busy month

May is always such a busy month around here…birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduations, end of the school year, etc. that it just slips away….

I had every intention of posting a reminder earlier in the week. *sigh* Better late than never, right?

Anniversary Celebration is coming to an end!


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I’ve made some progress on my project list. The bedroom is mostly painted. Still have the backs of a couple doors and doorways to finish, but far enough along to start moving some things upstairs, like the bed. Also finished my warm and snuggly afghan for the bed…


With below zero temps and 50 mph winds last night, I was very happy that we had gotten moved upstairs where it’s much warmer. We haven’t had much snow this winter, but the cold and wind has been brutal. This news story about the wind snapping off large tree branches that hit a car driving down the street last night was only a few a blocks away from my house.

I did dig out the polymer clay last week. My son and I made a volcano for his science project.

This week, I’m finishing up the color palette with polymer clay color recipes for the Color.Creativity.Design members and working on the second issue of Dress it Up! Magazine. Also have a high school orientation/registration meeting Tuesday evening for the kiddo (hard to believe my baby will be in high school) and he’s got Job Shadow Day Friday, so it should be an interesting week.

never enough time

It seems like there is never enough time to do all the things I want to do. Last fall, we bought a cute little vintage camper that we want to remodel. We didn’t get very far with it before the weather turned cold, but I had bought some fabric, thinking this winter when there’s not so much going on that I would get the curtains made, cushions re-covered and an awning made. I also wanted to paint and put new flooring in the kitchen.

Well, our middle child moved out and the youngest wanted his old room. After cleaning out and boxing up what the oldest son didn’t take with him, we got the youngest moved to the other bedroom. So, now we are painting the youngest kid’s old bedroom with plans to move our bedroom back upstairs.

Painting in progress.

If the colors look somewhat familiar, it’s because they go with the afghan from this color palette. The photos were taken in different lighting….they are much closer in person.
warm color palette

I still have another coat to paint, then the process of moving furniture upstairs. Not looking forward to that part. There’s a small room attached to that one, that I want to turn into a walk-in closet and the upstairs bathroom needs remodeled. It’s looking like Spring or Summer before I actually get to the original projects I wanted to do this winter. The good news is, once we get moved upstairs, our old bedroom is going to be my new bigger studio, which I’m very much looking forward to.

All of these home projects have kept me from having any time to create. However, I have been thinking about making something similar to the raised flower designs of the polymer clay pendants below, but on a larger scale to hang on the wall of our bedroom.

What projects do you have going on?

Deal-A-Muse sale extended

I’ve extended the $5 sale on the Deal-A-Muse card set through January 31, 2014. I am surprised that more people haven’t taken advantage of this great deal.

How many times have you sat down to make something and have no idea what to make? You waste your precious creative time sitting, thinking, stalling…

Maybe you want to push yourself to think outside the box.

Here’s how Deal-A-Muse can help you.

Each card has a front and back. This is so that you can randomly chose a category without seeing what it is. For example, If you were to chose a “techniques” card, you wouldn’t know what technique you were getting until you turn the card over and see that it is “mokume gane”. You would then make something using the mokume gane technique.
deal-a-muse techniques

Let’s get a bit more creative. You could randomly choose a “techniques” card and a “color palette” card. Let’s say you end up with the “mokume gane” card and the color palette card below. Then you would make something using the mokume gane technique with this color palette.

Maybe you want more of a challenge. Add a “shapes and patterns” card to the other two cards, like the one below. Then you would make something using the mokume gane technique and colors from the color palette card and incorporate polka dots into the mix.

Want more of a challenge? Choose two different technique cards and see how you can combine them into one piece of art work. Or choose several cards and see what you can come up with.

There are 60 cards with thousands of possible combinations!

Don’t work with polymer clay? No problem, just add the techniques for your medium.

You can find the printable Deal-A-Muse cards here or in my Etsy shop.