I am home. Yay!
I had a great time, claying it up at the ‘thon as usual, but I am glad to be home. We moved to a new hotel this year, and while the work room was much improved over previous years (so spacious!) the hotel itself was on the creepy side. Apart from the ornate lobby, the place was pretty rundown. The heat in my room stopped working last night (it was 16 degrees outside!) and so I slept under three blankets, and I kept on my socks and my heavy wool sweater. Frigidity was a theme in that hotel. Just crossing the lobby from the elevators to the work room made me feel like a human icicle. I took a hot shower this morning, just to thaw myself out!
So it’s especially nice to be back home, sitting here in the family room next to a crackling fire, under the blankie of love. The kids are doing homework and the husband is working on his magazine. It’s all so cozy. Warm. Much appreciated.
Eamonn just asked me sweetly for some hot chocolate. How can I refuse? Must take a quick break.
Ok, hot chocolate duly made, and some Zen Tea for me. Now, what was I saying?
Oh, yes! Clayathon. Less-than-stellar hotel aside, it was a great time as always. I wish I could have stayed another day, because I think I still have a few projects in me wanting to get out. Here’s what I did manage to accomplish, if you’re curious:
First was the crochet hooks some of you ordered. I particularly love this batch above my previous ones, because they are so shiny! (Oooooh shiny!) I sanded them as I always do, but this weekend I had access to a buffing machine, and I took advantage of it.
Next I worked on using up some of the leftover pieces I have been accumulating from all of the hook-making over the last several months. I put several strips of the different patterns from the same color family together into one big sheet, and used the sheet to cover what I like to call these “crazy quilt pens.”
The rightmost 13 pens were done that way. Then I took a break to make some new canes in a new color family (see below). I covered the leftmost four pens with the new canes, and then did 2 more crazy quilt pens with the new scraps I generated.
These aren’t finished yet. They still need to be sanded and buffed. Maybe I’ll get to that mind-numbing job someday…
These are those new canes I mentioned. The one on the left is my usual Triangle design, and the rest of them are just kaleidoscopic experiments with what I had left of the colors I used for the triangles. In a very uncharacteristic move, I just winged-it with the kaleidoscope canes, and probably couldn’t repeat them if I tried.
(Ok, I’ll be honest, I do remember exactly what I did to make these canes, but it’s only been a day and a half. I promise you, I won’t have a clue within a week.)
Late in the day yesterday, I switched from caning to do a little mokume gane. My mother-in-law had asked me to make her some replacement “stones” for a decorative object that had lost some of its pieces. These came out just as I had envisioned. Unfortunately, I envisioned the wrong colors. Duh. So, I will have to try again with greener blues and yellower browns.
My last project was this quickie. Terri gave me a few channel bracelet blanks, which I filled with leftover pattern strips. I was so thrilled to get these brass blanks, because they are perfect companions to the skinny mixed-metal bangles Neil gave me for Christmas this year. It’s great to be able to add a little color to the stack, I think.
So that’s it! And once again I am consumed with the urge to get a buffing wheel for myself. I mean, would you look at those shiny hooks? No way can I get that look by hand. I need to find an inexpensive bench grinder with a muslin wheel. Any tips from any of you who have one?
Let’s chat about this so I can put off my return to Real Life(TM) for a little while longer, k?