Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
For the last quite a few years, we haven't had a garden because the deer have eaten it up. The final straw was the year they took a bite out of all of my tomatoes. That was it. In the meantime, I have been using a very tiny garden that we annexed onto the chicken yard. It has a very high fence and has never been bothered by much of anything. The only problem is that it can only grow a few things since it is so small.
This last photo shows how much the peas in the first photo have grown already.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Saturday, June 07, 2008
We had the usual beginner's difficulties i.e. several beads did not come off the mandrel despite using a bead release medium, and several beads popped apart when we took them out of the vermiculite where they were cooling, too soon.
But we all enjoyed the process and learned that the torch is not so fierce and fearsome as we thought. In fact it is quite easy to use and handle.
Kim demonstrates making a glass bead. She holds the rod up at right angles to the bead. She makes a disk shape and them rounds it out. This makes a nice dimple in the center of the bead.
Sunday, June 01, 2008
Pictures of some new colors for my square beads. They go well with this verdant landscape that is surrounding us in trees and grass. Greener than ever this year.