The name ThistleDew came from my parents.
They owned a boat when I was young and that is the name they gave it.
"Thistle" (sounds like) This will....and "Dew" (sounds like) Do. Hence...This will do!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

In Memory of our Baby Girl Sydney

Meisterhaus Jungle Jezebel
Our "Miss Syd"

On this what would have been Miss Syd's 9th Birthday I found it only fitting to put together a memorial page for our Sweet Baby Girl Sydney. We woke up this morning to the most beautiful snowfall. I know it was sent from the "Heaven's Above". One week ago last Sunday Nov. 21, 2010 our little girl lost her battle with Renal Failure.

In 2001 a dear friend of mine and at the time she was my Yoga teacher had told me about her recent addition to her family. A Basenji named Miss Ellie. I had never heard of a Basenji. They come from Africa and sometimes are known as "The barkless dog". I did some searches online and Steve and I decided a Basenji was what we wanted to add to our family. I contacted several breeders, visited with them and chose Meisterhaus. A very dear man named Tad Brooks was expecting 2 litters that winter of 2001. I had my heart set on a red/white girl but when we visited in December when the pups were only a few weeks old this Brindle girl found her way quickly into my heart. She chose me. We brought Sydney home the end of January 2002.

She was a handful. I have never in my life faced such a challenge with a puppy. Basenji's are definitely not for everyone, but once they know who is Alpha (Mama of course) then things get easier! I would have to put her on her back in my arms, grab her muzzle and tell her "No Bite". Or whatever the struggle was we were facing at that moment! I hated the term "Bitch" that breeders use for the females, but I tell you *That term fit Miss Syd to a T! That's where the "Miss Thing" , "Miss Syd", "Miss Bossy", and "Miss Bitchy" names came into play! :)

Once a Basenji owns you, you will find a love for a fur baby like no other. They are so intelligent. I tell people when I talk about our Miss Syd, and little man Sheldon that they are smarter than most people I know. They are clowns! They have you wrapped around their little hearts in no time.

When Sydney was 4 years old I talked to Steve about how hard it would be if we were to lose Sydney. How lost we would be without her. I begged Steve to let us bring home another Basenji. At first Steve was against it, and being Steve he just had a hard time telling me no. That's when Sheldon was added to our family. OMG it was a nightmare when he came home. Miss Syd did not want any part of "look Syd here is a baby boy for you to love"... LOL I think her feeling was "Oh Hell No", not in this house! She beat him up. Now it sounded like blood was flying, but it was all noise. No bite marks. But regardless Sheldon took a beating from Miss Syd. I called Tad and said "I have got to bring Sheldon back" it just was not fair to this beautiful boy. I took him back to Meisterhaus. When Tad and I talked he said he put Sheldon back with his litter mates and he just sat in the corner of the pen. Then Tad thought he would put Sheldon with the older "Bitches" and the same thing. Sheldon missed me. His mama.

Sheldon and I had bonded and his heart was broken. Well Miss Syd and I made a trip back to Meisterhaus, visited a bit, Sheldon was brought into the room to see what Sydney's reaction would be. Still she could care less about Sheldon. Sheldon had spent the nights in our home with me and he would lay up by my head suckling on my ear lobe.

I told Tad "I have never failed at anything I have set my mind to accomplishing", and so Sheldon was brought back to our home. As Sheldon grew he started to tower over Miss Syd, and he also didn't take any of her crap!. But, Syd was the leader and Sheldon would follow one step behind her. Always. Our hearts are so heavy over the loss of our Miss Syd. We have our good days, followed by our bad days. Today is a very difficult day as I said, "It would have been Sydney's 9th Birthday". When she was admitted to the Vet and put on IV's I told Dr. Weakley we were planning the Biggest Birthday Party for when Sydney came home for good. That won't happen as Miss Syd has left us and taken a BIG part of our hearts along with her. When Sydney was admitted to the Vet's office Tad had told me about a Dr. Gonto. He is a people doctor, but he had a Basenji boy who came down with Fanconi and finally went into Renal Failure. But while facing this battle for his boy he developed a protocol that the Basenji people follow to treat Fanconi. It is not just something fur babies can develop, humans as well can. I kept in close touch with Dr. Gonto during Sydney's battle. Once you meet a fellow Basenji person you have an instant friendship. When I contacted him about our loss of Miss Syd I got the most heartwarming email. Here is just a piece of that email:

**At this point, I have no doubt that Syd has found Topper. I sent a little prayer asking him to keep an eye out for her. They can both figure their way around the best sunshine spots in heaven together.***

Topper was Dr.Gonto's boy. Yes he has suffered that loss of his baby boy as well. Just a week or so before we lost Miss Syd. Sheldon is glued to my side 24/7. He is so lost. We have stopped everything we are doing to console our boy. We try not to say Sydney's name out loud so he doesn't constantly look for her. I know time heals all wounds, but this is such a heartbreaking day for the Pierces... :(

Why do we put ourselves through all this pain? Bringing fur babies into our lives only to lose them way too soon? Because their love is like no other. It's unconditional. They greet you at the door when you come home like they haven't seen you in ages! They lay with you and console you when you are having a bad day. When you look into a Basenji's eyes you are looking straight into their soul.

