Wednesday, December 31, 2008

I've really got the penguin bug

This is my Film Noir Penguin Couple, created for the PCAGOE January Black and White challenge. Voting will be up starting on the first at

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

PCAGOE charity alphabet project

This is one of two alphabet mosaics created collaboratively by member of PCAGOE. This one will be delivered to the Hershey, PA, location of the Ronald McDonald House next month. The other has already been donated to the Stony Brook University Hospital in New York. This was a fun project to work on, and seeing each new letter come in was fascinating. This really shows off the diverse styles and personalities of the guild members. I think children and adults alike will really enjoy looking at these mosaics.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

one more ornament post

Origami music ornament from my neighbor Karen

Darling snowman by peggers for the PCAGOE ornament swap

Yay! Jayne hat from the Buffyfest bloggers ornament swap

Friday, December 26, 2008

challenge reminder!

Just a reminder: PCAGOE January black and white challenge entries are due by midnight EST on Sunday, December 28. Everyone is invited to enter the challenge. Read the full rules and info here, and let me know if you have any questions.

(black and white dreidel by namaaza)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Not sure why I think a triple batch of anything is a good idea, but...
These are cream cheese mints. The blue are peppermint, the green are spearmint, and the purple are raspberry-mint. The photo shows about 1/3 of the mints I actually made. The raspberry are the best without a doubt.

Monday, December 22, 2008

scavenger hunt winners

Hey, everybody! Thanks for playing the PCAGOE December Scavenger Hunt game. Congratulations to these winners:

UrbanDebris won a cupcake pendant from Angeli.
Bastillebleu won a guardian angel pendant from chicki.
Twobsmith won a pair of earrings from divadea.

Shorti85 won a $20 gift certificate from juliespace.
LittleWorkofHeart won a $25 gift certificate from lynnslittlecreations.
Paintedkreations won a $25 gift certificate from marciapalmer.
FloatingRabbit won a $20 gift certificate from OrganicOdysseys.
Thecraftypineapple won a $25 gift certificate from SCDiva.
Underthestar won the Love Never Fails Heart from tejaesart.
MaryLMeredith won the BEAD STAR inaugural issue (or $25 gift certificate) or VAharoni.

We made caramel apples

We made caramel apples, and it was fun. This is one of the easier food at Christmas projects to do, and they turned out great. See the rest of the photos (and instructions) at my flickr.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

fun with flickr

Here are two really fun color search tools for flickr. Be careful - these are addicting. But if you love colors the way I do, these are worth checking out. Behold the fun!

Color Fields Experimental Colr Pickr by Jim Bumgardner


Multicolr Search Lab Flickr Set by Idee Labs

Here's an exercise in black and white. (Speaking of which, don't forget to enter the pcagoe January challenge.)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

it's not too late

It's not too late to find good stuff on etsy for Christmas, and I've found a couple of things I absolutely must share!

These are decorative - not edible - food miniatures and ornaments by frostedfakes. From her etsy profile:

My faux cupcakes, cakes, and other confections are inspired by the aesthetic of vintage cookbooks of the 1950s and 1960s. I love bright colors, whimsical vintage decorations, and "homestyle" whimsy. My creations are vivid and fun, making them the perfect accoutrement for table centerpieces, home staging, events, and display.

Her work is amazingly detailed and realistic. Wow!
And this, by ittybittiesforyou, is just fun. Who wouldn't want a robot nativity scene?

It appears that this one has sold already - I can see why! But still, check out her shop for other holiday robots, like Santa and snowmen!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Come join the fun!

Join the PCAGOE for our Holiday Scavenger Hunt!

The Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy is hosting a Holiday Scavenger Hunt. To participate, simply visit the shops listed below and look for one of these hidden images somewhere nested in the products on their first page.

