Saturday, 16 August 2008

More than a girl can handle!

well, what a strange few weeks I have just lived through! Blogging has been so far from my mind - and I didn't think that was possible!


Firstly, my Daughter found her natural Father - it was a bit of a shock for him, he didn't know he had a 16 year old daughter. Fortunately, he was absolutely over the moon! - so much weirdness in the Juicy Fig household.


My job has been a total nightmare for the past few weeks as well, during the day, I work for the government - the role of the site I am at is completely changing, so it has been non stop training and will be for the foreseeable future...


The Drumming work has been busy on top of that, and every gig I have done has been in either gale force wind or torrential rain, meaning we have had to squeeze into marquee's with everyone else - fun, but exhausting - and still another 3 gig's to go before the end of the month!


It was our wedding anniversary, a big family and friends camp, My daughters 17th Birthday - and tonight we are of to an old school RAVE in a Field!


THE DIET


Well, I am still on the lipotrim diet - 3 weeks in, and I have lost 21lb! yup - 1 1/2 stone!!!

so, although it is really hard work, it has been worth it so far, I just keep planning what my ideal 'first meal' would be when I finally get to the end...ANYTHING would do right now!!!


POT FEST


One of my favourite events of the year last weekend at Penrith.

We took my 11 year old niece this time, she has a real artistic streak, and had to have a go at a RAKU firing.

The pots where already made and biscuit fired ready for the glaze and raku kiln - here is her pot with the glaze applied waiting to go into the kiln



and here it is being lifted out still glowing, temps are about 1100 degrees when they come out, but because of the 'grog' in the clay (ground up fired clay) it doesn't succumb to thermal shock
The pot then goes straight into a sealed bin with sawdust in - this catches light immediately but the lid seals it in, and the cool reactions start to occur
Last, it is plunged into cold water - after it has cooled down, you have to scrub it clean.

I love this technique - the colours will always come out in the most unexpected shades and tones, metallic, crackles etc.


I think she did pretty well for her first go - she was so chuffed with it, she kept lifting it out of the bag all the way home and staring at it.



The Kiddo Swap


Taryn got her swap items through the post a couple of weeks ago, but due to the above events, I haven't had Chance to put them up here.

A huge thank you to Suzanne at chickadeecards - We were blown away by the gifts she sent!


Taryn hasn't taken the bracelet off yet, I love the colours of the beads!!
And the matching key ring has been displayed hanging from the living room mirror, Taryn couldn't bear to run the risk of breaking or losing it!
And two gorgeous cards as well! THANKS!!!
SO, finally got my own half of the swap parcelled up to go today. Suzanne, if you don't want to see it - hide your eyed now, or scroll up, or navigate somewhere else...
The swap was for a 'almost 7' year old boy, into Harry potter, Dr Who, minerals, rocks etc...
Eventually came up with a Book cover in Gryffendor colours, for his Harry Potter books, or anything else really - and a small 'wallet' in the same colours containing a load of crinoid fossils SSB and I went on a hunt for at the local quarry/nature trail.
I found it incredibly difficult to think what a nearly 7 year old would want (having little experience of boys that age) so, I really hope he likes it!

I also got an award! but, I have to do lots of links n stuff n ting for it, so, now I am back from la la land, I will hopefully get it on here this week!!!


11 comments:

wonderwoman said...

wow that was an amazing post! i'm not surprised you have not thought about blogging for a while! i just love the pots, they are gorgeous what a great thing to do. congrats on the weight thing, just keep planning that meal, it'll keep you going! as for the rest, well families are wonderous things.
x

silverpebble said...

Good lord - what a rollercoaster! 1 1/2 stone? That sounds seriously hard work - I can't believe you've stuck to that diet, it sounded impossible! Many congratulations.

The work sounds hard - hope it improves eventually.

My mum and dad were at the potfest! Very envious that I wasn't there but we're five hours away. That raku pot is fabulous - it's so exciting isn't it? - like some ancient fiery furnace with flames and glowing clay - magic.

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

OH!
What an eventual week you had!
Hung on in there... it can`t get any worst...
Better things will come!
Kisses kisses
Debbie Moss
xxx

P.S - By the way, I have added you to my favorites... would you consider doing the same for me?

Chloe said...

You have been busy!
Blimey.

What lovely swap gifts too.
I instantly knew the theme of the gift you have made.

Indigo Blue said...

WOW! What a post! Your life has been a whirlwind experience lately and I hope things slow down a bit for you now.
The pots are great, I used to go to a ceramic's evening class, until work took over. You never really knew how things would turn out until it was fired and done. Very much go by the seat of your pants kinda pastime.

Suzanne Vaughan said...

Max loved the parcel - it arrived this morning - thanks! He was so excited to receive it.

funkymonkey said...

Hi Kath, come over to mine - I've got something for you. Tracey.

Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Wow! What a time you've been having! I hope life settles down for you now. Lucy x

P.S. HUGE congratulations on that amazing weight loss!

Sandra Evertson said...

WOW! Pot Fest looks SO Cool! And the pot is simply AMAZING!
Sandra Evertson

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I`m asking to all the Bloggers to support our dear FRIEND Mandy!
Please do come over, and DO LEAVE A COMMENT!

Kisses
Debbie Moss

Thanks so much for your SUPPORT!

Daisie said...

Because you have been so quiet and because there is obviously nothing else going on in your life (I am joking!!) I have tagged you.
Hope all is ok?
xxx