Today I am going to Northstar Glass to pick up some Amber Purple and Star White. I have not been there before. They are only 4.5 miles from my driveway, and even though I am quite small potatoes, just starting in boro glass a little, little, (sorry Bullseye, you are still my first and biggest glass love!), they offered to show me around where they make the good stuff, a little tour.

I LOVE local companies and I am so fortunate to have Bullseye and Northstar right here. I am supposed to meet up with a glassmaker named Brent this weekend, somehow, as well. He actually will be at Northstar this afternoon, but I have the D-man at that point, and a hot shop is no place for a little dude like that. Plus, we have a small party to go to this afternoon.

But I hope to see Brent tomorrow. DLJ’s schedule is a little screwy, he is working tomorrow morning, and late tonight, but maybe B and D and I can go out for breakfast at least. I do want to see him while he is in town.

I made a bunch of beads yesterday, so I can start working on some jewelry for the Art in the Round. There are so many good shows this summer, alas, with Derek, my time and ability is limited. But that is alright. I do the ones I can, and there will be plenty of time for more once Derek is a little older. The world can wait for me. =)

Art in the Round

I am doing at least one of the 3 Art in the Round shows in Beaverton, OR this year. They only have 8 or 10 vendors at each one.  They have live music and it is by a fountain and a really nice evening out in a very intimate atmosphere. I was hoping to get one later in the summer, more time to prepare. Of course, they want me at the first one, the last Tuesday in June. Yipe. I have a lot to do. I am almost out of earrings. I need to make a lot of earrings and a few more elaborate necklaces. I have plenty of bracelets, those things just don’t sell much. But I definitely need to make more earrings. I am really happy and excited to do the event. I love community events and this one is in such a nice location, with good restaurants, and the Mayor is even doing a walking tour from the library to the event with anyone who wants to join him! Yay for the Beaverton Arts Commission!

And more straws. I got some colored glass today. Soon I will have amber and lavender glass straws. Woo.

Derek is growing fast. He is so close to being potty trained. He poops on the potty all the time and if I leave him bare booty naked he pees on the potty most of the time with very few accidents.

He and I had a real water fight yesterday. He was throwing the water at me, and me back at him, and we were both in hysterical laughter. It was so much fun.

I am feeling much better about the only child thing. I was having very, very small doubts, but I know this is right for all 3 of us. We all win. What I have to do is to work hard on giving him plenty of opportunities to make friends, and work to get  him to know the family he has. We don’t have tons of cousins for him, but they exist. Extra effort needs to be made that he knows them, enjoys them, and considers them siblings as best he can. That is what I have with my cousin, who is also an only, and it has worked out great. It’s very important he has at least one person he can share his childhood history with.

What a day

It is raining right now, which cancelled our evening walk after a yummy dinner of noodles and fava beans from the farmer’s market.

But, we had a great day. I had Momma’s morning out, this time I just had a nice coffee and read at a local cafe I enjoy, then went to Powell’s and rummaged through books and magazines for a long time.

After Derek’s nap we went to the wading pool at one of the rec centers, which opened today. Yay! Last year he could barely walk in the water with you holding on to him, and could stand solo for a few seconds, the last time we went there last late summer. Today, he walked all around the pool, fell down in the water twice, tried to do a sort of doggie paddle, I guess, but stood up again with our help and wasn’t  upset. Yay!

No idea what the plan is tomorrow. I have more straws to make. Of course.

Not that I am complaining.

First boro

Well, I got my new torch hooked up, running and messed with my little stash of boro glass that I have. This is my first pendant made with boro. I like it. Of course, I want more ooomph to work with, but thats a lot more $$$ to update my oxygen supply. Someday, but the new torch is a DREAM. After almost 5 years on the torch, I earned the upgrade!

My first work in boro.

My first work in boro.

Good things

Well, the kiln has no cure. But it can go onward as is as long as I can put up with it. When it goes south, it will go south quick, but is totally usable until then, as long as I ignore what temperature it SAYS it is. I think I found the right temp for my glass, so I can keep working with the kiln. It is in perfect condition, save for the control board. The brains. Yuck. But at least it’s not dead. I can use it and keep on keepin’ on.

