Busy Days

I’ve been busy with all sorts of things the last week or so.
I made another sea glass ring for a special order.
Joined the Flower Bed Crochet Along!
Set a record for how many people I can fit to my dining room table.
Had an awesome week of agility training, and a day of trials.  Trixi, my potcake, finished one of her titles….YAY!
Made a placemat as a gift for our agility judge.
Looking ahead I have a few shows coming up and lots of new ideas in my head!

Guess Who???

I can’t believe how long it has been since I last posted.  I am so thankful for all the emails I have gotten asking where I was and if I had given up on blogging.  For those of you that don’t know, here is what happened…..
 Four days after that last post my golden retriever, Maya, passed away.  I knew my next post would have to be about this and I just wasn’t ready.  I am still not ready.  Putting it into words just makes it seem so much more real.  Maya was my faithful obedience dog for about 8 years.  We sure had our ups and downs, but that just made me love her more. She was never an easy dog to train and always had a mind of her own….kind of like me!
The above picture was her finishing one of her Rally Obedience legs.  Her and our 10 year old yellow lab, Lucky, were best buddies.  He is still looking for her and it breaks my heart.
They had this strange little game they played when they went outside.  Lucky would go out first and wait at the back door for her to come out…..he still waits, with that crazy look on his face…..I’m not sure how to tell him.
Life goes on after a loss.  I have shows to get ready for and orders to fill.  Thankfully my artwork is my therapy and is a great place for me to get lost when I don’t want to think about anything else.
In between the two upcoming art shows we are having agility trials, and I have been training one of my potcakes, Trixi, for the last year.
At our last trials she finished her Rally Novice title, so I am hoping for an agility novice title this time.  The last few weeks she has been more confident and has made me so proud.  She is a slow and steady learner, but once it clicks she never forgets.
One piece of jewelry I completed in the last few weeks and am especially proud of is this piece…..
One of my online/blogging friends asked me to make this for her, Kristen Beason.  Kristen is a halloween artist (she does other themes as well) and I am totally in love with her work and have a few pieces.  So I was flattered when she asked me to make something for her.  Go check out her website and blog.
Below are a few art quilts I have been working on as well….
“Hansel & Gretel”
“Morning Songs”
“Undersea for Baby”

My Abaco Treasures

There are some days that island life can be so frustrating!  I told you in my last post about the power outages, that are unfortunately still continuing. (Thank goodness my husband sells Honda generators!)
Then there is the slow, local mail service, lack of selection on groceries….I could go on and on….but thankfully I focus on the positive…..our beautiful surroundings……and who cares if i can’t get fresh salad greens if I have this to look at…..
Days spent island hopping with friends are priceless!  I even got to meet and spend some time with a lady I met briefly a year ago.  I could have sat and chatted with her and her husband all afternoon!  We have been Facebook friends for the last year and today got to sit down, chit chat and have some laughs.  They live in Savannah, Georgia (one of my favorite places on earth!) and were generous enough to give me some hand milled grits and rice, made at their home!  I cannot wait to try them!
On that journey yesterday I was also fortunate enough to find a vintage quilt.  I think the fabrics are probably from the 50’s or 60’s.
A small bucket full of antique pottery pieces from way back when!
This photo above is just a sampling of it.
There are unusual colors in there like green, purple and brown also!
I want to find out more about some of these pieces…….their history and the story behind them, but my ultimate goal is to make them into jewelry components.  There are some larger pieces with crests and writing on them.  It is difficult for me to read, but I am sure if seen by someone who knows what they are doing, it will be easily identifiable.
So I thought I would share some of the treasures I found from the place I call home.
Hope you have a great weekend!