Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three Bowls



This week I've been seeing many small polymer bowls being made and not to be outdone, I've made my own.  I started to look for a tutorial on making polymer bowls and there are several but I decided to make them my way!  There is a movie at the end of this blog showing both sides of the bowls.
  
polymer canes
I have a small 4" dia porcelain bowl I used for the basic form and selected some of my finished polymer clays.  There are small to large canes in a variety of patterns.  I think this is a great way to use my old canes.  I wanted to see the same pattern on the outside and the outside of the bowls.  And I wanted my frogs that have translucent clay surrounding them to stand out.  When you pick up the bowl and look through it, two of the bowls remind me of stained glass.



The difficult part was finding the correct thickness to cut the polymer.  Too thin makes a very flexible bowl.  Each of these three bowls are different thicknesses.  The yellow one is the thickest and the stiffest.  All of them will be fine to use as bowls.  I just won't put them in the dishwasher due to the heat making them soft.  As they cool they will harden again but I don't think I'll take a chance on them being misshapen.

I had a great time making these and just had to share them with you.






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Safari - Then and Now!

My Photo from My Safari in Tanzania - 2007

I saw the following article on the AFAR (my favorite travel magazine) website and thought how 
much fun it would be to compare my 2007 safari packing list to this list from 60 years ago.


My Journal entry: July 8 Pre-planning: Our trip starts September 8 2007 and we are concerned about the 35 pound weight limit per person. I bought a piece of luggage that weighs 5 pounds. These 35 pounds includes my backpack which will have my camera and lenses, journal and some basic items we may need if the luggage is lost. My backpack is 17 of the 35 pounds. My list: 1 pair sandals-leather, 1pr flip flops, 1 roll toilet paper, blue windbreaker, nightie, bra, 4 camisoles, 5 pr socks 6 pr undies, 2 pr cargo pants, 3 long sleeve shirts, a fold up pack for dirties.
And of course in my backpack: my Art Kit! an envelope book that fits into a vinyl zippered bag. It will have some small cut paper to use for sketching and writing, markers that are slow to dry out, pencils, small scissors, leather string, needle, and thread, sandpaper, several kinds of tape about 3 ft long wrapped on the leather thread, watercolors in paper form, a small brush, 2 ink pads and a plant press made of 2) 4” x 6” pieces of foam core with waxed paper sheets and rubber bands. This will fit in my backpack.
Also in my backpack: 2 Nikon lens and camera, binoculars,
pills, toothbrush and paste, shampoo and conditioner,
deodorant, bandaids, antibiotic, sun screen, kleenex packets, wet ones, lipgloss, mascara, fingernail file, small laundry pkts., 2 pr sunglasses, hairbrush, earplugs and a few other misc. items.
Total weight: 34.6 pounds (suitcase and backpack)
 FROM AFAR ( MY FAVORITE TRAVEL MAGAZINE)
This Safari Packing List from 60 Years Ago Will Make You
Laugh   Even cooler? 

You can go on this exact all-women Outback safari this year.