My straws are selling very well. This is good. Practical item, not like jewelry. Which is also selling pretty well, even in this economy. I can’t complain.

I got a used drill press which will allow me to do a LOT more with metals in my work. Yay.

Today is Copper River Salmon day. Once a year we splurge on the really good stuff, both since it is so good, and also to support wild caught salmon as an industry vs. farmed. We buy wild whenver we can. So dinner tonight will be yummy. When Derek wakes we will walk to the store that has it, and he can have a cookie. Then back home and run around, I guess.

Tomorrow I get stitches out of my thumb. Yay. And I need to finish a large straw order, and take photos of the straw carrying cases, and make dinner, and…and…

it’s good to be busy.

This weekend, since the kiln issue is as resolved as it is going to be, I am going to set up my new torch. Finally. I am looking forward to that!


Bullet list of stuff:

-More Straws!

Locals, I have a show tomorrow:

Over The Bridge Arts and Crafts Show
Capitol Coffee House and Bistro
6446 SW Capitol Bistro
Portland, OR 97201

Art Fair
Sunday May, 31st 4:00-8:00

I will have my jewelry and many straws, and the new carrying cases!

-Derek stayed with a sitter today while DLJ and I saw Star Trek. A REAL movie in a REAL theatre! He did great while we were gone and cried and repeated the sitter’s name after she left!

-He sits on the big potty now on one of those potty seats that fits over the normal one and thinks it is great. He’s growing up so fast. So many new words and short phrases.

-I’m hot and want a quick shower, the reading. Final prep for the show tomorrow, tomorrow.

Iphone post

Trying out the wordpress app for my phone. Derek is napping after a fun morning with Elliot at a local cafe. Friends in town are stopping by soon. My kiln is still at a shop and I still don’t know what us wrong. Sucks with a show this weekend at a local cafe!
Ok, how to save and post this …


after a shower, sprawled out on the bed. It has been a lovely weekend, fabulous weather, lots of water, fun, popsicles and lounging around.

And the riding of scooters.

He is holding a little plastic hook from our baker's rack in the house

He is holding a little plastic hook from our baker's rack in the house

My kiln needed a part and we installed it, but it still has a heating issue. I have one more thing to try, then I just don’t know. I don’t want to buy a  new one, but I will if I have to. I need that kiln NOW for a show in a couple weeks. That’s the only bummer this weekend.

Ok, off to read some and relax. Derek is napping very late today…which is not the greatest, but it makes for a nice late afternoon siesta for Momma.

Also, Momma’s Morning Out alone yesterday was just fab. I have a new Alone Time place. I am definitely going back. Way better than Jade Sauna.

New Store Announcement: The Last Straw – Straws by Carli!

So I have been fiddling in the background and I have a new item to sell. I love my glass, and it’s pretty, and I will still do it. But several years ago I got a bunch of boro glass, which is a lot harder, stiffer, than the Bullseye I usually use. I didn’t have the airpower, firepower, etc., to use it. With the addition of a second oxygen concentrator, I finally could mess around with boro. But I don’t want to make the same things in boro that I do Bullseye. So I decided to be practical.


Reusable Glass Straws

Before you think I am totally strange, boro glass is Pyrex. These straws are very sturdy. Yes, they are glass, and like Pyrex cookware,  you drop it, it might break. But it is less likely to, and under normal usage, like Pyrex, it’s safe for use, for microwave and dishwashing.

Want to know more? I have a lifetime guarantee on my straws, if one ever breaks, tell me, and I will replace it. I also have a handy GLASS STRAW FAQ for you.

There’s more designs coming than just the designer Dot one. I am going to sell one off ones in special colors, and a set of four that I call elements, with a straw each representing earth, air, fire, and water. You can get those separately, of course.

Anyway. These are fun and a great departure for me from the “everyday” of my beads. They are really fun to drink out of, feel better than crappy plastic with who knows what in it, and are just a little touch of elegance and eco-friendliness in today’s world.