"What one can see out in the sunlight is always less interesting than what is behind a windowpane."

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Afternoon of Painting

Mary and I spent Sunday afternoon
just painting.
Mary repainted one of her Littlest Pet
Shop animals.  This one is supposed to
look like a cupcake, complete with sprinkles.
I worked on painting some Santas.
The one on the right holds his Christmas
List.  This can be personalized with 
the name of all your family and friends.
 Mary finished hers, but I still
have a long way to go.
There are mini Santas and old spools 
carved with Santa's face.  
Still all works in progress. 
Movin' right along!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Can't Sweep THIS under the rug!

The downside of woodcarving is
the extreme mess it makes!  Wood chips
everywhere.  And there's no containing
them because they stick to your clothes
and travel all over the house.
 But look what emerges after a
few hours.  Makes it all worth it.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

1931 Bumper Book Images

I keep intending to sell this old book,
but the images and stories are so
cute I can't bring myself to it.
Have a peek for yourself and
see what I mean.

Now do you see my dilemma?!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Newest Halloween Carvings

Tried carving a different pumpkin Jack-in-the-Box.
 Next, I tried a black cat. 
He wears a witch's hat and mask as if
going to a Halloween masquerade.
I get a kick out of the pumpkin
who's sitting on his back and
laughing up a storm!  Considering
I painted that face, wish I was
in on the joke!
 Also just listed this old
Relpo pumpkin planter in
my Etsy shop.
Totally scatter-brained right now.
Does it show?!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

More Halloween Altered Art Dolls

*whew*  Think Santa would let me
borrow some of his elves?
Halloween witches, black cats, and devils are
all created using Dress-Me dolls
dating as far back as the 1930s-1940's.
 All are made using pretty fabrics
and trims, felt, and real wool.  I also
try to add vintage accessories (like her
pink cape pin) and sparkle. 
 This black cat trick-or-treater has
been treated with layer upon layer
of coarse black glitter.  Between layers
I used my hot air gun to not only dry
the glue, but meld the glitter together.
(This was one of those happy surprises!)
This really helped seal the glitter
to help prevent flaking.
While the other dolls are made
of a very hard plastic,
this one is a bit softer so I'm guessing
she was probably made more
mid-century, during the 1950's.
Although I prefer the look and feel
of the older dolls, the softer plastic
allowed me to drill a hole for her
tail without worrying about
it shattering. 
 OOOOO!!  Red and black go
so well together don't they?
Especially when the red sparkles!
 Do you remember the old comic book
called, "Hot Stuff"?  He was part of
the Richie Rich, Casper, Archie days.
He was a little devil who carried a
trident and wore diapers.  And he's what
inspired me to make this one, only
I left out the diapers!
I envisioned this little gal going
to her first Halloween Masquerade.
Like the black cat, I was able
to make a tail for her too.
 I've still got more of these
old dolls just waiting to be
used.  Some having been waiting
70-80 years!
 But I think I'll save the rest
for Christmas dolls.
 All are now available in my
Etsy shop, located on the
right-hand side bar.......
...except for this one.   I decided
to save her for Mary.  One day, she'll
want to decorate her home for
Halloween.   I hope this will bring
back nice memories to her of
us spending time together creating.
But most important,
to remind her that she's never
too old to play!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Halloween Mantel

Vintage Blow-Mold Pumpkins,
black ravens, owls and vanilla-scented candles
all make up this year's Halloween mantel.

 I also decorated a little shelf
in the living room.  Mary and I made this
black cat last year out of a dollar store
Jack O'Lantern.
Not a whole lot to say, just wanted to
share and hopefully, inspire.