Big Fluffy Buns

The world renowned baker Nigel Fuzzelbottom is cooking up a storm.  People travel from miles around to smell the heavenly aroma of his quaint bakery and take a gander at his big, fluffy buns, raised to perfection!  The heavily guarded recipe was recently revealed in a shocking Furflix exposé.  Viewers learned the startling secret ingredient...
*spoiler alert*
(((now would be a good time to send small children out of the room)))
... it's fresh raisins and NOT the California kind.  

So Happy

An update on the kitten front: 
These two found their forever home as a bonded pair with a wonderful lady who will without a doubt spoil them rotten.  That just makes my heart happy.
The little calico has pawed her way into our hearts and has decided to hang around as Gizmo's new bestie.  Her name is Kali, the Goddess of Death and Destruction.  Yes, we will be using her entire name when referring to her around the house.  Definitely a happily ever after ending!

Yesterday, I crossed the bridge of no return and rescued 3 kittens from becoming ferals like their mother. They received a clean bill of health from our vet.  Passing all of their tests with flying colors.  They have now had their first round of vaccines.  What some snuggle monkeys!

Waggles Bouffant



Forget Pina Coladas…
If you like stealing bacon, and getting sprayed with the hose.
If you're not into listening, if you enjoy licking toes.
If you like howling at midnight, after pawing at the door.
I'm the dog that you've looked for, rescue me and I’m yours!

Finnegan

Finnegan is a silly little parakeet who loves listening to music and chirping along. His favorite phrase is "Shut the front door!" A stickler for conserving A/C and not letting flies in the house, the energy whistleblower is rewarded with his fill of bird seed.

Out of My Gourd - Homely Hubbard

The hubbard squash has an extremely hard outer shell and can be stored for long periods of time.  This misfit of the pumpkin patch may have a tough shell, but hides a sweet, delicious flesh that is great for baking, boiling, roasting, and purees.  The squash can grow up to 50 pounds!  Originally named in the 1840's when Elizabeth Hubbard gave seeds to a friend in a kind, neighborly gesture...  looking back, who in their right mind would gift such homely squash seeds to a friend?  I call shenanigans!

Out of My Gourd - Warted Bottle Neck

Meet grumbling Gourdon, the newest addition to the Out of My Gourd Series.  As you can see, he is covered in warts.  Sadly there is not a "softer side" to this old coot... his grouchy attitude perfectly matches the tough, weathered gourd façade.  Constantly shouting random phrases and insults at passersby, the patient farmer was finally forced to relocate Gourdon to the hay barn aka solitary confinement.  Curious about the insults???  The gruff critiques usually focus on visitors' lack of warts and not enough bump in the trunk.

Out of My Gourd - Cyclops

Expanding the Out of My Gourd Series. 
Meet Cyclops, the monstrous creation of a lazy pumpkin carver unable to muster enough effort for 2 eye holes.  The lack of depth perception is a major issue.  The constant bumping into things and rolling into the irrigation ditch has earned him a clumsy reputation around the pumpkin patch. 

Soda Lime Times - June 2018

The June issue of Soda Lime Times comes out this evening. Thrilled to have Orville included in the "How Cute" issue. It is available here: http://sodalimetimes.com

Alien No. 2

Second attempt at the alien.  This time with a bit more drool. 
 

That's Bananas

Adding a banana to your daily diet has an array of benefits.  Bananas provide nutrients that regulate your heart rhythm, contain vitamin compounds for eye health, and keep things regular in the boom-boom department.  A popular healthy living website suggests keeping a bunch of bananas on your desk at work... yeah, great idea to infest your office with fruit flies... morons.  But seriously, who writes this stuff?  Blah, blah, blah...  it goes on to say, "you'll be more likely to reach for a healthy banana -- instead of heading to the vending machine."  Yeah, no.  Hate to break it to you but when chocolate calls, an over ripened, spotty banana is not going to stop me from scrounging up pocket change like a shady bookie out to collect past-due debts and taking the long walk of shame to the vending machine.  Oh and you can guarantee that I will be getting the potato chips too. 

Fast & Fur-ious

Lusso Furrari (no relation to the ultra fast Enzo) is a high octane agility competitor.  It takes a master handler to direct this guinea pig in a race for both time and accuracy... very similar to herding cats, but more hectic and involves high pitched weeps.  Lusso trains daily on an indoor obstacle course which includes jumps, ramps, tunnels, weaving, and the catapult... umm, what is the technical term... oh yeah, see-saw.  The judges usually deduct points for his bulldozer approach to jumps, off course wandering, and occasional poops.  Seriously, no clue how he got the 1st place ribbon... someone may need to call security. 

