Another random post

Interesting political issues brewing in the Democratic Party. Wow, the Oregon Primary really may have bearing this election!

I’ll be off in the morning to a week of artful bliss at Art & Soul! I found out that the hotel does not have complementary internet access so I will be leaving my laptop at home.

I got my hair cut on Saturday. I chose this cut

with these bangs . Kari called the highlights “auburn.” I like it but haven’t taken a pic of myself… I hate having my picture taken when I am so big. I know it shouldn’t matter but it does. Losing weight and getting in shape are two things on my to do list. For now I’m okay… just no posed pics. 🙂

I’m going to apologize in advance for this paragraph—it’s a bit too personal for some people’s taste.

Anyway, I’ll be back next week for two days before I have surgery. I had an endometrial ablation last year but it didn’t make the problems go away. So now I am having a hysterectomy. I had a c-section when my daughter was born so the doctor is going to try to do it laparoscopically but he warned me that 20 years ago, military doctors were doing some creative sewing involving the bladder and uterus so he may have to cut an incision where my scar is in order to remove right stuff. Leaving my cervix and ovaries (no hormone therapy—thank goodness). Of course, if my ovaries look cancerous (he said it was easy to visualize), they would remove them. I asked him if he could do a tummy tuck at the same time but he wasn’t going for it. Dang! Anyway, I’ll be off work either two weeks or six weeks depending on the incision. I’m a couple decades older than I was when I had Amber—my doctor didn’t hesitate to remind me—so my body’s not as resilient. Recovery probably won’t be as easy as it was back then. I don’t care… I can’t wait to never have another period again!

I’ll be taking lots of pictures (if I can) at the art retreat and will share them when I get back. Now I’ve got to run to get all the last minute stuff done!


By the Sea swap

Here are the thumbnails of the charms from the By the Sea swap.

What talent!

Note: I changed the privacy settings so you should be able to click on the thumbnail and the flickr image should open. Sorry for that… it worked for me! 🙂


I’ve been tagged…

…by Dawn. I guess I should come up with seven new things, huh?

The rules:

  • Once you are tagged, link back to the person who tagged you.
  • Post THE RULES on your blog.
  • Post 7 weird or random facts about yourself on your blog.
  • Tag 7 people and link to them.
  • Comment on their blog to let them know they have been tagged.
  1. I hate talking on the phone. Even when I was a teenager, I didn’t like talking on the phone. Some days I HATE my cell phone.
  2. I have three dogs and one step-dog. I got a dog because I’m allergic to cats but now I’m hooked.
  3. I have a small collection of Sid Dickens Memory Blocks (I know some people don’t consider them art but I love them nonetheless):
    1. T170 – Rouen
    2. T167 – Swallow (retired)
    3. T165 – The Clasp
    4. T163 – Flower Rosette (retired)
    5. T157 – Gameboard
    6. T155 – Newton (retired)
    7. T151 – Stone Leaf (retired)
    8. T148 – Mystic Bloom (retired)
    9. T138 – Melody
    10. T102 – Mosaic (retired)
    11. T100 – Plums (retired)
    12. T29 – Harlequin with Moulding
  4. My favorite flowers are daffodils, lavender, and roses, not necessarily in that order.
  5. One of my goals is to write a book… I’ve gotten as far as the outline. 🙂
  6. Some of my favorite things are dragonflies, keys, angels, shoes, wings, birds, and of course, dogs.
  7. When I was a little girl, I was afraid of the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz. I think I was 13 before I ever saw the whole movie.

I’m tagging the following ladies from my charm swap:


Tiny intention bottles

I met with some local ladies last night to create these little intention bottles. The project was left open as far as what type of medium we wanted to use. The only necessity was the bottle, of course. When I was in Seattle, I found these really cool bottles full of heart-shaped confetti. I didn’t really need four bottles of hearts (though I’m sure I’ll find a use for it someday) but I wanted the bottles because I really liked the shape and size of them and the wooden lids. Plus they were pretty inexpensive. I decided to dig into my huge stash of paper napkins because that way I wouldn’t have to work too hard to create a pretty collage on the bottles. I used gel medium to apply the paper. After that dried, covered the bottles with double-sided sticky tape-stuff that comes in a sheet. Then I stuck micro-beads all over them. There is one odd one that I stuck seed beads on. It’s a much different look but I think it’s cool. I added some ribbon on some and little charms on the others. I really love the way they turned out. I think I’m going to make some more… maybe for trades at Hampton.

Fine Silver

I have been experimenting with PMC3. I’m not sure if I like this formula very well. It’s really gooey out of the package. I think I’ll try the Silver Clay Slow Dry. I have also used some different techniques for texturing and polishing. I would like to find some brass texture plates. The texture plates and stamps I’ve been using aren’t giving me the effect I’m looking for. I have to say I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my tumbler. What a time-saver! After an hour or two, the pieces come out so shiny and beautiful. I used some liver of sulfur to give the pieces that aged look but I’m thinking I like the shiny finish a lot. The liver of sulfur actually emphasizes the little scuffs and marks. I guess that’s nice on some pieces if that’s the look you’re going for but not on everything. I also tried some paint made for metal but it dries too quickly so I don’t think I’ll use it much. I liked using Sherri Haab’s transfer medium to add color. I think it would have been a nice addition to the little daisy I created from a mold. Next time I’ll have to try it. Anyway, here are some pictures of the pieces I did. I should be posting them on etsy but I will probably wait until I return from Art & Soul early in May.

Random stuff

I know there is no rhyme or reason to my posts but I do appreciate everyone who stops by my blog. WordPress is great! They have a great dashboard that shows how many visitors you have and what they clicked on. I started this blog in November and last month I had 1195 views. On my best day, I received 126 views! So thank you all again for visiting.

I cannot believe the weather we’re having in Portland. Spring is definitely late arriving this year. In the seven-day forecast, today should be the warmest day; we may (or may not) reach 60°. This weekend, the high may not reach 50° and there may be snow in the higher elevations (1000 feet)! It makes me worry about the fate of our summer as well.

I had a mammogram today. It is not fun. The technician had bad breath. I am large busted (don’t know if this makes a diff) and it was very uncomfortable. I repeat… it’s not fun. Enough said!

Maybe inclement weather will prevent “them” from dropping off another set of phone books this week. Actually, I think it’s a conspiracy. The people who ripped off our recycling bin are inundating us with phone books because they know we don’t have a conscientious means of disposing of the damn things!

I had a wake up call of sorts on Monday and Tuesday of this week. The group I work for hosted a very inspiring and beneficial two-day conference for all HR employees in Oregon. It was a great opportunity for networking, gaining some skills, and learning about new resources. I have had a renewed outlook and have realized I am pretty fortunate. I have some career-development work I need to do but I’m hopeful things are on the upswing.

Talking about networking… there’s been a lot of buzz recently at work about social media and networking. I’m on geni, facebook, myspace, linkedin, classmates, flickr, numerous yahoo groups (mostly art-related), wordpress, youtube, reunion, second life (haven’t gone there for months). Do you participate in this trend? Well, obviously, you do otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this. Or do you believe it’s more appropriate for the younger generation? Do you feel safe broadcasting yourself online? If no, why not? Have you ever googled yourself? Have you made new friends online? Or found someone from your past? Please take a minute to leave a comment. I’m interested in your thoughts.

Yet again…

A while ago, I wrote about the something that drives me crazy. Well, the madness has again taken place! I cannot believe the other day, we received yet ANOTHER set of phone books! Can you believe it?! Once a month it seems, we get a new set. I don’t get it! How can I make this stop?