Monday, June 23, 2008

Couple of Button Photos

Posted a couple of button photos over the weekend. . .

Earthy Appeal

Tropical Sunset Buttons

Otherwise, I haven't taken many clay photos, lately.

I have a couple of custom orders that I'll try to finish up today. (They're mostly re-dos of things you'll already have seen-- a hot dog and sugar cookies.) Meanwhile, I need to get back in the habit of photographing and listing things regularly. I was doing alright for a while, but I've slacked off for the past week or two. (Got busy with other things. Was also sidetracked by a foray into crochet. Beginning to suspect that crochet might bring on carpal tunnel syndrome, so may not do much of that!)

I do have more finished buttons to photograph-- and many in-progress buttons. There are also plans for a larger production of cupcakes and some other miniatures.

I think I'm "sounding" as blah as I feel, this morning. (g) Sorry about that. I've just walked up to the mailbox and back, and I haven't fully recovered yet. ;o)

In the mail this morning:
  • A package of beads headed for the Beads of Courage program.
  • Five buttons to be photographed for possible inclusion in an up-coming magazine. (We'll see what happens. I'm trying not to get my hopes up, in case they decide not to use them. Besides, it's flattering just to be considered.)
I'm feeling sleepy this morning. . . Probably time to get out of the computer chair and move around a while!

Hope you all had a pleasant weekend. :o)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Testing the Waters. . . ;o)

It's been a while since I posted regularly here at my "mostly polymer clay" blog. Maybe it's time to stick a toe in the water and ease my way back into the blogging groove.

So to start things off, how about a couple of links?

I'm finally resigned to the fact that I can't keep up with all the great blogs out there. I'll try to read them as often as possible, but I'm sure to miss lots of things. Anyway, today I was catching up on a few blogs, when I came across Paula Pindroh's "documentary" of the sculpture of an unusual breed of dog-- the Chinese Crested. You can see more of her adorable dog sculptures in her Etsy shop.

I'm a dog lover, so how about another dog-related link? Here's another one from Etsy. IttyBittiesForYou (Jennifer) offers "Your Dog as a Superhero"-- a cute little sculpture of a masked, caped canine made in the likeness of your own pup. What a fun idea! (g)

Hee hee. That reminds me of "Bark Kent"-- a stuffed dog my youngest sister had. He was sewn in a lying-down position that was well suited to "flight", and well, you can guess the rest. ;o)

Well, I think this has helped get me back in the clay-postin' mood. I'm feeling hopeful, at least! :o)

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hobby Snobbery

Donald and I were talking over the weekend about how funny it is that no matter what "subject" or hobby you choose-- no matter how obscure it may seem-- you always seem to find that there's already a "community" in place. Somewhere out there is a group of people with very strong opinions about the hobby, whatever it may be. And for some of these fanatics (for whom the flugelhorn or the knitting of leg warmers for dogs is serious business) it goes beyond strong opinion right into snobbery. (What?! You use acrylic novelty yarn to knit your canine leg warmers?! Disgusting! I use only the finest alpaca wool. Anything less makes me shudder just to think of touching. And besides, Fifi refuses to wear it if it's not $$$ Brand. She has such superior tastes-- even by poodle standards!)

Some people!
Give them anything and they'll find a way to make a competition-- a hierarchy-- an "if you don't do it like we do it, you're not cool" clique.

Thank goodness for us sane ones, right? ;o)