Friday, October 29, 2010

Foolish Friday

Knock Knock !
Who's There ?
Snake Who ?
Snake a run for it !

Yep, this is my front door and Caleb's Halloween project. He's a nine year old boy so he enjoyed creating this snake wreath tremendously. Martha Stewart Living magazine pictured one with black snakes, but we wanted something a little more cheerful.  The paint chips underneath are colors I'm considering painting my front door--feel free to leave a comment.

Thursday, October 28, 2010


Red Agate "Caramel" and black wire earrings.

Normally $13.00.  This week $10.00.

Find these on my website, my Etsy Store or my Artifire Shop.  Links are at the right.

Monday, October 25, 2010

First Snow !

I just had to share this picture taken from my front porch this morning. We had a rainy and blustery night and woke up to this. We've just had a few flakes down here in the valley, but it's coming.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Foolish Friday

Knock knock !
Who's there ?
Mice who ?
Mice to meet you !

Your eyes do not deceive you. There are little white mice going up my stair rail. I brought home a bag of white "squishy" rubber mice from the Halloween store (where I went to get rubber snakes--more on that in another post).  I put them on the mantle for my son to discover. He "decorated" the bathroom sink with them and then his dad moved them to his bathroom. They've been roaming our house en masse ever since. I think we have a new October tradition.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Update on Gardening

Those of you who have been following my blog know that we moved from Nevada to Utah this summer. We purchased a house that needs some work and which has an overgrown/neglected yard. We are slowly making the changes and repairs we want to make. Many aren't worth photographing. A lot of light fixtures have been or are in the process of being changed or changed out. We're getting odds and ends of things done. The garage has been mostly organized and now my husband can actually park his truck in there for the winter. Some pictures are finally getting put on the walls, shelves have been added, all the closets and guest room have been painted and a bunch of yard work has been done. This week the energy audit guy is coming to inspect the house and give us advice.

Here are a few changes I have pictures of from my flower bed project. I'm afraid they aren't very spectacular as they are mostly pictures of dirt.

Before. Front door area.
After. This was all grass and weeds. Now it's waiting for spring planting. I put some bulbs in too. This bed wraps around two sides of the house--see following pictures.

After. Terraced and waiting for spring planting.

Waiting for spring planting. Once plants are in I will mulch it all. This was all grass and weeds and lumps of decomposing landscape fabric and mulch, roots and construction rubble.

I dug up sad looking irises from too shady places in the yard and replanted them here. I hope they look perkier in the spring.

I dug up this black edging and recycled it from other places and greatly increased the size of the flower beds. We're trying to get rid of some of the grass. This bed was half grass and mostly weeds and rocks. Now it's rich with compost and ready for spring planting. This bed will get herbs since it's close to the back door and kitchen. The sickly mum and coral bells were there already.


Friday, October 15, 2010

Foolish Friday

Knock, Knock !
Who's there ?
Wire who ?
  Wire you asking ?

Beautiful drawing by our Compassion International Sponsor child in Thailand--a 9 year old girl.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Foolish Friday

Here's a Knock Knock joke in French for a change ☺

Toc-toc !
Qui est là ?
“S” qui ?
“S”cargot !

My crazy son last week.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


I've started taking a metalsmithing class to further my education on techniques for my designs. I'm not sure how much of it will make it's way into my jewelry line as the equipment is mostly very expensive and some of it is a bit scary and requires having a workshop space that's not easy to burn down. However, it is very interesting.

Copper ring after my first class. The strip of gold paper was what I used to measure my finger and I was given a flat strip of copper to begin with and had to solder it with a torch.

My ring after my second class all filed, sanded and buffed.

Next week I begin a project using a coping saw to cut out sheets of metal into a design and then will be using an overlay solder technique to sandwich pieces together. I'm thinking of doing a gingko leaf design.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Foolish Friday

Knock Knock !
Who's There ?
Candy who?
Candy cow jump over the moon ?

My son, Caleb's origami rocket. It did look a lot better, but it got played with.