Friday, December 18, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I've been playing this game called Mohjong on the computer, and it's got me hooked. I tell Bruce that I play it to keep my mind active. He does crossword puzzles, I play mohjong. It's a game where you have to match tiles - you win if you clear the board of all pairs. Today, I WON! It was fun to see what happens when you win. First, you hear the noise - it sounds like ocean waves, but then, in the background, you see this tiny volcano, and pretty soon, black smoke is billowing from it - really cool. Think I'll play again.
I've also been working on wirework and different ways to mount my pendants. I'm liking what's happening.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I had a compultion to buy another of Lydia Muell's tutorials - here's the first beads. There's lots of improvement to be had. I have to work on color, make sure my silver glass does it's thing before I encase it, make sure the encasing covers all the glass underneath, apply racu in the appropriate sequence so that it doesn't melt and spread, etc. Still, I like these beads.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Where does the time go to? I'm still not ready for winter! We started cutting down the curly willow today (it has to be cut down every year, as the branches grow up to 10 feet each year!) and by the time I was through with one tree, it was time to come in to warm up.
A picture of some beads I'm proud of. These blue flower beads have been encased in clear glass three times, which takes alot of time for each bead, but which really enhances the depth of the bead. I've just listed it on Artfire, if you're interested.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The end of September is almost here - the wind is blowing, and the temperature has dropped - I'm not ready for winter! None-the-less, my earrings say it's inventory clearance time. Please visit www.jeanniegalt.artfire.com and www. jeanniesbeads.etsy.com to see some great deals.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Almost the middle of September already. I wanted to post this picture of a dragonfly that Rebecca, from http://www.rebeccascreations.etsy.com/ has made from a couple of my beads - awesome wirework - and such a cute looking dragonfly - Rebecca not only makes dragonflies, she has added some handmade wallets, tiny little pockets just the right size for your credit cards, coasters from polymer clay, and some jewelry - check her site out!
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Monday, August 17, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
"An elderly lady was told by her doctor that she had to take a certain pill for the rest of her life. No exceptions, the doctor said....she must continue the pill for the rest of her life. But not to worry, he told her, he would call up the pharmacy and have the prescription sent to her home. Later on the same day, this lady called up the doctor, being terribly upset - he tried to settle her down to see what the problem was....she asked if he was sure that she would have to take the pill for the rest of her life. Yes, she was told...but she continued, examining the pill container again ---- it says "no repeats"."
At that, the gentleman who had stopped at our table wished us well as we all had a good chuckle, and continued on his way.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Our visit was really nice - the weather was fantastic - great for walking and enjoying the outdoors. We walked to old Alexandria, where we got our by-yearly running shoes, and most important, we were able to visit Arts Alive - a glass store in Old Alexandria that totally impressed and intimidated me....works by people I've envied were there - great pieces of glass art that I can only hope to equal some time from now. It gives me something to strive for. I am totally impressed with Heather Trimlett's twistie control and her disk beads - hoping that she gives a class in either Toronto or Detroit one of these days.
We had a great walk at the Great Falls Park Trail - seeing a couple of the locks of the C&O Canal - and a great day to enjoy it - half sun, half clouds so that it didn't get too hot. Aila, our Belgian Shepard was great also. Right now, she's accompanying Bruce with his harmonica - howling away....it's so funny. She's a great dog. A one family dog. She is only happy when we are all togather, otherwise, she's worried about who's not present.
No pictures this time. Maybe I'll get on the torch tomorrow, or sometime this week. There's zucchini bead to make tomorrow - we were gone for 3-1/2 half days, and three zucchini are big enough to make bread from.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Beading today was good. I think I have some pretty good stringer control coming on one set, and I'm back to making big bold dots on a base of black. They're in the kiln now - should have photo's of them tomorrow.
Oh, some good news, the Gibson Gallery has decided to try a consignment shop on a temporary basis for about six weeks starting in July. I'm hoping to have some of my finished jewelry there - will keep you posted.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his leader. He will be yours faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion."
Sunday, April 19, 2009
On the dog front. Aila and I had another refresher course at our local dog training place. We did good. Let me tell you, it is scary to be in a yard with 18-20 other large dogs, all walking around in close quarter....and one dog decides he doesn't like the dog near him - lots of growling and snarling going on....we survived. That was during the first 15 minutes. Now, envision this - 8 dogs and masters facing 8 other dogs and masters....3 feet apart. Remember folk dancing in grade school when you and your partner had to go through a line of people - that's me with my dog - only we couldn't race through - we sat our dog, walked to the end of the leash, then called the dog, who would sit, then we would repeat. ...through a line of dogs and masters...and my dog doesn'e like other dogs. All went well. We survived - we did good. After a little more than an hour, Aila had had enough, and we were lucky enough to play - jumping over barrels, going over ladders, climbing up slides. She had fun, and was more than happy to go find Bruce and head to the truck.
Beading went well in the afternoon also. Maybe I'll get pictures tomorrow. I have some encased red and green, as well as some silvered glass flower type beads.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
And winter is still with us. I did manage to run outside once....and was going to try again today, but during our walk with the dogs, I changed my mind.....cold, damp, sharp wind is not what I enjoy running in. I'm looking forward to going to Florida next week.
There are some days when I shouldn't even bother to turn on the torch, and I think today was one of those days. The bead release didn't want to stay on the mandrel, the bead release broke off the mandrel and decided to become entrenched in the bead I was trying to make....There may be a couple of beads that worked - will see when then come out of the kiln. This is a bead I made last week - still dots - There are so many combinations one can try out.