Yet another blog

For those of you who enjoy reading about my glass, I do have a glass-centric blog. I talk there a lot more about my process, shows, sales, techniques, and just that part of my life, my glass art biz and my love of the medium.

Art After the 9 to 5

In case you are interested. =)

Thursday is Derek’s first birthday! We are having a very small party that day, just my parents and us. Then a slightly larger one on Saturday, but still very small. We want simple.

DLJ’s parents can’t make it this week but will be here in September to see the little guy.

I took him to his Infant See eye appointment today. It went well, he had a good time, especially when he found the pedals that raise the eye exam chair up and down and kept making it go up and down, over and over. He is such a button/lever/switch freak!

Mint overload

I let my mint tea steep for the past 20 minutes, it’s a doozy of a cup of tea. MINTY!

Derek is snoozing, I started a bead on its electroforming journey in the studio. It’s so nice and clean down there. It got out of control this past year, with so little time I didn’t want to spend any cleaning, so I will now try to clean a little after every work session, and spend a little time Sunday night straightening.

No signs of mice, tho there WERE fresh nibbles on my shears…but that might have happened between Sunday and Wednesday…but still, if the door was shut, how did the mouse get back in? I cleaned up its nest behind the drawer, made of chewed up paper and insulation from the walls. I guess he lived there quite awhile. But Lolita got him in the end, being a cat, which is what she is.

It’s cloudy today, and cool. There is no usual Mom’s group as a lot of folks are out of town or have family visiting. One Mom wanted to go to the zoo, but I am planning on going Monday, so I that would be a lot of times in a week.

The weekend looks fairly fun yet simple. A birthday party on Sunday…and nothing else really planned. I am watching the cats for a friend this weekend, and maybe I will get some time listing some items and working on a developing web project, or another glass project. I sure keep busy, you’d think Derek would be enough!

I can’t believe he turns a year old on the 21st. How did that HAPPEN so fast? =)

glass whore

You will note a link to my etsy shop on the main page of my blog now. Not much there at the moment, but I am hoping that will change. I am changing juiceglass a lot right now, how I sell, where, what…a lot of it is behind the scenes at the moment, but for now, anything I sell pretty much will be in etsy, it’s easier to just stick to one thing for now as the hammer and nails fly in the background.

Feel free to buy if you see anything you like as the days/weeks/months go by! Support handmade art! And I mean HAND MADE. I sometimes have issue with  “beading” as “handmade” but that is another post entirely that will probably piss people off. I just think handmade should be mostly truly handmade, all the pieces, not bought and strung. But there is no real name for “buying beads and clasps and chain and findings and stringing it and its done by human hands, not mass produced” so handmade is the word for now for all of it, I suppose.

This weekend we are putting a ceiling in in the glass studio. I have a roof, but no ceiling. This is very cold-making in the winter, so I am hoping a ceiling will help. Dad is coming out with Mom for the “fun” event. And DLJ and I will probably get a lovely dinner out on Saturday while the grandparents spend time with their darling grandson. ;)

I should be in the studio right now, but my babysitter hurt her ankle and is on crutches. I love having her, even if I didn’t have work to do I would love the time to myself twice a week. But I do have work to do, and I do have some to do right now, even if not in the studio itself. I will try to torch tonight after Derek goes to sleep, but after that I have to start clearing the place out for the ceiling construction. Nothing like forced cleaning, but man, the place NEEDS it. With so little studio time, I work, I don’t clean. ;)

suck, that’s me

I haven’t been writing at Livejournal makes it so easy…but I WANT this site to live and be interesting. I want to pull everything in here, flickr, etc. I need to work on that. My pal Halsted knows so much about getting everything in one place….maybe I will go stalk her site and see more of how she does it,and try to integrate here.

It’s a rainy Friday. Derek had fun at playgroup, and is now napping. When he wakes we will go to get some Copper River Salmon. It’s very $$$ but I get it once a season to support wild caught salmon vs. farmed. Today is the day. I like the rain, it was so hot last week, even though we escaped most of it by being at the coast. I don’t know what the weather is for this holiday weekend, but we will have fun no matter what. Saturday will be our first trip this season to the local farmer’s market, which is open again, YAY! I told DLJ we can do whatever he wants for Memorial Day, since it is more of a day off for him, than me. =)

I hope to get some studio time, but that’s about it. I want to start making winestoppers and I just need some time to mess around and see what I can do.

