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Merry Christmas! Today is definitely a white Christmas in the Midwest! So far in a day and a half we've got over 12 inches of snow and now it's blowing. The temperatures are in the 20's so at least it's not so cold. That will be following the storm! Nice to be able to stay indoors, I made a big pot of chili for lunch and that should warm us for a few hours.

The quiet afternoon gives me time to reflect back on Clay Carnival and continue my updates of the projects I made there. I can't wait to get started making some of these on my own after the holidays.

These little polymer clay books were used to demonstrate several techniques including an easy image transfer and different methods of binding by instructor Cathy Johnston. They are approximately 1 x 2 inches and can be used as a pendant or a pin. I'm planning on using the technique to make some "music books" for a friend to put in the hands of her caroler statues that have "lost their music" ov…

Make "Rudy" Garnish for Your Holiday Table!!

Also in the left corner of the picture is a radish mouse. They are fun to make and set around a cheese tray, ....not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse!

Get radishes with stems attached. Cut off stem leaving a bit as a nose. Slice a thin slice off the bottom so it'll sit. I poked holes for the eyes with a toothpick and inserted cloves for eyes. Make 2 slits behind the eyes to insert radish slice ears. You can anchor them with a toothpick but I wouldn't recommend doing this if there are children who might be inclined to grab a mouse and eat it. You wouldn't want the toothpick stabbing the inside of their mouths.

In one of the pictues below they've taken one slice and notched it for the ears but I like the larger ears created by 2 separate slices.

Biker Mouse? Not Sure where that came from!`

In this claass at Clay Carnival we were given a light bulb like the size of a Christmas tree bulb and supposed to use it for the base of whatever! As I put clay around it I was reminded of a blue mouse knicknack I had as a kid and thought the bulb looked like the shape of a mouse. I'm not sure where along the line it evolved into a biker mouse! But he's a great biker dude, he even has a Mom tatoo in a heart on him arm!! Must be my dad's influence! Everyone asked me if my husband was a biker and I'd reply "no but my 80+ year old dad is!" Way to go daddyo!!!
Some people did fish, another did rose, a fox, it was amamzing the ideas that came.

Clay Carnival was FUN!

I enjoyed Clay Carnival and apologize for the dry spell in blogging. Can't believe where the month went! I took 8 half day classes. We set up our "work stations" and left it set up for the 4 days. The teachers then moved from class to class which worked well. We were in a hotel conference room which felt a little strange. When I've taken classes before with Maureen Carlson you are surrounded by oodles and oodles of fantastic creations and the creativity seems to seep through the pores of Maureens studio. It is like you are breathing it in and growing an air of confidence. In the large bleak room I missed that feeling. But I learned a lot and saw many different styles. It was fun to be given the same demonstration and instruction from the teacher and have 14 different things evolve from the students different interpretaions!!

Lynne Ann Schwarzenberg’s Class: “Filigree/Foliage Fusion” was one of my favorite pieces I created. We learned how to make the leaf canes and the…

Poker Chip Swap at Clay Carnival

At next week's Clay Carnival the last night is a "Poker Chip Swap." Everyone who wishes to participate makes some sort of design the size of a poker chip, it doesn't have to be a masterpiece, thank goodness! Pictured below is my chips, I am not very good at millefiori (glad I'll be taking a class about that next week!) but attempted it. After slicing the cane and baking, I stamped and embossed them with gold to bring out the gold flecks in the cane (that you can't see from the photo) So the week after next, I will have a whole bunch of "poker chips" to show you. It will be fun to see all different styles and get some ideas from the participants!!

One of the guest instructors for the Clay Carnival is my mentor and friend, Maureen Carlson. Maureen has been an avid fan of polymer clay since 1979, when her first FIMO wee folk looked back at her and grinned - or so she says. This stuff had life! It was magic! For many years Maureen made one-of-a-kind…

My First Polymer Clay piece!

