a gloomy and rainy day

So what do you do on a rainy, chilly, gloomy Saturday? Popcorn and movie? Good book and a glass of wine? Meander through your local art (or history) museum? Gather your friends for a three hour lunch? Take photos of your dogs and list new items in your online store?
Hmm…Lets consider…. The first choice – a matinee. Especially nice if you have a great little venue, not one of the monster plexes : For example, in Columbus, we have the marvelous Drexel theater. Nice hot bucket of popcorn, happiness ensues. And, this choice does have a twist, if you don’t feel like leaving home, you don’t have to! Press play  and pop your own!







(Both bunny and pendant available on Valerie Cheski Polymer Clay.)






What’s next?  Ah yes.  Two of my favorites: good books. and wine.  I still love my trips to the library.  I’ve recently started reading Christopher Fowler’s Bryant & May series.  I know he’s been writing these for quite some time, but I’ve only just “discovered” them.  On the wine front, I’ve started buying a bottle from Whole Foods – conveniently on sale  – La Vieille Ferme.  (It has a chicken and rooster on the label.  There is another wine (also French) that has one rooster (or is it a chicken?) on the label – also good.  Bottom line – wine from France with a chicken label = good.)


Now.  A museum trip?  Wonderful!  How could you go wrong spending time  surrounded by beauty?  You can daydream your way through the afternoon, alternately soothed and inspired by the impressionists and the modernists.

History your cup of tea?  Perfect!  Nothing more inspiring than experiencing our common threads.

(Pendant now available at  Valerie Cheski Polymer Clay.)

Confession time.  I am “a lady who lunches” wannabe.  I have successfully lunched one or twice with my very good friend Maggie at my favorite place, The Worthington Inn.  Quite simply a must for four star cookery.  At lunch, their hamburgers and Bloody Marys are a must.


Or you could just stay home.  Take photos of the dogs (c’mon, it really is good practice!).  List a few items.  You know.

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color vs. black and white photos


Black and white or color photos? I admit these are not the best, but I think both color and black white are equally eloquent each in its own way.


Here are two more:


What do you think?

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new black and white photo

I’m still experimenting with black and white photos, shadows and depth. It’s pretty dark but I kinda like it.


P. S. I found my favorite selfie:


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saturday 4/18/15


This Saturday, April 18, I will be vending at:

How Art Thou? Art Show and Sale

Gahanna Community Congregational Church

470 Havens Corners Rd

Gahanna, OH 43230

10:30 a. m. to 4:00 P. M.

For the occasion, I have made more ‘Rabbits in Hats’.  (Of course, I will have my jewelry as well).  Please stop by!


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still working

on photography:

I am proud of this one and wanted to share. But then again, how could I go wrong with my little super model???

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clay day

Handmade nautilus necklace

Not so very long ago, a new friend of mine, Nancy Nearing, graciously invited me into her home for a day, (which turned into two days), of claying.
I had a blast!
Nancy taught me a couple of basic canes, (I recently received an extruder – my first.), and this marvelous nautilus technique.
I love it!
Next for me…..canes,canes and still more canes!

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valerie cheski polymer clay

I’m moving!
After much pondering, (okay..not that much), I’ve decided to move my polymer clay items to a new website….Square Marketplace. I’m still getting the feel of the site, but I am very pleased thus far.
I have also decided on a somewhat major change. Namely, the name. I am now using my name for site. It is now:

Valerie Cheski Polymer Clay

I have a new banner too:

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I’ll be keeping my Etsy shop open for a little bit longer.

Please pop by my new place and feel free to let me know what you think!

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