Wednesday, December 31, 2008
The bad pic doesn't reveal much about him, but we don't want to spoil the fun do we?As far as I can remember, I've never made a Valentine's sculpture in the past. I suppose that makes this guy kind of special! Can't wait to get him painted.
I also have a few little heart ornaments in the works, so keep an eye out for them.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This Christmas season has been so much fun artistically. Spookytime Jingles has been a blast. I've met tons of great people through the site, including its talented artists and the wonderful customers who have bought from me. Its very refreshing to see that the world is full of good people. Thank you all.
I haven't done much sculpting lately, but I do have some new sketches ready to come to life in January. See you soon!
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I'm amazed at how anyone can make this accomplishment, especially with her difficult major. I'm very proud of her. Now for grad school!
^^ There she is with her proud fiance (me!)^^
Friday, December 12, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Btw, don't forget Spookytime Jingles is updating very soon!! Where is the time going, seriously!? I just finished the elf from the below post so keep an eye out for him. See you soon!
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Here is the first, from the talented Flora of Bone Head Studios. It's called " The Marie-Antoinette A Real Person, A Real Award."
Here are the Rules for the Award:
1. Please put the logo on your blog
2. Place a link to the person from whom you received the award
3. Nominate at least 7 or more blogs
4. Put the links of those blogs on your blog
5. Leave a message on their blogs to tell them
And here are my selected winners:
1. Huckleberry Arts
3. Howling Moon
4. Chicken Lips
5. Surprise, Delight, Joy
6. Audrey Eclectic
7. The Smiling Goat
And here is the second award from the also talented Annette of Huckleberry Arts. Thanks for the pick-me-up Annette!
Here are the rules:
* Put the logo on your blog or post.* Nominate at least 5 blogs(can be more) that for you are Uber Amazing!* Let them know that they have received this Uber Amazing award by commenting on their blog.*" Share the love and link to this post and to the person you received your award from."
And here are the winners:
Sorry if you've already received one of these awards. Guess now you'll have two! You are all very deserving.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
I'll start with my 10 favorite Christmas movies (unless I'm forgetting something.)
10. Nightmare Before Christmas. So it's a mash-up of Christmas and Halloween, but it's an ingeniously made classic as far as I'm concerned.
9. A Christmas Story. Most of you would probably like to strangle me for putting this movie at number nine on my list rather than 1, 2, or 3. The fact is, this one's new to me and I'm not sure I've even seen the whole thing from beginning to end. However, from what I've seen, it deserves a spot here.
8. Miracle on 34th Street (the old one). I don't care who you are, you can't watch this one and tell me it didn't give you a touch of Christmas joy.
7. Prancer Yeah, yeah I know it's not really a guy movie. I grew up on it, it grew on me, and now it's one of my Christmas staples.
6. It's a Wonderful Life I love this movie and it's good old fashion moral. Again, sorry it's not closer to #1 on my list.
5. Polar Express This movie restored my faith that great Christmas movies can still be made today... well four years ago. Truly an amazing flick.
4. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation One of my favorite Christmas movies, and vacation movies. Could be the funniest movie on the list other than #1. I get cracked up just thinking about it!
3. The Santa Claus No-one could have done it like Tim Allen. Such a clever and original idea for a movie. I love it. Unfortunately I can't say the same for the two sequels.
2. Elf My favorite Will Ferrell movie and one of my favorite comedies. There are parts where I can't stop laughing.
1. Home Alone Wish I knew how many times I've seen this! It never fails to bring the laughs, and that good "Christmasy" feeling. Hands down, my favorite Christmas movie.
And now for some honorable mentions, some of which I'm a little ashamed:
Jingle all the Way This is an almost painfully bad movie, but Steph makes me watch it every year. She doesn't even like it!! However, it has somehow become something of a tradition and it would be kind-of sad to miss it.
Earnest Saves Christmas A childhood classic to me, just didn't have a place in the top ten.
Home Alone 2 It's pretty funny but it's almost a complete knock off of the first one. I'll still give it a watch now and then.
Jack Frost A bit too depressing for me.
So what is your favorite Christmas movie? Check out the poll over on the side bar and vote for your favorite.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
My favorite nutcracker maker is Christian Steinbach, who is also one of my biggest inspirations as an artist. Unfortunately, he just passed away last year. Hopefully his children and grandchildren will carry on his legacy.
In light of the oncoming Christmas season, I'll be posting a picture of a nutcracker from my collection at least once a week.
I'll start with my very first German nutcracker, a Steinbach given to me by one of my grandma's friends. She's a very generous woman!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
This is one of several new snowmen ornaments to be available on Etsy soon. I just listed this one today.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Ever heard of the Crescent Hotel? Yeah, I know a lot of hotels say they are haunted just for the publicity. If any hotel is truly haunted, it has to be this one.
I visit the Crescent Hotel at least once a year, in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It's one of the most historic and beautiful hotels in one of the country's most beautiful towns. I've tried to convince my fiance to have our honeymoon there next spring, but apparently she's less of a skeptic than me. Last year, we had the pleasure of taking a "Ghost Tour" of the hotel, where we heard tons of fascinating stories about the place; some very, very disturbing.