Once again, my mom was the reason for all of this whimsy you're reading!! One weekend visiting my folks in SD, mh mom showed me this awesome polymer clay book she had gotten written by a woman artist she watched occasionally on the Carol Duvall show. As I looked at the information about the author I realized she lived about 30 min south of me! When we looked at her website we realized she had a studio and had classes. That's all it took. My sister and mom and I decided to head down to Jordan and Mushroom Men were the first on the agenda.

This was the first time Maureen had done the mushroom men. She had made large mushrooms but the first time for adding the faces. What fun!! After a torrential rain storm were we ended up in the dirt and rock basement, we fastly became several rounds of "illullulatajuichum" cementeded the friendship or at least the relationship! She would never be rid of us now!!!! Years later when I am a…

Spooktacular Menu!!

The neighbor girls and I prepared a "spook"tacular dinner Saturday night! Here's our menu:

First Course: Eyeballs and Lips
Main Course: Monster Stew with Simmering Brains
Vampire Repellent
Werewolf Guts
Spicy Larvae
Dessert: Spiders on a Web
Beverages: Moon Juice
Dracula's Nightly Harvest
Witches Brew Sounds yummy, huh??!! The girls are so creative coming up with the names. Here's what we really had, round pear slices topped with kiwi slices, apple wedges with peanut butter and mini-marshmallows in between, chicken & dumplings, garlic bread, pickled beets, & zinger pickles. Dessert was chocolate brownie torte with chocolate filling and we made a white spider web with white chocolate and made spiders from black licorice and chocolate. We have so much cooking together, and then we invite their folks to join us. They love setting the table and making placecards, creating centerpieces and serving th meal. I'm hopeful I'm creating some awesome entertainers!

Halloween Treats!! BOO!

October means Halloween isn't far behind. Looking for some goulish treats! I made radish eyeballs one year for a party. I peeled them leaving "blood viens" of the radish. I used a coring tool and scooped a hollow out of the top. I added a bit of cream cheese "paste" and glued the olives into the sockets!!! Don't be scared! Just eat your veggies!

I used my apple wedger to cut the candy corn shapes from the sugar cookie cough. I dipped the ends in white chocolate that I had color to. I have made them tinting the cookie dough orange and then dipping them in white and dark chocolate. Fun little cookie treat!

Spiders and mummies, oh no!! Not to fear it is only frosting gumdrops and sprinkles! Meringue cookies work great for pumpkins and ghosts! I just brushed them with corn syrup and spinkled with orange sugar and you can add a stem. Make your own colored sugar in any shade you want!! Add food color to a jar with sugar in it, put the lid on and shake! Open and let…

Fairy Tree

People have been asking about my Fairy Tree that is pictured on my blogsite. It's made from a different type of clay than I usually use. I generally use polymer clay that is baked to harden. I'll be sharing pieces of this in upcoming weeks. For this I used Apoxie Sculpt that is a clay that air drys. An advantage of Apoxie is that you can make pieces bigger than you would be able to fit into an oven to cure.

Apoxie® products are used around the world by sculptors, restorers, miniaturists, hobbyists, crafters, repair persons, and students. The are used in museums, schools, motion picture studios, aquariums, and theme parks. They self-hardening synthetic clays that combine the features and benefits of clay with those of epoxies.. Work time is about 2-3 hours and 24 hours to cure. The instructor said her husband had used some of hers to fix the fender on his car!

To make the tree I started with a solid wood base that I drilled holes at random. I inserted heavy gauge wire into the h…

The Parkway Art Festival

see a slide show of my rocks at!

The day of the Art Festival was beautiful! We got to sit and look at this beautiful tree all day! Unfortunately the traffic was light. I had a great day visiting with my friends Evie, Julie & Cohl. I got lots of positive feedback from browsers about all of my things that I had made. They especially liked the rock houses! I also had embellished journals and beaded bookmarks I enjoyed the experience!

I'm excited for tomorrow!!!

