...and Elvish Presley will be waiting for you!
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
And these two (yes, two!) for Spookytime Jingles December Halloween page update on December 13th. Still working on my Christmas offering.
WooHoo! Three of 'em!
One for the Queens Bootique that updates on the 1st of December...
Baby Bella Donna -a baby witch (yes, that's a witch hat on her head)
-made of paper mache and paperclay over dried pear gourd.
|Dapper Dan the (well dressed) Wolf Man|
|And Ellesbeth- a Victorian Era Witch|
Friday, November 12, 2010
So first off is my Grinning Black Cat Treat Bowl. 7" high and about 10" ear to ear. The interior is painted orange.
And for Christmas, I've this Santa. He's pretty big at about 13". I had him offered before but then he had no legs or base and was painted in soft metallic blue/greens. Nor did he have anything in his hands. Now his base sports sheet music for Jolly Old St. Nicholaus and he carries a festive wreath and candy canes.
Thursday, November 4, 2010
I heard this Jeff Buckley version on XM Radio today (on the Loft's Vin Scelsa's Idiots Circus)and he reads it with haunting perfection (click at the bottom to hear it yourself)...
by Edgar Allan Poe -1847
The leaves they were crisped and sere —
The leaves they were withering and sere;
It was night in the lonesome October
Of my most immemorial year;
It was hard by the dim lake of Auber,
In the misty mid region of Weir —
It was down by the dank tarn of Auber,
In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
Here once, through an alley Titanic,
Of cypress, I roamed with my Soul —
Of cypress, with Psyche, my Soul.
These were days when my heart was volcanic
As the scoriac rivers that roll —
As the lavas that restlessly roll
Their sulphurous currents down Yaanek
In the ultimate climes of the pole —
That groan as they roll down Mount Yaanek
In the realms of the boreal pole.
Our talk had been serious and sober,
But our thoughts they were palsied and sere —
Our memories were treacherous and sere —
For we knew not the month was October,
And we marked not the night of the year —
(Ah, night of all nights in the year!)
We noted not the dim lake of Auber —
(Though once we had journeyed down here) —
We remembered not the dank tarn of Auber,
Nor the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir.
And now, as the night was senescent
And star-dials pointed to morn —
As the star-dials hinted of morn —
At the end of our path a liquescent
And nebulous lustre was born.
Out of which a miraculous crescent
Arose with a duplicate horn —
Astarte's bediamonded crescent
Distinct with its duplicate horn.
And I said — "She is warmer than Dian:
She rolls through an ether of sighs —
She revels in a region of sighs:
She has seen that the tears are not dry on
These cheeks, where the worm never dies,
And has come past the stars of the Lion
To point us the path to the skies —
To the Lethean peace of the skies —
Come up, in despite of the Lion,
To shine on us with her bright eyes —
Come up through the lair of the Lion,
With Love in her luminous eyes."
But Psyche, uplifting her finger,
Said — "Sadly this star I mistrust —
Her pallor I strangely mistrust: —
Oh, hasten! — oh, let us not linger!
Oh, fly! — let us fly! — for we must."
In terror she spoke, letting sink her
Wings till they trailed in the dust —
In agony sobbed, letting sink her
Plumes till they trailed in the dust —
Till they sorrowfully trailed in the dust.
I replied — "This is nothing but dreaming :
Let us on by this tremulous light !
Let us bathe in this crystalline light !
Its Sybilic splendor is beaming
With Hope and in Beauty to-night: —
See! — it flickers up the sky through the night !
Ah, we safely may trust to its gleaming,
And be sure it will lead us aright —
We safely may trust to a gleaming
That cannot but guide us aright,
Since it flickers up to Heaven through the night."
Thus I pacified Psyche and kissed her,
And tempted her out of her gloom —
And conquered her scruples and gloom;
And we passed to the end of the vista,
And were stopped by the door of a tomb —
By the door of a legended tomb;
And I said — "What is written, sweet sister,
On the door of this legended tomb?"