Rest in Peace "Miss Syd" We will find you when it is our time to leave this Earth *At Rainbow Bridge*

"Sleep in Heavenly Peace" Baby girl. You will always be with us in our hearts.

Love Mom, Dad and Sheldon Pierce

A page from Sydney's Scrapbook

The day we brought her home Snuggling in Mom's lap

See the #1 on the back of her neck?
Sydney will always be our #1 Basenji :)

It just doesn't get any sweeter than this!

Our baby girl experiencing her first Snow Fall

All Stretched out on the deck steps to our pool

What a beautiful face

Sydney's first boat ride

Her first dip in the Lake :)

One of my favorite pictures! Ashely and Miss Syd fishing

Our "Keepers of the Heater"

This is a rare photo of Sydney and Sheldon laying together. I had just gotten up from the lazy boy and they were in my lap. This is the way they ended up and only lasted long enough for me to grab my cell phone and snap this photo.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wee Memories~ BIG Giveaway

I just ran across a post on facebook about Tami's blog "wee Memories" and a give away! i just have to share with you!
So run, don't walk over and see for yourself! :)
and enter to win one of these Awesome Color Cubbie's!

Be sure to check them out HERE... and the owner, Tami, is such a sweetie so be sure to go on over to herblog and let her know how much you like them. So sweet she was kind enough to let me give one away to you! Thats right! One lucky follower will win one of these awesome storage systems. How cool is that?

Heres what you have to do to win one of these:

- Become a follower here if you haven't already
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- Leave a comment here letting me know you have done these and what you think of the Color Cubbie

Thats it! This giveaway will run from today until next Wednesday the 8th of Sept. Good luck!! :) :) :)


Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Beads 2010 Review

I have spent the better part of two days thumbing
through BEADS 2010 The Ultimate Beader's Resource
Loaded with beads displayed in categories like
Oh So Dreamy and Have a Heart...
The one thing I was a bit disappointed in
is there is very few polymer clay beads in the mix...
There are lots of Filigrees, Ceramic, Stoneware and Glass..
Jewelry and Color Trends
This magazine is a bead lovers must have...
now I must get busy in my Studio!
Happy Reading

Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Wonderful Surprise

Today has been the most beautiful of days here at ThistleDew....I got out my seed starter trays and planted some seeds that include some of my favorites like Nasturtium, Four O'Clocks, Poppy, Cleome, Dahlia, and Foxglove...after planting the seed I thought I would get the Sunday Newspaper and head out to the front porch swing and enjoy the fabulous day.... :)
And this caught my eye:

A Mother Robin has built a nest on top of my wreath....oh how sweet is that?

Here is a closeup of her hunkered down on her eggs.... precious.... :)
and I will leave you with one of my favorite poems..

The kiss of the sun for pardon,
The song of the birds for mirth,
One is nearer God's heart in a garden,
than anywhere else on Earth....

Saturday, April 17, 2010

"Perfectly Paired" by Patricia Kimle

I am so excited about this new book!..."Perfectly Paired" Designing Jewelry with Polymer and Metal Clays by Patricia Kimle....I have had the book for over a week and just cannot put it is so well written...and I highly recommend it....I am so anxious to start working in PMC....I just ordered my torch from and looking for the best deals on PMC now...Melanie and a flame could be very dangerous!...better check the homeowners policy to see if I am covered!
Blessings... :)

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A Little Birdie Made Me Do It :)

I woke up with coffee in hand....stumbled into my studio....sat down at my computer and started checking my emails...when one jumped out at me from Art Bead Scene on Facebook...this email said "and the winner is"... ME... :) My eyes then were wide open!...and that usually takes two mugs of coffee to accomplish...I became a fan of Art Bead Scene yesterday and saw they were playing a game...this painting was posted along with what the game consisted of...OK...I can do this I say to myself....Match a bead to the painting...and this light bulb goes off in my head!...rarely does this ever happen... :) My cousin Teresa's beads...from "Art Of Grace" I thought... I had looked at her auctions on ebay yesterday...and a set of her beads came to mind...and low and behold they were all a perfect match to the painting!...and what did I win you ask?... "A little Birdie" made by Artist Heather Powers from HumbleBeads!...I have admired Heather's work from the day I started working in Polymer Clay...*note to self: I need to work on My Daily Stops links on my blog!...I only have 4 listed and that list should at least be 20 or more by now...Thanks Art Bead Scene and Heather for the bright spot you have put in my day today! Blessings :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Part 3....some past and recent work..... :)

I made my two oldest Grandson's Braden and Carter each a necklace...

