Monday, June 28, 2010

Chihuahua Ties World Record Seven Puppies!

                                         Puppy Soup!
My Chihuahua, Gracie, tied the World Record for the most Chihuahua puppies born in one litter on June 25th, 2010. They are teeny-tiny!! Four boys and three girls. If anyone is interested in owning a new puppy contact me on my website.
I will begin to help Gracie wean these pups at 2 weeks old. If you have the time and ability to care for a very young puppy I will let them leave their mother before they are six weeks old.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Face Jugs

Has she gone off the deep end? No. If you have never heard of face jugs you may be a little alarmed right now. Let me explain. History states that face jugs originated in North Georgia and Western North Carolina. Well I live in Flintstone, Georgia and that is in North Georgia. So, why wouldn't I make face jugs? Makes sense to me. The story goes that face jugs were made to keep stuff in that you wanted the kids to leave alone. The scarier  the face jug the more potent it's contents. You might say this was an early form of childproof bottles. Some say that potters traded jugs with the moonshiners. Another story is that slave communities placed face jugs (devil jugs) on their graves to keep away evil spirits. If the jug broke within the first year the deceased was thought to be wrestling with the devil. They are so fun to make. I like them because they are very forgiving. The uglier it turns out the better! Please enjoy this short You Tube video about a talking face jug!

Other things going on in the Clay Cave. I will soon be able to check off something on the Bucket List. My cabinets will be filled with nothing but my own pottery. These leaf plates are just the beginning. Last year I planted sunflowers. They reseeded themselves, much to my surprise, and I used one of the leaves to make these plates.
Here's a sneak preview at some bisque and greenware I am working on. I'll get back to beading soon. Right now I have to take advantage of the weather and play in the mud!

The woods are calling me. I'm going on a nature walk to find things to incorporate with my clay beads to make jewelry and other needful things.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Sometimes a girl just gets lucky!

Sticker on the box $199.99. Price at the register $40.00. Died, gone to heaven and I see the light! This is the only type of light I can bead by. I have had a very small Ott Lite for many years. Moving on up to the big league. It has been a great day.


Earlier I went to see Debbie Baker at Clayworks studio. She had some pretty new pieces on display. Of course I had to get pics. I also picked up 50lbs of clay. I am going to make my own dishes. Pretty soon nothing but my own handmade pottery will fill the cabinets. That has been on my Bucket List since I was about 13. Dreams do come true if you sleep long enough.

Beaded Stethoscopes

Being a nurse it is only proper that I bead my stethoscope. Right? Right. I have done several. Here is my latest. I modified my Blackbird bird house needle case pattern to make this one. If anyone would like a beaded stethoscope please go to my website and fill out the Contact Me Form by CLICKING HERE.  There is no set price on these. Cost will depend on the pattern and type of beads used. This would really make a nice gift for a Graduate Nurse or even an Old Timer like me!
This is special. I have always wanted to do bead therapy at our local Children's Hospital. It is on my Bucket List. This group takes it one step further. Children are so brave, and so are the nurses that care for them. It's hard for me to watch this video without tearing up.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Returning to the Clay Cave.

It's hard to bead with mud on your hands.

Finally finished the sea turtle necklace.

I heard Turquoise is the color now. Happy to hear that. Brown was the color for a while. Man I LOVE brown. So, I am sure everyone has a ton of brown. Great! Because Turquoise and Brown look so great together. By the way, I am still searching for those brown beads with a gold speck that can only be seen under bright light that go swooshy when you rub them together.

Kate Boyan's Gallery of Beadwork & Blog

While I am busy in the Clay Cave I thought I would share some amazing bead work with you. This is Kate Boyan. She lives in Alaska. I would refer to her as an artist that paints with beads. I love her style. Be sure to view all the older posts on her blog. She is simply amazing. Click here to view her work.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Raku Turtle Cabochons & Pendants

Yeah! Success! First test fire is a good one. 
The above Frog On A Leaf sold to Robbie. Check back often for more Raku Cabs & Beads.

Loaded The Kiln - Raku Test Fire

Wish me LuCk!
Okay I admit it...I tried to light the kiln but I guess I am too scared. Must wait patiently for the brave flame master to return.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Raku Kiln Blows Off Lid !!!

Do NOT try this at home. This video shows you how NOT to light a garbage can Raku Kiln. Learn from my mistake. We were very lucky no one was injured.

Friday, June 4, 2010

The Raku Kiln

Finally, one year after purchase, I am firing up the Raku kiln!
Mike, my son, lights it for me because I am too chicken to do it.

Chattanooga, TN Pottery & Supplies - Debbie Baker

Debbie Baker's pottery studio is where I buy my pottery supplies. She is so sweet and talented. She is a potter and she knows what potters need. She is also an instructor at CSTCC. See her for all your pottery needs. If what your looking for is not in stock, she will place special orders. She also does custom framing. Drop by and visit with my friend Debbie Baker.

2504 East 12th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37404

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Swooping in for a closer look.

For the past couple of weeks there has been a family of Chicadees entertaining me just outside my bedroom window. Today while I was taking a picture of  the Turtle necklace I am working on, one swooped in for a closer look.
Just a little closer.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Clay Turtles by Beth Murr

Here's what's happening in the Clay Cave.

I will be selling these little Clay Turtles in just a few more days. Each one is made by hand. Some will be Raku fired and some will be detailed. I will also be selling them in bisque so that you can paint your own. Turtle Cabs and Beads. Just in time for summer beach wear.

Until We Bead Again, Beth Murr

Publish Post

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Save your scraps!

There's nothing as disappointing as running out of beads. Especially when you only need a few more rows. Luckily I had this scrap on hand so I could finish the Hummingbird needle case. Here a few tips for new beaders. Save your scraps. Only pour a few beads out in your tray at a time. That way you will have less beads to put back in your containers when you are finished. I hate cleaning up my bead tray.
Until We Bead Again, Beth Murr

Beaded Hummingbird Needle Case Pattern

Here it is! Seven little Hummingbirds feeding on flowers growing up a light post.
Buy the pattern by CLICKING HERE to go to my website.
Go Green and Save. You download and print.
 This pattern only requires 7 colors of Delica beads. 
The lid is painted black to match the light post.
You can watch my You Tube videos to learn how to make beaded needle cases.