Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Success and a Failure for Tea........




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I braved the depths of my coffee cup shelves in an effort to show you a different mug....lol ...... I think its funny how each cup in my cupboard has had a turn at being my favorite mug only to be replaced by the next one that catches my eye.... 



I'am so sorry to bombard you with Halloween pictures but my crafting is kinda like my Christmas cactus that bloomed last week... Its kind of on its own time line...... 


And when i finish something or am very near to finishing something and i LOVE how it turned out i want to show you even if it is almost Thanksgiving........I HAVE told you the story of how all my unpainted ceramics came to be haven't i? Well just in case you are new to blog and have no idea what i'm talking about I'll tell you.... It was a most wonderful moment in my life..... Hubs and i well we don't have a whole lot in common except for the love we share for each other which is endless..... So we struggle to find things to do together... because we do love each others company.... 

One year we found out that the military base where hubby worked had a place where you could pour ceramics. So i took a class, then taught hubby and we spent several glorious months almost every weekend pouring ceramics of anything and everything i thought i might want as a knick knack in the house....... We would usually show up about 10am... pick the molds and clean them, strap them together , pour the slip (liquid clay) then go to lunch at the bowling alley...... Come back an hour later and the molds would almost always be ready to empty out...  

We were always so excited to open the molds. Opening a mold and having a successful piece was almost like Christmas every time. Then they have to dry and you scrape off all the seams and rough edges and then you have them fired. I paint mine with Acrylic paint then put a spray finish on them.....so mine are only fired once.... 


I just went and did a rough count and i got at least 50.... We just always said they would give me something to do in old age... lol .. I love having all these pieces to paint but the time spent with hubby was priceless.......

The tree and pumpkins are all drybrushed...... not that i really know what i'am doing when i dry brush but i try and i do like how it turned out. I used pearlescent paint on the ghost and he really does look like he glimmers and glows .......



And in an effort to keep it 'real' around here. I wanted to show you that not all projects turn out ALL the time....  Remember this project??? Well...............

This is what i ended up with one year later..........My weather proof/ waterproof glue.....well .... not so much......  However i do love this project and plan on giving it another go.... I have found some glue i'am much happier with .  I won't be attempting this again anytime soon as  a move is in my near future....Yes you heard that right.....My man has decided to retire and we are going to put the rat race of California in our rearview mirror.....  I'm sure i'll tell you lots more as time goes on.......But i think i'll give this project another chance in our new home.....Happy Tday my Tea People.... from over there at Elizabeth's and Bleubeards....Hugs! deb

Friday, November 21, 2014

Second on the 2nd Post.....


Joining Elizabeth and Bleubeard for the Second on the 2nd for the first time... Hope i'm doing this right....lol   This post is from way back in 2014 when we were still in CA! I forgot how much i so love that dragonfly even if he is goofy! Hugs! deb



...........Sketchbook Friday with Dion Dior! This is what i've been sketching in the evenings while i have one eye on the TV and one eye in the sketch book. 


I want to come up with several different houses then put them all in a line on a long canvas.  Two done.... lots to go. :) 

Here is probably the final shot of the dragonfly. I tilted the paper and if you enlarge it ( click on it) you can see the iridescent medium i added here and there. This little guy was so much fun.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!!! Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs! deb 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Greedy Little Buggers...........

Most of my visitors at the bird feeder are tiny....little finches and wrens.....but i do have a couple larger birds that come around for regular visits............ Perhaps my friend in Canada , Ms Violet can help me with identification but i THINK they are called Scrub Jays??  It does not show up too well in the photo but those grayish areas are actually blue. A very pretty bird. Loud and bossy....just like a Jay in my opinion......but no crest on the head whatsoever and that is throwing me a little.... When i think of a Jay i always think of a crest on the head??.... 

Anyway........ I was standing at the kitchen sink the other day when these two came a calling...... I stood there enjoying watching them for so long that i started noticing they were not actually EATING the seeds.....they were stuffing their mouths with the sunflower seeds like a squirrel and then flying off with a mouthful and coming back for more...!  And i thought to myself...'greedy little buggers'!! Can't blame them for being opportunistic though right? Gotta get it while the gettin's good!!!  

I'm so glad we put the bird feeder up even though we weren't ready to tackle landscaping the yard. I've really enjoyed watching the birds while i do dishes......really any time of day i stop by for gander..... I hope everybody is staying warm and toasty. So many people i talk with online are buried up to their eyeballs in snow and COLD...be safe! Hugs! deb

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

War Zone................


GoodMorning my TeaPeople! I'm sitting here on a chilly November morn sipping my cup of coffee in my mermaid cup ...but this week you shall have to take my word for it as i made no attempt to take a picture of it.......... Jinx is curled up on a blanket somewhere and if he's found a warm spot i may not see him all day.........WeatherMan says we got down to 37 last night.....many more of those and this tree may not be blooming long...  Do any of you know what kind of tree this is? 

Let me tell you........the hummingbirds LOVE this tree!!! They fight over it all day long............ DiveBombing each other, buzzing and zipping here and there. ! This must be the Nectar of the Gods! So thats my drink for this week's post. :) 

It is rather susceptible to aphids.......and i've  had to fight them a few times but so far i've been successful.....   So if anybody knows the name of it please let me know. 

