's the results. Nothing to sneeze at but I will be using the extruder- that's for sure.

     So let me start by saying the whole thing about extruders is very fascinating. I mean the technique that really sold me is the "retro dot" look. I won't say my pieces look anything like some of the amazing stuff I've seen using that look- fabulous canes. If you Google "retro cane", you will see better examples and a glimpse of the logistics behind it.  Mind blowing really... or maybe that's just me?  Anyhow- in hindsight, the colors I had on my desk lacked the contrast it needed and so just being the family of blues, it's not the best use of the technique, but it was fun and really, who gets it right on the first try?  Here's a photo to show you a snippet of the process- I didn't take any pics after I extruded, because I cut into them and then my head exploded with giddiness. I can't explain it.


     To simplify- you roll your sheets of clay, cut them out with a cutter, stack them in various patterns or somewhat randomly... then pop it in your extruder and GO!   This was just the basic round extruder die. There are OTHERS, many others, shapes that go together like a puzzle to help you cane... There are also other extruders on the market, ones that run up into the hundreds! (But the quality is exceptional). Don't get me started on techniques, techniques galore. I chose the extruder I have based on the Polymer Clay Tutor's (check YouTube) review of the Makin's Professional Extruder and the Walnut Hollow brand. I chose the Makin's brand. Sure beat the heck out of my old school Kemper Tool plunger Extruder from 20 yrs ago that I don't think I ever used because I didn't quite understand what the hell I was doing. (technically I still don't) but I do understand maintenance and cleaning, which goes a loooooong way to keeping your Muse happy because your tools stay working.  
     
     One last note on the little pendant. I used the Blank Slate porcelain pendant base (from Hobby Lobby) covered that with clay (used a little TLS). I then attempted to use my medium ball tool to make the slices "cupped". In reality my clay was too mushy and it wanted to stick to everything.  I should have let it firm up a bit.  Anyhow- I applied the mangled, slightly cupped slices and then textured it a bit. After I baked it I added a few drops UV resin to a few of the spots, as well as a few silver seed beads for interest. 

     Anyhow- that was my week. I actually have several other projects on the bench for some swaps at my favorite Yahoo Group Art Charms. But they will not be posted until they are mailed off.  I'm just excited my Xacto knife cannot be kyped by hubby anymore, it will be tooooo obvious which one is mine.  *smile*  *wink*


Happy Weekend!!! We are getting sunshine and 50° on Saturday (ducking and running)  Bah ha ha ha!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Week 7 Polymer Clay Challenge

     I had several thinks in the works... the covered pen I made turned out horrible, at least it won't disappear from the table in my entryway. HA! So I moved on...

   I attempted to make the latest canine figure from Kater's Acres tutorials.  Well- I tried to make my dog.  The likeness promptly went out the window the further I went. I won't give up on this one- it was too fun to not attempt another. I then tried to *age* him by adding paint. HA! Again- it's my first attempt in MANY years at this kind of thing. I hesitate to share, he's not the quality or craftsmanship I would prefer. It's all about marking progress.  I did use Souffle on him and will say it's an okay clay for this kind of thing.  Here he is...


yeah... weekend... *sigh*

Friday, February 13, 2015

Week 6 Polymer Clay Challenge

So it's week 6 and I'm still gettin' it done.  This weeks project is using the Holo Effect tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.  Pure awesomeness.   I've just licked the tip of the iceberg here. I have several of her tutorials. All good- excellent photos and step by step process.  Yes I'm still missing my battery charger. Yes it's still gray outside... mostly.
   

     Here's another project I am working on. The tutorials at Kater's Acres are just plain fun. If you subscribe to the club you can participate in the member challenge using January and February's tutorials.  This is Guillaume. I made him using one of Katie's tutorials. He was a lot of fun to make. 


     Then for a bit of a change here are a few of my photos I took when I went over to Vashon Island earlier this week with a few friends. Strangely there were a lot of sheep farms all over the place... I guess that's not strange. But quite a few. I didn't take pictures of the sheep but I did take photos of the beautiful lighthouse at Pt. Robinson Park. The driftwood was so awesome. You could tell someone had fun building driftwood forts. Vashon is interesting to say the least. Definitely would go back without a doubt. I can't believe I haven't been in the nearly 10 years I've lived in Washington.  The park at the lighthouse is at is absolutely gorgeous. 


     Yes- these photos were taken on my phone and filtered up on Instagram. I'm addicted. 

