Friday, January 18, 2019

Studio in Progress ......

My studio on the first day!
 As you know, we bought a new house, which has a large and lovely area for the studio.  My only real complaint was the carpet.

So after some money juggling I decided there was enough in the budget to get my floor redone. 

I was looking at vinyl planking or wood laminates, but the sellers just happen to leave over 500sq food of fancy, expensive tile..... so why not use that ???
 my new floor in progress........
They finished it today, but due to the bad weather and work schedules, I didn't get to see it today.  (whaw!)

With luck, I'll get over tomorrow and get pics!!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Why Kat has been AWOL.....

WOW!   got this fortune just before we decided to house hunt... 
Tomorrow we close on our new house. 

When we started to look for houses, I honestly thought it would take MONTHS to find a house that worked for all three of us.

It has to be big, it has to be in good condition or be cheap enough I can get what is wrong fixed without borrowing more funds.

It needs to be all 1 level ( think ranch) or big enough that I can mostly live on the 1st floor.

It needs to have enough room for both a game room for Hubby-kins and a studio for me. 

The kid wanted to have at least as much room as she has in this house.

It needs to stay in the central Des Moines area because the kid wants to take the bus to work, not drive.  Besides, adding to the commute time would mess up Jerry and I's work scheduling. 

So yeah, months.  I spent about 6 weeks studying the market, and then we decided to start actually hunting around Nov 12th. 

We found the house we will own TOMORROW!!!!  on Nov 18th.

took a week to hammer out a price, schedule the inspection, starting the banking stuff, etc.

Since then I've been trying to pack between shows, commissions, etsy sales, the holidays, and lining up contractors for the work that needs to be done.   We have been furniture shopping -- trying to hit every antique place in town looking for a vintage side board or china cabinet because damn, I've always wanted one.  The first one I fell in love with sold before I could get back there to actually buy it.  ( I've seen more since..  this weekend will hopefully see me the owner of one of them )

We also managed to adopt a stray kitten during this time.. who still needs to see the vet ( the holidays messed up vet scheduling ) before we can integrate her into our household.  Right now she's living in the studio with the door firmly shut... which is upsetting my Kya- fur baby to no end.  That's her room!  But until she's checked out we can't let her around the old cats for their health.

So tomorrow morning we close, and then we will get Papa Murphy's to celebrate and have 5 contractors showing up about an hour apart.  Friday I have another 5 contractors showing up.

So yeah, I'm busy, even more than normal.  But I'm deeply happy.

I will try to blog as I go along in this new house, but I doubt much will be about specific jewelry pieces until my studio is transferred and set up in the new house.  Oh yeah, after we move then we start getting the old house ready to sell........

Monday, December 31, 2018

Pottery at the Gallery !!!!

Sis with 2 kitty banks representing her 2 guys at home.
 Holidays are all about family and friends having good times together, right? 
So a girls evening out to eat and chat and paint pottery? AMAZING!
I've been trying to make it out to Five Monkeys to paint since Dina started it.  But getting everyone's schedule to mesh is a nightmare.

Finally we got it done on just before Christmas and we had a blast !

First a lovely meal at Drake Diner  and then off to Five Monkeys.  We all picked a piece we wanted to paint and got right to it.

If you are in a time crush, you can actually reserve your time and the pieces you want to paint on the website, and Dina ( or her fantastic helpers) will have it all set out for you when you come.  (Customer service people! )

She's got a good strong range of colors and you can use as many or as few as you want, different paint brushes and even stamps and stencils to make your project truly special and your own.

Friend Paula with a fantastic owl mug!

My Baby with a subtle painting scheme for her snake

My Niece showing off her awesome painting on a plain mug! 

My kitty bank reflects me.  I'm outside the lines but I have happy swirls!
It takes about a week for Dina to glaze and then fire your pieces.  it's worth the wait! 

Here are our masterpieces all done!

We all had a great time and can't wait to do it again!!!!

Saturday, December 8, 2018

A funny thing happened on the way to my last show....

