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

8 wheels, 2 feet. February 21, 2008

Tuesday night the school had a skate night at a local skating rink. Now, back in ‘the day’ (let’s say, ohhhhh, 20 years ago), I was one of the kids you saw racing around the middle, skating backwards around the others, dancing WHILE skating. Those days? Gone. I could barely stay on two feet for the first few rounds! A couple of laps later, I was getting back into it, more comfortable, and my shins had stopped burning. Then BAM! Hello hard floor and totally skinned knee under jeans. Ow. I made a few rounds with Lili, Colby and his friend Ricky were passing us every once in a while, and we had fun ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday, the boy was home sick. Yay for being back at school! Next week, I’m scheduled to go in to Lili’s class because I’m her V.I.P. ๐Ÿ˜€ Cool! The teacher emailed me and said it was today, and I panicked- but we got that straight.. whew! She said to talk to the kids about my jewelry (they get to ‘interview’ me), and I said I’d bring in some of my more durable items ๐Ÿ™‚

I finished another painting, this one’s my favorite so far! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’ve listed it on Etsy !

La Catrina’s Margarita

I’ve got beads, too, but they’ll be up tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ Today I don’t feel like doing much of anything, it’s a very cold blah day, and I feel like I need a day off. Winter depression is dragging me down here at the end of the season, and I can’t get motivated for much of anything. Bah! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ll be back tomorrow to post bead pictures!


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!ย  Hubby today told me to get ready to go pre-noon, because we were going out.ย  Out? On a Saturday?ย  Wow!ย  So, we got in the car and headed to Huntington to Homier… to pick up bandages.ย  Best bandages in the world, I tell you.ย  100 fabric bandages for a BUCK!ย  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.ย  3 wire baskets, 3 shelves with a glass door- and all my yarn fits in it ๐Ÿ™‚ย  For 20 bucks, I couldn’t pass it by, so it came home with us ๐Ÿ˜€

yarn stashย storage

Hubby says it looks like a store ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  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.ย  They’re a mess!ย  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.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Sooooo yummy!

Nothing on the glass front today, I’ll be back to work on that in a day or two.ย  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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


Approaching laziness! February 8, 2008

Filed under: ebay,La Vida,Lampworking — pyropagan @ 5:42 pm
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Ahh, here comes the weekend!ย  I plan on doing nothing but knitting and watching movies.ย  Except I really wanted to make a set of button shaped beads based on this focal I just listed…

Yummy, huh?ย  I love the glowing silver inside it!ย  Only a canes to pull, some silver to cut, and I’ll be all set (as long as my clear comes in today… hmph).

A good glass friend of mine is contemplating selling her torch to pay some bills- this winter has been rough on a lot of artists, and the economy isn’t looking up.ย  We’re all hoping that with tax refunds coming in, people will buy jewelry, in turn, jewelry designers will need beads.ย  Cross your fingers for us.ย  Anyway, our glass forum is begging her not to sell it, and she said it’s amazing how upset we all are about selling a torch and it shows how dedicated we are to our art.ย  LOL… She’s right, but I got to thinking, what would I do if I had to sell mine for the cash?ย  Unlike her, I don’t have a day to day job, so if I really needed the cash, I’d spend all day torching for a week and put some buy it now auctions up, crossing my fingers… I could usually come up with at least a couple of auctions that would sell. But if that didn’t work?ย  I know I’d be crying as I put it up for sale!ย  Vicious cycle- sell the torch to get money, then how do I make more money to buy a new torch? Yep. Conundrum.

So, auctions are up! Yay! Prepare for laziness ๐Ÿ˜€


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 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Succulent!

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


eBay is killing the small seller. January 31, 2008

Filed under: La Vida — pyropagan @ 3:38 pm
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New fees, yay. They’re upping the ante on the final value fee, from 5.25% (plus more if you sell an item over $25), to 8.75% plus 3.5% over $25. I’m going to slowly phase out my eBay postings and switch more to Etsy and my website. I’ll be posting here when I have new specials and new items on Etsy, so make sure to subscribe if you’re a bidder/buyer! ๐Ÿ™‚

Wish me luck with the sales change… things are slow enough right now that this change will be difficult, but I hope my buyers and bidders will follow me to the new venues ๐Ÿ™‚


The beadbutt reigns supreme November 12, 2007

Filed under: La Vida,Lampworking — pyropagan @ 8:27 pm
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Since I’ve quit working a real J.O.B. (which was only for 6 months, actually), I’ve grown proportionally. Ugh! Time to get off the beadbutt and do some walking, so I went out today in the unseasonably warm weather (it’s 62 right now, and the norm is about 45 or so) and walked to the boat launch and back. I decided to extend the walk a little (ended up being around 3 miles, woo hoo!), because (this is going to sound weird!) I was really enjoying the music on my Palm, and the rain. Yep, walking in the rain, thunder, Tyler Bates’ 300 soundtrack and Evans Blue on my little earbuds (I hate earbuds. Have to get real headphones for the walking!). Loved every minute of it ๐Ÿ™‚

Quite unexpectedly, I torched this morning. A friend posted a glass artist’s site, and I went to take a look- there was an hourglass, and all of a sudden I jumped up and fired up the kiln and concentrator. An idea hit me! Trial #1- broke the bead release. Same for trials 2-4. FINALLY I got one to round up, and realized the glass was MUCH too thick to be an elegant hourglass. Next… well, it was better ๐Ÿ™‚ I decorated it and put it in the kiln… figured while I was there, I should make something else. When I have nothing else in my head, what do I make? Calaveras. So, 11 skully beads later, I was hungry and ready to go for a walk. Put new tunes on my Palm (had to format the card, so putting 118MB of music on at once… I ate while it was transferring ;), got dressed for stormy weather and hit the road.

Beautiful outside, honestly. I love the rain, and rain in autumn is stunning. I hardly used my umbrella ๐Ÿ™‚


Eh. November 7, 2007

Filed under: Kid stuff,La Vida — pyropagan @ 3:37 am

Somewhat grumpeh.ย  For some funnies, go see the LOLzcatz.ย  Teh kittehs awr rawkinz! I missed blogging yesterday, and there’s not much to say today other than- both kids, dentist, trip to dollar store, now broke. LOL