Happy Friday!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Week 5 - 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge

 So I still have a stash of old clay... I mean oooooold clay. Like 10 years if not more. It's Sculpey III too.  (insert tsk tsk)  Yes- crap clay from years ago. Hey- when you don't know any better... meh. I also have 10 year old Kato clay that is crumbly as a cracker. My goal is to use it as much as possible.   So anyhow- I had some Sculpey III translucent and figured what the heck have I got to lose? Um... NOTHING!!! NADA! ZIP! GOOSE EGG!   So I added some alcohol inks and blended them, then proceeded to make a chrysanthemum cane. Aside from a yucky brown color which was I think 'Raisin'... it's okay. The pink is too bright and combined with the green, it looks too Christmas-y and I'm so over Christmas.  But it was fun and now I have one less block of Sculpey III.
 Here's the one photo...

Yeah... still taking photos with my phone... Ugh...  My battery charger for our camera is officially MIA...  *frowny face*   Haven't seen it since September. Might be in the lost and found somewhere in Vancouver Canada...   You know the stinker of the situation? the second I order a new one- it will show up. I just know it.  *sigh* 

Happy February!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Pavelka Project - January Challenge

So... I'm not only doing the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge, but I'm also participating in  the Pavelka Project over at Kater's Acres.
  January's  challenge was the "Suspended Crystal" pendant as well as the Valentine's Themed Carmex Topper.

    I made several versions of the suspended crystal pendant, but oddly still ended up submitting the first one I did. Meh... I did it- but it's not my favorite one. But I did it!

 The Valentine's themed Carmex Topper though- was my absolute favorite!!! It was totally last minute. I was thinking I would have to forfeit.  But I had recently been inspired by little vintage campers and it totally morphed into the topper.   Slightly more dimensional than my first version of campers (previous post). I'm definitely not done with campers yet. :D

 First up is the Suspended Crystal Pendant...


Secondly we have the Valentine's Themed Carmex topper. A peek at the process...


Here's the actual topper...


Yeah... I really need to find the battery charger for my real camera. That and it needs to stop being gray or night outside when I am actually ready to take photos... HA! Oh yeah... I'm in Washington!


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Week 4 - 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge

     I had actually thought this week was going to be a wash...nothing seemed to be motivating me.  I had been diligently writing, doodling and sketching ideas and inspiration as they came in my sketch book. Which I've kept with me since the beginning of the year!  Even with the detailed list I posted- I'm finding even more ideas I want to try with clay. It's AMAZING how if you commit to it- it really does make a HUGE difference in the flow of creativity. It's just so fascinating with what triggers some creative tangent. I highly recommend keeping something on your person at all times to capture all the random ideas. Anyhow... even though I was coming up short this week- it hit me literally at the last minute. :D
    I have a couple of dear friends who keep discussing going camping (once the weather warms up of course). Then we get to talking about vintage tear drop campers, glamping, etc. (we would be "roughing it in a large cabin tent, not a trailer")   I absolutely love the sweetness of the little vintage campers that are EVERYWHERE nowadays. With the bright feminine color palettes, the little buntings and awnings. I had a light bulb go off. MAKE ONE out OF CLAY!!! For now- it's just the small flat version- eventually I'd like to move on to dimensional charm.  So I jumped on Pinterest and pinned a bazillion photos for inspiration. *swoon* Then I started sketching them out.  Here is my peek at my process...


So one tip- I had sketched my little campers out and then reduced it on my printer/copier. (geesh- talk about Rocket science) lol

Once I got the size I wanted- I cut them out and used them as a template on my clay, then used a small ball tool and needle to impress the details. Very stylized and simple.  Then I tried various things. I knew I wanted to try painting them verses creating out of colored polymer, because the color palettes would have been more versatile. I baked them and then I painted them and was not happy... so I thought I could sand off the color... Then it hit me!  So that is where I am right now... the paint stayed in the deeper crevices.... DUH!!I then used my Prismas to color in the body. Wow... I will have to try using colored pencils more often. Talk about goes on like buttah. Especially the sanded smooth surface. Obviously these are just the first generation.  But I was pretty excited and then I realized it was midnight.  oy... too much fun!


It's kinda wood block-esque... which makes me want to CARVE A STAMP!!! OH MY GAWSH!!!
Which I could then USE ON CLAY.... SQUEEEEEE!!!!!

Stay tuned for week 5!!!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge - A more comprehensive list

I have been wanting to post a more detailed list of what I want to accomplish during this year long challenge. I've made something every week, but week 4 was more last minute than I had hoped.  Since the new year began,  I've been keeping my sketch book with me 24/7 and have been writing or sketching as things come to me. It's been very useful.

