Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
The next step was picking out a clasp,and placing the beads in a pattern that was pleasing to the eye.
I think I did a pretty good job?!
I also got crafty and decided to make some earrings. I made these 4 pairs and some others that I will post later.
As for these, I wanted to do something different, and chose the wire-wrapped pieces at the top and embelished them with small seed beads and more wire wrapping.
I think they came out quite nice? Don't you?
The first pair on the bottom, I put a small piece of linked chain hanging off the French ear wire, and then made small beads with wrapped loops and attached those onto the chain.
The other pair is made from silver circles that have holes in the top and bottom, and I just attached the top to the Ear wire, and on the bottom I put a pearl drop.
I had so much fun creating and making jewelry again!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Please wait while these awesome photos load.......it's worth the wait~
I saw the most awesome thing today.....
We are having the annual Bourne Scallop Festival here, and all of Main street was packed with vendors and people buying. We came across these wonderful wood carvings and I am just in AWE! Now, these beauties were not in the Scallop Festival tents, but further down Main Street.
These are all hand carved with a CHAIN SAW ~!
My boyfriend writes for the local newspaper, Cape Cod Today, and asked me if I would get some pictures, and boy, was I happy to do that. I learned so much!
These carvings are all done by Wayne DeMoranville, who I would say is a master craftsman and can wield a chainsaw like nobody's business!
Here is a picture of Wayne, with his Banjo Bear, who he said is an older carving, but one that he keeps with him. He takes him to all the shows and fairs that he does. I can see why he is a favorite!
I would be very proud of Banjo Bear too, if I owned him.
Wayne's business is called Wayne
DeMoranville Artworks, and he works out of Lakeville, Mass.
You can visit his website at: http://www.chainsawcarvingman.com/
He said that he has been wood carving for 9-10 years. That is a lot of sculpture to have done!
This is Wayne sitting on an absolutely gorgeous bench he created. It has 2 bears on the left side and and an eagle and bear with a honey pot and beehive on the right.
These pictures don't even come close to doing his art justice, but take my word for it, they are beautiful!
Right now he is in the town of Buzzards Bay, Massachusetts, and is working in a studio at the Artisans Gallery of Cape Cod on Main Street. He will be there for about a month he said.
There are many other artists here with many other kinds of work and Crafts to display.
You should check it out if you get the chance.
This is one end of that bench from above, with the bears and the beehive. See the detail in the bear's fur? All done with the chainsaw!
You can see a bit of a rooster in the background too. All of his carvings are stunning!
Wayne also told me that he carves Totem Poles and ice sculptures!
I would love to see those!
This is a sculpture of a beaver that Wayne did earlier today. One couple standing next to me said they saw him starting to carve it earlier, and were very impressed that when they walked back this way, it was completed! They were saying they couldn't believe that this came from a "chunk of wood".
You can also see a fish sculpture in the background of this shot, (and Wayne too!).
This is the other side of that lovely bench, with the eagle on top of a branch holding a beehive, and the bear down below holding a honey pot. I can't believe he does all this will a chainsaw! Whew!
This would definately be a showpiece if you had this on your lawn.
This is a stunning carving of a fisherman with his latest catch.....
Just look at the detail.....even in the beard, and the fingers on his hand.
Again, I can't say enough how beautiful these are in person.
This is a tree trunk before Wayne starts to carve.
He told me that this is going to be a "Cranberry Pickin' Bear" and that when he is finished, it will be auctioned off at his next show, which will be October 11th and 12th, 2008, at the Cranberry Harvest Celebration that is put on by A.D. Makepeace.
They are located in Wareham, Mass, and Wayne will be doing his carving shows and selling his sculptures.
Here is that stump of wood after he has been carving it with chainsaw for a few minutes. I have to admit I was facinated and mesmerized by the sight of the wood chips flying, and the hum of the chainsaw, and couldn't for the life of me figure out how he was going to get a bear holding cranberries out of that wood! Watching him work is sort of like a guilty pleasure in that you are watching an expert craftsman in action, and also you are witnessing first hand a beautiful piece of art being created!
Now, here is the beginnings of the Cranberry Pickin' Bear that I mentioned earlier. Wayne had been working about 15-30 minutes and this is what was accomplished in that time! It's definately looking like a bear to me!
