Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I have a little secret.......

A little birdie sent me a note today to share a little exciting news, but until I see the proof I am not telling, nope not gonna do it, but! it has something to do with this little guy. Check back to see.......

Monday, February 23, 2009

Signs Of Spring

What do you consider a sign of Spring? Is it the crocus peeking up from a blanket of snow, or the pussy willows fluffing up on their branches? How about robins seen pulling worms up from the yard, or daffodils happy bonnets waving in the breeze? It's coming, I've seen the signs, and with all this new life comes Easter and the glorious message it brings. Bunnies are always a symbol of Easter so I painted this sign as a sweet and gentle reminder of what is to come. Find this lovely piece on ebay now!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bunnies are hopping through......

You would think it was Easter already as the bunnies are hopping through the neighborhood, trying to find goodies to nibble on. I haven't shown them where the daffodils are peeking through yet as I love their sunny faces and bright green leaves that stand at attention as ensigns of Spring.
These bunnies might find their way to ebay soon, am still deciding on when though. Stop by again and see what's a poppin around here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Stand up for America and Freedom!

We as Americans are facing a tough time. But, with our usual grit and backbone we can get through whatever comes our way. I love to create Americana figures, especially out of things found in nature.

This Uncle Sam is created from a Y in a tree branch and detailed using air dry clay. He stands on an old cedar plank and is 19" tall. All my own design and work, he comes signed and dated. Have a peek at him on ebay.

Friday, February 13, 2009

A Valentine Treat.....

Chocolate is such a fun food! You can do so many things with it so I thought I'd share one of the ways I spoil my family. Here I melted one bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 bag of milk chocolate chips in a double boiler over low simmering water. You don't want to go to hot. While this is going on put 8 oz. of cream cheese in your mixer bowl to soften. You will find out later.
Next I lightly oiled, and I do mean lightly as the chocolate will slide down the sides if you over do it, my favorite vintage sand tart molds. With a spoon I spread some of the melted chocolate in and around the mold to cover the bottom and up the sides. You want it thick enough to not break as you take them out of the molds but not too thick as they will be filled with a yummy treat. Next I put about a 1/4 of a cup of the melted chocolate in a squeeze bottle with narrow tip.
I then piped out the chocolate onto wax paper and went over the designs twice to make them stable. The photo above is the heart shell inverted to show you the pattern. I actually put all of these in the fridge to set up. I took them out and tweaked the molds until the chocolate shells pop out. If they don't pop out fairly easily put them in the freezer for a few minutes.
Place the shells on a nice plate, you can line it with a doily or whatever suits your fancy.
Back to the cream cheese. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat on low. While this is going on melt 2 T. butter and add. Now add the leftover chocolate and beat one to two minutes. Add 3/4 to 1 cup of heavy whipping cream and beat until nice and thick. You can add 1/2 t. of vanilla as well. I used a cake decorator bag but you can just spoon the mixer into the chocolate shells. I added the little heart decorations I'd made earlier and then piped whip cream around the edges. Chill covered until ready to serve. Delicious. This recipe will make about 10 cookie size shells and filling.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Angelia the Angelic

The name makes me want to have another child, just so I can use it....hmmmm I have a grandchild on the way...I could talk my daughter into using the name if she has a Today as I was putting the finishing touches on this piece my grandson and I went through the button box together.
Emmett was having great fun taking the buttons out of the cigar box and putting them on the paper plate with me. I had to run in and put more flour in the mixer for the bread, and got caught up in something else and before you know it.....

The living room was covered in buttons of all sizes. I walked out and he, in his cute little way, with arms outspread and hands facing me, told me in Emmettator speak, about his reason for decorating the carpet, the couch, and hallway with buttons. He's a good boy though, and helped me pick them all up.
Angelia is my newest creation up on ebay. Take a peek at her auction if you get a chance.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

PFATT Marketplace...It's Official!

It's official! I'm so excited to become a part of the fabulous line up of artists on PFATT Marketplace. Many of my friends are there, and folks who's art I've admired for years. I feel like I've finally grown My first piece is the White Rabbit from Alice in Wonderland.
I love Americana and with the inauguration of our new president I'm sharing by creating some Black Americana pieces. These have been very fun for me!
Who doesn't look forward to Spring this time of year and Easter is just around the corner. I used paper doilies pressed into clay to provide a lacy look to this darling bunnie's collar. Check out the slideshow below to see more detail of all these pieces, and then scurry on over to PFATT Marketplace for some fabulous eye candy.

PFATT Video Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 9, 2009

Angelica the newest angel on the block....

Though Angelica has fire red hair, her temperament is sweet as can be. She's a combination of sugar and spice and everything nice. Created from wood, with soft wool hair, homespun fabrics, vintage buttons, and scrapbook papers, she's the perfect guardian angel to hang up by your bed, or in your favorite sitting room. Angelica is 20" long from the tip of her halo to the tips of her toes. She's simply sweet!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

And the winner is.......

Judy! Congratulations Judy, I will send you an email to get your address so I can get these out to you. To everyone else who took the time to stop by and enter, thanks! Come back again, as there may be more give away fun to come.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Sneak Preview!

Well I can't say Lions and tigers and bears...oh my! But bunnies and a Sam, oh wow! They will soon be found on PFATT Marketplace, and I'll be sure to send you a note to share. This is just a sneak preview of what's to come...and there may be more!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

A Rabbit....I saw a rabbit..... WIPS

Oh, yes....he was announcing the Queen of Hearts and then getting ready to run..... Where is he going you ask? Well, you will have to check back and see, I will be announcing that soon. He will also be joined by a few of his friends, including Uncle Sam. History and Bookland Classics are just a few of the places my creative mind wanders. So stop by again and lets wander together. By the way, if you haven't done so yet, scroll down to the announcement of our AHA Valentine Give away and get your name in, and then click on the banner to the right and follow the links to the other give away opportunities. Have fun!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Angelique ....Angels are among us....

Sweetness and light are emanating from her face as she looks upward with hope. Angelique was created using acrylics on heavy watercolor paper. The painting was mounted on layers of papers, embellished with lace, beads, feathers and a brass locket. She comes ready to hang and has a scripture verse on the back ... And when we cried unto the Lord, he heard our voice, and sent an angel.....Numbers 20:16. Stop by my ebay auctions to see her today.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

AHA Valentine Give Away!

At AHA our hearts are all a flutter because we are hosting our first Blog give away! Several of our artists have created lovely goodies for you to try and win. All are celebrating Valentines Day so share the love with your friends and tell them to stop by our main AHA blog, and see who all is participating. All you have to do is leave a comment here and your email address and you will be entered to win my two "love note" cards with matching envelopes. These were created with graphically altered prints of a new angel painting I will have up on Ebay starting tomorrow. I added layers of scrap book papers or doilies, and sweet little Valentine stickers, glitter, and lettering so that each one is an original. I'm off to see what my fellow artists have listed on their blogs so drop me and line here, then follow me to the AHA blog by clicking on the banner to the right. Oh, the give away ends on Saturday the 7th so you will by notified if you win and asked for a mailing address to send your gift. Thanks for stopping by, and have fun!