Great American Baseball Tour — Day 39

clipart alligator relaxingWednesday, May 23, 2018

A day of rest on our trek from Washington to Denver. Tomorrow night we will be in Denver for the last game on Friday. Jim caught up on much needed rest and I caught up on some computer work. Then we found a Texas Roadhouse for dinner.

Upcoming Ceramic Workshops

I spent the day scheduling workshops for June and July. Still have to make posters for the Buy-Sell-Trade pages but wanted to let my regular painters know first.

Kids Krafts WS

  1. Friday, June 8, 6:00 to 8:00
    Daddy’s Grilling Plate, a hand-print plate for Father’s Day.
  2. Wednesday, June 13, 1:00 to 3:00
    My Birthday Party, happy-face baseball bowls on a short ice-cream dish
  3. Friday, June 22, 6:00 to 8:00
    Fabric-Painting Workshop, kids will decorate either an apron or a tote bag using Tulip fabric paints and markers.
  4. Friday, June 29, 6:00 to 8:00
    Magic Rainbow Dish, painted with colorful Concepts and accented with Color Burst Crystals

Grown-up Workshops

  1. Monday, June 4 & Wednesday, June 6, 6:00 to 10:00
    Kites trivet or wall plaque
  2. Wednesday, June 13, 6:00 to 10:00
    My Birthday Party, ice-cream bowl with lace and flowers
  3. Monday, June 18 & Wednesday, June 20, 6:00 to 10:00
    Make-A-Mug WS, choose from a variety of mugs, glazes, and underglazes to make a personalized mug to leave at the studio (FREE if left, $5.00 if taken home, $5 studio fee still applies)
  4. Monday, July 2 & Tuesday July 3
    Monument of the West Etched Tile, must order ahead of time as tiles must be etched when wet.
  5. Sunday, July 8th
    Sand Painting WS with Duncan Ambassador Dru Woodward, piggy bank
  6. Sunday July 15 & Wednesday, July 18
    Faces of the World figure painting. Includes African-American skin tones, shading, blushing, and highlighting.
  7. Sunday, July 22 & Wednesday, July 25
    Christmas in July, tree-painting workshops

CLUB DAVID 1401 Monument of the Valley Incised Tiles

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 38

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

clipart carToday is another travel day, this time to American Fork, Utah (outside of Salt Lake City). We are here for two nights to try and recuperate from the long days of driving. Our van actually looks somewhat like the one in the picture! Of course, everyone knows that ours is red. We have a black car-top carrier and is strapped down with bright orange straps because the lock broke. The back hatch is packed up to the headrests, and the back seat is packed as well. We bought an expandable organizer and soft cooler set at Sam’s Club several months ago. It makes loading groceries so much easier and I would recommend it to anyone traveling. We even have a suitcase behind Jim’s chair, and bags hanging on the coat hooks. Good thing we don’t need to give anyone a ride!

Kids Krafts Workshop

Today we took a break and stopped at Walmart. One of the Duncan companies is called Tulip and their products are sold commercially in craft stores. We purchased the Tulip supplies to do Kids Krafts Fabric-Painting Workshops: brush-tip markers, thin line markers, neon markers, puffy paint, stencils, aprons. and tote bags. Here is our first scheduled workshop. (Of course, the Big Kids are welcome, too!)

KK 6-22-2018 Fabric Painting POSTER

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 37

clipart carMonday, May 21, 2018

Today begins the long journey home, all the way from Seattle Washington. We have one more game in Denver, then we will have completed Jim’s bucket list of seeing a game in ALL 30 MLB stadiums! It is almost the same distance from Seattle to Denver (1308) as it is from Denver to Youngstown (1390). We stay tonight in Meridian, Idaho and then drive to Salt Lake City tomorrow. This was a long travel day for us.

Oregon Giraffe mom with babyThis is the only picture I took today (well, I guess Jim took it for me). Courtney’s baby is coming today so I just couldn’t resist this momma giraffe with her baby. We found it at a truck stop in Oregon. It will make a nice addition to their growing giraffe collection!



Jim got some nice vista pictures at a rest stop in Washington.

Ceramic Special for Today

Souvenir shops in Idaho remind us of their famous Idaho Potatoes. So today’s special is our Potato Bowl and matching Sour Cream Bowl with Spoon. This set is especially nice done in a brown art glaze.

Atlantic 0791 potato bowls

Atlantic 0597 POTATO BOWL AND LID bisque $8.00, finished $15.00
6 ½”, bisque $5.50, finished $10.00

Please note that all pouring will be done when we return home.
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Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke


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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 36

baseball logoSunday, May 20, 2018

Detroit Tigers vs. Seattle Mariners

The Tigers scored two runs in the first inning, and it was pretty much a no-hitter until the bottom of the 9th when Seattle scored two and tied the game. Seattle got one more run and won the game in the 11th inning.

