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Monday, February 18, 2019

Turks and Caicos

I just got back from the Turks and Caicos. What an amazing place. The people were wonderful, the scenery is stunning and the rum flows freely. My parents have been going to the Turks and Caicos' island of Providenciales for over 20 years and it was one of my dad's favorite places. It was nice to see the island he loved. 

While talking to one of the long-time resort staff who knew my dad, I discovered that he used to go feed the puppies at the wild dog rescue facility. We managed to get in a quick visit to the shelter, the pups are beautiful and available for adoption to US residents.

Here are a few pictures from our trip. 

We stayed in my parent's time-share at the Alexandra resort. Their unit overlooks the ocean and the first morning we woke to the sound of the waves. Here is a picture from the HUGE balcony.

Balcony View

The resort also offers bicycles for their guests to use. They were lined up in the parking area. We rented a car for the week so did not use them but next time (there will be a next time) we will check them out.
Ready to Ride

We visited the Turks Head brewery and tried a sample of each of the 8 beers they had on tap. They had a really good mix, John and I each found a favorite.
Local Brew

 We did a snorkeling tour and saw a 5' reef shark. Our guide swam down towards it and it turned and swam right at me, I am not sure who was more surprised, me or the shark. Fortunately reef sharks are not aggressive :)

We also learned about the Queen Conch, a major food source on the island. I tried conch ceviche, curried conch, and conch fritters and I liked them all. Below is a conch in its shell. I brought two shells home for mermaid stands. I can't wait to get started on the mermaids for my shells.

Queen Conch

Overall it was an amazing trip. We did a lot but were also able to relax. It was the first vacation I've had where I came back refreshed instead of exhausted. We have already started planning our return trip next year.

Now that I am home and finished with my degree, I am looking forward to sculpting again!! Stay tuned for updates on the mermaids I'll be making for the conch shells, the house elf I am getting ready to finish and my battle troll, an unexpected sculpture that started out as something to practice my painting skills on and ended up as someone who is demanding a body.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Something to Look Forward to

In February, we are heading to the Turks and Caicos Islands. This is one of my Dad's favorite places and I am looking forward to spending time in a place the he loved. I am hoping to be done (or at least close to being done) with my Master's program. I am only a capstone project away from my master's  degree and the end is in sight!!

I am taking the week in the Turks and Caicos off. No school. No studying, No Work! I promise to share pictures of our adventures.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

2019 Polymer Clay Goals

This year has started out rough, losing my dad has been terrible and the hole he has left will never be filled. But I can't mope around forever. Grief comes in waves and while I know it will never go away, it will get better.

This year I chose not to participate in the 2019 Polymer Clay Challenge, at least not until after I complete my Masters (2 classes left!). Instead, I decided to set a couple of personal, polymer clay goals.

This year my goals are to:

Finish my house elf. He stands 32 inches tall and has been patiently waiting for hands, hair and clothes for a year. Here is what he looks so far:

Next I need to finish my Troll. I made him in November right after a painting demonstration I attended taught by the amazing Toby Froud. I was so inspired to try his techniques that this guy was born. I had planned on just making a head to try the techniques I learned but this guy needs to be finished! The pins on his face are placeholders for whiskers :0)

After these two are complete I want to finish a few zombies for my Artsy Zombie Etsy shop. I have several sculpted and even painted but they need clothes. Soon I will have time to sculpt again. I am looking forward to it.


Saturday, January 5, 2019

Passing of my Hero

It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my dad passed away yesterday. He was my hero, my inspiration and one of the best guys I know. I will miss him.

Love you dad!


Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Almost Done

This year has been busy. I completed my Bachelor's degree then moved right into a Master's program. Fortunately, the program I am in allows me to work at my own pace. Since I am totally focused on school, I will be done by March. I am really looking forward to having a life again! I miss my blog, I miss sculpting and I miss relaxing ;0)

I will see you soon...

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I hope your day is filled with love, laughter, family and friends!


Saturday, November 17, 2018

Employable Zombie Swap... Meet Brit

It's been a while since I posted. My dad has been in the hospital since early October and I am half-way through my Master's program so its been a bit of a rough time.

Here is the zombie that I received in the zombie swap:

Brit the zombie Hair Dresser