I’m down in the family room, which is finally, all the way finished. Carpet, walls, all of it. DLJ even hid the wires behind the baseboard he installed. We got a big baby gate type guard and it is blocking off the tv.entertainment console and the two shelves of CDs and DVDs from the little guy. As the days get warmer we will hang out down here more. Well, gotta go to the loo, and do so before he wakes so….potty calls for me! Didn’t you want to know that? I knew  you did.


Been awhile.

Sorry about that.

It’s so busy with Derek and life, it’s hard to find time to sit and write. When I have  spare moments there are always things I should be doing, or I just want to sit and do nothing, or nap!

I am so happy Spring is coming. The hyacinths are starting to push out of the ground, and the plum trees are just about to bloom. Plum and cherry blooms are one of my favorite things about Spring here.

I have a dentist appointment on Saturday; it can’t come soon enough.

I still have 3 baby teeth, you see. And I was told many years ago they might make it to my 30’s. I think one of them is finally failing, it hurts a lot. They were never meant to last so long, pretty impressive if you ask me, the little guys.

Since it hurts I am guessing the enamel is wearing and a cavity has set in. The real bummer is, once it goes, there is no permanent to replace it, so I will need a false tooth. Ah well. It’s hard to not feel like a failure but geeze, BABY TEETH. I should feel proud they made it this long.

I’m getting geared up for the Glass Expo at the Convention Center, it was a fun time last year and I am looking forward to doing it again, even though getting inventory is a lot harder with a little Derek running around. I think this year will be the hardest, as he cannot entertain himself at all…and needs to nurse every few hours. I don’t mind it, just makes glass work hard, but it is temporary.

Days go by…

Derek is sleeping. I have been working hard to give him better naps, so that he might become a better night sleeper. Sometimes I feel really overdone with his frequent waking, and ready to try anything to get him to sleep. I don’t want him sleeping through the night (beyond 4-5 hours a stretch) as he is too young for that. His mind is active and learning at night, and I want my boy smart! But it’s hard. Hard to accept that this is what he is, for now. But all the books are like, yeah, 4 hours good… I’d LOVE 4. Heh. I get 2, or 1.5.

But I need to remember that he is who he is, and its GOOD FOR HIM TO wake if he is waking. He has his reasons, and this will pass soon enough. I just get torn with the siren call of things to do, then the voices of reason reminding me he’s not even 5 months old, and that messing with sleep schedules before a year can be not so good. I never want to try cry it out methods, ever. I never want him to learn “oh, I am crying…but Mom is not coming, she won’t be here to help me.”



He’s a cutie. I am making a casserole for dinner and did the prep work while he is napping. We went to a Mom’s group in Hillsboro today, a long drive but worth it to stay in the loop with these women (they are part of a free new Moms group at the hospital I delivered in, and after 6 months you graduate…but you can keep going to your own playgroups…)

Our street is about to be dug up to put in digital cable or some such fanciness, there are orange, red, and green spray lines all over the place.

I am waiting for Spring. I know I will wait awhile…it’s time to order veggie seeds! I wonder what to grow this year, more strawberries and carrots, tomatoes….I want to start asparagus (it takes 3 years for them to be harvestable), maybe ill just get started on that…

Post Turkey

The sun is low in the sky, due to the time of day and time of year.

DLJ is out back raking leaves, we are just in from a walk around the neighborhood. Some folks have their lights up already, so tonight starts the holiday fun. I am looking forward to a nighttime walk soon with my family so little Derek can see them, even though he won’t get what he is looking at yet. He can see pretty far now, and colors are kicking in, so I think he might be fascinated.

I had a coffee and DLJ got me a giant yellow smiley faced mug full of flowers. “I wanted to get you something to let you know you are doing a great job as Mom. You don’t get reviews or raises or even get paid, so…”

AWWWWWW. *melt*

Derek is snoozing in the stroller after our walk, and when DLJ is done with leaves I will go get some more flour from the store, as I used it up today making banana muffins. It’s chilly out but at night my family is warm and safe in bed, all of us in the same room.

I don’t need much else. Life is good.


I brushed my teeth today.

This is an accomplishment. I also already folded clothes and answered emails! It’s amazing how hard it is to get things done with a newborn. But I’m working at it. But everyone says to sleep when he does, which is so counter to getting anything done! I know it will get easier, he will start sleeping longer soon…

It’s a very nice day out today, hopefully we will get a walk together in it. He really loves walks in the Moby wrap. I miss DLJ already, he is in Bend overnight, and working really, really hard. I hope he can rest on the weekend, but with our little guy, it’s not the easiest thing to do!