Dolphins like old watches too!

If I was a bad blogger a month ago,  I think, a month later and no blogs, I must be a irredeemable one now.   So I'm not gonna go there.

I will try to blog on more regular basis again, but it's now my winter recharge months, so I probably won't as often anyway, and most of them will probably not be about jewelry.  Or only somewhat about jewelry.

I have soooo much going on right now.. we are in the process of buying a house ( YES! !!  YES!! PUMP FIST! WE FOUND A FANTASTIC HOUSE!!!! ) its 2 weeks away from Christmas and after I write this blog I am going to the studio to wrap presents and see where that's at, I'm trying to pack from time to time, and my brain is always scheming, scheming, scheming about the new house, how to furnish it, the fact we need to get a few things done before we move in, then we will start working on this house, what happens to this house after we move, etc etc etc etc.

Another words, my brain won't shut up most of the time, and it's 3 times worse right now. 

Anyway, I was quite please to be involved with taking over Lefty's Live Music Nov 25th as one of the Monkey artists from Five Monkeys Inc gallery.  Jerry and I woke up that morning with a flat tire.

Since Jerry had to work... yes, I was gonna do a show without him, and didn't that turn out great??

Anyway, we had to get the tire fixed asap, we went to Tires P*** first, and they refused to do it, because we used a fix a flat to get it working well enough to get somewhere!!

Being the Sunday after Thanksgiving, it took some doing to find a open place that would do the work.. Jerry's Sis picked him up from the car place so he wouldn't be late to work, and 2 tires, $300 bucks and 4 hours later, it's 1pm and Dina said don't worry about it.

So I missed the show, really depressing for me.

If anyone went to the show especially to see my stuff, I humbly apologize and I am sure you found something amazing to buy anyway, cause my gallery peers are so talented a bunch!

If you didn't go, and you didn't have a flat tire, then SHAME ON YOU!   Just kidding! I'm sure you know you have 24/7 access to the great gallery stuff on the website, and it's even better if you walk in the door and check it out in person.

So, That's all I got right now.  If I manage to go another month without a blog, have a fantastic and brilliant Christmas!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Bad Blogger....

yeah, I know, I've not been posting.

The truth is we are house hunting, and searching listings, going to showings, planning the money, it's been taking up just about all of my time the last few weeks. 

I'll try to get back on the straight and narrow this week!!!   I have several pieces about 1/2 done, hopefully in time for my show this coming Sunday.... More on that in a few days.  Promise!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Eating better...

 My hubby is Diabetic.  I've got health problems all over the place.  We both turned 50 this year, and we decided it's time to take better care of ourselves. 

We have tried actually from time to time, then loose interest or get frustrated, or don't have time to do the cooking. 

The last time we really tried, it didn't seem like there were as many options - but in 2018, there are lots of options.  Options that don't feel like your sacrificing taste. 
 case in point... Banza noodles.  They are made from Chickpeas, and they replicate the texture of regular noodles, and they don't have any funny aftertaste or weird smell.  They taste just fine... maybe not as good, but the difference is pretty small.  Jerry can't really tell any difference. 

Check out the back stats.... and that's for a large serving,   Jerry typically eats about 1/3 of this size, so he's getting about 15 net carbs.  If everything that is tossed in with the noodles is net carb zero... that means he's getting a delicious filling meal and its only 15-20 carbs a serving!! that's amazing!
here's something else I'm playing around with... coconut flour ( and almond flour)

I've made brownies ( needs some tweaks but shows promise) , and pizza crusts ( with the almond flour)

the pizza crusts are a big big hit. 

Again, if we pick a good sauce without added sugar, and he's only putting meat and cheese and maybe a veggie.. pizza changes from one of the worst foods he can eat to a safe choice. 