Participating PCAGOE etsy shops and the prizes they’re offering:

Tejaesart: Love Never Fails heart
SCDiva: $25 gift certificate, also valid in this shop
DivaDea: pair of earrings - you choose!
OrganicOdysseys: $20 gift certificate (valid only through December 31, 2008)
VAHaroni: BEAD STAR inaugural issue OR $25 gift certificate (valid only through January 12, 2009)
Chicki: Guardian Angel Pendant - you choose!
MarciaPalmer: $25 gift certificate
Juliespace: $20 gift certificate

When you’ve found one of the images, convo the shop owner, pasting the url into the message, and you will be entered in that seller’s random drawing.

To “convo” the seller, use the “contact seller” link in her shop. You must be a member of etsy in order to send a convo. (Don’t worry - it’s easy to become a member of etsy, and there’s no further obligation.)

Each shop owner will choose a winning entry using a random number generator. The winners will be announced on the shop owners’ blogs as well as at on Monday, December 22.

Here’s the fine print (but we’ll leave it big so you can read it): One entry per etsy shop, please (but feel free to enter - once - in each participating shop); PCAGOE members are not eligible to win the prizes; each person is eligible to win in one shop only (so we can spread the polymer clay love around!)

Thursday, December 11, 2008

ornament swaps, part 2

I participated in two holiday ornament swaps this season, one with PCAGOE members and one with Buffyfest Bloggers. The post with the ornaments I created for the swaps is here.

Here are the ornaments I have received in return so far:

Image transfer ornament by SCDiva - looks great on the tree!

Personalized gingerbread lady by artbylilin. So adorable!

Hehe, you have to know Firefly to get this one. Anybody recognize this object?

Awesome mica shift technique on this Buffy ornament by valeriebeads. I'm thinking this might get turned into a necklace after Christmas.

And a little framed silhouette ornament. This one also came with an alternate panel - Dr. Horrible instead of Buffy. How fun is that!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

CAM at Lancaster Eastern Market this weekend

Come visit me! Come Christmas shop from local artists!

Also, get the best coffee around from John at True Espresso.

Lotsa more info here.

tarot card of the day

Tarot Card: Page of Pentacles
Character: Gwendolyn Post
Upright Meaning: Someone who works hard to get ahead and achieve goals. Sometimes overzealous.
Reversed Meaning: Unwelcome news. A hoarder. Mean and greedy.
Question: Are you hoarding materials or power?
Advice: Don’t be a control freak. Someone else is working just as hard as you are to achieve an opposite goal. If it’s a situation of two different but viable viewpoints, step back and let the other person succeed. If it’s clearly a matter of right and wrong, go ahead and pursue your goal ruthlessly.


Note to self: If you try to control every bit of every thing, you will become evil.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

ornament swaps

I participated in two holiday ornament swaps this season.

The first was with members of my online polymer clay guild, PCAGOE. I made bell-like ornaments, thanks to a simple origami pattern from a friend. Here's a nice tutorial on how to fold these. And here's a good, wordy explanation of how to fold them.

After the folding, I cheated and used clear tape to hold the bell shut at the top, after putting a ribbon through from the bottom to the top. Then it was just a matter of making a cane, mixing some clay colors and carefully covering the sides of the bell. I used a paper pattern to cut the clay sheets into the right shapes. I'm thinking, although I didn't have any on me at the time, a bit of liquid Sculpey would make the assembling process easier.


The second swap was organized by the Buffyfest bloggers. I just can't resist the pull of Buffy...

I had bunches of ideas for this one, including decoupage ornaments using comic book pages and actually creating the Buffy characters sculpted or as egg ornaments. But in the end I went with something a little less time consuming. I hope people will still like them. They are made with polymer clay tombstone-y beads with the letters stamped in with rubber stamps and then antiqued with a bit of paint. They're finished off with a polymer clay "stake" and matching glass and other beads. Into each generation a slayer is born...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


These are not crab rangoons. But that's what they remind me of.

This is folded cardstock, which then gets covered with thin sheets of polymer clay and baked.

