Everything in my world is sparkly right now… the floor, the counter, me, the cat… It’s a little bit crazy! But I’ve had a lot of fun working on the tree. The clay that I added cracked a bit while it dried, but instead of filling it in with more clay, I went the route of loading the tree up with paint, gloss and sparkles. Then I sprinkled more sparkles on it. Sensing a theme? Some of the cracks still show, but that’s what twisty lighting is for. Now I guess I need to make more ornaments for it…
One of the things I really like about teaching workshops is the preparation. Handouts, little bags of supplies, table decor… such fun to put together!
When I found out I would be doing a Christmas ornament workshop, I immediately went to a second-hand store to look for a tree to hang the decorations on. Being that it was July at the time, I was surprised to actually find one. It was a little sad-looking (and still is!) but I’m trying to make it fit in with what my brain is visualizing.
The tree is wire, and I want it dripping with sparkles. I tried slathering on sparkle paint and sparkle glue, but it wasn’t as textured as I wanted. What to do, what to do…
Enter air dry clay. I had worked with it a little bit for one of my costumes (the steam in the teacup), and thought it might be just what I needed. When in college, working with clay was not something I excelled at. I think my mom has the few items that weren’t “accidentally” broken… truly they are items only a mother could love!
But this was different… This was building on an existing form. Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of it before I started working on it, but here it is in progress:
Once it dries, I’ll try painting it with sparkles again… Hopefully it works out! I will post a finished picture if successful.
I’m a cat person. Actually, I’m an animal person… I love them all! A friend was telling a story today of how we’d be out walking, and she’d suddenly realize that she was talking to the air, because I was a few driveways down, lying on the ground, trying to coax a cat to come and say hello.
Today’s post is about an animal rescue that I volunteer for – Cat’s Cradle Animal Rescue. I always feel like I don’t do much, but I love to go and help socialize cats who need to learn to trust or to play or to just get used to being around people.
One thing that I can do is help with donations to fundraisers. There is a silent auction coming up on November 16th, and they are participating in the “Christmas in the Manger Crafts Show” at the Saanich Fairgrounds on November 22 & 23rd, 2014.
Here are some of my donations for the events:
Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere pumpkins! The needle felted pumpkin workshop happened today at the Beehive Wool Shop, and I think a good time was had by all. I was able to take pictures of the table before class, but unfortunately I forgot to charge my phone (a common occurrence), so I wasn’t able to take pictures of some of the finished pumpkins.
I was so impressed what people produced – each pumpkin was unique and dear and full of personality! Below is a picture of one of my pumpkins looking a little like it’s going to pounce on the chocolate pumpkin.
Now it’s time to start preparing for the Christmas ornament workshop!
It’s taken many years, but I have finally created a blog/website… Woohoo! For ages people have been asking if I had one and suggesting (strongly) that it would be a good idea. It took me a while to come around, but here I am. Hello there!
To find out all about me and what I do, please go to my “About” page… You may want to have a bit of time on your hands… I was wordy.
When I first began thinking about starting this blog, I spent a fair amount of time trying to figure out the purpose of it. The reasons I came up with were guilt and shame. Stay with me – I’m using guilt and shame in a positive way… I think it’s possible!
I am not always the most motivated of people. While at work, my mind races with thoughts of projects that I’ll start that evening. When I get home from work, I’m no longer excited to start working on anything except how cozy I can get on my recliner with a warm blanket and my lovely (albeit occasionally terrifying) cat on my lap (her name is Smudge, Princess of Darkness – I’m sure you’ll hear more about her in future posts).
To my way of thinking, to keep this blog interesting and relevant, I need to have new ideas and projects to discuss, and then I need to be able to show off completed work… If I don’t, ahhhh, the guilt and the shame. See… It all makes sense now!
Do other artists and crafters have this problem or are you all motivated all the time?