Saturday, November 27, 2010

Hideous Faries

This is a Hideous Fairy in process. Sorry the picture is fuzzy...except for the mess in the background. Sure, the clutter and stacks of crap show up nice and clear! Anyway, for my hideous fairies I make the head, hands and feet, with a fabric body. Then the fun part starts! Making the clothes and putting on all the embellishments. I like painting the faces, but usually they are small and my hands are not as steady as they use to be. Sadness. Jiggly hands. I need to make more Hideous Fairies. My supply has gotten quite low. I make them for swaps and give them all away. Because we all know that fairies are NOT NICE! These guys like to steal items, especially sparkly, glittery things. If you ever end up with a Hideous Fairy in your home you will know where to find your missing keys, buttons, jewelry, charms, beads, and perhaps kitchen appliances (if you get one who thinks it can cook).

Sarah, Jeff, and Christine came today and put up my beautiful Aluminum Christmas Tree! It's all decorated and the turbo light is lit! Poor turbo light no longer spins. But, that's okay! I'll forever put it under my tree and let it shine brightly! And, Willy the Zombie Baby is beneath the tree wearing Carston's cowboy hat! Shawn said "NO!" that we couldn't let Willy sit beneath the tree. HA HA HA HA! Christine gave him to me and now he's sitting under the silvery branches so very happy. Joy! We'll see how long Shawn lets him sit there before he gets moved back to the stand in front of the window to spy on the neighbors.

That's it for now. Gonna get some left over Thanksgiving pie! YUM!


It's almost 2am...and I should be sleeping.

Today I finished one more beaded bracelet. I haven't scanned it in on the desk computer yet so no photo. I'm working on another one and so far I like it. I looked for the chunky beads, like the center one on the give away bracelet, but I can't find my extra ones. Darn it! I really like those for center stones. The colors are very nice and the size it good for the centerpiece. I'm hoping to get more bracelets, necklaces, etc. made up and set up a etsy store and maybe sell some of them. I'm not good at figuring out how much to charge...guess I need to work on that. I'm also thinking about contacting a local art class place and see about teaching beaded embroidery. Ideas? Comments? Suggestions? I could also teach the peyote stitch and how to make pouch necklaces. Stuff like that. Just thinking about it now. Won't do anything until after the new year anyway.

We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Lots of food and even more desserts. YUM! We celebrated Cathie and Dave's 35th wedding anniversary. It was a surprise planned out by Sandi. It was really nice! We had lots of laughs and tons of food...what more could we want?

I guess I should get my butt to bed since Sarah and Christine are coming later to help me put up our aluminum Christmas tree and the turbo light. We have a space for it so that's half the battle. I even put 2 containers of bazaar sale items in my closet so I have a bigger rat trail going through the dining room now! Shocking! I know!

So, off to bed and yak at ya soon!


Thursday, November 25, 2010

It's almost time to put up the Christmas Tree. I'll need to waddle down to the basement and find the box with the most beautiful tree in the world. Yes! It's time to put together the Aluminum Christmas tree from the 1960's! Our family's first imitation/fake tree. We even have the wonderful "Turbo" light that will slowly spin and change colors so the tree will really sparkle. Mom is highly allergic to real trees so this was what Dad got so Mom could enjoy the holidays with out a stuffed up head and coughing all day. I love it! I love the way the lights reflect off the aluminum and it just sparkles.

It is officially Thanksgiving since it's now 2:30am. I'm so happy we bought a pumpkin pie and a cheesecake at Costco so I don't have to do any baking! Hee hee hee! I'm getting lazier by the minute! Plus, I'm not good at baking pies so this is the best way to go for me! I'm going to have a fantastic Thanksgiving and I'm going to make sure to remember all my blessings!


PS - Carston helped decorate the little table top tree by tossing the beads and tinsel on it.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

About a month ago I had some visitors in my front yard. There were 4 deer wandering around the neighborhood. By the time I thought about grabbing my camera this was the only one left lingering in my yard. It was in the middle of the afternoon and I was surprised to see them taking their time, nibbling at the plants, and then slowly walking to the next house to try out other tasty treats. We also have a friendly skunk in the area who likes to walk past our house early evenings and let us know he/she's making it's rounds. I get worried that the little stinker will find a way into our basement and then we'll really have some smells floating through the rafters!

Well, our plans for Thanksgiving have been changed. Mom and Dad's furnace isn't working so they don't want to leave and have the pipe freeze. Go figure! They can heat their home with the space heater and wood stove but leaving for 3 days would really be risky. So, we are going to use the back of plan of everyone gathering at Mom and Dad's, bringing lots to eat, and enjoying family time instead of slot machines. I was looking forward to going to the beach and the casino...but, we really could use the money to pay some bills and buy groceries instead. It's really a blessing that we stay home because the weather is so bad! We are having record cold weather and icy/snowy roads already. EWWWWWW! I'm definitely not a Winter person.

Not much else going on here. It's almost 2 am so I guess I should get to bed. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

Big Hugs!

