Fairy Gardens

Well the first Spring Market has come and gone.  Lots of great comments on the new line of Chubby Bubby Buddies and Tomtes.  My next show is the Cranbrook Garden Show on July 6th.  This will be my third invite to the this show.  One of the organizers gave me a great tip for this year when we spoke at the Spring Market.

They have been doing workshops on fairy gardens so hint, hint maybe try some pieces that can be used in these indoor and outdoor gardens.

So for the past 2 days I have been in my studio coming up with some garden trolls that might work.  Should be on my Etsy and Indiemade sites within the week.

I had a great deal of fun playing around with polymer clay and my pan pastels to see what type of effect I could get.

Here are two group shots outside in my flower beds

Frolicking in my flower beds

Frolicking in my flower beds

Another group shot

Some closeup shots

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Mushroom idea

Mushroom idea

A mushroom troll

A mushroom troll

Mushroom number one

Mushroom number one

Rock Troll

Rock Troll

Next instalment is a prototype for a larger troll that I have had mulling around in my head for about a week now.

A troll in my studio

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

There he is in amongst my new tomtes

A close up

A close up

 

April Showers

I find as an artist I am never really satisfied with one outlet for my creativity so over the years I have turned my hand, mind and eye to a number of creative pursuits.  The one I had the most fun with and made a bit of money too was photography.  It’s been awhile since I have picked up the camera for the pure enjoyment of taking photos.  Now it is to take photos of product to put on my website.

My plan today was to take is some spring air and get out of the office and studio for a day but alas it is raining.  Now don’t get me wrong I love the rain and it can make some interesting pics with all those spots on the lens but I think I will wait for another day.

So I have poured a cup of coffee and am going through some of my old photos when I was fascinated with macro photography.  So here a few things from my photography days.

More to come in later posts on the next rainy spring day.

Anticipation

Anticipation

Almost there

Almost there

Intruder Alert

Intruder Alert

A pollen shower

A pollen shower

My grumpy old schnauzer

I just got back from a walk with my 15 year old miniature schnauzer.  He no longer comes on our morning hikes as he just can’t do that distance anymore.  The spirit is willing but his body is showing signs of age.  But then again don’t we all.

So in the middle of the afternoon when I am feeling punkie and need to leave my studio I take him for a shorter walk.  As soon as the collar is on he is set and ready to go.  He fires off down the hill like a puppy then 5 minutes later he looks up at me totally exhausted as if I was to blame for his fatigue.

In our home he is known as the “last pet standing”.  He has outlived his schnauzer buddy, Dieter, and 2 crazy cats, one who loved him, the other not so much.

So we are back and I hear lots of contented sighing down at my feet.  So here is my little buddy, Truman plus some earlier pics of him when our house had many furry friends.

My little guy, Truman

My little guy, Truman

 

Truman and Dieter on the beach in Tofino in 2012.

Truman and Dieter on the beach in Tofino in 2012.

This is Molly, the cat who loved him.

This is Molly, the cat who loved him.

This is the cat who did not

This is the cat who did not

A reason to create

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.

Stay tuned.

It all started with this little guy right here.

It all started with this little guy right here.

 

 

 

 

 

The great panda bear

It is another beautiful spring day here in the Rockies.  And as it is Wednesday I have added a new listing to my stores.   I love panda bears.  I think I may have to create a few more.  Maybe some munching on their favorite Bamboo leaves.  Did you know that they get much of their water intake just from the bamboo leaves they eat.  New bamboo shoots are about 90 percent water.

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A Scandinavian Affair

Last week my husband and I stopped in Sandpoint, Idaho on our way home from the coast.  We normally drive right past this beautiful town but this time we decided to stop.  We were amazed by the number of art galleries, gift shops and markets in this small town.  We strolled down the main street popping our heads into every door.  Then I spotted it across the street – Scandinavian Affair.

Well, of course, we couldn’t leave until we had stopped in.  What a delight.  There was everything from accessories to home decor, books to tomtes and the piece de resistance – lingonberries.  So good on pancakes with a dollop of whip cream.  Well maybe 2 dollops.

I am so inspired that I can’t wait to get into my studio and start designing new tomtes and even experimenting with some troll designs.

Headpins and bails and beads, oh my.

So as promised here are the little ladybugs after they have received three coats of varnish.  Then comes the headpin and beads.  The last step is to put on a jewelry bail and this little lady bug is ready to compliment your favourite outfit.

All my animal pendants are created in the same manner with attention to detail.  Placing the headpin through the whole piece gives it added strength and you never have to worry about the pendant separating from its finding.  Of course with a ladybug you never now when it may leave and just fly away home.  Sorry couldn’t resist that one.

All lined up and ready to go

All lined up and ready to go

Waiting for a wire loop

Waiting for a wire loop

Almost there

Almost there

Blue Ladybug Pendant

Blue Ladybug Pendant

Learning about blogging

I am now cross-eyed from staring at my computer screen trying to figure out how to nest my new gallery pages.  So after many new grey hairs, a few select phrases, and a new dent in my wall (not really) I have finally nested my first page.  It is a selection of my animal pendants that are available on Etsy.  So if you have time please take a look and let me know what you think.  Now that I have it figured out I will nest some more of my designs under Gallery.   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