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Archive for September, 2008

Night Visitors

Can you see the glowing eye? This little owl and its friend landed on our steps the other night. My hubby came running in saying, “Get the camera!” Sorry the picture is a little blurry. I’m just getting used the my new camera, but I did manage to capture one of them on it. We’ve also been having flocks of little wood ducks fly in every evening to roost by our pond. It’s funny to sit out at night and listen to them squeek; they don’t quack like other ducks. They are too far away for me to get a good picture of them though. It’s always a nature adventure around here.

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ve been working on the big mosaic project and just finished the main pieces and started installing them. I then have to tile the whole bathroom around them and paint the walls. I will definitely post pictures of it when I’m done.

Meanwhile, I have managed to make a little jewelry. Shawn at Silo Studios has requested that I make some colorful, funky pieces for the next show so that’s what I’m trying to accomplish. I’m using some vintage junk as the focal pieces with some glass and fabric beads in some of the necklaces. I’ve been neglecting earrings…next I need to focus on that, and maybe some bracelets. Here are a few of the new ones.

Home Again

Vacation is fun, but it’s good to be back home were I can create. I took some art materials with me on my trip but it’s hard to find time to be creative with that much going on around me. I’ve managed to create a few pieces of jewelry since I’ve been back, but the bulk of my time has been spent working on a huge mosaic project that I’m doing for my sister and her husband. I’ll post pictures of it when I’m done but I want the final piece to be a surprise.
Here is one of the necklaces that I’ve completed:

Also, before I left for my trip I was given this award by the wonderful Steph of Vladthebatsattic. I’m so excited! It’s my first award. Here are the rules for this award:1. The winner can put the logo on their blog.2. Link to the person you received your award from.3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.4. Put links of those blogs on yours.5. Leave a message on the blogs you’ve nominated.6. Write an acceptance speech in the style of the Academy Awards, thanking every body’s mother, father, sister, brother, aunties and uncles and the kitchen staff at your favorite restaurant!

So….I want to thank Step for nominating me for this award and for her encouraging comments that she always leaves, and all of the other people that visit and leave comments, and even the ones that just stop by and have a look. Most of all, I want to thank my Dear Hubby who allows me the freedom to stay at home and do what I do, and always encourages me, and is my best critic.

Here are some of my favorite bloggers to whom I’d like to give this award:
Julie at Is There A Shadow
Lindsay at Serendipity
Deryn at
Something Sublime
Gina at Maxanimation
Cynthia at Art for Housewives
Judy at Red Velvet

Check them out!

Evading Gustav

I just got back from a family reunion at Gulf Shores, Alabama at 1:00 this morning. There was a mandatory evacuation because of Hurricane Gustav. We were supposed to leave today but had to cut it short. The trip was a blast in spite of the evacuation. There were 45 of us in one huge house! What an amazing gathering of people! I will post more later, but I wanted to tell about the coolest thing that happened there. On Saturday night the ocean was glowing! There is a phenomenon called bioluminescence.Here is an explanation taken from http://mips.stanford.edu/public/abstracts/hastings.pdf

“Ocean “phosphorescence”, commonly seen at night when the water is disturbed, is largely due to the dinoflagellates; they occur ubiquitously in the oceans as planktonic forms, responding to mechanical stimulation when the water is disturbed by emitting brief bright light. Light emission may be seen in the wake of a large ship for some 20 miles. About 20% of marine species are bioluminescent and many are photosynthetic. “ Red tides” are transient blooms of individual dinoflagellate species. Phosphorescent bays (e.g., in Puerto Rico, Jamaica) are persistent blooms of this type.

Since dinoflagellates are stimulated to emit light when predators (e.g., crustaceans) are active, predators on the crustaceans might thereby be alerted to feed on crustaceans, resulting in a reduced predation on dinoflagellates generally. Predation on dinoflagellates may also be impeded more directly; the flash could startle or divert a predator, allowing that cell to escape predation. The response time to stimulation (msec) is certainly fast enough to have this effect.”

I tried to take pictures of it but couldn’t capture it, but I did find a Youtube video that shows what happens when you splash in the water. All of us ran down to the ocean and started swimming and splashing with the kids. I have always wanted to see this phenomenon but thought it only happened in tropical places but apparently it is fairly common.
I was so thrilled to finally experience it. That was one of those “bucket list” experiences.