That Jolie Girl Crafts

Crafting a better life


Sunset in Kansas

Sunset in Kansas


Posted on Apr 23, 2005

I am preparing to fly to Kansas next week for my cousin’s wedding.  I was in Kansas last Thanksgiving and was blessed by an amazing sunset.  It’s very rare to see anything of this magnitude in the Northwest.  My Aunt and I walked and walked to find the best place to see the sunset.  It was a very special moment. Here is another shoot of the same sunset.  One thing you will find about me is that...

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Barry Mandarin

Barry Mandarin


Posted on Apr 22, 2005

My lovely sister bought me an indoor (I do live in Portland) mandarin orange tree for my birthday about 3 years ago.  I named him Barry and I love him dearly.  He spent his first two years of life looking pretty much like a stick with a few leafs on it.  Finally he bloomed.  The smell was amazing.  The blooms turned into little mandarins.  I was able to harvest two mandarins off Barry!  They were the...

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Hummingbird

Hummingbird


Posted on Apr 21, 2005

This picture was taken in a friend’s backyard near Sunriver, OR.  The hummingbirds were zipping here and there and everywhere.  I waited about an hour to shoot this picture.  It’s harder than you think to get a picture of a hummingbird.  Well, it was worth the...

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Green Envy

Green Envy


Posted on Apr 20, 2005

This necklace is two pieces of colored glass soldered together.  The dimensions are roughly an inch by an inch and a half.  Again, the soldering at the top is just so tricky.  My goal for the month of May is to practice more soldering.  It will be a happy day when I have mastered the...

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Digging to China

Digging to China


Posted on Apr 16, 2005

  Greg and I have lived in our house for 4 years. I love it dearly, but it needs a lot of work. The lady who owned the house before us was a bit nutty. After dismantling the snake cage, lily pond (really a bathtub with bricks stacked around it), mushrooms, dwarfs, and a huge stone lion, we were able to think about gardening. The second stage of the yard was removing 2 tons of concrete boulders that she had used to made a round...

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Balancing Act

Balancing Act


Posted on Apr 15, 2005

This picture was taken on the Oregon Coast near Tillamook. Greg and I discovered this beach by taking a scenic road that meanders along the coast line. There was not a soul to be seen. It was a bit stormy, but really that’s pretty good for the Oregon Coast. We came across these rocks while walking. We walked a little further and heard shots being fired. It turns out there is a lake on the other side of the beach and two men were...

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Necklace Heaven

Necklace Heaven


Posted on Apr 14, 2005

Here is a necklace that I made a few years ago. I made this exact same necklace in purple, white, and green. It’s 16 inches long so it’s perfect to wear with almost anything. My intend with these beads (and so many more beads that I will show later on) was to make a bunch of necklaces that I would (in a perfect world) sell and make millions of dollars and retire at age 35. Well, as of yet, none of my plan has actually been...

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Atty the Catty

Atty the Catty


Posted on Apr 13, 2005

It’s only fair that I post a picture of Trilly’s brother. Our cats are really brothers and are 6 years old. They are finally mellowing into really great cats. It took years before we were allowed to sleep through the night. They loved to claw us until we woke up to feed them. They had us very well trained. Finally the habit was broken….it’s a super long story that I’m sure I will get into one day....

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Hit Me with Your Best Shot

Hit Me with Your Best Shot


Posted on Apr 12, 2005

So I tend to fancy myself as a photographer. This is a picture I took on the Washington Coast. It’s one of my very favorites. Although this blog is meant to be a craft blog, I also want to showcase some of my favorite photos. I’m hoping this will force me to get out my camera more often. I haven’t worked with any touch up software. I’m a purist when it come to that sort of thing. I think the picture should...

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Celtic Love

Celtic Love


Posted on Apr 11, 2005

So here is a necklace that I made. I love Celtic knots and took a class a few years back with my mom to learn how to draw them. It turns out it’s pretty simple. It’s one of the most productive classes I have ever taken because I can’t seem to stop drawing Celtic knots. This one is sandwiched between glass and then I soldered the edges. Soldering is also pretty simple, except for attaching the loop at the top to turn...

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