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!