Sunday, December 20, 2009
For Valentine's Day AND Easter! So in addition to the usual Halloween & Christmas goodies normally offered, January's Unveil will feature Valentine's and February will feature Easter! I may just have to offer another Humpty. Hmmmm...and Valentines would be a perfect opportunity to create another Queen of Hearts. We'll see what I can find time for, we can't neglect the staples of Christmas and Halloween. Got a few idears brewin'...
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
7 openings are available for the Blog giveaway we had that ended on the 4th!
Only 7 of the original winners responded and none of the second set of 7 that were picked. I suspect most people aren't too meticulous about checking their spam folders : (
Anyway, the next 7 people who are followers (but not BWBA members) are eligible to comment & email their address for those 7 spots. Hurry, hurry and Good Luck!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
No Halloween this time but two for my December Christmas Page on STJ which will debut at midnight tonight! Please 'do the circuit' by clicking on the 'next' button at the bottom of each page for some awesomely delightful ooak handmade goodies from some very talented artist friends. No junk from China here!
A gourd Santa-
and a penguin gourd reindeer being ridden by a little sprite-
Oh Yeah...here's a pic of my 12 Days of Christmas ornie for the special extras offered on STJ.
HO! HO! HO!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Starting tomorrow! This is gonna be BIG!
If you love the world class art represented on SpookyTimeJingles.com, You will just adore what we have for you starting in just 1 day!
Our VERY FIRST Complete Collector's Tree!
This Tree is our Christmas Edition and is filled with original - one of kind - handmade Christmas Ornaments strictly from SpookyTimeJingles artisan's ONLY!
What should you expect? How about a SIX FOOT TREE with BOAT LOADS of Ornaments, A Tree Topper and a Tree Skirt- ALL original works of art! CRAZY, right?
Be sure to check it out, Tell your friends and Watch the auction to see what happens to the first ever STJ tree! Search for "STJ" on Ebay or our user id- 'SpookyTimeJingles". The banner below will be linked for you once the auction has begun!
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Spookytime Jingles is celebrating the 12 days of Christmas! By clicking on the banner above you will be taken the 12 Days of Christmas page where you will see the new goodies (MOST $35.00 or less-WOW!) by many of your favorite artists!
Each Day a few new pieces will be added to help count down the 12 days of Christmas leading up to our BIG update on the 13th of December so be sure to stop back often because the pieces are going fast!!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Since I have all these international viewers who are looking at the January 09 post searching for humpty's fall, I thought I'd take advantage of that and post pics of another Humpty I made a few years ago. This Humpty is in the process of falling as he is a bobber or nodder of a sort. He was sculpted on a styrofoam egg with wired arms and legs and glass eyes. He was mounted on the edge of the wall via a spring so that if touched he 'teeters' on the edge as if he is about to fall. He was so much fun to make, perhaps I'll try another!
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Just stopped in to wish each and everyone of you a wonderful Thanksgiving. It's nice to have all the kids in the house together at the same time. We always love to reminisce and tell funny antidotes about their childhood. For instance, there is my youngest, Dylan, famous for his spoonerisms around ages 4 and 5; "My dad's out lowing the mawn" and his foreshortening of certain words - "Goutta here" for "Get out of here" & "Gwoffa me" for "Get off of me" & "Get aray!" for "Get away!" for I was always tackling him to hug & kiss his neck. I can never quite remember how he mangled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles but it was barely recognizable & totally endearing.
Sigh, I love 'em at that age.
I've made an observation from reviewing my feedjit for traffic reporting at the bottom right of my blog. It's fascinating to see where everyone is coming from. Recently there has been a big influx of international visitors to my blog via a google search for Humpty's Fall.
I have a post in January of this year regarding the sculpt I did using a goose egg that I carefully broke apart to use as Humpty, post fall. It was for a group challenge for the now (sad to say) defunct artists' web group MRSBO (Mrs Blathersbys Orphanage for the Unattractive and Mentally Unsound). The theme of the challenge was Storybook Victims. Anyway, of 50 listings that feedjit displays, approximately two/fifths of them came here via a google search for "humpty's fall". I am dying of curiosity as to why there is a sudden search for the words "Humpty's Fall".
I am hoping at least one of them will read this current post and explain it to me.
