Best intentions to get back to my blog in a timely manner have gone by the wayside this month. When you see all that I have to share with you this time, I think you'll understand.
Thanks to all of you that took the time to leave your charming comments on my last post. Much appreciated!
It goes without saying that my heart goes out to all who are suffering through this wicked weather and the aftermath.
It's been a busy three weeks, even more so than normal. You know when you don't hear much from me, that a, how is it you guys put it..."an epic post" is in store. Hold on, here we go.......
Ever heard of Grill Wrestling? Hmmm? Not your usual Olympic sport? Mr. Wonderful thought he'd give it a try.
there he is trying to wrangle that grill out of the pool.
Why, you ask?
Because it jumped in there.
Or I should say, blew in there.
Hard to complain about that when just a few miles away,
a tornado was devastating the town of Granbury.
Mr. Wonderful was complaining about the current (no joke)
as he tried to hold the grill.
Yes, I was laughing hysterically because
well, it was hysterical.
So there we are, late at night trying to lift the filled-with-water-
weighs-a-ton grill out of the still-too-cold-to-swim-pool in a raging current.
See, still funny!
Too bad the Mr.continues to insist on remaining faceless and nameless on my blog, eh?
Trust me, the look on his face was priceless.
and yes, he appreciated me grabbing the camera before jumping in to help.
So now that I've answered that question for you,
what about mosquitoes on parade? Eh? Eh?
Only in Texas....
another view of ick
Downtown Fort Worth.
We assume this was after being sprayed to try
and keep West Nile at bay.
or alien mosquitos.
not sure which.
What are Sky Bubbles?
these are sky bubbles.....
And so it began.
This was our sky the day that the first of the Oklahoma City tornados hit.
Just 5 hours north, they were experiencing such a horrible nightmare.
It's amazing to me, what a difference a few hours can make.
I took these shots as the day progressed.
Yes, I am only showing you the highlights...
I have lots of very cool pictures of this sky..
This one looks as if it's echoing the rooftops and treetops below.
Lightened up so you can see the texture
It's hard to see it in the photo here, but the clouds at the top of the picture,
were a glorious shade of Venetian Blue.
It was amazing.
Mr. Wonderful said you guys wouldn't appreciate me showing
you all 379 pictures of the clouds,
but I think he's wrong.
We also had company.
If any of you have ever wondered who Melissa's Happy feet board is for
on my Pinterest...here's your answer....
Does this explain the unusual, er I mean wildly entertaining pins on there?
You bet it does!
And this picture explains all of the other pins on her board.
You know the tasteful ones that aren't rat slippers.
Yup, she's a wonderful friend, so much fun and we had a blast!
So glad she came for a too-short-visit!
So glad she came for a too-short-visit!
we saw these...
inspired by these beauties, we went to our (now almost completely underwater)
favorite fossil-hunting spot, where Melissa found a perfect little ammonite,
that just had to become a memento necklace for her...
Some goodies from a previous road trip together in the mix too.
I got my garage work area mostly set up.
My fold forming vise and rolling mill
on the fantastic steel table Mr. Wonderful got for me.
Where I'll be soldering until the Mr. gets my ventilation system figured out
and installed. Hahahaha as if that's going to happen!
as if soldering is going to happen out there in that Texas heat.
ok, so the lapidary area still needs some tweaking.
Lots of tweaking.
Notice the bags of fossils on the left just waiting to be prettified.
found the casting machine...
and promptly put it on a shelf.
Also found our dino egg.
we like to think so anyway.
It's not a concretion. Not a geode.
So must be a dino egg.
and found my funky birch bark.
and Mr. Wonderful's very favorite thing
that I haul around and don't know what to do with...
The skeleton from our "skeleton tour" out west.
Surely I've mentioned this in a previous post....
Anyway, it grosses him out.
Maybe I should send it to Pipn who can carve amazement out of anything.
Even though it's hard to believe, I did manage to get a few things made too!
These are spoken for
Upcycled tin, torch fired enamel headpins, again on the simple drops.
a present for Melissa
Shocking as it is, the following things are already listed.
I KNOW! What????
with Numinosity Kim's wonderful criffles,
stones and beads.
(a custom order)
this was an alternate choice for her
Assymetrical Assemblage earrings
How's that for a catchy name?
Treasures of the Ancient Earth and Sea
Filled to the brim with Petra's Scorched Earth goodies
and fossils from one of our excursions, cleaned up and drilled.
Petra's wonderful crackled droplets on simple swirls
My Hand My Heart My Treasure, I Offer To You
Wee little hands holding some of our wee little fossils,
hand dyed silk ribbon in delicious shades of Venetian blue and warm tan,
lustrous white keishi pearls in a hammered wire frame.
They remind me of a romantic adventure.
I love them.
Told myself, well, they're a bit delicate, I should just keep them.
So if the warning about careful handling scares people off,
I will keep them.
After all, I tried to sell them.
Rather delicate, so should be handled gently.....
These are not the earrings you want.....
As if I actually need another pair of earrings.
And therein, as the saying goes, lies the rub.
Turkoman Goes Modern series
These are a custom order.
Which then became these
so the loving couple part of the first pair will resurface again when I've made a mate for it.
Another custom order.
Corals and light aquas with Petra's turquoise drops.
Turkoman Goes Modern Gypsy Moon Dance
I love the burst of colors on these
Rustic Gypsy Assemblage bracelet
A bezel set Kuchi coin, an iridescent light blue crystal
and a drilled copper teardrop that I ran through the rolling mill for texture
on an overwrapped hammered frame.
oh no no no,
I didn't forget...
here you go...
These are in a hypertufa pot I made back in Illinois with some friends.
The glass blobs are some of the things that fell off of the hypertufa pot I made.
I am not a master of hypertufa.
and a concrete fail from that same day that I have yet to fix...
This needs all sort of moss growing on it, don't you think?
and this folks is what you've been wondering about....
hanging on until....
since the length of this post was scary enough,
I'll leave you with a sweet animal picture
(from our own back yard!)
oh what am I thinking?
I'll pick grill wrestling any day!
Be well, be happy till next time
mahalo and aloha
(thanks and goodbye- Hawaiian)