Santa Claus is sitting on a purchased horse. He has a sculpted head, hands and lower legs and shoes. He has a wire armature with a soft body that can be posed. I dressed him in wool and gave him hand painted eyes and lamb's wool for his beard and hair. The standing Elf's head, hands, lower legs and shoes are sculpted from polymer clay. His body is sculpted from apoxie clay and his arms can be posed at the elbow. I dressed him in wool and he has hand painted eyes and lamb's wool for his hair. The horse has a wreath around his neck and two bags are draped on either side of the horse with a glass ornament in each bag. Both figures have German glass glitter in their beards and hair and clothes for some sparkle.
The Sitting Santa Claus has face, hands and shoes sculpted from Living Doll polymer clay and he has a soft body that can be posed. I dressed him in silk velvet with a bag fashioned from a vintage sweater. His cap has a beautiful beaded trim with bells. The buckle on his coat is an antique shoe buckle. He has green glass eyes and his beard and hair are beautiful mohair. If he were standing, he would be 12" tall.
My Santa is riding in a sleigh made by David Schump. The Santa is sculpted from puppen fimo with a poseable cloth body. He is dressed in hand dyed wool and sports a lamb's wool beard with hand painted eyes. The sleigh is pulled by 2 vintage celluloid reindeer. I filled the bag on the back of the sleigh with handmade pieces and vintage pieces. He is one of a kind.
This Santa Claus is 12" in height with sculpted head, hands and shoes from polymer clay. He has a cloth body on a strong wire armature and stands with brass rod and tubes so he can be removed from the stand. I dressed him in antique burnt orange silk velvet, wool, antique cotton and mink fur with beading for his cap. He has hand painted blue eyes and lamb's wool for his beard and hair. He holds a gold antique pick in one hand along with an old bell and the other hand carries antique tinsel with glass balls and a tiny bear. Other toys include a train and wood dolls.
This is a collectible one of a kind piece and not meant to be a toy. He can be seen and purchased in my Etsy Shop
Here in the South it is around 95degrees with humidity that makes it hard to breathe. I took a walk in the garden early this morning and without realizing it, the lens on my camera had fogged up because the camera had been in a cool house and was taken out side where it was hot. Some of our flowers are beginning to die because of the heat and lack of rain, but still some are doing really well. Here are a few pictures.
The fountain with sweet potato vine around it and moss on the outer edges. The mist above the fountain is actually the fog on the camera lens...I actually like it.
White periwinkle with creeping jenny in a window box on the storage room window.
A clematis vine we planted last year and it really took off this year..love these big white blooms.
A beautiful vibrant blue clematis.
This Bougainvillea vine has been gorgeous this year.
Garden mosaic balls on mexican pottery and a twirly jig..
Painted bowling balls among the maidenhair fern.
Coleus, sweet potato vine and creeping jenny
Morning sun shining through the trees on the front door and Boston fern.
The Lady Spring Rabbit is sculpted from paper clay and stands on an antique wood post. She holds a basket sculpted from paper clay with some eggs and decorated with silk ribbon; she also has silk ribbons cascading down her back. The sculpture has been painted and sealed with acrylic paint. I painted the base and antiqued it along with some decoupaged pictures. She is OOAK and has a mate that will appear soon. She is for sale in my Etsy Shop
The Moon Maid and the Moon is a sculpture that is 10" in height and the base is 6"x6". The Moon is sculpted from paper clay and painted with acrylics and pearl ex powders for a beautiful sheen. The Moon can be removed from the base for shipping. The Moon Maiden is a 6" figure sculpted from puppen fimo and dressed in lace. She has horns and a bubble headdress. She can also be removed for shipping. I gave her two sets of wings made from mixed media which can be changed as desired. The base is made from beautiful ceramic and glass mosaic tiles. This sculpture is sold. If you wish something similar, please contact me through this blog.
This 12" Santa has a sculpted head of puppen fimo with hand painted eyes and beautiful mohair for his beard and hair. He is dressed in red wool trimmed in a faux fur and gold trim. His bag is a dark green felt with vintage toys...his mittens are also dark green felt and he holds a grape vine wreath decorated with fruit, berries and leaves...the fruit, leaves and berries are also used to decorate his cap and bag. He is OOAK and has already left for his new home.
