It’s been forever since I’ve been here (just in case you hadn’t noticed the date on my last post.  LOL)  I keep trying to update things but somehow never get to it.
When I think of all that’s happened since that last post I’m amazed.  We elected a wonderful man as our new President.  I loved watching that.  We really did make a difference and I think that difference will make a positive change in our whole world.  I’m not sure what it is about Barack Obama that makes me feel the way I do but I just feel that he is going to change this world in such good ways.  I was trying to explain it to Don the other night, and not doing very well mind you, but…remember in Star Trek how they were one planet…no wars, no more poverty, no more starvation…somehow I think Barack Obama is the beginning of that.  It probably sounds a little nuts and maybe it is but I sure hope I’m right.  It has to start somewhere and I hope that I’m here to see it happen.

We’ve had a bad cat time around here lately too.  We lost our Nutmeg to her lung disease.  She struggled long and mightly but it eventually got too much for even her.  We took in a little (and I mean little) old lady we called Tchotchke who was only with us for about 5 weeks.  She was ancient, emaciated, and took no prisoners.  LOL  Not one of our cats ever hissed at her.  I think they knew she was only here for a short visit.  And this week the heart of my heart went to the Bridge.  I can’t really even write about Freckles much yet.  There will be a gaping wound in my heart for a long time to come.

Of course,  with the sadness comes the other side as well.  There is a young long haired orange kitty out there filling out the application as we speak.  Don calls him Marmalade.  I still think of him as The Applicant.  I’m not ready to have that hole in my heart even start to heal but I don’t think he’s caring much about that.  The rest of the cats are not hugely happy about him either.  I think they know this guy could be some serious competition for them.  He is a cutie.

The lampworking forum that I’ve spent way too much time on the last few years is just getting a bit too toxic lately.  A friend that I met on there has started another forum.  It is going to be a great place to hang out I think.  If you’re interested in a look around, it’s Torch Bugs.  I think you’ll like it.

OK.  Enough for now.

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What was he thinking???

John McCain, that is.  I don’t want to get majorly involved in politics on this blog but WTF was this man thinking???  I find it terrifying that he has the judgement to run a PTA mom for Vice President.  I find it terrifying that she’s incredibly right wing…so right wing in fact that practically everything she stands for makes me want to vomit.  Hillary may have put the cracks in the ceiling but this woman is only going to  smash her skull when she hits that glass ceiling.  She doesn’t have enough there to put any cracks in anything but her own head.  If anyone in the Republican party thinks that she’s any sort of Republican substitute for Hillary Clinton then they are truly more out of touch than I ever though possible.  Hillary Clinton is one of the biggest class acts in politics that I know.  I like her.  I like her husband (and guess what folks, her husband likes, no loves her).  There is no comparison of the right wing animal hating Palin to Hillary Clinton.  I own’t get into what I choose to like about Hillary but it is all righeous.

Can McCain be so delusional, so out of touch that he actually thinks this woman would be a good thing?  He’s old.  He’s got cancer.  He’s got a fairly good chance of dying in office.  This woman’s got the hootspa to run our country?!!!!  WHAT WAS HE THINKING???  Apparently, not much and not well.

We can’t stand 4 more years of the Republicans.  Our country is in dire straights and 4 years of McCain/Palin will put us over the edge.  Electing McCain shows the rest of the world that we are ready to accept more of the George Bush style of politics and that we seem to be unable to change our outlook–and out prejudices.  Electing Obama sends a message that we WANT something new.  That we are not stuck in a mode where we can’t vote for a non white male.  Obama is going to be one of the best things to happen to our country in a long time.  We all know the last 8 years have been a nightmare.  Let’s end it.  Let’s vote for the man who can make change happen.  Can you hear him speak and not want to smile, not want to love the hope that makes us feel that way.  Not want the change that he represents?

I can’t imagine what out world will be like without him.

Fun, fun, fun

Most of you probably don’t know about my beadmaking history.  There’s no reason you should but I’m going to tell you.  Hold on to your hats.  They might fall off when you fall asleep.  LOL

I started lampworking probably 8 years ago.  I took a reasonably bad 4 hour class on a HotHead.  I fell in love with it and didn’t do anything for 2 years.  Two years later I took a two day class with Jeri Warhaftig at Bead and Button.  It was a revelation!  And I still didn’t do anything afterwards.  The following year I took a bunch of classes at Bead and Button and then eventually found a place I could torch.  Since then I’ve torched once or twice a month–occasionally less and rarely more.  I’ve slowly gotten better but DH and I have had this running battle about me setting up a torch in the house.  Well, a year ago we made a deal and I haven’t managed to fulfill my part of the bargain yet so no torch set up still.

Well, I finally decided I’d had it.  I have a Minor, a Bobcat and a Hothead.  I told him I was going to set the Hothead up outside and torch this summer.  I got all the stuff I needed and have it set up on the deck outside.  Boy, I never thought I’d complain about torching but I’m having a terrible time with this torch!  I’m used to a MiniCC and this is a HUGELY different torch.  Boy, is it ever!  But it’s starting to come together for me and I’m having a lot of fun.

And I can’t wait until Open Torch at BlueFire Beads so I can use a Mini again.  🙂

Time Management

I belong to another forum of lampworkers.  The question of the day is how do you manage your time when you are self employeed as an artist.  I sure wish I knew.  I try to set up a schedule to follow but I never seem to manage to do it.  I really need to get a planner and just start blocking out periods of time for different things and then actually doing it.  I feel like I jump from one thing to another.  I spend WAY too much time on the internet. 

Then there are those days where everything just goes right.  Every piece of jewelry I make looks even better than I imagined.  The chainmaille sparkles.  The lampwork has totally perfect ends and just fit in the press.  I love those days.  Of course, the opposite is the days where it all looks like dog sh*t no matter what I do to it.  I can string, restring and string again and it just doesn’t come together.  I potatochip all my rings.  My ends are bad or, even worse, I drip the damn bead onto the table.  Or I drag out all the PMC stuff–and there is LOTS of stuff–and totally go blank on what I was thinking about making.

Keep a notebook at hand to write down your ideas.  I don’t draw very well but I can do well enough to at least have something to reference later.  That’s probably the biggest tip I can give.  Except, of course, to just sit down and do it.

Friends

Don’t ya love ’em?  I’ve got friends on a couple of different forums that I really wouldn’t know in person but they are people that I know I could meet and it would be like we’d been friends forever.  There’s support.  There’s kindness.  And there’s that knowledge that someone always has your back.  Friends, if you read this, I hope you know who you are.  You make all the difference.