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Come Join the Fun Nov 12th.

Tina and I along with Marie Segal will be selling at this fair.  Rain or shine.  Come join the fun!

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church will be hosting its’ 6th Annual Holiday Craft Fair on Sat November 12 from 9am to 3 pm.  There will be over 60 local artisans and crafters this year offering Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday décor, pottery, jewelry and accessories, photographic art, unique gift ideas, specialty food items and gifts for all ages.  Come shop for the perfect hostess or secret Santa gifts and get started on your holiday shopping early.  Our Lady of Mt Carmel is located at 13541 Stoney Creek Rd. in Rancho Penasquitos at the corner of Carmel Mt. Rd and Stoney Creek.  (intersection at the top of the hill at the light)  Location is near the 56 and 15 Freeways.  Hope to see you there!

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A New Costume for the Doctor!

I offered to help my cousin and her husband with their Halloween costumes if need be. They took me up on my offer a couple of weeks ago. Mostly, it was her husband. He loves to have costumes that are more original. A few years back he was Jack in the Box, big round head an’ all. They had a lot of fun visiting all the local fast food places on Halloween. People thought it was funny to see that Jack eating at Burger King and Wendy’s. They said one employee at Jack in the Box walked past him saying “Hi boss.”. Kids really got a kick out of it!

Fast forward to this year.

My cousin’s husband is a doctor, a podiatrist.

I had no idea of what he had in mind, maybe a little sewing? …no?

He brought me a picture of them posing with a guy dressed as the Lamisil Digger! Um, yeah, the toe fungus guy.

I love a challenge, I think.

This is the papier-mache head almost done. I’ve done lots of pinatas in the past. It felt like doing another giant one! I know, I should have taken more pictures along the way.

They both came over yesterday and helped me finish him up.

For the rest of the outfit I sewed sweatpants, a sweatshirt and a tail, all with spots glued on the back. He bought some creepy feet and gloves to wear too.

I love this. So do they. He’s already talking about the next costume!

I’m going to miss this big orange head taking up all that room on my dining table.

–  Tina

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Making Birdhouses!

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I have been planning on making Birdhouses for some time now.  We had a bunch of wood pieces left over from trimming the ends off of board when we built our fence.  They are nice boards and I thought that they should not be wasted.  So I decided that I would make some birdhouses and decorate them in some fun ways.

Today Marty and I got them all put together.  We cut all the sections and then did an assembly line to put them together.  I have big plans for the finishing of them.  But for now they are all natural.  I plan on putting wire and beads on them and possibly painting or washing some with a color stain.  I figure I will do as the spirit moves me.  -K

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Simply Painted Garden Trellis

Working out in the garden, I noticed this plant that didn’t look like the others. This one had bigger rounder leaves and little curly arms like a vine. Ooo, maybe it will someday give me grapes or some sort of berries! The poor little thing has been chopped down with the geraniums at least 7 times! That’s how long we’ve lived here.  So to make sure this doesn’t happen again I thought I would draw more attention to it.

This was just an old trellis the previous owners left in the patio. I have a terra cotta pot painted to match (…why?). I love it even though it is so simple. When my daughter saw it she said “oh yeah, Mary Engelbreit”. Yes, I am a fan. Simple, colorful and fun. Thank you M.E.

I can’t stop here…can I?  – Tina

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Classes by Marie!

I have been a bit scatter brained lately.  Not really focused on anything in particular.  I have not even told you about the wonderful classes I took from Marie Segal!  I had 2 day chock full of information.  I was able to read through the directions a day or two after the class.  We had so much fun playing in the class.  First of all she was teaching us how to use the amazing clay Cernit.  It has some wonderful qualities.  One day was devoted to the porcelain effects that you can get from it.  I have lots of fun pieces in various stages of completion.  With Marie you just never know what she is going to teach you next.  Some times the simples thing is a big  “awe ha” moment for the class. 

 We started off Saturday with a somewhat intense button making project.  They all turned out great!  We liked it so much several of us traded samples amongst us so we could go home with different examples. We did beads, caning and tassels  using pearl ex and paint and ink.  So if you ever get the opportunity take a class with Marie.  It is sure to inform and entertain!  -K

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Painted Walls!