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This piece is 10" high with a 4.5X6.5" base. The base has been crackled and antiqued. On the base is a vintage plastic reindeer decorated with a wreath, leaves and pine cones and a vintage bottle brush tree with glass balls ,and I placed some tiny birds on the branches. The Santa head is sculpted from Super Sculpey with hand painted eyes and beautiful lamb's wool for hair and beard. He has a soft body dressed in a soft fabric and trimmed with a faux fur. I put plenty of German glass glitter and mica all over for a Holiday sparkle. He is on his way to his new home for Christmas.
This Santa is approximately 12" Tall and stands permanently on a Birch Wood base. I sculpted his face from Living Doll polymer clay and gave him real glass blue eyes with lamb's wool for his hair and beard. He is dressed in a soft white fabric with a faux fur trim. His bag is filled with vintage miniature toys and hangs from a beautiful sparkly vintage red trim. Plently of German glass glitter and mica was applied to give him a wonderful shimmer and sparkle under the Christmas lights.
This Snowman scene sits on a 5"x3" base and the Snowman is approximately 11" tall which includes the base. His head and hands are sculpted from Porcelain Fimo and he has a soft body. I dressed him in a soft wintery fabric with an antique button and buckle...There are vintage bottle brush trees and a tiny vintage plastic reindeer on the base which has been covered with faux snow, mica and German glass Glitter. He has beautiful blue hand painted eyes. He can be purchased in my Etsy Shop
This is a 9" figure sculpted from porcelain puppen fimo. She has green eyes and white Tibetan wool hair.. She is dressed in silk with antique lace..her hat is felt and her wings are a delicate medium decorated with German glass glitter. Her staff is sculpted from translucent premo with a black wash and has an ivory skull on top. Hanging around her waist is another ivory skull and an old key. She stands on her handmade mosaic base with the rod and tube method. The diameter of the base is approximately 4" and the entire piece from the tip of her hat to the bottom of the base is 12"..
This is probably my last Halloween piece...will start on Christmas in a few weeks and make a couple of Santas and ornaments...
Mama Pumpkinhead is a 9" figure sculpted from puppen fimo with arms that can be posed. She is dressed in hand dyed silk gauze and a cotton fabric that has been hand beaded. Her baby Pumpkinheads are sculpted in puppen fimo and wrapped in silk gauze. They stand on a mosaic base with sculpted pumpkins and mushrooms. The base measures 5" x 7". The entire piece is 10.5" in height. The Mama Pumpkinhead stands via the rod and tube method and can be removed for shipping. This piece is one of a kind. They can be found in my Etsy Shop
This tiny mermaid is a 7" figure sitting on an orb bringing the height to 9". She is sculpted from puppen fimo over a strong armature..she sits on the orb with the brass tube and rod method and can be removed. She has hand painted eyes, several shades of real mohair for hair. The drape can be removed if desired...the orb is covered with mulberry paper and decorated with shells, iridescent beads and painted with pearl-ex metallic powers and sealed...She is OOAK never to be created again.This little mermaid has been sold, but the collector requested she have wings, so I have added pictures of her with her new wings and dropped her drape for a different view.
The Moth Fairy is a tiny 7" figure sculpted from puppen fimo. She is dressed in hand dyed silk gauze and silk. Her wings are real feathers and her hair and boots are mulberry paper. She stands on a base decorated with glass irridescent tiles and decorations hand sculpted from apoxie clay. She is one of a kind (OOAK) and will be traveling to her new home..
First sculpt of 2014 is a Snow Angel. She is sculpted from paper clay and painted with glazes of cream, blue and silver. I put some wonderful glitter on her cap, shoes, muff and wings. The base is handmade with beautiful mosaic tiles for her to stand on..She now resides in my Etsy Shop if anyone wishes for her to live with them...
The new shelf is up and filled with my paint bottles of acrylic paint; easier access and easier to see the color I need. A new figure emerging on the sculpting table that has changed several times as to what she will be when the final sculpting is completed. The new yarn holder I purchased from Lucky Stradley really works!!....now I do not have yarn balls falling on the floor and rolling all over the place....love it.
Took a walk in the yard. Our winter this year down South has really been cold; but, our Johnny-Jump-Ups (violas) are still surviving and looking pretty good considering the cold temps and the snapdragons are hanging in there.
Until later...when the new sculpt is finished..
The finished shelf...I noticed I don't use bright paint; but very subdued colors
Yarn holder....love it.
The Violas and Snapdragons
Here is wishing a Happy and Healthy New Year for everyone in 2014.
