Team Beads of Courage

 Glow in the dark pokeball "Carry a Bead" set for Beads of Courage.  I love the fact that many hospitals are Pokestops and Pokemon Gyms, so kids are able to play while battling much more serious real life illnesses.
 #TeamBeads #BeadsofCourage #CarryaBead #PokemonGo #Pokémon #Pokeball #BeadStrong
Glow in the dark view.

Rockabilly Heart Fan Pull

Soda Lime Times - August 2016

Soda Lime Times this month focuses on lampwork jewelry.  The featured artist is the talented Irina Sergeeva. This issue is full of great photos and informative tutorials about jewelry.  
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Ogre's Toe No. 3

Forget the cliché lucky rabbit's foot, this toe is the perfect gift to tell that special someone, "Hey girl, time to schedule a pedicure."  Delightfully gross, if there is such a thing...


Pocket is a pup with a great aim.  Probably gets it from his momma.  Enjoy! 

Need a Handyman?

Clogged drain from the kid flushing another hot wheels monster truck down the toilet??? 
Put down the pipe wrench, step away from the "Do it Yourself" YouTube video, and fret no more!
Just call Piggy Plumbing Repair. 
"The super handy guinea pig with the skills to get you out of a pickle, or your pickle out of a pipe" ®
***Licensed, Bonded, and Insured to get a laugh***
#ButtCrackCavy #FurryMr.Fix-it #RodentRepair

The Batty Bunch

Here's a story, of a lovely lady
who was bringing up three very lovely bats
all of them had fangs of white, like their mother.
the youngest one in braces.
Here's a story, of a man named Batty
Who was busy with three bats of his own.
They were four vampires living all together
yet they were all alone
Till the one day when the lady met this fellow.
And they knew that it was much more than a hunch,
That this group must somehow form a family,
That's the way we all became the Batty bunch.
The Batty bunch, the Batty bunch.
That's the way they became the Batty bunch.

County Fair

Howdy folks!  The leaves are fixin to turn, ya'll know what that means?  Yep, the county fair is just around the corner.  Time to rejoice in the bounty of Fall Harvest and fried food!  Yippee ki yay and giddy up!  Ya'll excited?  I'm a talkin fried pickles, fried Twinkies, fried fritters, fried ice cream...  if it fits in the deep fat fryer, then game on donky-kong!  Be sure to stop on by Hoppy's veggie stand and take a gander at their heavenly produce.  Lawsie mercy it's fresh!!!

Tea with Hatter

In such a rush to take this photo that I didn't adjust the light properly to accurately pick up Hatter's little red bow tie... Honestly, I was lucky to get this shot before rabbit hopped away chattering something about being late?! It was like working with diva models on a photoshoot... not enough carrots and alfalfa in craft services table... blah blah blah.

Clowning Around

Pick a card, any card! 
*honk, honk*
For the 12% of people who suffer from coulrophobia, I apologize for this terrifying post. 
If that is the case, get up from your office cubical,
walk calmly to the restroom,
and splash some water on your face.
Unless you suffer from aquaphobic...  
 In that case, go ahead and have a good cry while rocking back and forth in your office chair. 
Try not to focus on the fact that your face is now covered with tears made from water...
for heaven's sake that will not help you calm down!
  Push that thought deep down where you usually keep your fear of clowns...
you know the black place in your soul...
yeah, there. 
Maybe watch some funny cat videos on Youtube, unless your company has the site blocked for productivity reasons.  Act like the tears are from heavy laughter. 
If you suffer from ailurophobia, you're pretty much hosed. 
Again, I apologize.
On the bright side, he has plenty of extra handkerchiefs.

Beach Babe

Sun, surf, and sand! 
Enjoying a much needed vacation, Roxie is soaking up rays while sporting stylish sunglasses.  One has to admit, a guinea pig's life is pretty tough...  being pampered daily, fresh veggie treats, and constant human adoration.  Sometimes a piggy just needs a break from the daily grind.  Good thing Ricardo Flamingo is there to help apply sunscreen and freshen up her lemonade.

