Holiday Craft Fair ~ Sparks Christian Fellowship ~ November 3rd, 2012

Hey all local folks!

I’ll be sharing a booth with two of my friends this Saturday, November 3rd at Sparks Christian Fellowship’s Holiday Craft Fair.

FREE ADMISSION! Last Sunday we were told there will be over 75 vendors.

9 am to 4 pm.

510 Greenbrae Drive (for all us “oldies” it’s in the old $1 Movie Theatre)
Between Pyramid and 4th Street.

I’ll be having 4 different cold processed soaps; about 6 quilts; lots of leather wrapped bracelets; hammered copper bookmarks; earrings and pendants; made some of my photographs into notecards…my friends have made lots of jewelry (silver, copper, swarovski Christmas trees and snowmen).

We’ll take your hard earned cash and credit cards! 🙂



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Monday Rambles ~ 8 October 2012

Big sigh of relief…Autumn weather is finally making an appearance here in Reno. I’m glad the summer heat is waning.

I even greeted the cooler weather with making a pan of lasagna yesterday! I’ve been wanting to try a sauce recipe that I saw on Jennifer’s blog THE MUDDY KITCHEN…Make Sauce like a Sicilian. Holy Moly…was that a simple yet tasty sauce! I followed the directions to the t…except I added pine nuts to the garlic and olive oil stage.

Sicilian Sauce

I had enough for two pans of lasagna (froze one for another dinner)…that yummy sauce with Italian turkey sausage, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, crookneck squash, fresh spinach, fresh mozzarella, ricotta, and shaved parmesan.

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A while ago I bought a book off of Amazon ~ Making Wire & Bead Jewelry: Artful Wirework Techniques by Janice Berkebile and Tracy Stanley. All I can say is WOW! I’ve never seen a how-to book with so many awesome photographs to help you along.

I tried a pair of copper paddle drop earrings for my first project.

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I made ear wires in sterling silver, like the copper ones, for April’s earrings…they are off in the mail to her.

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Friday was the return trip of Union Pacific’s steam engine #844…she’s on her way back to Cheyenne for maintenance before heading to Texas to show off.

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Saturday we drove down to Carson City and visited the Greenhouse Project at Carson City High School. What a cool place! And great project! We toured the greenhouse, raised beds and a hoop house that a student was working on for his senior project. We watched as the manager showed how to propagate herbs from cuttings…took some oregano and sage home with us.

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We found an great bamboo chair (rocks and swivels) for our balcony at the SPCA thrift store in town for $15…on the lookout for another one.

For Today ~ 20 August 2012 ~ A Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 20 August 2012.

Outside My Window…

Reno, Nevada sunrise ~ 20 August 2012

I am thinking… It sure would be nice if autumn would come sooner than later. I’m really tired of the heat and wildfire smoke here in town.

The red maple out front is starting to turn colors.

I am thankful for… Friends. Love them to pieces.

From the kitchen… Pork chops and rice for dinner tonight. One of my favorite dishes that my Great Aunt Hazel would fix my sister and I when we visited.

I am wearing… cropped olive green/tan pants, olive green shirt, and sketchers sandals.

I am creating… I’m multi-tasking at the moment. Just finished another wire-wrapped pendant yesterday. Am still hand-piecing a Farmer’s Wife quilt block.

Wire-wrapped piece of petrified wood.

First pendant…with the copper “antiqued”

I am going… have to start looking for craft fairs coming up! Ruth, Reva and I have been making stuff all year long. I found one in Portola, this October, for $25/table. Need to find some in town.

I am reading… Finished all three stories in Mary Downing Hahn’s Haunting Tales, will have to just close my eyes and pick another book on my nook.

I am hoping… That I my copper wire wrapping becomes better as I really would like to use the silver wire! LOL!

I am hearing… a small plane overhead; traffic on McCarran; me.

Around the house… Laundry.

One of my favorite things… creating with my hands.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Try out a few new dinner recipes; buy a good pair of flat-nosed pliers for jewelry making; finish up a few leather wrapped bracelets.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… (LOL! I’ve been sharing pics like crazy up above, but will find another)

Spent wildflowers outside of Portola, CA.

Show and Tell ~ My First Wire Wrapped Class

Ok…after seeing the pictures up-close, I see some adjustments needed and a few mistakes I made…but all in all, I like it. 🙂

Classes at Mill Street Beads & Rocks, here in Reno, are only $25 AND all the tools and supplies are included. Unfortunetly, they are retiring and closing up shop soon. Anyhoo…there were four stone beads to choose from, I picked a pretty olive green one since we were using copper wire.

Fun! Fun! Fun! I bought a few packets of copper square and half-round 21 gauge to play with it some more.