     Here's my current list so far... obviously not intended in any order-

1)Hot air balloon
2.)Owl
3.)something using colored pencils
4.)make a pendant the shape of my state (I saw that on Pinterest)
5.)Cactus/ succulents (I'm in love with succulents, just ask all the hens and chicks on my back porch)
6.)Zodiac (I have always loved the look of the Zodiacs in constellations)
7.)Little teapots (years ago I used to cross stitch and had patterns for teapots with all sorts of seasonal themes. I LOVEd them. I Love Tea, I love teapots.)
7.*Fairy Garden Items (doors, toadstools,  etc)
9.)Vessel Pendants (Donna Kato inspired of course!)
10.)Pod head pens (I think between Blue Bottle Tree and Christi Friesen I'm covered for inspiration)
11.)Poppies... I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE Poppies! I want to make a cane as well as a more dimensional version
12.)Covered Pens
13.) Wings either all polymer clay with wire or not
14.)Flowers (stylized and realistic):
Lavender- I fell in love with lavender at the Sequim Lavender festival, plus I have tons of pictures!
Dandelions
Tulips
Lilacs
Crocus
15.)Cat/Dog pendant - thinking along the lines of a paw print(for the pet lover)
16.)Stamped image Image (carved my own stamps- I want to stamp them and color in with chalks and color pencils)
17.)Stamped Word Pendant- and oldie but a goody and I have tons of rubber stamps
18.)Mini Birds
19.) Mini Monsters
20.)Clay embroidery
21.)Surface Effects
22.)Faux Gemstones
23.)Doming beads on a light bulb
24.) Butterfly
25.)Dragnfly
26.)Beetle
27.)Filigree
28.) Little Houses
29.)a charm with a dangle
30.) Patterns with image transfers
31.)willows
32.)Art Deco inspired
33.) Art Nouveau inspired
34.)small insects
35.) actually utilize the tutorials I've purchased (Blue Bottle Tree- Rustic, Faux Glass and Holo                Effects,  as well as the character figures from Katers Acres.
36.) Incorporate resin or other mixed media into finished pieces
37.) carved clay  (how could I forget this one?!)


Phew! I think I'm good for now... Now THAT got the juices flowing.




Friday, January 23, 2015

Week 3 Polymer Clay Challenge

  Here is this weeks items for the Weekly Polymer Clay Challenge:

First up we have a little corked glass bottle I covered with clay.  You can't really see it but the brown I covered the bottle with was a striated cane of different browns. Next, I put some branches/vines and some flowers I cut I with my new cutters. I lightly dusted everything with bronze mica powder, baked and sealed with Liquitex Satin. My intentions are to wrap the neck with wire to hang as a wish bottle from my window or shelf.



  Next I have a heart pendant that was supposed to be a bird. Yeah, how did that happen. Well in my rediscovery of clay I've found I enjoy creating the piece and then painting it.  I bought a large brick of Sculpey Premo! clay in white for my painted creations, but find it extremely mushy.  I was attempting to make a blob bird from the Christi Friesen "Birds" book.  It morphed into a large heart, since I do love hearts and Valentine's Day in general- I just went with it.  It is painted with acrylics and sealed with Liquitex Satin varnish. I love this shade of purple, not sure why. I also had some leftover flowers. It makes me happy. I might even make a purse charm out of it. I call it my little Heartnado.


Until next week...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week 2 Polymer Clay Challenge

 Soooo... while I didn't actually finish my beads into a completed piece of jewelry. I did get a firm grasp on a fabulous tutorial.  I absolutely love the Rustic Bead tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree. Really, though- all her tutorials are great. This is just the tutorial I've had the longest and wanted to have fun.
      I actually have several goes at this - let's just say the dark wet gray days of a Washington winter are NOT inspiring. Also- while it's not a hard tutorial, it did take a few attempts to get what I had in my head. Maybe that's just me?  Between the dark dreary days and choosing a dark base clay and paints- they looked like crap.  After several experimentations- I am absolutely stoked about these. I did find it hilarious that the color I was wearing must have had a subliminal affect on the paints I chose. I was wearing a dark purple-y lavender shirt when I painted these last night. lol

     I think these beads remind me of Necco wafer colors... or more seasonally speaking- Valentine's Day conversation hearts...

 Here they are...

 I have yet to even drill holes in them. I'm still just so excited they aren't dark and dreary like my first batch, which will never see the light of day. lol

So much fun. So yeah- while these weren't the only things I worked on this week... I am very pleased with them...and their Necco Wafer color palette. :D

Happy Friday!!!    

GO HAWKS!!!  Ack!  er... I mean  GO  TEAM CHEESE!   (how can I NOT cheer for the land of cheese team?) 

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Words to fly by...

