Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Work in progress...finally

Just wanted to share the second stage of my leaves with you. I'm a bit inpatient. Though I'm trying to teach my son properly. Ha.
 They have dried in Silica. Today it was time to seal them in acrylic. Hopefully by this weekend they will be ready to dip....

I think i may have dried them too long. We shall see. Its all trial and error at this point. I have another batch in the silica as we speak. I'm thinking maybe 2-3 days this time.

In regards to my other Jewelry making adventures. I'm excited to start my Co-op showcase on Sunday. Which means I will be pulling pretty much all my stuff off Etsy to physically sell. Which is okay being so I seem to do better with my traditional jewelry in person anyways. People like to see feel touch and try on. I'm hopeful this endeavor will do well. I will be leaving my photography up on Etsy and hope to be adding my Woodland collection soon. As long as all goes well with my acorns and leaves. Heres hoping...

Toucan Tribe shout out

I am a happy member of the Toucan Tribe which is part of the SITS Girls. Today I just wanted to give a quick shout out to one of our girls. Her blog in general is just inspiring. The post I will link below is one of the coolest challenges that I personally have come across. Whats the reward you might ask? Self reflection for one. Looking inward at yourself and evaluating how you can become a better person. Who can't benefit from that. Those of us, especially us moms that seem to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders at times take care of many. Well it is in my opinion that in order to take care of anyone we must first take care of ourselves. Someday I might even listen to myself. So please take a moment to check out this post. Just check out her site in general. My tribe of girls is a wonderful group. I'm glad to be a part of!

If you look in my Right column you will also see her button. I apologize as my link doesnt seem to be working right. Newbies. Geesh

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My resplendent weekend

For months upon months I have been busy beyond belief. Every weekend is just Go Go Go. Now don't get me wrong. There is indeed a big part of me that loves being involved in activities, going places and having fun. There comes a time however where I just want to be home. I have so much i need to get accomplished around the house. I have so much i just want to get done. My biggest thing is that I just want to be around the homestead to enjoy my house, my Fiance and my child.
 Well 2 out of three isn't bad. My son was gone for the weekend. So of course I missed him like crazy. I still managed to have some fun. As I had posted last week we went to a corn maze on Friday night. It was so much fun. It didn't take but a half an hour to get there from my house. That being said after my perpetually late friend arrived we made it to Andover around 8:30 Pm. I apologize as I don't have pictures being so It was already very dark.  I did get a little chuckle as the cute elderly lady at the ticket booth asked my vertically challenged friend if she was an adult. She is 30. She is beautiful and still looks very young. Lucky duck. I guess her lack of height confuses some people. I hope she will appreciate this as she ages.
Getting back to the maze. My father had once told me as a child that you can make it out of any maze by placing your right hand on the wall. You must not deviate from the right hand wall at any time. So you ask does this theory work? Why yes yes it does indeed. We made it out in about thirty minutes. The problem was and one of our reasons for returning into the maze. There was a game to play while inside. You had to find all ten stations. We quickly learned that you had to in fact get lost to find them all. So second time around and very much lost it took us approximately one and a half hours to get through. I recommend this trip to anyone. It was a blast. I think I will return this weekend with my son in tow. During the day perhaps.
 Saturday was a perfect home bound day with my sweetheart. The only tedious task being grocery shopping which I detest in oh so many ways. We spent the morning straightening the house together then ventured outside for a beautiful day. I did some much overdue yard work. I cut the grass as all this rain as created a jungle. I was eternally grateful for a few dry days so that this could be done. I also tried my hand at our electric trimmer. Wow not as easy as one would think. I have two blue cypress topiary's in my front yard that are spherical shaped on top with many little balls around it. I will just say I did my best to keep them well lets just go with roundish. Haha. They look better than when I started that's all that matters. Jim worked on my car that is forever needing repair. That's what I get for driving over sixty miles one way to work everyday. Jim cooked us dinner Sausage biscuits and gravy. Oh love some comfort food. I swear he is such a great cook. Then we spent the evening talking and being silly. We played name that tune on the Internet quizzing each other on who sang this song. Yes we are geeks at times. Its fun hey don't judge me. He he. We then snuggled up on the couch watched a movie and passed out. It might not sound like much to you but it was a welcome change of pace for us. It was nice to get things done around the house and just be together.

 Sunday was another beautiful day outside. We had so much more work to do but we decided to skip it. We know that this weather will not last. So Jim suggested one of my favorite activities. A nice long hike in the park. The woods as I may have mentioned before is one of my favorite places. I have a certain park which is by my work about 45 minutes from my house. This park is my Utopia. I was surprised though that the leaves had not changed as much here. By my house they are already in there glory. I guess I don't pay that much attention on my drive in as I am focused on getting through boundless amounts of traffic. So the boys ( Jim and Charlie) and I walked for a few hours. It was wonderful and relaxing. It was then time to pick up my little guy from his fun filled weekend. The ride back home was nice. We talked with Xzavior until all grew quiet. This was the view from the back seat. Two very tired boys. I couldn't ask for a better weekend!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A light shines through..

