The Shape of Things to Come… and what has come before…

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So it’s almost May. The garden is planted thanks to Forni-Brown-Welsh Gardens (where we acquired this year’s heirloom tomato, pepper, melon, squash & eggplant starts), the birds are singing, and I think the rain may be done by the end of the week. That means to us that it’s Travel Time again. This year we chose simple and easy, over a long journey with many stops. This year it’s just 4 locations, one country and almost 4 weeks of exploring. I will tell you more as that unfolds.

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The current state of affairs, is winding up loose threads in the winter life. Lampworking at GlassFusion Studios with Goldy has pinnacled at glassblowing. T’s first glassblowing was a huge success and eyeopener. He’s not quite big enough to do full scale glass blowing, I think, but this was a step towards it and lifted the veil. His 1st ornament is lovely. The other pieces he made; a tank, a plant stake and a cased glass mushroom, were all stunning.

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Our PMC ring projects finally were finished. We work with Mary Neuer Lee and she is just amazing. My mother’s ring was one of my best I’ve done with a cherry blossom band set with a ruby. I also created a pirate treasure ring with an Alexandrite and a maze band set with a garnet, which I may never take off.

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We went trout fishing last week. A first fishing trip for both Trent & I. He caught 10 fish, the biggest was 17″ long. It will not be our last trip, as fishing was a colossal hit. We went to a trout farm in Calistoga called Smith’s Mountain St. Helena Trout Farm. A great all-round first experience with bamboo fishing poles and a non-live bait. We’re all set to poke pole fish at the beach in June.

Next week is a Baseball game, a Magic: The Gathering Draft, a trip to Alcatraz & a party celebrating the early release of Sifteo small interactive fun educational cubes which we’ve been privileged to play with over the last couple weeks.

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It’s certainly been quite a month. A Birthday, Spring Celebrations, Exploratorium Science Classes, a Bouverie Hike, filled the month full of color and energy, bubbles & butter. Kapla made a resurgence, requiring a revisit to marble runs and some new color planks, an RC helicopter has been a smash hit, Zometools have been utilized to make bubbles on a number of occasions, ATCs (artist trading cards) were finished and sent out, washi eggs were created, science class sparked interest in tops, rockets, butter & tin foil ovens…

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Other wildness and new passions have been the launch of our own Minecraft server, T’s 1st Skype acct and Steam. Between that and youtube videos about the above, Magic: The Gathering and the ipad app EDEN (a Minecraft-like app), it’s been a whirlwind of activity at our house.

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Did I mention that The Sketchbook Project 2012 event has been announced… All of our sketchbooks have been viewed as they’ve been traveling around the country. I can’t tell you the excitement at getting an email “Your Sketchbook Has Been Viewed In xxxx”!

Are you tired yet? I am. But there’s much much more ahead… We’re already planning well into August. The sky is the limit… Off we go…

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