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Not-so-daily bits and pieces about my art, stuff for sale, and every day epiphanies

A long slow Caturday! February 24, 2008

Filed under: ebay,etsy,Knitting,Lampworking — pyropagan @ 1:07 am
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I spent quite a while lazing around this morning before I finally started taking pictures for auctions and Etsy listings today, but I did get the rabbit cage cleaned 😀 Not a whole lot to talk about today, it’s been pretty much “stay home on the couch, stay warm, work on auctions” day! A lot of Food TV on in the background as I worked really is getting me in the mood for diner burgers, fried chicken and ribs, though… LOL!

One photo from each of the sites, then I’m off to knit and watch a movie 😀

Limpid (on eBay)

Trailside (on Etsy)

Of course, the set was inspired by the focal! I loved the way Trailside turned out so much that I made an entire set out of the base bead… now, being handmade, silvered boutique glass, they didn’t strike EXACTLY the same, but the idea is the same! 😀 Yummy lentils, both.

I’m off to knit more of the Horseshoe Lace cardigan- only three more miles of ribbing to do (with thin yarn, tiny needles, seems to be taking FORRRRREEEEVVVVVEEEERRRRRR! 🙂 ). I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend!

 

Venturing out February 10, 2008

Filed under: etsy,Knitting,La Vida,Lampworking,yarn — pyropagan @ 6:35 am
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Without the kids, on a Saturday! Yippeeee!  Hubby today told me to get ready to go pre-noon, because we were going out.  Out? On a Saturday?  Wow!  So, we got in the car and headed to Huntington to Homier… to pick up bandages.  Best bandages in the world, I tell you.  100 fabric bandages for a BUCK!  Anyway, once we were there and picking around- it’s mostly a tool store, but they import a lot of trivial trinkets, geegaws and gimcrack- I found the most perfect storage table.  3 wire baskets, 3 shelves with a glass door- and all my yarn fits in it 🙂  For 20 bucks, I couldn’t pass it by, so it came home with us 😀

yarn stash storage

Hubby says it looks like a store 😉  I have my knitting needles in a vase and the double pointed needles in a glass curio jar, and I have to figure out what to do with my circulars.  They’re a mess!  So, after buying THE table, we stopped at the pet store and picked up bunny vitamins, then off to dinner at Market Street Grill in Wabash.  Crawfish bisque, SO good, Caesar salad, bread, and I was so full by the time the actual dinner came that I ate one shrimp and put the rest in a to-go box 🙂  Sooooo yummy!

Nothing on the glass front today, I’ll be back to work on that in a day or two.  In the meantime, here’s a GORGEOUS Etsy listing from Fr3d. She iz teh r0ckerz!! You can click the pic to go to the listing 🙂

Back in a couple of days- I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

 

The TGH Etsy team! February 6, 2008

Filed under: etsy,Knitting,Lampworking,yarn — pyropagan @ 4:07 am
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I’m a fairly active member of one glass forum, The Glass Haven, posting there pretty regularly (well, a lot more regularly than I blog :D).  Several of the members there have an Etsy shop, and the forum owner thought it would be a great idea to set up a TGH Etsy Street Team. Yay! Here’s my button for the team:

I’m going to have to revise my item descriptions to include something about the team so that we can have buyers network better through our items.  We have some awesome artists on this team! 🙂  And I’ll have to find a way to get a button on my sidebar for this, too 🙂

School was out today, because of fog and flooding, and it’s still raining/sleeting.  I don’t know what’s up tomorrow, but I did manage to get some beads made today amidst the hysteria!  I’ll be posting a little about them tomorrow.  For now, some eye candy from one of my girls at The Glass Haven, SleekBeads, and you can click the link to go to the Etsy listing:

If I had the cash, this would SO be mine… so.. someone buy something! LOL!  While it’s gray and dreary outside, I’ve been attempting to kick the designers into happy gear with bright beads, full of color, but.. they’re not going over so well.  *sigh*  I don’t want to make organics because the colors just don’t inspire me right now to create.  I want color, and lots of it, a rainbow spree of joy!  Hopefully this will catch on soon 😉

In the meantime, I started a pair of armwarmers with a Garnstudio pattern, and had to frog it because my circular knitting gauge was wayyy off from my flat knitting gauge, so it never would have fit.  But, the yarn (which I posted yesterday, I think) was BEAUTIFUL in the lace pattern, and I can’t wait to see it in mitered squares and finished knitted pieces 🙂  I’ll start that again tomorrow, after listing new eBay auctions and Etsy listings.

I finished reading Blood Brothers by Nora Roberts, and I’m scrambling to see if The Hollow is out yet. If it is, I’m splurging with the next payment that comes in! 🙂  It was COMPLETELY engaging, and the storyline rocks. Can’t wait to see this play out to the final end.

That’s all for tonight, I’m outta here!

 

Bunny! Whoopeeee! February 5, 2008

Filed under: Knitting,La Vida,Lampworking,yarn — pyropagan @ 12:22 am
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Last night, we went to the pet store to pick up guppies to feed:

and crickets to feed my son’s lizard (no lizard piccy, sorry!), and we ended up leaving with…

YAY! I’ve wanted a bunny for years. This little guy (yep, he’s got a dot, not a line..lol) is named Bunnicula, and he’s a dwarf rabbit. Anything other than dwarf, I don’t know. We set him up in a cage with lots of room to play in, and I’m doing research on what kinds of toys they like, and how to make them feel safe and comfortable. He’ll be well loved! Wille (my basset hound) sniffs him constantly when he’s out, and loves him to bits. He’s been asking for a kitten for a long time now, so I figured a bunny would slip by as a cat 😉

And… new beads are up. Still on eBay at the moment, trying to let bead browsers on the bay know that I’m moving shop to Etsy and my website. Here’s a peek!