             I've never claimed to be an academic, an intellectual, artistically talented, fashion forward,  definitely not mathematically inclined, but I do know I'm genuine and the best authentic me there will ever be. I'm not good at hiding my emotions. I try to focus on being kind over anything, which is my biggest challenge and I fail at this miserably, probably more inwardly than outwardly. I shy away from conflict, but that doesn't do any good because there are people who tend to go out their way to push your buttons when all you want to do is be left alone to do your thing. Reminds me of my niece- when she was 2 or 3, she would say 'You're getting on my last nerb"... Bah ha ha ha  so cute.  Wonder where she learned that? She's now in her early 20's. :D
    I'm a loner, an introvert, a reader, but God knows I'm not "well read" according to the "academics". I have no patience for Shakespeare or Brontë sisters.  I have one dear friend that jokes it's offensive because I've never watched "The Sound of Music".  Meh.. one day perhaps if the mood strikes me.   I often choose a book by it's cover and/ or title!  Although I love to read and learn. I don't think that paid institutional education is the only way to get a "higher education".  I'm a late bloomer in all aspects.. I can read people very well, I try not to judge, definitely not out loud. At the end of the day I try to grant people the grace that I could only hope I would be given. I fail at this miserably. I just don't like people. They are nosy, arrogant, assholes who think they are entitled to tell you how to live your life.  Sometimes I wanna yell-  "Are you judging me because I'm different from you? Or are you lashing out because YOU are different from ME and can't overcome that different is good in your sadly conformist life?"  
      I sometimes get so excited about something, whether it's an art project or a recipe... I often rush the process and end up with less than desirable results... but I won't give up. I just learn from it and keep on going... DO OVER!!!    PLOT TWIST!!!!   
  Bottom line is that life is too fucking short to give a flying fig newton what other people think. In the end- it's YOU that has to account for yourself. YOUR reaction.  (okay- this is for a "friend")  I'm writing this for a "friend". A virtual cheer, if you will...  *wink*
Fuck the people who try to make your genuine reaction to their shitty action the bigger deal. Those people don't like to know we were hurt by their actions, they don't like that "icky guilt" feeling I'm guessing? They just happen to be masters at hiding it by achieving asshole status.  We all know those people, right?  Yeah? Well Fuck them. Don't even get me started on the trolls on the web who hide behind the anonymity of the internet.  They are miserable assholes that probably need more fiber in their diet. Because guess what?  I'm HUMAN And NOT perfect!!!! WHAT?!!!!
    My mantra for the year 2015 is this...  " It is sometimes better to be Kind than right".   I shall strive to do my best, and probably fail miserably on the inside.  This also pairs well with "Do no Harm, Take no shit".    Probably redundant, but appropriate for various things. 
          I definitely believe as far as people in your life- four quarters are mostly sometimes better than a 100 pennies... Unless you are on vacation and like to squish pennies as mementos and do in fact need both 2 quarters and 1 penny. I've been hoarding pre-1985 pennies like a mad woman. I'm weird like that.   I think I do need a vacation.

HIYAH!!!  I shall conquer 2015 and make it my bitch...

Friday, January 2, 2015

Week One Polymer Clay Challenge

Here it is..  my first weeks challenge.  It's weird how this one came about. I had planned on taking the full first week to work on something.
     So the back story to the inspiration on this piece is interesting and I love how it all came together.  Or at least to me it is. It starts with it being the holiday season and 3 of my dearest of best friends always end up back in my hometown. In the years that we don't fly back- we  Skype on New Year's Eve or depending on plans- New Year's Day. This year it was New Year's Day.  Not knowing when exactly- I head out to Michael's because I had really wanted to pick up some silver leaf to have on hand for this challenge. I had always wanted to try this technique as well. The foil on pc with alcohol inks applied technique has always appealed to me.  So I'm at the store- my friend texts me they are all gathered- so I get my leafing and head home. We always open our gifts together. (awwww.... how sweet)  I received 3 beautiful pieces of jewelry and one of them is a dichroic glass pendant. BOOM!  While what I created is not specifically faux anything, It's such a pretty pendant and the fact that I had bought the leafing... had the inspiration piece...  I could hardly focus to talk to my friends... (mostly kidding) All I could think about was the silver leafing. I HAD to make something... like right then....er... as soon as we got done Skyping.   So this piece was created.

   I tried several colors. But I also wanted to use the envelopes I had been making for Valentine's Day. I wasn't 100% sure it meshed well. The aged look of the envelope charm with the shininess of the red and black. Meh... I like it. I finished it. To me that's all that mattered. Sometimes you have to start at the bottom and work your way up.  I have dabbled inconsistently in polymer clay for 20 years. I sincerely miss the days where I just create and keep going and see where it takes me.  Not to bad. Now I just have to juggle that with the other aspects- like sealing it correctly.  oy...

   Not a bad start... not a bad start at all.