A quick post this week as we are squeezing in one more trip :-) before the end of summer.  Sally asked us this month to look outside, and this week specifically to look about the ground.  On our trip to Puerto Rico we spent a lot of time in the ocean, so the "ground" was the ocean floor.  It was just so beautiful down there.  Instead of a still photo, this week, here is a brief video of the ocean floor.  In the background and towards the end you see Michael (in the pink fins) and me, and out dive instructor Joe telling us we need to stay closer together :-)

See more of the outside here:

My catch up post this week is courtesy of our vacation to Puerto Rico and an afternoon we spent at the lighthouse at Cabo Rojo.  There were dramatic seaside cliffs (an amazingly no fences...nary a warning sign), a beautiful lighthouse, and crazy looking skies (although we missed all the rain)

31: Outside the Box - can you guess without looking what this steampunk snake really is?

And look at these cuties I found there...

Here's what it looks like from the outside:

32: Fresh Air - what is it about wind and sea and waves that is so mesmerizing?

33: The View of Above - can you believe the sky behind us?

See other awesomeness here:

I thought I would share some of the new beads I have been making since the ISGB Gathering.  Still so much to learn and grown and perfect, but all fun to do.

The right one is made with a fun glass color called Caribbean Sea.  The core is a deep transparent green and there is a layer of light turquoise on the outside.  You'll see more beads made with that below.  The middle is turquoise with copper leaf melted in then clear.  I probably melted the copper too much, but I like how it added texture.  The one on the right has some twisty from my ISGB class. 

The two left beads were made with a "tan bag" frit that was in the goodie bag from Olympic Color Rods, one one on the right is dots with a big clear dot melted on top so it looks deep, but they got smeared a bit.

Here's more Caribbean Sea in my attempt to make matching (sized) pairs of beads.

I love beautiful hollow beads, unfortunately, these are not that beautiful.  I think I added way too much glass and then would get blow outs - I tried to repair and then finally gave up on the "Mars" bead.

I love the shape and the shiny-ness of these two.

More Caribbean Sea in the back and an effort to "ruffle" and some left over twisty on the front, that I heated the snot our of, so it smeared and made cool wavy black lines.  I added to black dots on top and like how it came out.

These two are the result of lots of clear over solid.  The blue bead in front looks like it has a really wonky end, but you can see very well the clear over top.

My stripe-y disk is a little wobbly, but not a bad first attempt, and the other barrel bead was one of my best even-shape-good-ends beads :-)

I had this entirely different post planned staring Layla, our dog, who is my constant companion now that I am spending more time at home, but then found a bunch of pictures in the photo stream that I hadn't realized that Greg took while I was in a class with Donna Felkner at the ISGB Gathering in Houston.  While I was trying to look cool to my son Michael, he was filling my ears with "Wow, look what you made Mommy" "That's so awesome Mommy" and other incredible cheer leading.  It was a great moment on so many fronts, and a small example of the great summer I have been blessed with. To see the beads I made during the class and other fun stuff I bought at the Gathering, go to this post here.

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