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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Face Canes!

[caption id="attachment_1801" align="aligncenter" width="302"]Polymer Clay Face Cane Polymer Clay Face Cane[/caption]

 

This week I decided to make a face cane - if only because I've never made one before and it seemed like a good idea. All in all, I'm kind of please with it for a first time. Still I was stuck with the next thought - what to do with this cane. At this point it is about 3 inches across so I had a lot to play with.

Rescued! I am going to the Connecticut Clay Connection later this month and I just found out I need to bring 60 inchies for a swap. Well in 2 days I made them all using this cane and some decoration. One cane can have a lot of looks

Here are the 60 inchies I made. It's not one face any more but lots of them! They're all one inch squares and even thought they are canes, they still tend toward the 3 dimension.

[caption id="attachment_1802" align="aligncenter" width="522"]Face Cane Inchies Face Cane Inchies- set 1[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1803" align="aligncenter" width="538"]Face Cane Inchies Face Cane Inchies - set 2[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1804" align="aligncenter" width="543"]Face Cane Inches - set 3 Face Cane Inches - set 3[/caption]

Monday, May 12, 2014

Trinket Boxes

[caption id="attachment_1776" align="aligncenter" width="521"]Polymer clay Trinket Box Polymer clay Trinket Box[/caption]

 

I mentioned a few weeks back I took a workshop in making clay box. This one ISN'T from the workshop but one of the ones I made later. I found I really enjoyed the freedom you can have when the design is already set. I've made a few already with more to come. I liked playing with the blue and gold with a few brass accents for an aged but elegant look. The box is about 2 inches square, I like keeping things small but I like the way it came out.

Check it out in my Etsy shop here

 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Another year older...

[caption id="attachment_1758" align="aligncenter" width="540"]Fantasy Garden Polymer Clay Necklace Fantasy Garden Necklace[/caption]

It's my birthday today! Another year older and maybe a tiny bit wiser or not. It's been a good day, hubby bought me breakfast and I slept late since I am not working at the moment. Also I don't have shingles or whooping-cough as birthday presents as has happened before. I am healthy, relaxed and enjoying my day. I always like my birthday but some actually days have been better than others.

I made this necklace a few weeks ago for myself with the intent on me keeping it instead of for sale in my shop. I like it and it feels like the perfect gift to give to myself. I also got to go to a clay workshop this past weekend (more on what I made there in a later post) and my mom got me tickets to Billy Joel's show in Madison Square Garden in October (OK I picked out the tickets and she offered it as a gift) I got pretty a decent seat - especially since there are very few left, he's almost sold out until the end of 2014. He is my ultimate favorite singer, I haven't seen him perform since there early 2000's.

So altogether this is a good start to the new year.  Although this is the very first time my age has bothered me (a little) but then at 48 if this is the first time I'm doing ok. Why do guy age so much better anyway? Robert Downey Jr turned 49 this week as well (April 4) - it's not fair. small pout.

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Funkasaurus Cake Topper

[caption id="attachment_1751" align="aligncenter" width="450"]Funkasaurus Wrestling Cake Topper Funkasaurus Wrestling Cake Topper[/caption]

I had a lot of fun making this challenging custom cake topper. This pose is one of the trickiest. She also wanted a flag and her groom in with some special touches based on a favorite wrestler. I later found out this wrestler is Broden Clay. Kind of fitting since now he is made of clay.

Heck I don't know anything about wrestling but if you tell me what you want, I'll make. I love making dynamic, action filled cake toppers. They don't have to all be wrestlers but I seem to get requests from them especially. Check out all my cake toppers on Etsy. As always if you don't see what you like, feel free to ask for what you want. Remember you can have toppers for all sorts of occasions.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Non Wedding Cake Toppers

Wrestling cake toppers



Wrestling Cake topper with ref



I recently had a request for some NON wedding cake toppers, 2 friends did really well this season on their wrestling team so their mom's wanted to surprise them with cake toppers they can save forever. Cake toppers can help make any cake a special one. Want a to celebtate a winning season, have an exciting dragon cake - check out my shop FantasyClay and pick out your favorite.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Small talk is the Grease in the Gears

Admit it, our lives are built on it. Even online. After weeks of snow, after every storm, there are still hundreds of pics saying "look at my snow". When we get to work, we say how's the weather by you, rough ride? Plenty of little bit all day - like How are you? (when you really don't care) and have a great day. That new haircut looks wonderful on you.

Polymer clay Nervous monsterWhy do we do it? Or we just mindless automatons who just spout out the words because we have to or is it something more. I think it is a little more. That meaningless chatter is the grease that holds it all together. We're social animals and we all like to be acknowledged in some way. Those simple phrases you offer do that and open the way for more. We all seem to take it badly if we are ignored after we say hi.

So it opens doors, acknowledges others and makes them feel good. It also fills those awkward silences  I tried to explain this to my daughter who is shy but trying to reach out. She was surprised that the guy she liked didn't get turned off by her asking "So, how are you today" because it was so cliche. Even works for GenY.

Hey it even works when you don't want to talk. So you offer the grouch in 2 cubicles over a (forced) smile and how's your day when you walk past her desk, if only because it keep you from strangling her but you know later you will need her help and you might as well not start trouble. Maybe she is the who holds the keys to storage room and you know you need them.

Does the internet remove the need for small talk? Actually it just adds to it. Pictures of lunch, silly updates are all more small talk. The like button is the smile you give back. How many did you click like on friends' baby pictures even though they post one daily but you know it makes her feel good. We give a little and we get some back.

It comes down to the small talk leads to real talking, real laughs and smooths the bumps on the road. It is like the soothing lotion to hold down the rough patches and to lead to more. So next time you think it is just inane blather, think about what happens when you do just stare and say nothing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Untangling the Knots

[caption id="attachment_1725" align="alignleft" width="300"]Untangling the knots in your life Untangling the knots in your life[/caption]

I seem to get a odd joy out of untangling yarn or sorting out my beads when they get all messed up. And those messes seem to just build up. Yarn is particularly bad. No matter how hard you try, you always seem to get tangles and knots some where.


 




My last knitting project is the prefect example of that. It was only a one skein project so it seems so unlikely that it get messed up but it did. Worse the problem started with how I rolled the yarn originally so unless I wanted to cut the yarn and reattach, I just had to work my way through it. It was expensive yarn and lacy pattern so cutting it didn't seem like a good idea. So I worked through it massaging and softening up when the tangles got tight.




 




Those tangles in my yarn seem like the tangles in my life. Sometimes the tangles are problems from the start, other happen later. How you deal with the issue can depend on what you have and the situation you are in. Will I cut it off or work through the tangles and issues slowly and painstakingly. That feeling of triumph when you untangle a mess can be so intriguing, it takes more attention to the original project.




 




How often does that happen in life as well?

 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wonderland in Polymer

[caption id="attachment_1707" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Queen1 Queen of Hearts Polymer Clay Doll[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_1706" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Polymer Clay Alice in Wonderland doll Polymer Clay Alice in Wonderland doll[/caption]

I have been recently inspired by my daughter's love of Alice in Wonderland. I went back re-watched the Disney movie and the original books. I know there are many other versions but I didn't want to get too influenced by other versions. Disney's version is sort of mishmash of the books but I still like to watch it. I love the music.

I wanted to keep my designs as pure as possible but it's Alice in Wonderland, it's hard not to get influenced. I started with some of the most iconic items and will be adding more as I make them, including jewelry and charms as well as dolls. Check out my Wonderland series here in my Zibbet shop.