This tribute to John Lennon was put together by JoliJoli Designs. See her blog as well!
Purple and Orange by Glassnwood from the Coastal Bend of TexasI Love Flowers by JillsTreasureChest from Mississippi
Pottery, Wood and Lace by RSSDesignsinFiber from Southern CaliforniaHurry up and check these out before they expire! And also look at the beautiful work of these curators. See Glassnwood's handmade stained glass and woodcarvings, like this Ferruginous Pygmy Owl carving. And check out this Farmer Santa from JillsTreasureChest.
I also have a whole bunch of brie-bakers, which everyone seems to love. They make a wonderful gift for the cheese-lover on your list. Simply place the brie or other shoft cheese in the baker and spread your favorite topping. Cook until the cheese softens. One of my favorite toppings is this one:
Baked Brie w/ Mango ~~ Place brie in dish. Spread 2 Tbsp. raspberry preserves on top. Top w/ 1/2 cup diced mango and sprinkle 1 Tbsp brown sugar. Place in cold oven; bake at 350 degrees F until the cheese softens. Et voilá! Serve w/ bread or crackers.
And finally, I have the ever-popular MUG. I've got lots and lots of gorgeous mugs! I made "I Voted for Obama" mugs but I don't know what I was thinking and made only 3. I thought I'd list them on Etsy before the show and put the shop "on vacation" during the week-end. Well! I had barely posted one "I voted..." mug when it sold! So, I posted another one and, you guessed it!, it sold too! So I'm left with the one solitary "I voted..." mug. I'll be making lots more before Inauguration. And I will be taking orders. Email me if you'd like to place an order. Or go to my website and send me a message via the Contact Us page. Or convo me through etsy.
See the posting below for when and where information for this week-end!
I have been using these glazes for a while now, but I'm getting brand new results lately. Why? Well, I got the kiln tuned up (thanks Mike the Kiln Doctor!) and that made a great difference. I've also switched to white stoneware and I'm liking the change a lot! Finally, I've started to combine my glazes in ways I hadn't done in the past. For some reason I had not tried combining shiny and matte glazes... (what took me so long!).
Tonight I'm a lot more optimistic about the holiday shopping season... I'm doing my part! I'll have lots of new work at fair prices (in fact, I've just reduced my prices in my etsy shop). As you can see from peeking inside the kiln, I've been making ornaments and also some really nice teapots. I've also made more of the round trinket boxes because they've become very popular. I'm ready shoppers!
Mark your calendars for Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7 from 10am to 5pm for the 16th Annual Holiday Craft Show hosted by the City of Falls Church at the Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls Street, Falls Church, Virginia. I'll be in booth #50.
I thought this day would never come!
I went prepared. I had reading material, a cup of tea and a banana... But the lines weren't long (particularly if your last name is toward the end of the alphabet!).
Our precinct was well organized with both electronic and optical scan paper ballots and lots of poll workers. I chose to use a paper ballot and watched as it went into the optical scan machine and it was tabulated. Once my ballot went in and the poll worker said it had been counted I felt like jumping up and down! But everyone was very restrained so I waited until I got home to yell "Woooo Hoooo!" I was going to return my sample ballot but decided instead to keep it as a memento to show my grandchildren.
The only strange thing I saw was that the optical scanner rejected the ballot of the lady in front of me apparently because she had voted for too many people... Was she still undecided??? We'll never know!
This is the beginning of a new era of hope when we, as "the greatest nation in the world," take responsibility for helping make this planet a better place: taking positive steps to save the Earth, end poverty here and abroad, and make peace. I fervently hope we will all help to make it so!