She replied — "Ulalume — Ulalume —
'Tis the vault of thy lost Ulalume!"
Then my heart it grew ashen and sober
As the leaves that were crisped and sere —
As the leaves that were withering and sere,
And I cried — "It was surely October
On this very night of last year
That I journeyed — I journeyed down here —
That I brought a dread burden down here —
On this night of all nights in the year,
Oh, what demon has tempted me here?
Well I know, now, this dim lake of Auber —
This misty mid region of Weir —
Well I know, now, this dank tarn of Auber,
In the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir."
Said we, then — the two, then —" Ah, can it
Have been that the woodlandish ghouls —
The pitiful, the merciful ghouls —
To bar up our way and to ban it
From the secret that lies in these wolds —
From the thing that lies hidden in these wolds —
Had drawn up the spectre of a planet
From the limbo of lunary souls —
This sinfully scintillant planet
From the Hell of the planetary souls ?"
Saturday, October 30, 2010
I've received a small number of posts from the curious regarding the japanese language characters above my blogger comment box. What I really wanted to post was "Keep your skanky porn links off my blog" but that didn't translate well into japanese so I had to make-do with the way too simplistic "Links will be deleted". Oh well. It certainly has worked and that's what I was aiming for. : - )
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Crude but servicable. My company's logo is POS. Now I need to get the right tools and try again. Think I'm gonna get some different clay loop tools and try something else -perhaps a face since I like exaggerated expressions so much.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
"Every day tons of reusable materials are sent to local landfills. Some of these items can no longer be used for their original purpose, but lend themselves to being used in creative ways. Many are not accepted by existing re-use organizations and recycling programs. Examples include outdated inventory, overstock, samples, production mistakes, and packing materials."
Fabric, sewing notions, wood, colorful plastic tubing,embroidery thread, craft kits, wooden shapes to paint, vinyl wallpaper samples, colored paper and Formica samples, carpet samples, cards, envelopes, dried and silk flowers, overstock jewelry, ceramic animals to paint, pompoms, small glass jars, metal cases and MORE in every category.
The prices cannot be beaten with a stick! There were small metal cases that are only 50¢ a pop, less if bought in bulk. I found & bought a large stash of Styrofoam balls for about 25¢ apiece. Having only spent about $18, I come home with 2 bags jammed to the handles with great stuff to use as embellishments!
FIRST FRIDAYS 5-9 p.m.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Didn't want to jinx it by mentioning it beforehand but I entered a number of photos into our company's calendar photo contest, and while I've won one of the four spots every year so far in the four years since its inception, I'm guessing my good fortune is more from a lack of entries rather than pure talent.
The picture they selected was the Sachs Bridge photo (see previous post) I just took on Sept 14th in Gettysburg. I have been nervous about the contest since last year they opened it up that you could submit photos taken by friends or family as long as it was properly credited. Yippee...I'll get a $100 gift card.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
The Halloween Queens are hosting a 31 Day giveaway! One prize for each of 31 days-how awesome izzat?! Click on the Halloween Queens banner to the right to get there. This is my offering, a winking black cat ornie.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Shortly after that we bought ourselves some well deserved new plush carpeting - the old stuff was nearly 20 years old so we thought we'd enjoy that for a few years before we replaced the jacks. Apparently we couldn't wait that long.
This sweet guy is 11 weeks old and has a great personality. Never on a leash before but after the initial five minutes he took to it like a charm and likes to stick close by. He's coming out of his shell some so as long as we keep the playing low key we hope to have another well behaved buddy. Hubby named him for his lanky physique and it seems to suit him. Looks like we're going to be very busy the next couple of weeks!
Monday, September 13, 2010
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Sunday, September 5, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
So that is what I've been up to, aside from working on art here and there. I finally have a piece for the Queens Boutique and I'm currently working on my next STJ piece so
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Yay! I'm finally making some headway. I took off Monday and Tuesday to labor on the pond redo and got quite a lot accomplished. I made the hardware cloth (wire) cover for the waterfall catch basin that will eventually be camouflaged with rocks and stone. I trimmed the liner and got the central mound cut out and ready to plant. I also got a chance to test the flow. Hubby suggested I use the black compost bin for the waterfall to get some height. I'll just have to cut a hole in the side for the hose but I think it will work. The only investment I made so far was in the waterfall box itself, I've been able to reuse everything else; liner, pump, hose and skimmer box.
