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Music Calms the Savage Beast

I have to admit I am a fan of Opera and Classical music....there, I've said it, and I'm glad!Being a long existing fan of Pavarotti,  tenors have a special place in my heart of hearts.  The beauty of their voices is incomparable, and can create a wide variety of emotions, whether the words are understood or not.So when I happened to preview a few songs from the 4 tenors IL DIVO, I was automatically caught up in the richness of their mixed styles of singing.  There are the lighter, more lyrical types, and there is one who has such a "meaty" timbre that it is impossible not to become besotted by the sounds that issue from deep within him... » Read More

Tricorn Pirate Hat

A view of the newest addition to the studio.... » Read More

Guess I'm Not Very Bloggie...

There are those people who have a natural talent for blogging.  Unfortunately, I'm not one of them.  I actually like to write, and have been known to be quite long winded about things I am passionate about, but when it comes to blogging, I hit a blank wall.It may be that I am rather a private person, and the people willing to share TMI (too much information) about their private lives rather turn me off.  Somehow I can't seem to get my head around the fact that someone might be interested in what I do in my rather boring daily existence, so I don't bother with the online journalling required of a super blogger.There is the occassional happ... » Read More

Sewing Tips from a Seasoned Seamstress

My goodness, didn't realize it had been almost 3 months since I had last written anything here. I've been thinking about this post for a while, and thought I'd at least post a few helpful hints to get started. I have taught quilting, crazy quilting and art to all ages, and have attended many workshops over the years where I've picked up some very helpful hints that even with over 50 years experience sewing, I was not aware of. So hopefully some of these will be new and helpful to you. Hand sewing:       Threading a needle..... Easy, simple, no problemo...not always!  There are times when a needle and thread become en... » Read More

Maxine Explains the new Health Care bill.

Subject: New health care explained Let me get this straight . . . . We're going to be "gifted" with a health care plan we are forced to purchase and fined if we don't, Which purportedly covers at least ten million more people, without adding a single new doctor, b... » Read More

How to Wrap with a Cat

This was found on line a few years ago, and it is one of the most hilarious accounts I have ever read...if you are owned by a cat, you will know exactly how this goes! 1. Clear large space on table for wrapping present. 2. Go to closet and collect bag in which present is contained, and shut door. 3. Open door and remove cat from closet. 4. Go to cupboard and retrieve rolls of wrapping paper. 5. Go back and remove cat from cupboard. 6. Go to drawer, and collect transparent sticky tape, ribbons, scissors, labels, etc. . . 7. Lay out presents and wrapping mater... » Read More

Tubec Holiday Artisan Market

I have spent the week preparing some of my creations to send to the Tubec Holiday Artisan Market.  I was contacted by one of the jury members to see if I would be interested in sending some of my wearable art vests and coats, and it ended up that I am also sending some purses, jewelry,pouches and magnet sets. So I have been repackaging, repricing (to accommodate the 40% Gallery commision) and freshening up the items to be sent.  Also did some checking for shipping rates, and it is a bit staggering what I will have to pay to send, and also send return fees for about 18 lbs. plus a whole lot of insurance. Sure hope they have a lot ... » Read More

A very expensive trip, but worth it~

Attended my first bead show today, hosted by the company Rings and Things.  Just the one vendor, and I still didn't see everything they had to offer. Upon arriving, you are given a 1"deep x 14"long tray in which to place your treasures, and by the time I arrived at about the 5th table (of probably 50 or more), my tray runneth over! I doggedly plodded on, up and down the aisles, sometimes finding myself back where I had begun, but again I plunged into the fray to forage more wonderful sparkly stuff. After about 2 hours I decided I was tired of picking up strands that had unceremoniously slipped from the tray, and found a couple of chair... » Read More

Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for stopping by my Artfire Studio Blog. I have just settled in, so be sure to check back soon. This will be so easy to more having to jump all over the web to do some posting! Just added the first piece of Pirate gear to the studio, and as soon as I get more pictures taken and edited, I'll be adding 3 or 4 more pieces.  The outfit's pieces were really fun to build, and were worn for about 4 hours to a Renaissance Faire on 10/11/09 in Hebron, CT. ... » Read More

Trip to Michaels

Had to mail out a small package today, so on my way home from the PO I stopped at Michaels Craft Store......BIG mistake! When will I ever learn that I have no resistance whatsoever to beads and/or anything on sale? It is really a sickness, and after having ordered a couple hundred dollars worth of beads and findings online in just a week, I managed to find still more goodies that I just had to have. I really need a keeper!...or someone to grab the credit card whenever it works its way into my hand.  Really dangerous, that card! After I inventory my newest goodies, I'll try to remember to take a picture of some of them.  I'm trying o... » Read More