Sunday, July 31, 2011

Two Heads Are Better Than One

Remember how I said that my Queen Anne doll had to wait another day to be created? Well, I think she may have to wait a little longer than that. You see, I recently became a little sidetracked. I enrolled in another class at Artful Gathering, an online art community. The class is considered a "Summer Retreat" and has time limitations so I felt I needed to complete it before I even start my Queen Anne class. So what is this class you ask?

I am learning how to sculpt using Creative Paperclay. I have wanted to learn the correct way to use this medium for years. I have found a few tutorials on the Internet but none that made me feel totally secure about mastering the technique. All that has changed! This online class is being taught by Christy Meyers, the talent behind CCs Whimsies. I am learning so much and having a blast sculpting!

Here is my first attempt:

After I completed this, I felt pretty happy with the results. Of course, I knew that there was room for improvement. So I sculpted another head.

Here is my second attempt:

I felt this head was much better than the first. The lips are much more defined and the eyes are a little smoother. I will admit that the eyebrows look like they belong on E.T. ! Of course, as said before, there is still room for improvement.

Here are the two side by side:

I must tell  you that I have never had so much fun creating as I am having with this form of sculpting. I can't wait to do more!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

We're Having a Heatwave

Come on,sing along- " We're having a heatwave, a tropical heatwave"! No joke, it is HOT and it has been HOT for a few days. So how hot is it? It's so hot that I don't want to even look at my oven or even be in the kitchen. However, when I am in there, I look to make refreshing treats. We have had ice cream, fruit salad, and lots and lots and lots of drinks! Today I decided to make Ambrosia. Now, I do realize that it is not a baked item but it's still a treat and a tasty one at that. Ambrosia is quick, simple, and even has a tropical theme to go along with my "Heatwave" song!

All you need is the following:

1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 can (8 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained
1/2 to 1 cup of maraschino cherries, drained
1 cup flaked coconut
1/2 to 1 cup walnuts ( I toasted mine but you don't have to)
1 to 2 cups of mini marshmallows
1 cup sour cream

Mix all together in a large bowl, place in the refrigerator until chilled!

I've been making this  for many years and each time I change it up. I actually don't have a "recipe" so just have fun with it and use the above as a guideline.

Enjoy and stay cool,

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

To Begin or Not To Begin

This past Sunday I had a definite plan to start making my Queen Anne doll. I prepped everything on Saturday, told the family I was locking myself in my art room, and even made a "do not disturb" sign for the door. Sunday rolls around, I stepped outside on my deck and I never looked back. My day was spent relaxing in my backyard, soaking in some rays, and spending quality time with my family. How could I not? The weather was absolutely gorgeous and incredibly hypnotic! So my poor Queen Anne doll must wait for another day to come to life...

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A Work in Progress

Now that I've gotten past the first post, I am fooling around with the designing aspect of this blog. I haven't quite found the look I want so I am sure that many changes will take place in the next few days/weeks. For now I will  post a pic of some chewy peanut butter cookies I made this weekend for a party.

Saturday, July 2, 2011


I've wanted to start blogging since the beginning of this year and have just now decided to take the plunge. I made my first batch of chocolate chip cookies when my husband was in basic training in the mid 80s. He was  my boyfriend back then but he quickly asked me to marry him when those cookies arrived at mail call. We were married the following year and I have been baking joyfully ever since. My family calls me "Betty Crocker" and everyone tells me I should own a bakery. Some day I just might.
While baking brings me and others pleasure, it is not the only passion I have. I discovered cloth dollmaking when my son was born 19 years ago. I began with a simple bunny pattern and found I enjoyed the transformation of a piece of fabric evolving into a three dimensional form that developed into a creature with it's own personality. Over the years, I have made various cloth dolls and creatures. I  have to admit that my dollmaking is not as advanced as my baking. I would like to change that. Last year, I came across a wooden Queen Anne doll. I knew right at that moment that this was the doll I had been waiting for. I am currently learning how to make one of these dolls so I'm sure that many of my posts will touch more upon this subject along with lots of yummy posts and pictures of cookies and treats!