Bird Necklace on a round-the-world trip!

One of my tattoo swallow necklaces is on it’s way on a round-the-world trek! Ordered by lovely Kris in Australia, when she gets it she’s packing up a birthday treat for a friend in the UK. Wow, my bird is flyin like mad!

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April 2, 2012 · 12:36 am

New Address:

Most of my blogging is currently at http://kiraslye.blogspot.com

With my teaching blog at LessonPop.com, and my polymer clay videos at PolymerClayTV.com.

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I’ve moved my Blog!

I’m moving my personal blog to blogger. As a webdeveloper, I use SO MANY google tools that it makes sense for me to streamline my stuff. But I will always love wordpress, and I use it for ALL my hosted websites. So, you could say I have a split-blogging personality.

Please visit me at http://kiraslye.blogspot.com

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PCAGOE challenge this month- my favorite thing, metallic clay!

Here are the entries for the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy’s November Challenge! I am so impressed. I lot the look of metallic anything. Unfortunately, I have been so bogged down with schoolwork that I havent’ clayed in a long long time. Ah, the plight of a first-year teacher. I’m looking forward to next year! For now, enjoy! The photo is linked to our blog, where you can vote for your favorite entry and maybe win a prize!
PCAGOE challenge

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A new direction

Every Sunday morning, my hubby and I go to the beach for a long walk. We’re not much for sunning ourselves or swimming, but the shelling and fish-sighting is lots of fun. It’s also very beautiful here, we walk the lowest portion of Boca Raton’s beaches, which are bordered by high sand dunes covered with sea grapes. There are fewer buildings on this portion of beach too. We usually start at the Pavilion at Palmetto Park Rd, and walk all the way to LG Station 20. We’re not sure how long this walk is, but I suspect it’s at about 2 miles one way. It usually takes a couple of hours, and we enjoy it because it gives us a chance to just be together and talk- which is difficult for the two of us since it seems we are both on the computer all night long after work, doing more “work.”

Robert and I both enjoy sea life, we have a large and growing collection of shells and coral pieces we have picked up on those walks, and also at our first home in Revere, MA where we had a house on the beach. We have both been SCUBA diving and agree that we need to get re-certified and start diving again here. Last spring, we saw a group of cuttlefish at a beach in Delray, very close to shore. There is a large rock shelf there, with a big crack in it- that crack is about 3 feet deep, which frightens me because when you are walking it’s hard to see and easy to “fall” into. But swimming over it is grand because all the fish gather there. That’s where we saw the cuttlefish.

I would say beaches and sea life have been a big part of our lives, both together and when we were young.

There is a particular type of shell found here, it is white and has huge spines on it. It comes from some sort of bivalve, I will have to look it up. I found a piece of one, a rather large one, Sunday, and brought it home. While studying it I had an idea to create a pendant with texture and color to emulate sea life.

Here is my result. I will be experimenting more with this idea soon.

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Experiences in Apple Land.

Well, I bought myself a new MacBook on May 1, and on May 27, they released a more powerful computer with a harddrive upgrade to 160 gb (base model had 120, so I paid $50 to get more space). The .13 increase in GHz speed might not make much difference to a housewife, but to me, it’s huge. Plus, they are giving away a free ipod now.

So I call Apple, and talk to them about the fact that I want the upgraded machine, since I only bought mine 27 days ago, and actually received it in the mail 20 days ago. Their answer- 14 day return or exchange, tuff-nuts on the ipod promotion, have a nice day.

Wonderful. This is my first MAC. Will it be my last? As an Adobe CS4 pro, I don’t need this kind of poor customer service. At the very least, if I had bought a PC, I would be at Best Buy exchanging it for the upgraded machine, right now.

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Studio Bijou’s Fire Mountain Gems Beading Contest 2009 Entry!

Wow. This was fun to make- it is Kato clay, Cubic Zirconia, and Waxed cotton cord. All clay elements were completely handmade by yours-truely. I hope I win! Although I did mostly do it to challenge myself, and in hopes that they might want to photograph my work to include it in one of their full-page magazine ads!

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