Archive for July, 2013

Senility has already taken hold.

I made this:




It is for someone who shares my birthday- Katie’s boss, Karla.  You may have seen me mention her before- she is Karla Simmons- who runs Simmons Farm.  Katie milks the cows and goats and runs the farm stand on Sundays.  She thinks of Karla as her “second mom” and I could not have picked a better role model for my daughter.  She is kind, cheerful, fun, thoughtful, and the most hard working woman I know.  We both love her to pieces.  I don’t have a photo of her and Katie together.  Must get one and put it here!

So anyway, there are three resident dairy cows at this farm:  Olive, the sweet little Jersey who inspired this piece; Ruthie, a big girl who’s a little ornery at times; and Emma, the youngest, who has recently taken over the mothering of an orphan calf.

So I thought it would be funny to make a functional mug with a big pink udder.  This was a very fiddly piece to do, and I won’t be taking orders for it because it would take more time than I really have, but it was SO NICE to sit down and just be creative again and make something that had been bouncing around inside my skull for a few months.  I had a big smile on my face the whole time- I need to make more time to just have fun with the clay.

Birthday weekend!

I’ve been quiet on the blog recently- I was wrapping up two preorders and that kept me pretty busy up until the twins’ 18th birthday on Saturday!  What fun that was!  They designed their own cake:



They invited a bunch of friends, and they wanted to have a “bunch of dumb party games” so they played “doughnut on a string”


Volleyball (maybe not dumb but that’s the sport of choice at Casa Gonzalez).


The old classic “pass the orange” game:


And a bunch more.  What was really perfect about this day is that despite nothing but rain for the week’s forecast- including this day- for some unknown reason the clouds parted and the twins had a nice sunny day that lasted exactly as long as their party!  Then it rained again.

Then came MY birthday two days later.  I turned 50.  Gulp!  This is the first milestone birthday that really hit me.  I’m getting old!