Thursday, September 14, 2017

Faerie Shaylee

I just returned from a seminar with the delightful, talented Deb Wood. I learned SO MUCH more about sculpting with polymer clay. Faerie Shayleee was the result of my adventure. "Shaylee" is of Celtic/Gaelic origin meaning "Fairy Princess of the Field". Can you see her freckles??


Faerie Shaylee





Monday, September 4, 2017

Blogging Friends are the BEST!

Another lovely surprise in the mail last week - from my friend, Lynn B, The Stitching Fairy. Aren't these gifts AWESOME?!?!? (I'm not certain why these pictures are showing up caddy-wompus, they look fine until I import them into Blogger)......

THANK YOU, LYNN! I LOVE THEM ALL!!







Now I'm getting ready to head north for a five days of sculpting!!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Surprise Package, Nerissa and Marin

Good morning! Time is flying by 'way too quickly between posts. I really, REALLY must become more diligent about reading your blogs and updating mine. I'm afraid 2017 has found me woefully short on both.

A few weeks ago, I received a surprise in the mail from a sweet blogging friend, Jo (Serendipitous Stitching).  Jo send a lovely card and a copy of Cross Stitch Collection magazine that contained my blog and interview. Jo - THANK YOU FOR THINKING OF ME! (Aren't blogging friends the greatest EVER?!)?



In spite of no stitching to show, I have been busy - here is my first full body sculpt - Nerissa. It's American/Greek for "Daughter of the Sea" or "Nymph of the Sea". I took a class from Deb Wood. She is an awesome sculptor and teacher - Deb - THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME BELIEVE IN MYSELF!!


Nerissa, Daughter of the Sea

When I returned from working with Deb, I immediately started another mermaid sculpt. I know I have a lot to learn, but I'm very proud of how this little one turned out - meet Marin, Star of the Sea:




Marin, Star of the Sea


Marin's Journey
 One of the things I love about creating is researching the meaning behind whatever it is I set my mind to create. It makes the entire process more meaningful to me. It is my hope that that spirit will shine through to the observer.

Before embarking on this little mermaid’s journey, I studied the myth and folklore behind mermaids. They are considered to be sea dwelling creatures with the upper body of a beautiful woman and the lower body of a fish, conveying elegance and fantasy. Most have long hair, either red or gold. Their hair symbolizes that of the supernatural or of the gods. In myth and folklore, mermaids are often described as being seen above the surface of the sea combing their hair and gazing into a mirror. The ancient Syrians are said to have worshipped a mermaid moon goddess, Atargatis.

Out of this information Marin was born - a golden haired beauty, gazing into a mirror admiring her gold tresses and hypnotic gaze.  The name “Marin” is of Irish and Celtic origin meaning “star of the sea”.  Hence the star fish embellishments surrounding her coral throne and the sand dollar with the star on her crown. Marin wears a moon tattoo armband in memory of Atargatis.
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And - there's MORE to share! Till next time.....








Saturday, July 29, 2017

Christmas in July Swap

I was one lucky girl, to be able to participation the Christmas in July Swap hosted by our dear Kaye of Kitten Stitching. I was paired with Rehenna of Crafty Rahenna. Here is what she gifted me:


A beautiful Partridge in a Pear Tree Ornament


Delicious Mint Tea, a darling ornament, candy, "Smash"mellows and gorgeous Christmas fabric.

Thank you so much for such thoughtful gifts! I love them all - 

And a huge "Thank you" to Kaye for being our Swap Momma!!!





Monday, May 22, 2017

HELLO! It's ME!

HI, Friends,
I've been away for quite some time now and really must get back to the delight of blogging and keeping up with all my friends from around the world. I've been busy, busy - with little to show for it. However, I do have some things to share.

I received a surprise package from my sweet friend, Angela (Pretty Little Things in a Box) I was lucky enough to spend time with when I was in Singapore last year.


Angela knows how much I ADORE biscornus, buttons and embellishments. Aren't her gifts pretty?
Thank you, Angela, for thinking of me!!

I volunteered to be a Guinea Pig for one of Dana Burton's 1:12 scale porcelain dolls. She is going to teach this in a live class and I was one of several who volunteered to go through the tutorial she wrote, the supplies she included, etc., to test it out and see if there were any improvements she could make. Well, through no fault of Dana's design, I messed up a bit and had to go to plan "B" for the embellishments on the bodice of the dress. Had to scrap that because she looked like she had pasties on (YIKES!), so went to plan "C". Actually, there wasn't a plan "C",  so really had to think this one through. OK - here is what I've come up with so far.....


"Joie"


It's difficult to see it in the pictures, but there is silk tulle glued to her bodice and arms. Tricky, yes....I hope to pull the 'look' together with black and gold embellishments and a black silk gauze wrap with gold lining. Stay tuned on this one, kids!

Finished wigging, painting the shoes and getting the stand prepared for "Eve".  Now just have to costume her....


"Eve" OOAK Polymer Clay Doll with soft body - 18 inches tall


Last, but not least, finished "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". I followed a tutorial put together by Deb Wood of "Enchanted Hearts". Deb's an absolute doll and answered many questions I had along the way. Love, LOVED making him!!!  Hubby likes him so much, he's going to make a wooden sleigh for him to sit in!!


OOAK Polymer Clay Sculpt 4.5 inches H x 3.5 inches D


DH cut tiny pieces of wood and I wrapped them with miniature wrapping paper - and even made the bows! I had such a blast making them, I ordered more ribbon in different colors - 8 more packages to wrap......hmmmm......maybe he needs a sack??

I've also been working on other polymer clay things, nothing to show you....yet.

Take care - it's good to be BACK blogging!!! Missed you all. More later -

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Time Keeps on Slipping into the Future....."

As I sat to write this post, I glanced to look at the date of my last post - YIKES! It's been awhile. The lyrics of the Steve Miller Band song, "Fly Like and Eagle" sprang to mind. It seems the older I get, the faster time moves.....I don't get it. Maybe it's because I'm finding more and more things to do and just not enough time to do it all. How about you?

Jessie Mann taught me how to paint Limoges boxes many, many years ago. I was fortunate to have the pleasure of traveling to Jessie's home and experiencing her grace and graciousness. I will be forever grateful for her passion and willingness to share her talents.

I received the most wonderful surprise in the mail - a Limoges box and porcelain purse fob painted by Jessie.


Jessie - thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will treasure these always. If you want to see more of Jessie's painting, visit her website here.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

I << LOVE >> My Blogging Friends!

Hello all,
I want to thank all the fellow stitchers who responded to my cry for help and sent me links to some great sites. I'll share them here:

Michele Bilyeu
Needle Crafters
Snowmen A to Zzzz

There are so many nifty patterns and ideas, I could spend HOURS going through the links.....and probably will <g>.

A special thanks to Shami. She had saved the patterns from Cheryl Fall years ago and sent me the pdf. I'm so very excited to start the stitching this weekend.

You guys are the BEST!! HAPPY DANCE! THANK YOU!