Monday, May 31, 2010

A Wedding Present and Other Assorted Stuff

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And so, my friend comes to me and says, she needs a wedding present.  Ok.  WHAT are you thinking of, I inquire?  Oooohhh, I don't know, what do you have?  Oiks.  :(   Nothing.  You can't give jewelry or a dragon as a wedding present.  Well, *I* can give a dragon but I don't think my friend would.  She's kinda of into St. George murdering dragons or some grim thing.  The horror of it all. :D

So, after a few days of "discussing" read... me making suggestions and she yea-ing or nay-ing them, we decided a picture frame decorated with flowers would be good.

So, she brings me a frame and silly me, I ask, so... what color flowers?  She's got no idea.  Just "pretty".  Oiks.  I wanted pretty for the bride but something not so "girly girl" to appeal to the groom.  Ok, here is my "pretty" frame.  What do you think?

Then I decided to rephotograph some old stuff and take pictures of new stuff. I love this Kilauea bracelet.  ( for those of you who may not know, Kilauea is our resident volcano who just had it's 10,000 day anniversary of spewing for that long.... non stop).  This is the first picture I was able to get that really shows it off.  Thanks Pammie, for the great crystals!

And the tiles came out well, methinks.  My friend Melissa in Alaska sent me the cane.  WTG, Mel!  Don'tcha just love it??  :D

And I really love this orange and turquoise piece.
Ok, that's all for now.  I am going to go list some stuff in my Etsy store and on my FaceBook Storefront.

As it happens, I am finding out that many people don't know that FB offers storefronts.  You just have to go to the person's page (in this case ME  :) and click on shopping or something equivalent.  Go shopping?  Something that triggers "spend your money".  :)  Anyway, for those of you who like to shop, please do visit my store and for those of you who like to sell....check it out.  It's totally free.  Totally.  Not one red cent.  Or any other color cent, for that matter.  Kind of like Blogspot.  Don't you just LOVE FREE?  :D  Me do!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Why She Survives

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Look at Ipo.  Is this the epitome of cute, or what?  How can you not love that little you-know-what peeking out from under her paw?  :D

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some New Stuff

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Now that I have light and can see again, I made some new goodies.  Have a look!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Cinnabar and Stuff

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I was making faux cinnabar the other day.  It came out great and I was happy so I decided to antique this piece.  I like it!   The texture is from Tonja at www.tonjastreasures.com.  She makes just super duper stamps!

Then I made some other beads and things.
I guess I will toddle off to my table while the sun is bright so I can see.  Waaahhhhh!  I wants my Ott Lite back!  :(

Thursday, May 20, 2010

My Ott Lite Died!

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Oh Horrors.  The worst thing in the universe.  My Ott Lite died.  Well, ok, it didn't die, actually.  But the bulb burned out.  So I raced to the phone book to call the Light Bulb Store.  We don't have clay in Honolulu but we have a Light Bulb store.  Go figure.  Anyway, the nice guy on the phone tells me that they don't carry them but Ben Franklin and Walmart do.  I call BF.  Naturally, this being Honolulu, they don't have them in stock but sometime, in the next few incarnations, they "might" have a shipment.  Do they know when?  Nope.  Maybe I should call on Friday.  Ok, thanks.  Sure, I'll call Friday.  ;(  I can foresee that this is shaping up to be a day when my wine bottle starts rattling.  Sigh....

Then I called Walmart.  Did you ever call a Walmart?  My suggestion is this:  Don't.  Even if someone holds a weapon to your throat or threatens water boarding.  Offer to give it up before you'll call Walmart.  It is a study in patience, perseverance and learning how not to say bad things on the phone.

I call.  They answer.  Almost speaking a language I can understand.  Almost.  Click.  Hold.  Ok, then someone who does speak my native tongue picks up and says, "yerholdingforhardwarerightbye" Click.  Hold.  I didn't even get a chance to say a word.  Then a guy answers after an interminable wait.  I ask him if he is in the hardware department.  He thinks about it for a while then allows that he is.  Ok, I ask him about the Ott Lite.  Him: "WHAT?  We don't carry no 18 watt bulbs."  So, I tell him that I had been told that Walmart was an Ott Lite distributor.  Nope.  No 18 watt bulbs.  But wait... what was that brand?  Ott.  I spell it.  Nope, they don't carry no Otts.   Also don't carry no grammar.  :(  Ok, I thank the guy and hang up.  I begin to hear a faint rattle from the fridge.  I am still Ott-less.

What to do?  What to do??  Ahhh, a small Ott light appears over my head and I think...online!  Yes, Kathi, it's finally sinking in.  :D  For those of you who don't know who Kathi is... can that be possible???  Kathi is my clay pal, my everything pal and my computer guru.  She never loses it when I ask insane questions and always has the answer to everything.  She also makes cool stuff.  She's over there>>>>>>>  Dragonsglass.

Ok, I have the good sense to Google OTT LITE BULBS.
WHOA!  There are lots!  So, I look at a couple.  Some want 20 bucks for the bulb and a couple grand to ship it to me.  Swell.  Definite rattles now.

Then I go to this site called, Light Bulbs, Etc. Inc.  I call.  I'm no dummy.  And guess what?  I gets a real live person by the name of Tim.  Tim is a sweetie and actually KNOWS about Ott light bulbs.  He asks me pertinent questions then tells me which bulb I need.  This guy is fantastic!  The bulb he says I need is the spitting image of the dead one in my hand.  How cool is Tim?  I love this guy.

Good old Tim even takes my order.  I buy 2 bulbs.  He comes up with a very acceptable amount for shipping and I am a happy girl.  Tim says he'll get my order out right away.  I sure hope so!  Then I look at the website again.  Oiks.  Kansas.  I guess I won't be getting my bulbs for a while.  But talking to Tim and having a person who actually knew what they were doing makes the wait worthwhile.  I wonder if we could clone Tim?  I guess I'll have to find another excuse to go drink wine.  ;O

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Allie

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Here is little Allie in her favorite spot.  Isn't that little face just the cutest thing you ever saw?  :)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Saturday Afternoon

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I was sitting in my chair reading when B came in and said, "a perfect Saturday afternoon picture!"  I do believe he is right.  ;)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Oh Boy

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Well, it's just about done.  But, Ipo has decided that she is sick and tired of hearing about it.  Bored to tears, is she.  And Allie only wants salmon.  Her bowl is empty.  Poor neglected kitty.  :)