May you live in interesting times…

So gosh, I know I’ve not been as active on the blogging scene, but it seems like every time I’m going to post things change again. lol.

We’ve done two shows this summer. The last one went ok, but we had such a heatwave come in that it really was more on the miserable side sitting there and, I believe, really kept a lot of people home or just coming to look at the tractors and then heading back to the AC. Everyone was very nice, even with all the heat. We kept a bowl full of water at the corner of our canopy for all the furbabies with their parents. They were so hot. It’s amazing how many people don’t think to bring some water with them to give their dogs while they walk. There was huge appreciation from grateful moms and dads for giving their babies water, though, and we had a lot of fun talking to them and petting their “kids”. Lots of sloppy kisses.🙂

There has been a somewhat recent development that is keeping things a little on edge around here. The company my husband works for is going to be selling/closing down the building where he works come December. We’ve been wanting to move to Texas to be with my family and have been praying about a way to get there. Guess this is God’s way of saying, “ok well let’s go then.”

If he stays until the end of December, he will get a very nice bonus and a very nice severance package (assuming that doesn’t change) and we’ll be heading to TX beginning of the year. We need to get a travel trailer and thanks to the tiny house movement, it has gotten really expensive even for used trailers. God’ll find one for us, but its a little bit of torture to look until then. lol. We’ll stay at my family’s with the trailer until we find something down there. This is the biggest move we’ve ever made and this time we cannot do it ourselves so that adds another worry. We will need a moving company this time and dag is that expensive.

I’m trying not to hit panic, but panic is my natural state since I’m a chronic worrier, so its not easy. I just keep reminding myself that God has never let us down, never let us be homeless and has always provided what we needed. So while terror is lurking beneath the skin, I’m also excited to be near my sister and bil, as is my husband.

Though I need to start packing and going through things, I also need to do some creative things still, so I don’t lose my mind entirely. lol.

Here are some pendants I just made. I have to do a lot of work on my shop and am pondering just making things for it and working on it more once we get moved. Not sure I need/want more stress right now worrying about a store. We’ll see.  I’ve been working on my wire-wrapping skills again lately.

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This is a slice of geode. I have quite a few of these and they have the natural state of their stone left on the edges. I’m still working on my bails, but I like the informal bail wraps a lot. This one has a simple twisted loop at the top.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is really cool. It has a white flower inclusion and then it has pale yellow sparkles and chips around it inside the glass pendant. The really fun part of this was the discovery that those sparkles also glow in the dark. I never knew that. LOL.  My husband saw it after I shut off the lights in my workroom for the night and he was passing through. He called me to come look and we were shocked to see it glowing merrily. I wrapped it with an abstract tree of life pattern. I thought that would look nice with flower inside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

rhodoniteThis is a large piece of Rhodonite. It belongs to a friend of mine and she wanted it wrapped to dress it up a bit. I did it once and I wasn’t at all happy with it and took it back again. This is how it looks now and I’m thrilled with how it came out. This is my fanciest wrap ever and I hope she likes it.

 

So that’s all I have right now. I’ve not painted or drawn much of anything, but I have some sewing projects, for me this time, that I want to get started on. Hopefully, I’ll have something to show you soon. I also have a few things I want to show you that I made for the last show, but I haven’t had time to get pics of them yet. That’s on my To Do list. lol.

Take care all and thanks for sticking with me through my little absences right now. I’ll keep you post. Everyone stay safe!

Long time no see and BOOM!

I know its been a little since my last post. Its been SO busy here that I just had to let some things slide while I got other things tended. This past weekend was our first show of the summer. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but it was the best show I’ve ever been to. Not only were sales good, but we (the sweetie and I) had a great time as well. First let me tell you a bit about the show. It was called WWII Weekend.  I urge you to take a gander at the link.

The event was the first of its kind up here and they expected a reasonable turnout. What they got, however, was a deluge. It was so packed that the sheriff almost cut off the parking until some left. The road was packed with the line of traffic waiting to get in. People stayed all day for all the demos and re-enactments. There were antique planes, tanks, half-tracks, jeeps and, or course, the folks all in costume wandering around and exhibits set up to show you what it would have been like during the war in the field. Keeping it all moving was the Comm Shack with the radio announcer from the Armed Forces Radio Network who spun big band and hits from the ’40’s all weekend, gave tips to the soldiers and ran the infamous Burma Shave commercials, which absolutely cracked me up.

I loved, big surprise here, all the mortar, flamethrower and tank demonstrations. I’m a sucker for things that go BOOM! and shoot fire.🙂 When the tanks had a flamethrower battle I was really in my glory. LOL. I took a lot of pictures which will be below this post.

I also took a few pics of our table set up at the event. I’ve been working hard on getting things finished off and packed and ready to roll. I have things I wanted to take, but which weren’t finished in time. They will be for our next show in June, which will be the 2016 40th Yankee Engine-uity Show.  This show is a lot of fun and we will probably camp there for the weekend now that we have a truck that will pull the camper. :)  Its not far from home, but its a little bit of “away” for a weekend.

