Thursday, January 14, 2016

Change of plans

It looks like the Bead Soup Blog Hop is off. The organizer/creator has been dealing with a long-term chronic illness, and unfortunately life has not been kind to her lately. I hope that things improve for her. It sucks having to make decisions like this and feeling like you've disappointed people, but we have to look out for our health and not worry about what other people think.

I had my trigger-finger surgery yesterday. I am not dealing with a lot of pain, thankfully, and I can actually type! But I can't do a whole lot other than that without pain, so clay is going to have to wait. I have enough osteoarthritis and pain from fibromyalgia that one more pain...

Monday, January 4, 2016


Last year threw challenges at me that had nothing to do with polymer clay. I did not complete the polymer clay challenge I began last year. I signed up for the Polymer Clay Adventure online retreat, and only really looked at a couple of the tutorials.

Depression hit in March. My dad's health suddenly went south shortly after (I take care of him here at my house, normally not terribly overwhelming, he has Parkinson's) because of a toe infection. I would never have thought a toe infection could set someone back so badly, but that's apparently not uncommon for Parkinson's patients. He was not able to walk or talk or even feed himself properly. This setback took him months to overcome. Fortunately my husband retired at exactly the same time everything went to hell in a hand-basket.

From December of 2014 to December of 2015 we had to say goodbye to 3 out of our 4 remaining kitties. And we are now back to having a full house of people since my daughter and her husband came back to live with us (temporarily. Really, just temporarily.)

So here I am in January 2016 and I'm not promising any long-term goals at the moment. But I am going to sign up for the Bead Soup Blog Party!

Friday, February 6, 2015

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge Week 5

Yay! Another vase! Many views, one vase. As usual, I wasn't sure I liked it until it was completed... Click on the picture to enlarge. Pardon the cat fur on the background fabric!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge - week 4, and a catch-up for week 1

I was very busy the first week of January, bathrooms torn out and chaos everywhere. So I spent some time this past week on a smaller vase to fill that week 1 spot - keeping it simple, which is very very hard for me to do. My inclination is to keep filling the space, so I forced myself to stop!

The week 4 vase is a mixture of simplicity and doodle. I need to take some pictures that are not in front of a window, but for now... The top is sort of a skyward view, the bottom more of a ground view with a stream running through it.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge week 3

A quick post before bed for week 3. An egg, but one with a neutral color scheme. It was hard not to add color, and that was definitely a challenge.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Week 2 of 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge

Yes, I know - I did not post a week one! I'm hoping to catch up and post an extra piece to make up for that lost week.

This piece is an extension of my doodling creations. I used a vase that I found in my stash that had an interesting shape and went to town. I photographed it from different sides - this is all one vase. I love it, and it may have a buyer.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

2015 Polymer Clay Challenge

At the end of last year, I made the decision to sign up for the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge. I will be making something for this challenge each week. Here are the "rules" via Katie of Kater's Acres:

How to Join

  1. Make a decision what you will commit to making from clay during the course of 2015.
  2. Write a blog post announcing your commitment to join the 2015 Polymer Clay Challenge.
  3. Grab the button below & add it to your website.
  4. Leave your name & website in the COMMENTS below linking your written statement of what you will commit to making with polymer clay in 2015.
  5. Throughout the year, write a blog post and tell us (the polymer clay community) how you are doing.
  6. Share throughout social media using #2015PCchallenge
  7. Join the FaceBook Group here.

This is a free endeavor with no strings attached! Simply challenge yourself & commit to being creative in 2015.

I hadn't decided what I was going to challenge myself to do, but I knew I wanted to challenge myself to do something! Then, several things happened all at once. 

Our little Miss Charlie kitty became very ill and was diagnosed with kidney failure at 21 years of age, and we had to make that tough decision to let her go with dignity. At the same time, demolition of our upstairs bathrooms began... a very much needed renovation, but full of noise and decision making stress. I've seen more of Menards, Lowes and Home Depot than I thought I'd see in my lifetime. And finally, my hands got progressively more painful, with my trigger finger (middle finger, right hand, of course) really seizing up.

So. I did not get started on the first week of the challenge as I had planned.

But now, one bathroom is finished and usable. Okay, it's usable, still needs some final touches. And I was drawn to my clay table.

So, long story short, even though my hands are still a problem, I have made a decision on what I will be doing for my challenge. I want to challenge myself to create one large piece per week - larger than bead sized. Vases, bowls, frames, sculptural pieces, you name it. I have completed my first piece, which I will present in the next blog post.

Let the games begin!!