Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A New Gathering of Folk Art Gourd Santas on PFATT

 From Remote Controls to gourds, there's nothing I leave untouched when it comes to creating Santa pieces.
These handsome fellas are on PFATT now and ready to go to a new home. You can find them here: PFATT Marketplace

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Santa Claus is coming to town!

He's made his list and checked it twice, and already knows who's naughty and nice. He's on eBay right now for all who is nice!
Vintage Holidays Santa

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the gang and I! We are ready to spook any daring trick or treater so beware!  We will be watching Arsenic and Old Lace while munching on popcorn and slurping buckets of Tang after the lights go out..... bwahahahaha!
Have a safe and fun  night!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Scaredy Jack has made his debut on eBay!

 Scaredy Jack has been listening to Spooky and Hungry Jack tell some real Halloween whoppers.
 See? He jumped right into my lap, poor fella! He has made his way to eBay though, to see if someone will make him welcome in their haunted castle.
Here he's hangin with the big boys, and you can see they are having more fun than he is...lol.
For more information stroll on over to eBay to see Scaredy Jack.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Jack O' Lantern is on ebay!

 Jack got restless and decided to try eBay for a match up. He's a tall fellow, 2 feet tall to be exact.
Here he is hanging out with Hungry Jack, who will soon be on his way to his new home. For more info on Jack O' Lantern, stop by here..... Jack O' Lantern   While you are there search ebay for more Halloween Challenge pieces by our PFATT artists. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hungry Jack O' Lantern is done!

Hungry Jack O' Lantern is so ready to hang out with someone. He's an impressively large Jack, and fun to boot!
I haven't decided yet where to debut him. I will keep you posted. If you are interested, send me a note.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Spooky Dude Available now!

He is so ready to haunt your castle he's trying to win you with his best smile. See how you can make him your very own here - MothersDreamRtworks

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Driftwood Santa now on ebay

A touch of clay and a lot of character in the texture of the Wallowa Lake driftwood became a very cool santa that's ready to hang or sit on a shelf. See him on ebay

Thursday, September 27, 2012

We 3 Santas of Alpenfest are bound....

 This weekend is Alpenfest here in Wallowa County, with all the fun that goes along, such as polka dancing, yodeling, Bavarian style foods and lots of vendors.
 Of course there must be Santas to round out the selection of goodies to be had, so I've been working like crazy to finish a few more pieces for the festivities.
 I've already talked to a few folks who haven't seen what I do yet, and they happen to collect Santa figures so I'm hoping they stop by.
These are just a few of the offerings I will have. Two gourd Santas and a tiny vanilla bottle Santa along with a handful of driftwood Santa pieces to be finished. I'm starting to catch a bug, but I'm fighting it, so let's hope I can beat it in order to enjoy all the fun. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Spooky Dude Hanging with Friends

 Spooky Dude is happily hanging out with his friends the Sweet Mamma twins. He is tickled to be out and about and looks forward to Alpenfest in Joseph, Oregon next weekend.
 Spooky Dude is trying to find more of his friends in the squash patch.... I know there are more!
Oh, he caught me with my camera. Such a poser isn't he? At two feet tall, he is pretty impressive I must say. I will keep you updated on how he fares at Alpenfest. I have a companion to him that I'm working on, and maybe more. We may have a gourd Spooky Dude and friends invasion in NE Oregon next weekend. Bwaaaahaaaahaaaaaa!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Transformation of gourd into.... WIP

 From plain Jane, to fabulous....lol! Okay, who remembers that commercial? Was it Maybelline or some other cosmetic company? Anyhew, still heading towards finishing this perhaps for tomorrows listing on ebay. Debating that one as I want to test the market at Alpenfest as well.
I will have finished photos soon, but for now I must get ready to run some errands. Today nature guy requested pizza, so because I love my hard working man, pizza he will get. As for santa production, that's a slow run, but I am working on that as well and hope to have more photos of them as well. Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you again soon.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Something Wicked This Way Comes.....WIP

She's a little rough around the edges right now as she still has spots that need to dry. She will be an impressive 2 feet tall when finished. Hee hee! She is looking forward to getting to know you better my dearies!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Newest Santa on the block.....

He's roly and poly and jolly with holly, and ready to find a new home. Stop by my ebay listings to learn more. Victorian Holly Dreams Santa

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Work In Progress Wednesday ...He's almost done.

 Living in a basement has it's challenges, and getting projects done is one of them. This fella is awaiting one last coat of white on hair and coat trim, then I will add the embellishments after sealing him. I hope to have him finished for my demo stint at the Utah State Fair Creative Arts building on Friday. We shall see. :-)
Created using a tall gourd, this jolly ole' elf stands 19 inches tall. I will share more later so please do stop by again.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Winter Sky Santa from a re-purposed vanilla bottle

At six inches tall with loads of charm, Winter Sky Santa would be a delightful addition to your Santa collection. Hand sculpted with air dry clay, this jolly little fella is a one of a kind original. Stop by and see him here: Winter Sky Santa

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Vintage Style Halloween Candle Keep

Hand painted and ready to hang, let this vintage style Halloween candle keep add a touch of fun to your haunted house this Halloween. For more information: Halloween Candle Keep

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Holiday...with Matthew Mead: Halloween: New ideas with you in mind...and a give...