We were told about a man by the name of Norman Baker who took over the hotel in the 1930s. He was a self-proclaimed doctor who believed he had discovered a cure for cancer. In those days, it was harder to know some one's background, so as far as his patients were concerned, he was a real doctor.
People flocked to Baker at the old hotel for a chance to have their cancer cured. They had no idea that Baker's "cure" was only a combination of watermelon seed, brown corn silk, alcohol, and carbolic acid. Baker's patients, not having any real treatment would only get worse. When the patients got to the point of crying out in pain and agony, Baker put them in an area of the hotel where people near by couldn't hear their cries of pain.
The tour guides also told us that the cruel doctor would do autopsy-like experiments on people who had not yet died. We were told that hundreds of innocent people died agonizing deaths, trying to be cured of cancer by Baker. Some say that years later, when the hotel was being renovated, human remains were found in some of the basement walls. Baker hid his victims there along with his corruption.
If that's not enough reason for a hotel to be haunted I don't know what is.
A few years ago, my brother, my dad and I were all on the 3rd floor of the hotel. All three of us suddenly felt a bit dizzy, only for a second or two. This could have been our imaginations, but I thought it odd that we all felt the same way at the same time!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
These are the rules:
#1 Link to the person who tagged you.
#2 Post the rules on your blog.
#3 Write six random things/unspectacular quirks about yourself.
#4 Tag four people at the end of your post and link to them.
#5 Let each person you have tagged know by leaving a comment on their blog.
#6 Let the tagger know when your entry is posted.
And here's the six (very) unspectacular things about me:
1. I have a one-eyed cat named Thomas.
2. I play the hammered dulcimer (music instument you may not have heard of.)
3. I'm obsessed with westerns. Clint Eastwood is probably my favorite actor.
4. I have a 75 gallon fish tank. This is one of my favorite pass-times.
5. I'm semi-ambidextrios. Some things I can only do with my left hand while other things with the right.
6. My favorite pizza is that of Pizza Hut.
There you have 'em. Six very unspectacular things about me! Now here's who I'm tagging:
Candy of Howling Moon Designs.
Annette of Huckleberry Arts.
Laurie of Monkey-Cats Studio.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
If you haven't been to the site, you're missing out on barrels of fun. It's the perfect tool to promote your work and have fun at the same time. Hats off to Rod and Annette for their genious in creating the Etsy Challenge.
Head on over and read up on the details and rules, and while your at it, vote for my Santa!!
(if you like it) He's listed in the weekly grand champion challenge. Thanks!!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I'm not sure what I want, but here's a few things that would be nice:
- A 3 column layout that doesn't chop badges, etc in half
- A stationary background that doesn't move with the text when scrolling (hopefully you know what I mean; sorry for the ignorance!)
- A nice shiney new banner (maybe Annette can help me with this?)
So can anyone offer any advice or help on how I can make this thing look decent without butchering all of my gadgets and past posts? Any advice would be very much appreciated!!
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
So again, I may be without power for a long time. Sheesh, I'll be glad when hurricane season is over. I'm sure those even closer to the coast will be thrilled.
Our town is right around the upper edge of the pink.
Monday, September 1, 2008
However, the evacuees are flooding into our town by the thousands to seek refuge, and they need our thoughts and prayers.
Back when Katrina and Rita hit, we lost power for about a week; it was a mess. I hope this doesn't happen again, but if it does, you'll understand my absence.
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Here's a pic of one of my September offerings in progress. It has since been completed but if you want to see it in it's entirity, you'll have to wait for the Spookytime Jingles update on September 13.
Now to pass along this kind blog award that I recieved from Laurie at Monkey Cats Studio a while ago. I would like to pass it along to:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I was also excited to see that Janell of Pumpkinseeds folk art was featured as well. Cool huh!?
It's such a great honor to be featured amongst all of these great artists! Have a look:
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
So I'm supposed to show off all of the tools I use in my work, which really isn't a whole lot, but here they are:
Now this may or may not seem a little odd to you; i don't know what kinds of things you use. I find that matches make excellent little disposable sculpting tools. I can use them for details that none of the real tools seem to match. Same goes for the guitar picks.
These are great for polymer clay sculpting. They allow you to rotate your piece 360 degrees without getting fingerprints all over everything!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I wanted to have three sculptures listed for each section this month, but I've fallen so far behind I'm afraid this isn't going to happen. Either way, I should get back to the 'studio' and get busy.
Here's a little taste of what Crescent Hill will offer this month...
I'f you would like to see the rest of this sculpture, you'll just have to make your way over to http://www.spookytimejingles.com/ on the 13th!!
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Next stop, Branson Missouri. If you're not familiar with Branson, you're missing out. There's a seemingly endless amount of attractions here, including music and variety shows, museum, shops, theme parks, and much much more. If only we had more time.
Anyway, I'll be back soon!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Fortunately for me, both Christmas and Halloween seem welcoming to moons, from crescent to full.
Below is a not so good pic of the not so finished product, with an unfinished "See no Evil..." looking on in the background.