Thursday, October 28, 2010

My niece emailed me this inventive idea yesterday. I thought it was so clever, that I would pass it along to all of you :)
(The guy who first thought of the idea must be given an award for originality!!!)

How to seal a bag and make it air-tight!

Cut up a disposable water bottle and keep the neck and top, as in photo.
Insert the plastic bag through the neck and screw the top – to seal.

The bottle is made to be air-tight, such that water will not leak,
the secret lies with the top and screw!

This is a great idea to share. Good for us and the environment.

Give a creative person an idea like this and Holy Cow, doesn't the gears start cranking?
This inspired me for a cute idea for the grandkiddo's to hold their Christmas candy that Santa leaves for them under the tree at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
I will tell you my idea and maybe you would like to try too?

Just remember, I have not made this yet, but I have planned it out thoroughly in my brain :)
Maybe you would like to try it, or you may be inspired to create something else from the clever idea above. I do plan to make 7 of these within the next couple of weeks.. I will share pics at that time.Snowman Candy Container
Take a styro-foam ball ( medium size, 2 1/2 " ) cut a hole into the ball just enough so the bottle cap will fit snugly, making sure the lid will still screw on. Okay, now secure the lid into the styro-foam ball with hot glue, holding firmly until cool.
Now this is where the fun begins, if you like to get yer fingers dirty.
Take a ball of creative paper clay ( available at any Michael's, Hobby Lobby,etc.) Smooth over the ball. If you have never played with clay, then you will love it, I promise! you can use water on your fingers to smooth the clay. You can choose to make the the eyes, mouth and nose out of small balls of clay, or you can use buttons or cute little findings , whatever strikes your fancy.( please note: the nose may not want to be to pointy of a carrot nose, where little hands twisting the lid off may pop the nose off) If you are using buttons or such for the eyes,etc. make impressions in the clay where you would like them positioned, then when your sculpted snowman head is dry ( this may take a day or two for drying depending on the thickness of clay applied) and painted, you can glue the buttons into the impressions you have previously made.

To finish this cutie off...
get a piece SUPER DUPER CUTE piece of very thin fabric. cut a round piece large enough to cover the outside of the plastic bag.
set the candy filled plastic bag on-top of the fabric circle, bring both bag and fabric together up through the neck of the bottle then secure the Snowman lid on.
Lastly.. you can accessorize with a stocking hat, ribbons whatever your creative heart desires.
I'm pretty positive that this will be way CUTE!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Jingle Bell Jubilee !

Join My friend Rebecca Miller Campbell of Millercampbelldesigns for this special blog sale! click on the banner above to go see more details!

Sunday, October 24, 2010


The Weather man predicts ............................................

Maybe you should leave your broom home this Halloween!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Friday In The Studio

Aren't we all curious creatures by nature? I know I am... good example is.. As strange as it sounds, one of my favorite things about trick r treating when I was a wee little tyke was, being able to see inside other peoples homes.. I was SO CURIOUS!!! for me,( and it is okay to call me strange) it is a tiny part of the magic of Halloween. I always appreciated art, decor and wanted to see how other people decorated. I always hoped to see some fantastical art piece or creation.. And, I did see some fantastic works of art as well as great decorating.. it always gave me inspiration to tuck away in my little tyke mind.
I am pretty darn sure there are other little creative monsters and goblins out there that share the same curiosities..
I also am curious of other artists and their WIPS and of course their creative space. I think it is a magical process... a kind of love between the Artist and their creation from beginning to end.

I tend to be a little private, or should I say shy when it comes to sharing my work in progress and my most of the time messy studio.. But, gee.. I guess it is time to step out of hiding and maybe share a little of my days in the studio. I dubs Friday as my show-n- tell day :)
Above is a pic of what I have on my work table today. I have a spooky little scarecrow nearly finished. And a bunch of little souls needing much more clay... I generally work on several pieces at a time...then I will get attatched to one and push the others aside. The tall Scarecrow has been pushed aside many a times.. poor fella..
Maybe next Friday I will have a clean studio, then I will feel better about sharing a closer pic of my WIPS ;)

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ghosts Everywhere!

