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Happy New Year All you out there…..

Hi Everybody-  I have been MIA for a while.  I sure hope that you have all had a wonderful holiday season.  We still need to remove the lights from the outside of the house.  We can then get all the Decorations stored away in the attic for another year….  Jen goes back to college on Tuesday.  ugh.    So what have you all been making?  Anything exciting?  I might get inspired by your projects.  I am really trying to get my head on straight.

At this moment Yahoo says that they cannot retreive my email.  That I need to walk away from 10+ years of contacts and other info.  I have been making a list of places I need to contact.  Ugh.  That does not help my Head…  But it does clean out my old  emails….  So if you are reading this and have tried to reach me by email you know why I have not responded.

January is running fast and I pray you are all having a great time making things.  Is it sewing, painting, drawing, what kind of textures or glitters are you working with?  Christi Friesen Blathered about playing with glitter.  Check out all of her great work!  http://www.cforiginals.net/ I know my friend Dawna has a clean work surface she was bragging about today on FB.  Maybe I could start there.

Happy New Year! K

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Beginner Clay Work! On the Road.

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Hi Everybody!  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving.  I am out here in Nashville visiting my brother and his family.  We had a craft day and were playing with some clay.  I just had to show you what Rachel and Emily made with some of the clay.  They are 9 years old and have never played with polymer clay before.  Emily loves creatures of all kinds.  She wanted to make a turtle so I showed her how we could make a cane to make the shell more colorful.  Rachel wanted to make a hermit crab, because they used to have them.  She did it all on her own.  It is amazing.  They both then started making all kinds of accessories for the turtle.  Emily decided it needed an airplane.  Rachel decided it needed some glasses.  They went on and on… We had a great time.  I think I got their big sister Sarah hooked too, but she has already done clay and is an excellent artist in her own right.  She loves to draw.  -K

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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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Check out Wacky Ink Studio

 

Upscaled Can Lids

Tina and I have a friend who moved away to Kansas City.  Irene does Wacky art that makes you smile.  She is having an event next Saturday for any of you who may be in the KC area.  You must check out the things she has been doing with her art.  She is a fabulous photographer.   I love her cute animals and other wacky creatures she makes.  You can check out Irene Niehorster on facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wacky-Ink-Studios/173639582652229 

 -K

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Polymer Clay Quilt Jewelry

I have been working on actually putting jewelry together with the quilt canes I’ve made. Assembling isn’t my favorite part. I do a good job an’ all, I just like doing the clay part better.

 

I did sell quite a few at the quilt guild meeting. This is good, it supports my creating addiction.

I think I need a larger variety of colors. I really only have this style and the multicolored one. I like having a choice when shopping, I’m sure I’m not the only one!  – T

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Extrusion Distortion!

Extrusion Kaleidoscope Canes

Have any of you gotten addicted to the Makin’s Extruder?  Every time I play with it I discover new and exciting things that it can do.  I love making canes.  Kaleidoscope canes never ceases to amaze me.  I have found that if you make Skinner blends and roll them up and put them in the extruder you can come up with different effects depending on the disc you use in the end.  By combining several different extrusions you can make some fabulous canes.  I am teaching some of these wonderful techniques coming up in one of our Round Robin classes.  If you would like to check it out see the San Diego Polymer Clay Guild website www.sdpcg.org for more information.  Tina is also teaching her “Non-lethal Steampunk Jewelry” class the same day.  It all happens July 16th.  Check it out!  -K

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Demonstrating at the Fair!

I demonstrated at the San Diego County Fair on Saturday.  The San Diego Polymer Clay Guild Has done that in the Home and Hobby section of the fair for years.  It is fun to show people what the clay is all about and talk with the visitors.  We let them make a bead if they were interested.   Then they could come back after we had baked them and take them home.  They all seemed very excited about doing it.  Most of them couldn’t wait for them to finish baking and cool off.  We had to give their bead in a paper towel because it was still hot from baking….

I had found out earlier in the week that my necklace had places first!  Then when I got to the fair I found out that the bead that I had entered had also placed first. I had posted pitures previously.  Very exciting!  What fun!  There is a lot of fabulous pieces of art in the Home and Hobby section of the fair.  You should go check it out.  People put a lot of heart and soul into their work.  Of course we had to look around at all the other things at the fair.  The worst thing I ate was probably the fried zuchini, and that is just because it was fried.  I did not partake of any of the other “goodies”.  So if you are in the area go visit the exhibits in Home and Hobby at the Fair.  -K

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Little Owls On Etsy

These little birdies are new in my Etsy Shop. They are actually in with the one listed as a necklace WHOO is purple, these are the others available upon request.

I think Nikki did a great job making these owl beads. Yeah, I let her sneek ’em in. She’s trying to make enough money to go to Warped Tour to see her favorite bands. 

I put them on a chain and made the necklaces so, I can put them in my shop. Really good chain I might add, she didn’t like the cheapy stuff. I enjoyed making up necklaces with her, she has her own style. Very cool.  – T

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