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Chinese New Year [25 Jan 2014|09:17am]
Uptown Global Market will be celebrating Chinese New Year on Friday Jan. 31. There will be dragon dancers and other activities throughout the day. I will be there outside the Art Shoppe from 3-5 demonstrating needle-felted dragons. If you're out and about, it would be fun for me if you stopped by.
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Proud Grandma [26 Oct 2013|08:21pm]
If you should come across the current issue (November 2013) of Parents magazine, our granddaughter, Cecilia is on page 137.
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lawn fun [03 Sep 2013|03:43pm]
I thought I saw a segway lawnmower today. I was mistaken; but wouldn't that be cool?
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Costumes [13 Oct 2012|09:24am]
Halloween is coming, thinking about Halloween makes me think of costumes. Thinking about costumes makes me think of Minicon. I annually host a costume workshop aimed at kids, but open to all. Our supplies are quite depleted! If any of you have any old costumes or pieces of costumes or supplies that you are willing to donate, it would be greatly appreciated!
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dream [20 May 2012|10:20am]
After watching "Bones", "Dexter" and CSI, and reading murder mysteries; I think my brain rebelled. Last night I dreamed I was investigating a crime scene. When I swiped an edge with a q-tip and squeezed out a drop of liquid on it, it bloomed with a lovely pink flower. When I broke into an abandoned car I found a darling happy baby strapped into their car seat. When I pried off a manhole cover and shined my light down into the sewer I saw a garden of flowers floating by. When I was duck-walking across a lawn looking for clues I discovered adorable miniature cats. The scary part of my dream came when I handed the long-haired white miniature cat to  the hard-edged police sergeant, it startled her and she dropped it. Good thing even miniature cats land on their feet!
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Minicon Dealer's Room notes [17 Apr 2006|10:14am]
This is the first time I've attempted having a table in the dealer's room. skylarker offered to share a table with me, and that seemed to work out well. I sold quite a bit which is encouraging. I didn't make a lot of money, because as numerous individuals have pointed out to me, I price my pieces way too low. I've always thought that if I priced things taking into consideration how much time has gone into creating them, that no one would consider purchasing them. I guess I'm going to have to change my mindset.

On Saturday, Harlan Ellison stopped by my table. If you haven't had enough of his banter already, read moreRead more...Collapse )
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BSH [30 Mar 2006|06:59am]
Yesterday I was asked if I have any experience working in papier-mache on large projects.
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Retired again [29 Mar 2006|05:25am]
Hi everybody!
I'm back. Yesterday was my last day in the world of giant bunnies and dancing silverware. It's going to be nice to once again have time for the more important things in life. I sure have missed all my grandkids! I was surprised by how exhausted I was each evening after spending the day on my feet. I'd really gotten spoiled being retired for four years.
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a perfect day for a bonz [24 Feb 2006|03:35am]
Couldn't sleep, took a long soak in the tub and still can't sleep. I've been imagining my ideal day, and thought I'd share it.

Read more...Collapse )How about you? What would be your ideal day?
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It's all about giant critters [07 Feb 2006|09:29pm]
Work is tiring, but fun. So far I've been working for seven days and have designed giant forks, knives and spoons. Have assisted in the construction of giant cracked teacups, candelabras, clocks and animated wardrobes. Today I created a giant lion head in clay. Creating heads is my favorite part of the job, I'd offered to come back and do it for free when they laid me off four years ago. They paid me for playing today! Tomorrow we start work on 40 giant bunnies. You wouldn't expect me to get a normal job would you?
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Holiday! [30 Jan 2006|08:16pm]
Happy National Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day!
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back to work [25 Jan 2006|08:10pm]
It looks like I'll be giving up retirement, at least for a little while. My old job has called me back to work on a couple of projects. I'm going to be making giant bunnies. This is a good thing. We've been trying to spend down our credit cards, and I've been thinking of getting a part time job. This way, I don't need to go through any interviews or training. It's going to be interesting being the assistant instead of the boss. I think it will be a good thing.
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Playing with clay [19 Jan 2006|09:52am]
Fun! I've been playing with different forms of polymer clays and I can now make little critters that bounce when dropped instead of shattering. I may be able to market my "Christmas Critters" now, as people have been advising me to for years. I don't know if there would actually be a market out there for little critters, but I think I'll try. As many of you on my friends list know, I send out little polymer ornaments instead of cards for the holidays. I'll send one to anyone who sends me a card. Some years I've made over 400! So, obviously it's something I love to do. The one time I tried selling them at a craft fair, they couldn't stand up to the customers handling them. Since they're only an inch or so tall, people need to pick them up to see them well.
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New year frustrations [04 Jan 2006|09:33am]
This year isn't starting off as well as I'd hoped. Chas is sick with a horrid cough again. He was just getting to the place where he was able to start going to open mics again, and now this. I just hope that he doesn't re-injure his vocal chords too badly. If I'm feeling frustrated, I can just imagine how bad he must feel.

