Friday, December 03, 2010

Looking like a kitchen!

The cabinets are in and the appliances! You can see in this picture to the left the space we have gained by tearing out that wall.

The saga of the stupid cabinet

Now comes the dilema of another stupid cabinet! This cabinet will be removed. We had them design it so it can be opened in the front for more space, but the kitchen designer did not do a good job! The left side of this cabinet it touching the trim and it will NOT OPEN.... Arghhhh

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The cabinets are going up!

Now that's progress! It's beginning to look like a kitchen. No sink for awhile though.

We're getting there!

Well we finally did it! Yes... no more stupid corner! There was duct work for heating out into the garage! All these years of wondering what was behind that wall. The duct work was not even connected , just standing upright.

And the cabinets go!!!

Now we are getting somewhere! The cabinets are being removed and then that stupid corner! You can also see the pipe running thru the cabinets.
We're getting there~!

More before pictures

Another view of the stupid corner. You can see how the drawer would open into the stove! The cabinet below could only open 1/4 of the way and inside that cabinet was the plumbing pipe going thru the cabinet, so that was totally usless...

The Kitchen Remodel

Once upon a time, there was a ugly, dysfunctional kitchen in my house. When we originally moved here, we had no intentions of doing any remodeling of the kitchen. Too big of a project for me ( the control freak to deal with). We literally had no cabinet space due to a design ( total disaster) that the builder did originally. We had a corner in our wall that served no purpose other than obstructing the drawer from opening .
Finally after years of aggravation, we decided to attack the kitchen disaster. Rip out that wall and find out what is behind there. So, I am doing the before, during and after of this project. Mess? I can't believe that I the control freak can deal with this. Not having any kitchen to function with is a hardship. I know it will be worth it in the end.
See that stupid corner?

Friday, November 12, 2010

Rainow Beads

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Originally uploaded by TLS Clay Design

Photo taken in my new light box. The colors really pop!

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Bead Addiction

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Originally uploaded by TLS Clay Design

This morning when I decided to take some photos, I realized that by bead addiction is getting worse. My beads are now taking over my end table in the living room! Is no place safe anymore?

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Mix and match polymer

Mix and match polymer

So I woke up this morning and go to Polymer Clay Daily as I do every morning and what a surprise! My beads are featured! Very exciting. If this doesn't get me motivated, nothing else will.

Thanks to all!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

How cute

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Rainbow Brite

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Originally uploaded by TLS Clay Design

Bright, bold and happy!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Necklace made with my beads!

I often wonder what creations are made with my beads. I'm very fortunate that alot of my customers email me and show and tell what they created.
Today, I received an email from my customer in Australia with this picture of what she created with my beads! I love it! How talented this artist is. So many of my beads are wild and crazy, and this proves how to use them.

Sunday, April 18, 2010


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Originally uploaded by TLS Clay Design

Little did I realize while making all these differnet designs over the week that they all would work well grouped together. All you need is a few accent beads and a great necklace would be created.
Or... Cherin of Lanyardlady would make a beautiful lanyard from these. For some reason I think they need to be named Tuxedo Alley.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

This is Spring?

On Friday it was 60 degrees here! I thought for sure Spring was on it's way. But mother nature said NO. Saturday morning I woke up to snow. I did manage to snap this picture of the Cardinals eating in my yard. I think they wondered what happened too because they were on the feeder all day long as if they were stocking up for winter.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Pink Popper!

This just in Lanyardlady's shop on Etsy! She amazes me, I make the simple bead and she makes the fabulous lanyard! Love her style and choices of coordinating beads.
You go girl!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

The BSS Mode!

Ha! I'm not a camera dummy! After calming down and reading Cherin's post, i got out the handy dandy user manual and guess what? It's the BSS mode. Yes my friends a BSS mode. Which means best shot selector! Now go figure.

So, I have taken a picture of one of the beads and you tell me if it's good.

My Nikon Coolpix Camera

Ok, so I decided a month ago to buy a new camera thinking it would take better pictures. NOT.

I am contemplating throwing my camera across the room. I never thought a camera could cause high blood pressure... Seriously, I hate it.

All week long I have been working on new lentil beads that I have put alot of time into. Each bead is sanded by 3 different grits of sandpaper and buffed. Then I put a high gloss finish on them and they actually look like glass. Excited, I wanted to get the pictures and list on Etsy. NOT.

The camera is on the macro mode and no matter what I do it will not focus. Every picture is blurry. Changed the lighting and it is worse. I'm not sure if it is because they are so glass like. I don't have a clue what to do.

So in order to control my Irish temper, I decided I would write about it and maybe someone out there has the same problem and can tell the camera idiot what to do. Oh, I know, got to the bookstore and buy Camera for dummies.


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Let it snow!

We are in for some fun! This morning this table in my yard had no snow. It is now 4pm and still snowing heavily. They expect we will get 1 foot of snow by morning!
Pretty watching it fall sitting safely in my home. Driving home from work was not that good. But now I am safe. It will be interesting to see how much we get.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

And the winners are ------------

Drum roll please

The winners of my exciting giveaway are:

Camaya59 and SwedeEPie

I had 2 winners at the same time! Hence a tie!



It's official! My 1000th sale on Etsy! Woooooohooooooo. Doing the happy dance.
Thanks to all my great customers for helping me achieve this goal so quickly!
A special thanks to Cathryn of Chile Cats for her generousity of the beautiful sets of jewelry for my winners.
Thank You Cathryn!

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The Final Countdown!

As I am writing this, the final countdown to my 1000th Etsy sale is on! I am 15 short of reaching that goal.

In case you are just reading this, the 1000th customer sale will win a beautiful set consisting of a necklace and earrings made by Cathryn of Chile Cats!

Selling my beads is exciting for me! What is even more exciting is seeing the beads used in a finished project!

Can't wait to see who wins!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

My Studio

Thought I would take a few pictures tonight of my clay studio and the mess I have created. I keep all my canes within reach because as I am creating a design I need everything within sight. Never know for sure exactly what I will need for that design until I begin to piece together. Sometimes the mess gets to me and I clean and organize. But for now, creating is too much fun!

Monday, January 25, 2010

My 1000th giveway prize

I have been very fortunate on Etsy selling my beads. I have had the pleasure of meeting many wonderful people and making new friends. Let me tell you about Cathryn. Cathryn has a serious bead addiction with my beads! Just love that girl! She has been a pleasure. We have become freinds through the year. She originally found me on Ebay and then Etsy. Cathryn came up with this great idea of a giveaway in celebration of my 1000th sale. She has made a beautiful set consisting of earrings and a necklace with my beads. They are lovely. You can view her work on her blog and get to know her better. Her blog name is Chile Cats. I am not computer savy to be able to put a link. I am hoping she will make a comment and insert her link for you.
I am just 50 sales short of reaching this goal. I am so excited! Thanks to Cathryn, I can share my excitement with a winner!

Monday, January 04, 2010

I'm in a treasury!
Hope I did that right! I have been included in someone's treasury on Etsy!