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Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Grand Piano in wire ... it's a musical week!

It's been really crazy this past while! We had a blizzard last night, another five inches of snow at least! My kids looked outside and groaned, all except for my nine yo daughter, who promptly went out and built a snowman! She's crazy about winter, never wants it to end! Hubby left for work this morning, got about five miles from our house and got stuck! Took two hours to dig himself out and limp home. The snow plows came by at about 11:00 so he left for work them. I'm just grateful I don't have to drive anywhere today! I intend to hole up with some homemade hot chocolate and bend wire to my heart's content!

I've done a couple of custom orders this week. This is a wire piano I did for a personal art piece for a customer. I think it turned out quite well. I'm also working on a set of 80 music ornaments in black for a wedding. The wedding theme is "Sing a new song unto the Lord", and the intention is to tie them with ribbon as napkin holders -- which sounds like a very pretty idea to me!

Monday, April 5, 2010

We've been sick!!!

Oh my goodness, we've had the mother of all head colds around here! Seems like not much, just a head cold, but the blinding headache, total congestion that morphs into sinus infection, fever ... this has been no fun at all! All of us had it, hubby and I worst of all, and I actually had to break down and get some antibiotics for my sinus infection. Yuck! I hate having to do that. All life outside of my little world has ceased to exist, but I'm finally starting to see daylight!

Happy Easter everyone! We had family over on Good Friday to color eggs and had a very nice time ... well, the kids and I did, but hubby was pretty out of it. He tried to be present, but he just sat there shivering and staring and finally just went back to bed. Then my baby had a very high fever and spent pretty much all of Saturday and Easter Sunday sleeping on me. Seems like the worst is over for him, tho', thankfully. He's still a little crabby but the fever has broken.

So there's my big excuse for checking out of life for the last few weeks. Let's hope it gets better this week!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Happy Birthday, 5 year old!

It's my small girl's birthday today! She's turning 5, and is very excited! My big girl is taking a cake decorating course right now, and has designed a very beautiful cake for her -- perfect for our little princess! Today is band day, so we're spending the day in town, but hopefully we can do some fun things with small girl to make her day feel special. Cousins are coming over tonight for cake and birthday supper. That's always good! This shot is of a very sleepy 4 1/2 year old -- gosh, I need to take some more pictures of my kids! She looks so much bigger now!

Happy Birthday Honey!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Yippee, sold a custom order yesterday morning! She convo'd me around 10:00 pm, I sat up until the wee hours making them so they could be in the mail the next day -- she wants them by the 12th! Yikes! My fingers are sore and I'm tired, but very thrilled to have made a nice sale!

(At least bending wire is keeping my fingers in shape for playing guitar! I'm definitely keeping my "guitar calluses" this way! It would be better if I was actually practicing, but ...)

Today is ballet. Gotta drive yet again, after spending the day in town yesterday doing band and running errands. And for some reason my pics won't load on my blog today, so I have nothing exciting to show you! I'm going to try to get a walk in this morning before all hell breaks loose around here -- which means hustling my butt right about now! Get me away from this computer!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

BeaDoop, BeaDoop -- I just opened a new Etsy store!

So many art forms, so little time! I love to do so many things -- make jewelry, quilt, bake, cook Asian food (well, I'm learning!) etc etc etc ... how does one do it all, anyway??? In an attempt to keep my life in order, I'm diversifying ... well, sort of. I've opened another Etsy store for my Gemstone pendants and beads. I will be moving my current listings there over the next while. My new shop is BeaDoop, and you can find it here:

Monday, March 1, 2010

New EtsyScrap Challenge today! Cupcakes!!!

Got the post this morning on the EtsyScrap blog, our new challenge is anything to do with cupcakes! So, here's my offering:

(I like the idea of a challenge -- I was stagnating a wee bit here! It was good to get the "creative juices" flowing, start bending the wire again -- I haven't made anything new in awhile :)

Each Cupcake Embellishment measures nearly 3" tall X 2" wide. The "MMM!" piece is about 5 3/4" long and 7'8" tall, with the exclamation point piece standing about 1 1/2" high.

Cupcake #1* is a clip, hence the swirl. The other two should be stitched onto your page using a needle and invisible thread. I always tell people "It's painstaking and finicky, but the end product is worth it!"

The second Cupcake is simple, perfect to be dressed up with your choice of yummy paper and fiddly-bits.

This "I Heart You" Cupcake Embellishment is a little wider, about 2 3/8" X 3" high.

Oh, and I am very excited to note!!!: I have a follower! My very first one! Thank you autless!

*Time to play "What's the reference?" Remember this one?: "Buck buck number one, come in!"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Heart-Leaf Ornament for a customer's rear-view mirror

Today I sold one of my Heart-Leaf ornaments, revised to hang from the rear-view mirror of a customer's car. She requested I make it smaller, about 2" across, with blue and pink beads. I think it turned out well! I included some blue ribbon the same color as the darker blue beads, for hanging. I'm thinking mirror ornaments are something I should make more of!