Monday, November 22, 2010

I love my newest family addition! His name is Willy and I got him at a Halloween store. I bet you figured that one out on your own. When I was looking at the "Zombie Babies" my 4 year old granddaughter, Christine, continued to tell her mom, "I want a Zomfie Baby!!" Christine didn't get one. But, she was sooooo cute carrying around a newborn Zombie! I like to put Willie in the back seat of the car, seat belt him in so he's safe, and then look at the reactions of people who go past. Snicker snicker! It's a hoot!

Here's wishing everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of gravy and mashed potatoes!

Squishy Hugs!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

No photo this time.....

Since I'm posting from my laptop, I have no new photo to add to my blog. I've already used some photos more than once and that is just unacceptable. Snicker!

I finished one more beaded bracelet/cuff and have started another one. I also made my November postcards for one of my yahoo groups and all but 3 are in the mail box ready to go. I ran out of stamps....darn it! I have a Secret Sister in another group that I need to make a postcard for and put together a little box of goodies. Then, I've got to figure out where to mail it from so she won't figure out from the return address who sent it. Maybe have to use my oldest sister's address and mail it from a post office in her town. That might work...unless she looks at a map. Hmmmm.....thinking about this kind of stuff hurts my brains.

Shawn is off work this coming week. I'm hoping that we can get some of the crap cleaned out of the spare bedroom upstairs so I can start putting my studio back together. I doubt that will happen, but it's a nice thought.

Wednesday, we will pick up Mom and Dad and head off to Lincoln City! Hurray! Thanksgiving Dinner at the coast works for me! We'll eat at a buffet so none of us have to cook or do dishes and that's a big bonus. I love the coast and am looking forward to few days there.

Well, it's after 3 am by a few minutes so I'm going to go to bed now.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Just a photo of trees. When I'm bored riding in the car I'll just take random pictures and sometimes they kind of turn out!


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

This is a close up of the mermaid fountain in front of the Palace Inn Hotel in Lincoln City. I love this sculpture, she is so pretty! We will be staying here again over Thanksgiving...I can't WAIT! Hopefully, the weather will cooperate so we can go. It's snowing in the mountains, reports are that snow can be coming to lower areas, and if not snow, lots of rain. I like to walk on the beach during the rain. Sadly, there is a problem with sea lions dieing and the bodies being washed ashore. The scientists don't know what's killing them, some virus, that could be passed on to people. Soooooo, I will be doing my ocean viewing from a far! No beach combing this time. Sadness. I'm so looking forward to our beach trip. Mom and Dad will ride with Shawn and I. Once we are at Lincoln City, Sissy Cathie and her hubby, Dave, will help chauffeur them back and forth to the casino from the hotel. It will be nice for all of us! We are planning an early dinner at Chinook Winds Casino's buffet. YUMMY! Lots of main course foods, side dishes, and especially desserts to choose from! And the best part is none of us have to cook or do dishes! Yippie!

Don't forget to check out my previous post and leave a comment and your email addy for the beaded bracelet/cuff give away!

Big Hugs!

This is what I've been doing in my spare time. Making beaded bracelets/cuffs! Yippie! I use the beaded embroidery technique and sew them on wool felt. Once the beading is finished I carefully cut around it, glue the back and add another layer of wool felt so you can't see all the strings and knots.
So, to celebrate that I am:
1. posting new stuff to my blog
2. got my scanner working again
3. doing something somewhat creative
I'm giving away this bracelet/cuff in a random drawing. Leave a comment and your email addy and on December 15th all the names will go into a hat. Who ever gets drawn out will receive this as a gift. The beaded area measures 6 3/4 inches long. So, let your friends know and let me know what you think about my bead work. Thanks!
Big Hugs!

Sunday, November 14, 2010

This is our cat, Stinky. He is 1/4 bobcat, 3/4 STUPID! But he's all ours and fits into our family perfectly. Sadness :^( You can't tell because he has his mom's long fur, but he has a kink at the tip of his tail. He has the long, old man hairy ears like a bobcat and a tuft of fur around his neck. He's a strictly indoor cat, and it's an adventure for him to venture out on the front or back porch. But, don't close the door on him or you'll hear him yowling all through the house! I got him for me, MY PET! So, who does he bond with? Shawn! When Shawn comes home for work, Stinky comes out of hiding and snuggles on his chest. Booger head cat! LOL!
Sarah and Jeff have given me more space in my front room by taking the treadmill off our hands. I'm happy and sad. After all, one day, I just might use it again. Okay, you can stop laughing now! The good news is that I now have a space to set up the aluminum Christmas Tree!!!! I'm so excited! I'll do that when we return from the beach after Thanksgiving. I'll need to take photos and post them. Then you can see what my kids are fighting over. Yeah...out of all the stuff we have, what are the kids fighting over? The aluminum Christmas Tree from 1960. UGH! I've got the turbo light too! This was the first fake tree our family got! I was in grade school and I remember lying beneath the tree and watching the beautiful lights sparking off the "branches". So beautiful! I've always loved sparkly stuff.
Well, I guess I should get busy working on another beaded bracelet. I'll need to scan in some of them and post. Don't hold your breath....look how much time there is between my posts! Not good at this blogging stuff!
Big Hugs!