On the family front we've also had a backslide and it feels like our family will remain broken forever. All my dreams of our grandkids growing up as close cousins have been dashed. The families just can't seem to get together without feuding. The parents that is, the kids adore each other and have a ball when their together. Sigh.
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It's only a dream [22 Oct 2005|08:11am]
I had a great dream. I dreamed that "they" were allowing me to redesign the alphabet, in order to make it graphically easier to design with. On awakening, I couldn't remember all the letters, but I remember that I took the line out of the "A" so it would look like an upside-down "V", the "N" was curvy, looking like a sideways, backwards "S", the "B" (I've never liked the looks of capital "B", and I have to use it all the time as my name starts with it), anyway, it now looked like a backwards "K" and both were balanced evenly with the legs intersecting in the middle of the upright. The "G" was a nice spiral. In my dream I was describing all of this to minnehahaK, who was perplexed on why anyone would want to do this, and amazed that "they" would let me. I excitedly informed her that not only were they letting me do this, that they were actually going to pay me $60.00! Someone asked me if I was going to change the "O". I exclaimed "Oh no! The "O" is perfect just the way it is!
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Fun date night [19 Oct 2005|10:52am]
Yesterday was great! Beautiful Indian Summer weather! Adorable granddaughter, Thea, for afternoon. Good communications from all daughters via the phone lines. Then being informed that McDonald's happy meal toys were little Madam Alexander dolls. They are my very favorite Happy Meal toys ever! They have (some) cloth clothing, the girls have comb-able hair, they're fully jointed and best of all, their eyes close when they lay down! I hadn't started dinner, because in last minute changes in babysitting times. So dinner and toys at McDuck's worked out great. We have one in walking distance, even better. It turns out that I found out late about the toys, and had missed out on the Cruella De Vil doll!!! So, when we got home, the ever thoughtful chasophonic went on line and ended up ordering me a whole set of the dolls I'd missed out on last year. It said it came with two bonus dolls, and wonder of wonders, they were the exact two dolls missing from my previous set acquired back in '03! The fates meant it to happen. Then to make the evening even better, chasophonic took me out to see "The Curse of the Were-Rabbit". It was wonderful!!! I want to see it again and again and again! There are so many hilarious details that you just can't catch them all in one viewing!
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What is that blobbie stuff in lava lamps? [12 Oct 2005|12:54pm]
We have a little lava lamp night light in our dining room. When Cecilia, our 4-year-old granddaughter, asked me what it was, I said l didn't know, but thought it might be wax. She looked pleased and said "From here?" pointing to her ear.
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Wet celebrations [05 Oct 2005|10:54am]
We had a fun anniversary evening, in spite of the weather. Read more...Collapse )
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Hi all! [04 Oct 2005|10:45am]
I haven't been on lj much lately, as I was scrambling to get all my quilled pieces done, matted and framed. They went up for a month long showing at the Riverview Cafe last Thursday. Cool to see them all up together like that! Since then, I've been trying to catch up with chores I let slide. Today, in spite of the rainy dreary weather, promises to be fun. It's chasophonic's and my 36th anniversary. Wow, we've been married longer than some of our friends have been alive! I've been dealing with dumb pets today. Our pup, Banjo, needs to go out, but refuses to go through the door without his stuffed "kissie beaver" who I worry would be ruined if played with in the rain. And then there's our 17-year-old cat, Sam, hid and refused to come in last night, so he spent it outside in the storm. Now today, he's wet and miserable, and blames me.
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I must be suffering from Alzhimer's myself [09 Sep 2005|12:18pm]
Oh dear! In reminiscing about Chas' aunt, I realize that I was thinking of Aunt Marion, not her twin Aunt Mary. His Aunt Mary was living on a farm with his mean Uncle Leo when I first met her.

She was a very sweet woman! And figures in one of the sweetest love stories I know. She was married to Leo for probably 40 some years. He was a coarse, bigoted, selfish man. After he died, Manfred, who had worked as a hired man for them through the years, and lived on a farm down the road, confessed his love for Mary. He'd had too much respect for her to proclaim his devotion while she was a married woman. He'd never married, and had taken the neighboring farm in order to be close to her. She'd always liked him as well, and enjoyed his company. They started dating, and were married. They spent their latter years together, retiring to Florida. They lived a fairytale life together until his death a number of years ago.

It was my daughter, Guin, clued me in on my mistake. I talked to her a little while ago, as she was getting things ready to head out to Ren Fest this weekend. Her little Cecilia, at 3, is belly dancing out there. Guin told me how that last weekend she and another of her little friends took over the unoccupied Bear Stage and started performing. Cecilia dancing while her friend banged on a drum. They attracted some patrons, who gave them some money. They procured a basket and were actively hustling the crowd. They earned over $20 in tips.

Guin confessed that she was a bit saddened by this. Before, Cecilia danced for the sheer joy of it, but now she only wants to do it for money. I told Guin that it probably isn't about the money. Cecilia doesn't realize that money is to buy things with, she wants it just because it's a token that people are appreciating her. She'd be just as happy with a penny as a dollar. That probably will change soon though. They grow up so fast!
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