Predator

To keep the alien population in check. #AVP

Whoever wins... we lose

For the non AVP fans out there, this guy was inspired by #alienvspredator. The 3 red laser dots indicate a predator has his sights focused on the soon to be terminated alien's skull. Yes, those are droplets of drool on the alien's chin. Really happy with the way he turned out. Totally worth 3 hours at the torch. A video of the detail is available to view on instagram @designsbyheathersellers.

Strike!


Five Reasons to Join a Bowling League... pssh, as if you need a reason!  

1. Opportunity to kick your friends butts in a competitive venue.  Who doesn't love that?  A darn fool, that's who!

2.  Get Fit!  Most people assume there is no health benefit to bowling.  Actually bowling can help a person gain balance, coordination, and motor skills.  Boring!  Next reason...

3.  Fun!  Pretty sure we covered the fun factor in reason 1, however you can also laugh at your friends while bowling... I mean "with" your friends, eat pizza, and try on smelly shoes while worrying about ending up with some funky toe fungus.  Win, win, win!

4.  Making new friends and meeting new people!  Good thing too, you will need this opportunity to make new friends after your old ones find out how awesome you are at bowling a perfect game.  #sorelosers

5.  $$$  Just think of the sponsorship moola that will come your way!?  The professional endorsements are yours for the taking.  Granted, you will have to commit your life to bowling, train 24-7 and lug around a heavy ball.  Totally worth it to be known as a Proballer!

Frog Pendant

This little guy has a lovely silver bail from Amanda Muddimer at https://mangobeads.co.uk/.  The perfect finishing touch to secure the pendant. 

Frankly my Dear...

My favorite quote from the classic movie Gone with the Stream. In which a fiery, spoiled Southern otter is entangled in hopeless love for a roguish river rat. The war over water and irrigation rights will forever change her way of life. A sweeping story of passion and courage with unforgettable characters!

New Snaps - Ladybug

A ladybug has joined the snap cab family. 
Limited by the size of the cab being approximately 16mm in diameter,
I wasn't sure if the minute detail would fix.  This little guy makes me smile.  Hope he brightens your day!

Update: Dance of the Butterflies

An array of butterfly slider beads are in the kiln. 
Looking forward to seeing their final colors in the morning. 
 
Update:  a few beads from last night are pictured below.  Happy with how they turned out. 

Hornswaggle

Don’t let his sweet cheeks and soft fluff fool you, Hornswaggle can be a real dungbie. That’s pirate speak for rear end.  Argh!  Aside from constantly instructing the crew to “walk the plank *brawk* Captain’s orders ye scurvy seadogs,” the scallywag has been known to pillage the ship’s rum supply. After which, he engages in pirate karaoke until 1am. Blimey! His favorite tune is Stayin Alive by the Bee Gees.   The noise disturbance is unbelievably epic and results in the Hyannis Port Harbor Patrol receiving multiple noise complaints... I’m talking earplugs required to get any shut eye.   Sadly, drunk Hornswaggle is better behaved than the sober version.  Yikes!

Amber Honeybee

 
Amber Honeybee is a flamework glass bead, completely hand sculpted without use of a press.  The wings feature an intricate vein pattern which is difficult to capture with photography.  The bead was lightly etched to reveal a rich honey glow and measures 25mm in length x 11mm in width. 
Below is a view of the reverse detail.    
 

Spring Cleaning

Cleaning out the studio and ran across this light/fan pull handle. It paired perfectly with a large focal hanging out on the workbench. To give you an idea on size, the pull measures 4 inches from the top of the metal cap to the bottom of the glass handle.

Tootie Fruity - The ASGB, Beads of Courage, ISGB 2018 Project

Started on my donation for the ASGB, Beads of Courage, ISGB 2018 Project. The theme challenge is food nourishes the body and is an important part of our lives. My project is titled "Tootie Fruity" and the completed display will have a variety of fruit beads placed below the silly Toucan including bananas, oranges, lemons and limes.  #beadsofcourage #beadstrong #mybeadsdogooddeeds

The Bachelor

Rusty, aka Ironsides, is a prolific "Bachelor" of sorts.  The type of randy pooch who could easily audition for a popular network series, which shall remain unnamed.  Not camera shy in the least, he likes jacuzzi tubs and watching lady drama unfold at the dog park.  Yep, a definite catch if you get my drift.