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May 31, 2012 @ 7:43 am

Practice Creativity

These days I don’t get many opportunities to get my hands on my beads except when I’m doing something related to my classes at the Nevada Museum of Art. Most recently I enjoyed an evening at the Museum’s First Thursday event where I wo-manned the Museum School table and made the pendant pictured below. It always feels so good when I get back to my beads and it always seems to happen at the Museum. I’ll be there this Saturday, from 10am-5pm, teaching my Wire Sculpted Jewelry and Accessories workshop and would love for you to come get creative with me. Sign up on the Museum’s website.

wood glass wire pendant

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February 25, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

Inside Attention

linen curtain blowing in window

It’s been an interesting last few days… I tried to take the free teleseminar by Christine Kane on Wednesday but only got through less than half without war with my children (which really, was me warring with myself, not my kids). I did hear enough that had me considering the Uplevel Your Life program (a group life-coaching for women). Thursday, after Zumba, a friend brought to my attention (without trying) that I wasn’t paying attention…while chatting about meditation in everyday actions (insert the need to reread Hand Wash Cold here). After freaking out about Lysol being sprayed around my children (and at least eight others) in the kid care at the gym, I came home, tucked my monkeys in bed, and downloaded four podcast interviews with Karen Maezen Miller. I made soup and bread (in the trusty bread machine) while I listened to Karen remind me that I didn’t need to “fix” anything but to let my anger be my anger, let my sadness be my sadness, let my exhaustion be…just that. So, I’m back to it - letting my practice be just that, practice. I just needed a little refocusing and cleaning of my lens.

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May 4, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

“…For An Ordinary Life”

I’ve mentioned Karen Maezen Miller and her book Momma Zen in an earlier post about parenting. She’s just released her second book, Hand Wash Cold, Care Instructions for an Ordinary Life. I’m a little over half way through it (it’s much harder to read books now that my boys are “free to roam about the cabin”) and am once again loving her wit, honesty, and reminders to trust ourselves more than we might be giving ourselves credit for. Her book seems to slow down time and unfold (while folding the laundry) the beauty in the everyday “chores” we often forget to notice.

If you have the opportunity to find yourself unwinding into one of her books please drop me a line. I’d love to hear what beauty you noticed after reading her releasing words.Maple Tree in the Spring Sun

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May 3, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

Arts in Bloom on Mother’s Day

Last year I was lucky enough to spend my first Mother’s Day with my boys and my mom. We spent a lovely morning at home holding babies (one napper) while enjoying a breakfast made by my husband.

Mother's Day

In the afternoon we ventured out to the Sparks Marina to check out the Arts in Bloom Festival. There were many artists with handmade wares but we were there to support my friend Amanda who was selling her handmade pottery. Turns out she didn’t need our help with sales as her table was busy and she had little left in her collection by the end of the day.

Pottery by Amanda Rookey

This Sunday Amanda will be there again with all new pieces. I got a sneak peak into some fun and functional new pieces she’s been working on that you need to scoop up for yourself. She’ll be set up near the stage.

Hope you get out to the marina to enjoy the sun and art. Have a fabulous Mother’s Day!

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April 30, 2010 @ 10:13 pm

Haiku Thursday…for Your Weekend

driving through sunlight
under an ocean of air
the day is buoyant

by Anne Domagala

sky and clouds

Here’s hoping your weekend leaves you feeling buoyant. I’ll be taking my boys to Rancho San Rafael Park Family Kite Day to enjoy the warm air and sunlight.

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April 21, 2010 @ 11:35 pm

Haiku Thursday - Lucky Version

Nearly a year ago some friends and I jokingly started emailing each other haikus. Some are serious, most just for fun. But, it was something creative we could share and look forward to amidst a work week that seemed never ending. Here’s one of mine:

Woke to little smiles
Makes even sleepy days bright
Lucky mom am I

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April 9, 2010 @ 9:22 am

Beading Class @ NMA

Beading Class at NMA

Want to make a unique piece of jewelry for Mother’s Day? Want to restring an old necklace you’ve been meaning to repair? Want some time to let your mind and hands relax into creativity? Then join me, next weekend!

I’m teaching a beading class at the Nevada Museum of Art next Saturday, April 17th. You can sign up here. If you have any questions, leave a comment and I’ll email you.

Hope to see you there!

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April 3, 2010 @ 12:44 pm

Jiggle Bell Toy Tutorial

Jiggle Bell Instrument

We’ve had some recent competition in the house over a bell rattle that was my husband’s as a child.

Bell Rattle

In an attempt to seek out a solution by adding another toy based on the bell noise I crocheted this jiggle bell toy. *Please note* that after letting my son Finn test this toy I determined that this is not age appropriate for our 16M old boys because of the potential choking hazard. He wanted to nibble on the bells. This is better suited for an older child ready to rock-out with some more advanced instruments.

This is my first attempt at a tutorial so please let me know if you have any questions or tips of your own.

Here we go…

What you’ll need:

-Embroidery floss or yarn
-Crochet hook to match the size of your yarn
-Jingle craft bells with holes for stringing

1. String some bells (I used five small bells) on some embroidery floss (leave floss attached to original skein). It’s a good idea to string more than you think you will use.

Step 1 Jiggle Bell Tut

2. Crochet five chain stitches (see video tutorial here, click on “chain stitch”).

3. Pull first bell taut to your crochet hook.

Step 3 Jiggle Bell Tut

4. Crochet five more chain stitches and add another bell. Repeat until you have your desired length and have used all but one of your bells. I made our toy just big enough to fit over my boys’ wrists.

Step 4 Jiggle Bell Tut

5. After your last five stitches you can place the last bell. I didn’t do this but wish I would have to make it look even all the way around. If you do this crochet one more chain stitch and stop. If you want your toy to look just like mine then crochet five more chain stitches after your last bell.

Step 5 Jiggle Bell Tut

6. Next, clip the embroidery floss about three inches past your crochet hook and last loop. Pull that tail of floss through the last loop on your chain and pull it tight.

Step 6 Jiggle Bell Tut

7. Tie the two ends together with a couple knots. You can put a dab of glue on the knots for security. If using glue, please be sure this glued knot doesn’t have the potential of going into a teething toddler’s mouth. Clip tails from knots and enjoy!

Jiggle Bell Action Shot with Finn

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March 21, 2010 @ 12:07 pm

Reno Design Guide

A huge shout-out to Ashley of Paisley Ann Designs for her fabulous City Design Guide on Design*Sponge. I can’t tell you how excited I was to see our great city make the list. I recently used the Santa Fe Design Guide and had a blast exploring the list of things to see, eat, and do. Be sure to read through the comments on the post as many locals have added their favorite venues, too.

I was lucky enough to meet Ashley last summer at the West Street Market here in Reno. I bought one of her beautiful bird mobiles for my boys’ room. She is as amazing in person as she is on her blog. And, she totally hit my soft spot by loving up my boys.

Bird Mobile by Ashley Jennings

Congrats Reno on making the Design Guide and many thanks to Ashley and d*s for putting us on the design map!

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March 17, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

A Year of Growing Leprechauns

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! May yours be full of little red headed boys and tall pints of Guinness.

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