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My Mommy’s Magical Place – By Kiari

Hi, My name is Kiari.  I am almost 2 years old. Mommy and daddy say that it is a difficult age, but I think it is a lot of fun. I am learning so much. I love to explore. There is one room in our house that I could explore all day long and never get finished.

My mommy makes jewelry. She has a magical room where she keeps all sorts of really neat things she calls tools. It must be magical because everyone wants to come over and see how she turns big and small pieces of metal into pieces of jewelry and art.


I thought I would give you a little tour of her magical place. You see, it is also my favorite place to be. She calls this place, “The Studio.”  She must not want me to know the magical things because she is always telling me to leave things alone and to put things back where I got them. She is so silly though, because there are so many things, I have no idea where I got them. So I put them “close” to where I got them and see if she can find them later. hehehe, don’t tell her I told you that though. Sometimes they even make mazes for me. They will put boxes and chairs and other things in front of the door way to see how long it takes for me to get past them all. I am proud to say, I have gotten past EVERY maze they made for me. Mommy and Daddy say I am too smart for my own pants. Guess I should get some smarter pants.


This is the entrance to her studio. She gets warm when she is working so she has this tall thing that blows air. I like to stand in front of it and make silly sounds. There are also a lot of Tinker Bell stickers that I like to look at. Did you know that I am tall enough now that I can see and push the buttons on the top? Well, I am. I can make the fan turn and blow really fast. It is fun to watch mommy jump and try to grab all the papers that take flight.

Mommy also added a new light to her studio. See that little black dot in the middle of the string? Well, if you step on it, it makes a clicking sound. But it also does this amazing thing…. I can make it go light or dark. That doesn’t always make mommy too happy. But I thought it was pretty neat.


She calls these her books. They have lots of pretty pictures. Did you know that you can remove the pictures from the books? I have pulled a couple of my favorite ones out to show mommy. It was kind of strange, she wasn’t as happy as I was.


Ooohhhh, there is that little black clicker again. I want to go step on it. Look at all the good stuff she keeps under her table. She has these drawers under the table that you can move around too. I like to push them all the way to the back. Then mommy has to get down on my level so she can pull them back forward.


Mommy has been sitting here a lot lately. She says she is working on her “videos” and her “blog” and “email.” I think she just likes to see all the pretty colors that appear on the magic window. Right now my big sister is looking at the magic window. Sometimes I get to look at it too. There are these little black keys right below it. When you push the keys it makes everyone squeal…. or is that them getting upset? All I know is that when I push the keys the pictures change.


When mommy works with the magic screen I like to play in the drawers of shiny things. All of these drawers are filled with things for me to play with. They all look different, so I make sure to open them all up and pull out a few pieces from each one so I can show mommy. She usually asks me to put them away, but I usually just hand them to her (or better yet, throw them on the floor and run) and she puts them in a pile next to the magic screen. The pile is getting really big now. I like it. I think I will hand her some more.


Mommy’s magic place has a lot of drawers. These are over by the big window. These are my favorite ones in that area. There are all sorts of pretty colors and bags filled with marbles and stones that shimmer.


This item is really neat. It rolls around. I find it is most fun to do when mommy is standing at the black cabinet playing with her fire spitters. I think she must like it too, because she sure gets excited about things.


When mommy puts the fire spitters away and starts to work on other things, I like to look in the doors. There are all sorts of really good things in here. Bottles of blue water, bags of stones and powders. Mommy doesn’t always let me get in there. I hate it when she puts that little white bar on the handles. I have a really hard time getting in when it is on.


Mommy calls this the garbage. But I think it is filled with so many wonderful things. When she isn’t looking, I like to pull things out and lay them out on the floor so I can see them.  I also like to put other things that I find in the magic place. I wonder if she ever finds them.


This is one of my favorite spots in the magical place. The fridge is just outside of mommy’s magical place. My big sister Kate likes to hang her pictures on it. I am sure mommy would like to see them more, so I bring them in here so she can see them all the time. Plus, my magic sticks are here. I usually only pull out two of them at a time. But they are great fun. They make all sorts of noise on the hard floors in the house and they are GREAT for hitting my sisters with. When I do that, the whole house gets excited and everyone is whooping and hollering. It is a lot of fun.


