Sunday, July 18, 2010

Where Have I Been?

In preparation for the Tracton Clan's (seemingly) annual trek up to Atlantic City for a week, I was holed up in the studio trying to finish up a bunch of new polymer clay pieces. I enjoy showing new work, and it appears the family enjoys seeing it. So, I came prepared:




My back gave out 10 days before we were due to leave. Rediscovered pounds and the stress of sitting at my work table for hours-on-end doing physically demanding work caused my low back to punk out on me. I needed to park myself on a heating pad on the sofa instead of my work chair. Faced with hours of mindless sitting, I decided to get back to my roots, so to speak. I began this fabulous collar with a Prudent Man Agate cabachon at the center.

Soon it became clear that I was seriously in love with this necklace. Halfway to the end, I decided to keep it for myself and let it get wild. This piece is now in my private collection and gets taken out to dinner as often as I can talk Marble Man into going.

To make up for keeping a big piece, I made this lovely beaded cuff, which you can find for sale in my Etsy shop.

Keep checking my shop for new listings. As the summer progresses, I'll be adding the clay pieces shown here and some other exciting work.
The good news is that my back is doing MUCH better. Weeks of rest, some better-living-through-chemistry in the form of muscle relaxers, and losing some weight has done wonders. Yes, the weight loss battle is back on... I decided to track it on my foodie blog. If you are interested, you can click the photo at the top of my right sidebar. Otherwise, I thought it best to keep it off this blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

copyright 2010 Shibori Girl


T.Allen said...

I laughed at "punk out" I use that phrase to refer to my migraine meds! I hope you're on the mend. The pieces look fabulous. Isn't it nice when a piece speaks to you loudly enough half way through, that you know, "this is mine"! Enjoy! Glad to have you back.

Michaele Sommerville said...

*Swooning* over your necklace.


So glad your back is feeling better!

Robin said...

Beautiful pieces, as always.

Glad to hear your back is feeling better. I'll go check out your other blog, I could use some weight loss inspiration - I've been slacking a bit too much lately.

DVArtist said...

All I can say is OOOOOOMMMMMGGGGG these pieces are beyond fabulous.

Alice Stroppel said...

You continue to top yourself. Beautiful work.

Stephanie said...

I really love your beaded work kate!!

happy that your back is better, nothing worse than back issues.

lori vliegen said...

i always sit here in amazement shaking my head back and forth when i see your artwork, is stunning, to say the very least!! and that, that collar!!! i hope that marble man treated you to a new outfit to wear this with....along with dinner, of course!! glad your back is feeling better.....congrats on the weight loss!!! xox, :))

rochambeau said...

Thank you Kate for sharing your delights and ALSO for your insightful words. Have a wonderful time in AC!!! Always like seeing and admire what you are up to.


Christie Minchew said...

Owee! Quit hurting yourself!! I'm glad to hear the back is better, but I did hate to hear you were down for the count for a while. I love your new private collection addition. You'll have to bring it to our next outing. Monday or Tuesday next week?

Rhonda Roo said...

That necklace is so devastatingly unreal and gorgeous, that I heard Marie Antoinette whispering "I must have it!" to the bluebirds dancing on her grave.

The cuff bracelet isnt half bad either!

Such a talent, everything is ART.

I hope your back gets good before your drugs give out and Marlboro Man has a yen to dine out ALOT.


Rhonda Roo said...

oh my gosh did i really call him MARLBORO MAN??? It wasn't even past my bedtime!!

I prefer the MARBLE MAN take you out. XOXOXOXOXO
Mortified Roo
PS thanks for your sweet comments!