Friday, October 28, 2011

What Do You Think About the Background?

                                          Well, do we like background or is it too distracting? 
                                                                        I can't decide! 

This is a Tomten I needle felted from wool.

Tomten live in haylofts.  They visit with the farm animals through the long winters and remind them that summer is coming.

I think I like the way he looks as he stands in the snow outside of the main house.

The background is a bit bright when the lighting is more direct, but I don't know if that is a bad thing or not. 

Opinions would be appreciated.  I value your thoughts!

Until next time, happy weekending!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Winter Background

             I need a little "pop" for my winter item photos.  I hope this backdrop does the trick!

It affixes right in my photo box. 

It will either work or be a huge distraction.  We shall see!

Thanks for dropping in for a visit.

Until next time, happy snowy nights!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Today's Color Palette

This is my favorite palette:  a piece of 'Press and Seal' stuck to my table. 
When I am done painting, I fold it up and put it in the trash.  Easy peasy!

Here are the colors of the sky in the new background I am painting. 

The pictures I have been taking of my work have been slipshod at best lately. 

 I find myself lacking the time to make new items AND take lovely photos of them before shipping them off to their new homes.

I am hoping a new, mellow background for my photobox may help.  We shall see.

Until next time, happy sunsets!


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wee Pea

Made a little pea pod. 
Now....what to do with her!
She measures in at just under 2 inches long. 
Combination of wet and dry felting and embroidery.

Any ideas?

Thanks for stopping in.

Until next time, don't forget your veggies!


Friday, October 21, 2011

Bake Sale! Woot!

I love when the kids' bake sales coincide with holidays!
Here is what we made for the one today.
Silly spiders! 
The spiders weren't exactly jet black, as I didn't have time to make a separate chocolate icing to tint black, but they are close enough for little ones to get the idea.

  Plus the edible red glitter on their backs should bump up the "bling" factor.

Thanks for stopping by to take a peek. 

Until next time, happy frosting!


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Lanky Rat

Here is the latest in wool;  a lanky, lean rat.
He was fun and a half to make.

Unfortunately, I don't have my photo editing programs uploaded to the new computer yet. 
Hopefully tonight!
Originally he was going to have sculpted feet.  Here they are.
I decided they were a bit too gruesome to fit his little woolen personality.

What do you think?

Until next time, happy ratting!


Monday, October 17, 2011

How do YOU do it?

I have finally come to the realization that it isn't that I don't have enough time to create;  it is that I feel guilty using the time to do something that I find so enjoyable, even though it brings in money.

I told myself that I would be able to stay home and still get lots of work done, but that hasn't been the case.  There is always one more load of laundry, one more errand, one more you-name-it that I think I need to do before I get to my own work.

And then I never get to my own work.  Once the kids are home, all bets are off.

Has anyone else out there struggled with similar issues?  If so, how did you handle it? 

I was thinking that I might need to move my studio elsewhere, but I don't know how efficient that will be in the long run.  Could it make things worse?


Above is a non-pro shot of a spun cotton kitty taking his pet hummingbird for a walk..., er fly.

Thanks for popping in! 


Friday, October 14, 2011

Baba Yaga Revisited

This Baba Yaga is a far more gentle soul than my last one, to be sure. 
This one is less a child eater and more of a forrest guardian.

She is made of spun cotton, paperclay and wool. 

Hope you like her!
Many thanks for popping by.
Until next time, happy spinning!


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hallelujah! I'm Back!

What a tribulation!  I have had a "somewhat" working computer for months, which means I could post items to some sites, but was unable to access others.  Very odd, no?  At times, I was able to load new bits to my etsy site, other times not.  The one constant was that I was not able to get into my blogger postings.  Distressing!

But my new and well working computer has fixed the problem and I am back.   I feel as though it will take me months to catch up with everyone and what has been going on in your lives.  Glad to be back, especially in October, when so many artists are making fantastic dolls/gee-gaws/ornies to post.  I can't wait to see everything!

Just to have something to share, here is a 5 inch doll that is composite over cloth with an encaustic finish.  Odd, huh?  Sometimes I don't understand myself!

Until next time, many happy returns!