Wednesday, December 31, 2008
As Dani puts it, "We have SpookyTime and SnowyTime, and now we are adding SweetyTime!"
Updates are always on the 13th, so come give us a look in two weeks to see what little spooks, jingles or sweet "snacks" we have to satisfy your collecting needs!!
Hope to see you in 2009!
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The pumpkins disguise themselves as bunny rabbits by wearing bunny ears, painting their noses and wearing bunny teeth, plus putting on pastel garments to cover their pumpkin torsos. Because they learned to wear costumes at Halloween, they are all very comfortable dressing up and pretending to be something they really aren't. They look very angelic, but I must warn you that on occasion a bit of the "Halloween" pops out in their personality and they have been known to leave a rotten egg or two to a deserving human.
Hope you like Hopper and have a great day creating!!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I hope everyone had a joyous Christmas!!!
I'll be back with something in a day or two!!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I hope all of you have a wonderful holiday season and remember it isn't about the gifts you receive, but the gifts of love and friendship you give...I hope I have given many of you this gift.
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!!
Monday, December 22, 2008
Yesterday afternoon we went to the final performance of "It's A Wonderful Life," at our local community theatre. I had already watched our DVD version three times this month, but I never seem to grow tired of the message in the story of George Bailey's life. The actors did a wonderful job and our "Mr. Potter" was perfectly played to the point that the crowd boo-ed the actor when he came out for the actors' final bow. Poor Stan, he was just too good!
I have been working on some new pieces and will probably show you a little peek of what I am up to tomorrow.
Stay warm and happy creating!!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Lots of heads and bodies in rough clay are sitting on a rack to dry just enough to toughen up the outside so that I can put details on them in the next day or two, or three, next week, two weeks...you get the idea.
Here is wishing all of you the permission to sit and have a cup of cocoa (or my new favorite David Rio, Flamingo Vanilla Chai) and just breath in the wonder of the season.
Happy creating all!!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This little shelf just makes me smile and they are up all year long. Hope they serve as some eye candy for you and inspire you to buy handmade originals as they inspired me to do!!!!
Off to mix some clay so happy creating all!!
Monday, December 15, 2008
I have one figure left on STJ, a cute little snowman by the name of "Ima Giftgiver" . If you have a snowman collector in your family, he would make a nice addition. He is a charming little character with a hint of the potential to be naughty, so go take a peek !!
Mixing clay today to start on some new pieces!!!
Stay warm and happy creating!!
Friday, December 12, 2008
and two little spooks on STJ tonight!!!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The rules I was given are:
2. Link to the person from whom you
3. Nominate 7 or more blogs (getting ready to do this)
4. Leave a message on their blog,
So let me pass on the love...And my nominees are:
1. Sonya at Back Porch Pickins
2. Kim at Kim Hardt Originals
3. Lance at Crescent Hill Designs
4. Diane at Duda Daze
5. Sheila at Pieces of Me
Time management....does anyone have the answer for a right-brained artist? I know what deadlines are, I meet deadlines, at least I use to meet deadlines. This late fall going into the Christmas season has sent me whirling with both my work and the addition of the tree farm plus a wee health scare that went on for 4 weeks and turned out fine. I hate asking for extensions and I have had to ask twice.
I can't seem to gauge the length of time a piece will take me to paint, even when I can see in my brain what it is going to look like. Since each piece is new and different I seem to underestimate what speed I can actually finish within. Anyone else suffer from this? Is there a solution? I can't set a deadline and say it is done when my eye says, "Oh no it isn't!!"
Please share your thoughts with me on this. Outside of elves that I have been asking for over the last 2+ months, I don't have a solution!!!
Oh, one more thing... SpookyTime Jingles updates December 13!!!! Just in time for us to box and ship you a new Jingle or little Spook as a gift!!
Sneak peek tomorrow!!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Full figures with bases.
Detail of Hocus Pocus Skelly...he does like his jewelry and border trimmed attire.
Mad Hatter Skelly has a lovely bat bow tie and some long spindly fingers.
That is what I have been up to and I need to get back to work on other pieces so we will talk to you after the 10th!!!! Very busy, as I know you all are this time of year!!!
Don't forget we update our SpookyTime Jingles pages on the 13th!!! Still time for a little treasure in your stocking!
Happy Creating and have a great day...snow here!!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
One has high boots and a pointed cap and the other has on bat wing-tip shoes and a top hat.