My studio was built in 2001. I realized it was time to clean up and refurbish some areas. My acrylic paint is in a cubby hole that is hard to find the color I need, so my husband is adding a shelf to one of the shelving units to put all the paint so I can see it and have much better access...The drafting chair I had in front of my sculpting table was literally falling apart and the chair at my computer had a broken back...So, I purchased two new chairs and I must admit was a really good investment...I am much more comfortable now.I will be arranging supplies and will probably find some items I had forgotten about. Next...get tax records together...
This is the shelving unit we will add another shelf for paint.
A new confortable chair for my computer and desk.
New Drafting chair for my sculpting table.
Christmas is here once more....certainly rolls around fast...down sized the decorating a little...The tree we had was just too heavy to get down and drag into the house, so we purchased one that is more of a slimline and much lighter to carry. As the years go by, we will probably end up with a small table model...In the meantime, I do enjoy getting out the ornaments and decorating the tree...brings back many memories of the past.
Merry Christmas to all...have a wonderful Happy and Health New Year.
This Centaur is a commission piece for a special lady to give to a special person....I really enjoyed sculpting it. The Horse is sculpted with apoxie clay over a wire armature for strength and then with paper clay. The human part was sculpted from puppen fimo. I do hope the collector will be pleased.
I love sculpting with paper clay which is an air dry clay that can be carved, sanded and painted. For the past two weeks I have managed to sculpt 6 Halloween Ornaments, one Halloween Pumpkin Head Lady, a Santa Bust and make a Folk Art Dolly....the ornaments have already flown to a new home... I also made the tree stand to hang the ornaments on so I could photograph them and now I have orders for the stand... Have a commission to work on and a new Santa along with a tree stand...wish I could work faster than I do. Here is a group picture of the latest creations.
Goblin Princess is now complete and already has a new home. She is a 9" figure sculpted from puppen fimo over a strong wire armature. She stands with the brass rod and tube method in order to remove her for shipping. She has hand-painted eyes and beautiful mohair for her flowing hair. I dressed her in antique lace with an overlay of a sheer gauze fabric and some German Glass Glitter for sparkle.
The Goblins who are emerging from underground to scare the Princess are also sculpted from puppen fimo. The base is decorated with mosaic tiles and apoxie clay leaves and branches.
According to the story, the goblins were absolutely hideous or ludicrously grotesque both in face and form. hmmmmmmmmmm I think my goblins do not fit that description. In fact when posting some WIP on Face Book, there were comments on how "cute the goblins were....I do not like ugly or scary and guess that is why I sometimes have trouble trying to create Halloween figures.
This piece took me much longer than usual to finish...I had to redo the base twice in order to fit the goblins on it and dressing her was not easy for some reason; but, it all seems to have worked out in the long run.
I had some yarn left over when I finished Miss Lilly's Afghan and saw this bag on the internet with instructions on how to make it...I have discovered, if it has Granny squares, I can handle it. Not sure how I will use this bag...right now it is just a decoration hanging in my studio. Now I have to find something else to crochet...I really like to have some crochet lying around so when I watch TV it gives me something to do...I cannot just sit with idle hands. Love these colors together.
I just purchased a new computer with Windows 8....talk about different....going to have to learn all over again....
In the meantime, I have been sculpting the Goblin Princess. She is almost ready, with the exception of putting some Goblin faces on her base...
Here she is until I post further pictures of her.
Finally finished the Snow Queen. She is sculpted from puppen fimo and dressed in white silk velvet with mixed media wings. Her throne is sculpted from apoxie clay and is decorated with mirror tile mosaic work along with the base. The Tree is sculpted from apoxie clay, painted pearl with an overlay of silver leaf. The branches are made from sterling silver wire with iridescent glass beads.
As I have mentioned before we will be the Great-Grand-Parents of twin boys sometime in April. I finished crocheting the afghans for them from a soft snow white beautiful yarn..
And now I am working on an afghan for a Great-Grand-Daughter, Miss Lilly...many different colors crocheted into granny squares and out-lined in a cream.
We love sparkle and lights. For the past few years we have been putting solar lights in the back yard which are so beautiful at night. Our screened in patio has wind chimes hanging from the eaves on the outside and we also hang them from the ceiling inside the patio. We now have a new addition of colorful lights hanging from the ceiling of the patio and they are beautiful at night.
