Tuesday, April 1, 2014

What does the fox say?

Ever once in awhile, the doll bug grabs me and I just have to make little handpainted faces and gather and glue hair and then cut up sweaters and look for the perfect color of wool felt.  It really makes no sense but does get me through the January gloomies.

I listed them in my Etsy shop and it was pretty quiet, so I ended up giving t hem away.  Felt pretty good.

more produce

still not finished...another painting is waiting in the "Creation room" in my brain.  Ahh, not enouugh time for all of it....

Sunday, February 9, 2014

One more

Monday, January 13, 2014

January studio messes

I have been following a girl on INSTAGRAM and she did the 30 day art challenge.  I was very impressed with all her work.  She painted an oil painting a day and they were all great renditions of apples, and other round fruit.  It stirred me..mostly the envious me.  The competitive me.  The "I think I can do that" me.  And while I don't love oil painting, I do love watercolors but I don't have the life to devote to painting everyday...I am giving January a shot.
I began by assembling my paints and leaving them out so I have to walk by them everyday.  That is hard for me, cuz I like cleaning up after a project, but it is part of my plan.  I am calling this endeavor...If I were an ARTIST!! ( then I would paint more right?)

So far this is what I have finished.

two little mandarin oranges..
 onion trio.....

I am thinking pomegranates next or maybe kiwi....I don't know.  All I know is I keep walking past my palette and
feeling an itch...

Friday, January 3, 2014

more of the same....

I started these houses last year and have loved picking this and that to complete them this year.So much fun!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

the twelve hundred projects of Christmas..

So I decided that I needed to update this place for all my readers out there...all 29 of you!  If any of you know me, I am always thinking of the next project.  And gathering stuff for it is the WAY FUN part....so bear with me my people...this post is a lonnnnnnnnngggggggg one!

Had an old sweater laying around needing to be a FOX, cuz "WHAT DOES THE FOX SAY" anyway??

 Just love these gnomes from last year and to lead the way...and the "Tompte" that Debra made me.

My newest nativity that I placed inside a childrens bible....

two new garlands for my lamp posts outside that are now covered in FROST and SNOW...

Look close there is a little gnome in there...and these  cloches are made from dollar store plastic goblets!

Such a fun way to make a little scene....cloroxing trees and putting pink fur muffs on little girls....

and there is BABY Evie all wrapped in pink fur!!

My daughter Alicia (my #1 fan) made me this lovely garland that matches last years wreath!!

just the flyer that I sent out with my class order....

Pink trees to go with my pink "PUTZ VILLAGE" that I started last year and am finishing up.  Pics to follow...
So there are more projects to come and I will endeavor to get them posted soon....meanwhile I will be gathering and glueing and not sleeping....

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The Pumpkin punt

I saw a really cool fall display with a big white pumpkin.
I began a hunt for a large fake pumpkin....
and I found nada, zero and not even a large 
orange pumpkin.
I was not deterred.
I was determined to have a large white pumpkin.
So I began searching online for a tut
on how to make your own pumpkin.
I found out that there is a huge underground
of people that make things from materials that 
I had never heard of.
I searched for my own raw materials and started  cutting 
and glueing and trying to figure out 
what the heck I was doing...

I had this vine pumpkin and figured it would be a great armature for what I wanted to do.. I found these plumbing tubes at Home Depot for 2.47 for 4..... that is after I looked several places for foam tubes for swiming..
found one in the basement!
I covered it in foam because I wanted the finished gourd to be larger....
I then began splitting the plumbing foam tubes in two and tapering the ends and hot glueing them onto the base.
I mixed up this concoction that I had learned about on the internet...called MONSTER MUD.  It is a mixture of drywall compound and latex paint....
I applied it liberally over the entire surface.  THIS WAS FUN!!
what i don't have a picture of is the disaster I came to see the next morning...cracking and peeling MONSTER MUD!!
I was so mad.  So I went back to the drawing board and went back to the hardware store for something that could handle the bounciness of the foam...
I got some wood filler and smoothed it over...and mixed another batch of MONSTER MUD..and slathered...
and it worked!
I smoothed between each layer of MUD and latex paint.  It added the elasticity that I needed. YAY!!
I smoothed and sanded and realized that it had been a long time since I had sculpted...and I remembered how much I
loved it in college.  I almost hated to finish it...

but i did and then painted the stem and added a few details.  More drying time and then it was ready for debut!

Look at him there in all his whiteness and glory...Just so fun don't you think?  I had a bit of MONSTER MUD left over and I started looking around for something else to smother it on...hmmm.
Oh and the Pumpkin Punt?
Isn't that what you do when you are out of options?  No more running aound to find a pumpkin...
I punted and made one!