Artists for a Cause

I will be participating in the 2010 Artists for a Cause Show. This year’s recipient charity is Children’s Fund of San Bernardino County. The show is on Sunday, November 14th from 10:00am to 4:00pm. If you are in the neighborhood, please stop by:

Lilies In My Pond

There is a small pond in my back yard that I planted a lily in, six years ago. This is the first year that we have been graced with a continuous show of flowers. Even as the weather has turned rainy, the lily has made an appearance every day. Here is a picture of the lily in my pond and my lampwork version of the lily – I listed them on etsy:

         

I also made these cute whimsical winged heart earrings:

A Pretty Cake!

Every year, my dear husband and children have baked me a cake for my birthday. This year, it was a one man show since the boys are away at college, and our daughter was out. After a minor mishap of overflowing cake batter and the “wonderful” aroma of burnt cake, this:

Became this:

Isn’t it pretty!

Hockey Again…

Well, I thought we were finished with ice hockey after 13 wonderful years (3 broken bones and 2 concussions) with our three children. But now, our middle son is playing for his university. Here is a bracelet I made  – I don’t wear lipstick, but I am THE hockey mom 🙂

Go Tritons !!! 🙂

Play defensively and don’t get hurt!!!

It’s Feeling Like Halloween…

I have been working on some Halloween custom orders. It’s finally starting to feel like the fall holidays are upon us…

Another “Feather” in my WW Cap

Annual WW lifetime recognition key – hooray!!!

Happy Birthday Koko!

Today is Koko’s Birthday – she is 6 years old; middle age in human terms. We have a love/hate relationship with her at times. She joined our family when our children were still young.  A little young for a tiny toy poodle. We went through the gamut of obedience school at our local pet chain store, an in-house canine therapist, and consults with our veterinarian. Koko’s issues seemed to be that she was a tiny little nervous dog who was trying to be “alpha” over us. Well, the solution apparently was to do her a favor and put her at the lower end of the pack, which meant at the time, below our 8-year-old daughter. What finally worked was the “Dog Whisperers’” philosophy. I bought his book and season DVD, and things improved tremendously. She still has her moments, but it is a world better than before. So, happy birthday Koko – we love you, may you live long and grow mellow with age 🙂

Fall has arrived?

I do believe the dog days of summer are over (I hope!). While walking around my back grove, I noticed signs of autumn. The acorns on the oak inspired me to make this adorable set:

        

Another sign of autumn – one of my many favorite fruits:

A Blue Ribbon & Bawls Guarana

 I recently entered a recycled art contest on a whim. To my pleasant surprise, I won 1st place! The recycled object was a beautiful blue glass bottle containing an energy drink. I made disks and small spacers and put together a necklace/earring set. Breaking the glass down to manageable pieces was a challenge, but the overall process was a lot of fun. I named the set “Something Blue” – I am very honored.

            

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Well, wouldn’t you know it. The woman at our local farmers market was right. Green bell peppers really do ripen to beautiful reds and yellows – I guess I picked them too early in the past. Here are some of the peppers from my garden:

My vegetable garden seems to have managed the worst of the heat this summer. We’ve had a bumper crop of tomatoes, egg plants, squash, and peppers. Now if I could get the family to eat more vegetables…

Here are my little helpers – Koko and Hiro, enjoying the sun on the trellis bench:

Another Birdie Leaves The Nest…

Today, our dear son went off to college…