Ever glazed a bowl or knitted/sewn a project that you had such high hopes for that, on completion, was so ugly it was a real challenge to NOT throw it in the trash or banish it to the recesses of
of your darkest closet? Let me tell you about my latest bowl of shame………
There was nothing wrong with the naked bowl, one of my better ones IMO. Sorry guys, I took no photos of the first glazing. Too painful. 😜
The first glaze consisted of Toasted Sage poured into the bowl and swirled to cover, followed by Oatmeal brushed on the rim x3. I laid a band of Textured Turquoise below the Oatmeal rim inside. I then brushed the outside with Spectrum Cinnamon Ripple x3. When the glaze was dry, I fired this bad boy to cone 5. All I can say about the final result was YUCK and double YUCK. I tried to console myself by saying we can’t all be beautiful and made up my mind to keep it around for a little while; sometimes a glaze combination will grow on me. Not this time.
I decided to refire it, using a new glaze I got for Christmas, a Hot Pink by Spectrum. So, I just sort of slapped a few coats of this pink on it all over and fired it again. BTW – all glazes are Amaco Potter’s Choice unless specified otherwise. This glaze was a cone 9/10 and since I like to live dangerously, I fired to cone 10. 🥵
Here’s the surprise:
I’m so glad I gave this pot a second chance! Forrest Gump’s mama was right:
Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.
So I’ve been coat shopping for a while but had trouble aligning what I wanted and what I wanted to pay. Yesterday I made a run to Clothes Mentor, a consignment store close to Casa Coleman and lo and behold I found the Perfect with a capital P coat! Black, with a hood, a bit longer (think knee length), barely worn as best I can tell and the thing I wanted above all things in a new coat – down. I always lusted after a down coat but never got one—mostly because of price, rationalizing not getting one because I had a perfectly good wool coat. Never mind that it was 15 years old and I needed a change. Best thing about this new coat – price. I got a great down coat for -are you ready for this? – $25.00.🧥🌬🌨☔️
A penny saved is a penny earned. Benjamin Franklin
After a try out of Kollage Square Circular Knitting Needles I’ve fallen deeply in love with these babies and want one of every size and length. The rub? Kollage has quit making them.😢 My LYS does carry them, but with very limited choices. I spent way too much time last night trying to track some down – a rollercoaster of emotion, let me tell you. I was ultimately successful, finding a nice selection of needle sizes and cord lengths at Paradise Fibers and bought three new circs, sizes 1,1.5 and 2 with 60” cables, my favorite! I’ll start stalking our mailman in the next day or so.
ON MY NEEDLES
I’m back on track with my Gray Day Gansey and am about an inch away from separating for the sleeves.
Gray Day Gansey
Knitpicks Wool of the Andes
First Light Handicrafts
Manos del Uruguay Fino
JUST OUT OF THE KILN
Buncombe White Clay
Glazed w/ Blue Rutile on exterior and Arctic Blue interior
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly. Robert Kennedy
Hi ya’ll! Here it’s come around Monday again and I have a couple of things to show you. I hope everyone’s weekend was a good one, mine was super busy which is a good thing in my case. When I’m bored, I tend to get into trouble – think shopping, think junk food, think hours of Pinterest or Facebook. Does this sound familiar? OK, enough of that. Here are a few things I played around with over the weekend.
My Gray Day Gansey is STILL on my needles, due to a mistake (dropped stitch) that I was unable to make peace with. So, I put in a lifeline and ripped back a good six inches of cabling and fixed it. Much happier!
I also managed to finally get ClayDreamsPottery, my Etsy shop, updated. Hit the link and see what’s new. I also got a bisque kiln fired, which unfortunately did not go as smoothly as I’d hoped. One of the pots exploded early on but luckily, nothing else in the kiln was damaged. 😨
Monday’s child is fair of face. Anonymous Nursery Rhymes
Hi all, Yes, here I am. The Insomniac Potter is alive and well. Storms are moving through my neck of the woods with lots of thunder and lighting. I love storms and so couldn’t pass this one up.
I also wanted to give you a look at my newest Etsy shop update. Hop on over to ClayDreamsPottery, my Etsy shop and see what’s new!
You don’t need a weather man to know which way the wind blows. Bob Dylan
So, what did you think of the changes in my About Me page? It took me a long time to get the new content from my head to WordPress! As for my 2020 Intentions, one of my main one is to start and stick to a blogging schedule. I haven’t quite gotten that one settled in my mind but just getting started feels like a big step in the right direction! 👟👟
I hope you had a great holiday! Mr. iknead and I went to Bangkok for Christmas with the Bangkok Bunch. So good to see them…..even with Facetime, etc., sometimes I crave being able to hug them in person, hold their hands and hear their voices in person. Unfortunately, I was sick the. whole. time. with bronchitis. I went to the doctor and he gave me antibiotics and cough medicine. They helped a little and at least got me through the long, long flight home.😷🤒👨⚕️💊
Best gift ever? The Bangkok bunch is coming home! 🏠🏠🏠 The excitement and the relief of having them close by again is overwhelming! 🎇🎇🎇🤸♂️😍
I’m still plugging away at Gray Day. I’ve had to rip the entire cable pattern out and start it again twice.🤬but it’s progressing slowly!
I plan to do an update of my Etsy shop, ClayDreamsPottery, in the next day or so, keep an eye on it – you don’t want to miss a thing! Here’s a preview –
I’ve been out of pocket for a while – lots of things happening in not much time and my blogging has suffered. Things have settled down again and I’m doing some much needed blog updating, starting with a new and improved About Me page.
Come see what’s new and stay tuned – it’s a work in progress!
If you want things to be different, perhaps the answer is to become different yourself. Norman Peale