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I am really pretty bad at this . . . .

. . . . keeping a blog, I mean.  It seems the only time I feel like writing is when I’m trying to avoid doing something else.  Right now I should be listing things to sell on Etsy.  Or cleaning my studio.  Or the garage.  Or painting.  Or taking a shower and getting dressed.  Yeah.  Nope, not gonna happen anytime soon.  Any of the above.

Instead, I choose to blog hop and window shop online.  And indulge in my favorite time-waster – Pinterest!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To say I adore Pinterest would be an understatement.  It is my not-so-secret guilty pleasure.  Check out my interests on Pinterest:  Apryllx


Yes, there is a refrigerator in my living room, please move on . . . .

I expect the A/C repairman to ring the front bell any minute.  He will come into my house and be confronted immediately by the refrigerator in the living room.  Oh my.  Well, at least it’s not an elephant – sort of.  It is big, it is grey (stainless), and it is definitely out of place.  At least no clean up is involved!  See, there is a silver lining.

Why, you may ask?  Because it does not fit in the kitchen.  In order to move it to the kitchen, we will have to take out the old fridge, remove a small cupboard with countertop and reconfigure that side of the room.  Scootch everything down toward the window, cut a new door on the opposite wall and re-tile.  We hoped to have all this done before the new refrigerator was delivered.  Then life happened, and we were distracted.

Just as things were coming together, I got let go from my job.

OOF!  That is the sound one makes when they have been sucker-punched.  Smile, wish everyone well, hug the boss goodbye.  Part as friends; brief co-workers on status of the work on my desk and walk away.  After all, it is probably best for everyone.  Other than not having an income.  Yup, that sucks.

Today is especially rainy and dreary.  Since I have to be home for the repairman, I’m looking for jobs online.  It’s scary out there!  My previous job of 16 years was great, and I loved it, I thought I would retire from there.  Then the company sold and I was on the job market for the first time in years. Next was a short term position, but that is now over.

My resume is awful and needs to be reworked.  It has been so long since I needed one, and all the rules seem to have changed.  Include everything, but keep it short.  Cover letter or not?  References, or upon request?  Include salary desired, or leave it open, so as not to be excluded from any possibilities?  I’m confused and plan to meet with a guy who is very good at writing resumes.  Until then I fill out application forms and plan for the best.

With the extra time spent at home, the elephant seems to be following me around.  It hums in my ear a song of dislocation.  “Home, home near the range, where the food and the dishes all play.  Where seldom is heard, a television word, and the cooking happens all day!”  This is why I don’t sing.  Or write lyrics.

On with the hunt.  If you hear of any opportunities, please pass them on.

Glitter Obsession

All my friends know that I have a GLITTER OBSESSION!!!!!!!!  Many may claim an obsession, but to be truly obsessed, one must OWN IT.

Any type or brand of glitter is fair game.  From chunky craft glitters to ultra-fine artist quality, I am equally intrigued by using this luscious media on art projects, or just gazing at the amazing collection of colors, shapes, and sizes in my stash.  Of course, I have all of the Martha Stewart Brand glitters, in both the 1.5 ounce glass jars and the convenient multi-color packs.  Additionally, glitter glue, tinsel, glass glitter, mica, leaf, and flakes all enjoy shelf space in my studio.  A glittered surface is like a million mini stars that are visible in the daylight, and in color.  Glitter makes me happy.  To quote myself, from USA Today, Pop Candy by Whitney Matheson:

If you could receive a lifetime supply of anything, what would it be?

Glitter, especially the Martha Stewart all-glass glitter from Germany. But U.S. Artquest glitters in any one of their hundreds of colors would do also. Suzie Sparkle makes lovely pearlized glitter. Opaque glitter, halo-graphic glitter, transparent — whatever. Not enough people recognize the importance of glitter. Second on the list would have to be sequins.”
April Soncrant, Dallas

Glitter accessories have not figured prominently in the overall stash, UNTIL my sweet friend Traci of Art-T-Dolls gifted me with this:

The Martha Stewart Glitter Tray and Rack (found here)


Many, many thanks Traci for a wonderful contribution to my Glitter Obsession.  Next up:  Sequins!




I hemmed two pair of pants for my guy Sunday night, thinking that by getting out the sewing machine, I’d be inspired. Yeah, I’m inspired – to leave the mess I made right where it sits and move on to something else. I’m in the mood to create, but don’t want to clear a space to work and don’t want to clean up after myself. What a dilemma. I need a maid – a studio roadie. You know, a minion who follows behind me, the “Art Star”, and makes my environment perfect. This is an open position; volunteers only, need apply.

My side yard needs something. A couple of weeks ago my neighbor came over. He pulled down the vines growing on the fence, cut down saplings that had taken root, and mowed all the weeds. I need to get out there before the jungle returns. The plan is to hardscape the “lawn” areas, and add a few pots with herbs. I started chives, basil, and strawberries on my kitchen windowsill, and they are ready to re-pot.

Other outside projects waiting to be completed:

1. Power wash the front porch.

2. Add a touch of color to the front, something to brighten the area. Perhaps a begonia.

3. Do something about the mailbox, it is hanging funny.

4. Do something about the front gate, it is hanging funny, too.

5. Get rid of the lava rock path on the side yard and replace with stepping stones.

6. Decide whether to keep the dying mini-rose bush near the porch, or give it away. Perhaps my neighbor across the street could find a place for it. My front yard is too shady for it to flourish.

Inside projects:

1. Yikes!!! Where to start? Perhaps it is better to put these on “ignore” for the present since summer doesn’t last forever!

Family reunion this weekend, and Fathers Day. Art group meeting a week from Sunday. So little time to accomplish so much. Minion, oh minion . . . where are you?