Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
I decided not to stain the Santa doll and just leave him as is... Then I started on the Snowman Doll and after staring at him here and there for about 2 hours I have decided that I will be staining him. So, here they are....minus the stain on the snowman.....
They both measure approximately 15 inches tall and are sculpted in paperclay over armature and then painted in acrylics. I'm debating whether to offer them in my Etsy store or here locally. I haven't decided yet.
Tomorrow I'll stain the snowman and then I'm starting on some smaller dolls much like these two. It's been busy busy around here and I wouldn't have it any other way! I love it when I have so many ideas flowing, makes me feel alive!
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
A little Skelly Ornie sculpted in paperclay over armature and handpainted in acrylics.
Also sculpted in paperclay over armature and painted with acrylics. They were both sooooo much fun to make and I'm so pleased that they both arrived safe and sound and have found a place in their new homes!
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Monday, October 19, 2009
Here's what Heather sent to me!!
I'm still working on my doll for Heather but I'll share a pic when it's finished and on it's way to her. Thanks so much Heather! I love it!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I had forgotten all about the guilty little pleasure that is PBS programing! It seems that every station and every program are so dumbed down and seem slap-stick and childish. Not that I don't enjoy those types of programs on occasion too. I just find that PBS seems to have programs that have some substance. Where you are entertained, educated and inspired all at the same time. I just love that channel!
So, today I decided to tune in as I munched down my lunch and caught a program called "Craft in Amercia".
Below are thumbnails of some of the works these amazing artists/crafts persons feature in the programs.
I was glued to the television and when it concluded I was inspired to create from my heart.
As an artist, I tend to get caught up in what will sell and getting noticed and blah blah blah. While all of that is important - (I do after all, make a living by the art I create) - it's equally important to make things that I'm inspired to make or things that tell a story I'm wanting to tell.
Watching this program reminded me to get back to basics and make whatever I feel I need to make from my heart without consideration of the length of time it will take to finish or it's likelihood to sell.
Go, no run, over to the website for a little inspiration of your own and get to creating the stories you want to tell!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
I received another Kreativ Blogger award today from Shonna of twistedfigures.blogspot.com.
Thanks so much for thinking of me, Shonna!!
7 Random Facts:
I love peanut butter ice cream.
My favorite medium is clay.
All of my children's names start with the letter J. And so does my husband's and my cat's.
I wanted to be an undercover narcotics officer when I was younger.
My lucky number is 3.
I want to spend a month in Ireland before I die.
I hate being in front of the camera.
I now pass this award onto the following Kreativ Bloggers:
Tresa of ReeceDixon.com
Mr. Macabre of MisterMacabre
Kim of Soggy Dog Studios
Jennifer of The Sassy Pack Rat
Magaly Ohika of The Itsy Bitsy Spill
Janine of JustBeans
Flor of Flor Larios Art
We had a wonderful time hosting a little birthday celebration for my sister-in-law. We finished off the evening by watching the Season Finale of "Hell's Kitchen". We were so glad to see that Dave won!
Now i'm catching up on answering emails and ning site stuff. Back to creating tomorrow!
Today I'm grateful for wonderful bloggy friends!
Lil' Bugger is sculpted in paperclay over styrofoam armature.
He is handpainted in acrylics and on a wooden base.
I hope she likes it! She coming over tomorrow for dinner and cake and we'll be giving her this doll, a mixed media painting that I did for her and a painting from each of my daughters.
All three kids worked on a giant banner that we're going to hang across the garage door tomorrow before her arrival.
Now I'm off to catch a couple of winks before I have to rise and finish the rest of the party prep.
Today I am grateful for being able to sculpt.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I tried to quit several years ago and started again after 6 months. I was surrounded by smokers. I had enough stress for 6 people and I don't think I really wanted to quit.
In 2006 I married my husband and moved to Florida. He doesn't smoke and no one we spend time with here does either. I work from home, so I'm not out where people are smoking very often and when I do encounter someone smoking at the beach, park, or outside of a store or restaurant - I'm repulsed! I walk past them while holding my breath and thinking "That used to be me!"
This quit was easy! I used the patch again and man, I cannot endorse the patch enough! I used each step for 30 days and 3 months later, I started flying solo.
With no one around me smoking and me really wanting to be free of cigarettes, I made it! I can honestly say that after the 4th month, I have had zero desire to smoke. I know people who have quit and say that they still want to smoke every once and awhile but that has not been my experience. Thank God!
I can't tell you how free I feel! No worrying about how many cigarettes I have left, whether I need to go get more or not, standing outside with my family waiting for me while I smoke a cigarette before going in the store. The ash and butts mess, all of it! I am so thrilled that I finally RIPPED that monkey off of my back! Now if I can put the Pepsi down, we'll be good to go! lol
I hope that if you're a smoker you'll be inspired and given hope by my success story and start writing your own today! If I can do it, SO CAN YOU! Yes, it's scary making that decision and yes you'll think there's no way you can do it with all of the stress and the problems, but you can!! So, I challenge you to quit and I'll be right here if you need any encouragement along the way!
TODAY I AM GRATEFUL TO BE SMOKE FREE!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Night One – Monday, October 19
American Funniest Home Videos Special 10:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT
Night Two – Tuesday, October 20
The Goonies 7:30 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Three – Wednesday, October 21
Beetlejuice 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Four – Thursday, October 22
The Addams Family 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Five – Friday, October 23
Addams Family Values 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Six – Saturday, October 24
The Mask 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM ET/PT
Hocus Pocus 6:00 – 8:00 PM ET/PT
Night Seven – Sunday, October 25
Casper Meets Wendy 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET/PT
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 3:00 – 5:30 PM ET/PT
Corpse Bride 5:30 – 7:30 PM ET/PT
Edward Scissorhands 7:30 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Eight – Monday, October 26
America's Funniest Home Videos 10:00 – 11:00 PM ET/PT
Night Nine – Tuesday, October 27
The Haunted Mansion 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Ten – Wednesday, October 28
Hocus Pocus 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Eleven – Thursday, October 29
Scooby-Doo 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Twelve – Friday, October 30
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 8:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Night Thirteen – Saturday, October 31
Batman 4:00 – 7:00 PM ET/PT
Batman Returns 7:00 – 10:00 PM ET/PT
Batman Forever 10:00 PM – 1:00 AM ET/PT
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
I noticed today especially that I was in a down right crappy mood and was griping, to myself, about what I hated about this and what irritated me about that and how I wish this person would do this and not do that and all I seemed to be doing was griping about EVERYTHING! Not once do I remember saying to myself how grateful I was for ANYTHING. Not once.
That saddened me. At what point in my life did I go from being the forever optimist to being such a grouch? Was there some defining moment in my history? Who knows.
I may not be able to go back and find that moment and change it but I can sure change how I look at things from this moment forth.
Instead of wishing I could win the lottery or land that awesome contract or moaning and groaning about what I don't have or what I can't do, I am going to find something to be grateful for everyday. I do actually have TONS to be grateful for and believe me, I should be ashamed for griping at all! So, today I start a new path and am retraining myself to look on the brighter side of things again.
I will start off today by saying that..............
Gratitude #1: I am grateful to have a home to live in with my healthy family.
What do you have to be grateful for today??
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.”
Brian Tracy quotes