Thursday, January 3, 2013
Getting Grounded into the New Year...Hopefully!
Hatch chiles and me in New Mexico
You know me and my utility covers!
I needed a warning that I might run my ass off during the holidays.
What a whirl it's been.
I got to meet some cool artist types that I admire.
Check out Elizabeth Frank's amazing painted carvings/assemblage pieces with a distinctly southwest flair.
She has an Etsy shop too.
We're looking forward to some play time together one day.
And I got to meet this lovely lady too at her home in Santa Fe.
Yes, chiles were involved as we were treated to a wonderful meal including Bloody Mary's at my request.
I have a heck of a time keeping up with this partner and I'm a little tuckered out with the running and playing we've been doing.
(I've got my son visiting with his new camera and he was trying out some action shots)
I thought this one was wonderfully ridiculous and I'm not jumping very high...notice the hot pack around my neck...kind of lame, literally.
Then we tried some with my camera, that's the most action I could manage but at least I don't look quite so stressed from concentration in this one.
No, this isn't Alaska... this is effin' southern Arizona!
...and it still hasn't totally melted yet.
That there is supposed to be out view of Mexico.
I instagramed it to make it look like someone's nostalgic childhood memory.
Now for the good stuff... I have been utilizing the wonderful Petra's ceramic bits as I have somehow managed to carve out a few hours of time between the visiting and the visitors and too much funnedness of the holidays or else I may go cray-cray.
Those are her elephant skin beads peaking out from under my torch fired enamel bits.
You prob can't tell but those are some itty bitty headpinny bits of mine.
lemme know if they are up your alley and I can make some more sets.
So these got me excited... I was actually trying to make them into orbby blobbly lucious fruit-hanging bits butthe glass started to get away from me and I smashed it down and now they are smashed sideways all button like and I must say I rather like them and they have a multicolored sheen from the Bella Donna frits I've been experimenting with.
Oh, and swoon on this new color for me appropriately called "ghee" with some extra frit sheen
This glass is called peaches and cream and with a little raku frit They serve up quite nicely.
Petra's dangles and coral and acoupla transparent beadcaps.
All they need is some earwires now.
I got the coral in my stocking. See not coal, coRal.
We went to this great hot springs before Christmas because I thought it apropros to have our end of the world celebration in a place called Truth or Consequences.
what a great soak and stay we had at La Paloma Hot Springs and Spa
I would recommend it highly.
Oh, I kind of wandered there. I saw the coral beads in a little shop in that town and requested them as a stocking stuffer.
These still need some wires as you can see
Bella Donna sheen action
We're staring off shiny this year as you can see.
High-grading my own supplies again.
NKP beads and some vintage bits
More Petra-iffic components
More NKP beads with my criffles
I finished this one earring, one more to go.
After this we have more visitors (family) and a few days trip to Mexico and then to Maine after that so if I don't get much posted send me calming, peaceful grounded thought and wishes.
My super fun retired life is about to wear me out and I could use a few of those solitary summer days in Alaska again.
I almost forgot to share my new resolution to do more journaling and I collaged 4 pages already.
I think this reflects how busy I've been feeling.
I chose the word "seed" as a journal prompt for the year.
This was a two page spread in silver and gold
Happy New Year to you all!