Monday, May 31, 2010

Sneak Peek and Ebay Listings!

Hey there!  Just wanted to give you a sneak peek of my new art piece for the Halloween Queen's Castle Bootique.  The pic is a work in progress.  I took the original finial off the top, as you can see in the pic, and replaced it with something that I hand sculpted out of paper clay!  I will post more pics of the finished piece as soon as the Bootique is updated!

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Also the group Artistic Halloween Queens Unite is getting together and doing a mass listing this week starting today on Ebay.  Just do a search for AHQU or click here to see all the wonderful Halloween artwork that is available for sale!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wonderful Goodies from Overseas!

Wanted to show some wonderful goodies that my daughter, Kaylie, and I received from Kate Whittaker and her daughter Lola!!  Kate had a contest, on her blog, to come up with a name for one of her wonderful miniature dolls that she just got.  I was very surprised when she contacted me saying that she was going to use part of the name that I came up with!!  The prize was a very cool Alice in Wonderland book!  She was so kind since she also had picked part of a name from somebody else, she went and got another book so we could each have one!  She thought it was something that my daughter would really enjoy.  My daughter and I have not seen the movie yet, but we are going to run out and buy the dvd as soon as it comes out!  Well, to our surprise and delight not only did we receive one package, but there were two, one for each of us! 

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My daughter's had the book in it plus an amazing story writen by Kate's daughter Lola.  Lola even drew an awesome picture of a dragon to go with it!! She is very talented and I can see her being a wonderful author when she gets older!!  She is the same age as Kaylie and my daughter was very excited when Lola asked if they could be pen pals!!  She is in to miniautures just like her mom and even has her own blog, Princess Lola's Miniature Diary .   

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The package for me had 2 miniature magazines in it. I have not been able to find any miniature magazines here so it was very cool to be able to go through them and get some ideas for some future projects. I even seen an article with Nikki Rowe, with Witch And Wizard Miniatures, that sells awesome miniatures on Etsy.
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Kate also sent some fun minitature items that I can use in the witch room that I am currently doing!  I was so excited to see a miniature bird cage.  I had told her that I wanted one for a project that I want to try and was going to see if I couldn't talk my husband into making one, but now I don't have to!  I'm not going to say what I want to do with it yet, it will be a surprise.  Until I am for sure I can even do it!haha

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I was so delighted to find a miniature stack of books with a skull and potion bottle that Kate had made!  I think it is awesome!  When I finally get my own room box started, this is definitely going in it!!

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Thank you so much Kate and Lola, you are too sweet!

Monday, May 17, 2010

1st Shadow Box in Progress!

Here is a wip that I just started.  I have done light up scenes in clocks before, but they have not been true 1/12 scale.  Thanks again to Kate with Whittaker's Miniatures, who has been helping me out greatly, I have decided to try a miniature scale display.  I had found this shadow box a while back and thought it would make a fun old witch room.  It actually had a scene in it when I got it, but I ripped everything out except what you see below.  I would have shown the real before pic but Kate is using the other pieces and I don't want to spoil what she is doing.  The box does hang on the wall and has a frame and glass.   
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I started by taking some spackle that I found in our garage and brushed it on the walls to give it a rough look.  Kind of made a mess of things.  Oops!

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I had found a bag of popsicle sticks at the hobby store and used them to make the floor.  I just cut the ends off and then cut them into different sizes.  I used painters tape once I had it all layed out to keep them all together so I could paint.  I can't glue the floor down into the room yet because I am planning on adding lights and I'm not sure yet where the wires are going.  Don't know why this pic turned out so yellow.

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The next pic shows the walls painted an antique white and then aged and the floor has been stained.  I did not have real stain, so I used brown acrylic paint mixed with an antique/staining medium, then dry brushed some black around to make it look older. 

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The last pic shows the 2 pieces that I kept, of course I still need to add to them, and the start of the fireplace.  My plans are having the embers in the fireplace light up and a cauldron inside that also lights up.  I also want to add a window and some more shelves with bottles, books and other witchy things.  I am hoping to even make a witch doll to go in it.     

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I will post more on this box soon after I get the fireplace figured out!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mama's Lil Pumpkin!

Well here he is, a face only a mother could love! Made for the AHQU May Mother's Day Challenge!


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He sits 5 inches tall and is made out of paper clay. The little bat on his beanie is polymer clay and his socks and overalls are fabric.

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Like I said before, in my previous post (there is also a before pic), the stroller is 12 inches tall. I covered the basket of the stoller with paper mache and clay to look like a pumpkin and added polymer clay vines and leaves. I covered the original handle and turned it into the shape of a bone. The wheels, after adding some missing spokes, I wrapped wire through them to look like spider webs and than attached some spiders. The wheels still spin and the top folds up and down.

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The inside of the stroller has been relined with soft orange fabric so Mama's Lil Pumpkin can enjoy a comfortable ride.

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Go to the Halloween Queen's Castle Bootique to see more information about him and to check out the other artist's wonderful pieces! There are three other artist that listed there May challenges in the Bootique and you can see even more listed on ebay.

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