Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holiday Season!!

I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!!

I also would like to share a cool pic of a stocking that my sister had crafted out of soda can tabs. I thought it was rather clever, to much work for me though! I'll just have to ask for one for Christmas (hint hint)! Her blog is The Art of Can Tabistry if you would like to check it out or to see more tabistry projects that she has created.

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Also, if you hurry over to the Because We Believe Art Blog you may still have a chance to win a blog giveaway. A few first winners didn't respond to emails so there are some prizes left!! Here is the ornament that I made for the giveaway:

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After the holidays I will be listing Halloween pieces for sale again, so keep watching!!
Hope you have a Very Merry Christmas!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Halloween Jack O Lantern Candy Dish

Here is a vintage Halloween style candy dish that I just listed on ebay tonight. I found this unique candy dish and thought it would look great with a Halloween theme. The knob was broken on it, but I planned on sculpting over it any way! The jol is hand sculpted out of paper clay and then painted. I repainted the rest of the dish in black, orange, green and gold to match. Then I antiqued it to give it an old vintage look and gave it a protective clear coat. I thought it turned out quite elegant looking. It measures around 8.5 inches wide and 11 inches tall (including the jol).

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If you would like to view the auction please click the link below:
OOAK Vintage Halloween Art Candy Dish

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Tombstone Trade Treasure!

I recently participated in a tombstone trade put on by Dani at Ambitions Design and got an awesome partner, Marie Patterson. If you have not seen her blog, you should really check it out. She does some really great stuff!!

Here is the tombstone that I made for Marie. The rules were to sculpt a tombstone and it needed to measure around 2.5 x. 3.5. I made this one out of polymer clay.
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Here is the tombstone that Marie made me! Isn't it just the coolest?! I love it!! He has a little marker in his hand that he used to cross out "RIP" and wrote "Never".
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I had a really fun time with this swap and hope to do it again next year!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

More Fun After the Show

I thought I would share some more pics of our trip after the show. I know there are a lot of pics, it was hard to narrow it down to this many. We had a lot of fun! Thanks to family that had timeshare, we were able to stay longer than we originally planned and at a really cool resort too!

While I was at the show, my husband took our daughter to the Central Florida Zoo. I thought this pic was so cute!
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The whole long drive from Kansas to Florida, all my daughter talked about was getting her pic with Mickey Mouse and going to the largest McDonalds in the world. As you can see we found the McDonalds, it had two floors with games and lots and lots of kids!
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We decided to go to Sea World and see Shamu. This is what we saw driving into the park.
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The shows were really great!
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We even got to dine with Shamu. Here he is saying "Hi".
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Unfortunately, the next morning,our daughter, Kaylie woke up with a fever. The next day she started to get a sore throat. We were starting to get a little worried because of the swine flu thing going around so we started to call around to find a doctor. Fortunately, the resort that we stayed at had a doctor that came to the rooms. Kaylie ended up getting tonsillitis! So, we ended up having to stay in the room a few more days. Kaylie was starting to worry that she wouldn't see Mickey before we had to go.

Here is the view from the back of our room.
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I thought this was a pretty cool pic!
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The day before we had to leave we decided to try and check out the beaches. We ended up at Vero beach. Another cute pic!
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The day we checked out of our room, Kaylie was feeling much better. We decided to sneak over to Disney World for a few hours. Okay it was more like most of the day. We had to leave at a decent time though because we had a LONG drive ahead. Here is the view driving into the Magical Kingdom.
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I loved the Halloween decorations that were around the park!
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Here is my daughter and me with a huge Mickey pumpkin!
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Of course we had to go check out the Haunted Mansion!
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And finally after waiting more than an hour, Kaylie got her pic with Mickey AND Minnie!!
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Back from Florida and My First Halloween Show!

Just got back from my first Halloween show and what a treat to be able to experience it in Florida! Me and my family had such a great time! I thought I would share a few pics! As I told you before the show was "Spirits on First" put on by Jeanine Taylor Art Gallery in historical downtown Sanford, Florida. Jeanine and the rest of the gang were so great and they did an awesome job at making the show really cool. I met so many great people, collectors and artists!!

Here is my table for the show:
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I had received a lot of postive comments on my work! I had made some Halloween jewelry with handmade clay beads that sold very well! I was really excited!
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I included with the jewelry a lined coffin box, that I handpainted, to store each piece in.
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Melissa Menzer was another artist that had a great display of antique pieces that she sculpted clay faces on. Each piece was so unique! She has quite the imagination!! I could have stared at her table for hours, there was so much detail in her work!
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Jorge de Rojas with HohoHalloween was also there! I had seen his work before and was really excited to finally meet him! He is such a talented artist and a wonderful person!!

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I really like his witches, so I had to get me one of his ornies!
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I thought it was so cool! After the show, he gave my daughter one of his pieces! She was very excited, she is making him something and is going to send it to him.
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I had such a fun time, I can't wait until next year!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Finally Finished the Man Eating Plants!

