Saturday, October 29, 2011

Snow day

Well, it's snowing in Maryland.  Gotta admit, it's beautiful with the fall colors on the trees, but I hope this is not a omen of things to come this winter!  Spent the day getting ready for a few shows that we are going to do in the next few weeks.  My dining room table is, once again, a mess.  But we are making some headway. 

I made a few snowmen pendants this past week and was able to finish them up today.  These were made from a tutorial from Cindy Lietz.  She is amazing.  She makes things so easy to learn; clear instructions, great video and her tutorials are short.

I also finished off a few pins.  I think mica shift and mokume gane are two of my favorite techniques.  Now that I am comfortable with mica shift, I may spend some time perfecting the mokume gane.  I'd like to play around and see what other elements I can incorporate.  I definitely need to experiment with different color combinations. 

Hope you all are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011


This weeks Smooshers topic is brown.  Thinking of the holidays coming brings to mind a lot of brown.  Now, some of you may be thinking...brown??? what brown?  With colder temps, the leaves will be turning brown and falling in piles on the lawns.  Think golden brown turkey.  Umm, chocolate chip cookies are my favorite and a staple around Christmas.  And, some people love fruit cake.  {Yes, I happen to be one of them} This holiday, browse through the Smoosher's ArtFire shops for truly one-of-a kind, handmade items.  I'm sure you will find the perfect gift for that someone special.  I recommend you search early so you don't miss anything!

Speaking of leaves, check out AmyCrawley's shop to see more unique works like this light switch cover.

Cynthia Blanton Studio has several mixed media pieces.

May not be all brown, but how cute are these Christmas mice from QuernusCrafts!!

Don't forget to check out our ArtFire shops.  Just go to     Hope you have as much fun looking at all the wonderful, creative pieces that I did. 

Til next time, remember:
"Whether you think that you can, or that you can't, you are usually right."
- Henry Ford (1863-1947)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


The topic this week, for the Polymer Clay Smoosher's, is Halloween.  Thinking of this particular time of year makes me want to hunker down near a fire, with a good book and some tasty tea.  For some reason, no matter how warm October is, this day is always freezing!  I love the colors, fragrances {think apple cinnamon or pumpkin spice candles}, and yes, the decorations in preparation for trick or treating. For those of us that do craft fairs, the rush is on for upcoming shows in November.  There are so many wonderful artisans in our guild, take a look at some fun Halloween pieces.

How cute is this kitty and pumpkin by Buttonwilloe?

Are you into spooky wearable art?  Check out other pieces from Mortimer Inc.

What would Halloween be without The Raven??  Wyvern Designs has plenty of holiday themed pieces to choose from.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at some of the fantastic work from the Polymer Clay Smooshers.  Feel free to check out our blog, at, where you can browse all the artisans shops on ArtFire.

Til next time, stay safe and don't let the goblins get ya..

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Time away

Getting ready to head south for a few days.  We are going to Big Stone Gap in Virginia, where my Mom was born.  Just love the mountains and can't wait to see the fall colors.  I'm hoping I can get re-inspired to get back to my clay work when I return, as we have some shows upcoming in November!

Hope everyone has a great weekend.  See ya on the flip side.