Last night I made Meatball stroganoff.  It was pretty tasty, even the kid liked it.  ( that is a high praise! )

I have a whole bunch of recipes in the "keto" way on Pinterest ( Pinterest has been extremely helpful finding good recipes! )

Granted it takes more time, but I feel guilty I haven't pushed for better eating for him.   I adore him and I want him around for many years to come, annoying me and delighting me by turns.

Granted, until he was ready to try again, all the pushing I could do won't do much.

But we are all on the same page now!

He's worth extra work.  He's always been worth it, but daily life and frustrations and money worries and my own crap.... it all gets in the way.  Sometimes it's hard to keep track of what's really important in life.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

My Birthday Quilt

 So I celebrated my 50th birthday this month... and I've got to share one of the best birthday prezzies I've ever gotten.... My sister Gretchie, who is marvelously talented, made me a quilt.  I was soooo surprised!  I had made a passing comment on a pin of hers on Pinterest about a quilt I really liked... and this was only a couple of weeks before my birthday.

That Woman spend almost every minute of 4 days making this.

It's soooo colorful and fantastic and it makes me smile and feel joy every time I look at it.

 Jerry is showing off the back side...

 It's Kya approved.
 Looks great with my giraffe pillow!
this is what it looks like while I'm under it, staring at the light through it.  it's my own personal cathedral!

Thank you Gretchie!!!   She really is a fantastic artist! you can see some of her creations on her Etsy!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

DON'T FORGET HERetics Bazaar this Saturday!

 Some of these pics are a repeat, but I just wanted to show you stuff I've made recently that I'll have with me this Saturday at It's held at UAW Local 450 - 4589 NW 6th Dr, Des Moines, IA 50313.  It supports women's health by donating proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

we will also be collecting for a local woman's shelter
 -- they are looking for non perishable foods, baby items, toiletries, hygiene products or 
gently used clothing to help out those in need.

Don't forget, I'm having a special deal --  if you show me what you are donating and buy jewelry, I will give you 10% off.  No minimum.. just show me and save and donate to a good cause!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Show this Saturday for a an important cause!!

 Flute parts, read to go, and more earrings than you can shake a stick at... all of the earrings have vintage parts.. starting left to right, clock, clock, watch, sewing machine and watch !
I'm very pleased to be doing HERetics Bazaar this coming Saturday -- 11-5pm

It's held at UAW Local 450 - 4589 NW 6th Dr, Des Moines, IA 50313.  It supports women's health by donating proceeds to Planned Parenthood.

In this time we need to stand together to protect things that are important to us, like health care for women without judgment, shame or high cost. 

It amazes me how messed up stuff is right now, because the "one" issue folks have with planned parenthood is the least thing they do.

I can remember being a collage kid 30 years ago, going to planned parenthood for birth control and general check up on my lady parts.... I went back then because it was the only place I could afford, and frankly the staff was all women... and as a shy, inexperience young woman, I didn't want to strip down for a guy doctor. 

I'm glad I had access to clinics I could afford.. even after I became sexually active and in the first few years of marriage, I still went to PP  for the cost.  My hubby and I got to plan when we were ready for a family, which is the whole freaking point.

Raising a daughter, I've had many frank discussions on sex and female health with her, and while we now go to a regular family doctor for both our needs, I have real INSURANCE, and she gets' to share it til she hits 26.

But not everyone can! 

  We have to protect access to birth control (which btw is the # 1 way to prevent abortions ) and clinics that can service women's health screenings for cancer and other nasties.

So I support Planned Parenthood. 

If you do too, this is a fun way to help -- we will also be collecting for a local woman's shelter -- they are looking for non perishable foods, baby items, toiletries, hygiene products or gently used clothing to help out those in need.

And I have a deal for you -- if you show me what you are donating and buy jewelry, I will give you 10% off,

so come out on Saturday, enjoy art and crafts, food, baked good and good will for all.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

chainmail pics

OK I made these a couple of months ago, I'm just catching up on my photo files.  I really like this pattern though... it's the same in both bracelets, but looks so different because I used different sized beads. 

Love how just playing with sizes you can so completely change the look on chainmail!