I have several projects I am working on...I will be the great-grand-mother of twin boys who will be born in April, so I am crocheting white blankets for them...their sister and brother will also receive afghans this year. Miss Lilly will have one with many colors as you can see in the pile of granny squares...her brother Cameron will also have one in green. So, I have lots of crocheting to do in the coming months.
The Angel Lava Lamp my daughter gave me for Christmas...it is wonderful with all the different colors swirling around in the lamp
And finally, my sculpting table that is rather messy right now while I complete her base with mirror mosaics for the Snow Queen Fairy.
This is my second Santa of the Year.
Santa Claus is a 12" figure with a soft body and sculpted head, hands and boots over a wire armature. He stands with the brass rod and tube method and can be removed from his stand for shipping. I dressed him in handmade wool with a real mink collar. He has beautiful blue glass eyes and lamb's wool for his beard. The trim on his coat and cap is some antique trim I have been hoarding waiting for just the right figure to put it on. He carries a few toys in his back pack and there are a few on his base... OOAK, never to be created again. He is not a toy, but a collectible to be treasured for years to come.
Santa can be found in my Etsy Shop....Santa has flown to a very special home.
This tiny Christmas Fairy is 10" and sculpted from puppen fimo. I made green eyes for her with mohair lashes and dressed her in some fabric I had been hoarding for quite some time. The deep red silk velvet has gold overtones and I have two small pieces which I have been saving for just the right sculpt. The ruffled gauze fabric also is another piece that worked just right for her.
Her wings are made from silk over wire and I used water colors on the silk until I got just the right depth of color and also applied a few feather and some glitter.
The base has relief work on it of leaves and vines with embedded salt water pearls which I covered with multi-colored gold and silver leaf.
She now resides in my Etsy Shop
It seems as if each year, we tend to forget more and more about 911 and those who perished...we even have the Democratic Convention fighting about leaving the word "God" in their platform. Where is this Nation headed?? We need a new leader who leads "Under God" and not "under Government"....God Bless the United States of America.
I have been in the Halloween mood lately and decided to sculpt some pieces for my Etsy Shop. Beginning to feel a little like fall, although after Isaac, the humidity and heat is really stifling. And speaking of Isaac, our town of Natchez, Ms. really prepared for some bad weather...we did not get the high winds and heavy rain as expected, although we did have two days of a slow drenching rain and some gusts of wind which caused some big trees to hit the ground...my heart goes out to all those whose homes flooded down on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and in Louisiana..
Here are some of my new pieces along with some bottle art work I have been doing.
A Pumpkin Head with an ornament. I collaged text, pictures and fabric to tell a story of Halloween. She is sculpted from paper clay...I love the collage work I learned while taking a bottle art class with Zinnia Galliher who is a wonderful teacher.
I love doing mosaic work and for years have been making bases decorated with mosaic work for my dolls. Since I have almost daily been checking out Pinterest, I have been inspired to create some of the amazing projects I have seen there. My family use to bowl and when we stopped, we put the bowling balls out in the garden...anyway, after seeing pictures on Pinterest of bowling balls covered with mosaic work, I decided to do the same.....and here are the results.
We had three of these Mexican jars and I put the bowling balls on top of the jars.
This huge coleus has such beautiful colors and blends well with the sweet potato vine.
Here is the other pot with the coleus and sweet potato vine. This one is in the shade more than the other pot, so I assume the coleus are shade plants.
Food and fun at the lake this week-end with family and friends. And to celebrate our Grand-son Brandon's 30th birthday. Very relaxing with good food and bonding with family. Have decided to make this an annual event.
Cameron still blowing bubbles
I just finished a commission for a Grandmother Fairy and her grandbaby. Commissions always are hard for me because I am not sure I am doing what is expected....but, I have a wonderful collector who requested it and seems very pleased. ....thank you Judy M.
The first thing I did was make them a base decorated with mosic tiles, apoxie clay and polymer clay. I had purchased some new paints from Christi Friesen which were wonderful to work with...a whole new experience of making clay look like it was metal and rusty...must do more with these later.
This Fairy is a 10" sculpt of puppen fimo with arms that can be posed. Initially I sculpted the arms and was not pleased, soooo I broke the arms at the shoulder down to about an inch about the wrist and then wrapped the wire with strips of batting and gauze...now I could pose the arms better and they were strong enough to hold the tiny baby fairy.