Have you ever heard of magic carpets? I have heard of them in various stories, but my mommy has a real one. When you stand and jump on this carpet it makes noise. Everyone should get a magic carpet like this one, then everybody in the world would be happy.


This shelf is like a puzzle. All these little boxes have to fit in a special way in order for them to fit just right. I like watching mommy work on the puzzle, so I help her all the time by pulling everything out. Sometimes I will help her by handing the boxes back to her, but most of the time I will run around the house with one or two of the boxes.


This is the other side of mommy’s magical table. I keep trying to get up on that little stool, but it moves and hits my head on the table. I don’t like this stool very much, but I am sure that one day I will conquer and be able to sit on the soft part soon.


Mommy is practicing for Halloween. I think she is going to be a scientist. She has been drawing on sheets of copper and then tapes them up and puts them into the water. Then she hooks wires up to them and the water starts to swirl. But the crazy thing is, the water changes! It turns blue and then brown. My mommy is so smart. When she pulls the sheet out of the color changing water, it has all sorts of new lines and pictures on it that you can feel.


My mommy calls this the wall of hammers. She doesn’t like it when I get too close to that. You see that big white box there? It has buttons on the top. I like pushing buttons. But when I push these buttons, it makes a beep and then a BIG whooshing noise. I don’t usually hang around when the whooshing noise starts. It is scary.


Oh, this is another one of my favorite places in mommy’s magical place. All these boxes come out…. and there are different things to play with…. in EVERY. ONE. OF. THEM.


These are my favorite boxes. The little bottles of color and the sticks that color. Mommy likes it when the bottles show the black lids, but then you can’t see what color they are, so I make sure to pull them all out and lay them down in a pile. Look, they are playing with each other. Mommy gets all excited when I pull out the sticks that color. She showed me how to draw on Kate’s white board. But you know what? They also work on your skin, the walls, the floor and a few other places. I could put my art EVERYWHERE. I am sure mommy would be happy if she could see my art where ever she looked.


Mommy says it is about time for bed, so I had better end soon. This is one of my most favorite places in her magical place. There is a little oven that is just my size. I like to cook. I leave mommy all sorts of presents in here when I can.


See, I even left her the rest of my apple. Now if she gets hungry later, she will have something to eat. I wonder how long it will take her to find it? (3 days)

Okay, I am going to step on the black button that makes light a few more times before I go to bed. I hope you enjoyed seeing my mommy’s magical place. I love her magical place. One day I hope to be magic just like mommy.

Kreative Blogger Award – a little about me

I have been awarded the Kreative Blogger Award from my talented new friend and Bead Soup Blog Party Partner, Kumi Fisher.


KreativBloggerAward So…when you receive the Kreativ Blogger Award, here are the rules to follow:

1. Post a link to the person who awarded you

2. Share 7 well thought-out random things about yourself

3. Grant the Award to 10 other deserving bloggers and let them know

                             ♥                       ♥                          ♥ 

Kumi was a wonderful partner during the Bead Soup Blog Party and if you didn’t see the pieces she made with the items I sent her, be sure to read her Reveal Post.

I must admit, I am quite envious of all the classes she has been taking and all the new skills she is learning. I was so excited when Kate was finally getting old enough to start into preschool because it mean we were just about to the age of Kindergarten. That was the year that I was finally going to start taking more classes and taking my skills to the next level. Well, just before we got to that point, we had another baby and I am back on hold for a few more years. LOL. So Kumi, I hope you have some extra fun for me.

So what 7 things can I tell you all that you don’t already know about me?

