Tag: holiday

Twitchy Fingers

Usually, my fingers are twitchy either from anticipating being knuckle deep in clay or from having been. Right now they’re a little twitchy from a bit too much Super Mario Bros. Wii. Which was bound to happen since it was one of the gifts we lucked into this holiday.


Speaking of gifts here are three of the necklaces I made for various relatives this year. It happened that I ended up not making nearly as many gifts as I usually do this year – I sometimes make 30 or 40 or more, mostly clay and jewelry ones, sometimes photographs or drawings – so I bought a few handmade items to round it out.

2010 I plan on getting back to my finished jewelry roots a bit and indulging that bug so I expect there will be more jewelry gifts next year.


Sometimes the best gifts are the simplest ones. The two cuties here are my daughter and my niece. They were ignoring the stack of kid goodies at the family gathering and working on a duo doodle with the box of markers and pad of paper I got my niece.

Important people

If the last pic was of the next generation of crafty women here’s one of the previous ones – my mom and my grandmother. While my mom is the avid collector of my efforts (and always has been, right from the fridge decoration days!), my grandmother has been my crafty muse my whole life. I followed her to craft shows as a little girl and later worked beside her at them. She’d Tsk-tsk me but really she was the entrepreneurial spirit mixed with the creative bent that got me hooked.

Here’s hoping your holidays were as sweet as mine! Minus the twitchy fingers.

Taking a Break

I’m heading back to my home town for a few days to celebrate Christmas with my family. The gifts are made and wrapped. The bags packed. I’m looking forward to a few days away to visit with friends and family I see too rarely.

My online shops are closed for the length of my visit but if you need to get in touch with me I’ll be checking my email. I wish you all a happy holiday and time with your loved ones.

Another Shell

The last clay thing I finished up was a series of photos for how to make my nautilus shell canes. So here’s the first cut into the cane!

The Shop: Return to Work

Not that I don’t work when my kid is on break but it’s usually a little more leisurely pace rather than the parked at the desk / bench schedule of regular days. My Etsy shops have the first of my Made to Order items and a return of Carolyn’s canes (yay! Missed Caro!).

etsy beads

And in the Claychicks domain:

etsy canes

Alas, I think I have ‘holiday hangover’ – aka. a cold – so the whole Monday is passing by in a fog. At least the walk to the post office should be beautiful. We have summery weather today (don’t worry, snow for the end of the week… welcome to Calgary) so despite the fog I’ve got a little energy. Watch out world.