If you want to see the finished masterpiece, you will have to go to the AD Makepeace Cranberry Harvest Celebration. I know I will!
I hope you enjoyed these photos, and you feel as impressed as I do. I still can't believe it.....a chainsaw!!!!!
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Wednesday, September 17, 2008
A very special shout-out to jenniferlala76 for this great video, courtesy of CBS and The Early Show.
I have to say that, yes, I am happy!
I have liked Dan from the start, and thought he was doomed when America picked him as "America's Player" for that week, and he accepted! What was HE thinking? He could have lost the whole thing right there. And Michelle and Ollie were definately suspicious! She kind of put a bug in everyone elses ear about it too!
But good ol' Dan.....He pulled through! He played an excellant game and I'm proud of him for that! I have to admit that everytime he said he was going to throw a challenge or appear to be weak though...I was thinking...."No way...go kick some butt!" But in the end, I guess his way was the right way? And who am I to judge? It's not like I've ever been in a situation like that.
Dan also kept winning the challenges towards the end of competition. He seemed to know when to turn it on and when to turn it off. I give him tons of credit for this!
His strategy from day 1 was the best, and the best move in the whole game was when he back-doored Michelle!
Whew, I didn't think he had it in him, first to turn on Ollie and then Michelle, knowing they were both going to the jury house, took some big kahunas!
Dan and Memphis formed a secret alliance on the fourth week of competition, that seemed to be the winning strategy for them both, calling themselves The Renegades and plotting to evict all the other "Big Brother" houseguests. Now, I thought that the first time Dan had to put Memphis up after his deal with Ollie, that this whole "Renegades" thing would blow up, and Memphis seemed pretty pissed! But somehow, leave it to Dan, it all worked out in the end!
When they had the jury members all sitting around last night and discussing the game, I thought for sure that Michelle, Gerry, April and Ollie were going to vote for Memphis. I didn't know which way Libra was going to go, but Keesha and Renny seemed to be for Dan....so for me, this was a close one!
You have to remember that Memphis won that really cool car on the first show, and he walks away with $50,000.00 so he isn't hurting! But had he won, I would have been disappointed. I don't think he played the game as well as Dan, and I don't think he took the risks that Dan did. He sort of skated through.
America voted for their favorite juror and Keesha was given the prize of $25,000.00. I would have liked to have seen it go to either Gerry or Michelle, only because I feel they deserved it more. Gerry could have used it to help his wife with Parkinson's disease, and Michelle got ripped off through most of the competitions. Some may say she is a sore loser for having to wear the red tights, but I think she was really counting on that money and I would have liked her to have some.
Anyway, the reason I watch this show, is because I am addicted.....it is like a car crash that you say you aren't going to look at.....but, ooooops, there you go, peeking! LOL
It is trash TV and I love it! I guess when you put a bunch of mis-matched people in a house, all cooped up with each other, all kinds of shite happens!
And Maybe even a Gorilla comes back!!!!!
Thanks to CBS for the wonderful photos and video, and here is a run-down of the players:
The 13 contestants of "Big Brother 10" were:
- Dan Gheesling, 24, high school teacher from Dearborn, Mich.
- Robert "Memphis" Garrett, 25, mixologist and party planner from Los Angeles
- Gerry MacDonald, 75, retired marketing executive from Magnolia, Texas
- Keesha Smith, 29, waitress from Burbank, Calif.
- Renny Martyn, 53, hair salon owner from Metairie, La.
- Bryan Ollie, 27, marketing sales representative from Bloomington, Minn.
- Michelle Costa, 28, real estate agent from Cumberland, R.I.
- April Dowling, 30, finance manager from Higley, Ariz.
- Libra Thompson, 31, human resources representative from Spring, Texas
- Jessie Godderz, 22, bodybuilder from Huntington Beach, Calif.
- April Dowling, 30, finance manager from Higley, Ariz.
- Steven Daigle, 35, geographic consultant from Dallas
- Brian Hart, 27, telecommunication account manager from San Francisco
So tell me what do you think???? Did the right person win Big Brother???
And what was your favorite moment on the show?
