Monday, October 27, 2008

~ Look What You Can Do With CUPCAKES!!!!!!

I wanted to share one of my signature Halloween cupcake cakes. I have many requests for this flamboyant ol' redheaded Witch!
Cupcake cakes are fun and practical for a party or get together.
Whatever the occasion, or what ever you dream up, the big stars in the sky, are the limit for a Cupcake Cake!

~ WIP Complete

Hi All, yepper I have completed the Snowman Candy Container! I love the way he turned out. As you may have read in previous posts, this candy container was going to be for my grandson, Parker. However, as I was daydreaming away like I so often do, I was thinking that maybe I should make a sock monkey candy container for Parker. He loves monkeys and has built up quite a collection. So... I am working on just that, A sock monkey candy container for Parker.
A Great Big Thank You to all of you who have stopped by to watch my creator, (Dianie Mac) make me into a handsome collectible Snowman Candy container! I am up for adoption on e-bay. I promise to bring only Joy and Happiness to Every one's Holiday Season.( It's okay to kiss my cheek, I won't tell).

Friday, October 24, 2008

~ Santa Collection #4

This is #4 in my 2008' Christmas Ornament collection.He is available now on e-bay!

WIP ~ Progress...

I completed the Ghost Candy Container on Wednesday. I just love how he turned out! I get so excited to list my new creations on E-bay ! I listed this feller as a three day auction with a BIN option. I did this just in case someone out there couldn't live without him for this fast approaching Halloween......
Well.... He wasn't on long before someone fell in love with his sooo sweet & irresistible charm, and snatched him right up. So, yesterday he was packaged with lots of love and sent off to his new home......
Okay, so here is the Snowman Candy Container. I finished sculpting his head and also added a broom. I used Apoxie Sculpt for his head and broom. That is some surely amazing clay. When I first started using Apoxie Sculpt, I only used it to attach my pieces to a base, or leaves,vines, ect. The more I work with it, the more I love this clay and my use for it has evolved. I find it especially great for these candy containers if you assume a child may be handling it. This snowman was created with my 6 year old grandson in mind. However, as I was finishing the sculpt I thought that maybe I should make him a candy container that is more personalized. He loves and collects Monkeys. I was thinking a Sock Monkey candy container might be very cool and it isn't seasonal, he could use it year round. Hmmmm???? Well I will have to give it more thought today while I am painting this snowman. Kari if you are reading this, please leave me a comment on what you think! ( Kari is my grandsons mama ) I also welcome thoughts and opinions from everyone. Stay tuned, I will get pic's up of the painted snowman. Thanks for stopping buy to see my WIP : )

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

~ WIP Detour !

Ya know when you have been on the Mediterranean diet for several weeks, and you just cant bare to look at another fillet of salmon or your eyes squint at the sight of, yet another salad? ? ?

You know it's wrong , and even feel a little wee bit guilty thinking of a juicy cheeseburger, piping hot french fries and a chocolaty shake ( To dip the fries in!). Soon, those thoughts turn into uncontrollable raging cravings... And before I can go on to.... paint another art piece, sculpt another sculpture, I must go to the GOLDEN ARCHES!!!!

Into my my old Ford pick-up I go.. I just cant wait to taste some yummy fast food, it has been Soooo long. The closer to Micky Ds I get the more my taste buds water in anticipation for those hot , fresh crispy french fries...

I can see the golden arches up high in the sky. I'm getting closer , I'm almost there...

As I approach what I thought was there... To my despair Mickey Ds is no longer there.... WTF! When did this happen? LOOKS LIKE SALMON TONIGHT!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Candy Containers ~WIP~

I have always adored the old vintage German paper mache' candy containers. This Christmas, nearly 99.9% Of the gifts my husband and I will be giving, will be handmade with lots of love, sweat and tears (JUST KIDDING about the sweat and tears!)
I thought I would try my hand at some candy containers inspired by the vintage German collectibles. Except with a Dianie Mac Flair !!!! Please forgive some of these "not so good pic's" as I am a photographer IN TRAINING! My Honey Pot, Mr.Mac is the pic taker. However, he is very busy in his shop creating another magnificent flute. ( I didn't want to BUG him on my whim to do a WIP;)). These two little characters you see above, are not quite finished as they are drying. The one on the left is a ghost ( he will be painted tomorrow, I CANT WAIT) and the other ,without the head will be a snowman! The ghost when finished, will go on e-bay for adoption.
How it all began: Well... with my grandsons empty juice bottles ,washed and sterilized of course. And, some Styrofoam balls.

I took the lids off the bottles and placed a fairly large piece of plastic wrap over the bottle . then, I replaced the lid. This gives me a line between the body and the head which would be the opening. I cut a styrofoam ball in half and glued it to the top of the lid, serving as an armature.

My preference of clays for this particular project is Ave's Clay Shay for the body. It is a very durable clay. For the head, I use Apoxie Sculpt for extra, extra durability. I want them to be durable enough to be used by children.