Cigarettes, a manicure kit, a skirt suit, perfume—these items are not exactly what you’d think to pack on your way to a rugged safari. But 60 years ago, in 1957, it was all on a packing list for a group of adventurous ladies who set off on a safari in the Australian Outback. The journey stretched roughly 287 miles from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, known today as Uluru. It was one of the first all-women excursions in the Outback. Naturally, they had to look and smell their best, even if they were going on an off-the-beaten track excursion.
The 1957 safari was sponsored by Women’s Weekly; now, SEIT, an Australian tour operator, is giving women today the opportunity to follow the path of these explorers.
The tour will begin in Alice Springs, as did the journey 60 years ago. There, Edna Bradley will speak about the original tour, which she embarked on when she was 20 years old. The tour then will set off in sprinter buses for Uluru, where participants will explore Aboriginal lands and the jaw-dropping nature the Outback has to offer.
The cost for such an honor? AUD$1,780 per person, which includes accommodation and camping equipment, all meals, transportation, and tours. You can reserve a spot here.
Ready for a chuckle? Here’s the original 1957 packing list:
Underwear: At this time of year it would be quite comfortable to wear nylon undies. The colours should be either pink or blue and if possible, not white. If any passenger cannot wear nylon, swami or cotton would be best.
Nightwear: Pyjamas [sic] or nightdress, whichever preferred. Cotton would be best. A heavy dressing gown will not be required, so suggest a cotton housecoat. This will also save bulky packing and cut down on excess luggage.
Toilet Articles: Face washer, soap (in container), toothbrush and paste, skin perfumes (bottle tops to be cellotaped) talc powder, etc., shower cap and slippers, 2-3 towels. It would also be wise to pack make-up in your toilet bags and don’t forget your face tissues.
Manicure set: A very small manicure set would be advisable. However, a nail file, emery board and perhaps natural colourless nail polish would suffice.
Clothing - Air trip: The best travel outfit would be a suit with a not-too-slim skirt. If possible do not take an overcoat, as this will prove a nuisance. A large type of sports hardback could be carried, thus enabling you to take it on the various trips and so alleviate packing one. A hat would be unnecessary and shoes can be of the type you prefer. Your suit can be worn right through to Alice Springs if you so desire. I have made arrangements for this to be left at the hotel where it will be quite safe.
Clothing - Trip to Ayers Rock, etc.
(a) Clothes: Your clothes should be of the oldest possible kind. The best colours are khaki or tan. Overalls, jeans or light-weight slacks would be ideal. The same also applies to shirts or blouses. If you prefer not to wear this type of clothing, skirts in the colours would suit admirably. Wear whatever gives you the most comfort.
(b) Shoes: Desert boots, rubber soled walking shoes or sand shoes would be suitable.
(c) Sox [sic]: Should be the same colours as mentioned previously and if possible perhaps nylons which can be easily rinsed.
(d) Hats: A loopy [sic] or small type of linen sports hat so that a fly-net can be attached to same. The latter item is most essential. One or two scarves could be packed, as these could be tied around your hair to keep it from blowing whilst driving and also keep the dust out.
(e) Frock: If you so desired you could include a cotton frock, cotton skirt or a more dressy pair of slacks for the evenings. If you are taking a cotton frock you may want a pair of sandals to go with it.
(f) Cardigan: A cardigan is a must. The days will be very springlike but the nights are inclined to get a little cool. Once again, keep to your muted tones.
Essential Miscellaneous Items
-Sunglasses
-Skin cream. Climate very dry and may affect your skin.
-Plastic water bottle with drinking cup also of plastic.
-Cigarettes. If you smoke, it will be necessary for you to carry all your own cigarettes.
-Sweets. Lifesavers or kool mints are handy to have along.
-Coat Hangers. Do pack a couple of hangers as you will need to put your suit on one which will be left at the hotel.
-Handkerchiefs. If you use these, don’t forget to pack them. Kleenex Tissues (large) would be very suitable and cut down on laundering to be done on your return.
-Torch. This is a must.
-Camera. Don’t forget to carry this as the great outback has wonderful photographic material.
-Put these tickets in your handbag. You can’t get far without them.
link to the article  https://www.afar.com/magazine/this-safari-packing-list-from-60-years-ago-will-make-you-laugh

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Realizing What Really Is Important

Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to make us realize what really is important.  
                
Letting my everyday frustrations pile  and allowing my tendency to jump into projects that are at the far edge of my skillset caused some angst.   I made an overlay ring that went fairly well other than getting the silver too hot so the ring band is no longer symmetrical.  The good news is that it fits and if I don't let anyone see it closely it won't show and I like the texture caused by too much heat.
 

The overlay silver cuff class I took was a huge stretch for me.  I got most of the design sawed out in class but that was all.  'Ok' I said, 'I have everything at home and I can finish this there'.  When I got home I worked for 2 days to get the two pieces of silver to solder. It should have taken 15 minutes maybe.  At the end of the second day, I realized that the solder tip I was using was too small and when I changed to the next size with more heat  - the solder melted!  All I can say is that my torch and I are much better friends now!  The  piece of sterling will be a cuff one day.

Some day this will be a cuf!
My summer home project of repairing the low driveway stucco wall is taking all summer.  Today I bought the primer and the paint and I'm pretty sure I'll get it done this year!  I'm also pretty sure I won't do another stucco project.



None of these things are dramatic, catastrophic, or will be remembered in 5 years.  

When real disaster hits, everything falls back into areas of importance. That's when we realize how fortunate we are to have each other and to have our health.  It's when our hearts go out to those in need and our hands reach out to help.  I'm thinking of the victims of hurricane Harvey and the devastation to their lives.  



