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
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Both snowmen are in very decorative vests with red and white peppermint buttons and trims and both also wear decorated head covering. The top hat snowman below has a red and white painted hat band with a sprig of holly and berries painted above. He also has 2 candy canes coming out of the top of his pocket on his vest.
Below you can see that the top hat snowman has on a pair of little black dress shoes with red and white striped laces holding them on his feet. This snowman is built on a box and by lifting his body the lid can be opened and closed on the black box. Great for concealing a special Christmas gift in so that when they unwrap and see the figure you can smile knowing what they really wanted (jewelry or such) is actually in the box base of the figure.
Below is the face of the gift bearing snowman with a stocking cap on his head. The children were really generous with the snow when they built his nose so he has an equally big smile as well.
Happy creating and have a great day!!!
Monday, November 3, 2008
This is the second snowman that has a base the ball just sits within allowing the torso to be slightly tipped to adjust to the level the figure is displayed on a shelf or cupboard. He has a large nose and holds a holly branch with sculpted leaves and berries.
He has a lovely smile and rosy cheeks, smiling from ear to ea...oops, he doesn't have any ears!!
Thank you for your lovely comments, have a great day and happy creating!!