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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Husband store....

The Husband Store

A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City , where a

woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance

is a description of how the store operates:
You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper

may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to

the next floor, but you cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first

floor the sign on the door reads:

Floor 1 - These men Have Jobs

She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign


Floor 2 - These men Have Jobs & Love Kids.

'That's nice,' she thinks, 'but I want more.'

So she continues to ascend. The third floor sign reads:

Floor 3 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good


'Wow,' she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.

She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 4 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and

Help With Housework.

'Oh, mercy me!' she exclaims, 'I can hardly stand it!'

Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:

Floor 5 - These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help

with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.

She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the

sign reads:

Floor 6 - You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on

this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible

to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. (scroll and

keep reading!)


To avoid gender bias charges, the store's owner opened a new Wives Store

just across the street.

The first floor has wives that love sex.

The second floor has wives that love sex and have money and like beer.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.

Wearable Art~ Gift from the sea

Many distractions later...I finally got the new bracelet finished and listed.
It was a tough one to photograph well. I think I took about 30 shots of it
trying to get a good angle and to show the whole work. Photographing jewelry
has been a real challenge for me.....but I'm learning...
Gift from the Sea Cuff bracelet
Gift from the Sea Cuff Bracelet available in my etsy shop

You can read about the inspiration for the piece and the process at Gift from the Sea~ a work in progress

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Right brain exercise for creativity ~ Spark

One way to ramp or respark your creativity is to engage your right brain. After spending most of the morning on Tax prep stuff, I really needed a spark. There are a lot of really awesome creative bloggers out there and it is all to easy to spend hours and hours reading know what I'm talking about.
Wait, you say...What do you mean by right brain?.....
Different sides are our brains control different activities and functions
The Left Brain  is Logical, Sequential, Rational, Analytical, Objective and Looks at parts.
The Right Brain is Random, Intuitive, Holistic, Synthesizing, Subjective and Looks at wholes.

Want to figure out which way you are more prone to go as an artist?
There's an interesting quiz here for just that  Left Brain Right Brain quiz at

So, now that I know this, what are some Right brain exercises....
Here's a good one... Take a line for a walk
Want a simpler version...have a laugh while watching the gals from Blacksburg Belles at
blind contour drawing exercise

I'm off to go take my line for a walk...
I might even post the results later

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Pantone Colors Spring 2011

I am so excited...if you subscribe to the color by season thing, I am a spring and these are my colors...
Pantone 2011 Spring colors
Yeah!! I love warm, bright, clear color!!!
What might you create with this pallette?

Show me...please...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Gift from the Sea~ a work in progress

Whe I was a child, my Mother took me to lots of museums. Sometimes I thought it was boring but many times there were amazing inspirations there. Her love of art and craft have always been an inspiration to me.

On one vist, I recall seeing a particularly fascinating Japanese painting of the oean. I love oriental art. While searching the internet for it recently, I came across this amazing version of it which is completely made from bits of plastic. It has an amazing message.....

by supernova17 This triptych is based on the famous Japanese painting, “The Great Wave off Kanagawa”. Instead of paint, the colors are composed of 2.4 million pieces of plastic - the estimated amount of plastic that enter the world’s ocean’s every hour!

The paitining itself inspired me to start thinking about a new project...
Here's a glimpse of it as seen through my working magnifying glass

As you might imagine, I can only sit for so long looking through a magnifying glass and so I have to give my eyes regular sight breaks...
not to mention breaks that come with life....dinner, laundry, family, homework helper, scouts, etc.
I hope to complete this new cuff sometime this week.  The little hand beaded goldfish is rising up out of the waves to deliver his gift, a pearl, to you.
Still have to finish the rest of the waves, create a closure and back it with a lovely soft felt...

"Miles to go before I sleep".........

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New Learnings ~ for a self taught crafter

Though I have done needle work for some 35+ years, I never could get the hang of knitting. My tension would always be so uneven that I finally gave up long, long ago.
Recently, I decided I was going to learn how. Now I need another hobby like I need a hole in my head, but learn it I did.
Tell me what you think of some of my first pieces....

Lemongrass cowl + knit plus crochet with vintage
buttons in a soft chunky lambs wool blend
fingerless gloves in a sparkly ruby yarn

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