Holiday...with Matthew Mead: Halloween: New ideas with you in mind...and a give...:  We have a pretty amazing black and white Halloween story in the current issue... as well as a circus party, a movie night and a bake ...

Monday, August 20, 2012

Santa is lighting the way to Christmas....

Shhhhhhh..... don't tell anyone that there's 126 days until Christmas and Santa is already gearing up to visit your home. Have you been naughty or nice? There's still time to shape up! If you would like this gourd Santa to stop by your home invite him here.. Lighting the Way Santa

Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Hauntingly Fun Halloween Treasure Keep

Just a sneak peek at the newest creation to come out of my studio. I've been storing this box for years, but never got around to painting it with the scene I had intended. I tried ebaying the box plain in order to get it out of my way, but that didn't work either, so I finally said, okay, this just needs to be painted with something fun and frightfully Halloween. This is a large paper mache box, about 12 inches in diameter so it can be used in a variety of ways besides just displaying. You could store Halloween collectibles in it, use the box as a base to stand a Halloween tree in and hang the lid above it for decoration, or even a treat box. For more photos on the painted details stop by my ebay listings here: Halloween Treasure Keep

Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Monday! Okay, it is for me at least.....

 Oh the joy of listing an item on ebay and having it sell right away! Printed on very high quality heavy duty gloss finish paper, with very high quality ink, this is the last of the series I had printed from the original painting I did. I only have one of the prints left of the above painting so head on over fast to snag this! Prim Pumpkin Pear Print
 A sweet and woodsy gourd Santa, hand sculpted and painted with layers of paints, this little fella is also available here: Northwoods Dreaming Santa
So I'm having a good Monday, mailed off a few pieces that sold last week and today, and this little guy will go to some lucky home so we are starting off the week right. How's your week going?

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Autumn Pumpkin, Pear & Grapes Still Life Prints

A 12" by 12" print that's sure to warm your home and delight the eye. Two photos as my camera is having a hard time trying find the right colors...lol. You can find more about these here: MothersDreamRtworks

Friday, August 3, 2012

Hagatha Witchley

 August has arrived with an outlook for back to school and fun holiday times just around the corner. Soooo, I pulled out my gourd collection, which is growing by leaps and bounds, and found this lovely lady just waiting to be brought to life. A gourdeous pumpkin witch isn't she?
Hagatha has made her debut on ebay this week, so scurry on over and learn more about her and how you might be able to have her keep you company this Halloween. You can find her here:  Hagatha Witchley

Monday, July 23, 2012

Windchime Mania

Good Monday morning! I'm running here and there trying to get ready for the big event this week so there's jewelry, soap and jewelry dishes, and now windchimes all fighting for a place to be in my tiny cottage. I went yard sale hunting with some friends on Saturday and came home with a treasure trove of items I could re-purpose into fun and funky windchimes. Score! We must have visited 30 yard sales as we traversed the tiny town of Wallowa, Oregon's yearly community yard sale day. I have been going to bed with ideas romping through my dreams, so it's time to get back to work, but I thought I would share some of the creations I will be selling this week. I hope you have a great Monday!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Broken China Heart Pendants

When we lived in the west desert of Utah we loved to explore the different dirt roads for treasures. We came upon an abandoned dump from an old mine about 8 years ago, where there were remnants of broken china and depression glass, eek! We will never know if someone intentionally broke up the kitchenware but we found fragments of Jadeite and gorgeous depression glass bowls and such. I'm such a collector I gathered up bits and pieces of the most intriguing pieces to bring home and use in some creation or another. I initially planned on creating mosaics with the pieces, but never got around to it. Well today I pulled out some of the pieces and created some pendants for necklaces. The two hearts were easy as the broken pieces already had a somewhat heart shape to them. I'm itching to get them turned into a one of a kind jewelry creation so I'm off to the table to play with beads and chain.

More Creations for Chief Joseph Days

 I have managed to squeeze more jewelry making while trying to spend quality time with Nature Guy. We have gone fishing, got skunked, rats! Took a ride up towards the Hells Canyon Lookout and had a picnic, then collected flat rocks for paving some areas around the deck and garden boxes, yay! Now I'm ready to rock and roll as Nature Guy is on the road to visit his sons.
The bracelet above is created on memory wire using ceramic turquoise beads, red stone beads and bright shiny silver beads. All my pieces are one of a kind.
 Another fun and funky, chunky necklace for rodeo queens or any chic and fashionable lady who loves turquoise colors and silver.
 To mix things up a bit I will have some home decor products such as these re-purposed china dishes that are now suitable for vintage style soap pedestal dishes, or jewelry caches.
One of the best things about being in Wallowa County in the summer is a possibility to find fun vintage pieces that can be re-purposed and useful. I will share more of my fun finds soon so stop by again when you can. It's time to head to the studio to sculpt so here's to a good day for all!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Chief Joseph Days here we come!

