Well, August snuck right on past without a post!  I spent most of it in the studio, but in the past couple of weeks life has gotten a little more interesting.  Just a little.

The gardens have exploded- either with weeds or with things like this enormous sunflower- I think this thing is 10-11 feet high!



And time for all the pumpkin things like these baked pumpkin doughnuts which were pretty tasty, especially on a floating blue RSE plate (heh heh).

(recipe here:  Baked Pumpkin Donuts)




Zombie walks are becoming a thing.



And it’s back to school time!  Here is my daughter getting ready for an anatomy class in pre-veterinary medicine:



In the studio world, I am getting ready for the 41st Annual Norman Bird Sanctuary Harvest Fair!  My most favorite show of the year.  I hope to see some local friends and customers there!

Guinea Pigs and Custom Orders

Hi everyone- how is your summer going? Things are going well in RSE-land.  I am wrapping up the squishy cup preorder which went very well.

I do need to talk about customs which I had mentioned a while back- that I was hoping to do a big batch of customs for the holidays but wasn’t sure at the time if  I could squeeze them in.  Well, it looks like I may not be able to do a full-fledged giant batch of orders like I have done in the past.  I have had a few big animal club awards orders come in and that won’t leave me much time for customs.


One of my favorite awards I have done.


ACBA, or the American Cavy Breeders Association, gave me a big push over 10 years ago when they started ordering awards for their guinea pig shows.  At the time I also bred and showed cavies so the club members and friends wanted to support my business.  As time went on, they continued to support me, even after I had to finally make a decision between my cavy hobby and my pottery, due to demands on my time (obviously pottery won).  I am very appreciative of this, and have always made their awards orders a priority in my studio. Specialty awards

My first batch of awards orders… kind of embarrassing to see these now!


This doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate all my other customers as well!  What I am going to try to do, that a lot of other work-at-home moms and artisans do, is start offering “custom slots” in my etsy shop.  For a small deposit, you secure a spot to order something (or a number of things) from my catalog and we work out details and colors and timeline after that slot is purchased. I hope to start offering these after I am completely finished with the squishies and they have all gone off to their new homes; there are a couple of straggling orders I hope to get out in about two weeks.  I will make a post on my Facebook page every time I put up one of these customs slots.

Have a happy rest of your summer!


Update:  Preorder is full!  Thank you everyone!



I will be taking orders for squishy cups starting June 1!

Here is the facebook link:  Squishy cups

For those of you not on facebook, here are the details:

STARTING MONDAY, June 1, I will need everyone to email me their order at June@RisingSunEarthworks.com, and include this information:

Name on the Paypal account
Name on Facebook
Paypal email
Correspondence email (if different from Paypal email)
Zip code (or country)
Number of squishy cups ordered, including sizes and glazes.

Glaze choices are here: 

Child squishy cups hold approximately 8 ounces and are $9 each.

Adult squishy cups hold approximately 14 ounces and are $14 each.

There will be no minimum and no maximum per person. We have an upper limit of 150 items, and this preorder will close in two weeks on June 14. Then invoices will be sent with a due date of June 21, at which point work will begin. You will be invoiced separately for shipping once the items are completed – approximately 4-6 weeks from the original payment due date.

IMPORTANT! Shipping: If you do not live in the US, you might want to get a shipping estimate before placing your order, as international shipping for larger packages has gone up quite a bit recently. I can ship up to 4 pounds by International First Class which is not (quite) as pricey: 5 child sized packed, or 3 (possibly 4) adult size packed should weigh in at under 4 pounds.

I’ll be happy to provide shipping estimates no matter where you live! If you live in the US and order 1 squishy, you may be paying the same amount for shipping, so it makes sense to stock up 😉

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me by using the email address above. Thank you!


This year’s event at Coggeshall Farms promises to be a fun one!  They have added music, dancing, games, a cookoff and at least 3 food trucks to their activities! Tickets are available at a reduced price online- for more information click here:

RI Wool & Fiber

I will have lots of yarn bowls including my NEW leggy lamb yarn bowls and chicken bowls and I’m going to try to whip up some spindle bowls in the next week or so. Hope to see you there!



Hey locals!

I will be participating in the Culmination Marketplace of the Great Rhody Yarn Crawl on Sunday, April 19.  It will be a gathering of wonderful artisans from around the area who dye and spin yarn and make other fiber-related items.  The Marketplace will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mount Hope Farm in Bristol, RI.

But BEFORE the Marketplace, every yarn shop in RI will be participating with great deals, raffle baskets and other exciting things!

To learn more about the yarn crawl, click this link:   Great Rhody Yarn Crawl

I will have my NEW lamb-shaped yarn bowls, some chicken bowls and salt and pepper shakers, and of course a great selection of yet more yarn bowls, buttons and knitting- and fiber- related mugs. Thanks, and hope to see you there!


Poppy Mug Giveaway!

Hi everyone!  I’m back to work, finally, and throwing again, and decided to celebrate by offering a giveaway on my Facebook page.



To enter to win this 12 ounce poppy mug, go here and follow the directions:

Poppy mug Facebook giveaway

Good luck!