I started out by hand dying fabric dark green...oh my goodness, these figures let you know when something is not right...it just was not working. So, I went with the softer greens and she and I were both pleased. Her hair which is dyed mohair was styled in many different ways, but the final style with a touch of grey seemed to work. Now it all was coming together and she was very happy. But there was the problem with the wings; the first set seemed to over power her, so I had to make a second set which fit much better.
Since I have started crocheting, I decided to crochet the baby a cap and then wrapped her in gauze with feathers for her baby wings and placed her in her Grandmother's arms...we were all very happy with the final results...
What is "yarn bombing"??
Yarn bombing, yarnbombing, yarnstorming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting is a type of graffiti or street art that employs colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fibre rather than paint or chalk.
So, there you have a brief explantion of "yarn bombing"...If you google that term you will find wonderful pictures on the internet that will inspire you. My "bombing" was done on a chair in my studio and here is that chair all finished and ready to be admired and used. My next project is my mailbox...
Our winter was very mild and some plants managed to survive. Spring has "sprung" early and some people are already planting their tomatoes and bedding plants.
Our first Amaryllis...so beautiful
Holly Fern that lived throught the winter
Asparagus Fern that has completely filled this huge pot.
Climbing Fern which is very invasive.
This is an old bath tub we sunk into the ground to house the statue.I plan to mosaic the tub this summer.....
Alice in Wonderland....these wonderful characters are just so much fun to create. I have started a new series I think. So far, I have sculpted the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter...more figures are on the drawing board. These figures are approximately 7" high and sculpted from paper clay. They stand on wood cubes with decopauged pictures of original Alice in Wonderland pictures. Both have found new homes...
The White Rabbit
The Mad Hatter
I have become addicted to "Pinterest" a wonderful new website where people can "pin" pictures of items that interest them on a "board". There is everything under the sun on that site..from tutorials to beautiful pictures of garden, flowers, art work, etc. It is truly a place to become inspired...and I have started a new hobby...crocheting..I had no idea there were so many beautiful items being made from crochet...and there is freeform crochet, certainly works of art. I purchased two books and also found that you can actually get tutorials on youtube. What would I do without my computer???
So, my first project is covering a chair that is in my studio. This is not my idea, but saw it on Pinterest and immediately fell in love. Oh, if you want to go to Pinterest, click on that button on the left side of my blog and it will take you there..
This is a chair my daughter painted for me, so I hope she does not mind if I cover some of it with crochet...as soon as I have three more granny squares crocheted, I will put them all together to cover the seat.
Stay tuned...I am having more fun with this.
I love solar lights and we have managed to start a collection of them to put in our back yard...here are a few pictures of our lights at night. This summer, I plan to check out the stores and see what new lights may be on the shelves.
This light changes color and lights up the statue
Christmas Eve 2011 is here..we will celebrate with each other and our sweet Scottie, Barney...Our daughter and her husband will be over tonight to ride around and look at the lights...a tradition.
A sweet Angel contemplates the Season
Ornaments on the tree bring back memories
We had a wonderful week-end beginning with a visit to the Museum of Art in Jackson, Ms. along with the new Art Garden.
Although I enjoyed all the art work, my favorite was the "Bethlehem Tree" which was inspired by the "Angel Tree" in the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art. The collection consisted of handcrafted Italian figures found through private venues and auction houses such as Sotheby's and Christie's. It was breathtaking and I was truly inspired.
The following pictures were taken from a book I own... "The Angel Tree" which gives the history and beautiful pictures of the actual Angel Tree at the Metropolitan Museum of Art....and The Bethlehem Tree was as beautiful as the original.
We left the Museum and headed to Thalia Mara Hall to see the "Snow Queen" ballet inspired by The Hans Christian Andersen Classic. Ballet Magnificat was founded by Keith and Kathy Thibodeaux attracting dancers from professional companies worldwide to spread the word of Jesus Christ through dance. The ballet was magnificent with beautiful music, gorgeous costumes and talented dancers...
The end to a wonderful week-end
The Winter White Christmas Santa is a 12" figure sculpted from puppen fimo with arms that can be posed. He stands on his base with the brass rod and tube method for easy shipping. I dressed him in a soft cream fabric trimmed with antique appliques and antique buttons. His beard and hair are a beautiful real mohair and he has real blue glass eyes. The Celluloid deer is dressed out in antique lace and appliques. The base has faux snow with glass glitter and trimmed with gold leaf. He will soon be heading to his new home.