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
~ This is the Quote of the day ~
Sunday, September 14, 2008
I totally re-vamped my whole blog.......thanks to WitchWoman! She rocks! She helped me change the entire template and did most of the work herself! I love that she didn't just give me a "quickie" answer....she stayed right with me, asking me quesions along the way and personalizing it just for me. I can't say enough nice things about her, but if you run across her, tell her Kat said "hi" and remember she is one of the good ones!
Another person I want to thank is: timethief. She has helped me out before, and she helped me out again last night, by offering me advice and a few templates to look at. She has an unending amount of knowledge, and she generously shares that with us. I am so happy to have met timethief. :)
Another person who came to my aid last night was DrowseyMonkey.
She offered me some great advice with some references to look up. She is also very knowledgeable and willing to help people like me. Thank you DrowseyMonkey!
The last lady I wanted to thank is Anniepooh.
She was right there for me too, with advice and sites to check out. Thank you for your time, I do appreciate it.
And finally, the last person I would like to thank is acousticguitarist.
Now, for anyone who knows him out there, you will understand.............
Acousticguitarist made some comments on the new banner I had just slaved hours on making and then putting on the top of my very bland basic blogger green blog. It had a little of everything in there that I thought I needed, but one of the pictures on it was of a beautiful toddler with blond curls, dressed in jammies, holding a teddy (I thought it was cute!). Acoustic commented on my discussion thread by telling me that, and I quote...... "the kid needs a shave"
I have to tell you all, I was lmao at that one~! Everyone is so serious and giving me advice and here he comes to crack a joke. I loved it! We need more people like him! Anyway, thanks Acousticguitarist! You can make me laugh anytime!
I wanted to let everyone out there know that I have met these wonderful friends on Blogspot, and I am so very grateful! You all helped me when I really needed it, and I have found so much kindness here. So, A big Shout-Out to you all! I am so happy I started blogging and that I joined Blogspot!
Saturday, September 13, 2008
But it's a good test for our old minds.
Click the link and have fun.
Smart or Stoopid?
Sunday, September 7, 2008
This is a fun craft you can do with the kids!
Sculpey III® polymer clay -- one package of each of the following colors:
A small amount of each of these: Black and Terra Cotta
Sculpting Tools (play dough tools work fine, or even plastic cutlery)
Optional: pasta machine (Note: After a pasta machine has been used to condition clay, it cannot be used in food preparation.)
Rolling pin or a jar would work in a pinch
Garlic press (Note: Do not use in food preparation after processing clay.)
Aluminum-foil-covered cookie sheet
Paper towels for wiping hands
Condition all clay by running the colors through a pasta machine on the lowest
setting. Or knead by hand until soft and pliable.
Roll out the beige clay to 1/8" thickness. Use the sculpting tool to cut out a
head in the shape of a flat balloon.
Make two 1/2" eyeballs from beige clay. Place together about 1/2" down from the top. Use a pencil eraser to indent the clay for pupils. Make much smaller balls from black clay. Slightly flatten the balls with your finger. Fill the indentations with black-clay pupils.
Form the nose by making a triangle-shaped log. Cover the front of the nose
with a small piece of terra-cotta clay. Insert the end of the nose just under
and between the eyes.
Cut two small triangles of beige clay for ears. Mold and curve them to form ear shells. Attach them to the top of the head so they are sticking up somewhat.
Use a toothpick to cut a smiling mouth in the face. If you want, attach a piece of rolled out black clay to the back, so that you have a backing for the open mouth.
Squeeze copper clay through a garlic press. Arrange strands of clay around
the lion's head to form a mane. Remember to tuck some under and behind the ears. Press firmly to the clay head. Use tip of toothpick to press down if necessary to make clay stick to each other.
Place on a foil-covered cookie sheet, and bake at 265 degrees for 20 minutes.
VOILA~ You have a nice lion head that you made yourself.
A good work surface for kids is a cutting board wrapped with freezer paper, shiny side up. The clay won't stick to this, and it keeps the cutting board clean. Or you can use those disposable cutting mats that are for sale in the dollar store, they are plastic and good for crafts.
Rolling pins are fine for creating sheets of clay. Remember: Do not use any utensil for food preparation once it has been used to process clay. Keep them dedicated for clay use.