Early,early this morning, before the crack of dawn... I heard a knock, knock at the door...Hmmmm I wondered, who could that be...I peeked my head around the corner and with one wide eye, peeked out the glass... low and behold it was Linda looking back at me..
My friend and SIL Linda Lou had a big ol' smile as she said..I MADE THIS FOR YOU!
She handed me this cutest lil' Ghostly graveyard scene I ever did see . I just love it and it is the perfect centerpiece for my table. Thank You so much Linda for thinking of me. I love this spooky graveyard scene! (You can visit Linda's blog by clicking on the pic).

I have a new Ornament listed this week on Ebay!( you can click on the pics, to go to the auction).

Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Fun

I definitely wasn't in any hurry to become a grandma... I barely survived raising three wonderfully rowdy teenagers, I hadn't had enough rest to begin to think of Grandmother-hood! Well... Grandmas don't get to decide when they are going to be grandma's and I am so glad we don't because, I might not have ever known what a blessing grandchildren are. They are the icing on the cake!! This weekend, Alan and I had our little angels over for a cookie decorating and Pumpkin carving party. I was amazed at how detailed the little cookie artists were. As you can see, they are deeply concentrating!

I was more then grateful for our Indian summer day, as I was not looking forward to having pumpkin guts strewn throughout the house hanging from light fixtures, etc. As you can see.. the mom's were grateful that it was warm enough to strip the young ones of their shirts ( who likes to do unnecessary laundry?).

The girls vote Rob as the pumpkin lid cutter. He was thrilled :D !


While the others.. NOT SO MUCH! They would rather commission their Mamas to do the De-gutting. We had a great time together!
I could not imagine life without grandchildren.
They are the icing on the cake!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sneak Peek, Pfatt Marketplace Update!

It seems funny to be thinking "Christmas" already! But, there are some of you out there that like to get a head start on the holiday shopping, and I thought it would be a wonderous change of pace in my studio...Funny thing.. we have had some really stormy weather here, and would you believe even a little bit of light snow? I missed it, but my hubby called to tell me all about it, early the other morning! Here is a little peek of my New offerings for the on-line Pfatt Marketplace update. The update is Sunday,October 10th 9:00 AM Pacific time. Hope you can make it! Just click on the pic and poof your there....

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

If you haven't already heard about this fantastic event, then you are in for a treat!
The lovely Zan Asha is having a Fantastical,Magical Halloween Carnival this month. Everyday is filled with a new treat! Grab yer' Brooms Y'all and fly on over to this spectacular event! click on the pic to fly over...

I have been working on a new concept using digital prints of some of my previous sculpts. Initially, I was doing this for my website that is under construction. I wanted to sell my ornaments and candy containers at a lower price but at the same time be an original piece of art. So, with that in mind, aside from my sculptures, I have been creating ornaments in lots of fun and festive designs using, my prints, lovely papers, paper mache,chipboard, fine glitters, fibers and ribbons, chalks and wonderful dimensional glaze. I thought I would try these out first on my other selling sites before making a zillion of them to put on my website. I've had a good response. So I think the website for these particular ornies and candy containers will be a go. The ornie pictured above is named Jasper. I made two of these.. one is for a friend and the other is listed on Ebay. to read more about Jasper you can click on the pic.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Happy October!

I just LOVE,LOVE,LOVE Everything about October ! One of those everything's is the PUMPKIN! Oh, all the marvelous things you can do with a Pumpkin. What is your favorite thing about October ?

I was just telling my daughter that we should gather up the little kiddo's and make some Yummy Halloween cookies. That said, I thought I'd better search for some fun recipes and ideas to prepare for the kiddo cookie decorating day. As I was searching, I found many wonderful ideas and recipes, and once again good ol' Martha spoke to me... aren't these as cute as can be? They are made using her gingerbread spice cookie dough recipe. Here is Martha's link to on how to make these wonderfully festive cookies.

Wishing you all a wonderful month of October!!!!
Note: The Pfatt Marketplace update is October 10th instead of October 7th.