Saturday, April 18, 2009

Knitting, painting, new glass success!

I did not make it to knit night due to a migrane(I really miss spending time with my TNK friends) but did get to knit with my prayer shawl group at church later in the week. I am almost done with the shawl and hope to get in done in the next two weeks, after the sale at Daisy Days, because I am ready for closure on this project. I will then finish another so nearly done piece - my Daria purse - I think I only have 2o inches of 6 stitch rows to complete the strap and then just need to sew it together.

I have been wanting to experiment with Spectrum 96 glass because they make such lovely vibrant tranparents. It fuses differently than COE90 that I use and is not compatible with the 90 so has to be stored separately. I had success with the larger piece but would like a crisper edge to the smaller ones. I will have to work on the firing schedule for pendant sizes but believe I nailed the large size on the first try! Here they are.

Today I am going to prime my dining room to repaint it. It is in need of fresh paint since it has been the old neutral, Navajo for about 13 years. We want to liven it up but having a hard time picking the color - the room faces the north and unlike the rest of the house gets only sun in the morning and the neutral looks so drab in the afternoon that I try to avoid coming in here. Ger has his vote in for yellow - good golly there are a zillion versions of yellow but as long as it does not scream at me and goes with the adjoining open kitchen which is turquoise (my favorite) I will glady go with it. I wonder what samples he will bring me tonight.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Orange toaster, cheese trays, pendants

Those who know me know I love everything southwest - cactus, dry heat, sunshine and the colors. After we bought this house, while my husband was at High Point, I painted the kitchen turquoise - he was ...surprised! Well my toaster finally bit the dust and I found the best Tangerine Kitchen Aid one. The wall looks blue but is actually a lovely turquoise.

This morning I took out another cheese tray, my 4th this week, and put in a tray of pendants- I took a picture just before I closed the kiln on them and will take another when they come out. I always hope for a pleasant surprise. I did a little knitting while watching Hell's Kitchen last night. It seems that prayer shawl is doing the "fish and loaves" thing and is never going to get done.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Spring is finally here

Flowers, warmer weather (most of the time) and longer days with bright sunshine - yep it's spring. The best part is the summer is on the way. I love for summer!

I did not realize how long it has been since I last posted - time slips by too quickly. I've had some health issues and been busy making glass for our shows and slooowly knitting my prayer shawl for my church group. My sister also taught me to needlepoint - now that is one slow project but relaxing when we work together since I have a mental block on which way to put m needle in.

My sister who is not a gardener but loves flowers made cheese tray with spring flowers blooming. Isn't it pretty? We are gearing up for the end of the month when we will be showing at St. Catherines' Daisy Days.