  1. When I was a little girl I remember seeing a McDonald’s commercial and I told my dad that I wanted to be a McDonald’s girl when I grew up. HAHA. I never did work for McDonald’s. But I did work in a little snow cone shack as my first “REAL” job.
  2. In high school I played flute and piccolo for the marching band. And in my Junior year, I began playing percussion. I went to college on a music scholarship. I currently own the MOST BEAUTIFUL Marimba. What is a Marimba? Think of a Xylophone on drugs. This thing is HUGE! My oldest is starting to play percussion this year. YAY!
  3. Once when I was in Jr. High, my cousin and I thought we would get a beautiful tan and put crisco on our skin and laid out for a little too long. Boy were we fried. LOL. It hurts to think about it.
  4. One of my favorite Authors was Dorothy Gilman. I have all but one of her books (it is out of print.) One of these days I am going to get her books on audio version so I can listen to them while working in the studio. I re-read the books every few years. I read the first one when I was in 7th or 8th grade. My oldest is reading them now and loves them too.
  5. I am a tool Junkie. Oh wait, you already knew that. But I totally am. I love tools.
  6. Jewelry making is a surprising new talent that I didn’t know I had. I was quite shocked when I found out that I actually did have a creative bone in my body. It is still new and while it is something that may be there naturally, it is not something that comes easily.
  7. I live on Chocolate these days. I love carbs – the ones that are SUPER bad for you. It isn’t a good mix when trying to drop baby weight, especially when you add my advancing age. LOL.

So now to pick 10 other bloggers…..

1. Valerie Heck. Valerie is my best friend and it breaks my heart that she lives 2,500 miles away from me now. She is super talented and an amazing jeweler. But even more than that she is just an amazing person. She is a genuine friend. Even with 2,500 miles between us, we talk at least weekly and the friendship is as strong as ever. Visit Valerie’s blog.

2. Joy Kruse – I believe I met Joy through my blog here. She is a very talented artist that teaches at a lot of the big shows back east. She has been very encouraging to me as I have struggled with various things with the move and kids, etc. I love her style and she was even one of my Featured Artists a while back. Be sure to check out her blog – You will LOVE the eye candy.

3. Elenor Buffington – Elenor and I have been “friends” for a very long time. I met her on another jewelry forum and she has been a great source of encouragement as I have walked this new creative path. She is amazing when it comes to anything creative. She makes the most fantastic cakes and delightful and whimsical foods. And that is in addition to all the amazing jewelry she makes as well. Be sure to check out her blog, Cake and Jewelry

4. Angie Simonson – Angie is another one of those friends that I have had for several years from another jewelry forum. Again, Angie has also been a great source of encouragement and inspiration. She is also a phenomenal wire artist. Her blog is full of fun things including jewelry, recipes and the fun antics of her family. Be sure to visit her blog Weirdly Wired

5. Susan Estrada – Susan is another friend that has been in this small jewelry circle that I live and play in. So again, I have known her for a while and really enjoyed her take on various designs. She has a great eye for color and design and a taste for super fine materials. Her blog can be found at cserpentDesigns.

6. Kathryn at Kat’s Custom Kreations – Kat has been a reader of my blog for a little while and a huge source of encouragement to me. She is one of my top blog commenters. Her Blog is full of fun recipes for, not food, but other household items. I have a few of them on my list of things to try. But check it out and let me know if you try any of the items. Kat’s Custom Kreations  You can also see some of her beautiful jewelry work on her website:

7. Melissa Meman – I have known Melissa Meman for a long while now too. She is up to some really fun things and I simply adore her style. Her blog is filled with fun posts about goings on in life as well as jewelry adventures.

8. Janice at Doxallo Designs. – Janice was one of the first jewelers I “met” when I got started with all of this jewelry stuff. It has been a lot of fun to get to know her and I adore her style. I actually spent a week with Janice and a few other ladies down in North Carolina doing nothing but jewelry. It was a lot of fun. Janice’s blog is filled with her designs as well as thoughts and posts about life in general. She has some of the craziest adventures. Be sure to check out Doxallo Designs.

9. Elise Thomas – Elise is a new friend of mine. I was introduced to her work when she offered to be one of my Featured Artists on my blog. She makes some wonderful glass beads. You should check out some of her glass birds and flowers.

10. Swati Nigam – Last and certainly not least, is a very good friend of mine, Swati. Her blog is a little out of date right now, but perhaps this little tag will get her posting again. Swati was one of the first people I met on my jewelry journey. We used to chat for hours and help each other come up with ideas, troubleshoot wire and metal issues and just have good conversations. We did that for a long time until she moved to California and we had a 3 hour time difference. Her wire work is impeccable. I actually bought one of her pieces as a gift for my mother a few years ago.

Thanks Kumi for the award.