In preparation for my trip I thought I should learn how to perfect taking a “Selfie”. So on this cool, cloudy Sunday I thought it might be a good day to start practising. I grabbed my purse looking for my phone and it wasn’t there. I always leave it in the same place. It had to be in there. I pulled everything out of my purse and turned the house upside down trying to find my phone. Now thinking I would have to get a replacement before my trip I decided to take solace by pre-packing for my trip.
Well, lo and behold there was my phone on top of my pile of clothes. And this is what I found in my photo gallery.
I can only hope mine turn out better.
Oh yes and here is the guilty party.
I’ve been having fun creating new Chubby Bubby Buddies and a new little character I have named a Garden Troll. Trying to stick with the Scandinavian mythology so thought a troll would be the next best thing. I made a few modelled after the Chubby Bubby Buddy but these guys are totally different. This was my first attempt at using fibre for hair instead of polymer clay. I had some 100% Peruvian wool. I think it looks great.
The skin tone on these are made from a blend of Super Sculpey with a small amount of white Premo. The clothes are made from Sculpey Premo and Katoclay blend.
Next bake before head and arms
Hmm just needs hair
Voila complete with shovel
His cousin in fall colours
Okay so I have been trying to design a fun little troll to fit in with my tomte collection. Not easy to make a cute troll. Many ended up in the studio bin and not on the shelves. This was my latest attempt. He has been sitting on my studio table for the past week. I kept him there so I could use him as a template for my next attempt.
Yesterday my husband popped his head into see what I was working on – tomtes of course- and he saw the troll just sitting looking all sad and lonely. He loved it. So here is a photo of the troll that is now down in my husband’s office. I may have to make a few more.
There he is in amongst my new tomtes
A close up
In my spare time I love to work on my family genealogy. What I thought was going to be a few weeks of digging around and discovering nothing, turned into a massive project still on the go 3 years later.
-I have connected with cousins I did not know about. Awesome.
– I discovered I am Swedish on my father’s side. So cool.
– I already knew that I was Welsh on my mother’s side. Quite the combination isn’t it. I think that may explain a few things about my quirky personality. But more about that in later posts.
It was my swedish background that intrigued me so when I started working with polymer clay I was looking for something to tie in with my heritage, hence the swedish tomtes. Next scandinavian figure is the troll. Now the question is how to make them cute. Hm-m-m.
It all started with this little guy right here.
Well I have been researching my family tree for the past year or so. We had no idea that our father’s great grandfather was from Sweden. So I have been looking for inspiration for my sculptures and came across the tradition of the Tomte. I will go into this a bit more in later posts but for now here is a picture of my first Swedish Tomte made out of polymer clay.
Another is almost ready in the studio and will post this later in the week.
My first Swedish Tomte