Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
I used scrapbook paper, silver embossing powder around the edges, rubber stamps, and mini embellishments.
Friday, November 30, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
As promised, here is a photo of one of the acrylic paintings I was working on the other day. I had to clean off my crafting desk, put away the thread, felt, and other bear supplies. Finally, I was able to pull out some paints, a stretched canvas and see if I could come up with a project I had in mind.
Since the weather is getting cooler here I wanted to do a snow scene. I looked back through my stash of decorative painting magazines and found the perfect backdrop. Of course, I didn't have the recommended paint colors, so I improvised. I wanted to attempt a primitive "folk art" style of girl with lightened forehead and long nose. Here is what I came up with. It's titled "It's Snowing!".
Friday, November 16, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Only 2 more months till Christmas! I'm not sure where the year has gone, but it has gone quickly!
This morning I was able to put the finishing touches on "Mr. Snowman". He is molded from paper clay and placed on a paper mache box. His hat is made from cardboard ribbon spools decorated with xmas paper.
This project came from Stampington & Company's publication: Somerset Holidays and Celebrations. There are other cool projects by Julie Bergman. You can find the publication at: http://www.stampington.com/html/holidays_celebrations.html
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
I'm also making a cloth doll from a pattern that I have had for over 7 years. The head is made from paper clay, so it is drying also. I've stitched the arms and legs and am now ready to stuff. (Once I'm finished, I promise I'll show photos).
So, today's photo is one of my dolls in my EggZactly Egghead Series. This is one I made last year named "Calabaza" meaning "Pumpkin" in Spanish.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
"Punkie" is another of my Vintage Style Anime Bears. He is hand sewn from wool felt and has paper clay arms and legs. He recently appeared on ebay and has now found a new home.
I'll share more of my "Fall" Creations in the next couple of weeks.
Friday, October 19, 2007
I worked for 8 hours a day for 6 days straight, figuring out, photographing, writing, and then trying to arrange it with my Corel Drawing software. It took a lot of time and experimenting to get the final layout the way I had imagined it. In the process, I learned a lot of new techinques with my software! I'm really happy with the way it turned out.
If you would like to know more about it, or purchase one you can find it on ebay or in my etsy shop. They are a lot of fun to make. I'm building my own personal collection and hope to have at least 50 before I quit making them. I'm half way there! From time to time, I'll share some photos of the ones I've made.
For my ebay auctions go to: http://search.ebay.com/_W0QQsassZcalvinawalsh
For my esty Shop go to: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5032207
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
My goal in starting my blog was to document my desire to work at being creative...a little each day. And during the last months I have indeed found many new ways to be creative, but I just did not have the time, nor the energy, to keep a record of it. So, I'll take another go at it!
This morning I took on a cute little project by Jennifer Murphy as seen on The Martha Stewart show. (You can find a project list and a video on http://www.marthastewart.com for the October 15th,2007 show). I have using a lot of wool felt the past couple of years to make my mini teddy bears, when I saw the advertisement for this adorable "Pumpkin Man" made of felt, I knew I would love to try it.
Now I have a wonderful little addition to my Fall decorations and can say a Big "Happy Fall" to everyone!
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
When I've needed to break up the monotony of scanning I've taken some of these familiar faces and put them to good artistic use. My mother and her little brother, along with their cat, made a nice simple ATC. The second ATC on the upper right was a a practice at working with my Adobe Photoshop Elements software. It took me an hour to figure out how to merge a background photo, and the image of my mom (from a separate photo) into one! Then to put the focus on the Lil' Cowgirl I colored her clothes with artist chalks.
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
I picked up some unique beads at a craft store the other day. The label said "blue/gold beads". Next to the flower petals they seem shimmery purple in the light. Petals is appearing on ebay at: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=150124845986
I have also started my Etsy shop and have listed my first Anime Bear on the site. You can visit my Etsy shop at:
Saturday, May 19, 2007
I've been staring at a left over empty container on my table. It seemed like a nice sturdy little piece of cardboard that I might be able to use someday. I don't like to throw things away, although inevitably I do, then of course decide I need it. I resisted the urge numerous times and decided to finally "do something" with it.
I found a nice little decorative floral envelope that I have saved for several years. I cut the paper to fit around the container, used my handy Xyron tool to add adhesive to the paper and pressed it to the sides. I then took a brown paper bag, cut into a thin strip, cut with decorative scissors for a lovely edge, and then hand stamped a border. I placed this in the middle of the container. To finish off I used a 18 kt. gold leafing pen to give the top edge a little bit of glimmer. Voila'
I liked my new little decorative container so much I made another and stuffed them both with some of the loose tools around my desk. Much nicer to look at and took very little time.
Friday, May 18, 2007
I have been “creating” things as long as I can remember. My hands have always found something to make and my mother was always positive that I could accomplish whatever I had set out to do.
I have always dabbled in a variety of arts and crafts and I love the challenge of learning something new or just experimenting with different materials and techniques. For the last 11 years though, I have focused mainly on the craft of making Miniature Artist Teddy Bears. My bears have had the privilege of being featured in Teddy Bear and Friends® magazine and a few of my photos of bears have been published in Teddy Bear Scene® . The majority of my bears have been sold on ebay.
While making mini teddy bears has occupied the bigger part of my creative life I have wanted for the last year to get away from just “producing” bears to enjoying once again the creative process of creating new things.
I decided that in 2007, I would endeavor to slow down my “production mentality”, find pleasure in even small acts of creativity like straightening my Craft/Studio, and take the time to dabble in other artistic interests.
In short, I want to live more creatively…a little bit each day.