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Poker Chip Swap at Clay Carnival

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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!

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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 http://www.maureencarlson.com/ 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 friends.....plus 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!!

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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!

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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…