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Three Bowls



This week I've been seeing many small polymer bowls being made and not to be outdone, I've made my own.  I started to look for a tutorial on making polymer bowls and there are several but I decided to make them my way!  There is a movie at the end of this blog showing both sides of the bowls.
  
polymer canes
I have a small 4" dia porcelain bowl I used for the basic form and selected some of my finished polymer clays.  There are small to large canes in a variety of patterns.  I think this is a great way to use my old canes.  I wanted to see the same pattern on the outside and the outside of the bowls.  And I wanted my frogs that have translucent clay surrounding them to stand out.  When you pick up the bowl and look through it, two of the bowls remind me of stained glass.



The difficult part was finding the correct thickness to cut the polymer.  Too thin makes a very flexible bowl.  Each of these three bowls are different thicknesses.  The yellow one is the thickest and the stiffest.  All of them will be fine to use as bowls.  I just won't put them in the dishwasher due to the heat making them soft.  As they cool they will harden again but I don't think I'll take a chance on them being misshapen.

I had a great time making these and just had to share them with you.






Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Safari - Then and Now!

My Photo from My Safari in Tanzania - 2007

I saw the following article on the AFAR (my favorite travel magazine) website and thought how 
much fun it would be to compare my 2007 safari packing list to this list from 60 years ago.


My Journal entry: July 8 Pre-planning: Our trip starts September 8 2007 and we are concerned about the 35 pound weight limit per person. I bought a piece of luggage that weighs 5 pounds. These 35 pounds includes my backpack which will have my camera and lenses, journal and some basic items we may need if the luggage is lost. My backpack is 17 of the 35 pounds. My list: 1 pair sandals-leather, 1pr flip flops, 1 roll toilet paper, blue windbreaker, nightie, bra, 4 camisoles, 5 pr socks 6 pr undies, 2 pr cargo pants, 3 long sleeve shirts, a fold up pack for dirties.
And of course in my backpack: my Art Kit! an envelope book that fits into a vinyl zippered bag. It will have some small cut paper to use for sketching and writing, markers that are slow to dry out, pencils, small scissors, leather string, needle, and thread, sandpaper, several kinds of tape about 3 ft long wrapped on the leather thread, watercolors in paper form, a small brush, 2 ink pads and a plant press made of 2) 4” x 6” pieces of foam core with waxed paper sheets and rubber bands. This will fit in my backpack.
Also in my backpack: 2 Nikon lens and camera, binoculars,
pills, toothbrush and paste, shampoo and conditioner,
deodorant, bandaids, antibiotic, sun screen, kleenex packets, wet ones, lipgloss, mascara, fingernail file, small laundry pkts., 2 pr sunglasses, hairbrush, earplugs and a few other misc. items.
Total weight: 34.6 pounds (suitcase and backpack)
 FROM AFAR ( MY FAVORITE TRAVEL MAGAZINE)
This Safari Packing List from 60 Years Ago Will Make You
Laugh   Even cooler? 

You can go on this exact all-women Outback safari this year.

