October 25, 2012

Buried in a Book!

Polymer Clay Bookmarks

Every once in a while it's nice to have an opportunity to play with a new medium. When a challenge was posted in my art group earlier this year to make a bookmark using polymer clay, I decided to give it a whirl.

 Ready for the Oven!

I found my stash of polymer clay, dusted my off sculpting skills and dug my old baking sheets out of the cupboard to try something that was w-a-y out of my traditional "comfort zone".

Carrot

Mermaid's Tale

After the bookmarks were baked, I rubbed and buffed them with a little acrylic paint and allowed them to dry.  Finally, I added a little glitter (because a little glitter "makes magic"), and brushed them with a coat of clear nail polish for protection. 


Finished!

This project definitely tested my skills, but considering the fact that scuplting is NOT my "strong suit", I was very pleased with the results. After all, that's what challenges are for!!!

May your work be artful and fearless!
 

October 18, 2012

New Beginnings!

Happy Fall!

Can it really be Autumn? Is Halloween only a few weeks away? Ten months have passed since my husband became ill.   It's been an amazing journey of discovery for our family. We've had our share of laughter, tears, frustration and pride. We've experienced more up's and down's than riding a rollercoaster! We've witnessed miracles and have acknowledged the presence of angels. We've made a few new friends and have truly appreciated our old friends' love, generosity and support.

I'm married to an amazing man who's truly defied every "odd" that was placed against him. Together we've taken first steps (literally) and have been establishing a new level of "normal". Jim is up and about without the aid of a cane or walker. He's working on a part-time basis, and although our days are still chock full of  labwork, physical therapy and appointments, we're grateful for every one of them!

That being said . . . . the time has come to dust away the cobwebs from my beloved "Pringle Hill". My blogging sabbatical is over, and I'll begin to post on a regular basis. The plan is to write at least once a week. It's a commitment to myself, to my art and to you. Art does heal. I'm living proof!

Maybe Fall is the "time of new beginnings". In my humble opinion, Spring is greatly over-rated!

May your day be blessed with the sound of laughter!