New things!!!

Well, its been quite busy around my place lately. I have been working hard trying to do an online class taught by Christi Friesen through Doll Street Dreamers So far all I have done is my wings and my head/face is only 1/2 way done. Here are the wings:

Work in Progress - Green Goddess Wings

Work in Progress - Green Goddess Wings

Hopefully I can motivate myself to finish up her head real soon. Her body & clothing should be pretty simple after that.

I’ve also re-discovered another craft that I used to do when I was my daughter’s age. Crocheting. The thing is now, I’m not just doing the simple pot-holder square, or scarf, I’m actually trying the stuff I never imagined I could do. Hats, doilies, amigurumi, and I’m even going to try my hand at filet crochet. I’m really enjoying myself, and my daughter is even joining in and trying her hand at the hats & amigurumi. I’m about 98% completed on my very first doily, and I’ll post a photo of that once I get it blocked out and pretty. Here are the first hats I’ve ever done in the meantime:

Cloche Hat

Cloche Hat

My Daughter Wearing the Cloche hat.

My Daughter Wearing the Cloche hat.

Child's Light Cap

Light Cap.

I made the cloche hat, as well as the white hat following the instructions here: The Art of Crochet At this site she has TONS and TONS of helpful videos and projects. She’s really helped me get started, and get interested to keep going.

Other than that life is still rolling on. The kids start school next Monday. Even though they won’t admit it, I know they are happy for the shorter summer. They just get to bored sitting at home playing video games all day. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyway, that’s all I have time for today, hopefully I’ll have somemore to share very soon!

Namaste

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Missing in Action…

So sorry to have not been around for a while. I’m not sure I even have readers to apologize to. *SIGH* Oh well. I’ve been busy being depressed, being up and being down, trying to get my diabetes back under control. Lemme tell you all, I absolutely HATE with the UTTMOST passion HATE having to evaluate and analyze every dang thing that I put into my mouth to eat. I feel like food is controling my enitre day, my entire life and that I cannot live because of it, yet this is what I must do to be able to live. Its a bit ironic and so very depressing.

My clay time has been nearly non-existant, sadly. I have quietly slid away from all my email groups and not been participating like I would like. Partly due to not having any time what-so-ever, and partly due to lack of skill. I see everyone elses lovely creations and omg I am just fooling myself to think I could ever create like they do. I’ve posted a new link to a lady I so admire: Annabel Arico. She has the most stunning and free creations. *BRAVO* Pop on over there and get an eye-full. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Anyway, back to work for me. I’d much rather be home trying to create, or hell even just home sleeping. I honestly don’t feel I’m at the right place at any time of day anymore. Here’s hoping to things going back up, it certainly can’t go down any further. *sigh*

Trying new things…

Hello all. In BPCAG we are doing what is called “Sculpting Practice Rounds”, and this week practice round is the female head. Seeing as I’ve NEVER EVER sculpted anything, this was a little daunting for me. But, I want to do this sooooo bad. So I’m jumping in. With great support from these wonderful ladies of the group, and armed with quite a few different tutorials. Here is a sample of the head I am working on now:

Head/Face Sculpting Practice

Head/Face Sculpting Practice

So far this attempt is going okay. I’m trying to be optimistic about it. Even though being optimistic is quite alien to me. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Here is a side shot:
Head/Face Sculpting Practice

Head/Face Sculpting Practice

She is entirely polymer clay right now. I tried doing it with a foil ball armature underneath the clay, but I couldn’t get her smooth at all. This seems to be better. I will try to post more as I progress with her. Thanks!

TTFN!

Happy end of the holidays!!!

Just wanted to say happy end of the holidays and the sleepy resting time. *sigh* Back to life as usual. The kids are back home, they got back on saturday. It was hard having them gone for the entire 2 weeks. My daughter has announced that she is ready to spend this comming summer at her grandma’s house in South Carolina. *screams* Jake barely lasted this 2 weeks WITH his dad, he wouldn’t survive that out there. We’ll have to see how things go.

I’m happy to finally be able to share my lil christmas tree with you all. I had to keep it offline till the challenge through the email group was over. But here it is.

My entry for the BPCAG Christmas Tree Challenge

My entry for the BPCAG Christmas Tree Challenge

Its made of an aluminum foil armature covered in polymer clay. I’m quite proud of it. It tied for 2nd place out of 4 entries. I actually made each leaf on this tree, and put them on individually. *VBG*

That’s all for now unfortunately I need to get back to work.
TTFN!

