Saturday, September 26, 2009

Otis Ogre

Otis Ogre mean and green
Roams the streets on Halloween
Scaring little girls and boys
Making a frightful, dreadful noise.
Stealing candy from their bags
Dancing with the witchy hags
Up and down the windy streets
Laughing, roaring
Trick or Treat
Otis Ogre is ready to hang on your Halloween tree. He is a funny scary little fellow and was fun to make. He is four by three and a half inches tall and five and a half inches when you include the hanger. Otis is the first in a series of my Halloween ornaments.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Introducing "Henri"

Henri is finally finished. He is my challenge piece for the ADO Mini Monthly Challenge. I am not a big fan of clowns, but I like Henri. He has a sweet, happy face, not at all like the last creepy clown I created. Henri was fun to make. He is nine inches tall and six inches wide, hand sculpted from polymer clay. His movable arms are attached with old buttons. He wears a beaded felt vest and an old lace ruffle around his neck. Henri would be considered a white face clown.
I have not made many dolls since I have been working on my house this summer. I finally got my artroom cleared out this weekend and hope to get to work real soon. It's time for ghosties, goblins, and things that go bump in the night.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Little Jacks

I felt the first nip of fall in the air last night. It was wonderful. I love winter clothes even though I don't like the cold that much. That nip in the air makes me start thinking of my favorite time of year and of course Halloween. I have loved Halloween since I was a child and it is still my favorite holiday. I can't wait to start pulling out the decorations and burning spicy candles. I have already sent the Halloween costumes to my girls in Kentucky. I have made their costumes since they were babies. My grandson hasn't told me what he wants to be yet. He always finds something he wants me to buy, like Star Wars, so he is not as hard to please, and not half as much fun, when it comes to creating the costumes. I love witches and my house is full of them from the first October weekend until that spooky time of year is over. I am working on two Halloween dolls at the present time. One for the ADO quarterly challenge and one for Zan Asha's swap. My clown is just about finished, but in the mean time I made these crazy little pins. I call them "Little Jacks". They are made from polymer clay, paint, shells, beads, and Swarovski Crystals. They were fun to make. Which personality are you....crazy, jolly, or grumpy. I fit all of those catagories from time to time. I'm still working on my house. I decided to plaster the walls in my family room. I'm using a technique I saw on "Color Splash". They are really looking good but it has been a long time consuming process. I know I will love the end result, but right now I want to just finish. Maybe I'll go light one of those candle tonight and forget about walls until tomorrow.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

ADO Monthly Challenge- Clowns

This is my work in progress for the ADO monthly challenge. He is nothing like the first clown that I made. He doesn't look as evil as that one. You can see him as he was chosen to make one of the badges advertising this challenge. I have never been a big fan of clowns. They always were a little scary and creepy to me. I hope this one turns out to be happy...he does have a goofy expression on his face. I haven't named him yet. The name usually comes to me when he is near completion. I wonder if he needs balloons?

Saturday, September 5, 2009

I know that you won't believe this...but it's true. I was getting ready to go somewhere a few days ago and was in the bathroom putting on my makeup. All of a sudden I heard this splashing and gurgling coming from the toilet. I didn't know what to think so I cautiously walked over to have a peek. All of a sudden from the hole in the toilet out plopped and huge frog. Now I know I was freaking out and you don't think it was that big, but it was. The first thing I did was scream and then I shut the lid. Next, I wondered what I was going to do. I didn't want to flush it back down as I was sure it would come up again at an inopportune time, if you know what I mean. I called my friend whose husband is a plumber and she laughed and told me she wasn't sending someone out for a frog. She said, "Just catch it." She hadn't seen it. It was bigger than my hand. Finally I decided I had to do something. I went to the kitchen and got a quart sized Stonyfield Farm yogurt container. I carefully opened the lid and yes, she was still there. I slipped the trap over the frog, Oh my goodness, she was so big her legs were hanging out. Slapping the lid on as good as I could I rushed outside and let her go. Since then I have found out that she was probably a Cuban Treefrog, and probably a female since they grow to be as big as six inches long. I wonder how long she had been down there? I know this sounds crazy, but I had heard croaking for weeks echoing from the toilet. I knew it was a frog, but I though they must be under the house, maybe near a pipe. I read that they get in the toilet through the vent pipe on the roof. I have also found out that she is not a welcome visitor in Florida. One other very important thing I have learned is to turn on the light and check the toilet when you get up in the middle of the night.