Braden's is on the left and Carter's on the right...Carter being 4 years old at the time thought the magnet clasp was so cool....he and his mom went to the grocery shortly after getting the necklace...he proceeded to play with the necklace latching it on to the guessed it!...poor Carter lost his new necklace no sooner than he got it... :(

*had to share this photo of our pond with the boy's necklace's in front on a stone...
I dug the pond with a hand....topping off at 900 gallons...that was back in the days before I got "oldtimers"... :)

On to another Polymer Clay Adventure!!
Our Annual 2009 Key Mammoth Cave Retreat
We had a wonderful time of it....just sharing....

The "lightbulb pigster" was made by our own "Leslie Blackford" along with our name tags!
The rocks are my work....I really enjoyed learning how to make them...
The Pigster "I call him"....I won during our grab bag game!

I made this purple cane along with the pillow beads..

my colorful canes...

I recently caught up with with a cousin of mine on facebook that I hadn't seen since I was around 16 years old...Teresa "Art of Grace" is an artist working in glass and mixed media... I won a collection of beads made by her off ebay.... I made the bracelet below with one of the's the focal bead...and please excuse the poor photography skills by me....

and here's a sneak peak at some Lady bugs for my oldest Granddaughter Avory Grace...she asked for lady bugs and lady bugs she gets..... :)

and last but not least....Spring Cleaning of the pond....
these are our two beautiful Butterfly Koi... I feel much better after getting all caught up with everyone....
Gotta run to do real life stuff...
Catcha later!
Blessings :)

Part 2.....Polymer Clay Adventures.... :)

In Feb. 2009 I attended a weekend workshop in Louisville, KY with none other than Lindly Haunani.
"Combining Colors with Confidence"

Lindly getting set up...

First blends we made....*look at Ron Lehocky's beautiful blend in front!...and directly behind his is mine....See the one with the gob of green in the middle? Yes, folks that is mine that I messed up!...didn't get my colors in the right order...story of my life!... It all works out in the end as Lindly showed me how to make it more pleasing to the eyes... :)
Lindly is an awesome teacher if you ever get the chance to take a class....jump on it!

The second blends we made....

Look at the beautiful work from a fellow pc-er Bobbi...
She worked in metallics... and don't you just love the "Bargello?"

Some of the pieces I made during the weekend workshop....

In April of 2009 I attended a class given by Christi Friesen
She, so like Christi hosted a three day benefit "for Ada" she is the daughter of fellow Polymer Clay Artist Ponsawan Silapiruti...
I was so honored to finally meet Ponsawan....she and I had corresponded through snail mail early on in my Polymer Clay days....I so loved and admired her style...I had a question about the thread she uses in her work and Ponswan so kindly mailed me some of her thread and also a hand written tutorial on how she assembles her work..I was so touched....

Myself, Christi, and Ponsawan

a sampling of Christi's work....

My finished piece....

Playing Catch-Up...What have you been up to over the past year Melanie?.... Part 1... :)


Well I guess I will start with....
"The Main Bath Remodel"
*Staring....none other than...My better half....
and a man on a mission...
Steve :)

*Steve thinking...."what the Hell did I just get myself into?".....

Down to the studs we gooooo......

Buh- bye tile...

Green board....Steve's favorite part!

New sub floor...

"My Hunka...hunka...burnin love"


Don't ya just love it?
*best thing we did was the curved shower curtain rod...
"so much more space in the shower now!"

New pedestal sink, glass shelf, oval mirror, light fixture...

....and "The New Throne! :)

I made switch plates from Polymer Clay
they are made in Mica Shift....
so much depth and smooth as a baby's bottom!
*picture does not do them justice

I am so proud of all of the work my husband put into our new bath....
I just love it! :)

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Full Steam Ahead!.. :)...and the winner that wasn't .. :(

You know me and a good "Give Away".. :) Lisa at Polka Dot CottLinkage had a recent give away. It was for a copy of "Perfectly Paired: Designing Jewelry with Polymer and Metal Clays" Patricia Kimle.....<-boy that is a mouthful!! Of course I didn't win... :( But I did just pre-ordered a copy... The past year has been a rough one, but I managed to survive it with a whole new since of what I am made of....and what my priorities are...I am busy in my feels so natural...I did over the past year create some nice pieces of which I will post in the next several days to share with you...and hubs and I totally remodeled our bathroom...*and I mean totally down to the studs....I have those pictures to share too...*only because I made a couple of things out of polymer clay for it!.... I love you Steve! back to the new book....It comes out the first of April and I am ready to venture out into the world of PMC...So stay tuned folks....I plan on making this blog thing a regular!...Blessings~Melanie

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pouring my "Heart into my Art" and a giveaway!

How long has it been? Way too long!... :) I was doing my morning ritual and ran across a blog with a giveaway...and it is just the kick start I need to do what I have been longing to do!....get back to my clay table! studio is all in order so that is out of the way from holding me back...and to top it off the giveaway is "Lisa Pavelka" WOW-WE....That is enough for me to get my creative juices bout you? Craft Test Dummies....time is running out....just a little over an hour until it ends....I am sliding in by the seat of my pants...oh wait...I am still in my jammies!...A BIG thank you to the folks at Craft test dummies and Lisa! :)
*I will be back with details of my "clay adventures" over the past months! Stay tuned!