Monday, September 27, 2010


I spent the weekend trying to decorate the house for Halloween and finish up on some Halloween pieces! I am knee high in "spooky fun" and praying that I actually get all the pieces done by the end of the week. I will be listing this Boo JOL tomorrow on my Etsy site. He (or she) is full of sparkle and you can't see it very well in this photo, but the crackle on the body and face came out really nice.
You never know what the crackle will look like until you is such an adventure!
BTW- big THANKS TO Sharon at My Vintage Studio for blogging about my JOL.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

SUNDAY MORNING MUSIC - Jason Mraz doing a cover of Elton John's Rocket Man

Musically, I am all over the place. I love jazz, rock, pop, big band, metal....depending on my mood at the time.
I have, for years, been a huge Elton John fan and love "old-time" Elton. This is one of my favorite covers of Rocket Man. Every singer and wanna-be singer as sung this tune, but this is one I really enjoy.
Happy Sunday Morning everyone!

Friday, September 24, 2010


I received an email from one of my favorite stores on the planet!
D Blumchen and Company
They are showing a tutorial on how to make these amazing hats! I HAD to post for you all, just in case you have never stopped by this amazing shop. I cannot wait to make these with my daughter.
Here is their link:

Monday, September 20, 2010


I have been busy finishing up on some Halloween pieces. The cooler weather just gets you in the mood! I took a quick picture of this one and thought I would share. I love old vintage holiday postcards and wanted the pumpkin girl to have the same adorable look. She has glitter on the black edges of the base, and everything, including the pumpkin, have been crackled. I will list her on Etsy later on tonight.

Thursday, September 16, 2010


I cannot believe that it is September 16th. Time is flying at lightning speed. I have so much to share with you all and I can't seem to get a minute to do it all. So, just to keep thing fresh, I wanted to share my Sneaky Kitty for 2010. As you can see from my avitar, I use this little guy for lots of fun pieces. He is just so stinkin' cute, and probably one of my most popular items on Etsy. He always flies out of the shop. I didn't want to do the "same-old-thang" with him for 2010, so I decided to use a moon for the base this year. He is made from an adorable chocolate mold that I have in my collection of never ending "stuff"!! I love to make something using old molds in between hand sculpting my pieces. There is just something so charming about them and sooo vintage. But I am never happy to just paint-and-go, so I have to add some special touches. This year it was a hand molded moon base. Hope you like him. You can't see it to well in the photo, but he has glittery polka dots on his collar in black - tone on tone - very sparkly. Oh, I wish I was a better photographer.
I have another black kitty coming that is sitting on a pumpkin base (very traditional). And, of course, I have several OOAK JOL's that are all hand sculpted and waiting for there final touches. I so hope to get them done by the weekend.
I don't know how anyone else feels, but I seem to ALWAYS be behind!!! Maybe it is because I start so many projects at once, and feel like I am not getting anywhere with any of them - LOL
And now that Julia is in school and she has homework every night - jeez, I have even less time......oh to have a few more hours in the day,
Chow for now,

Friday, September 10, 2010


Sylvia Smiser was my partner for the Halloween Tea Party Swap. Boy did I get lucky!!!! Look what she came up with for me. I love love love!!!! She looks amazing in person. I stink with a camera in my hand!!! And I noticed that I forgot to take a picture with her witch hat. I was so excited, I didn't know what I was doing. How cool is she???!!!! The workmanship on this was spectacular. I will say it over and over - I LOVE HER!!!
Don't be jealous now.
Check out her blog at: THANK YOU SYLVIA!

Thursday, September 9, 2010


I have never signed up for an "official" organized swap before. I have traded with artist friends in the past but have always stayed clear of large organized Swaps. Not that I wasn't interested! Quite on contrary. My fear was that I would not get it done in time, or I would have a partner that I knew very little about and would make something they absolutely hated! LOL
But, I have stuck my feet in the water and sent out my first "legit" swap package for fellow artist Sylvia Smiser from Anabo Creations. I hope she likes it....keeping my fingers crossed. It should arrive in her mail today.

The theme of the Swap was Halloween Tea Party.

I used paper mache to give the JOL Tea Pot a textured, old time feel. The box has a hand painted image similar to an old Halloween postcard that I loved. The tag was tea stained and stamped. And inside there are tea bags in stamped brown craft paper bags as a little surprise.

This JOL has a little devilish friend trying to hide inside and steal your drink out from under you. Watch out!!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010


Julia returned to school on the 3rd. Ever since she was 3 months old, she has gone to daycare every weekday while I was at work. Out of the house at 8:00 and not home till after 5:00. When the summer arrived, my husband and I decided to give her a "real" summer vacation by letting her stay at home with him during July and August. Thankfully, he works from home, and was able to arrange his schedule to fit some playtime in for the summer. Now, at the age of 6, she is ready for 1st grade and attending a new school. This is an enormous change for her, and I have been very apprehensive about the outcome. She was so excited to start, and had a difficult time sleeping that night. If truth be told, "mommy" didn't sleep well either! Here she is in all her glory on her first day. The eyes say it all....excited with a touch of uncertainty. She waited in line with all the other kids until her teacher arrived and they were walked into the classroom. No tears from her ...... tons of tears from mom! She looked so small. The school looked so large. And I hoped that she would make new friends and have a good day. She did! The second day was not as easy. She missed the routine of her old school. She missed her friends. But each day will get better. It always does.