We have been making these since 2005 they started out of a gift made for my father in law. He thought it was so cute that we had to make more for him to give and then people kept asking where they got theirs so we started selling them! Now they are our best selling item! Though seasonal, they just seem to spread happiness to everyone and are the perfect little gift to give to everyone with a good sense of humor.
We got our first orders of the season recently, which always tells me its time to pull out the sweaters, get the ingredients for baked goods and buy the warm drinks like cider and cocoa and my personal favorite herbal tea (I know, I'm so incredibly exciting.) The Holiday season is officially underway when these guys start getting packaged and shipped!:-)
Lately I have been working with polymer clay again, making these little guys:
and I sold out in my Etsy shop pretty quick so I made a fresh batch today and there is more for everyone! Check out the full set here!
I have been a busy girl. Not so much working but dreaming and spending time re-learning the love of creating for myself. I often wake up early, mostly due to school starting, going out side and viewing the sky with the first glimpse of sunlight of the day touching it. It is magnificent.
Recently I have found some wonderful feathery friends that seemed to be begging me to dress them up for their new homes in my studio.
I have also had my daughters sit and create some glittered feathered friends with me and we had such fun creating these guys, all with very interesting personalities and lives that they lead.
We lovingly call them "Glitter Birds"
My teenage step sister even gasped when she saw them and quickly arranged a date where she would come and make some too! So this summer I bought the supplies and she bought the pizza and we sat with my kids and made dozens of glitter birds.
They start from simple already formed birds made of some sort of foam and real feathers that I found in the floral department of my favorite local craft store. Using tissue white glue, paper, glitter, rhinestones and anything else we could find to make these guys a fun and sparkly as possible!
The great part about these birds is that they have a tiny wire coming out of their bottoms that we just formed into a circle and wear them like rings. From far away it looks as if some magical bird has landed on our finger and tweeting the most interesting secrets to us. Or at least we like to pretend that is what it looks like.:-)
So go now... away from the computer and get lost in imagination. Make something glittery and lovely and enjoy!
Well its been awhile...again.
Sorry about that. I tend to put my whole self into projects and then come up for air when I feel I've made progress. and I HAVE!:-)
Let's see.... where to start...
Oh right BIRTHDAY MADNESS!
Baby girl turned 6 and we had a Mad Tea Party Birthday party inspired by the latest rendition of Alice in Wonderland done by my very favorite Tim Burton. This one was by far my very favorite of all, beside the Disney cartoon version, of which I do love very much!
I collected teapots and tea cups from every thrift store in town. I studied you tube on how to make a Topsy Turvy Cake. Of which I had SO many things attempt to go wrong with it but in the end this is what I ended up with and it was melting due to the unnatural heat and humidity that I was unprepared for, I was almost in tears as it began to tear and noticing that someone had shoved a tray of burgers into it while it was in the refrigerator, didn't help at all, but I got all the "oooooooo's and Ahhhhhhh's" from the kiddos and their parents so it was all worth it!
I just wish I had hired a photographer because I didnt get to capture all that I wanted, trying to play hostess was more challenging than I had planned! But Everyone was just reeling from all the fun themed events and how enchanted the kids were with everything. It was great!
But we all had a blast and baby girl felt SOOOOOOOOO special! It was the best birthday/end of summer party that we've ever had! Next year will be better though because I will have a full functioning kitchen! with any luck at all that is! LOL
OH and I won a GORGEOUS tea towel from my friend Helena over at Blondie Blu. I always find myself going to her blog expecting a great and inspiring read and I am NEVER disappointed!She is a true artist and I respect her highly and am proud to call her friend. Be sure to check out her new items in September! Click here to see her shop.
My studio has been temporarily turned into DIY Kitchen Remodel 101 homebase....LOL
We bought some used kitchen cabinets at $500 for 13 ugly but sturdy cabinets. I tell you these must have been carved out of a tree trunk! LOL
It will be a long and painstaking journey but in the end I will be TRIUMPHANT. Or at least, functional! I hope. LOL
Well that is all for now and I hope to be back soon! I can't wait to share my new kitchen. This week we are finally tearing out the one counter top and one cabinet and also we will be working on making our own concrete counter tops. We've made one successfully and it is AWESOME!
I'm feeling so EMPOWERED (insert primal grunting here) All the years of watching HGTV and DIY network have not been in vain!!!!!!