Today my 6-year-old started her first day of 1st grade. She has been so excited to go back and be with all of her friends. It was really fun last night to watch her at the Back To School night. We had a hard time getting her to leave and she cried when we made her. It is hard to believe that the summer has come and gone. I will post our many adventures below the Tool Time Tuesday for those of you that would like to hear about the reasons I have been gone all summer long. I must say, I am really excited to have my kids back in school. I am ready to get back to work.
Tool Time Tuesday – Drill Bit Gauge
The end of the summer has come!
Our first hike was really close to our home, maybe 4 miles from here and it is an easy hike. Well, the trails aren’t labeled very well and on our way back out we got lost. Luckily, I had my phone with its map programs so we were able to find our way, but we came out through a neighborhood rather than back the way we came. So in this next picture we are stopping to take a break. The baby is on my back, so she didn’t make it into the picture.
Kiari has been a trooper for most of the hikes, but why shouldn’t she? She just gets to ride along while we (I) all do the real work. LOL. However, this is her normal, unamused face. HA! I love that kid.
Inside the Ape Caves there is this little alcove that just sparkles and shimmers, I was unable to get that on the picture, but each of those bright spots was a shiny star when you hit it with the flash light. The colors are really beautiful too. It reminds me of a Mookite Jasper.
A little past the 1/2 way point is “Meatball.” Meatball is a lighter weight bolder that floated along the top of the lava as it flowed until it got stuck in the ceiling where the edges came together a bit. The girls really thought that was pretty cool.
The cave is really dark. And I mean DARK! I had no idea if I was even going to get a picture of me or if I would just get the wall behind me. LOL. I was thrilled with how well the pictures from the cave turned out. The flash does a nice job of lighting things up.
After the hike, as we were driving home we stopped at a park with picnic areas and a beautiful lake and had a picnic lunch. I even caught a rare smile from the baby. I love my girls!
On Sunday, after church, we took the opportunity to take another hike up The Cape Horn Trail. This was the first hike we went on in the summer, but this time my hubby came. It was a big hike the first time, but this time I had an extra 30 pounds of baby and back pack. WHOOOOO!!!! What a workout that was. We stopped 1.4 miles up. If you see that little bare spot just above the corner of the backpack, that is where we parked.
This next one has to be my favorite photo. It is just too bad that it was taken with the front camera on my iphone. So the picture quality is pretty low. But what a cute picture of all of us on top of the mountain and among God’s splendor and beauty.
So, did I actually make any jewelry this summer? Well, a few pieces here and there. Of course, you saw my Bead Soup Blog Party post. And I have come up with my projects for my Online class, which will be announced shortly…. now that the kids are in school, I can finish filming, editing and getting things ready. But my baby finally figured out that she was wearing earrings and they were ridiculously easy to pull out. After two days and 3 pairs of lost pieces I had had enough. So she got some tiny gold-filled hoops.
And we even had adventures in the kitchen. Here Kate is showing off her decorating skills with fruit on her Fruit Pizza’s for her girl scouts garden party.
Today was a big day in our house. Kate went back to school for her first day of 1st Grade. She wanted her hair as pretty as the outfit she put together to wear on the first day of class. So I obliged by putting in water fall braids. And Kiari is getting in on the bike gig as we wish Kate well while waiting for the bus this morning.
So that is life in a nut shell. Starting next we
ek my oldest will also be in school and I will hit the studio hard with new projects, tutorials and classes to come soon. I hope you all had a great summer as well.
First of all, Welcome to all the new visitors. I have tried and tried to turn off the Captcha requirement for comments and on this platform, I have not figured it out. So I really do appreciate the effort and comments you leave. If you are new to my blog, please take some time to visit my Tool Time Tuesday Posts, there is a lot to learn and I would love to be added to your reading list.
Please visit Kumi to see her Bead Soup Reveal with the things I sent to her.
Once I got the wire embellishment all soldered together, I added a bit of depth to it by not keeping it flat, but rather pulling all the ends out so that the piece is very 3-dimensional.
This is where I finally thought about actually making the piece as jewelry and functional wall art rather than just a wall art piece. You can see I have the start of a pair of earrings just below the pendant.
I was liking how the canvas had turned out, but it still seemed to be lacking just a little, so I added a bit more to balance things out in the upper left corner.
Here you can see a little bit of the mock up. I was trying hard to figure out how to attach the necklace to the canvas and was totally stumped.
And in this one you can see a little bit better how I have attached the silk to the clasp that Kumi made. She enameled the tips of the toggle and stamped “Kelsi’s Closet” on the ring.
As I said before, I ended up with two pairs of earrings. I haven’t figured out how to feature the second pair, and I might not. I haven’t decided if this piece is just done or not.
And last but not least…. all of it together. This piece is now hanging on my wall in my studio. The only other thing hanging on the wall in my studio is my wall of hammers. I hope to add a few more pieces soon. I really want to get my saw done up and on the wall soon.
Thanks again to Lori Anderson for hosting the Bead Soup hop. It has been a lot of fun. I know it has been a lot of work.
If you would like to visit the others that are participating, please visit the Bead Soup Blog Party Roster. There are about 400 participants and LOTS of eye candy.
p;One-Eared Pig Beads
A few weeks ago I announced that I was going to participate in the Bead Soup Blog Party again this summer. With all the craziness that has happened lately, I have taken much longer than I should have to post about my partner in this exchange. My partner is Kumi Fisher (I love her name.) Kumi lives in Hawaii and does a lot of really neat jewelry, and lately she has been playing with enamels. She has a fun style and is also learning a lot from various teachers. It is fun to look through her blog and see the projects she has been working on.