I’ll be using some liver of sulphur on this pendant to antique the copper…it’s way too bright for me. 🙂

I need to scoochie the wraps closer together and get rid of the black mark.

The front.

The back of the piece.

Here is a piece of petrified wood I’m going to try next! I just don’t know which side to make the front. What do you think? I bought this for $3 up in Chilcoot, CA on our way to Portola after class…it was Train Days (will post pics on Monday).

Which side should be the front?!

Thursday’s Rambles…12 November 2009

Geez, it’s been a long time in between posts!

I’ve been busy here at work ~ I just moved our office to another building…then in about 6-7 months we will be moving again. Yee Haw!

At home I was making soy candles, earrings, and market totes for a small craft fair.

Spent Veteran’s Day up in Virginia City to watch the parade. Lots of people up there thanking our Veteran’s and current servicemen and women.

Have tomorrow off to go up to a cabin in the Sierra with my mom and sister for the weekend. Will be nice to get away for a couple of days. Should be some snow up there…it’s raining down here.

Just a small sampling of some of the earrings I made…next week I’ll get them up on etsy and maybe feebay.

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Beading and Wire-Wrapping Sea Glass

Took yesterday off of work for my birthday…spent a leisure day of beading, wire wrapping, lunch and a movie.

First off…if you haven’t already seen it, you gotta go see the 3-D version of Journey to the Center of the Earth! OMGosh! That was fun.

Sunday night I started a necklace to hang one of my pieces of sea glass that I collected on the beach in Monterey earlier this month. Took apart two necklaces I found for 99 cents at our local Goodwill store and used the beads to make my own design. I think they may be clay beads…I liked them. Had some green moss stone beads and other beads floating around…dumped them into a dish and just used whatever caught my fancy. Well…didn’t like how the first one laid. I used two wooden disk beads too close to the wire-wrapped glass and it just didn’t lay the way I wanted it to.

Here’s what the first necklace looked like ~

Here’s what the remake looks like…the one that I have on today. Had to re-wrap the green glass piece…didn’t get it the same, sorta liked it better the first time. Oh well. The first time I wrapped it so it went straight onto the necklace without a jump ring…the second time I used a jump ring to attach the glass to the necklace.

And here is what I used…beading wire, beads, 20 gauge copper wire, hemp 20 lb test, and a nifty cast iron grippy doo-dad that I picked up for 50 cents at a yard sale.

Veggies on the Vine & Life from a Park Bench

I’ve veggies growing! Still only one tomato about the size of a marble (but lots of blossoms) ~ found a squash last night (and lots of blossoms) ~ peas & peppers are blooming ~ corn is a’growing tall ~ had the first of the spinach and romaine last night for dinner with some radishes too. Now I must wait…impatiently I may add…for the rest to grow-up. LOL!

We have 2 doves that must have a nest in the back yard somewhere…they come down to the garden after I water it every evening. And I saw a young Scrub Jay back there too with some goobers.

After dinner, not wanting to watch the news, I went out front with my camera and plopped down on the bench to watch the world go by. It was Farmer’s Market night so there was a lot of traffic both foot and car-wise. But I was more interested in the young Robin following his mama around the yard. He was definitely having a “bad hair day”…too cute for words, so here he is ~

Copper kitty and quail way out front ~

The church steeple next door ~

A David Austin, The Squire, rose…

The Memorial Cairn I made for my obsidian rock (that I had for 22 years of my life) that some bloody arse stole from the yard.

Had my tootsies up…seems I’ve already developed my summer icky feet. 🙂 I hate wearing socks, so if I’m not going on a hike I wear Berks or go bare-footed.

Now…wasn’t that an exciting evening in Sparks?! LOL! Hope everyone has a great weekend…not really sure what we have planned other than yard sales.

One of our upcoming seminar speakers is “into” rockets and told me about launchings up at the Black Rock. It looks like AEROPAC has a launch this weekend. Really not sure if you have to pay to watch…I’d probably just take my binoculars with me, then head on over to Trego Hot Springs for the rest of the day.

June 19 Mudrock Setup Day – meeting at Bruno’s @ 1:00 before heading out to the launch site

June 20 Mudrock Research Launch – Black Rock Desert
Waiver 100,000ft MSL (96,500 ft AGL)
Note: During Research Launches spectators must stay clear of the launch pads and any area where people are prepping research rockets and or motors.
$30 per person attending

June 21, 22 Mudrock – Black Rock Desert
Waiver 100,000ft MSL (96,500 ft AGL)
Club Meeting after day launch closes
Saturday Night launch with 7,500ft MSL (4,000 ft AGL) waiver, J motors and under. All HPR rockets must carry visible strobes.
Please sign up for launch duty.
$30 per person to launch
$5 per day for everyone else