Heidi and I have been busy with another project.  In order to encourage Alyssa, Heidi’s daughter, to keep her room clean once it has new carpet and a closet organizer we have been helping to decorate the walls with some painting.  She had a few artistic friends paint some different pictures here and there, but Heidi and I decided to add our own to the mix.  Alyssa really wanted a rose.  She also likes manga drawings and wanted a  Butterfree or a Pikachu.  We found a sprite which fit the bill of manga/butterfree.  After blowing up the images on the wall we got out the paint and got busy.  After two days of painting the room is finally ready for carpet.  Which will be here tomorrow!  Heidi sees the end of her home decorating in sight. -K

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Clean Work Surface!

A space to work!

The last two days a friend and I have been pulling out all the different containers I had of clay and baked beads and unfinished projects.  It is still not complete.  But I do have a clean work surface!  I have a couple of pieces that I started for my next project.  I cannot believe how much stuff I had stuffed here and there.  It will be so nice to start a project and know exactly where to find the tools and findings I need to complete it.  I could not have done it with out Heidi’s help.  Thanks a bunch Heidi!  Don’t forget to come back and help me finish….I hate throwing stuff out and she helps me let go of things.  So if you need a certain item I probably have it and could even find it for you!  Whether it be beads or sanding and buffing.  I have all my paints and inks together.  All of the different findings for jewelry or other accesories. I probably have it!  I have all the canes together and all the texture sheets. All the clay is organized by colors. Boy will I be able to produce from now on.  If Mz Defiance doesn’t try any new moves….-K

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Mz. Defiance

Finished -at last!

Its only taken 11 months, but I finally finished Mz. Defiance.  I started her last year in Feb. at Maureen Carlson’s Stacked Doll class.  I loved the class and have made other dolls since then, but she was never quite finished.  Her arms were not attached and she was never antiqued.  One of the fun things about the dolls is that you can restack the components.  I did not like the rack that I had made for her.  So I took it off and substituted something else.  It feels good to finally have her finished.  I pray it is a symbol to myself to stop being defiant with my art and other things in my life.  As we start a new year I will go forth and concur!  -K

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Here’s Proof! I did Clay!

So I have been trying all week to get all the different supplies together that I have been stockpiling for years.  These are findings that I plan to use to make jewelry and other things with my clay.  I really have intended to do clay all week, but did not actually get to any claying until late of Thursday night.  I made a Natasha Bead or two.

Today was the SDPCG Round Robin.  There was 14 different classes offered  over four hour period.  It was great because you can take lots of different techniques from several instructor.  We have a potluck lunch which is always fun!  I spent a good part of the week making tickets and making sure I had the right people in the right class at the right time.  All this work ahead of time worked out becasue we did not have any scheduling problems today.

Well I did clay today!  I actually took 2 classes.  One class we made Bobbin Beads with Dotty McMillan. This technique you repurpose sewing bobbins into beads.  Then I learned how to make Faux Silk Screen by painting on the clay.  I have not created any items from the sheets yet, but I really liked the technique that Patti McElhiney taught.  Then since I had some spare time I conditioned some clay so that I was that much closer to actually making something out of Polymer Clay.  Tina may die of shock.  I think she thinks I gave it up…  BTW She taught a class today!  She taught how to make a very sweet angel.  

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So I guess I have no other excuses for not making clay for the next few weeks.  Not if I want to have something to sell at Sandy Camp.  So don’t be surprised the next time you check back and I have new things to show you! I have a list 4 pages long of things I want to make. -K

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Who Put All This On My Plate!

Wow, it seems like everything is hitting the fan at the same time! My September is all booked up just getting ready for October. Birthdays, a bridal shower, wedding, doctor appts., Etsy shop, this blog, guild meetings, prep. & teaching a class, retreat prep. and the retreat itself! Oh yeah, all the mom and wife stuff too.

In the picture is the angel I’m going to make in my class, pirate decoration, Halloween bracelets, pin cushion coffin(a new creation for my Esty shop!) and that’s all I could fit! Yup, you guessed it. PIZZA TONIGHT!!  …again.   – T

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