Category Archives: Seasons and Holidays

Halloween Spooks

It’s Halloween, and the last day for my sale at Artem Pop Up Gallery. I had fun making Halloween Ghost ornaments for the store. I created a setup on Now That’s a Jig to create the basic ghost frame. Then I wrapped a length of wire around the setup to make the shape. I decided […]

Fall is beautiful

Fall is glorious right now, and my daily walks fill me with joy. Here are some snapshots of the trees in my neighborhood in their full-color glory.

Halloweenies on sale at Artem

Fall has arrived, and the neighborhood is decked out in Halloween finery. I have decided to put all my Halloween pieces on sale at Artem Pop Up Gallery. I have a few more pendants in stock, but they have all my bat stakes and witch book stakes in the store, located at 1627 Sherman Ave, […]

A chilly Morton Arboretum Troll Hunt

I checked out a book during my Elmhurst stay that had to be returned in Elmhurst, and since I was “out West” I took a drive to the Morton Arboretum, where the Troll Hunt is on display. Of course after a perfectly sunny day, I picked the one on which a hailstorm erupted as I […]

The Slow-mo Snow Melt

We have had record-setting weather this winter, but the cold temperatures might finally be coming to an end. The ice queen is holding out during the warm-up, but she seems to be getting with the ice-loss program this week. I was able to resume my longer walk route on Monday and Tuesday, when it was […]

Sicko

January has always been a sluggish month, but I didn’t know what I was in for in February. Apparently the polar vortex did not kill off cold viruses, and one outing in early February caused me to be felled for almost 3 weeks. Normally I can fend off a cold by resting for 2 days, but […]

SnowMelt

From polar vortex to ice storm. This winter is definitely packing a punch. My frosted windows melted away on Friday and my car started without a hitch. This weekend most of the ice and snow also melted away in above 40-degree Fahrenheit temperatures. This cheerful snowman had a very short life. But our brief time […]

Polar Vortex

I am hunkering down for the polar vortex today. It is interesting how weather events can be very distracting. I was already planning a work from home week (rather than visiting a cafe or finding outside excursions), but when the weather dictates your schedule, it gets distracting. The temperature flux this week also requires extra […]

The Ice Queen visits again

January started off mild, but now we are getting the brunt of winter. A first blanket of snow appeared January 12. By mid-week the temperatures had become frostier, and the Lake had a visit from the Ice Queen. I enjoyed the stroll, although fingers get frosty by the lake when the wind is whipping. The […]

JigUFacturer Ornament Challenge

This month the JigUFacturer Design team for Brenda Schweder’s Now That’s A Jig! was challenged to make holiday ornaments. As you know this is kind of my jam. I started making ornaments in 2013. Initially I was freewheeling all the designs with pliers, but when I saw that Brenda Schweder had developed Now That’s A […]