Roxie's theme song is Carrot "Cake by the Ocean" by DNCE

Guinea Pigs Playing Poker

Homage to the famous oil painter C. M. Coolidge.  Miniature details recreate the scene, from the color of the poker chips down to the Ace of Clubs being passed under the table.  It just goes to show that you can teach an old guinea pig new tricks.
Some friends showed up to the party who are known for having the worst poker faces ever...

Spring Cleaning

Someday, I'd like to own a Roomba, but this will have to make due until then.

Donated to North Star Rescue
Check out their facebook for information about their upcoming Pignic and how to help.

Soda Lime Times - July 2016

Hope you are having a wonderful Summer.  If you are looking for some fun fish themed projects, check out the July issue of Soda Lime Times. The featured artist is none other than the immensely talented Deb Crowley.  Looking forward to exploring tutorials by Diane Woodall and Corina Tettinger.  Goldie will be making her tutorial debut.  Enjoy!

"Goldie" look-a-like tutorial in the July Issue

Lucky Goldfish

The enamel detail is extremely small. To give you an idea of size, the beads measure 15mm in diameter x 15mm long. The picture continues around bead's surface with the fish swimming towards tiny flakes of food.

The Cat's Meow

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of serving as the MAC assistant for Margaret Zinser.  She is an incredible artist and instructor.  I would highly recommend her classes and workshops if you are ever able to attend.  Students learned the importance of practicing techniques and developing their own creative voice.  It was truly inspirational to watch Margaret share her prolific knowledge.  Upon returning home, I pulled some old sketches and started the process of redesigning to incorporate enamels.  Enjoy!

Maisie Sue, Woodturning Guinea Pig

The buzz of the lathe can be heard from outside the workshop door.  Hard at work, Maisie Sue is turning a new veggie bowl.  The shavings fly through the air, but Maisie Sue’s trusty safety glasses shield her eyes.  Safety first!  But don't worry, treats are a close second place. 

This collaborative piece was made by Judy Ditmer and yours truly.  Judy is a master woodturner and skilled craftswoman.  It was an honor to participate in the project.    This little sculpture will be available at the American Association of Woodturner's symposium this week, to benefit the AAW and Beads of Courage.
Photographs courtesy of Judy Ditmer.

Lime Zest

Fresh and tangy!  Some matched pairs for the studio's Beads of Courage donation box.  The perfect size for Carry a Bead pins.  Enjoy!

War Paint

Red symbolized war, strength and power.  White was a symbol of mourning, but could also represent peace.  Blue symbolized wisdom and confidence.  When I see the wild horses grazing along the Salt River, I wonder if their bloodlines trace back to the war horses of old.  A time long past, when bald eagles soared over the rocky banks and the loyal companions carried brave warriors into battle. 

Walk the Plank

Another bead placed in the donation box for the Beads of Courage program.  Argh!  Join me in the bead mutiny me hearties!

Gone Tubing

Last Summer, I discovered my life's passion...  Tubing. 
Floating down the river without a care in the world.  Fish nibbling at my toes.  Soaking up the sun while slathered in SPF 110 sunscreen.  The adrenaline rush of spotting a snake stick in the water.  Imagine the exhilaration of riding the rapids while friends try to pelt each other with wet jumbo marshmallows.  One hasn't lived life until they have felt the soft mush of a river-soaked mallow bean them upside the head.  I'm currently in the process of finding sponsors to financially back my professional tubing career.... kind of like Nascar, but with sponsorship stickers on my tube, sunhat, sunglasses, and swimsuit.  Wish me luck!
 Mint anyone?

Fresh Squeeeee-zed

Meet Carmen... not to be confused with the famous Brazilian singer, Broadway actress from the 20's & 30's. Nope, this Carmen doesn't need a stage to preform. She has a flare for belting out high pitch weeps on cue, just open the crisper drawer... on key or off, whatever gets her a treat!

Cerura vinula No. 2 - Display Complete

"Hey lady, if you let me out of here I promise to not disseminate airborne formic acid on you and stop eating the lovely shrubery in the garden.... pretty please???"