Voila! Fabulous, lightweight ornaments.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving napkin rings

Thanksgiving napkin rings, originally uploaded by divadea.
Made with polymer clay and a bit of brown paint.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Uno and Dar

Uno cards signed by Dar Williams, originally uploaded by divadea.
So we got to the Dar concert over 2 hours early - hey, we needed good seats! We stopped at the CVS to get something to do while we waited, and as fate would have it, the new deck of Uno cards comes with 4 blank cards. Well, there were four of us, and now we have 4 precious cards signed by Dar. Yay!

The new Uno is apparently for illiterate people, as it has all pictures and no words. Wild, reverse, skip - they're all textless. What's up with that?

Thursday, November 20, 2008

ornament workshop

When: Thursday, December 4, 1:00 to 3:00 PM
What: Penguin ornaments (or pigs, or cows, or chicks, or owls...)
Where: Palmyra Public Library, 325 Railroad Street, Palmyra, PA
Fee: $25.00, all materials included and tools provided
Register at the Palmyra Library by Tuesday, December 2. Or call the library at 838-1347.
Questions? Email me any time at

Monday, November 3, 2008

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Upcoming Events

Come see me!

Ornaments workshop at Pink Andie Beads: November 1

Stocking Stuffers workshop at Pink Andie Beads: November 15

Black Friday sale and demo at Pink Andie Beads: November 29

Community Arts Market at Lancaster Eastern Market: December 6 and 7

Marmalade singing Christmas carols at Whitaker Center in Harrisburg: December 4 and 6

Cumberland Singers Concerts in Mechanicsburg area: December 12, 13 and 14

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Autumn vase

I usually wait until voting time to post my monthly PCAGOE challenge entry, but I couldn't wait! This is an upcycled glass vase. It was a gift from a friend a few years ago, and used to be filled with liquid scented something-or-other. I washed it out, although it still has a hint of the marvelous scent - I'm not sure what to call it; it's sort of rain-ish, outdoorsy with a hint of floral whatnot. I wish I had kept the original information, because the fragrance is fabulous. Anyway... the leaves are made by using rubber stamps on sheets of polymer clay in hand-mixed colors.

Stay tuned for the November challenge voting - it will be at PCAGOE from November 1 to 3. For a sneak peek at the challenge entries, you can visit our flickr group any time. We've got some beautiful entries already for this month!

Monday, October 20, 2008

There's still time...

I'm entertaining myself today with the etsy poster sketch tool. There's still time for Halloween stuff, people! Click here for the most recent PCAGOE Halloween creations. Here are a few of my favs from the search.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


I love having friends over to clay with me! Here's Becky and her mokume gane turtles.

Anybody wanna come over?

Thursday, October 16, 2008

hair issues

I'm having hair issues today. Can't decide whether to cut it, get more barrettes, or just be irritable. So I thought I'd share some hair stuff made out of, you guessed it, polymer clay.

Daisy hairpins by juliespace

Gardenia alligator clip by debashri

Sunflower barrettes by clayinaround

Red millefiori floral barrette by PolymerClayCreations

Hope you're having a good hair day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Girl scouts and beadmaking

Last week I taught beadmaking to a bunch of girl scouts in Mechanicsburg. I admit I was a little nervous - these days my large group classes tend to be adults, and my teaching of 13-year-olds tends to be one at a time and generally involves singing and no sharp implements. I was thrilled to find that this group of ladies was polite, energetic, smart and fun. What a joy to work with such a pleasant bunch!

To schedule your own polymer clay workshop for your girl scout troop, group of friends, youth group, etc., in the central PA area, email me. See some of the projects you could learn here.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Saturday, October 4, 2008

It's October! Yay!

I love October. I wait for October all year long. No one hates heat like I hate heat, so when it's finally chilly, I am happy. Plus I love all things fall, all things orange, and all things pumpkin.

Here are a few polymer clay finds for October.

All the robots at ittybittiesforyou are fun, but this one takes the cake. Why am I so fabulously entertained by the idea of a miniature pumpkin robot?

And I love these tree pendants by blockpartypress. I think the yellow is my favorite, but what I really like is the look of all three together.

These are some pumpkin earrings of mine. I've never really been able to duplicate that rich brown/burgundy background color.

Happy October!


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