Wednesday, April 29, 2009

A New Torso

Here we are, mid week already! I have been working on giveaways & torsos. My friend, Minnie at is doing a show this weekend in Carlsbad, California. She asked me to make up some torsos for her to display her jewelry on. I made her a 16" torso a while back & now I've done a couple smaller ones. These are 10 inches. I love this process so much because it is so forgiving. If you don't like it...put on another layer of something else. I am posting the one that I though was the prettiest of the two. I will make a couple of larger ones next week. We are off to San Francisco for the weekend (leaving tomorrow) so I will resume artwork when I return. I am going to try & hit the Alameda swap meet which I've heard so much about & another trip to Urban Ore in Berkely. The only problem...they are predicting California...can you believe it!!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Sister Gail's artwork today

Now I have my sister decoupaging with me! I wanted to post this great turtle she completed a couple of days ago. He turned out fabulous, didn't he? I love all the green on the bottom (some of it is napkins)& also the papers she used for the shell.
So colorful & really wonderful, Gail! I love this cute little guy but he's not really that little. Happy Friday everyone & have a fun loving weekend!

Monday, April 20, 2009

New Decoupage

I guess I am on a roll with this decoupaging. First off, you will see my little apple. The top lifts off of this. The next one is my little piggy. She came out pretty cute. I did both of these pieces yesterday afternoon.
I also took a collage class on Saturday that was rather interesting. It involved some gold leafing in the composition. The picture looked hideous when I left the class but I also worked on that yesterday to try & salvage it. It's a bit larger
than I normally do. Anyway.....I am not sure if I will post that one or not. I like it a lot better than I did but I'm still not too sure.
Happy Monday Everyone!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Today's 2ND Posting

Brave People Make Things so get excited and make things….

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.

This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:
1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. Whatcha get is whatcha get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text on your blog and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your blog post.
7. Send your mailing address - after I contact you.

IMPORTANT: This offer is null and void if I do not see you post your own blog to pay this forward. This text was used from

Honored with an award

I am very lucky to know so many great blogging friends....I just received this Breeze award from Diana Evans @ that was created by Peter Breese @
In his very own words: The coveted Breese Award is given to six inspirational individuals; since most blog awards cater to odd numbers, this particular award was designed for the more even keeled folk. These six should be a collection of bloggers that have helped you, either directly or indirectly, to stay creative.

I pass this award to the following people who have inspired me. Thanks to each & every one of you!

1) Tweedles & her moms @
2) Mary @
3) Gaby @
4)Viola @
5)Renate (I believe is her name)@
6) Janny @

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

I Am Loving Bees Wax

This is one more piece done with bees wax. I had no idea when I watched Suze Weinberg's video that it was going to grab me the way it did. It just looked so easy I couldn't resist! If you're thinking about playing around with some wax, check out Suze's video at This one is another little box with the front door that opens up. I guess these are designed to use in altered books, I am not completely sure...but they are certainly cute!
Hope you all had a wonderful Easter with family & friends.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

More Bees Wax

I am loving bees wax! The first picture is one that was done by my sister, Gail. It is our Grandmother in a Thousand Oaks Ca. bowling alley with a tiger. Jungleland was a wild animal park here in Thousand Oaks. This was back in the mid to late 50's & our family actually got to know some of the animal trainers. This tiger was trained by a man named Mel Koontz. I think Gail did a fabulous job on this! It is 5x7 inches in size. This next canvas was a "mistake" that I did about 2 years ago. It did not turn out so I tried lifting off some of the paper to save the canvas. I decided to finally just toss it but my son talked me into saving it & trying to make something else out of it. Gail & I started playing around with it a bit & this is what we ended up with. My little Dexter that I photographed 6 or 8 months ago inside of a paper bag. Most of the canvas was done using the bees wax but not all of it. It is 11x14 in size. Dexter looks like he's jumping right through the canvas.
Happy Saturday & wishing all my dear blogging friend a very Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Experimenting With Bees Wax

I love the look of wax. I have wanted to do something with wax for a while but always thought it would be extremely messy & complicated. Boy was I wrong! I watched a Suze Weinberg Youtube video yesterday & that was all she wrote. I did my first piece which is actually a little book box. I decorated the top using paper & napkins. I dipped each piece in the melted wax & arranged it on my cover. I ran a credit card over the top to even it out a bit & then added some rub ons. I was quite happy with the results. Sister Gail is coming up today & we will play with it some more.
ALSO>>>>>I wanted to tell you about the new "email me" button on my blog. Susie Jefferson at came up with this little jewel. I thought it was a great idea to add it. So often people want to send a note but can't locate a separate email address. THANK YOU, SUSIE! Stop by & check out Susie's blog. You won't be disappointed. Happy Thursday!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring cleaning..New blog background

I found another blog this morning offering FREE blog backgrounds as well as other freebies to add to your blog. Not only did I do a new background but also a new header & welcome sign. Check out *Itkupilli's* stuff at

Monday, April 6, 2009

My New Giraffe

Well, this is my little giraffe. I finished her yesterday & I'm pretty pleased with the way she turned out. She is about 23 in high & I had a ball decorating her. Excuse the photo of her face. I wanted to get a close up in spite of the box in the background.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!