Thursday, May 5, 2011
More flowers are wandering into my studio. Here's some drying on the side of a bowl. I'm calling them slow blooms since it's taking me longer than I expected to fill up the shelves to make a full load. I'm wishing I had one of those jewelers magnifying and light contraptions to wear to work on the details of the flower I make. My magnified glasses aren't strong enough. Have you used one of those before, can you make a recommendation of what type to get?
I saw this slug on the wall of the house this morning. I feel like I'm moving as slow as him in my flower making progress. Doesn't his coloring look a bit like an oil spot glaze?
With fuel and food prices skyrocketing, I'm looking for as many ways to conserve dollars as I can. I found out electricity is less expensive between the hours of 9 pm and 10 am from May through September, so I plan to fire the kiln during those hours with the top temperature and hold time well within those limits.
I'm even using the oven before 10 am and then reheating what I cook if necessary. Hopefully every little bit helps in conserving. Maybe using the propane BBQ is less expensive than the oven, I'll bet it is.
I finally made it to the post office and mailed out the giveaway photos yesterday, so look for those in the mail real soon. A few folks haven't sent me their address, please send them along so I can finish up this project. Since it's cooler here today I feel more energized, so I'm trying to get projects checked off my list. Yesterday was humid as you know what. I can feel the summer doldrums coming sooner than I want them to. Have a good one.