Butterfly season is coming up.  Meijer Gardens has its butterflies are blooming exhibition and pretty soon the little winged beauties will be visiting our gardens.  If you can't get to the Meijer exhibit and can't wait for the warmer weather to bring out the butterflies, you can always visit the Detroit Zoo's terrific butterfly house.  I thought I'd share th[...]

Lighthouses in West Michigan

This past weekend we decided to go to West Michigan to shoot the lighthouses while they were covered in ice.  Walking to some of the lighthouses was treacherous to say the least.  Saturday wasn't too bad as it was in the high teens/low 20s temperature-wise.  On Saturday, we managed to visit the lighthouses at St. Joseph and South Haven.  I can't remember eve[...]

Upcoming Events

Starting 6 February, three of my pieces will be hanging at the Starkweather Arts Center Members Exhibition.  The exhibit runs through 6 March.  Opening reception is Friday, 6 Feb, from 7-9 p.m.  I won't be at the opening reception as I'll be in Sterling Heights setting up for the Crafters' Clearance.  Darn.  At any rate, the Crafters' Clearance is just what [...]

Brrrrr - It's Cold Outside

At 5 degrees, it's plenty cold outside.  I can barely get Oz, my MinPin, to go outside to do his business.  I haven't been out since Tuesday when I had the hardware removed from my left wrist.  So . . . what to do on a cold day?  I can't knit or crochet at the moment, I could read a book but that's not calling me.  Instead, I've been going through photos fro[...]

Why to use back button focus

It's the first day of the new year and like just about everyone else, I'm filled with ideas on how to improve something this year.  I'm going to focus on photography since last year I seemed to be pretty lazy.  After my photo a day for 2013, I think I burned myself out.  So, my first "improvement" this year will be to learn how to do back button focusing sin[...]

Once burned, twice shy

I attended the 2014 Raku party for the first time on the advice of a friend. My friend and her daughter have attended these parties for four years in a row and she couldn’t say enough good things about the event – including how much she loved her Raku pieces and how gorgeous they all turned out. I thought I would try it and bought tickets for my two daughter[...]

Upcoming Events for The Water Closet Werks

Currently my work is hanging at Michigan by the Bottle Tasting Room.  It's up until the end of the month.  See prior post for more details. In November, I'll have some pieces at the Brighton Art Guild's 15th Annual All Member Exhibition from November 6 to 16.  Particulars are below. I'll also be at I'll be at: Christmas in Clawson Saturday, Nov 8 9:0[...]

MI Michigan: The Road Less Traveled

As you can tell by the post card/photo, I'm staging a solo show beginning tomorrow afternoon and running through October. Come to the meet the artist event on October 12. You won't be disappointed - in the photos or the great Michigan wines you'll be able to taste (for a small price). Hope to see some of you there.

The Saving of Homemade Cherry Preserves

Jen decided to make homemade sour cherry preserves. First, it wasn't easy finding a recipe. We finally found one in the Joy of Cooking cookbook. Jen made the preserves. They didn't come out all that good; they were runny and overly sweet. We combined a couple of recipes we found on line - one from Martha Stewart and one from Food.com. Those two recipes helpe[...]