Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kate McKinnon sale.

Kate McKinnon is having a soul clearing sale until August 21. This morning I bought this flower charm. I don't know if I'll wear it alone or make something with it.

I also picked up some sequins. I seem to be collecting sequins for some reason lately. Maybe I'll do some bead embroidery with them.

I really wanted this Birdie in a Nest ring, but it's too big. Darn.

Find out more about the sale here.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


These earrings are made of antiqued brass, honey topaz, and Swarovski crystal. They swing quite a bit when I wear them.

This week N. has a break between camp and school, so I've taken the week off as well. We're still figuring out what we want to do. The beach was mentioned, we'll paint some pottery and do other craft projects, and maybe go to the botanic gardens. They have a model railroad garden that N. has been wanting to see. We also need to do the back to school things, like meeting his teacher and getting his supplies in order. Hopefully we'll also have some time for relaxation.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

What I saw during my walk.

Happy Wednesday!

Sunday, August 9, 2009


On Saturday I braved the storms to meet my friend Rachel at the Morning Glory Fine Craft Fair in Milwaukee.

My favorite artist of the day was Ann Marie Cianciolo. I splurged on a pair of her earrings. Everything in her booth was wonderful. I would have loved the same pair of earrings with diamonds in the flowers, but I wasn't prepared to splurge quite that much! It's hard to see from the photo, but these have gold centers.

Here's her postcard so you can see more examples of her work.

I must have really been in a bird mood, because I also bought this small birdhouse ornament from Two Fish Gallery.

I also admired the work of these artists and wished that I had unlimited funds to buy everything I wanted! Photos are from their websites; one again I forgot to bring my camera with me.

Pam Kehoe-Peterson

Sally Wade

Sharon M. Donovan

We had lunch at Water Street Brewery and then browsed the remaining fair before having some iced coffee drinks at Starbucks. It was a lovely day.

I had plans to go to a flea market today with my mom, but we didn't feel up to braving the heat and humidity. Instead, Mark, N., and I went to see Aliens in the Attic, which actually made Mark and I laugh several times. N. already has plans to buy it when it comes out on DVD.

How was your weekend?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Saving the day.

Yesterday N. noticed this little guy (or girl) in our neighbor's window well. There was no way for him to get out of his predicament on his own. N. has a knack for finding wildlife in need of saving.

First Mark tried to put a rake near the chipmunk, hoping he might just hop on it and then hop on out of the window well. That was a nice thought, but instead the chipmunk freaked out, went flying, and landed on the bottom of the window well. Next, Mark attached one of N.'s bug catching nets to the pole of our rake with duct tape. After a lot of chasing and loud chattering from the chipmunk, Mark was able to fish him out and send him on his way.

N.'s been busy looking up information about chipmunks and trying to determine whether or not people have them as pets, along with the more important question of whether or not his parents would let him have one for a pet.

I can easily tell you the answer to that: No.