Remember to wash hands after using polymer clay. Never put clay or unwashed clay hands in mouth....parents, watch for this!
If you don't want to use the clay that you have to bake in the oven....there is "air dry" clay that can be used for this project. I'm not sure if it comes in the variety of colors that Sculpey does, but it can always be painted once dry!
**This was taken from an idea on the DIY network. They made a huge pendant from this face. I can't see making a pendant, but a nice keepsake. The photos are courtesy of thier project, the instructions are embelished to my needs.
From now on, I will list crafts with my own pictures and instructions, so there is no confusion. :)
Thursday, September 4, 2008
* Our Mothers took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes.
* We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, no locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or protective pads, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.
* As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Sometimes even on our Dad's lap! (OMG!)
* We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. And we never got sick and died! In fact, that was the only drink you were getting, cause your Mom was tired of having to make Kool-aid for all the neighborhood kids.
* We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle or can and NO ONE actually died from this or thought it was gross.
* We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Kool-aid made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because,
* We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms.......
* We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.
* We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We had fun even though it wasn't the healthiest thing we could be doing...
* We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not poke out very many eyes.
* We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!
* Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Certainly not like that now!
* The idea of our parents bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually agreed with the police, and your as* stayed in jail!
The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.
While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.
Does anyone have any other musings from childhood?
You know, the kind of things we did that for one reason or another aren't done anymore?
Leave me a comment and let me know....
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Top 10 List!
1. The Usual Suspects - 1995
Who knew that we would find out the identity of Keyser Sose at the end of the movie....and be totally shocked? It was done so perfectly too. You didn't see this one coming! Kevin Spacey was at his best in this movie.....you don't get better! The whole cast was great in this film. You think you have it...then, nope, it wasn't that
2. Primal Fear - 1996
You didn't expect the ending of this movie either! It definately showed what a great actor Edward Norton was. You just never thought he was so bad! Oh, and Richard Gere getting played was absolutely brilliant! The look on his face is priceless.
3. The Sixth Sense - 1999
I certainly didn't expect the ending to this movie! Although a lot of people have told me they knew and saw the signs..... I never did and was totally bamboozled at the end! When the kid says "He sees dead people", he means it!
4. The Crying Game - 1992
Okay, this is probably not a very popular choice, but I have to give credit where credit is due...... When Stephen Rhea goes to find the girlfriend, I don't think that anybody was expecting to see what we saw.... I think my mouth hit the floor! Total shock!
5. Fight Club - 1999
Another great movie showcasing Edward Norton and his acting abilities. I certainly didn't expect this ending either! Had I known that the 2 were 1, I might have understood it a bit better, but the ending was awesome...who knew?
6. The Wicker Man - 2006
Okay, I have to admit that I never saw the original, (yes, this is a remake) but I did like this movie and because I hadn't seen the original, I had no idea that it wasn't about the
girl at all! Wow...really?
7. Se7en - 1995
How appropriate that the movie "Se7en" would be listed as number 7? Anyway, this movie was a sit on the edge of your seat kind of thriller, that didn't let up until the end. Another great Kevin Spacey flick...he's good in this one too. You are shocked at the ending, but it fulfills the last 2 sins, so,the job is done, so to speak.
8. Gone Baby Gone - 2007
I think even though this is a newer movie, that it deserves it's place on this list. The ending is pivotal and surprising, (even if they dragged it out after the "Wow" factor) and another one that I had no clue about. I was never led in that direction, and I have to say that the thought never crossed my mind.
9. Psycho - 1960
This is the oldest movie on the list, but by far the one with the biggest reaction of it's time! Back in 1960 there were millions of people who were affected by this movie, and not just the surprise ending. But who new that Mommie Dearest was really dead and good ol' Norman was off his rocker?
10. Wild Things - 1998
I know I will have many people who might not agree with me on this one, but I don't care.....This movie literally made my jaw hit the floor. Aside from the full frontal nudity of Kevin Bacon, the ending was a shocker! I never suspected the end at all! I just let them lead me on twisted path, and then, Bammm!
Everything is played out in the end.....Whew.....Glad that's over.
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