A few hours later, the mound is planted and the rocks and stone are placed in the streambed. For the time being I have the return basin (my skimmer box) that houses the pump covered with a flagstone so no random critters accidentally fall in.
My next phase will be to make a hardware cloth top for the skimmer box so that can support the rocks and stones that will be placed on it. It will also need to be easily accessible as I will need to clean out the pump & box once or twice a year. It'll beat having to maintain an entire pond! I'll have to stop soon so all my cuts, scratches and bruises heal before my daughters' wedding -a little over 3 weeks away (Eek!)!
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Spookytime Jingle-Where Sweet and Spooky Commingle is now on Ebay! Our acronym will be STJ365 so typing that into the Ebay search bar will bring up STJ offerings! How exciting is that!
Sorry I haven't blogged in a while, weekends with good (but hot & humid!) weather have been spent trucking our pickup back & forth to a coworkers house who has offered clean fill of which we are using to fill in the majority of my pond. 12 scoops so far and since we are hauling it ourselves that means shoveling it off the pickup and then spreading it to where we want it once it's in the cavity.
Since I'm changing it into a pondless waterfall with a short streambed I spent yesterday digging out the footprint for the catch basin - a small 90 gallon preformed pond with included giving it a level base then backfilling around it AND relocating my skimmer box which will find new use as as the basin the stream dumps into. It will still house the pump to get the water back up to the waterfall but I have to seal up the side opening where the weir was. The real pain of digging it a new hole was that I had left in the old blankets in that lined the old pond as protection for the liner against sharp rocks and tree roots so when we encountered them we had to stop & cut through them. The skimmer is 36" tall & the lip has to be below the level of the stream. Sweat was literally pouring off of me for most of the day.
Apparently I had lost so much water weight my sister commented on it last night even though I assured her I had just been to the doctor and weighed the same as I always do. Too bad it's not permanent. My sunburn got sunburn and I am all bit up between the skeeters and the gnats and the pond still resembles a great muddy hole - this is a wetter spring than even last year so it doesn't help that the dirt is weighted down with water. I feel a bit like a pig wallowing around in it's mudhole. These are the times when a shower never felt so good!
The blob in the center is the 90 gallon basin wrapped up in the old liner with the edges rolled up & covering it. The mound of dirt in the center is covered with an old piece of carpet and that will be the 'island' that the stream bed borders. I will unroll the liner and then cut out a hole for the center island. I'd have to rate my progress as being 40% done. I will purchase the waterfall box this week & relocate the pump hose today.
I know, I know, it WAS beautiful but it was also becoming too much work and with most of the fish dying off this winter it was the perfect excuse to make the change. This will have no fish and I am only keeping the marginal plants - those that live at the edges of streams so it will stay much cleaner. I also filled in the bird pond because this new one will serve that purpose so there's no need to have both.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Since the hours of the show were 9-3 on Sunday I thought we'd get an early start but hubby chose to let me sleep in (till 9:30!) and it takes over an hour to drive to the convention site. But when middle daughter went to leave she discovered her battery was dead & her dad had to charge it the night before so I spent all the rest of the morning hunting down an affordable battery for her car. It didn't help that hubby neglected to tell us we needed the dead battery to exchange for price break so the first trip was a waste.
I sure hope she has better luck with responses to her wedding!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! How's that for scary!? He's so scary, I peed myself a little while creating him. Not really, but almost!
I created this exclusively for the Halloween Convention in King-of-Prussia, PA. Click on the banner at the right to check out the convention's website.
He's a noisemaker-shaker. I think he's about 16" tall. Tres colourful!
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Oi Vey! Here I go neglecting my blog again.
