Monday, August 11, 2008

What I'm Working On.......

This is my first attempt at paper clay. I have to say I'm quite pleased with this little guy! I really had no intention of creating anything but a JOL head but then I started digging in my treasure chest of collage junk and came up with these old wooden thread spools. This one still had thread attached so I just varnished over it. I think it gives him more character:) Then I started to think about arms and I came up with sculpey clay. I just thought it would be a better choice for the thin arms since it's a bit stronger. His pants and shoes are made from sculpey as well and he will be mounted on a wood block when he's all finished. Now I have a few more ideas for ornament sets that I'm going to start on this week...hopefully! I'm heading for vacation soon so what I would like to get done and what will actually BE done are two different things.

I was tagged the other week by the lovely and talented Christine at Dubuhdudesigns to show pictures of the tools I use in my work. Truth be told, I have my hands in so many things I would need to take about 25 pictures and bore you all to death so I just chose a few. If you have never seen Chrisitne's dolls, you have to check them out. They are the most amazing, wonderfully detailed little things! I would love to own and wear all of the clothing she designs for them. They are very lucky girls!

I would like to pass this tag on to:
1. Dani of Ambitions Design
3. Courtney of Finding Home

Brushes to the left, pencils to the right. Oh, and Burts Bees in the middle;)

And here is a brand new box of watercolour pencils. I'm too ashamed to show you the nubs I am still using in the old box....waste not want not! I know...not very exciting. The next time I sew I'll show you a few of my handy stitching tools! Can you stand to wait? (much, much sarcasm)

Now on to a great new purchase. I bought this Flip video camera off of Amazon about a month ago because our current video camera was like 10 years old and I felt like I needed a flatbed to carry it around. This camera is tiny, the size of a regular photo camera. It takes great video and it has a little USB stick that pops out from the side and you can connect it directly into your computer to upload the video. You can also do still frames of the video and make them into individual photos. Great for kids who are always moving, kicking, punching.... and the best part is it's only a little over a hundred dollars!

Here are the items I will have up for grabs at Spooky Time Jingles August 13th! Don't forget, the Holidays are just around the corner.

Shelly Skelly and her Boney Baby

Snowy Spreads Joy

Zooey and Pumpkin

"Eve" Holiday Nest Head

***NOTE***** Thanks to you all for your interest in my House ornaments. I will be making more soon in September!

Have a great day!!!


~dani~ said...

Holy Crap!! I am actually glad you tagged me as it got me here to see your new treasure in the works!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also, I love the idea of showing tools of the trade!! Give me a day or more and I am on it! I may have to purchase that Flip -pee thingy-very cool!!! xoxo's to you my jersey sister!

CourtneyP said...

Hmmmm, now I will have to decide what to show and then try to find it in my big mess in a little space.

Love your new holiday items. Halloween/Fall is my favorite time!

Kim H. said...

WOW WOW WOW lookie at all those awesome treasures! Way cool flip video thingie too!

Trevlyn said...

How do you find (make)the time! All your projects are so fun and your holiday goodies are needed reminders that there's an end to this heat! Great tip on the camera! Thanks!

Megan Coyle said...

Wow, I really enjoyed looking through all your lovely creations. They're all so interesting and filled with so much character, and I love how you used spools for your sculpture at the top.

ThePeachTree said...

You're working on a lot! I have to say, that little guy is pretty cute without his pants!

Diane Duda said...

Love the new creations...especially that snowman!


Lance said...

wow your new piece looks great, I love the spool body!

I look forward to showing off my high tech tools LOL. You may be surprised at some of the things I use!

Oh and good luck on the STJ update tonight!

Marie Patterson Studio said...

Love that pumpkin guy with thread spool!!!! "See" you at midnight on STJ!!!!!

Laurie Hardin said...

Love the little Pumpkin head on the spool and your STJ pieces are really GREAT!! Thanks for sharing!

Laurie Hardin said...

Love the little Pumpkin head on the spool and your STJ pieces are really GREAT!! Thanks for sharing!

Sandy Mastroni said...

There's TOO much to comment on here Tracy !!!!! everything looks great .
Yes , let's do mixed media [ with drool ]
You're a funny girl

Flora said...

Oh my! your little spool guy idea is sooooo adorable...he's got me wanting to try this too!!!