Wednesday, December 7, 2022

TADD with Rain

Hi Everyone! 

My post today is a going to be short and a bit different. Short because I have been traveling to keep appts. I must say that it takes its toll on me. Tomorrow is another day of it and then the weekend I am resting.
Getting old so sucks. :(
So on with the post. I placed an order with a delightful lady, named Kathleen. I was able to speak to her on the phone and I liked her immediately. She is full of lively spirit, joy and so much kindness. The best qualities in a person. So what did I order from her? Look at these beautiful baby witches brooms. The are wonderfully scented with cinnamon too. I can't wait to create with these. 
The are individually wrapped and so very well made and priced right.
 
Now this is not the only thing Kathlene has in her online store. Ohh nooooo... her website is full of beautiful jewelry and spiritual items.
Stop by and if you order be sure to tell her I sent you.
This is just a tiny example of what she sells.
 
 All kinds of smudge bundles.


 Spiritual jewelry


 Crystals 

 

 Incense 


 

 Oils
 

 

 Spiritual candles


 

 I hope you stop by there and have fun shopping.
 
The only food I have for this week is, wait for it, the best homemade peanut butter cups EVER!!!
Years ago I used to make these for my kids. Over the years I lost the recipe. However, going through some papers I found it again. OMG!!!! I had forgotten how addicting this candy is.
Here it is ready to cut.
 
Believe me these did not last long.
 
They literally melt in your mouth.
Sssshhhhh I put some in the freezer for later. Mr. M. doesn't know. hee hee hee.
Now for the recipe because I KNOW you want to make these.
You will need;
1C of butter melted, 2C graham cracker finely crushed. 2C powdered sugar, 1C peanut butter +4T peanut butter set aside. 
1 1/2C milk chocolate chips.
Combine first 4 ingredients. Spread in a 9x13" pan and set aside. In the microwave or on the stove, melt 4T of peanut butter and the chocolate chips until smooth. Spread on top of peanut butter in pan. Refrigerate for at least an hour. This sets the chocolate to the peanut butter. Now let it rest about 30 minutes before you cut into it. If you do it sooner the  cold chocolate will crack. Now enjoy the goodness.
 
I am linking up with Rain for TADD so be sure to stop by to see everything going on there.
 

 Nicole

Monday, December 5, 2022

T Stands for Textured Bottles

 Hi Everyone!

I start this post with a saddness for our dear blogging friend Lisca. Her wonderful husband has passed on. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. 

Today is T-Tuesday hosted by 
This is what I have been doing over the weekend. Textured bottles. These are 3" amber bottles with droppers. The texture is layered several times. A base coat of black, a main color and then a highlight color brushed lightly over the texture. I got 4 finished and have more in various stages of drying.
 The texture is different on each bottle.
Click on the images to see a close up.



 



 


 


I have very small hands. Gloves, mittens and especially oven mits are always hard to fit for me. However, I found these Cuisinart oven mits. The are short and small. I think I got these at Big Lots. They are perfect for us small girls. LOL

 


 


 
My drink for today is a bottle of water.
 

That's it for me for now.
Be sure to stop by Elizabeth's and Lisca's
 
Nicole

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Friday Face OFF 12/2/22

 Greetings!

Happy December and Friday Face OFF.
Before I get started, I will be posting FFO on Thursday nights. I hope this will help my East Coast participants. 
I have been very busy in the art room working on several projects at a time. When I do this it's because things need time to dry. So..... during a drying time I started going through art drawers. I came across a carved pipe head that I made quite a few years ago. Why not make a smoking pipe? This is NOT the traditional Native pipe I normally make. 
It is also my face for FFO.
click on photos to see larger.
 One of my clay faces draped in fur.
 


 Smoking pipe.


 Soapstone pipe head.


 Close up of carving.


 This is a one piece cedar pipe blank. I don't like the wooden mouth piece so I saw it off.


 You can see how small the drill hole is to try to get smoke through.


 I make it larger with this very long drill bit.


 I use hair pipe bone for the mouth piece and connectors. This is a 1" coffee dyed.


It is glued into place. About 1/2".
 

 I did drill the hair pipe to make the flow better.


I use the same technique to attach the pipe head.


 This is a 1" hair pipe bone bead that I carved down in the middle so it is straight.


 This fits perfectly into the pipe head and the pipe blank. Both ends much be air tight.


 It's all together. Now to dress it.


I would normally carve a space for the crystal but I just wrapped it. Maybe later I will remove the leather and do that.
 

 This pipe measures 15" long.


 
 I haven't made a pipe in a long time and this was fun. When I finished my other projects were dry. :)
Update; yes, this pipe can be smoked.
Now for the featured artist.
This week is #5, 
Monica from NatureFootstep.
 
 
I have to tell you, that I am so glad the number generator makes the pick. I would put all of you as the featured artist. I am overwhelmed at the faces all of you are showing on FFO. Thank you.
 
 hmmmm I don't have any extra faces to show so guess what? A second featured artist.
 
 This second pick is Sirrkis a digital artist.
 
 

 
 I will be linking up with Gillena
 
Now it's your turn to show  your face. Any kind of face in any medium. Link back to me from your blog and link here with M. Linky. 
That's it for now.
Nicole