Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Commissioned Ornament in Paperclay

It's been quite awhile since I worked in Paperclay.  I missed it.  :)

I was contacted and asked if I could make an ornament based on what 2011 meant to this person.  I said sure!  I mean really, how hard could it be, right?  Well, um, it can be really really hard!  lol  I spent weeks sketching out ideas after reading her letter and everything sucked.  I didn't like any of them.  Sure, I could have slapped something together and said here you go but that's not my style.  I really do try to do my very best when making something, especially when it's for someone else.

I was just about to give up and tell her that I didn't think I was the right person for this task when it hit me!

I'm not going to repeat what was in her letter because, well, it's her private stuff.  But, I'll give you the jist of it so you can better understand how I came up with this ornament.  In her letter she said she had severed ties with some negative people in her life and that she had been incredibly blessed in 2011.  It was all about things that caused her grief no longer affecting her, so I FINALLY had the idea to create a butterfly, with a human form, emerging from a cocoon and about to take flight.  To symbolize her shedding all the negative people and  all of the baggage that was weighing her down so she could spread her wings and fly.

I hope she likes it!  I am mailing it out today so I'll be pacing the floors until I hear from her and know what she thinks.  Fingers crossed!

Here's the ornament:

Now I'm off to bisque fire some commissioned pendants.  I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day and that you're finding some time to do some creative stuff yourself.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Valentine's Day Surprise

I don't do much for Valentine's Day.  I give my husband a card and he gives me a card or flowers.  I don't really see the point of doing much more than just acknowledging the day because I don't need Valentine's Day to hear I'm loved.  My husband shows me his love all year.

Having said that, I was looking through Pinterest (the newest time sucker in my life) and saw all of these really cute Valentine's Day decorations and such.  Then it hit me.  My mother hasn't received anything on Valentine's Day in more than 21 years!  That made me sad.

You see, my father died in 1991 from colon cancer.  He was sick, really sick, for about 2 years before he passed so I'm sure Valentine's Day celebration was not really high on their list of priorities in those last few years.  My mom never re-married after my father passed.  She never even dated anyone.  So, it has been a REALLY long time since she has received anything for Valentine's Day and I decided that I was going to change that.  So, I set about thinking of what I could do for her and I came up with making her a dress form.  A little one, you know, for decoration in her bedroom.  I had a bunch of fabric and lace and trims and such laying around here so I knew I could come up with something without having to spend a single penny.

I dug through all of my wood pieces and grabbed a round plaque and a stool leg and glued them together to make a base.  Then I used one of my patterns for a doll body and adapted it to make the dress form body.  I picked fabric that would go nicely in her room.  The rest just came easily.  A little of this here and a little of that there and a bit of crackle and a gorgeous pink bird and blam!  I was/am so stinking proud of it.

Then, I saw this video on Youtube:

I knew this would be so cute to make for my mom as well, but I changed it up a bit.  Instead of making it out of paper, I cut the pattern out of card stock and then covered it in fabric and added all of my details, then I attached it to a 5" X 5" canvas I had already painted off white and crackled.  I added a few embellishments and loved how it turned out..... sorry for the crappy indoor at night photo.....

My mom likes that shabby chic look so I thought she'd love these.  As most of you know, my mom lives 1,000 miles away from me so I had to ship these to her.  I decided to send them to her at work rather than risk having the box stolen from her front porch while she was at work.  I got in touch with one of her co-workers and asked her to intercept the package and to call me when she gave the box to my mom so I could hear my mom's reaction to them.  Unfortunately, my mom is a bit stubborn and refused to wait until I called back to open the box and dug into it before I could be on the phone with her.  Grrrrrrr.  I guess I now know where I get my impatience from!  lol  It actually turned out better this way because my mom's co-worker snapped pictures of my mom opening everything instead and emailed them to me, THANK YOU, BILLIE!

So, now I can show you too!  I love the smile on her face when she's looking at the dress form.  Made my day!  (Update:  My mom read this post and emailed me.  She said, "I'm glad you love the look on my face, I think I look drunk."  LOL  Cracked me up!)

HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY, MOM!!!  I love you very much!