Site Meter

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Side tracked

In the midst of my Polymer sweat I had an idea about polymer and watercolor. Treating the baked clay like a canvas. I mean making the canvas inside the polymer actually covering it in canvas, treat it, paint it then mold a frame around it, baking it and making the pieces into cabochons for box lids, pins, bracelets etc.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Polymer nakedness

I have been wearing a bracelet I made during a workshop at Port Townsend years ago and am always surprised at the comments this simple little bracelet receives. Men, woman of all ages and little children all seem to find something enjoyable in this piece. Women like the color...beige, coffee and black. Men the largeness of each plate and the many nude woman in all stages of movement and children just giggle. Since I have just finished an epic picking up and touching every bead I own and am horrified to disrupt, possibly disorganize any of this new order, I have decided to make a few of these bracelets and see if they sell. Today, I have dusted off the pasta machine and have begun to condition the to follow.

Monday, August 25, 2008


Fell against table holding every bead ever purchased and tipped table over!

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Art Week....Totally

It began with the Express Post to my numero uno girlie of a jewelry survival package. Last week she had whined out a "help me please, I have nothing to adorn my luscious body with", meaning jewelry. Since I was hyper alert and still on a drug high and on day 3 of a migraine marathon, I whipped a little something up for her. Well Alla be praised it was the beginning of an art buffet I usually only dream about. I moved through the bead paraphernalia like a PMS'er with an eat free coupon at Marble Slab. Today, I finished the Back to school 2008 collection for my #2 girlie Sarah and will toss it in the mail tomorrow.

Now herein lies the message. Art for me is created best in chaos and amongst other mediums. My slightly messy style I wish to call "My Method", where anyone and anything in my near vicinity is touched by my gunk of choice has a hidden reward. You have to be patient and wait for it because it does not show itself until the very end or often later than the end. Standing back this morning for a studio look has given me my direction for this next week. My revelation...Polymer clay develops a leather look and feel when dipped in coffee; Beads glued on to beads have a very cool look; Sitting on heavy, damp watercolor paper with small beads and threads underneath will emboss the paper in a somewhat attractive way; You CAN paint carpet and my favorite surprise, Metallic ink can be used quite effectively to decorate windows. All in all a very productive and inspirational experience.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The rain in Spain lays mainly on ........

Yup, it's raining here in the desert of Western Canada and boy are we celebrating every drop. It sort of sizzles and disappears in a little cloud of steam as it hits the ground moving the humidity to 110% and lowering the air temperature to 40 C. None of us menopausal folk are complaining. Standing outside in the barest of legal clothing and catching the drops gives one such a sense of joie de vie that no yelling has been heard for at least an hour. Golfers are out on the course, beach volleyball is in full swing and barbeque's are smoking. Its a wonderful life and it's very possible I may live another day. Peace out.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Migraine, Heaven or Hell?

The migraine hit Friday 3:43 am. I awoke fully alert, feeling all the blinding pain, flashes of light, total body cleanse, hearing of Superman, charm of Kim Kardashian (am I the only one who finds her a total bitch), the dilated brain can experience. I immediately woke the devoted caring man and the dear dog who worships my every word for TLC and that was the last I saw or heard from them. They had pressing business elsewhere. Three days later, I still have the migraine but have completed a painting, made 5 Lariat necklaces, 10 pairs of earrings, a pillow calligraphed with the Chinese symbol for peace, made a batch of Nana's chicken (the sweet), a bale of nuts and bolts {the salty), a liter of home made Baileys ( the analgesic} and a batch of Congee (Chinese answer to all digestive ails} and mailed the LostnFound August Challenge ( I think I was the only participant}. Now here comes the heaven part, I lost 8 Lbs.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Pass the oxygen, there is none here

