Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sleeping Mice

I have an idea in my head for a 2 part sculpture that I am working on. Each part will be made from different media and made to go together but will not be permanently attached.  One part will be wool, the other clay. I am not quite where I want to be with the wool part yet. Still playing and practicing. Here are a couple of practice mice.

sleeping mice

Monday, October 24, 2016

Smooshing clay mushrooms

For this project I was supposed to look at mushroom and fungus photographs. I used Pinterest and saved them to a board there. Then the goal was to find ones that I liked and take artistic license to change colors, textures and put them together even if the real ones grow on different continents. To make them my own. . It was a fun project and I am happy with my results.

mushroom sculpture

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Adventures in Needle Felting

I need to smooth out the needle marks on this little teddy bear. I just finished making him. Originally he was going to be dark brown but I was afraid that his eyes would not show up on that color. Instead of scrapping it and starting over I decided to cover it with a lighter shade. I like the way that turned out because it makes it look more aged, well loved and played with. As with most of my needle felt projects it was made with a particular recipient in mind. It will be mailed later this week. Here are a couple of photos to show scale. In one he is being held by the Mod Barbie that my mom surprised me with to use as a model for my 1:6 scale projects. In the other he is sitting in a 1:12 scale chair from a House Of Miniature kit that I put together and painted. I know that the little girl this is going to live with has both a dollhouse and Barbies. I hope she likes him and plays with him.

needle felted teddy with Barbie

Needle felted teddy on 1 inch scale chair

Monday, June 27, 2016

DIY Painted canvas sneakers

I read several different tutorials linked on pinterest on painting canvas sneakers. You simply take fabric medium and mix it with any acrylic paint. The medium prevents the paint from cracking when you are wearing the shoes. Or you can use fabric paint. There are no craft stores near me and I could not find any color I liked in fabric paints locally. Nor could I find any fabric medium. I was going to order some fabric medium online from Dick Blick but ran across some Multi-Surface acrylic craft paint at Walmart in many beautiful colors, all around .86 cents per bottle. The paint went on beautifully with just one coat. I have worn each of these pairs several times and am happy to report that they all look the same as they did the day I painted them. No cracking! Yay for saving money! These are the 3 pairs I painted....

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Snails coming soon

We seem to have skipped Spring and jumped straight into Summer here in the forest of ColtPixy. The temperature is way above normal for this neck of the woods. That means a lot of working outside but it does not mean more snails are not on the horizon. Along with a few other projects.

snail shell image

Thursday, March 17, 2016


I am currently in the process of completely rearranging my little studio so that I can have not only better lighting but also better storage space for my supplies. Hoping to have it all completed by the end of the weekend. So for now, throw back Thursday...

This is Ophidia, a stained glass mosaic lamp I made and attached to an antique base in 2005.


Ophidia lamp

Ophidia lamp lit

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Oak King's Bowl

I made this back in 2003 for my baby sister. It is a large gourd. I used a knife, dremel, wood burner, Prismacolor pencils and a spray fixative to make it. It is completely my own original design.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

DIY custom candle holders

This project idea came from a tutorial link I found on Pinterest. I made 2 of these and took one outside to get a better photo of it than I could get on my work table.

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It is supposed to look like sea glass. It does not, but I do like how they turned out so will keep it on.
The tutorial called for mixing food coloring with matte Modge Podge. I used blue and green, more blue than green.
The tutorial called for painting it on with one of those craft foam brushes. That was a big fail! It painted on too thick and even after 3 days did not completely dry in spots. I soaked it in hot water for a while and thankfully it peeled right off. In one sheet. That was pretty cool.
 So I tried again, this time with a cheap, soft paint brush. One that came in a pack of 15 brushes for $7 in the craft department of Walmart. This worked much better.
After it dried it looked like tinted glass, not sea glass. My husband loved them but this photo I took today is after painting a 2nd coat and letting it completely dry. Still looks like tinted glass but not quite as transparent as before.
I actually like it and next I am going to spray them with Krylon Crystal Clear to protect the finish from coming off when they are washed. 

p.s. To make these candle holders I bought the bowl and stem separately at Dollar Tree (on the candle aisle) and attached them with e6000 glue.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Oven Dresses

A friend gave me the pattern and directions for these oven dresses. I made them back in 2008. The ones with bird houses were made for my mom. The sunflower ones I made for my sister-in-law. Never got around to making one for myself. I had almost forgotten about them but still have the pattern in my sewing stuff so may do it now.

The bottom of the dress is a kitchen towel. Same with the center on the matching apron. The tops are cotton fabric. If you want to make some I bet you could google "oven dress pattern" and find it online for free somewhere. You just embellish it any way you want. I used antique buttons and some lace.

4Lori bday

oven dresses

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Fire In Water

 Starting a new blog series here for throw back Thursday. It will feature past things I have made, most before having a digital camera. I may have to scan and upload some photos because the pieces sold many years ago and I do not have them to rephotograph.
I made this back in 2004 and took these photos of it in 2007 because I had gotten a better camera. It was made with stained glass and blue grout on a one gallon Anchor Hocking bowl.

Fire In Water

Fire In Water

back of Fire In Water

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Miniature Bonsai

I have many works in progress projects on my work table in various mediums, scales and level of completion. Here is one that I finished this morning. It is a 1:12 dollhouse scale bonsai plant. I put a quarter on the table with it for size comparison. I made the pot with quilling paper. Other materials used were wire, paint, Apoxy Sculpt, model train ballast and foliage.

Miniature Bonsai

Sunday, February 7, 2016

New snails

I have been working on quite a few things lately in various types of media. Some for my shop which will be reopening soon. Some things for my home. Others, just for fun. Here are 3 new snails that I made for the shop.

Caleb the cupcake eater
Caleb the cupcake eater