Friday, November 20, 2009
WOOHOO! It's BWBA's 1st year anniversary and we're celebrating by having a blog giveaway!
One year ago marks the birth of the Ebay Artists Group - "Because We Believe- Art" that I started with my good friends Tammy, of Light and Shadow Studio and Karen, of I Draw Pix and now to celebrate we are having a blog giveaway!
As you know, as a group, We Believe in the Magic of the Holidays, the Tooth Fairy, Monsters under the Bed and all other sorts of magical and mythical flights of fancy and have decided to share that with you, our Followers.
So tonight begins the signup that will last for 2 weeks for 12-14 different handmade ooak ornies created by the generous and talented members of our group. There will be 3 ways to get your name in the hat & rules are simple:
#1. Be or become a follower of BWBA
#2. After taking care of rule # 1 - Leave a comment on the Give-away Thread (simply say, "I Believe" will do if you've nothing else to say)
#3. Post to your own blog an announcement about our give-away or better yet provide a link-back to our blog (but please let us know you've done so by posting in your comment-see rule #2)!
The drawing for winners will be on December 5th and hopefully we'll be ready to announce the winners on the 6th.
Click the Blog button to the right to get there! Hope you'll join the fun, see you there!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Sheeez, poor neglected bloggie.
And I only have time to post a sneak peek at this months SpookytimeJingles offering set to pop at midnight tonight. I have these great little penguin gourds that lend themselves to many great body shapes. For my Halloween page entry, I've cut up a bigger bottle gourd to attach to a small penguin gourd for the wings and a tail of an owl. Then I pretty much amazed myself when I googled images of flying barn owls for coloration I found a profile image of an owl in flight that my concoction replicates to a "T" proportion-wise. Sometimes, try as I might to distort proportion to add whimsy, I've found that realism has crept on in or I've gotten too detailed. Many projects stop dead in their tracks because I've added too much detail. Anyway, here's a look at my "Gliding Barn Owl"
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Hubby is taking me and our 4 year-old granddaughter to see Cirque du Soleil tonight! I'm excited because their sets, themes and characters always spark my creativity and I am constantly on the prowl for new ideas. Of course, they forbid pictures so I'll have to make sure the cell phone is charged. Can't wait to see Dink's reaction.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here's a progress pic on ol' Alfie the Elfie. He's about 80% done. He'll be holding a toy to be painted in this hand and in the other he holds a paintbrush. He's about 12". I'm debating whether to fashion him a wool hat or sculpt him one. My original intent was the wool but I'll scrap it & sculpt one if it doesn't look right.
And here's a picture of Zoie at 6 months. Hubby's agreed to let me keep her and she's settling in nicely. I love taking these types of pics where the sun lights up the ends of their fur and throws the rest into shadow.
Friday, September 18, 2009
I think will be my Spookytime Jingles Christmas entry for October. I'm really excited about this guy. I knew the basic shape of the character I was going for but not what his face would look like. I'm not one to do a conception drawing beforehand so he is evolving around this basic body shape. I sculpted his face last night and at one point he looked a bit like Alfred Hitchcock.
So I was wavering back & forth on whether he would be an old creepy guy maybe carrying a cat for a Halloween theme but after studying his legs I thought wow, they would look really great & goofy painted in red & white stripes, then I pictured the really high old man waistband (think Urkle) with suspenders so I just had to add pointy ears and Voila! An old Elf was born. An elf getting ready for retirement.
Of course, this could change but that's the direction I'm going in for now : - )
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Here's my latest for STJ;
This bust is about 14" high and the base is about 7¼" in diameter so it's a good size. I've combined two different types of dried gourds together; a cannonball for the head and a gooseneck gourd with both the top and bottom cut off for the upper body. I've given the base a bottom so it is stronger and not just a shell. The held leg of the frog is Apoxie Sculpt for extra strength. The candy cup and his hat are made from a heavy-duty cardboard thread cone.