I love doing Skelly figures...they can be cute or rather naughty looking!!
Below is the little jingle WIP...a short Santa sitting on his shoes. This little guy is "oh and ah-ing" over his candy cane treat.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
The second Santa figure is 7.75" tall and has big tall boots with large feet to support his figure. He has a lovely little face with a full beard and moustache and hands on his belly from a little chuckle he just had.
Then I get an email from an artist that I admire so much and he wants my mailing address. This is what came in the mail yesterday--LUCKY ME!!!!!! Oh Chris, "Father Hallomas" is just the best and I love how the snow flakes look spider like. What a great spooky-sweet image down to the little ghosty in Santa's pocket. (It takes a talent to photograph a flat image and I tried really hard so hope this does the print justice.) The artist is Chris Klinger from Designs by CK and you must, must go look at his blog and his fabulous work. Chris is always listing on eBay so go get yourself an original for Christmas!!! Thank you CK--You are the BEST!!! I owe you one!!
Then last week I had another special treat---adorable Jackie Lauger of Fat Jak Originals happened to be on her way to Colorado for Thanksgiving and was driving past Kearney so she was sweet enough to agree to stop by for a few minutes (2 hours). She took my little delivery and we talked and talked while her sweet husband and 3 children watched a movie. The whole family looks like the pictures you see in the stores selling frames--just all too cute and charming!!!! Sometimes I feel like I live in a vacuum out here so it was so great to have a one-on-one with another clay artist.
Jackie, thank you and your family for taking the time to stop for the visit, information sharing, showing me your WIPS and for just being a doll!!!! Oh, and a big thanks from the Mister in my house for the weeble-like Santa you made and so generously gave me to give to him. It is currently on the hearth with CK's art.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus and he lives in the hearts of Chris and Jackie!!
Have a great day and happy creating!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
There are many more photos available of Ima on my Flickr site, so go give him a look there and on SpookyTime Jingles ... he just might need to come live with you!!!
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
They are almost dry so I will start painting soon. Wow, can't believe that Thanksgiving is only two days away!!!!
Have a great day and a very happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, November 21, 2008
Uber Amazing Blog Award !!
The rules of this award are:
* Put the logo on your blog or post.
* Nominate at least 5 blogs(can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!
*" Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from."
There are so many great blogs out there but here are 5 I love....I will limit myself to 5 to let the joy be passed around!!
1. Designs by CK...can't tell you all how much I love his blog and this guys art!!
Now, I left off like 20 people I love, so I'm leaving it up to these 5 to spread the award...I'm leaving this in good hands!!
I'm off to leave them notes to let them know about this!!
Have a great Saturday!!
Have a great day and happy creating!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
He has a sweet face without too much mischief in his eyes.
I'm really excited because I may get to meet the owner if her travel arrangements allow for stopping by Kearney on her way to or from Colorado next week. I'll let you know if it happens.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Look at the detail on this little guy...and the hats with reindeer antlers just crack me up!
Thank you Janell!!!!!!!!! I will treasure this little guy always!!
Remember, purchase handmade when you can for Christmas. I told my husband this was my Christmas present...he asked me what year, 2020 or 2021?! HA!!! I am naughty about that, I must say!
Have a super day and happy creating!!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
I'm thinking both naughty and nice!!! HA!
Have a great day and happy creating and collecting!
Monday, November 17, 2008
This little elf is affixed to the lid of a papier mache box. He can be lifted to allow you to use the box for storing a little "something-something" or for placing a small gift inside. Like I have said before, these are great to use as a gift box for jewelry. (Yes, I have jewelry disease.)
He is holding two little ornaments because the elves are decorating the Christmas tree at the North Pole. The ornaments will be vintage inspired when painted.
That's it for today!!!
Happy creating all...such a busy time of the year for us, but isn't it fun?!!
Friday, November 14, 2008
Here are the Rules for the Award:
1. Designs by CK-Chris
2. Kim Hardt Originals-Kim
3. Chicken Lips-David
4. Pieces of Me-Sheila
5. PJ's Talking-PJ
6. The Holiday Queen-Melissa
7. Fat Jak Originals-Jackie
Love this group so go give them a look!! Now I need to send each of them a message!!
