I have blogged about my pottery work, sculpting little Santa faces for a gift this holiday season. I created 15 Santas. I broke one before it could be fired and another split in the kiln, so I'm down to 13 and really can't afford to make a mistake or all my work will be lost.
Woudln't you know it, my kiln decided to stop working right in the middle of trying to fire! I turned to my dear potter friend Rogier Donker, who was kind enough to offer to fire my pieces for me. We picked them up last night and he fired them perfectly, of course. I have a bit of detail work to finish them up, but none of this would have been possible without Rogier stepping in and rescuing me!
So this Christmas season, I am grateful for old friends who are always there for me.
The holidays are officially here! We put the tree up yesterday so our Thanksgiving guests can walk into a festive home Thursday. I'm excited, we're hosting this year and our guests include Dave's mom, sister, nieces and my sister and Godson, plus my former roommates Mike and Toya. I can't wait!
We have had the inevitable conversation about which food item to fix when so we won't be overwhelmed by everything coming together at once, but of course that's easy to do when your home isn't full of people like it will be on Thursday.
Do you have any secrets to coordinating the meal for up to 12 people with only one oven?
In the meantime, here's a picture of some of the ornaments on the tree.
One of the most charming holiday traditions is coming up on Saturday with the Collett Park Christmas Craft Walk on Terre Haute's north side. Just head up north of Maple Avenue and you will find this charming neighborhood. This year there are over fifteen homes that will be open Saturday from 9am to 5pm for you to visit and shop their charming wares, from jewelry to pottery to handwoven goods!
Start by looking for a home with a white sign out front that says COLLETT PARK CHRISTMAS CRAFT WALK. Inside, you will find great crafts and be sure to pick up the flyer, because that has the addresses of all the other crafters for you to visit during Saturday's event.
Don't let the cold weather prevent you from enjoying these one of a kind crafts and arisans and feel free to say Diane sent you!
One of my favorite online spots is www.pinterest.com. Talk about creative people and the free flow of ideas, it's terrific if you have an event coming up and want some ideas for how to carry it out that are ingenious. I think everyone on Pinterest uses it differently. The idea is, you see something you like, you can "PIN IT" to your own "board" or page.
I started out that way and decided I'd rather use the site as my personal journal, in pictures. We're refinishing an oak ice box, the pictures of the project in progress are on my site.
Part of our homemade gift is going to be a small pottery Santa, made by me. All of my clay activity is on my Pinterest board CLAY MATTERS! It helps me keep track of the ones I've made and the ones I've yet to do. I study the pictures ...
Not many people know I have a small kiln for firing clay. I can't work a potter's wheel or throw clay, but I love to sculpt little things, particularly at Christmas time.
During the Longaberger basket craze, I made little Santa faces to perch on the edge of a basket. It's been long enough ago now that I thought I would make the "Santa Sitters" part of this year's holiday gift. So I went to visit my dear friend Rogier Donker, a master clay artist who has been putting up with my hobby clay efforts for years. I picked up the advice I needed, one of his beginner's books and a box of clay and happily headed home to see if I could remember how to sculpt a Santa face.
The first one turned out very rough. I may use him to experiment with the glaze. As my friend Pam ...
Oh MUSIC! It has the power to hurt, to heal, to soothe, to get you riled up. Music is the key to happiness for me, just about everything I do is connected in some way to music.
Here at HI-99, we play a lot of new artists and right now I am loving some of this new music and thought I would share some of my favorites with you.
Have you heard the LoCash Cowboys' new single, Best Seat In The House? It's a tribute to Chris Lucas' father and it's a song that can bring me to tears. Check it out when you can and support the band by buying their music if you like it.
Then there's Gary Allan's new song, It Ain't The Whiskey, a tune that takes you to an AA meeting where the impaired and rejected lover insists it isn't the whiskey hurting him, it's ...
Well, auction season seems to be coming to a close so what to do to occupy ourselves now? How about quality time in the kitchen?
We thought we would try our hand at making candy: caramel, to be exact. Turns out it's really easy, as long as we don't want to cut it into squares. I say that because it's not holding its shape after the cook. It just keeps falling flatter and flatter. It is DELICIOUS, just not quite the right consistency.
So the questions begin. Do we need to try a different recipe? Cook the stages longer? Ask an expert? Haha, I sort of did that on facebook when I posted the picture here, of our boiling sugar. Folks knew right away what it was and had lots of advice about getting it right, but we've had two attempts so far and are still seeking that perfect caramel ...
We stopped by Dave's property to check out the Sassafras trees when he got to thinking...and said, "You know, Grandma always threw her trash down the ravine out back, I wonder if my aunts did the same thing."
So we headed down the ravine in search of old bottles or interesting items that may have survived the elements all these years and it has been MANY years.
There were things sticking out of the earth EVERYWHERE. I plucked a few interesting bottles, one pretty perfume...when I spied something small and white, buried in the soil. I dug it out and much to my astonishment, found myself holding a beautiful milk glass Father Christmas holiday bulb. It is a treasure from the '40's most likely, possibly the '50's.
When I showed him what I found, I saved the Father Christmas for last. When I laid it in the palm of his ...
We all have free time in our lives, and how we spend that free time can determine our level of happiness in life. Since I don't have grandchildren to dote on quite yet, we've stumbled into an unexpected hobby: collecting vintage glassware. Primarily Depression Era pieces. We're on the hunt for virtually all Depression Era glass because it's all too lovely to choose a single class.
If you've ever seen vintage Jadite, you might understand how our passion got started in this arena, but we have found jadite difficult to purchase at reasonable prices here in the midwest. We've had better luck with pink and green Depression Glass. In our zeal, we have discovered local auctions. What fun! Now, we often come home with items other than the glass we were on the hunt for, but really, how could I resist this beautiful Wedgwood cup and saucer set, made in ...
I got a sweet little bracelet the other day. It's held together with two small magnets. I thought, how cool, I can put it on myself because the magnets naturally draw to a close when they're near each other.
Today I wore it for the first time.
When I opened the car door (I drive an old beater with plenty of metal on it), I stuck to the door. Prying my arm loose, I got in the car and drove to work, where I got stuck to the front door. There's plenty of metal in the elevator too, but I managed to free myself by the time I got to the third floor.
I did notice there's very little metal in the bathroom, guess all that shiny stuff is plastic?
Everything was okay while I got a little desk time in, but when I walked to the studio to take ...