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We spent this past weekend at my Dad & Stepmom’s house in Dushore, PA. It’s really lovely there and so pretty – nothing but trees, fields, hills, farmland, and creeks everywhere. As well as strange noises in the night!

We ate breakfast as usual at the Jolly Trolley in town. We also checked out an arts & crafts show, played in the creek, went to the Sullivan County Fair (and saw our first demolition derby!), and spent some time at Lake Jean in Rickets Glen State Park.

Here are some photos…

This is the field across the road from my Dad and Stepmom’s house.

lovely field

Lily in the creek.


A prize-winning rooster at the Sullivan County Fair. He really was quite beautiful!

prize-winning rooster

And some prize-winning cows.

prize-winning cows

This is the demolition derby at the Sullivan County Fair. It was neat; I think I could have watched the whole thing! It goes on for hours – it started at 6 and when we left at 9 it was still going strong.

demo derby!

demo derby!

demo derby!

Here’s Lily – I took this photo while we were at the demolition derby. She looks so beautiful!


And here is Marc and Lily, on the beach at Lake Jean.

at lake jean

We started on our journey last Friday, and stopped at Knoebel’s on the way. It was so nice! We really love Knoebel’s. It wasn’t very crowded, which was great. Lily went on her first “grown-up” roller coasters, the Twister and the Phoenix. She loved the Twister; not so much the Phoenix.

All in all we had a great time. It was my Dad’s 65th birthday on Labor Day, so it was nice to spend this time with him.

Thanks for stopping by!


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dushore days.

in the middle of nowhere.
Sometimes the middle of nowhere is a delightful place to be. This past weekend we went up to my dad & stepmom’s house in Dushore PA, about 3 hours north of here. The second weekend of August is when the founder’s day celebration is held, complete with a keg-rolling contest and an outhouse race. And let me just say how entertaining kegs and outhouses can be.

But first, I have some exciting news….my Polyshrink jewelry was chosen for an article in an upcoming issue of Belle Armoire Jewelry!! I’m extremely pleased and happy. I put in a lot of work and time on those pieces. And now they will have their chance to shine.

Anyway, back to Dushore. Picture lots of big hills, covered in either fields of corn, fields of wildflowers, or woods. Dirt roads. Some paved roads. Farms. Deer, chipmunks, rabbits, a wild turkey. One traffic light in the entire county.

My dad and stepmom’s house is really cute – there’s a huge backyard, and a creek runs along the property. My dad built a small deck overlooking the creek, and you can walk down to the creek and splash around if you like. There’s a fire pit – who doesn’t love sitting around the fire at night? With a glass of wine, of course. Or a mojito if you’re my sister and brother-in-law.

It’s very peaceful and beautiful. The kind of place where you have no choice but to relax and enjoy the scenery.

Here are some pictures:

Gwen and Lily checking out the creek.
let's explore

Marc and the girls at the creek.
down at the creek

Lily and Gwen running around the backyard.
get that ball!

Lily and my dad on the tractor.
poppop & lily

Gwen petting a goat from the pet parade (there was also someone with a piglet – so cute! and a woodchuck!)
a little goat

Gwen participating in the kid’s outhouse race.
go gwen!

Lily participating in the kid’s outhouse race. I was surprised she did it – I think seeing Gwen do it and the prize of candy upon completion were motivating factors.
go lily!

The next three pictures are a few of the outhouses that participated in the grown-up outhouse races. Each team had to run with the outhouse up the street, around the monument, and back down the street to the finish line. Some of the outhouses were quite imaginative. This one is the Philly Phlushers.
philly phlushers

This one was the Poohsuit of Happiness.

And here we have the Dushore Poolice. All of the potty jokes got to be a bit much for me, but it was cute.
dushore poolice

On our way up on Friday we decided to stop at Knoebel’s for a few hours. I’m so glad we had a chance to go there – it’s such a great place and I really love it. I don’t go on any rides, of course, but I still enjoy it.