So now for the pics. This is our table set up. It was a bit cloudy and very windy so the pics aren’t really sunny looking.

wwiitable1 wwiitable2 wwiitable3The handsome guy in the green tank shirt on the right side is my famous “Sweetie”. He’s the best.

Now for the pics from the show.

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This is the General. He was awesome to talk to and a big fav of the visitors.

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Half-track

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Comm Shack

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“Babs”. Our Sherman Tank

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Backpack Flamethrower Demo. Even from this distance you could feel your face burning.

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Backpack Flamethrower Demo

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Backpack Flamethrower Demo

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German Panzer

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German Panzer. The guy on top was amazing to talk with. He had so much information about everything German Tank related and so into it. He was one of the best I talked with all weekend.

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“Babs” again. A real fav. There was also a smaller tank called Nasty Girl that I missed getting a shot of. They were both ours and Nasty Girl really opened up the whoopass on the battlefield demo.

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I forget the name of this one. I think this was another type of Panzer.

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This was one of ours I think. It was tooling around a lot but I don’t recall the specifics of it. My husband would know and I’ll update the info.

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German Panzer

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We had a ball and can’t wait for next year. We were one of about 4 vendors who were not food and not army surplus type stuff. They were limiting it to see how it went. I cannot wait till next year.

So now you know what I’ve been up to. I have a lot to make between now and the next show. I payed close attention to what sold and what customers were saying to each other and have a plan for this next show so I’ll be busy “making” again. I’ll try to keep up with whats going on better than I did the last few weeks. Forgive me!😉

And remember…  If your girl doesn’t kiss you like she uster….. maybe she’s found a smoother rooster. Burma Shave.   lolol

Ta for now!

Tea and Coasters

A couple of days ago, April 13th, it was National Peach Cobbler day, National Bookmobile day and National Scrabble day. All things I like. Almost immediately a picture popped into my head and I just HAD to draw it. As always, I hoped it would come out the way it looked in my head….and it did!  I added the tea pot and cups because none of those things are the same without a good cuppa tea along side them. It took me a couple days to get to it and then a couple to finish it, but its done now. yay! 😉 It was done on Canson 140lb watercolor paper. I used Derwent Graphitint watercolor pencils, since I wanted a more muted vintagey look to it. A white gel pen did my highlights. I really wish Derwent would make some more of the graphitints in a couple colors I think they should have included.

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I’ve also been busy sewing. I haven’t heard back from the folks in charge yet, but sent my money in, to be a vendor at WWII Weekend. I’m excited, but I haven’t done a show in a couple of years and need to get more done for my tables. I’ll get photos of my bags that I’ve been working on when I finish them, which will hopefully be today or tomorrow. Then on to another set of bags in a little smaller size, but same design. In the meantime. I have 5 sets of inked coasters done. It’s been a bit of a learning curve on them and the weather has not been as cooperative for spraying them as I would have liked, but its warm and gorgeous today and here they are drying in the sun. I also made more wire wrapped pendants with the 1×1 tiles. I think I’m going to make some of them small magnets as well.

inked coastersI want to have a nice selection of items on my table, but I don’t want to go overboard with the same things until I see what is and isn’t going to sell. I plan on doing a couple more of the bigger shows this summer and fall so this will hopefully give me a good indication of what people like and what they buy.

Lastly I had to include some cute doggy photos of my girls. I just have to do it. LOL They are my sweeties. This first one is Rosie and Daddy. She loves to be up high and loves to be held so she’s in her glory in this picture. She can see what she wants, is cuddle up against dad’s arm shirt and is being held nice and secure. Yep, happy place, happy girl.

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This picture is our older girl, Baby. This is her winter shaggy coat. She has since been to the groomer and gotten her first summer cut for the season. She is Baby the Inscrutable. She’s a real love and we almost lost her this winter. It was awful. She’s doing better now and, since putting her on fresh Salmon Oil, is doing wonderfully. After the near death illness, she has been having little anxiety attacks. They have found that fresh salmon oil is wonderful for treating early dementia and anxiety in dogs and even in alzheimer’s patients. Since putting her on the oil, she has only had two very small attacks, and by small, I mean they only lasted, at most, 10 mins or so, although one of them was at the groomer. They let her down to walk around and she calmed down. She just got a little over stressed, I think. She hates her feet being done and I think that’s what they were working on. Anyway, wonderful difference and she is back in playful, sassy form again. yay!

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This is another pic of Rosie. Dad was working on something on the van and turned around and she had made herself all comfy on the cardboard box he’d just emptied. She’s a sun-soaker and she was enjoying one of the first warm days of this spring on her little “bed” of cardboard. Just had to grab a pic of it.🙂

rosie on cardboardOk, so you got to see lots of new pics of what’s going on here. More will follow as I get things finished.