Archive for May, 2011


Rising Sun Earthwork’s precious mascot Russell is having surgery, and I’m a wreck.  I’m trying to work but at the moment I’m having lunch and my mind is wandering…

The surgery is a tricky one- a laser soft palate resection.  The vet (a specialist has visited the clinic to perform the surgery) cuts out some of Russell’s soft palate with a laser which cauterizes the wound.  He needed this surgery because he was having trouble breathing and would vomit frequently during hot weather or exertion, which indicated his soft palate was too long and obstructing his airway.  It’s a common problem in smooshy faced dogs. 🙁

So I just thought I would blog a little about it to pass the time while I eat my panini.


Russell got to come home last night and ate a small meal of soft food.  He was in great spirits!  This morning he’s feeling sore and sorry for himself and couldn’t keep the soft food down so I made him a batch of ground turkey and rice and that seems to be sitting well!  My poor baby!  The vet said his palate was really blocking the airway so hopefully this will make him much more comfortable once he heals!

Customs update!

We are looking at 2 more days of throwing and maybe 3 days of glazing now!  Today is a glazing day and tomorrow will be a throwing day.    Add in drying time and kiln time, and we should just squeak in under the May 31 deadline!  I’ll be saving the more complicated glazing projects for last so I can really concentrate on them.

June will be “laying in the backyard watching clouds” month.

This has been a rather eventful spring for our family and I appreciate the patience of my customers- especially those waiting for this second round of orders!

Spring this foggy morning outside my studio:

A berrylicious collaboration!

I have teamed up with Ginny of Who to bring you this springtime collaboration of her famous strawberry omni bars and a sweet strawberry mug!

Do me a favor…

…heck- do yourself a favor and check out this band:

We saw them opening for Third Eye Blind in Providence on Sunday.  I believe the opening band was supposed to be U.S. Royalty, but they had to cancel.  And wow- we were blown away by Zander Bleck.  These guys are amazing!

They are rising stars, and I predict they will be rising quickly… I’m not a music expert by far; most of what I know comes from being a garage band mom, but I just wanted to point them out to you all.  The show was so full of ebullience and energy and you could tell they were thrilled to be performing for the sold-out crowd.  It didn’t hurt that Zander and company are, as my teenage daughter said, “Hawt.”  I’m not speaking as a cougar here.  It’s just that Katie’s enthusiasm has a tendency to, um, rub off on me, LOL.  Switching to mom-mode:  “They are a group of very talented, attractive young men.”  There.  God forbid I should embarrass anyone.

Anyway, check them out; and when they are playing on the radio umpteen times a day, remember that I told you about them first!  😀

A contest for FB fans!

Can you guess who this is going to be?

I do have pictures at other angles but let’s see if anyone can guess this.  I hope it’s not TOO easy!  First one to guess correctly wins a free non-transferable one time stalking pass for one of my items at Universal Mama, to expire July 1 2011.  To enter, make sure you are a fan of my facebook page, or use the link to the right of this page.  Click “Discussions” on the left and you will see the contest.  Good luck!

ETA:  Well, that was too easy.  Shadow wins- congratulations!  “To infinity… and beyond!”

…with glass!

I traded some goodies for a beadmaking kit at the beginning of the year and have been lampworking since February.  I have been thoroughly enjoying this new venture, melting glass into beautiful shapes and designs with a torch!  My first beads for sale are now listed at Universal Mama.

I must have beads on the brain, because about a week ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a new glazing idea.  So I rushed into the studio and created this:

It kind of reminds me of aboriginal art .  It has a very textured surface, as if it were beaded.  I’m very happy with it and it was very relaxing to do.  You can find this and more at Universal Mama Monday night at 10 EST!