Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First Day of School

Jedi-9 and Jedi-7 are officially gone.  They embarked on their first day of school today.

I already miss them.  When did they get so big?

So it's just me and the little assistant until pick-up at 3pm.  Next week, he'll be starting preschool three afternoons a week.  Oodles of "me-time" to embrace art and other creative endeavors, right?  That is, if I have a sudden resurgence of energy and the baby stops making me puke.  Fingers crossed.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Death by Grout

Somehow, my name came up on a Google search for mosaic artists, and a girl contacted me about making mosaic frames for her wedding.  I haven't done mosaics in probably 2-3 years, but, luckily, I had kept some of my materials "just in case."  Here's my progress so far.

I'm making three of these 8x10 frames, and then I have to grout . . . all by early next week.  For those of you who don't know me as well, it is safe to say that grouting was the downfall of my mosaic career. 

It's very time-consuming and painstaking, not to mention messy.  Messy is not my strongsuit, particularly with three boys lurking nearby, eying the quick-drying concrete substance with diabolical interest.

We'll see if the family survives this "blast from the past."

Monday, August 22, 2011

More Jewelry Heading for Bella Luz

The store in Wichita, Bella Luz, is doing well selling my jewelry, so I'm sending another shipment today.  Here's a few of the newest items:

Of course, my faithful assistant was on hand to help.

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Things I Didn't Anticipate Pre-Parenthood

I used to say I wanted 6 kids--all boys.  But I didn't know . . .
  • How much noise three boys could produce with absolutely no effort,
  • That they could all be converted and baptized in the religion of baseball,
  • How pungent their individual, summer-lovin' body odor could become, and
  • That a fourth pregnancy could seemingly last longer than all three previous pregnancies put together.
How did I get myself into this?

Friday, August 19, 2011

New Website Up and Running

So I've been a little out of touch lately, but instead of citing basic procrastination like usual, I'm blaming this baby boy/somersaulting alien growing in my belly. 

I have become nothing but a sweaty, beached whale.

However, somehow, despite my whale-ness, the new website is finally up and running!  Go to and bask in its beauty.