I don't mean to.
Well, as the title says, I'm dancing as fast as I can. Many of you already know I work a fulltime job (and am quite grateful to have it!) so my time for creation is limited. I sell on two sites with deadlines two weeks apart and have decided to join in on the Spookytime Jingles presence at the National Halloween Convention in King-of-Prussia PA at the end of April.
Oh yeah....HeeHee...I still haven't done our taxes yet.
Friday, March 12, 2010
His armature is an actual L'eggs pantyhose plastic egg. Who remembers those packaging containers? I found these at a yard sale last summer in a bag with styro balls and instantly thought Humpty.
This is my third interpretation of Humpty. Humpty #1 was made in '07 and was similar to this but smaller. Humpty #2 was called "After the Fall" and was made of a goose egg that I broke apart then reinforced with a coating of Liqua-shay. I sculpted on that in pieces then arranged it to look as if he had fallen and broken into bits. Casting resin was also used to mimic egg white.
Here is Joanie with a Halloween Makeover. Now known as Li'l Charmer. I tried to remake the bunny into a black cat but it just became bulky so this kitty is made of paperclay. I think this look suits her better, don't you?
Saturday, March 6, 2010
Seems like we have a winner! Thanks Gourdie for all your hard work getting the Bootique off the ground.
My Party Girl kitty (see pic below) sold to a fellow artist (Thanks Karen!) and The Mad Hatter sold to a previous buyer of Alf the Elf (Thanks Barbara!)! This is my second piece to Karen as well : - ). I feel honored by both and take their interest as the highest of compliments.
Please take a look as there are still some great stuff available from some very talented artists!
Joanie is posted for sale on STJ but is currently unavailable as she is receiving a Halloween makeover. Stay tuned!
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Almost done with this one. She's been invited to a party and has brought a gift for the host:-D.
I've got a few more of these wide (apart) eyed characters up my sleeve.
I dunno...I better be careful, I'm going all cute & gooey.
...There's a new place to shop!
BE THERE TO BE SCARED!!!
As a member of the art group Artistic Halloween Queens Unite (AHQU) I've been invited to open up a shop in the Castle Bootique and we're planning a grand opening giveaway! Starting February 22nd you can begin to sign up. Grand Opening is March 1st!
Come shop with us.....If you dare!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
...in announcing my OWOH winner! I'm so sorry - life has a way of getting in the way of our best intentions.
Anyway, before I do I want to thank Lisa Swifka for hostessing this wonderful blog event - this magic carpet ride was sooo much fun and something I look forward to every year. And I'm tickled pink to say I was selected as a winner on her blog of her delightful Lullaby Fairy.
I found many new blogs to follow and picked up a number of new followers myself.
So without further ado....
Please congratulate Barbara of Moore Whimsies!
Babara was selected using random.org's random number generator. Thank you to ALL who entered. I enjoyed having you visit!
Monday, February 8, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Please hop aboard! (Thank you, Lisa, for once again hosting this fun event!)
Rules are fairly simple to enter this giveaway:
1. Comment to this post (only ONCE please).
2. You MUST have a blog to enter. After all, OWOH is a blog event.
3. Please also post your email address with your comment so I can easily notify you.
5. Comments after Valentines Day will NOT be counted. One winner will be randomly selected on February 15th!
Leave me a comment for a chance to win this cute li'l character!
This is Frostbite and he's 4" tall with a ribbon for hanging as a winter ornie!
He is paperclay over a mini bottle gourd with lots of glitter.
I know, I know, it's cuter than I normally do and maybe not what is expected of me but I gotta keep ya's on your toes!
(Sorry for the pic not showing up sooner! I fixed it.)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
I've been picked as a winner for one of Lisa Lectura's prints in her Blog giveaway! I'm very excited as I have two pieces of hers already. Woohoo!
I've also recently won Debb George's Blog Giveaway prize of an adorable Christmas froggy but has been remiss in mentioning it because of all the Christmas hoopla...sorry Debb, and thank you!