Here are a few pictures of the more adventurous members of the family…

Lily on the Italian trapeze.
italian trapeze

Marc and Lily on the whirly thing.
whirling around

And Marc and Lily on the kiddie coaster.

Hope you’ve enjoyed the pictures!


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the teacups were not my cup of tea
We went to Knoebel’s a couple weeks ago (I’m a bit behind here – meant to publish this post last week but didn’t have time to before leaving for Ocean City!) – Julian had to work, so it was just me, Marc, and Lily. It only took Lily about an hour this time to warm up and start going on rides. She loves the rides – and she certainly doesn’t get that from me! I tried to be more adventurous this time – we all went on the Whip, which was fun. We all went on the torture cups – I mean Teacups. That was not fun. Not even close. Let’s just say that I prayed a lot on that ride, and I didn’t feel well for a while after disembarking.

But Lily and Marc love it all. Lily’s favorites were the Flying Tigers (which I went on with her and had no problem!) and the kiddie roller coaster. Next year Marc wants to take her on the big coaster. I’m a bit nervous about that, but I think she might be ok. She wanted to go on the Italian Trapeze, but I said no, because I was afraid she would fall out of the seat! I don’t like the idea of her being alone on a ride. At least if Marc is next to her he can hold onto her. Maybe next year.

I forgot the camera, so I have no pictures to share. bummer.

I have been continuing my exploration with Polyshrink. I tried embossing, both on an already-baked piece and an unbaked piece. Neither worked out. I tried Ranger’s Alcohol Inks. I found that I couldn’t get the colors as vibrant as I wanted, although it did look nice anyway. In the end though it wasn’t really the look I was going for. I’ve never used the Alcohol Inks before – they’re fun!

I also tried Ranger’s Pigment Pearls – again, I couldn’t get the look I wanted, but I would love to try them on other surfaces.

After these experiments, I’ve come to realize that for my Polyshrink fragments, I prefer the simplicity of the rubber-stamped designs, with no additional colors (except of course glitter chalk!).

So now I’m trying out some different sealers, and then I’m done. For now. Then I need to make some actual jewelry pieces!

and in other creative news
I’ve also been working on a couple projects to submit to Somerset Studio for their “simple pleasures” theme. One project consists of three tags, each featuring an antique photo of a lovely woman engaging in some sort of pleasant activity. Originally I wanted to make a book depicting leisurely pasttimes of yore, but reality was kind enough to smack me on the head and say, “um, do you seriously think you have time to make a book, in a month?” So the book turned into tags. Here are the photos I’m using – these are from digitalimageryplus.com

in my garden



The other project is a set of three cards (I love the number three – it’s a very good number for sets of things!). Each card has an encourgaging, hope-giving sentiment (“you are beautiful”, for example). Each card will also have a handmade paper flower embellishment – I want the cards to be very simple, and elegant. The idea is that creating a card for someone, giving someone a card, and receiving a card are seemingly simple things, yet contain much potential for pleasantness!

So that’s what’s been cooking in the kitchen here. The creative juices have been bubbling away!


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first impressions
I received a lovely package in the mail – my sealing wax and seal! The wax is gorgeous, and the seal is perfect. I couldn’t wait to play with my new toys.

Then I learned that it is not so easy to do as one might think. Melt the wax, push in the seal, voila! Right? Um, no. At least not for me. The wax kept sticking to the seal and sometimes it even ripped right off the paper! I think it’s a matter of letting the wax cool to the right temperature before pushing in the seal.

This was my eighth attempt – not too bad.

Eiffel Tower seal

I used up almost one stick of wax already, and I only bought two. I better figure out how to do this quick!

Last Friday (the 17th) we took a day trip to Knoebel’s. Marc’s employer was hosting their annual employee appreciation day there.

Lily was so excited to go – she was talking about it all week, and informed us several times that she wanted to go on the merry-go-round first. Well we got there and dutifully took her to the merry-go-round – and she wouldn’t go on! We walked around to all the kiddie rides, and she absolutely refused to go on anything.

But she did at least enjoy herself riding around in her stroller eating Skittles.

lily, knoebel's 2009

Then it started raining. Then it started pouring.

