Archive for the ‘Rituals and Traditions’ Category

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas

Friday, December 25th, 2020

Dashiell Greeting
Dash, Happy Holidays

Elliot Greeting
Elliot, Merry Christmas

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Pie

Dash enjoying a piece of my first sweet potato pie.

What Happened?

Monday, February 17th, 2020

I found the bits next to the tissue box in the bathroom.

Flaking Results

When I looked up, I realized one of my pieces was damaged.

This was the piece. It is part of my Cleanse Your Palate Series, No Guilt.

Bird Head

The image was taken by Sharon Tetly when the work was on display at Western Nevada College.

The piece has pit-fired components. The bird head is hanging from a strand of pit-fired beads. Of course there is code in how the beads were strung. The beaded piece references chaplets. The idea was to remove the chaplet, hold it, and repeat, “forgive yourself” for whatever perceived wrong.

The piece is hung in the guest bathroom. It actually has been in the same location for several years.

There are a few of the same pit-fired beads in my stash of beads for comparison. Maybe tests.

Pit Fired Beads

The pit-fired beads and bird head have all fallen apart.

Damaged Pit Fired Beads

Damaged Pit Fired Beads

I removed the chaplet, but haven’t yet warmed to how the piece looks without it.

Damaged Pit Fired Beads

Why did the beads fall apart? My initial thought…the flaking off of the surface is the result of humidity. Why now? Most likely it was a gradual process until the point that flaking occurred.

Am I upset? No, more curious about how the damage occurred, how to prevent it in the future, and how to make it occur if I want to age a piece.

Dashiell Enjoying Cymbidium

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Valentine Dash

Christmas Ornaments and More

Sunday, January 5th, 2020


German Blown Glass Ornament


German Blown Glass Ornament


German Blown Glass Ornament


German Blown Glass Ornament with Star Wire Hanger

Enamel Rabbit Ornament

Enamel Bunny Ornament

Enamel Rabbit Ornament

Vintage Family Ornament

Vintage Family Ornament from the 50s

Favorite Drugstore Ornament

Favorite Drugstore Find

Carved Rabbit Ornament

Carved, Up All Year Ornament

Carved Rabbit in Spice Rack

Carved Rabbit in Kitchen Spice Rack

Carved Rabbit Ornament

Carved Mate, Up All Year Ornament

Carved Rabbit in Spice Rack

Carved Rabbit in Kitchen Spice Rack


Lantern Christmas Gift Decorated by My Niece, Nephew, and Their Dad

Ornaments in Freezer

Happy New Year from Shell Beach

Wednesday, January 1st, 2020

It was a beautiful day at the beach…


until the rogue wave got me!

After Rogue Wave

John was in the moment and missed the shot.

The wave was so powerful, I thought it was going to topple me over.
Had to empty my boots three times!

Dangerous Waves Persist Along Central Coast Beaches

The high surf persists along the Central Coast, where the advisory issued Tuesday has evolved into a warning.

Breaking waves are expected to be 15 to 20 feet tall and swimming is considered dangerous. The risk of drowning is exceptionally high due to the strong rip current.

I checked the tide app and read the tide report.

How did I not read about this before visiting the beach???

…. .- .–. .–. -.– / …. — .-.. .. -.. .- -.– …

Sunday, December 22nd, 2019

Happy Holidays

2019 January 1 Shell Beach

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Happy New Year

Low Tide
Shell Beach

Shell Beach

And Collected Holey Rocks

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Work in Progress–Mom Penny Memorial

Friday, September 14th, 2018

The memorial piece will have a penny dated for each year of my mother’s life.

I have a stash of pennies, but did not have one for each year from 1930 to 2018. Found a coin shop in town that had reasonably priced pennies to complete the piece.

Stacks of pennies

Interesting that 1943 is a steel penny.

1943 Steel Penny


Loom Knitting Pleated Pattern with Undyed Wool


Today will have completed 35 rows of 89 rows for the pennies. Will need to knit a bit more for overlap.

When the loom knitting is done, the pennies attached, and important years indicated, a box will be made of cedar as a home for the memorial piece.

Previous Penny Project Post

Tim 50th Birthday

Normally I would work all day to complete a project. But I have to limit my (repetitive) working time to five rows per day. I had surgery on my hand in June, with some working too much too soon complications. Developed scar tissue with extreme sensitivity. Still working to gain back finger strength and manual dexterity.

Dash enjoyed helping with my favorite desensitizing therapy.

Desensitizing Therapy

Patina Gone Crazy

Monday, February 5th, 2018




After a short time this occurred–




What was the patina used for? I strung together 3 kinds of shiny steel washers in code for a 3-bunny gravemarker.

Memorial Piece

This is what the washers looked like when they were removed from the solution.

Memorial Piece

And now as part of the grave marker–

Memorial Piece

Memorial Piece

Eventually the piece should become rustier, more aged, a bit more similar to the oxidized bunny marker.

This is another memorial for a bunny burial space.

Mr Smith Memorial Piece

Used the same washers to make the coded memorial piece. I suspect that they have oxidized because the area of the garden gets watered frequently and the little inlaid ceramic cup does not have a drainage hole.

How many bunnies do I have buried in my courtyard? Eight. That sounds like a lot of bunnies. Eight bunnies have lived with me during the past 25 years. My oldest bunny lived a long, but not long enough 13 years.

The simple rust promoter formula found online.

Patina Formula