I pull the wrap up over the lid with a twist tye. I then sculpt the body. after it has dried thoroughly, I pull the wrap down over the body as seen in the third pic (above). Then I sculpt the head that also serves as the lid. when fully cured, the piece will be ready to paint and embellish. Stay tuned for the finished piece and auction link.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Parkers Pumpkin Studio!

I was so excited for today, My grandson Parker, came over to the house to paint his pumpkins! Just take a look at this six year old Picasso! Parker is a natural born young artist. I have always enjoyed watching him create. (Parker's other grandma and Mom are very artsy too.)

Look at this fabulous yet spooky character! Parker did this all by himself, not even a picture to look at. Kari, Parker's mom would try to offer advice and guidance along the way as all mommy's do. Patiently & quietly in the most pleasant voice Parker said... Mom, please be quiet.

Kari and I both winked and smiled at each other.. as we realized Parker was doing just fine without our help.

At the end of the punkin painting day as Parker helped me clean up, He looked up at me with this wonderful painted pumpkin that he had done, and said Grandma .. do you want to keep this pumpkin? Ohhh, Sniff, Sniff I just love that little boy and the pumpkin he made for me.

This was a wonderful day!

Artsy Awesome Autumn!

Artsy Awesome Autumn, Artsy Awesome Autumn! Can you say that really, really fast three times?
Friday was a most beautiful Autumn day. My grandson Parker, and his mom Kari, would be coming over later in the afternoon to paint pumpkins. WHAT FUN! And what an awesome Autumn day to be outside and Artsy! Before Parker's arrival, I wanted to work on some frightful Halloween Props for my front walkway and front porch. I had already been working on this project a few days before and was called away for something or other. Isn't that the way it goes? I am always pulled here or there with a many of my own projects in between. Hah! It's a wonder I get anything done. But I have learned to enjoy the journey in what ever direction I am pulled. As you walk up to my porch sitting in a chair to greet all the ghost and goblins on Halloween night, is Headless Harry. I sculpted this head many years ago from terracotta clay. His eyes are cut open so that a light can be placed inside to shine through on Halloween night. OHHH SOOO SPOOKY!
And then we have "That way Jay" This Scarecrow will hopefully scare the pants off you, or... maybe just direct you to the treats.... ( Jay still needs some work I don't think he's scary quite yet. Do you?)
Just in case your too afraid to notice that Jay is pointing that way to the treats.. Here is a an old wicked sign to help...
You just arrived to the treat table, oh, gosh whats this, No treats? I new it was too early to put the treats out. I bet the mailman was hungry! No need to worry, there will be more on Halloween night.

Friday, October 17, 2008

~ Dianie Mac Is Cleaning House. Get your Gourds!

If you are a Gourd artist or an Artsy Fartsy Creative person, then you just might be intrested.....
I have been in my studio doing a bit of organizing to make room for some new art supplies. I am a collector of all things that can be made into an art piece. Gourds, are one of my favorite canvases. However, I do have about a bazillion of these beautiful gifts of nature. Some, who have visited my studio might say that I ... well know.. Kinda hoard them. I am happy to say that I have finally come to terms with letting some go... But only a dozen, okay,okay okay a Baker's dozen! If you are in need of these lovely banana gourds that are great to make into ornaments, then you can visit my e-bay auction.

Bobbins anyone??? Oh yes, I also have some of these old beauties! Great to use for candlesticks. Every prim home or artist needs a few of these. You will get a lot of 12 bobbins. Also available now on e-bay!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Sugar & Spice.. Everything Nice..

Well, Gee... It has been awhile since I have blogged. Or, even had a blog for that matter.

I deleted my blog a month or so, ago.(Silly me.. I must have gone nuts!) I thought I was spending way to much time getting lost deep in the fun filled world of blog land. I could spend endless time traveling most of the world going from one blog to the next. Peoples thoughts, feelings, creativity and artwork had really touched me. I really missed all of these special things and so I thought I had better get back in the groove of things and start blogging again!

With the suttle hints of Fall in the air, it is the perfect time to batten down the hatches and pull out the flannel jammies (Yes, I said flannel), warm fuzzy slippers and wrap up in a cozy throw in front of the computer. Hah! I bet you thought I was going to say fireplace. Well, I probably would if I had one... anyway, whether you are on the computer, snuggled up next to your honey by the fireplace or watching your favorite movie you can enjoy these yummy sweet & spicy nuts. They are great to have around for the fast approaching holidays and they also make great gifts.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sweet & Spicy Nuts ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
In a large mixing bowl: Beat until frothy, 3 egg whites and 2 tablespoons water. Set aside.
In a medium sized mixing bowl: Combine, 2 cups sugar, 2 Tablespoons Cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, 2 teaspoons grated orange peel, 1 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper. Mix together well. Set aside.
Add to the egg mixture: 2 cups salted almonds, 2 cups salted cashews, 1 cup dry roasted peanuts, 1 cup pecan halves. Mix together thoroughly making sure the nuts are all coated with the egg mixture. Next, gradually add the sugar & spice mixture to the nuts stirring well and making sure the nuts are well coated. Spread nuts onto a cookie sheet pan that has been sprayed with a non-stick spray. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes stirring nuts once. Cool and enjoy!