Here is what kept me away

I have been so busy with an upcoming window display of my product that I haven’t had time to blog, tweet or Facebook to the extend that I should.  Here are three little reasons why.


Three little gifts for you.

Originally these little folk were going to be ornaments to put on the tree but they decided differently.  Each little elf is sturdy and sits on their own.  They have also brought presents for you.  They will be on display along with my snowmen, Spruceland Kids, and 3 angels that are in various stages in the studio.  If you happen to live in or around the Cranbrook area of BC stop by Kathy’s Kitchen on Baker Street on or after November 25 and pop in and see these them.  The whole family of folks would love to meet you and maybe even go home with you.

They will be included in a Boxing Day sale on My Etsy and ArtFire if there are any left.  My totem collection will be on sale at 10% off on My Etsy on the weekend of Nov. 25.  Check it out

These fellows may show up there as a custom order.  We shall see.


Cheers till next time.


When kids dress themselves

This whole idea started with our growing family.  I am the proud aunt of 10 nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews and now my first great great nephew.  And all before the tender age of 50.  I remember babysitting them when they were growing up and loved when they hit about age 4 and decided that they no longer needed their parents to help them pick out clothes.  They had much better taste than any adult.  Some of the combinations of colour and textures was quite interesting.  And if you are a parent reading this you now what I mean.

So now with this next generation in my family heading toward the age of independence I have been inspired to make a collection of polymer clay “kids”.  This first set is quite tame as I experiment with colour and grow as a polymer clay artist.  Each character has their own identity and name and we can watch them as they pick clothes for each season.  Here are some of the construction phases of these characters.

ALl my characters are constructed with a wire and foil armature then covered in scrap clay.  This ensures that they are sturdy and will not fall apart during firing and beyond.

So here this guy is almost complete.  Next on go the sweaters and scarves, then they are set on their bases.  Here is a group shot.

These guys will be on my Etsy shop soon.  Each with their own name and story.

Stay tuned



Another startling discovery

So about an hour ago I heard rustling in the main floor bathroom.  I grabbed my camera and crept down the hall.  I knew if I made too much noise that whatever was in there would scurry off.  Why?  Because the bathroom door had been closed all day so how did whatever was in there get in.  Up the drain pipe of course.  So I slowly opened the door and this is what I found.

He just stood there with that toothy grin, waving.  And what’s with the red scarf.  Look at the mess and I just scrubbed the bathroom sink, removing all traces of my husbands beard trimmings in the process.  Apparently he has been chewing, chopping and storing these twigs for some time now and out of habit was looking for a good place to build his dam.  As there is no running water on our property his nose brought him through the pipes and into the bathroom.

Needless to say I had to explain that he could live in the laundry sink for the winter but would have to find new “digs” in the spring.  So my husband and I carted him along with this handy work down to the basement.  His only concern is our 2 miniature schnauzers that rule the house.  I explained if he moved slowly and not dart around the house too much he should be okay.

Stay tuned as we discover new and exciting species at Spruceland, in the heart of the BC Rockies.