I've also pulled the Cheshire Cat from Ebay and will offer him on STJ as well. I currently have the Mad Hatter up for auction on Ebay and page views/watchers are waaaaay down from this same time last year. I haven't offered anything on ebay in a while so perhaps I'm suffering from that or the bidders just are not shopping. I know money is tight but I feel sorry for those who depend solely on the sale of their art to make a living. But for those with some extra cash it's a great time to grab some fabulous art at bargain prices!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
I finally finished the Mad Hatter. My main dilemma in finishing him seemed to be finding the perfect mount. I finally settled on an old vintage tin funnel that I covered in fabric.
I tried the flocking kit that I bought at the Gourdfest for the first time on the hat. When I purchased it, it was a bag of the fibers, a can of color matching adhesive and the tool to apply it. I asked the seller why there was no clear adhesive (thinking why can't you just paint your object the same color and use a clear adhesive). I was told they do make a 'low' grade clear which of course she didn't have offered but that it was not as good a quality as the colored stuff. Hmm, yeah. Talk about a scheme to make money - that stuff ain't cheap!
Having tried it, I found that a few marks were left on the top of the hat from my fingers after the drying/curing time. So I decided I would try some spray adhesive -the kind that stays tacky for five minutes so you can reposition whatever and used the tool to blow the fibers on that. Turned out to be an excellent touch-up solution : - )
I will list him for sale on eBay Sunday eve. Look for him there for more pictures!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here's a peek at my latest offering for SpookyTime Jingles for the month of August. I call this one "The Hag Wagon".
This one is a pretty involved piece with the wagon, the two pumpkins, the hag & her hat & broom. I kept wanting to add stuff such as a cat but I would have had to attach her hat to her head so the cat could sit on the pumpkin but I think that would have made the sculpt too high. As it is now it is almost as long as it is high (10"x 11" x 6").
She has some fun little details such as branches made from epoxy affixed to the side of the wagon with copper wire to hold her broom and the use of the vintage easter grass turned out to be just perfect for the bedding of straw. I am particularly fond of the face on the second pumpkin : )
And here is my Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat WIP update which are both a little further along than this. Mad needs mounted to a base. He has a hat and is painted but is a bit heavier than planned so the intended candlestick although made of wrought iron may be too tall so I fear it may be topheavy.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
So...I've put (M)Alice aside for now as I am becoming quite frustrated with the wig. I tried my version of a friends suggestion of using alcohol ink. Even though it was thoroughly dry when I rinsed it most of it came out. I will either have to look for a similar doll that already has black hair so I can have her wig or sculpt her hair from Apoxie Sculpt which is probably what I'll end up doing.
I've started both a Cheshire Cat head and a Mad Hatter head both over pear gourds.
I really stinted on the addition of water to the Clay Shay mix and had absolutely no problems with the shrinkage that made it necessary to glue the features back on after they popped off after drying on previous pieces. I had read that for a clay like feel the ratio was 5:1 but who measures? I go by feel. I still went by feel but added the water in tiny increments after the first addition. I still think I prefer the Master Maché. I'm gonna bite the bullet and buy the big honkin' 25 lb box. That should hold me for awhile : D
The cat still needs ears and some cruel looking teeth yet. Mad needs a hat of course and a lower jaw and a spiffy bowtie. They will both be Make-do's I believe, as I have found some really cool wrought iron candle sticks that perfectly suit this theme. I really do like the cement-like texture of these powdered machés. I will probably only smooth on a skin of paperclay on their eyes and teeth. Undecided about adding it to the cat for fur. Something to mull over.
Oh yeah, I owe some pictures of the pond areas in summer. I'll save that be for the next post!
Monday, July 27, 2009
I am so overdue for a blog post...my apologies to all!
The cat bite finger incision is healed but my finger is still swollen so pretty much unusable for everyday tasks although I can bend as far as I need to now for grasping a pen or a paintbrush. Good thing for me I'm ambidextrous so I can continue to create.
The kitten is still living on my porch although it is now IN the house more than in the kennel. Hubby still will not say I can have her but she is growing on him & I will be taking her to get fixed next Friday so even if I cannot at least she will not be perpetuating the homeless kitten/feral cat problem.
Oooo...we're having a Malice in Wonderland challenge in AHQU! I'm very excited because this was one I suggested a over a year ago. I have two ideas for this theme in my head. Here's one, this weekend I paid a buck for a forlorn 1987 brinn porcelain angel doll at a yard sale. Her one thumb is chipped off and her hair was all tangled so I removed her wig. It's blond and I want her to have black hair so I'll have to do some research to see if it can be salvaged/colored.
