Writer's Block

It happens to every writer.  The inevitable condition in which an author experiences a creative block.  Words no longer flow forth and the writing process comes to a stand still.  When this occurs, Sugar implements a self imposed time-out away from the typewriter. 

Be Mine

Valentine Cupig, aka Sure Shot, is a softy for L-O-V-E.  His magical bolts are quite potent and have been known to tranquilize the most stubborn and loveless mammals.  Don't let his angelic wings fool you...  Mr. Matchmaker has been known to cause love-drunk diversions at the local farmer's market in order to capitalize on free parsley samples.  Tsk-tsk!
 
 

Lifeguard on Duty

The temperature hit a whopping 85'F this past Friday.  Soon it will be time for the 3 B's...  Beach Balls, Babes in Bikinis, and Bikram Yoga.  Ok, maybe the last "B" is a bit of a stretch.  Get it?...  Stretch?!  Hope you have a nice #SundayPunday.

Glass Knuckles

Appropriate for punching life in the face   Please note, no one was harmed in the making of this post. He is actually quite friendly and a bit chatty in social situations.

Pucker Up!

Silvester "Smooches" Valentine is the Guinea's World Record holder for the most kisses given in 1 hour.  He plans to top his current record of 6,714 kisses and make a little extra spending cash on the side.  Wish him luck and pucker up!  Just a side note, lip balm isn't included with the purchase.  The line starts to the right and is single file.  No pushing, cutting, or lingering.

Floating Along

Lover boy is daydreaming of gift ideas for his Valentine.  He even has heart shaped pads on his feet.  What a true romantic!

Love is in the air

Tomorrow is February 1st... do you know what that means??? 
14 days until Cupig's favorite day of the year.  He has spent the last 11 months penning romantic valentines, spritzed with cologne... not going to lie, it smells like Old Spice up in here.  Fluent in the language of love, this skilled matchmaker also fancies himself a novice chocolatier.  Here are a few excerpts from his love letters: 
"I love you with all of my butt, it's bigger than my heart"
Or how about this romantic line: 
"Thanks for loving me even though I don't shave my legs as often as you might like."
A window into his soul:
"Once in a while someone wonderful comes along and makes Valentine's Day not suck...
you're welcome."
His loving, yet honest side:
"I lie awake at night wondering how I got so lucky (and also because you snore)."
My personal favorite: 
"If there was a zombie apocalypse tomorrow, I would kill you last."
**swoon**

Call for Beadmakers

Beads on the Trail 2017 is just around the corner. They need a total of 77 sets to be carried for Beads of Courage during the 2017 Iditarod. Each bead set needs to contains 5 beads. Even if you just donated 1 set, we can get to the end goal together. It is super easy to sign up and participate. Please join me in firing up the torches:

Snack time with Koala

Just a quick reminder to pack a healthy snack for work.  Hope you have a wonderful Monday!

Meet Jack

Jack is a fun loving donkey who enjoys T.V. classics like Hee Haw, Knight Rider and the Golden Girls. I mean who doesn't like a little Bea Aurthur and Betty White every now and then? A darn fool, that's who!

Bubbles

Bubbles is making good use of the rain this morning. Now if only he had someone to help him scrub behind his ears. The lovely and quite fitting color is CiM's Pachyderm. Enjoy!

Exploring Flamework Cabochons


Cabochon options for flameworkers have changed considerably since my original post back in February of 2012.  Here is an update to help navigate the world of cabochon systems and tool suppliers.

Changeable Systems for the Artist who enjoys Options:
Beadhoppers
Mango Beads

Flat-back Cabochon Mandrels:
Arrow Springs

Cabochon Mandrels with a Nub (yes, nub or nubbin are incredibly technical terms):
Zooziis (available in a variety of shapes)

Snap Cabochon System by Patty Lakinsmith:
pattylakinsmith.bigcartel.com

Cabochon Molds:
CG Beads

 

Game Night with Chewy

Break out the holographic chess and popcorn!  It's game night with Chewbacca.  Please strictly follow the rules to insure maximum family fun and avoid loss of limbs.  Most importantly, remember to always: "Let the Wookie win!"

Harry Otter

Harry, a wand wielding otter, has donned his favorite scarf and bottle cap glasses for a magical adventure!  His goal is to bring a smile to a special child participating in the Beads of Courage program.  #beadstrong #beadsofcourage #weareallconnected #heartwarrior #childhoodcancer

Feeling lighter already...

Skeeter's New Year's Resolution involves twine, helium balloons, and loosing a few lb's.  Not going to lie, the corduroy slacks are quite snug after slaying one too many Holiday veggie trays at the office Christmas party.  Hope you have a Happy New Year!!! 
 

Helium and String

One day young hippo had a wish,
Not to swim like a silly fish.
He wanted to learn how to fly,
And soar into the wild, blue sky.
 
His lifelong goal would be granted soon.
For hippo found a bright red balloon.
With the help of some helium and a string,
Hippo accomplished his flying dream.
 
So little hippos, what lesson has been taught?
Yes, it is important to tie a good knot...
But with some help from helium and string,
Hippos can accomplish magical things.
-Heather M. Sellers

Sauerkraut in December? Heck yeah!

Oktoberfest has past, however the Piggy Polka never goes out of style. 
So pull on a pair of lederhosen, fill your stein with ginger ale, and let out a yodel-lay-hee-hoo:
Roll out the barrel, we'll have a barrel of fun.
Roll out the barrel, we've got the blues on the run!
((insert festive accordion accompaniment here))

Ski Patrol

Move over Snow Bunnies, there's a new animal on the slopes!  It has been said that the brave don't live forever, but the cautious don't live at all.  So here's to you Snow Guinea, enjoy all the frigid air, excessive schlepping up the mountain, and near death experiences a ski adventure has to offer. 
 

Soda Lime Times: January 2017

Have you signed up for Soda Lime Times??? The theme for this month is white and what better artist to feature than the talented Manuela Wutschke! Also included are some great articles/tutorials by Sandra Schenck, Debbie Sanders, Darryle Jadaa, and Donna Felkner. A great "me" gift for the Holidays. Go on, you deserve it! Visit www.sodalimetimes.com to subscribe.

Mad Beatbox Skilz

Ever wonder why you get carded when purchasing spray paint? Well wonder no more! Meet Maurice, street artist and beatbox extraordinaire. Definitely not your typical church mouse.
 
Stocking up on "art" supplies.

Gingerbread Zombie

 "All I want for Christmas is gelatinized brains...
I would also settle for cash... giftcards are good too."

Cleaning the Craft Room

Initially it seemed like a good idea when Chester decided to help organize the yarn.  A few minutes into the project, his feline instinct to savagely bat string kicked in...  needless to say, the game took a turn for the worse.

The Great Horn-Rimmed Owl

The Great Horn-rimmed Owl inhabits bookstores and hipster coffee shops in many parts of North America.  These nocturnal avian readers enjoy a wide range of books including sci-fi, fantasy, dystopian, mysteries, and collections of classic poetry.