Taking the Plunge

Well, I have gone and done it.  I have ventured out to sea and into the uncharted waters of my own website.  Now this may sound strange to some of you but this is new for me.  I am still trying to understand this whole new world of social media and marketing online.  All totally foreign to me but I promised myself that I would get my a website up and running this year and I have finally done.  So My Shopify Website is up and running although I am sure there is much tweaking to be done.

So in honour of this new venture here is a picture from our trip to Tofino, BC.  Notice how my schnauzers are looking out to sea as if to say “Mom, it’s time for a new adventure.  Let’s do it.”

Here I am with my 2 favourite furry friends

Here I am with my 2 favourite furry friends

Hug a walrus today

Well, another new fun animal totem has emerged from my studio.  The Walrus Totem.  I was not sure which colour to use but then opted for blue, the colour of water, the walrus’ favourite habitat.  If you have ever watched them they are a bit clumsy on land but in the water graceful and effortless.

The walrus reminds us to take the path of least resistance and remember when one crosses your path to stop and hug someone you care about.

Happy walrus

 

“A hug is like a boomerang – you get it back right away.”~ Bil Keane

New Garden Trolls for Fairy Gardens

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.

Feet First

Feet First

Next bake before head and arms

Next bake before head and arms

Hmm just needs hair

Hmm just needs hair

Voila complete with shovel

Voila complete with shovel

His cousin in fall colours

His cousin in fall colours

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

 

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

Grampy has new clothes

Well, I thought I should update this blog with the next step of the Spruceland Sprites.  I finally have clothes on Grampy Sprite.  Haven’t named him yet but that will come later.  This was my first real attempt at hands and feet.  They’re not bad.  As I type he is sitting in the oven for the final bake.  He will then be antiqued and varnished.  I will might put him on My Etsy site when he is finished.  I haven’ decided yet.  We’ll see how he looks when he is all done.  I may not be able to part with him.

Not quite finished but he’s almost there.