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Friday, March 22, 2013

Snowman Doll Finished

Good afternoon!

I see that I have really been MIA, wow it's been way too long since I have posted. I guess it is just that time of year, not too much going on. Spring is spitting and sputtering it's way here, two steps forward and two back it seams. Right now the temps are low but the snow is gone at least for now.

I wanted to share what I have been up to. I was all set to get going on another pattern, was thinking Spring but..... I was side tracked. I had just put away all my winter snowmen, but needed to start thinking (snowman) once again! Why?? well I was asked to make a snowman for the Autumn/Winter 2013 Prims Publication! Okay, I would have been nuts to turn that invitation down so I got my mind wrapped around winter once again. These submissions need to be in way before the magazines ever come out, so typically these things are made in a completely different season.

I got my thinking cap on and worked on coming up with something unique, not your everyday snowman variety. I am pleased with what I ended up with and will share her here! I have just sent her picture off so I still need to get the final okay if she is accepted, so we are crossing our fingers here.

What emerged was a very child-like snow child. Her head and wrapped candy are paperclay, her body is cloth with painted gloves and feet. Her sucker is baked polymer clay.
This picture shows how roly poly her body is, she does sit nicely though....
Here is a side profile of her sweet face. Honestly I cannot explain this, when I sculpt these faces I really do not have them planned out first, they just happen....they become what they want to be. Oh that is not to say that I don't attempt to plan them out, but that rarely works!
What is funny to me is that I swear I have seen this face, or it reminds me of someone I have met, know or otherwise. I cannot put my finger on it, but it makes me smile! I am not saying I actually know anyone human with a snowman nose, but there is a resemblance in the look this doll has.
Here is a close up of her little wrapped snowmint candy. Hmmm do you think this little guy is not happy anticipating being eaten by this snow child? She has herself a sweet tooth! LOL
This is her sucker, it was made from baked polymer clay and finished off with fine glass glitter.
I am thinking I may make this doll into a snowman pattern but offer a fabric head instead. The clay head is sculpted onto a foam ball and is basically added to the body just like a round fabric head would be. I am still thinking about this......
Thanks for stopping by and taking a peek at my latest creation!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Primitive Sheep and bunny pinkeep!

Good morning! Wow you should see the lovely day I can see out my window, the yard is glistening like diamonds since it is still freezing. The skies clear and blue and the sun is shining brightly, how very nice!!

I have some show and tell! If you are like me I have collected so many things over the years that if and when I buy something it has to be over the top. I look around my house and know I need to start paring down and not adding to it. However lately I could not help myself and bought two of Carol from Buttermilk Creek Farms hand made goodies! One is an adorable pin keep that she used wool and crushed walnuts to fill it. The other is a sheep that is pulling a cart, now who could resist that? I do believe she needle felted the wool on and made that cart herself! If a sheep is what you are after Carols really are the best there is! Check her blog out

I also wanted to share my latest craft room tool discovery!! I have always used those purple disappearing markers, they would run out quick or disappear too quick. Not to mention they didn't always show up well. I need a good way to trace my pattern pieces for sewing. I was talked into buying these pilot pens, wow I love them!!! They are nice and bright, stay on till your done and either erase off or hit is once with an iron and the marks are gone. They have them in every color. I am showing blue and red here but trust me I'll be getting every color the fabric store has. No more purple pen for me. The brand I have is Frixion and they are SWEET.
In other news, I have had my brother here for a family visit, that was so nice! I do not live close to my immediate family anymore so these times are treasured for me.
I also was asked to come up with a snowman for the Prim's winter/Fall issue this year! I have until April 15th to come up with something. My head has cobwebs in it right at the moment so I am not sure what I'll do but I hope I get an idea in  a hurry. I am so excited to be a part of two publications this year, I am surely pinching myself! This will slow down the pattern production a bit until I can get this piece done, but no worries there will be more in the near future!
I will have two hens for sale, one on PFATT this month and the other I will post any day now on Prim Nest. The second hen will come with a nest but I just did not have time to make her a bukcet of eggs.
Have a blessed Saturday!

Friday, March 1, 2013

Folk Art And Primitives Blog Giveaway!

Click on the picture to go to the team blog page. You won't want to miss out on this fabulous givaway! To see the rules and sign up for this giveaway visit the FAAP blog. There will be 4 winners in all! Just look at all those prizes....


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