I will start off today by covering some RSE information since that’s why most of you are even reading this right now *wink*.

I usually take a break until about now, but as I’d mentioned before I am taking a longer break to recharge the creativity. Also we decided it was a good time to finally re-finish our basement which has been finished, then flooded, then finished and flooded again. After the last time we completely gutted it- down to studs- and finally put in a sump pump. DUH. So. I convinced Mr. RSE that we were NOT going to mess around with drywall; yes, we’ve done it in the past, but it’s a horrible thankless job and the walls are funky in the basement. By funky I mean…creative. Lots of weird angles and planes that don’t quite meet up. So we hired someone to do it! LUXURY! That’s done and then we painted. I went with this color scheme:




That medium gray on the long walls and that eye-popping teal on the short walls.  It looks great!  And then I was going to hire someone to put new flooring in, but good old George went and ate some bad stuff and earned himself a 3 night stay at the emergency vet’s, so there goes my floor fund!  So now it will be sad old me installing vinyl plank flooring through all 300 square feet down there.  Don’t get me wrong- I loved the last floor we had down there which is the same stuff- I just hate installing it.  I’m dreading it but will probably start on that next week.  UGH.  UGH.  UGH.

So I said all that just to bring up the fact that during this renovation, ALL the stuff that was in the big basement room is now stuffed into the room that I store my pottery in, and take photos of them to put up on my sale sites.  I had originally planned to put a few things up here and there throughout the winter, but nooo.  I can’t get to any of it.  I’ll announce on Facebook when I finally do, though!  I do have to get back to work by the end of February regardless.


Winter. BRRRRR. It came late but wow- it’s hit us hard! We are in between snowstorms today but our forecasts keep threatening negative numbers so of course I worried about my girls.  Now, they have two things working against them in the cold weather.  First, I strongly believe that cold weather coops housing winter hardy chickens (which mine are) should not have supplemental heat.  I feel it lowers their ability to deal with the cold.  I am also absolutely petrified of fires, and heat lamps and heaters are notorious for starting fires in chicken coops.  Second, I promised my husband that this time around, no matter how bad the weather got, I would not bring them inside (my city boy husband could NOT deal with the stink and dirt that chickens produce when confined in the house).

I was not counting on these extra cold temperatures though!  We do not often deal with single and even negative digits.  So I broke down and decided to come up with a fairly safe heater for the coop.  I was determined to use things I had around the house because- oh yeah!  I was also battling the flu!

I found a large clay flowerpot and saucer that I had painted with latex paints once upon a time that are now flaking off like crazy.  I would not recommend this normally, but I wasn’t going to go shopping for a new clay flowerpot in the middle of January with 102* fever.

Because we have had lots of different pets, we had some reptile heaters lying around.  The clip on dome lights with ceramic bulb bases (important not to use plastic ones) and ceramic heat emitters that look like this:




I took the clamp part off of the dome, screwed in the ceramic heat emitter (100 watt), and threaded the cord through the hole in the bottom of the flowerpot with the heat lamp inside.  It fit perfectly:



I clamped the cord to keep it from falling back down (I used washers to help distribute the pressure on the cord), then set it upside down on top of the saucer and left it on the stove all day to see just how hot it got.



I’m known for pulling bread out of the oven without hot pads, and this got hot enough where I could barely pick it up without burning my hands.  In other words, pretty toasty but not dangerously so.   So I set it up in the coop, but instead of the on saucer which was precarious, I set the flowerpot on top of a couple of old brick pavers to help absorb and distribute the heat.  I set it up under the “poop shelves” under the roost.



In a perfect world I would chicken proof  the cord which I still need to do- just stringing it through some thin PVC will do the trick.   It seems to be keeping the coop about 15 degrees warmer than the outside air which I feel is just enough to keep them from seriously suffering from cold, yet not enough to lower their resistance to it.  All just guesswork- nothing scientific about any of this.  I have it plugged in to a thermocube which turns on at 35 degrees and shuts off at 45.  Judging from the number of poops around this thing, they seem to enjoy hanging around it during the day for a little warm-up.

And there you go!  Disclaimer:  I am not saying that this will not start a fire in your coop, or light up your hens, or is not a stupid thing to do- this is just something I came up with out of desperation, out of things I had laying around the house.

My goodness but time has flown!

Almost 4 months have zipped by since my last blogging session, and 5 months since I made this announcement.

The chickens and pup have kept me very busy!  But, I have already been dabbling in some new ideas.  These will be available at local craft shows, and if I have any left over, I may list them on Etsy, but since I am on that break I am not taking orders at this time.  This is my time to make what I want, when I want!  🙂

The first are these cute salt and pepper shakers (sorry for the crappy kitchen photo):



Second is this nifty double bowl server:


And I’m also participating in Shop Unique.  It’s a movement promoting Etsy Sellers and their wonderful products!

Lastly, I just stocked my Etsy shop– see what kind of goodies I stocked there!

Thanks for looking- I’ll peek in again one of these days!


Once he popped into my head, this guy kept me awake until I finally brought him into existence  (I’m sorry, zombiepig is not available for sale at this time- he was made for a special event):


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