Cellphone peeps

Have you ever woken up at oh say around 2:00 in the morning with that annoying sound, you know the one, your cellphone battery is low.  It beeps about every 5 minutes.  The dilemma is do you haul your ass out of bed, go down 2 flights of stairs and turn it off or do you just ignore it.  I alway try to ignore but after 30 minutes it just gets louder.  So on went the slippers and I stumbled down the stairs and that’s when I saw them.  These crazy little critters twirling, spinning and typing on my cellphone.  I swear it looked like they were texting.  Or was it just the cough syrup playing tricks with my mind again.  I ran for my camera and caught this image.   They each have 3 set of eyes for lookout and sharp beaks for texting.  They can text faster than any 16 year old I’ve ever seen texting.

You cannot see the message they are typing but it says “Monsters.  They are coming.”  Great, why me and why my household.  There’s 5 acres up here for them to take over and they decide that my house is more fun.  Maybe they feel sorry for me and are just providing fodder for my blog.  Anyway, just wanted to share.

Cheers for another day.

Caught red-handed

Well, as I mentioned in a earlier tweet today, I discovered a monster in my house last night.  Luckily, I always keep my camera handy, plus I am quite adept at sneaking up on critters.  All those years as a naturalist have finally come in handy.  I grabbed the camera and tiptoed into the master bathroom – that’s where the first noises came from.  Out of habit I almost flicked on the light but quickly stopped.  I propped myself against the door jam and aimed my lens toward the noise and flash, this is the image I caught.

Caught red handed

Wow, this is amazing and also disappointing.  Why? Because now I can no longer blame my husband for the mess left in the bathroom.  And I will most likely have to apologize.  Arg-g-g.

Look at him, though.  The camera loves him.  But he had a sad tale to tell.  You see he is the tooth monster, yes the tooth monster.  Flashback to childhood when I was threatened with this little critter if I didn’t brush my teeth.

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.  “You see not all monsters are bad and not all fairies are good.  My cousin the tooth fairy, she’s one of the good ones but she gets all the credit.  Kids love her, right!.  Why not?  Lose a tooth and you get money.  And who do you think loans her all that loose change?  Me!  All I want is my moment in the spotlight.”

So he and I came to an agreement that I can recreate and sell his image on my Etsy site.  I took quite a few pictures just to make sure I had all the angles and I could do him justice.

After posing for all the pics he scuffled off into the night with these parting words, “there are more of us you know.  I’ll tell my friends how cool you are.”  Poof and he was gone.  That’s when I realized I forgot to get his name.  So I’ve named him “Fred” .

All dressed up and no place to go

Juggling snowmen

Remember these guys.  Well here they are all dressed up, but they actually do have a place to go.  They are moving into a local bookstore that also has a gift section.  I will be sad to see them go but hope someone will love them as much as I do.  Each one is a little different.  They will also be going on my Etsy shop as a custom order item.  You will be able to pick and choose the colour of the hat, sweater and scarf when you order.

There is another family of critters coming soon too.  So I must get back to my little workshop and start creating.  Take care.

I have a cold

Sorry I have not been here for a few days but I have come down with the dreaded “Fall” cold.  I think making all my little snowmen and Christmas characters gave me a chill and now I am sick.  I could blame it on the fact that when I get in my studio I forget to eat and then of course I get run down and well you know the rest but I won’t.  So I keep dragging myself into my studio in between hot teas with honey and lemon and the odd cat nap.  I was hoping to have all my new stuff on Etsy by today but now I am a couple of days behind.  So maybe by mid-week I will have fully dressed snowmen dancing around in my shop, plus there is a new line that I have started as well.  I am just writing all their family histories right now then they will be ready for their debut.

Now I am going to gargle, have a hot tea and lie down while the last of the critters are baking.

Type at you all tomorrow.


Tooting my own horn

Really I am.  But not about my polymer clay, well not right now anyway.  I still need to grow as artist in that respect but just wait.  So when I mean tooting I mean on my trumpet.  I play in my husband’s 16 piece big band, “THe Noteables” and we played a terrific concert last night.  It is part of a coffee house series here at home in Cranbrook.  And I must say that the band was on fire.  We even tackled a few pieces that we have only rehearsed a couple of times and like the pros, we think we are, we pulled it off.  Good for us.

The audience enjoyed the evening and the band reciprocated.

Needless to say it was almost 2:00 before I got to sleep and my head was filled with music and images of my little line of snowmen and Christmas kids. The kids line is almost done and should be posted next week in my shops.



Hm-m-m what to wear?

What to wear?

Well, as I stare at these little fellows and wonder what I should make for them to wear I wonder what will I wear today.  Winter is creeping down the mountains, that pearly white snow inching ever closer toward my house.  It’s -5 and I wonder how many layers do I need to walk my dogs this morning.  Well turns out that is was three.  Note to self – Always, always go to the bathroom before you climb into your skin-hugging thermal underwear.  Always.  I could hear my mother’s voice from above, “Do you have to go?” and of course, “Don’t forget to wear your hat.”

So off we went and braved the cold, my mind racing and focused on these poor naked snowmen.  What should they wear?  Well, that is how I will spend my day in the studio, designing and making clothes for these little fellows.

Stay tuned for the fashion parade.



Welcome to my world.  I have been a “closet” artist for years and have finally decided to come out.  My favourite medium is polymer clay.  I love to sculpt animals, people, masks, abstracts pretty much anything that pops into my head.  One of my nephews calls my Kootenay Totem collection, “little critters”.  This whole adventure started as a way to make gifts for family and friends and is now blossoming into a business.

I hope to make it hear every day to keep you updated on my journey.  I hope you come along for the ride.