Well, I finally have some pics to post of the Man Eating Plant Arrangements.

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I have not decided yet if I will sell one on eBay or just take them both to the Halloween show that I am getting ready to attend, I'm still trying to get more projects finished. Both arrangements have 3 man eating plants each. Each one is done with fall colored flowers. Since I handpainted scenes on each side of the pots, I tried to arrange them to where there is a man eating plant on each side of the arrangement. They are not glued in so they can be rearranged or changed.

Here is a pic before the plants were painted:

I also made thorny stems out of paper mache.
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The below pics are the finished arrangements.

Arrangement 1:

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Arrangement 2:

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Thank you for looking! I will have more pics of pieces that I am taking to the "Spirits on First" Halloween Art show soon.

Oh and don't forget to stop on over to the Artistic Halloween Queens Unite blog for a fantastic giveaway. Drawing will be Sept. 22!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

My Malice in Wonderland Entry

As I told you before the AHQU (Artistic Halloween Queens Unite) group's theme for the month of August is "Malice in Wonderland". Well, I finally finished my entry piece. I used the "Drink Me" bottle idea and the Cheshire Cat. I started with a glass bottle and added Fastmache and paperclay. The bottle stands a little over 7 inches tall.

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Jamie

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Halloween JOL Bracelet and Trinket Box

Hi all! Just wanted to post this Halloween charm bracelet with matching trinket box that I just finished and listed tonight on eBay.

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The bracelet measures 7 inches long with glass beads and 3 handmade polymer clay jol beads.

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The trinket box has been handpainted in a vintage style. The Jack O Lantern on top has been handmade out of paperclay and the leaves are made from polymer clay. The inside has been lined with a black corduroy fabric. The box measures 4.5 inches wide and 2.5 inches tall (about 5 inches tall including the jol).

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To check out the auction or to see more pics, please click link below.

Vintage Halloween Art HP Box & Bracelet

I will be posting an update on the man eating plants and a couple other projects that I have been working on soon!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Man Eating Plant WIP

Here are a couple of pics of what I have so far on the man eating plants.

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I started with slicing an area out of the styrofoam ball for the mouth. Then I used paperclay and covered the ball and shaped the mouth area. Before the clay dried, I added some teeth that I had made and baked earlier out of white polymer clay. After the paperclay dried, I went back and added viens on each plant.

Now I need to finish the detailing on each and then they are ready to paint. I will be back with more pics when I have that completed!

Hope you all have a great weekend!!

Jamie

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Creepy Creations Update!

Wow, I can't believe I have not posted anything in over a month! Shame on me!! I have a couple of pretty good excuses though. The main one is that I had family staying with me the whole month. So you know how that can be! HaHa! No, really I had a fun time but it is time to get back to work!! I have some really exciting and fun things coming up! Unfortunately I had to stop working on my Harry Potter clock in order to get some other stuff done, but as soon as I can I will get back to it and share some pics.


First of all, the eBay group AHQU (Artistic Halloween Queens Unite) has decided on a theme for the month of August. Are you ready for this....Malice in Wonderland! So, if you are on eBay you really must check us out and see what creative things are being listed all that month. I will be posting more later on when I start on mine, I have a few ideas rattling around in my brain.

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Also AHQU is having an ornie swap amongst some of the artists in the group. I can't wait to see who my partner will be, I just love doing swaps! I have not really made an ornament so this should be fun! I think I might try a couple, I have been wanting to do a giveaway on my blog. I will post more information later!

Next, I am currently working on another Man Eating Plant Arrangement to sell on eBay. I had so many positive comments on the first one, I thought I would give another one a go. This time I will try and show some pics of the process.

Here is the before pic of a pot that I found. I also included the start of the ManEating Plants - rods and styrofoam balls. Wow, I really have a lot done there, huh!

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Actually I am making 2 arrangements. I have been invited to a Halloween Show in Florida called "Spirits on First Street"! I am really excited! I am trying to get as many projects completed as I can. That has been another reason why I am behind on my posting. Below I have a pic of the projects that I am trying to complete now. Normally I am a one at a time project kind of gal, but yes, I am trying to do all these at once. I also have 2 more clocks and 2 games and some jewelry that I would also like to complete before the show in October! I will share more pics when they are completed. You can't really tell in the pic, but there is a grandfather clock that measures a little over 24 inches tall that I will be adding a led light up scene to, a knick knack cabinet in the back that will also have a light up scene and I am adding a clock to it too, a small box that will hold a piece of jewelry that I might go ahead and sell on eBay, the two pots for the man eating plant arrangements, and a candy dish that I have already done some clay work on.

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Well, I think I have caught you up on everything for now. I will post again soon when I have more completed on the man eating plants.

Jamie

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