The Goofy Dragonfly is coming along (see header) ............. Now i have to figure out what to do about the background...... I'm always so intent upon the main figure that i forget the background......If you come back Friday i'll hold the picture up to the light and you can see where i've added some iridescent medium here and there...... I hope you have an awesome week! Linking with Ms. Elizabeth and Bleubeard..... Big Hugs! deb 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At First Blush.........

.............You may think this is just a beautiful flower but.......I'm here to tell you this is one confused flower! This is my Christmas
Cactus.........yeah....I don't know how she got so screwed up this year. :)  I have three.....this one, then a red and darker pink....the other two are putting on buds too. I'm sure they will be blooming by Thanksgiving.  I know i bought these around Christmas time two years ago.......but they just seem to keep backing up their bloom date....this is the earliest i've had one bloom. She is gorgeous...... I hope you are having a beautiful week.  Thank you so much for all your wonderful comments. I'm so glad you take the time to visit with me. Hugs! deb

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Jinx Approved............




I should have used that picture of Jinx for Halloween with those glowing eyes. :)Spooky...See him sitting there on a heating pad...? Yeah he's in heaven


....Each one of these pictures will enlarge if you click on them. I'd like you to notice the flowers....bright orangy/red how could use miss them right?





This one in the bottom left especially...... Its the one i've used Gamsol on it.  If you enlarge the very first picture you can really tell the difference between the bottom left flower with Gamsol and the other two i haven't done yet.... LOVE how it blends all the colors together......Makes me look like i know what i'm doing... :)

If you've been following along....(read previous post) about the Shower People......here's an update........ Tues a guy came to remove the glass ...finally........ then yesterday Wed. a guy shows up to remove the marble YEAH!.... then he wanted to put a new piece right back in .......um.......no..... I told him i thought they were doing something to reinforce the floor and build up the back wall (where the crack keeps returning).....he didn't know anything about it...infact when he walked in he had to ask me what the problem was..............seriously........ So i told him i didn't think he was meant to put the new marble in right away and he called his boss and i talked to his boss and apparently somebody dropped the ball on the communication front.....So the guy took that new piece of marble back to the shop and not 20 minutes later the guy who is coordinating all of this from the company who built the house came by and i told him I saved him a piece of marble....!Because trust me they would have taken that wall right back out and do what they said they were gonna do...Grrrrr.....

So anyway after all that........they are coming today(between 8-11am) to reinforce the floor and the wall, then next week they will start putting it all back together............sheesh........ I hope your having a better week than i 'am . :)  This is posted a little early but i'll but joining with DionDior's Sketchbook Fridays...... And Paint Party Fridays........ Hugs! deb

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy T Day My Tea People!



How are you?  I'm sitting here with my last cup of coffee for the day WAITING for the shower people....... If you've been visiting here for very long you know that Hubs and i live in basically a new house. Its 2 years old this month!  Well within the first year the faux marble in our master bath shower cracked. Cracked!  And since it was under warranty they fixed it..... thank goodness right?! 

Well not too long ago i noticed that it had cracked again IN THE SAME PLACE! Well apparently this is unheard of...... that coming from the company....... So they hem-hawed around , thats a word right? and finally just this past Friday someone came out to look at it.... Hubs was not here , so it was just me and boy did they put me thru the ringer....'Are you sure you want all that mess','You know you will be out of a shower for days or weeks......' 'Its not a very big crack and it doesn't seem to be getting larger , are you SURE you want to mess with it....' , ' How hot do you have your hot water heater set? If it too high that might crack it' So we went out to check it and they thought i had it set too low, so there went that theory........ 

Um yes i want the crack in my shower FIXED. Preferably permanently this time.......... sheesh..... Hubs thinks if he was there we wouldn't have heard all that stuff..... Ah well.....i stuck to my guns. (Of course they don't know that i worked for a home improvement store for years. I think that prepared me a little to handle these guys)I mean really its a fairly new house. A cracked shower is just ridiculous .  So anyway long story short a guy is due here today between 10 and 1pm to take the glass out....Wed. a guy is coming to take the marble out...... then sometime mid Nov.  they will put it all back together....... Thank goodness i have a second bathroom!  

Well if you've managed to hang in there thru my Shower Story lol I'll tell you about my Tea Picture.  Sorry about the repeat of the cup but i LOVE that cup. Now the candle holder...... I made that..... Really its a nacho cheese jar in disguise.... I glued glass gems all over it then grouted it.....I have NEVER grouted before......whew! I did not kill it...... Infact i like it quite a lot..... I still have some embellishments i want to add so maybe i will show that next week... I learned a few things along the way.....

A.  those glass gems that you buy at the craft store well.......most of the time the color is PAINTED on! I did not know this...... maybe you did......... sigh........

B.   they  make sanded and unsanded grout ......... if your working with these painted on gems you definitely want the unsanded grout . Because the sanded kind will scratch the paint off..... I hand to be very light handed and careful but i managed to get it done without many scratches....... So trust me get the unsanded. :) I think it will give a much smoother , nicer finish...... 

So THERE my first attempt at grouting anything...... I do see more in my future once i work out all the kinks..... I hope you are having a happy T day. I'm so glad you stopped by ! Hugs! deb