Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Halloween Pics!

My son's Optimus Prime costume I made from a cardcoard box.

Optimus Prime~transform and roll out!

My little rock star.

The kids ready to head out and pilfer the neighborhood for candy!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fun Hallow' d Creations!

I found this wonderful cabinet at Antiques by the Bay in Alameda, CA. It was originally oriental, I pried off the Asian decorations, sanded it and made it my own :). Lucky for me, it now resides with a wonderful collector in South Hampton.

Found objects become treasures with a little elbow grease, paint and imagination!

These ghoulish Jack 'o Lanterns were created with paper mache, using a wonderful antique German chocolate mold. The trims were all made using vintage materials. You can find the plain cardboard cones at Michael's!

I made this little Halloween Cat
candy container out of paper mache using one of my antique chocloate molds.

Thank you for visiting my blog, have a
SpOoKaLiCioUs HalLowEen!

Monday, October 13, 2008

What a Wondrous Winter Fete it was!

Thank you Kimberlee and Melissa for including me in your beautiful show, a great time was had by all!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Please Join Us!

My Bizarre Beastie, I call this painting "Unleashed".
He is from my 2007 collection and is available for adoption. He measures 16x20. If interested, please contact me for pricing.

Thank You!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Garage Sale Find "Transformed"

My little elves hard at work sanding

I bought this bookcase for a few dollars at a garage sale several months ago, and finally got the gumption to paint it! It is to go in my son's room, he is a Transformers nut, so of course you can guess the theme he chose.

Still hard at work!

They did the hard part, I got to have the fun part.
Actually, we all had fun! I printed out the Transformers lettering and transfered it onto the bookcase using transfer paper. Then I hand painted the lettering and gradated red and yellow to look like flames.

I drew the flames by hand then painted them in. FUN!

My son was very specific in how he wanted his bookcase painted, he is a very particular customer! Luckily for me, he was more than satisfied :). The best part was that we all did it together!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Thinking "31" Already!

Is it just me, or are any of you getting the itch to create in black and orange already? I created this vintage style Halloween treat cone using my collection of vintage sheet music and crepe paper. I don't know what I would do without Wendy Addison and Kimberlee Edgar to always provide a wonderful selection of goodies to use in my work!

The crepe ruffles are always so much fun to make, though somewhat time consuming. I like to sew the seams, and do my snipping while watching my favorite television show (Martha, who else)?? It's about the only time I seem to rest these days! I got hooked on making Victorian style folded paper ornaments last Christmas, aren't they fun with the Halloween as well?

My children will be back in school soon, and before we know it the pumpkins will be turning orange, amazing!

Enjoy your Summer months, I am cherishing them.. my tomatoes are turning red and I'll be up to my neck soon with Mr. Stripeys, Mama Mia's, Purple Russians, Black Kirims, and Super Sweet 100's.
Yummy, my mouth is watering..

Sunday, July 6, 2008

The Crab!

Mendocino tide pool crab
YES, born on the first of July, I am officially a crab! I took this crabby pic on my recent vacation to the quaint coastal town of Mendocino. The ocean was breathtaking, the B&B's divine! What an amazing place to celebrate surviving yet another year! To view more of my Mendocino pictures, you may visit my flickr page!

Oops, I need to buy my hands-free cell phone device, it's now the law here in CA!

Happy July everyone!


Friday, June 20, 2008

Dress Up!

Ahhhh... to be 8 years old again :~). This was an impromptu dress up moment. My daughter was playing with some of my vintage goodies, including this wonderful dress given to me by my friends Kimberlee and Sandra Edgar. The yellow tole tray was a thrift shop find and will soon be hanging in my daughter's room. Isn't it wonderful that our children afford us the opportunity to become young all over again?

Monday, June 16, 2008

It's nearly Summer!

Peace Doves Candy Container

I made this piece several years ago, and have really enjoyed having it as a part of my collection. It is a 2 piece candy container, as you can see. It is painted in the exact same design on both sides. I had much fun designing this piece, with the pendant flag in the center. Figuring out how to have the flags fold and wave was a challenge!
Can you believe that July is almost here?? Yikes! Happy Summer everyone!

Friday, June 6, 2008

A special visitor!

Isn't he just gorgeous?

It's been years since we've had a great blue heron in our yard, the kids and I really enjoyed watching him, even though he ate some of our fish!

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Miss Madison's Tea

I am finally able to plan my daughter's 8th birthday party, she and I decided to have a small tea party for her closest friends.

I made these invitations from gorgeous vintage floral papers that I purchased at

A Joyous Spring Fete.
A beautiful Spring show put on by my friends Kimberlee Edgar and Melissa Tereck.
The vintage crepe paper was from my personal collection. I am not really finished with the invitations but since I have been missing in action here for so long, I thought I would post what I have done so far.

It's been fun to do something creative again!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Feeding our Western Bluebirds

I hope you enjoy this little clip. My kids and I have been feeding our wild Western Bluebirds for about 4 years now. They are so beautiful!

Thursday, March 13, 2008

As you may have noticed, I am taking a sabbatical from my folk art, in order to take care of personal matters. However, I would hate to lose touch completely, so I will post goodies here from time to time!

This is my son, singing one of his Mandarin songs for me :).

Sunday, February 17, 2008

My son in the news!

My Son Ray and his Mandarin immersion Kindergarten class are in the newspaper today! He is in the red shirt. There is also a video on the newspaper's website. Very exciting for our little guy!

Here is a link to the article.

Happy Sunday!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy V-Day Everyone!

(the little boy is my son, Ray..
after he painted his own face)!!
And of course, my 7 year old, Madison.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Valentine PFATT Tuesday offering

Valentine Treat Cone listing this evening at 5:00 pst on ebay

Monday, January 21, 2008

My little Chicklette!

I made this lil cutie from a borrowed mold, so she is a one of a kind. She sits atop a lidded container which is trimmed in a soft vintage pom pom fringe. Her Sunday hat is topped with vintage milinery flowers.

I am already looking forward to Spring? Aren't you?

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Venturing back into poetry..

I borrowed this amazing photo from a blog I came across.. I was struck by the delicate beauty and resilience of the rose.. it inspired this short poem.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Wildlife Rescue

This poor little Yellow Rumped Warbler flew into our French door a short while ago.
I didn't want to frighten him, but I did roll him gently back onto his feet, as he was struggling on his back. Here he is still quite dazed.. but appears to be recovering.

A bit better.. not quite so shaky.

Just about back to his old self

Ready to fly!!
He took off just a minute or so after I took this picture. First he landed on our window sill, then flew to our oak tree. A happy ending for this little yellow rumped beauty!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Happy Valloween!

Victorian Style Cone..
with a twist..

A Valentine~Halloween crossover piece!

I had so much fun with this! I just love the look of black with pink.. so what's better than a black cat on a pink Valentine?

I used vintage sheet music, silver German glitter, vintage pink crepe paper and millinery sprig.. The handle is made from a beautiful wired French ribbon.

I hope to make more of these!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sometimes my cat says it best!

This is a picture of my kitty cat, Bonkers soaking up the sun in my studio window.
I want to be a cat in my next life!!

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Creepy Campfire

Unexpected creepy effect

I took this picture of my daughter this past summer at a small lake in Northern Wisconsin. My brothers, cousins and kids all rowed down to our Aunt and Uncle's cabin in the dark, holding these glow sticks. We had a Harry Potter style sorting ceremony with the sorting hat for fun. We roasted marshmallows, made smores then rowed back to our resort. It was a great time, with lots of fond memories.