Thursday, July 21, 2011

Almost Forgot Something Important!!

Good thing my head is attached...I almost forgot to add that you can find my jewelry at a fabulous shop in Encinitas. (I may have mentioned it before) But I wanted to introduce you to the owners and give everyone a tour....
They are wonderful! If you're nearby stop in and peek at all the goodies!!

My Favorite Things...

Well, the last couple weeks have been a whirlwind. Doctors appointments, unwell people in our lives, running around, and now working towards my show in Phoenix. Phew!

I wanted to start sharing some of my favorite things and items that I find myself using almost everyday. Sometimes during teaching folks will ask me about certain things that they've never heard about or seen or have no clue how to use...! So here goes...
If you don't own one of these you need to get in the car and go get one, right now!! (just kidding) But these craft sheets, sometimes also referred to as silicone mats, are the best invention in awhile. In the background you can see my desk is covered with one...okay, maybe more than one! I have them all over. My kids scribble on them with permanent markers, all types of paint, glues, and I use them under all my resin projects. After the sheet gets dirty you wipe it down with a damp cloth or baby wipe. When I feel lazy I put it in the top of my dishwasher. You can also bake on it. It works for shrink plastic or polymer clay and, if you designate one for food only, you can also use it for your edible projects! A great investment that you'll use over and over again for years to come. (go get one or two!)
Item #2 are these Tonic scissors designed by Tim Holtz. I have a pair in every room! (just about) Not only are the blades teflon coated but they're serrated! That means you can cut through tough stuff like foils and thick cardboard or trim your rubber stamps or just threads hanging from your kids clothes. Also those large red handles are squishy, soft for your hands when you're working on lots of things for long periods of time. Love them!
Okay one more, I take these whenever I have a class or to school or anywhere, including my studio, another great product!
These fold flat for travel!

You can use it as a water busket for painting or gluing, sometimes it becomes a trash container at the table, it's a great thing! (you'll see my logo on a couple pictures because I do sell some of these items too!)

Last but not least here's what my desk looks like today...Yikes!
I am trying to work out some new class ideas for the fall but maybe all I'm doing is making a huge mess! What else is new!
What have you been up to?

Until next time!
Create, create, create!!

Friday, July 1, 2011

On The 10 Year Plan...

Well, the first week of kid class was cancelled, we needed a minimum of 5 kids to join us and we missed by a couple :(

Some things are blessings in disguise and I was able to cross off a few things on my "long" list, otherwise known as the 10 year plan. First my daughter and I spent a couple of days doing a mosaic on our enormously heavy umbrella stand. Which now will be heavier with all our tile, glass, and concrete!

Next I've had these little aluminum chairs forever. My neighbor had them slotted for the garbage and I couldn't let them go. That was probably 8 years ago.

Four cans of spray paint later we now have 4 different colored, fun pool deck chairs. Yay!

And a nosy dog...the others are 2 shades of turquoise.
The other big project sanding and re-varnishing our patio table and chairs. That's so one of those things that's on the bottom of the to do list. But it feels good to get through it. Plus it might last another few years and that would save me a few dollars that I don't need to spend on new furniture. (can't find any I like that's less than $2000 anyway, that's not going to happen!)
Happy 4th of July weekend! Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday!
Until next time,
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