Annnnnd…. I got yarn. The yummiest yarn I’ve ever bought so far! The seller is Yarntopia Treasures on eBay, or Yarntopia Treasures on Etsy. I had to get more of the Arctic Rose I just bought, for a mitered square lace up tank top. NOM!!1!!!11!! Here’s the Arctic Rose colorway (borrowing her photo 🙂 ). Succulent!

With the extra I ordered, I’ll have enough for some fingerless gloves, too!

 

Back in the game November 1, 2007

Filed under: Knitting,La Vida,Lampworking — pyropagan @ 12:21 pm
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I’ve been a little out of the feel of things for a few days, so I didn’t feel like torching much. I did feel like knitting though!  I am about 9/10ths done with the Blackberry shrug from Knitty.com, using a gorgeous rainbow colorway of Jo-Ann Sensations Marvel yarn. It’s a beautiful slubby thick and thin that knits beautifully.  I’ve even got the seaming all done 😉  If you knit, you know, that’s the part that makes a wonderful WIP turn into an UFO.  I also got my invite to Ravelry, so come add me if you like! My name there is pyropagan, of course 🙂  I’ve also got a project in the works with a Berocco pattern called Buttercream. Looks like a wedding cake with flower garland, and it’s 3 layers of crochet in which to keep your china dust-free.

Yesterday, though, I got back in the hot seat.  I had an idea for a mermaid doll and was finally in the mood to ‘git ‘er done’, so to speak.  I think she turned out pretty cool, her head took me over 45 minutes, including pulling all the hair cane… I do have lots of ink blue and grass green ribbon twisty left over, too!  I made a quick set of calaveras (though topping the last La Catrina set will be difficult), a basic set, and now I have to come up with some new stuff to do today.  I have lots of new glass, but it’s just not coming to me right now.  I need some mojo! If you have extra, email it to me. I’m hurting for some creative energy!

Off to consider creating. Let’s hope the Goddess blesses me today with an idea smacking me in the head.

 

One of those ‘deals’… October 21, 2007

Filed under: Knitting,La Vida,Lampworking,Needlecrafts — pyropagan @ 5:08 pm
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Have you ever been to your favorite craft store (or even your not-so-favorite one) and found a deal you just COULDN’T pass up?  Even though you had NO idea what you were going to use it for?  Yeahhh… I had one of those last night.

We took the kids to Fort Wayne for the Gem & Mineral show (I was hoping for beads, but the premade jewelry and mineral displays reigned supreme), and while we were ‘all the way out there…’ well, we had to hit up a few of our other favorite places.  Texas Roadhouse being one of them, of course!  Poor Colby, the waitress dropped his HUGE steak, so he had to wait while we all ate, but his meal ended up being free 🙂  After gnoshing excellent beef (sorry, vegans, I’m a carnivore to the bone!), we went to the Oriental grocer to pick up some goodies.  After about a half an hour of ‘what is this? and this?’, which I don’t know if  offended or amused the grocer, we bought a few new things.  Across the street- JoAnn! Woo hoo!  The kids and Brian headed over to Tokens and Tickets to play games while I went looking for remnants for some new bags… no, I don’t NEED more fabric, but if I’m there… might as well check!  So, debit card in hot little hand, I went in.  Not much for remnants (that I could AFFORD.. what happened to cheap remnants? I might as well buy fat quarters instead.) but I decided to check out yarn. Not that I need any of THAT either.  I still have yarn from when we were first married and in New Mexico, over 13 years ago.  Well… you know that red tag?  I found them.  LOTS of them.  7.99 skeins of yarn for get this… $1.57.  Oh no.  And these aren’t run of the mill (pun intended) yarns, they’re JoAnn exclusive slubby, thick and thin roving, incredible novelty yarns.  Incredible novely- if you know me, you know that’s me! LOL  So I picked up some gorgeous fuchsia and sunshine yellow Ripple, blue and brown.. er, I forget the name, and gorgeous rainbow thick and thin.  All of these are in hanks, not balls.. argh.  How many? Well, about 30 hanks total.  Do I have patterns to knit with these? Well, I figured I could FIND some, with the power of the internet right at  hand.  Do you have any idea how long it takes to find a pattern for yarn that is THAT novelty? LOL  I have yet to find a good pattern for a super bulky thick and thin roving, for a sweater. I’m not wasting this gorgeous stuff on scarves, no way! I want to show it off, wear it, make it last.  So, here I am, looking for patterns instead of actually knitting. Gr.

On the other art front, I got my dichroic glass yesterday. I was informed of a great deal on dichro by Jeannette, at Rocio, who also makes some stellar silvered boutique glass, and I bought 4 different colors.  I’ve finally got the hang of dichro, I think:

Firefly Dawn

So I thought I’d buy more dichro to play with. Now that I have this fine sparkly coated glass in hand, I see that I was silly to only buy as much as I did for that price.  I’ve ordered more. Yippee!

So, that was my weekend, and now I’m all set up for more creating. Now I just need more IDEAS! 😀