Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Last Day to Enter!

I sure hope I win this:

photo from Just Dishes Dinnerware

Today is the last day to enter to win this 16 piece place setting by Le Souk!
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Monday, March 30, 2009

New to my shop...

Something a little different, but similar.
A hand painted wood doll:

I painted her to look like my little girl polymer clay beads and felt dolls.

This spring party girl is in my etsy shop:)

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Tiny Polymer Clay Doll

A tiny, jointed polymer clay doll that I am working on:
Now, I need to make her clothes...
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Sunday, March 22, 2009

My Polymer Clay Covered Egg...

Here is my finished polymer clay covered egg.

First, I hollowed out the egg. I covered it with a thin coat of liquid sculpey and baked. Next, I covered the egg with a smooth layer of brown polymer clay and baked again. I added lots and lots of brown polymer clay flowers...then baked again. Last, but certainly not least, I added one of my tweet little birds to the top!

P.S...I did try to scent the brown clay by adding cocoa powder...it did not work. The clay was fine, but after adding a good amount, it still smelled more like clay than chocolate.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Clay Flowers

I've been receiving Martha Stewart Craft of the Day e-mails. Today it was a clay project...so I had to share! It's a project for making flowers out of an air dry clay, but I also think it could work with polymer clay. I think that the Sculpey ultra light clay would work especially well.


photo from marthastewart.com
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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!
If you would like to raise your glass today and make a toast to good health and good friends...you might want to look here.
Have a great day. Be safe.

image is from allrecipes.com
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Crazy sock day...

Today was crazy sock day at Ramona's school. We took an old pair of orange t-ball socks from last year, and jazzed them up. We wrote CES (school initials) on the front and glitterfied them. We also sewed blue felt "eagle" (the school mascot) wings and bells on the back.

Here are the crazy socks:

Tomorrow is crazy hat day....hmmm....

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Some new creations...

Hot out of the oven!

Two new "tweet" charms have been added to my etsy shop:



A fairy in a jar magnet to be given as a gift:

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Art Dolls

I just love art dolls, and had to share this Etsy shop that I found today. It is called loopyboopy. In it you will find some of the most amazing dolls. Self described as "Creepy and Whimsical Art Dolls"...that is really what they are. You just have to check this shop out! There is a boopy blog too: http://loopyboopy.blogspot.com/. Oh, and dolls made from polymer clay! That's just super awesome...as my 7 year old daughter would say:)


Polly Loopy Art Doll
photo by loopyboopy
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Sunday, March 8, 2009

St. Patrick's Day Sale!!! 20% off!!!

Hi!
I just marked all of our size 11/0 round Toho seed beads 20% off!!!
Sale lasts until March 17...Please stop by and take a look!

TOHO 11/0 Japanese Seed Beads Pink Lined Light Amethyst
http://www.dalghouse.com
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Saturday, March 7, 2009

And the Winner of the Pug Charm Giveaway is...

My oldest daughter, Ramona, got to pick the winner today.



Congratulations Manhattan!
You are the winner of my pug charm giveaway!

Thanks to everyone who entered! Also, thanks to Blog Giveaways for helping me get the word out!
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Friday, March 6, 2009

Bead Star tips...

I finished the piece that I plan on entering in the Bead Star contest! I still have not taken a photo or filled out the entry form, but I am really happy with my finished product. Of course, like everyone who enters a contest, I hope to win. I found a really helpful article titled "How to Win Beading Competitions: 6 Tips from a Contest Judge".
I hope these tips by Marlene Blessing will help increase my chances!!!:
Having been a judge in beading and other contests, here are some key tips to help you rise to the top:
1. Follow entry rules to the letter! If there's anything you think is confusing or ambiguous, most contest sites offer FAQs. They probably even list contact information if you need more help. Don't lose by being disqualified.
2. Get the best digital photo of your project(s) you can. If you've just made your most stupendously cool bracelet ever and you know it's a winner, remember the old adage: "A picture is worth a thousand words." Actually, edit that to read: "A great picture . . ." Loads of wonderful entries lose all the time because the image submitted to screeners and judges didn't do justice to the finished beadwork. There's even a Digital Art Photography for Dummies book to help you improve your results.
3. Be a politician. Get your friends, family, fellow bloggers, and coworkers out for the vote! If you've entered a popular vote contest such as Bead Star, it doesn't hurt to lobby the ones you love. (Just don't make any election promises you won't keep.)
4. Focus on finishing touches. Style and originality count big in contests. But be sure you finish your work beautifully with the best findings, technique (good tension, no knots or thread showing--unless they're intended, etc.), and other bits of polishing. It's all about the total package.
5. Enter contests frequently. Chance plays a part in winning, and you improve the odds if you keep on trying!
6. Have fun! (No explanation required.)


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Monday, March 2, 2009

A couple more...

I just added a couple more beads to my Etsy shop:

siamese kitty cat~

pretty in fuchsia girl~

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Sunday, March 1, 2009