I took a before and after pic...after I "bitched" up her features...LOL and she looks pretty sinister so far so she should make a great dark Alice.
LOL...this will be the second angel that I've given new life to (albeit on the darker side). The other one was Belinda, a witch that used to be a blocky blunt-featured Christmas Angel.
Aw Geez, I'm probably offending someone. I'll stop now ; )
Monday, July 6, 2009
Given my recent bout with a stray kitty this has hit home - we must make an effort to control the population of our furry feline friends. Shame on anyone who lets their unspayed pet roam where they can proliferate unchecked and their offspring be doomed to a life as a feral cat.
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Monday, June 29, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
So, there is a pretty sizable stray/feral cat population in my neighborhood. Someone abandoned their house before being foreclosed upon way down on the other end of my street the year before last and turned out their unneutured female cat. Well, that year she had a litter of kittens under my next door neighbors' shed and while I was able to trap two of them and take them to the animal shelter, the other two got away. More cats showed up and now they are all breeding & out of control.
We used to have dozens of bunnies hopping through the yard everyday, now it's rare if I see a single one. I've also noticed a sad lack of bullfrog song at my pond this year- I usually can count on about 4-6 of them to call my pond home each summer. The last one was found dead this past Sunday belly up in my neighbors yard. Recently another neighbor complained of a stray cat that had a litter of kittens beneath his bush and showed them to anyone who would look until of course, the mother moved her brood to the property behind my house. I live behind a distribution giant and a long 14 foot high stockade fence seperates the residential properties from the commercial one. The strays have dug numerous holes to pass thru and in the past few weeks two of these kittens have hung around my neighbors porch since he keeps out cracked corn for the squirrels and the birds. Apparently small kittens will eat the corn as well.
To make a long story short, I caught one of the kittens. She's about 8 weeks old & well into eating solid food. I would dearly love to keep this kitten but I'm afraid I am fighting an uphill battle with hubby. Shhhh...don't tell him, but I've named her Zoey. She still hisses at me but I've also had her purring. And she does so appreciate the regular feedings : )
So here's where it got ugly:
I also managed to trap the mother with the idea of getting her neutered and releasing her as she is completely feral and unfit as a pet. Unfortunately she threw a monkey wrench into the works by giving me an unhealthy bite on the finger as I was trying to get food into the cage. I've just spent two nights in the hospital -not, mind you, to get rabies shots, but to have surgery performed on my infected index finger! In fact, the infectious disease doctors are not overly concerned with the possibility I may have rabies even though I told them the mother has a scabbed wound on her head. They are more concerned with me losing the use of my forefinger due to the nasty bacteria that resides in cats mouths. Since I have the cat in a covered dog crate on my porch I am able to observe her. If she not dead within ten days of rabies she was not transmitting...apparently the virus must reach their brains in order to be present in the saliva. I've had her since Monday and so far she is acting fine- xxx crossing fingers xxx.
So a delay in the plans and a word to the wise -Never, ever, handle stray cats with out heavy duty gloves or you may have an unexpected stay in the hospital.
Another sad note: when we got home from the hospital we were out back watering our gardens and this poor tragic squirrel was dragging himself past us to reach the shelter of the thick hostas at the base of our maple tree. My husband thought he might have been hit by a car but I noticed his legs were not smashed just useless and dragging and he was covered in green-headed flies so I expect he had a run in with a stray cat as well. At least wildlife management came & took it to euthanize it quickly instead of it suffering a horrible lingering death : _(
Saturday, June 20, 2009
WooHoo! My blog's been blinged-up!
Thanks to Annette of Huckleberry Arts, my blog sparkles!
And she was so tolerant of all my change/tweak requests I told her she could charge me a PITA fee (but she graciously declined).
She's very reasonably priced so if ya like what ya see - check her out at www.huckleberryarts.com
Sunday, June 14, 2009
For some reason all the bullfrogs have fled the pond and we are left with one lonely leopard frog so the crawdads are relatively safe & will help keep the pond clean. Most of them will live in the upper pond that is vegetative and is fish-free. The larger ones will live in amongst the rocks below the waterfall. Here is my big lotus sending up a few healthy arials. Got hubby in there to heavily fertilize yesterday (first time EVER for him). Last year I must've been too stingy with the tablets because we got NO blooms whatsoever so let's hope for a happier year so I can share those brief (3-day) but beautiful blooms with you.
