Thursday, July 31, 2008

Caterpillars/My science project

On July 22nd, I found these little caterpillars on my parsley and fennel and put them in jars so the wasps wouldn't eat them. Thought they would be good photo fodder.

Here's a picture of one yesterday---




And here's one of them pupating today.

video

How many people do you know my age that get excited about caterpillars? Told you I was weird. Let's see if I can get a better picture than last year (link) of the butterflies.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cloud Rorshcach test

What do you see?







This?



Or this?
I will so graciously analyze your answer for a $50 fee, but you may not analyze my drawings...okay, I might do it for free if the answer is funny enough.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Sky for Saturday


Does anyone remember when I did Photo Friday (link)and took a picture based on their subject? Yes, it was a long time ago. I'm toying with the idea of "Sky for Saturday" or "Sepia Sunday" as picture subjects for blog posts to get me posting more. I love taking pictures of clouds and the sky, so guess I'll try it for awhile. Do you see anything in the clouds here? Maybe meringue or caterpillars?

The Welcome Prayer

Here's a prayer that Goteeman (link) shared on his blog this week:

The Welcome Prayer, by Father Thomas Keating:

Welcome, welcome, welcome.
I welcome everything that comes to me in this moment
because I know it is for my healing.

I welcome all thoughts, feelings,
emotions, persons,
situations and conclusions.

I let go of my desire for security.

I let go of my desire for approval.

I let go of my desire for control.

I let go of my desire to change any situation,
condition, person or myself.

I open to the love and presence of God
and to the healing action and grace within.

AMEN


I can speak the words, but not mean it yet...Too many things happening with two important people in my life to welcome any other relationship to be changed. I do know this should make me closer to God and trust he can use the situations for good...just not ready to welcome anything else right now. Am not looking for sympathy, just telling the truth.

Friday, July 18, 2008

More red, kind of...

Unbenounced to me, the high-fire clear glaze turns green when put on clay with iron oxide, so I was expecting all these to be red. Luckily, I only put glaze on the inside of the vase to seal it. The next piece is a tumbler.













Here are two pictures of a three-handled vessel. Would like to do more in the future.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Please vote now






Have you ever visited the
Bartlett Arboretum? It has suffered from flooding in the recent years and has been nominated for a grant. Please click here and vote for Robin Macy and the Arb' to get a grant from said wine company. Did you know she was the founding member of the Dixie Chicks?

On a somewhat-related topic (in my mind at least), these were the best pictures I could get of a tree hopper that I found in my yard about a week ago. I think it's so cute!!! Do you see how in my mind this can be somehow related to the arboretum, as it hops on trees? Just a little peek of how my mind works.

Thank you for you support (I by no means just subliminally suggested that you should drink wine or listen to the Dixie Chicks (even though I like both) by voting, but you may do so at your discretion (or even drink Bartles and James for that matter in case anyone remembers those commercials using said phrase)).

Have I used enough parentheses in this post? Maybe this would make a good "mind teaser" quiz--How many parentheses do you see in this post and did I even spell parentheses right?

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Another plug...this time for a very cute blog!

Did I say I was going to post pictures of Independence day? Well why don't you just gohere (click right here for Cloud1000) and see some for yourself.

Also took some very weird pictures I might post later, but I took 91 pictures and have to narrow them down a bit.

Plug for Greta

Remember this post (click here) from October when I talked about Greta letting me take pictures of her sketchbook?

Well, she's having an art show!!! I finally get to see some of her paintings and ogle over them. (BTW, why don't they spell ogle with two o's?) She will have her ceramics as well. I'm going, even if I have to by myself (hint,hint)!

Here's a preview of an unfinished piece of hers using the masking technique.

Love ya, Greta; bye!

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Finally...

If you've looked at my hands in the last month, I've probably had to explain to you that I've been using red clay and haven't had a self-tanning disaster. Finally got some finished pieces. The clay is called SB red, and it stains hands and gets stuck between fingernails and cuticles.
There are a few more pieces that need to be bisque-fired, are drying on the shelf, or almost done in this clay. These are tumblers with the sgraffito technique with black covercoat.
This pot is my ode to fennel. The glaze didn't turn out like I expected, so of course I'm not too excited about it.


A couple more tumblers.


What else is in the works? I'm out of the vase phase and want to do pitchers for some reason...and have been kicking around ideas for the class project and bowl assignment and maybe even the communion set I keep putting off.

Will post some Independence Day pics when I get around to it.