I am happy to report a reprieve from the doom and gloom outside. For the past few days it has been sunny dry and warm once again. Now I know this is only temporary, but hey I'll take it. Currently it is a nice 70degrees outside. The beautiful warming sun is pouring through my office window. Ah soak up that Vitamin D. It really does  do a body good! He he.
So I was able to get to the park for a wonderful 7 mile hike with my Great friend Erica. We walked and talked and of course picked up a generous amount of foliage as we went. All in all it was a wonderful night. I have much to experiment and work with now. Also got in some relaxation time. There is nothing I enjoy more than a good long hike. It doesn't matter if I'm alone or with Jimmy or friends. The woods are my playground. My happy place. I'm so excited that my son is getting old enough to go with me now. I have always taken him but for small amounts of time. The last time we ventured into the woods we were in search of faeries and Trolls. Such an imagination. At least I know where he gets it.
So tonight I continue the fun side as we Journey to PA for a flashlight corn maze. This should be interesting. I was told it will take us about 2-3 hours to get through. I can't wait.
Meanwhile On the work front. The leaves and acorns have been set up to properly dry. I'm hoping by Sunday they will be ready to coat. From there with a little practice and a lot of luck the possibilities of creating something beautiful are endless. Chow for the weekend my friends. May you all have beautiful fall weather!!

Oh I love this season!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Rain Rain Go Away.....

I will be the first to tell you that I usually enjoy nice rainy gloomy day. You know the kind of day you can enjoy at home with a nice cup of tea and a great book or movie. I even love to watch a big thunderstorm role in. I do not however enjoy rain that lasts for well over a week. I have been waiting patiently for the leaves to change into gloriously bright colors of red, yellow, and orange. The time has finally arrived. Fall a beautiful season.

It has inspired me with so many new ideas and yet I am hindered in my creativity by the rain. You see the problem is I don't just want to admire the leaves. I actually need them for my jewelry. I intend to add them as I do love to use natural elements. The problem with natural elements is timing.

So I have waited and waited.Now I find my self well waiting not so patiently..

I have so many great ideas just sitting in my head screaming to get out and be used. Crafted and created for all to see. But nope still waiting..

Now a little rain and cold I can handle but for the past oh I would say 8 days or so it has been pouring on and off all day long. I hear that the weather in Northeastern Ohio is supposed to improve starting tomorrow.

I am hopeful and anxious. I will trudge through the mud if I have to. Just give me 2 good days.  As they say this weather is for the....

So it is known this is not my personal photograph. Though it would be nice if it were. I found this on the web...

Friday, October 1, 2010

A close call. Is this parental karma?

So I will have to start this post by saying that I had originally intended this blog to be about my hobby. My Etsy shop and the Jewelry and crafts I make.A way to get my self out there.

  Well I must apologize as this topic will not be about my work my shop or anything like that. Last night upon returning home from work I found my son sitting at the dinning room table looking very solemn. My mother who is kind enough to come to my house and get him off the bus as I work until 4:30 also sat at the table a grave look on her face as well. Now normally when I come in the door I am greeted with hugs from my beautiful little boy Xzavior, slobbery kisses from my loving dog Charlie and my 2 fur ball cats. So as you can imagine the scene that I walked into caused some alarm. I immediately asked what was wrong. My son looked at me with tears in his eyes and said " mommy I was very bad". My mother then preceded to tell me that my little 5 year old son attempted to get off the bus about 5 miles from my home at another stop. Thankfully it was his normal bus driver so she did indeed recognize him instructing him to stay on the bus. She then alerted my mother to his attempt when she got him off the bus. Had this been a substitute driver that had not known my son he probably would have easily gotten off without a thought from the driver.

 Now as I already mentioned we are talking a good five miles from home. To give you a little background. The street he wanted to get off at is a 50MPH street. Also it is in a very rural area.
  I felt like the wind got knocked out of me. My mind raced with fear. The possibilities of what could have happened to my small child played out over and over again. It might not seem like much to some as he did make it home okay. I couldn't stop thinking what if. I spoke a moment with my mother before she left to return to her job about what to do. Do I punish him do I not?
 I can't say that I was mad at him in the slightest. I was not. just scared to death. I spoke with Xzavior at length about how dangerous what he tried to do was. How he could have been taken, hurt killed lost. How we might have lost him forever. I asked him why. He told me he just wanted to walk home. Though he admitted he didn't know the way. I believe I got through to him. he was upset and I think he could feel how scared and upset I was. He is such a great kid. Very sensitive.Very loving. Very trusting. I kept wondering did someone bully him, did someone ask him to come over and play, dare him. He kept saying No mommy I just wanted to walk.There have not been many instances at all where I have had to punish my child. Usually if I do taking away his bedtime story for the night suffices. He loves his reading time with us. I didn't think that would be enough to get through to him this time. So I sucked it up and I grounded him today. No playtime after school. Straight to bed no story after super. He was so upset. So was I.

 Did I do the right thing? I just want him to remember not to do that ever again.

So I sat at work all day today my stomach in knots wondering would he stay on the bus. What if its not his bus driver. I did stick to his grounding today. Again I ask you was it to harsh of me?

I'm sure I will have bigger scares in my life as a parent as he grows.
 I was reminded by my mother of a little girl age 6 that once conspired with her best friend Sarah to ditch the bus. These little girls walked home through the woods for hours playing and picking flowers. Both sets of parents panic stricken scared out of there minds. Cops and neighbors out everywhere searching for them. Nothing bad thankfully happened to these girls. Though so many things could have. Of course a child thinks not of these consequences. Of the fear the pain they cause there parents. I now as an adult understand the hell I must have put my mother through that night. Yes I was that little girl. So is this parental Karma? A little bit of payback? I say that lightly as I know that is not so.A joke to lighten the mood. It did give me a better understanding of the trials of parenting. They have been so easy up to this point. I am thankful to have such a beautiful child. I am thankful it was only a close call!!