Saturday, March 29, 2014

Limited Series Dragonfly and Bee Plates

 Here is a new creation!  They are the perfect size for dessert or appetizers. 

 I am offering them first to all my Instagram and Facebook followers before I put them on Etsy.  This will be the premier of SUNDAY SPECIAL....  each Sunday I will offer something new or discounted, so be sure to go "LIKE"  my Page on Facebook to see them each week.  Click here to go to the page!

My Instagram link is Galenclick

 Each plate is handmade first from a slab of clay, then hand molded.  Next it is fired in a 2000 degree kiln for 8 hours.  Then I glaze the dish and it is fired again to about 1800 degrees for 4 hours.  Next I apply the center decal and hand paint on the design in a 22 K real gold over glaze.  The dish is then fired again to a cone 021 for 9 hours.  Yes there are a lot of steps to create these dishes, but well worth it and at an incredibly low price.

 I have so fallen in love with this Salmon Pink under-glaze!  The bee is wonderful and the gold dots are perfect.  Now, who do you know that would have one!  You can buy one or all 6 or anything in between on Sunday.  The Special is now over, but you can purchase these plates here

Friday, March 28, 2014

Furry Friday - Week 2 of The Kittens

The week began with a very protective mommy.  If I gazed too long at the kittens, she would just lay on top of them to protect them.   Instinct is so amazing!
I find myself grabbing my iPhone every time I go check on the kittens.  You never know what precious moment you will catch.
By Day 4-5 they are starting to change.  
I somehow messed up my shoulder so I'm up at 4 am hurting.  I came out of the bedroom and there she was....taking a break but refusing to go very far.
I love peeking in to see what they are doing.  This was nap time by day 6.  They just keep me smiling
One thing I notice is that it just makes Mom crazy when her babies cry.  She will gather them up with her paw to quiet them down.....I keep laughing, because have you ever heard of a quiet Siamese?  Poor thing will be pulling her hair out as time goes on.  One kitten takes after her Momma, she has to reach out and touch her too, awwwww

The edges of their ears are starting to turn dark by day 6
and the nose too
This kitten seems to always be off away from the crowd when mom is in the box. 
Kitty always looks so happy.  Motherhood has been very good for her.  She is shedding like crazy as you can tell, the towel is beginning to become furry too.
So by day 7 it is very apparent that we have 3 girls and one boy.  Can you tell my pain pills are affecting my mind at times?  ugh
The eyes are starting to open
I did a little research and found out that a short haired kitten will begin opening eyes at 5-8 days.  Well, we are just so normal then!  Would you believe long haired cats take twice as long to open their eyes?  How weird is that?  Well, by next week's posting, they should really be even more adorable!  They are each starting to get a little fat tummy and the ears are beginning to to pop up.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Furry Friday - The Kittens are here

OK, lets start from the beginning

Kitty (aka Thumbs)  began labor at 1pm

Kitty went into my closet on one of the shelves to have her kittens.  No, no, no.....they will fall and get killed.  So I carried her out and unloaded a box out of the soon to be Library in another room. ( the ugly boxes you see are the library shelves, by the way).   The towel must have been the right thing because she laid down and in thirty minutes the first kitten came.  I will spare you the birthing pictures because they are a bit raw.

 Bella cracked me up.  I think she left after the first kitten was born.  Useless midwife.

Kitty was exhausted after the first one.  She covers her eyes with her paws a lot, so I thought I would take this picture.  Anyone who has gone through childbirth can relate right now.  So, I sat there for 4 hours just watching her sleep....then she got restless and BAM
We had about 30 minutes of down time until BAM

 I was convinced that there were only 2-3 in there, but I was wrong.  We felt her tummy and there was another one squirming in there.  About an hour later, BAM

All four were accounted for.  All white too.  The father is a heavy set Siamese, So it will be fun to watch and see what colors pop out as time goes on.

Kitty is being a great mom.  If she slips away you can tell she is listening for them to make any sound.  If there is a little meow, she darts back inside the box.  She purrs constantly now.  And I caught this picture.   I watch her put her paws around them all the time and she will do a body block over them if your peeking into her box.  Those mother instincts have kicked into high gear.

 Make sure to tune back every Friday for the updates.  This is going to be fun!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Wedding and Baby Gifts by Ask Me Studio

 I just had to create a new series of tiny plates that you can have personalized

 This plate is for anyone who is dating, engaged or getting married
Sam + Tara
This dish was done in a non glossy finish called Cast Iron
great Country feel to this glaze

 This dish can be personalized with any name that is 6 characters or less
Perfect for a new baby or birthday gift
 This dish was created for the first time parents
Dad + Mom = Baby
you can order it with or without the date

then lastly... here is another style of a personalized dish that can 
have a long name.  Done all around the edge

Just tap any of the dishes and It will take you directly to each dish
in my Etsy store!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Thumbs (aka Kitty) is having Kittens!

Last summer, Thumbs traveled from next door
to come and live with us.
She was so cute

We named her thumbs for this obvious reason
she has thumbs!

So, here we are 9 months later.....
and thumbs (aka Kitty) is all grown up
and pregnant!

I thought it would be fun to do a run of posts on this 
exciting event

I am guessing that there are two kittens in there...maybe three.
Due any day now.

Poor thing has that beached whale look in her eyes.
How many of you can relate?  I still remember all three pregnancies of mine and that last month was miserable!

I swear her tummy gets bigger everyday too.

So, once the big event happens, I hope I am home and/or awake
to photograph everything from the start.

Forget puppy breath.....

NOTHING smells as good as a new Kitten!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Learning to Crochet by watching YouTube Videos

I learned how to do this trim by watching videos on YouTube

you would think that after working with my hands all day long created this
That I would kick back and chill.

But oh no
Not happening
I have to be doing something all the time.....
of course now I do it sitting down

I saw a blanket on Pinterest with circles that were made into squares.
Yep, I found the video on YouTube
and I made this
The trim is so fun!  Took me a couple of days this past weekend, but I finished it!

Now I am working on making Granny Circles into squares for another Baby blanket