Moving along…

Christmas Pins

Christmas Pins

Okay, so after a week of a few doctor visits, and my actually getting back on my meds. I really feel so much better. I’m not feeling like life is stomping all over me. So much so that I actaully got to play with clay this weekend, and the good thing is it was all for an ORDER, yes an actual order for christmas pins. Here are the 3 versions I came up with these to the right. They are each about 2 inches high. The buyer loved them, I’m proud to say. And I’m quite happy with how they turned out as well. I am going to sit down tonight and make up another batch for my family members as well.

Back to work I go!! TTFN!

Happy Monday!!!

Just realized I hadn’t posted in a bit, so here I am. I was able to do a bit of clay play the past two weekends. It really was great. I have this terrible habit of “thinking” to hard when I actually get to sit down and clay. Then I get so overwhelmed and depressed that I cannot even make anything because I’m to busy fussing over what to make and that I’m missing this or haven’t got that to make that or this… *sigh*

Good news is that last weekend, just after turkey day, I did get over it enough to pop out an ornament for my swap partner in the BPCAG Holiday Ornament Swap. And since my swap partner has already received her ornament from me, I can now post a photo to show you all!

My jolly whimsical snowman.

My jolly whimsical snowman.

I had to change his hat three different times. It just didn’t want to turn out the way I had it pictured in my brain.

Now this past weekend, I was able to work on my christmas tree for the BPCAG Christmas Tree/Holiday Challenge. Now that photo I can’t post till the challenge and voting are over, so check back soon! I am really happy with how mine turned out, even if its pretty basic. Can’t wait to show it off. ๐Ÿ™‚

ttfn!

To sell or not to sell…

Well, I’ve been told that I would do great to start making clay items to sell, and I’m pondering weather or not it would be worth all the extra “work”. I am in a slump at the moment, we are moving and well I haven’t had time to clay at all over the last week like I would like. I’ve signed up for an ornament exchange on one of the yahoo groups I belong to, I have also been commissioned to make a set of 12 christmas pins for the wife of a co-worker here at the office. And I’ve not even started either of those. I definately DO need the extra money, so selling things would definately be a great help, but I am so down in the dumps that I’m afraid it would just bomb and nothing would sell. *Sigh* I suppose I need to focus on the small commitments that I have already, and maybe try to work on setting up to sell next month once those are taken care of. I really wish I had more control over my brain and emotions, this up and down crap really just adds to the “down” and its all just a stupid never-ending circle. I’m tired, circles just make it more so.

So anyhoo… I have been toying with names for this future of selling my clay items. I don’t have the “feel” that any of them are right just yet. Ideas would be super wonderful!

  • Jaymie’s Whimsies
  • JL Whimsies
  • Whimsical Delights
  • Dragonfly Dreams
  • Dragonfly Designs
  • A few of those already have domains that are taken, so I couldn’t do a straight website. And etsy looks like a good option, but I’m afraid someone already has the names there as well and I just don’t know it. See all my self doubt here? I want a name that reflects my love of the countryish/primitive type of design as well as my fantasy tendancies. And one that people will easily remember. *sigh* again, guess I just need to keep thinking!

    ttfn…

    I’m doing it!!!

    Work in progress - Emerald

    Work in progress - Emerald

    I am actually sculpting!! I’m sooooo excited! Here she is, a work in progress, my dragon Emerald! She still has a way to go, but I am happy with her so far. Trying to decide how I want to do her wings now. She’s made of polymer clay, and has a dusting of various Pearl Ex powders to make her shimmer. I’ve followed the Make a Scrap Dragon tutorial at Polymer Clay Express. I’ll update as soon as she’s done!

    WIP - Emerald the Dragon from behind.

    WIP - Emerald the Dragon from behind.

    Happy clay days!

    Was able to clay…

    YAY I was finally able to get a lil bit of clay-time in last night. I made the halloween earrings that I had planned to make. They are danglies of a mini pumpkin, mini bat and mini ghost. I plan on wearing them to work on Friday along with a t-shirt I got at Target last week that is orange with a jack-o-lantern face on it. Ohhh I’ll have to find my camera when I get home and take a photo to post.

    A new beginning…

    Hello.

    This is by no means ready to get off the ground. But it is a new start, and I’m trying my best to actually stick with it. I’m hoping to post here about my life journies as well as my creative ones. I’ve recently discovered the wonderful crafting world of Polymer Clay and I’m so happy about it. My only problem now is actually finding the time to “clay” in between all my other life issues of work, kids activities, and well just living. So please stay tuned if your so inclined.