Have a great day and thank you Flora!!!!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
I love making the ruffled collars out of clay. The paperclay works perfectly for this and doesn't stick to my fingers like other clays do while I'm folding the clay back and forth to form the loops. Like most of you working in paperclay, I always have a bowl of warm water beside me to clean my fingers as necessary, and also to dip the clay in if I feel it needs some moisture as I'm working. I looked at the slacks I had on the day I worked on this head, and obviously I use my legs to dry my fingers on after I moisten them in the water!!!! I really need a new work apron, but I keep thinking I will find my old one and so it goes!
Oh, huge tip, never pour your work water down the sink, or wash your clay covered clothes without knocking off the excess dry clay because it will cause problems with your plumbing. I am very careful about that...too many potters have told me horror stories about plumbing bills because of plugged drain lines on their work sinks. I also remember the sewer smell in the ceramics lab one day when I was in college because they were cleaning out the drain line and I don't want that in my house. ICKY!!!
Well, that was a lovely thought to leave in your head as I end this post. I need to get back to the clay!!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Above, are the "3 Jingles" I will have this month on my Christmas page. You can go to SpookyTime Jingles by clicking on the top icon in the right column of this blog... so go take a peek as soon as the marketplace opens in your time zone!!! The works above show in more detail on the marketplace page, and I also provide you a link on STJ to my Flickr page, which has a number of photographs of each piece showing you side and rear views of the works as well.
Don't hesitate, the artist at SpookyTime Jingles have a following and I wouldn't want you to miss that special piece you find and fall in love with!!! There will be something for everyone!!!
Have a great day and happy collecting!
Monday, November 10, 2008
Positioned amongst the greenery are the papier mache figures. Hubby did a Powerpoint of my figures on a laptop and put it on a loop and you could not believe the number of people that stopped and watched the entire 60 image loop run through both finished and works-in-progress images. Many would look up and ask me, "you made these?"...so there is still that problem with people looking at quality handmade items and not being able to discern they aren't reproductions. Because the Powerpoint was such a hit I am investing in a digital picture frame now to do the same thing for future shows. I think it helped me sell some of my pieces on Saturday.
It was such a gooooooooddd show!! The first three hours were almost too much and if my dear sister, Theresa, hadn't stayed to help, and my husband hadn't continually brought in new items, I couldn't have managed it by myself. I was also thrilled that my sister from Missouri, Cynthia, stopped and picked up Mom to bring her to the show as well. My family is simply the best!!!! They are such great supporters and I just don't get to see them often enough to please me so this was a wonderful addition to the day....plus they are just fun to be around!
With the economic news not being the best these days I was thrilled with the end results and couldn't have asked for a better crowd. This show moved into the number 2 spot for my best sales ever at a one-day show, and the show 2 weeks ago fell to the number 3 spot, so I consider myself very fortunate for this recent success.
Here is hoping the rest of you have the same good fortune through the upcoming holiday season. I just keep my fingers crossed that we get out of this mess soon and that sales improve for everyone!!
Well, I need to finish my pages for SpookyTime Jingles today!!!! Remember that at 12:00 a.m. eastern time, in the first minutes of November 13, the pages update so if you are looking for unique one-of-a-kind handmade items for gifts this holiday season, this is the place to go!!!! In a few days I will show you what I got from one of the STJ artists and you will be green with envy!! HA!
I need to get to work!! Have a great day! Laurie
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Great show this weekend in Lincoln. Lots of traffic and plenty of buyers. I took "Peek-a-Boo" with a group of papier mache pieces to the show and he was purchased early on. I had to box him for delivery so he was behind me, and of course everyone wanted "that" piece. So fun to see collectors, familiar faces and to meet new customers as well. As much fun as I have at these shows, loading in 30 degree temperatures and windchills in the 20s, I am glad it was my last retail show for the year!!!!
I hope everyone had a great weekend and we will talk at you tomorrow!!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Below is the close up of the base with an evening winter scene showing the moon already in the sky above a small home with a snowman and evergreen tree. I may add snow flakes to this today.
Side view of Santa's torso and head below...Santa has a stocking made to hang from his hand, but I don't have it antiqued yet so it isn't in the photograph. I will finish it later today. We are so overcast I hate to paint on these days, but I need to finish him up!!
Close up of Santa's face below with the tassel hanging down to his cheek...Santa can be such a fashion diva!
Happy creating and have a great day!! It is feeling and looking like winter is approaching here today! Brrrrrrrrrr