Archive for October, 2008

this is whats on my clay table whats on yours?

I am having a busy week-end.  First I am finishing up a fairy pin that I am making for one of my other granddaughters.  I’ll have pix when I have it finished.  Then yesterday my DD called and said she had been meaning to call for the last few days but had been busy.  She had a favor to ask.  Seems like my grandson teacher is having a B’day next week and he wants me to make her something.  He knows she likes kayak’s so thought that would be a good idea.  I ask what she wanted like should it be something she can sit on her desk, or maybe a necklace.  Well that was left up to me.  That makes it really hard to decide because I don’t know this women and don’t know what she likes.  Does she even wear jewerly?  So here I am this mornning trying to decide what to do.  I think I will make the necklace and some earrings to match and hope that she wears jewerly.  Sometimes teachers just have to much on their desk already so I thought maybe that would be the way to go.

I don’t have a lot of time to put in to this as her b’day is next week but my DD couldn’t remember what day.  Hopefull it is not Monday, my DD is out of town until late Sunday so I couldn’t get it to her before Monday morning anyway.

I also have a DSI who is going in the hospital Monday for some major surgery and we have plans to spend the afternoon with them,watching the Michigan/Michigan state football game.  Then there is a dinner get together for her tomorrow with her children.  And of course we want to be there for the surgery on Monday. 

So it puts a rush on this kayak business and I don’t like to work that way.  It takes all the “fun” out of doing it.  Plus I feel that sometimes you just don’t do your best if your in a hurry. 

What does your week-end look like?  Is it as busy as mine?  What is on your clay table?  Do you feel like I do about being rushed to do something, or do you work better?  Are you a football fan?

I will write Tuesday and let ya’ll know how things to turn out.  I’ll also have pix in my flickr ablum.

Also I wanted to mention that I have added some things to my Etsy shop if you would like to check them out you can go here.    I have been doing some knitting and crocheting lately so have added some things that I have made.

Hope ya’ll have a great week-end.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have to get back to clay play.  Linda

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Work in progress

This is my version of Lisa Pavelka’s heart pendant.  I borrowed her book PolymerClay Extravaganza, from the library of one of the groups I belong too.  She has, among others, a red heart locket that I just loved.  I decided to make one for my granddaughter for christmas.  I read the whole thing a couple times and thought well I think I can do this.  So I got all my supplies out.  Well there were a few things I had to change right off.  First I wanted to change the colors no big deal.  But I didn’t have the Victorian heart stamp she called for, so I had to come up with my own idea as to how to make the heart.  I did have a heart shaped cookie cutter so I started with that and made my pattern.  Of course the victorian stamp had a texture to it so I had to figure out some way of doing that.  I had bought some nail stickers and thought why not use those?  I think it has turned out pretty good so far.  It is suppose to has a picture on the inside and I haven’t done that yet nor have I made something to hang from the bottom ( hers has a small heart charm).  I think my granddaughter will just love it.

 I want to thank Lisa for having this in her book for us to use and by no means would take credit for thinking of the  idea. But while I did use her idea I think of it as my own design.

I know there have been a lot of talk about copyrights lately.  What do you think?  Did I misuse her copyright?  What if I wanted to sell my version of this?  Please let me know what you think about that and about my heart.

review on DVD

I have now watched my dvd “Claying around” with Lisa Pavelka twice and I love it.  She is so easy to listen to.  She doesn’t rush through what she is showing, she takes her time and it is like you are right there with her.  A couple times I had a question about what she was doing and it was as if she knew I was going to ask. 

 There are six (6) projects plus the basics that is covered.  I won’t be making all the items, because some of them just didn’t fit in what I want to do right now but I learned something new from each of them.  She has a list of all the supplies you will need for all the projects on the inside cover so you can get ready ahead of time and work right along with her. 

I do suggest that you watch the dvd all the way through and then go back to the item you are interested in and watch that again.  That is what I did and now I am ready to try one of them.  I think I will start with the little cherubic transfer pill box.  It is for beginners but I have been having trouble with transfers so that is the best one for me.

I would recommend this dvd to anyone, beginner to advanced. It is very inspiring.

Etsy Store

I received a big order that I just finished on Sat. and mailed out.  It was for 12 of my bee hive plant pokes and 1 lucky spider plant poke.  Thanks Debbie.

I haven’t had many sales yets so this was a big deal for me.  Debbie is a great Etsier (sp) who lives in Ga.

I am hoping this leads to more sales.  I am in the process of making some Christmas item to add to my site.  Hopefully in the next few days.

I know I have to work harder on getting my site viewed and maintaining a good inventory.  I am just not a very organized person so I always run out of hours in the day before I get everything done that I wish to do.

I make lists and I do pretty good for awhile but then something happens and I slip.  I stop making lists and then I start having trouble getting things done.  I also find myself spending to much time reading emails, ( I belong to several groups) checking out other sites and doing research.  I think of things I want to write about here but run short on time to do the writing.

If I have things planned for the day and something unexpected comes up, it throws me all off and I can’t get back to my list. I just put everything off until the next day.  Then the next day is overloaded and I still don’t get caught up.  haha

Does anyone else have this problem?

  How do you handle it? 

 Any ideas would be welcome.

Well I am off to do some clay work.  I still have some orders to get out that I took while at the fair.

Have a great day, visit my Etsy store if you get a chance and write to me.  I would love to hear from you.

County Fairs

County Fairs are over in Michigan for another season.  Ours is the biggest and the last.  It ran from Sept 21-27. 

It is also a 4H fair which means there are lots of animals, vegetables etc. that the kids have done. There is something for everyone.

 

I have been working at it for 24 years mostly in security. And my husband has for 26 years.  We worked it again this year. 

I love seeing all the people that I only see once a year, due to the fact that some are from other states and come back each year. But I put in long hours as I get there at 7:30 am and don’t leave until after 9:00pm most times.

This year my husband and I worked together and were lucky enough to be near our truck.  I say lucky because I was able to have a ‘tailgate sale’.  I set up my pendants, earrings and other polymer clay items on our tailgate.  I also ran a fair week 1/2 off special on my buttons.  It turned out pretty good.  I made a few sales, got a few orders and got paid for being there. haha

I could not have afforded to rent a booth and probably would not have gotten one anyway as most if not all are already spoken for, years ahead of time.

We had beautiful weather, in the mid to upper 70’s all week during the day, upper 50’s at night and not a drop of rain.  Here in lower Michigan at this time of year you never know what kind of weather you will have.  The week after we had upper 50’s and lower 60’s and 2 nights we had frost already. The leaves are turning such beautiful colors.

On top of all that I got to see my oldest son, daughter-in-law, grandsons and granddaughter, that week.  Not as much as I would have liked but that was the only time they were able to come up from Kentucky (granddaughter is from Michigan).  I don’t get to see them often, so any time I get to is nice.

Do any of you go to the County Fair?  When is yours? Now did you spend that week?

I hope everyone had as good of a week as I did.  See ya tomorrow.  I will be talking about Etsy.