At last – what I’ve been working on

Mokume Gane – this version is vaguely inspired by Julie Picarello.  I’ve not taken her classes, just seen pics of her work.  A purposeful pattern and not worrying about holes left behind.  This is not smooth and flat but has texture and holes where the base shows through.

I like the graphic nature of this swirl cane.  The thin black separating lines add a lot of visual interest.

Inspired by Sandra McCaw – ever since I got her dvd, I’ve been obsessed with this technique.  Mine aren’t anywhere near as neat and precise as hers but I really like them anyway.

Pods ala Donna Kato.  Love her new book on caning.  It’s a good reminder of what I know and the eye candy is fantastic.

Regular Mokume Gane with translucent and silver leaf.  Saw this color combo on Flickr and had to try my own.

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Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm  Comments (1)  

Kittens

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Kittens are exhausting!  Adorable but exhausting.

Published in: on January 19, 2009 at 10:10 am  Leave a Comment  

I’ve not disappeared!

It’s been a long time since I last posted and I’m sorry.  It’s been chaotic.

I did scrape up enough cash to get a new tumbler.  Same thing as the last one.

November 2 we had to put our beloved cat to sleep.  He was 19 years old and we’d had him for 13 of those years.  His kidneys failed.  I’d been pilling him for a thyroid problem for years, he was totally deaf, had arthritis and was generally a cranky old cat.  But he was our baby and losing him was devastating.  I cried so much that first week, especially the first few days.  Even now, over 2 months later, typing this brings tears to my eyes.  I miss him so much.

Next, my parents moved.  And that was a long drawn out process.  They moved from a 5 bedroom house to a trailer.  We moved them so that they were living at the new place right before Thanksgiving and just last weekend we finally got the last of their belongings out of the old place.

Add the holidays to all of that and you have chaos.  Things are quieting down now, though not for long.  Right after the new year, we decided we were ready for a new cat, 2 of them actually and kittens at that.  So off to the Humane Society we went.  It’s a bit early for kittens but they had a litter in foster care that we were able to see.  If all goes well, 2 of those kittens will be coming home with us.  They’re still a bit too small to come home but we’re hoping they’ll be ready this coming Saturday.

They will be living in my studio until they’re comfortable here and with us.  That means no claying (pasta machine is too loud). 

Last week I discovered that I was nearly out of beads to sell.  So I’ve frantically been making beads.  I have one tumbler load nearly done sanding and the last half of a 2nd load is in the oven as I type.

Now that I have that out of the way, I need to get to work on my paperwork for last year.  My state business taxes are due at the end of this month.  And soon after that I’ll have to do our income taxes.  That’s no picnic in the first place and now we own a house and the tax headaches that go with it.  I’m ever so thankful for TurboTax.

I’ll try to remember to post pics of the kittens and the new beads.

Published in: on January 13, 2009 at 9:49 pm  Leave a Comment