I believe that the combination of 40C + temperatures, high humidity and huge increase in tourist population has created a situation of aoxygenation. This condition will not support menopausal life forms. I am one of these organisms and am fighting for every breath today and am unable to clean, cook, do hurry-up dog duty or answer the telephone or door. Please for the love of all that is holy bring oxygen with you if you are visiting this area and stop using up mine.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


Ok, so we moved into this downsized home, in a retirement golf community overlooking the lake. We sit right below Mission Winery, on the 5th Tee. Sounds Idyllic, right? Maybe not so much. Days after we arrived, our delicious granddaughter tested the EMS (Emergency Measures Services) in town when she stopped breathing. The next 12 hours were spent in Emergency, amongst all the blood and gore a resort community can offer. The good news is we left without seeing the doctor as she seemed better and I was hungry. A month later the EMS guys visited next door some time before dawn. Then again weeks later, paid another visit to different lady, I liked to call her, the well, golf lady 4 doors down. We attended her funeral a week later. Two months passed and the Ambulance again stopped off to take our next door neighbour to the hospital and we sadly attended her funeral later that month. Summer arrived with the neighbour on our other side riding off in the early hours in the Ambulance and took the ride again easily 20 times over the next 2 months. She thankfully seems to be treatable and is in hospital as we speak, hopefully getting well. This morning the fit and slim woman 5 doors down took the big white ride to the hospital. Now I am not fit, not slim and if reports are accurate, may be in the throws of an early dementia and have bones of glass. I have made dutiful preparations just as I did prior to giving birth. This time without the breast pads and nursing bra. In other words I am packed and ready for any future trip in the big white Ambulance, we are the only house left. Over reaction, I think not!

Monday, August 11, 2008

Closed for Siesta

More company, another grocery trip, vacuum and mop those F'n wood floors, clean enough vegetables Beijing would be impressed, bake another gourmet dessert (puffed wheat squares} very classy, I know; and then the entertainment. There was golf, the beach, Go Cart track and their favorite, shopping at Madonnart Studio Shopnsave. Just when I thought I was ahead in the inventory department, I quickly fell behind. Today, I am thinking about getting dressed sometime soon, it's (11:46a.m.} or rest up from writing this post.

Friday, August 08, 2008

Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, a man

What can I say about the last 2 days spent transporting a truck in 42 C. All day most of the night, sweating, no place to pee, nothing to eat, no good was hell man. Wait,there was no man to help, just me. God, Gimme, Gimme, Gimme a man.....

Thursday, August 07, 2008

B NOT Afraid

On the cusp of New years 2008, I made a promise to myself to live with more fear in my life. I had become too cautious and would sweat buckets with anything new or risky. The next day my beloved SIL called to invite me to Rome, leaving in 3 weeks. Out of the character I had become since the MVA in 2002, I immediately said "I'm in". I have not regretted that decision in the slightest. Today, in the words of Brittany Spears, "Oops, I did it again". With my heart in my mouth and perhaps under a pseudonym, I am going to submit my virgin exhibit to Bead Style Magazine to be juried for a Spring 2009 publication. The necklace, piece 1 of 5 is included in that submission. Yikes, Holy cow Batman!!!! Yes I am afraid...very afraid.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl

Birthday wishes abound in Edmonton this week, in fact 2 Birthday girls and one my very own fruit of my loins, have created for themselves the week that keeps on giving. The creative team of Lostnfound Studio have indeed done that which many have dreamed but just never thought up....they have invited friends, family, lady standing behind them at Safeway as well as the nice old guy drinking out of a paper bag at the bus stop to join in a pottery/scrapbooking/pedicure/Mama Mia/ food fest week of fun. Man, I so wish I could have joined year for sure, the year of the big 40 for Missy LP, will make Birthday Week a must.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Dula , CanineTopiary

A new and delicious art form has been discovered today within the walls of Madonnart Studio. Some may feel a need to call the Animal Rights people. I say, I have found a new style of Performance Art ....genius, pure genius.

About Me

My photo
Mesa Vista West, Okanagan, Canada