Heading for the Market

Well the end of May is not that far away.  And that means the first of three spring markets at the Cranbrook Farmer’s Market.  I have been busy designing a few new animals for my Chubby Bubby Buddy Collection.  Plus I just ordered gifts boxes for them as well.  Not sure if they will make it in time for the first market but I am still excited.

Now each little Chubby Bubby Buddy will come with a card with some fun facts about the animal it represents, a small cotton pouch so you can take him everywhere you go.  Then he is tucked in a small kraft gift box.

This is what my work table looks like when I get going.

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Hey who’s that at the back.

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Those troll just keep sneaking into the shot.

Here is a close up of the squirrel.

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More Chubby Bubby Buddies on the way.

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There’s that troll again.  H-m-m-m.

Cheers

 

Ladybug bath

Now don’t panic when you look at this photo.  That’s not a bottle of insecticide in that spray bottle.  But these little clay ladybugs do have to go through an alcohol bath to remove any residue and oils that may be on the clay after firing.  It also helps the varnish “stick” to the clay.  Once they are dry they will get three coats for varnish.  I will post more pictures to show the process of how these pendants go together.  Wish I had more time to type today but I am going to take advantage of the spring weather and get outside.  Cheers.

Ready for the next stage of production

Ready for the next stage of production

Ladybug Ladybug it’s almost spring

Well it’s now spring and wouldn’t you know it it’s snowing outside.  So I sat in front of a lump of black clay until it spoke to me.  And it cried out ladybug.  So that is what is now firing in the oven.  Eight cute little ladybug pendants.  Four in blue and four in red.  Yes there are blue ladybugs.  One species is commonly known as the Steelblue Ladybug introduced to New Zealand from Australia in 1899 to 1905.  There are over 300 different kinds of ladybugs in North America and they come in a variety of colours, red, orange, blue, yellow, white and pink.  So if these little fellows turn out after firing I may just have to make the whole range of colours.

These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants

These lumps of black clay will become ladybug pendants

See what a little bit of colour can do

See what a little bit of colour can do

And then the spots

And then the spots

Cranbrook Winter Market

Well, I had the most fun an artist and crafter could have at our local winter market.  It was my first time at any type of market or fair.  The market was a huge success with so much local support.  I learned a lot about marketing, displays and other venues from the veterans of these markets and I can’t thank them enough for all their support and ideas.  I look forward to my next market this weekend at the Tamarac Mall.  Still waiting to see if I have a table on Dec 8th or 9th but I’ll post a note once I know.

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.  A 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.

A replica of this fellow is available on My Esty store.  Check him out along with other Kootenay Totems.

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

Cheers.