I know I've been quiet this week because I've furiously working as a little house rock factory!! I am so pleased at how they turned out. I'm also selling beaded bookmarks and paper embellished journals at the art festival tomorrow. The car's all packed and now I just hope I can sleep tonight! I'll fill you in on Sunday with my results!

These Houses Rock!

(Or at least I think they do! ) When I find a rock I have to set it on all it's different sides until something jumps out at me and I can see the house or building. Bumps might become a bush or a tree and a jagged edge becomes the perfect chimney or a walkway.... My mom got me started painting rocks, she does animals and flowers but the weekend I was at her house, we tried doing some houses. At first I used some wood putty to build up a step or add a particula feature. After doing that on a couple of rocks I liked the idea of leaving the rock in its pure state and no longer add any artificial enhancements.

I do custom rocks as well but that takes a bit more time to find the perfect rock. The 2nd picture is the back of my neighbors house. I've even included the 3 girls in the window and their dog Zoey! I have a friend that grew up working in her dad's grocery store so I've done a grocery store for her and a school for a friend whose husband is a teacher. I hope you enjoy…

Yummy Salad!

I made this easy salad for dinner the other night. I sliced pickled beets and topped them with some thin slices of sweet onion. I cut an orange in half and segmented it with my grapefruit knife and added orange pieces. I squeed the rest of the orange over the beets, onions, & oranges and topped it all with toasted pecans. Yummy. It's definitely going to be something I make again. Maybe you'd like to try it too!

Fairy Names

I was hosting a sleepover for my neighbor girls several years ago. We watched the musical "Cats" After going to bed for story telling and giggles before we went to sleep, one of the girls mentioned the segment from "Cats" where they explain how they have multiple names, the names that people give them and their own personal names. We decided that we could have 2 names and so set out to determine what our fairy names were. After brainstorming E. decided her fairy name was "Doodles" --which fits quite perfectly! "Sapphire became H. fairy name --again suitable. Then game the hard one, my fairy name. After countless suggestions and tons of laughter, on of them exclaimed, "I've got it!" And Lunatic Lily was christened as my fairy name!!! I'm not sure how my interest in fairies began. At some point a psychic person told me that I had a "fairy" protector rather than an "angel" watching over me. I was a believer before t…
Hey guys! I just got a couple of books you might be interested in. The first one is "Ratio" by Michael Ruhlman. He describes the ratios of ingredients for doughs, batters, sauces and custard. Once you know the ratios it becomes a threshold to thousands of variations. It teaches how the fundamentals of the kitchen: water, flour, butter and oils, milk and cream, and eggs work together. Change the ratio and bread dough becomes pasta dough, cakes become muffins become popovers become crepes. Once you understand the ratio the fun begins as you add ingredients and flavors to the basic recipe.

The second book starts where the last one leaves off. "Ratio" is the basic fundamental and then "the Flavor Bible" begins. This is a collaberation between Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg. It lhas about every ingredient you can think of arranged alphabetically followed by an extensive list of compatible flavors. It's kind of like a potion book. If Hogwart's was a cu…

My grand opening!!

Watch out! Here I come stumbling my way into techno world.
I am an artist of whimsy of all the senses.

whim·sy whim·sey (hwĭm'zē, wĭm'-) also n., pl. -sies also -seys.
An odd or fanciful idea; a whim; a quaint or fanciful quality; a fanciful or fantastic creation in writing or art; the trait of acting more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment.

As I look at the world around me, I have determined that my artistic endeavors are all over the place. I am unable (or don't want to ) limit myself to one medium. Through brainstorming with a friend (Thanks Scottie:) I came to the realization that my interests appealed to all the senses.
sight, hearing, touch, smell, taste:
culinary arts is a big part of my life. I love food, I love to taste food, I love to try new foods. I love to create food, the only part of food I don't like is cleaning up afterwards! I feel that good cooking is an art. fairies are one of my whimisical loves. I love reading fairy books, I love creating…