28 March 2007

spring has sprung!

Spring break officially starts this Friday for Caden. We are thinking that we will be driving down to South Carolina to check out houses. We are all pre-qualified and think we have found a house, but we still are keeping several others in mind. It is difficult to pick a house out without seeing it.

This is a picture of our first possibility. It is on almost an acre of land and is brand new. It has a double deep garage, but we are used to a double garage that is extra deep, we have talked to the builders about the possibility of adding a separate garage with a studio for my ceramic work. We will see. This has been a bit overwhelming for me. This is why there hasn't been much conversation here on this blog these days.

There has been a little crafting though. I received my Lotta Jansdotter book "Simple Sewing"
It is full of pattern, texture and inspiration. I adore everythingLotta. I admire her aesthetic.
I would like to make the roll-up tool case for my ceramic tools, the hat, and, if I get really gutsy (I am not the most experienced seamstress), I would love to make the garden tote to use to put some portable art supplies in.

I also covered a cork board and added a pocket to it. I made a large tin board and a magnetic chalkboard, all of which are in storage for the move to South Carolina. Oh, I was so inspired by this that I made my own out of my favorite fabric, all of which are now in storage too. (the picture below is the work in progress)

I searched all over the area for baker's twine :

but was out of luck, so I ended up dying hemp twine in several colors to use in my packaging of products.

Let's see, Caden had a great school conference. He is progressing great and gets along with everyone. He is such the thoughtful, caring little guy.

Yesterday he made some chalk art of our family (notice Paul is bald, he he), he was very proud of his creation!

Today I have my follow-up appointment with the orthopedic surgeon to see if the nerve block series worked. I would say that the shots helped about 40% of my problem with my back, it relieved the radiating nerve pain down my legs, but did not help my SI joint area at all. So it looks like that both above and below my fusion may be deteriorating. It is good that we are getting somewhere though.

Thanks for stopping by, I will try to update at least once a week, please don't give up on this blog! I promise to share some of my ceramic jewelry too, it is on hold for a bit while we are in this transition time between Michigan and South Carolina. I even got a new slab roller! I am so so excited! But, we decided to keep it boxed up until the move is over, :( I guess I will have even more to look forward to. It is just killing me though, seeing my slab roller sitting there in the box, just wanting to get out and be used! But for right now I focusing on trying to finish my patchwork quilted duvet cover so I can work solely on my ceramic once the move is done in June.

See ya'll soon!

15 March 2007

Well Paul is off in South Carolina, so far so good. Although we all are a bit discombobulated....

I read "Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus" By Mo Willems (a fantastic book!) to Caden's kindergarten class today. He beemed with delight! It is the small things in life that mean so much, isn't it?

I had my nerve roots injected at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon. I received four injections instead of two, so that was surprising. They seem to be helping. He hit the bone several times during the injection, and I was only given a valium, so I wasn't something I enjoyed to say the least.

I habe been working on a quilted pathwork duvet cover as well as wall organizers, pictures to follow....it is much too dark to take pics right now. I am awaiting the arrival of a tabletop slab maker for my ceramics. This will be so make it much more easy physically for me to roll clay slabs. It will also speed up production. I am thinking of making ceramic magnets also. I have a tiny kiln, so I am limited to small items, but I am not complaining, there are endless things you can make with a hunk of clay, you are only limited by time and imagination!

Well, just a quick update. I will include pics tomorrow or so!

Thanks for stopping by!

08 March 2007

Look what I got in the mail! Artist Amy Rice sent me these lovely gocco prints! I love them! She has a lovely blog too!

Well that was an impromptu blog vacation! Sorry about the lack of interesting events over here. We have been busy dealing with life. Not much art going on for the last few weeks. Everything has come to a stand still as we try to deal with the imminent move to South Carolina. For weeks we did not know the exact location of the Blue Cross position Paul had been hired for. Alas, we now know it is Charleston, South Carolina. He is to go down there next Wednesday. He will be gone for most of the month :(..... This will be a very huge challenge for our family. We are all very close and not used to being apart. It is not fair to take Caden out of school in the middle of the year, so we will be here in Michigan until the end of the school year. We will be able to visit during Spring Break and also we have our first vacation since our honeymoon ten years ago scheduled for May. At the end of May, we will be residing in South Carolina, near the ocean, hopefully soaking up the warm ocean air! As for our house here....we are not selling yet. We may rent it out. That all remains to be seen.

C'mon, who would want to leave this icy wonderland behind? (hehe) Actually, I love the change of seasons, although this has been a particularly long winter....we would love to stay in Michigan, but welcome to upcoming adventure, and look forward to making our home in South Carolina. We have heard such lovely things about the area.

In other news... Caden lost his first tooth on Saturday, March 3rd, 2007! One tooth down, lots to go! He took it really well, not a tear was shed. The tooth fairy traded him a two dollar bill for his tooth. Caden is quite proud of this achievement!

he finally got to put his tooth pillow to work!

Our cross-eyed Siamese, Suki, finally got to come home after four weeks at the vet. She still has cold symptoms, but we think that she has environmental allergies.

Zoe is not too happy that Suki came back....


I also have some shop related news. Paul surprised me by scooping up the domain for buggabu! He had been trying to get it for quite some time, so when it came available he snatched it right up. Right now we are using a free web design service, so it isn't spectacular, but it is all mine. It is under construction, but you are welcome to come and visit: www.buggabu.com ! My satin glazes came in this week, so keep a look out for some finished jewelry and other goodies! In addition, we splurged and used up a lot of our paypal money and bought a digital SLR camera, I cannot wait for it to come and take some better pictures!

Ok, if you made it this far, you deserve a pat on the back! Sorry for the super long winded post. I will be trying to update more often! Have a great day! Thanks for stopping by!