Tuesday, April 29, 2014

My Doppelganger


I had stepped away from my chair for a brief moment only to find my doppelganger had moved in. He’s pretty quick. Let’s see if he can finish what I was working on too!


Monday, April 28, 2014

An Enchanted Look

A while back I posted these photos of a piece I was working on.


It is called “Enchanted” and now here’s the finished piece from the front


and the back.


The left side . . .


and the right side.


A view of the opened box . . .


and of the bear inside.


The bear color is more like the first photo where you see the head in progress.  This is a piece I began quite a while ago and I am happy to say that it is finished and much more to my satisfaction now than it would have been a year ago.  I like to choose an aspect of each one that I am particularly pleased with how it turned out.  On the outside of this one, I would have to say it is the textured text and on the inside . . . maybe the large mushrooms or the lantern hook! 

Until next time,


Tuesday, April 22, 2014



That’s the name of the piece I have been working on. And now it is finished. Here are the photos.

This is the fronts_1

and this is the back.s_2

The left sides_3

and the right side.s_4

A view of the opened box.s_5

A close up of the bear,s_6

and a bit of one of the details,s_8

and finally, another.s_7

Not a lot of text on this one – I wanted to keep it simple with only “smitten”.  In fact, I think that first photo is my very favorite part of the whole piece.

I am currently working one another piece which I hope to finish soon. In the meantime, I have taken photos of one that I showed in progress earlier, so I will be posting those next. 

Thanks so much for reading everyone!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Bloom Where You are Planted

Last summer we were fortunate to be able to travel to Vancouver and Victoria in British Columbia. There we saw the most extraordinary flowers and they were everywhere too. I thought it would be wonderful to have all those beautiful flowers growing in our own yard. Alas, my status as a hit-or-miss gardener has not changed so we probably won’t see that happen any time in the near future. What flowers we do have we chose and planted ourselves and amazingly enough they bloom each Spring. Here’s a few of them.

and just in time for Easter, the Dogwood.

To those of you who celebrate, I wish you a very, very
Happy Easter!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In no particular order –

details from my current work in progress.

I picked this up last summer when we were in the Northwest.  I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to use it but it worked out well for this project.

The front with a heart that is created from polymer clay with a metal keyhole embellishment in the middle.

Painted and stamped detail on a couple of pieces with heart shaped cutouts.


A bit of fence to round things out.

I’m working on the bear for this one so I’d best get to it.


Monday, April 14, 2014

Work on the Box’s Inside

Today, additional photos of the box in progress. The outside has a few more details to go but I will add them after some work on the inside. If I can keep the outside of the box flat, without embellishment, it makes working on the inside easier.

Because I like the paper I chose for this box so much, my intention is to keep the design very simple and let the paper shine on its own, contributing to the theme in a quiet, understated way. This time the photos are of the inside.

Original cigar paper removal and edges painted.

Close up of the edges of the box.

In the process of applying some decoration to the edges – this was fun!

Here’s the left side with the paper added –Red heart

And the right side. More –Red heart

The edges: one side has had silver added and the other not yet.

With stuff like this and bears and stuffing, my desk is always a strange mix.

I hope your Monday is a surprisingly good one!


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Outside of My Current WIP Box

These photos show the progression of the outside of my current work in progress box. While it can be sometimes crazy-making, at this point I rarely notice anymore. I’m not sure if that’s a good thing or not but that’s the way it goes here.

This first photo I showed in my last post. It’s the very beginning – a bare box.

You can see the transformation as I added the paper. One of these days I would love to do one of those quickie time-lapse videos that would show the process of applying the paper. Maybe I’ll look into that. Talk about crazy-making!

I love this paper so of course, I had to think of a reason and a way to use it.

I like the inside paper just as much so I’ll have to show you those photos later when I have made more progress.

This is the top & bottom (or front & back) of the box.


After looking at it covered, I felt it needed a little something more so I decided to dry brush it with some silver paint. In this photo, the left piece has it and the right doesn’t. You might be able to tell a difference. I rather like the way it turned out.

It’s probably a good thing that each of these pieces is one-of-a-kind. While I love the process, I really wouldn’t want to do it a second (or third) time.

That’s all for now. Have a good weekend!


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