This is Marc and Lily as we took refuge from the deluge.

marc & lily, knoebel's 2009

Lily was hiding her head in Marc’s lap because the rain was very loud on the roof.

After dinner Marc’s boss’s wife convinced Lily to go on the merry-go-round with her, and of course once she finally went on a ride she wanted to go on everything!

lily, knoebel's 2009

lily, knoebel's 2009

lily, knoebel's 2009

It still rained most of the time we were there, but not too heavily, and I love the rain anyway so it was fun to walk around in it.

~finally dry~

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All art is but imitation of Nature. – Seneca the Younger

I’ve been working on my inchies for the next Artella swap. I’m hoping to have them pretty much done by tomorrow night. Saturday we are off to Ocean City, Maryland for a few days of rest and relaxation. I had to order some blue and aqua glitter glue, so if I get that before we leave then I will probably take them with me to finish by the sea, which would be appropriate. Hey, maybe I could get some real beach sand and somehow glue that on. I like that idea – I’ll have to think about it.

I received an email from one of the assistant editors at Artful Blogging – they are interested in publishing my blog banner in an upcoming issue! I would be absolutely thrilled to have my banner published in such a fabulous magazine. The main reason I started this blog was reading the first issue of Artful Blogging, seeing all the amazing blogs, and thinking – hey, I want to do that! So I emailed her the image and I’m putting my faith out there.

I bought a digital book and a couple digital ephemera packs from Artella for their current digitally-altered book contest. The deadline is September 20. I think my idea is pretty simple and I shouldn’t have any problems getting it done. That means I will be up at least one night until 1:30 in the morning to get it done in time. That’s not too bad, though.

I also finally purchased the bead I’m going to use as the focal point in my mom’s birthday necklace. I can’t post a picture yet, but I will just say that it is gorgeous, and it was made by a very well-known lampwork bead artist. I have an idea of how I’m going to do the necklace, but I’m still working out the details.

Here are a few pictures of Lily from Knoebel’s. They’re a little blurry; apparently our camera does not have an ‘action’ setting.

Knoebel's - On the merry-go-round


Knoebel's - The Flying Tiger

Knoebel's - The Red Baron

She’s much more adventurous than her mother!

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Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some. – Charles Dickens

Saturday night I decided to do some cleaning and re-organizing in my studio. I had a small basket of beads that needed to be put away, so I did that, and in doing so was amazed at the quantity of beads that I have. I haven’t much looked at my beads since Lily was born. To say I have a lot of beads is a severe understatement. I could probably open a small booth. I think I will see if anyone at Artella would like to swap some stuff for beads. Not that I don’t want my beads, but there’s no way I can ever use all that I have, and they’re so beautiful, it’s a shame they are sitting in a cabinet, unused and unseen.

When I was done in my studio I sat and worked on my freeform cuff while watching the Olympics. Here it is so far:

My freeform peyote stitch cuff.

I have about four inches done. It’s gotten a bit out of control, as all of my freeform projects are wont to do, but that’s part of the fun. Eventually they take on a life of their own.

I received my inchies yesterday for the inchie swap:

The inchies I received from the first Artella inchie swap.

Aren’t they cute? Each was made by a different person. Another inchie swap is under way, so of course I couldn’t resist joining that one too. September 5th is the deadline. I haven’t come up with a theme yet (I like to do my inchie batches in themes, I’ve decided), but I have no doubt by the end of tomorrow I will know what I’m going to do.

Yesterday Marc’s employer had a family day at Knoebel’s Amusement Park, so we took Julian and Lily. We’d never been there before; it’s about two-and-a-half hours away, but it was so much fun. It’s really lovely, with trees everywhere. It’s great for little kids – they have a whole bunch of rides for the under-five set, and Lily loved them all. We took her on the regular ferris wheel (she went on the kiddie ferris wheel, too – and loved it!) and when we were at the top she wanted to go higher still. I think Marc is right – she is going to be his roller coaster buddy. I will post some pictures later this week.

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