Cigarettes, a manicure kit, a skirt suit, perfume—these items are not exactly what you’d think to pack on your way to a rugged safari. But 60 years ago, in 1957, it was all on a packing list for a group of adventurous ladies who set off on a safari in the Australian Outback. The journey stretched roughly 287 miles from Alice Springs to Ayers Rock, known today as Uluru. It was one of the first all-women excursions in the Outback. Naturally, they had to look and smell their best, even if they were going on an off-the-beaten track excursion.
The 1957 safari was sponsored by Women’s Weekly; now, SEIT, an Australian tour operator, is giving women today the opportunity to follow the path of these explorers.
The tour will begin in Alice Springs, as did the journey 60 years ago. There, Edna Bradley will speak about the original tour, which she embarked on when she was 20 years old. The tour then will set off in sprinter buses for Uluru, where participants will explore Aboriginal lands and the jaw-dropping nature the Outback has to offer.
The cost for such an honor? AUD$1,780 per person, which includes accommodation and camping equipment, all meals, transportation, and tours. You can reserve a spot here.
Ready for a chuckle? Here’s the original 1957 packing list:
Underwear: At this time of year it would be quite comfortable to wear nylon undies. The colours should be either pink or blue and if possible, not white. If any passenger cannot wear nylon, swami or cotton would be best.
Nightwear: Pyjamas [sic] or nightdress, whichever preferred. Cotton would be best. A heavy dressing gown will not be required, so suggest a cotton housecoat. This will also save bulky packing and cut down on excess luggage.
Toilet Articles: Face washer, soap (in container), toothbrush and paste, skin perfumes (bottle tops to be cellotaped) talc powder, etc., shower cap and slippers, 2-3 towels. It would also be wise to pack make-up in your toilet bags and don’t forget your face tissues.
Manicure set: A very small manicure set would be advisable. However, a nail file, emery board and perhaps natural colourless nail polish would suffice.
Clothing - Air trip: The best travel outfit would be a suit with a not-too-slim skirt. If possible do not take an overcoat, as this will prove a nuisance. A large type of sports hardback could be carried, thus enabling you to take it on the various trips and so alleviate packing one. A hat would be unnecessary and shoes can be of the type you prefer. Your suit can be worn right through to Alice Springs if you so desire. I have made arrangements for this to be left at the hotel where it will be quite safe.
Clothing - Trip to Ayers Rock, etc.
(a) Clothes: Your clothes should be of the oldest possible kind. The best colours are khaki or tan. Overalls, jeans or light-weight slacks would be ideal. The same also applies to shirts or blouses. If you prefer not to wear this type of clothing, skirts in the colours would suit admirably. Wear whatever gives you the most comfort.
(b) Shoes: Desert boots, rubber soled walking shoes or sand shoes would be suitable.
(c) Sox [sic]: Should be the same colours as mentioned previously and if possible perhaps nylons which can be easily rinsed.
(d) Hats: A loopy [sic] or small type of linen sports hat so that a fly-net can be attached to same. The latter item is most essential. One or two scarves could be packed, as these could be tied around your hair to keep it from blowing whilst driving and also keep the dust out.
(e) Frock: If you so desired you could include a cotton frock, cotton skirt or a more dressy pair of slacks for the evenings. If you are taking a cotton frock you may want a pair of sandals to go with it.
(f) Cardigan: A cardigan is a must. The days will be very springlike but the nights are inclined to get a little cool. Once again, keep to your muted tones.
Essential Miscellaneous Items
-Sunglasses
-Skin cream. Climate very dry and may affect your skin.
-Plastic water bottle with drinking cup also of plastic.
-Cigarettes. If you smoke, it will be necessary for you to carry all your own cigarettes.
-Sweets. Lifesavers or kool mints are handy to have along.
-Coat Hangers. Do pack a couple of hangers as you will need to put your suit on one which will be left at the hotel.
-Handkerchiefs. If you use these, don’t forget to pack them. Kleenex Tissues (large) would be very suitable and cut down on laundering to be done on your return.
-Torch. This is a must.
-Camera. Don’t forget to carry this as the great outback has wonderful photographic material.
-Put these tickets in your handbag. You can’t get far without them.
link to the article  https://www.afar.com/magazine/this-safari-packing-list-from-60-years-ago-will-make-you-laugh

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Realizing What Really Is Important

Sometimes it takes a catastrophe to make us realize what really is important.  
                
Letting my everyday frustrations pile  and allowing my tendency to jump into projects that are at the far edge of my skillset caused some angst.   I made an overlay ring that went fairly well other than getting the silver too hot so the ring band is no longer symmetrical.  The good news is that it fits and if I don't let anyone see it closely it won't show and I like the texture caused by too much heat.
 

The overlay silver cuff class I took was a huge stretch for me.  I got most of the design sawed out in class but that was all.  'Ok' I said, 'I have everything at home and I can finish this there'.  When I got home I worked for 2 days to get the two pieces of silver to solder. It should have taken 15 minutes maybe.  At the end of the second day, I realized that the solder tip I was using was too small and when I changed to the next size with more heat  - the solder melted!  All I can say is that my torch and I are much better friends now!  The  piece of sterling will be a cuff one day.

Some day this will be a cuf!
My summer home project of repairing the low driveway stucco wall is taking all summer.  Today I bought the primer and the paint and I'm pretty sure I'll get it done this year!  I'm also pretty sure I won't do another stucco project.



None of these things are dramatic, catastrophic, or will be remembered in 5 years.  

When real disaster hits, everything falls back into areas of importance. That's when we realize how fortunate we are to have each other and to have our health.  It's when our hearts go out to those in need and our hands reach out to help.  I'm thinking of the victims of hurricane Harvey and the devastation to their lives.