The flower below is one of my favorite flowers in the world. They just make me all-around happy with their colorful little multi-color blooms and their quirky fragrance, I've heard some say they smell like gasoline to them but I hate the smell of gas & can't for the life of me associate the two. Do you recognize them? They are lantana of course! They are an annual up north here (PA). I've seen how they grow in the south and I am so jealous!
And I finally got a really good picture of my waterpuppies. Those two big white koi are about 14" and are original to the pond (spring of 2003). The koi bred for the first time last year so that went a long way to evening out the koi-to-goldfish ratio.
And one last pic: a blast from my past. The pond in its humble beginnings, dug Sept/Oct of 2002. And to think the digging-out of a washpole started it all.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
SCREAM!!! Did I get booty or what!?!
I did spend about $120 though : - (
Here is my complete stash: $41 worth of gourds -most were $2 apiece. 9 milk bottle, 8 penguins, seven banana, 1 cannonball and 1 warty. 4 of the penguins were 4 for a dollar for having damage or not being cleaned (see the one with the mousie hole and the broken necked one?). The damage doesn't bother me because I will incorporate that into the sculpt somewhere -like the broken neck one, I usually use these for bodies and cut the tops off anyway.
I have gourd holes for the brim of witches hats, the two oddball shaped ones will be the ears for a pink elephant ornie I'm making for a prize for the random winner of our Pink Elephant challenge in BWBA. The other round wooden things are bases for gourds that don't want to sit on their own.
I got a reprint of a 1956 book on gourds called The Garden of Gourds by LH Bailey and a saber saw for gourds, a tool I could have made myself but heck, it was only $2.50.
The rest of the stuff was the salty stuff. Two flocking kits, some braided cord, some (more) metallic pigments, wax sealer and two paintbrushes with parallel heads on them! One with two thin ones for straight lines and one with two thicker for checkerboards - who knew they made these things?? Not I!
And look, the gourd that is one the farthest right is not compleatly dried yet. I am guaranteed FRESH seeds for growing my own penguin gourds next year-YIPPEE!
Friday, June 12, 2009
WooHoo! It's time for the annual gourdfest at the local amish gourd farm so I took off work to attend. Gotta go see what goodies are hidden in those shapes, ya know.
It's awful though...like I don't have enough here to keep me busy for the next year but they're calling me so I gotta go!
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Getting ready for my Spookytime Jingles debut - lots to do. Famous as I am for procrastination (my motto should be: "Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow") I do believe I'm in good shape. Here is a teaser on both my Halloween & Christmas page offerings...
A revisit to Jack the Pumpkin King...
And a Heavenly Angel...
Please be sure to check me and all the other fabulous and talented artists out on the 13th at Spookytimejingles.com! Lots of GOOD stuff!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Finally finished with the pond. We mulched on Memorial day as the last of the filthy whirligigs have just about fallen from the two remaining silver maples in the yard. Here is the view from my deck. I'm in a bilevel and our property is on a small hill so the deck off my kitchen is actually the second story (in the back).
This is the pond from the front. As the sun heads down, look how it lights up the hakone grass beside the falls.
A view from the side.
My husband was working part time for an alarm firm at the time and brought this home to me one day. This statue was part of a fountain at an estate in a nearby town that had been purchased by an organization to be used as a shelter for victims of domestic violence and the statue was not considered politically correct and so was free for the taking.
This is my birdpond. This was created from the depression left behind after grinding out the stump of a huge maple we had taken down. I'd been wanting one for awhile after seeing one at a garden place in Fenwick, Delaware a few years back and this seemed like a natural solution to filling in the depression. The birds absolutely love it & I am adding a feeder this weekend. If I can contain the mess, I'll keep it.
This is my favorite garden ornament - a 2 piece mermaid. She was a "have-to-have" some years back and luckily she was on sale! Isn't she fabulous?
And last but not least - my hubby insisted I take a picture of the columbine in the the front yard. Can't say I remember where this one came from, but it sure is beautiful!