Today’s game was at 1:00 and there was a slight breeze but it wasn’t as cold as the night games we’ve gone to. We couldn’t see the scoreboard again from our seats in section 138 — the catwalk for the cameramen was hanging down in front. Only two sections had these. Gr! But we could see the field well and the TV in our section. Notice the nice metal table all along the handicap section. That was nice (there was a folding table at one of the other parks), as were the padded folding chairs for companions.

Their mascot’s name is Mariner Moose! Watch for the latest additions to our baseball mascot menagerie. Stadium #29 today. One more to go! The Denver game is on Friday.

Game Day Baseball Special


VIP 1240 BALL PLAYER PUFFIE shelf sitter
We also have Miss Puffie, Snowman Puffie, and Witch Puffie.
We will make finished pieces or pour bisque to be painted in the studio.
About 12″, bisque $15.00, finished $20.00 


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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 35

clipart carSaturday, May 19, 2018

Another travel day, this time from Salem, Oregon to Seattle, Washington. It wasn’t as long a drive this time but we did run into some stop-and-go traffic. We crossed a drawbridge but it wasn’t opening when we got there.

After a nice four-course meal deal at Outback, we are tucked in for the night. Tomorrow’s game is at 1:00 in the afternoon.

Ceramic Bridges

We have a couple of bridges that you can make to add to scenes. I made the bridge on the left to put in my fairy garden with the mushroom fairy house, some real plants, blue glass rocks for the stream, and white stone for a path. The covered bridge is one of many VIP mold Christmas Village accessories. We have fences, rock walls, people, cars, farm animals, outhouses, fruit stands, and so on. There are also several houses and a small fire house. Check it out at The Village Square. If you want windows cut out for lighting, please state when ordering. Note that may folks are using these houses in summer gardens, not just for Christmas anymore!

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke



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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 34

brother & sisterFriday, May 18, 2018

Although we slept late both days, we visited with John & Sheila again at their home in Salem, Oregon. We spent some time watching footage of the volcano eruption in Hawaii as Sheila’s daughter lives there. It was also the anniversary of the Mount St. Helen’s eruption in 1980, only 100 miles from their home.

I also took advantage of her washer and dryer — do you have any idea how much laundry two people can accumulate in 33 days of travel? John grilled burgers for us and we just enjoyed visiting. The pollen count in Oregon was off the chart, which probably explains why Sheila and I were both having respiratory problems.

20180518_211726Here’s a pic of me with my brother; and a selfie of the four of us as we were leaving. Not being young folks, we were not very adept at taking selfies — kind of reminded us of the old days when my dad would set up the camera on his tripod, set the timer, and run to get in the picture.20180518_212007 (2)





Family Treasures

Daddys grilling plateI had a phone call one day last year where a mom had found this picture on Etsy and wanted to make one. So she came over with her two little boys and a baby and they made one for their dad for Father’s Day. For some reason I cannot locate that picture to share with you but you get the idea!


Here are some Holiday ideas I saved from posts on other ceramic Facebook pages. Also, think about what the kids may have done in school — making turkeys, etc. with their hands.

You can put these designs on any plain piece — plates, bowls, mugs, planters, teapots, and so on. Just consider the design and the size of the hands. Cost is $5.00 plus the bisque you are putting it on. What a unique way to make gifts for dads and for grandparents!

Carol’s Carousel Creations
Jim & Carol Warneke

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Great American Baseball Tour — Day 33

brother & sisterThursday, May 17, 2018

Today we visited Carol’s Brother John in Salem, Oregon and met his wife, Sheila, for the first time. They have a lovely home with a beautiful garden, as Sheila is an avid gardener.

They took us out to dinner at a local Mexican restaurant called Los Dos Amigos. Those huge colorful Mexican hats were for sale and I thought about buying one as a souvenir. But where would I find room for it in the car and where would I display it in the house? LOL

los dos amigos with John & Sheila

Our Mexican Ceramics

Duncan 0229 MEXICAN PIGGY BANK bisque $5.00, finished $7.50

This adorable Mexican piggy bank is plain enough to add hand-painted designs or decals. Or request that the top is cut out and use it as a scrubby holder or small planter. 

S-K 0465 mexican


Any orders this week of $25 or more will get a free Corky ornament. These are open-pour molds so the ornaments are flat on the back. Ideal for gift tags, Christmas trees, or refrigerator magnets.  Additional ornaments are also available for $1.00 each. Choose your ornament(s) from this page: Cookie-Cutter Ornaments

Carol’s Carousel Ceramics
Jim & Carol Warneke


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