It's almost rodeo time again, and one of my best childhood friends and I are taking the challenge to have a booth at Chief Joseph Days  . If you have a moment, take some time to check out the goings on for Chief Joseph Days. It's the biggest event around and draws folks from all over the world to come see the wild bucking horse stampede, the PRCA rodeo events, and dance the night away. The Nez Perce set up teepees outside the rodeo grounds and have dance demonstrations among other things, along with everyone who can find a reason participating in the kiddie and grand parades. It's with a bit of trepidation that we do this, especially for me as I've not tried an outdoor venue like this before. Luckily for me, Teri is a pro at this sort of thing.
Teri is the owner of Calamityville Mercantile, a fun and very cool vintage cowgirl "chic" sort of shop with western treasures galore! She also creates hand woven saddle cinchas, and does beautiful work. Her hubby is a saddle maker among other things and they live out in the farm/desert country of southern Idaho in an idyllic location surrounded by fields of green and fresh produce everywhere to be had. Click on her link and see what's going on out in her shop.
So I'm going to get my cowgirl on, and get to  making some fun jewelry, and home decor, including gourd country critters, and some art pieces (hopefully)....lol.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Sunflowers and Abstracts...

 Or is that abstracts and sunflowers? A long long time ago, in a land far away..... I started taking commercial art classes. One of the tips the professor gave us as artists was to build a file of favorite photos, so the sunflowers are an attempt at a pastel of sunflowers from a photo I've toted around for years.
I can sure tell the difference in papers I'm using. My textured, colored pastel papers are in Utah so I'm trying something else. The smooth surface isn't quite as fun to work with as the color wants to slide right off the paper. With each layer of sealer spray I've been able to build up some tooth though and the color is sticking better. This was a loose and easy painting, not too detailed as I wanted something fun to play around with and didn't really want to get bogged down in detail.
The abstract is just that, a fun textured painting that will look great framed. It's so nice to be getting some creative time in! Now, back to work.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts Success Story

 What an incredible show it was this year! I won a ribbon for the above piece, and it was one of the first pieces sold at the opening night reception Friday night. I was/am so tickled! I had a fun time Saturday as I was asked to demo my sculpting and textured art skills. The textured art demo was the most popular, with people of all ages watching and asking questions. One lady asked me if I considered what I do fine art or a crafty thing, and so I to pointed out to her that the above piece was accepted into the show and it is a fine art show.... she didn't ask any more questions after that, but I'm not sure what I could have said otherwise. The look on everyone's faces when she asked the question was funny, some shocked, some frowning, some with a wondering look, but when I answered they all nodded yes and smiled. I hope I wasn't too harsh as I said it gently, but firmly. The sculpting demo was fun as well and I was asked to join the quick draw next year to sculpt a piece with the idea that it would be sculpted to a finished stage, and painted later, with an example of what the finished piece would look like so folks bidding would know what they could expect. That will be quite a challenge as we have an hour and a half to finish a piece, so I had better settle on a theme and practice now.
 Sunday when I went to pick up my art, I found out that the same person who bought the one piece, bought my chicken as well, score! I hear she is a very nice person so I look forward to getting to know her.
To top everything off my silent auction piece sold as well, to a local chef, and this year half of the sale price goes to the artist, whoohoo!
All in all, it was a very good year for me, and I'm thrilled! After not working all year, and not really having much artistic time it was a sweet gift from above. I know where my blessings come from and I consider this such a blessing!

Friday, May 4, 2012

I'm still around, and here's a painting to prove it!

I was beginning to wonder if my blog would still be here when I checked in again. It's been a long process trying to recover from my physical fall apart, and I'm still on the mend, but thanks to modern medicine and prayer, I'm getting there. Silly me, I found out that I need to pray for myself as well. :-)
Anyhew, back a while ago I started this mixed media painting on a canvas board. I have only been able to work on painting when I'm at the apartment so this has been waiting for the final touches. We are in the middle of a dual move, some stuff going north, some stuff going east, but with me down it has been necessary for me to stay in town to see the doctors and go to PT twice a week. Our move deadline is looming so here I am, trying to pack and not throw my back out again. It takes some thought to get things sorted and organized, which I'm not right now so I'm glad you can't see the place, it's pure pandemonium. Trying to paint in chaos is not a strong point of mine, but I'm learning to change my way of doing things to live in the moment so to speak.
What does all that have to do with the actual finished piece, probably not much....lol. I used acrylics and stamps and various other items to create texture and design. It was rather freeing to play around with the different colors I had chosen for this. Have you tried a new technique or style lately for the fun of it?