Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Time flies by...

I have been so busy lately with "life" in general, that I had not realized that it's been since December that I have posted!  I guess it is true what they say....the older we get, the quicker time flies by because here it is, the middle of February already.  *sigh*

At any rate, I guess I should start by saying I will once again be attending the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania  AND the International Doll and Teddy Bear Show in Asheville, North Carolina this year.  Hopefully this year, I will be able to present exciting new pieces for the collectors and show goers.  It would be wonderful to see some of you there!  I have taken the liberty to place the links to the show information here so that you can find it easier if you are not aware of the shows and would like to attend.   AND THE

As you already would have guessed with the upcoming shows, you would not be surprised to learn that I have several projects in the works behind the scenes.  A couple are only concepts at this moment, some are in the beginning stages, others are a little further progressed, and then there is the pile I consider the "do over" stage that seems to happen quite a bit lately.  

Aside from these happenings, I finally managed to get the last commission piece completed....of an angel.  It was in the "do over and over again" pile for a bit.  In fact, I think it took me a month just to complete the wings.  Not because they were complicated mind you, but because I guess, what it boils down to is I really HATE making wings.  And, partly, because I had to order more feathers and the vendor I went with happened to be from China of all places.  *sigh*   Suffice to say,  I went through a butt load of feathers...that is all I can say...and the mess I had every where.  Oh my, who would have thought that a ton of feathers could create such a mess?  And, in the end, I wound up not using feathers after all!   Anyway, I have not had the opportunity to take her final pics yet, so I will be showing the final piece to you when I do my next post.  :-)   Sorry for the teaser folks.  LOL  

Since I really hate to leave you sitting without pics to show of my efforts.  I will post you a couple of progress pics that are on the table to tie you over.  :-D

The first pic is going to be a little pixie boy.  The head itself is about the size of a large grapefruit! This will give you an idea of how large it is.  I think he is adorable!  And behind his head, you can see another project sitting there.  It is a very tall gourd that probably measures about 2 feet tall as a guesstimate.  The imagery is wood burned and wraps all the way around the gourds circumference and is about 12 inches tall.  I will be painting that very soon so that I can start on the next phase of details.

A  little note about gourd work though.  If you are not familiar with gourd artistry at all, there is a rather long process working in this craft.  Of course, since it is a natural item that mother nature grows, we have to wait for her to finish her job. Once it has reached it has matured to its full size, it will start to dry out and become hard like wood.  This process takes 6 to 9 months or longer depending on different elements.  After it has fully hardened, then you have to clean the mold from the drying process off of the outside of the body of the gourd.  Once you have done that and it is once again dried, then you can start to create your design process.  If you decide to cut open the gourd, you have to wear mask because the inner parts of the gourd will contain mold that will need to be cleaned out properly.  After you have sanded out the inside and cleaned it out, it is safe for use and can be designed to your liking.  :-)   At which time, you can chose to carve, cut, wood burn, paint, add embellishments, etc to your hearts desire.   This particular gourd has the image wood burned to the outside shell and has been cut open and cleaned as well.  At any rate, I was fortunate enough to buy this gourd already cleaned on the outside, so that saved me a bit of time.  I can assure you, cleaning gourds is not the funnest task I have ever had to do...and I have cleaned quite a few in the past year.  o.O  So, you should expect to see more gourd crafts coming from my studio in the near future!

In the meantime, enjoy the tidbits, and I hope to see you back again soon!  If you have the time, I would love to hear your thoughts on the new projects.  Thanks again for stopping by!

Little Boy Pixie WIP.

Wood Burned Gourd WIP