Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Good Book

I adored this book and read it in two days. Two very lazy days, I admit, but it's been a long time since I've read all day and into the night. I couldn't put it down, it was that good.

It's a story about a boy who runs away with the circus. And the girl he falls for at first sight. And an elephant, of course, named Rosie. And so many other characters. You won't want it to end - I didn't.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Monday, January 15, 2007


I've been playing with clay lately... I keep hoping it will hold me over to when I can melt glass again. So far... well, it's drying my hands out. These red hearts are magnets - I really like them. The blue heart necklace is prettier in person.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Feels Like New England

It's been snowing all day. Itty-bitty fine flakes that don't really amount to much... but are beautiful to look at coming down against the backdrop of cedar trees. It reminds me of 'home', New England... and I hear that they have been getting our usually-warmish weather this winter - we've switched. I'm not really minding the snow, so much... but I am minding the icy roads and am getting sick of staying home. I'm ready to get out in the world... I want to go for a dog walk without falling on my butt. I want to go buy some magnets to glue on some poly clay hearts I've made, and I want some ice cream, of all things. Maybe tomorrow.

bird in bush

Friday, January 12, 2007

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Snow & Sparkles

Snow: It's all white and wintery out and while I'm sick of winter already, this is kind of a nice chage of view.

Sparkles: I made these, the sparkley stones are called muscovite, the little faceted ones are tourmaline and the focal is aventurine.

And a bracelet to go with:

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Monday, January 08, 2007

Hearts on My Mind

I guess it's just that time of year... hearts hearts hearts... and it's not even February yet. But that's where my head is. When Luke came home from school we made this. Devil's Food cake mix with my secret ingredient - here, I'll share! - orange juice instead of water. YUM.

heart cake

Not Done

But close. Hanging this is going to force me to take down the rest of the holiday ornaments, if nothing else.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

the more I think about it...

...the more I wonder just how lucky I was. Afterall... I COULD have gotten a whole new car out of the deal. So close. That might have been fun.



TThere's wind and then there's WIND. The kind that sounds like a train headed right toward your house. Blowing right through your house. The kind that makes you sit up straight in bed from a sound dreaming sleep. The kind that blows the window open with a smash and a bang. The kind that tosses huge pine limbs around as if they were autumns leaves... dropping them who knows where. Well, some you know, because you can see the flash of transformers exploding just up the street and others you know have just crashed on the roof. But most, you can only wonder what damage they might be causing.

More shocking than the wind though, is that dead silence that wakes you up when the wind has moved on. When there is no electricity to cause your furnace to hum, or the clock to make it's faint buzz... it doesn't last long, because the dog starts snoring, but for that few seconds or minutes, it's too quiet to sleep, too quiet to get up. Too cold to get up, too. Sleep still doesn't come, because you are wondering what the damage is... but it's good, a relief, the adrenalin rush that has been the norm for the past several hours, even in sleep it seems, starts to fade and that buzzy feeling inside starts to go away, and no matter what the damage is, you and your family have made it through, again, and whatever the problem is outside... it's nothing that can't be fixed or replaced.

Too soon, dawn comes and it's time to see what all those bumps in the night really were... branches and tree limbs... all around your car, hanging in half your magnolia tree, on the roof, all around.... The worst of it, which is nothing really - NOTHING! is the smashed in windshield - easy to replace, not another dent to be found, not a hole in the roof, not a whole tree down on a house or a neighbor's house or car. Lucky again, really. And only half the time before power is restored, though cable takes yet another 12 hours to show up.

It's all good. Except, the wind is back, even though it's at half-force, and I'm really not ready for it again, so soon. It sets me on edge, makes me want to run away. A constant swoosh and swish in the background... making me yearn for that complete silence again... that calm and peace that I guess I will have to find elsewhere... turn the music up or do some yoga or get caught up creating something... something to get away from it, before it drives me completely crazy.

Friday, January 05, 2007

I Love My Flickr Favorites Pages

I'd forgotten about them until today...scrolling through, I still love each and every photo.

favorites page 1

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Something I've been working on all day...

I didn't know what it was when I started, but it turns out it's the Universe. I'll take a better photo tomorrow, perhaps hanging on the wall even.


Tuesday, January 02, 2007


This could inspire a scarf or some seed bead work. Or something. Fun.


Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

sea star

I don't know about you but 2007 feels LUCKY. A good year with good things coming. I'm so excited!