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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ Hello! Welcome and thank you for visiting my Blog! A blog about Celebrating LIFE and all it's wonders... A blog about ART ~ POLYMER CLAY CREATIONS ~ PHOTOGRAPHY and so much more! I have such fun with my blog, sharing stories, and the things that capture my imagination! I am so inspired by the artists and creations that I also share here, it is my hope that you will be inspired too!!

Sunday, July 31, 2011

My Newest Polymer Clay Sculpture - Ready for My First Day of School

Hello!!  As many of you know, I am a member of The Polymer Clay Enthusiasts Team on Etsy (PCETeam).  Each month the team members can participate in challenges presented at the beginning of the month.  For July, one of the challenges was to create something with a 'Back to School' theme. With my daughter's visit here, and being busy with summer activities, work and life itself, I thought I was going to run out of time to participate in this challenge.  July seemed to fly by and here we are at the last day of the month.  Talk about getting my challenge piece in 'just under the wire'!!!  LOL!  I had the idea in my head all month, I thought of it when I heard what the challenge was.  I was so pleased with how it turned out and hope you enjoy seeing it.  Introducing: "Ready for My First Day of School"

This darling little freckle faced boy is sitting atop two big books (of course I had to have one of the books be titled 'ART').  His little red backpack is sitting behind him and he's holding a great big pencil.  I antiqued the piece to bring out the details. 

 As I was making this piece, I was remembering each of my kids' first days of school... Such wonderful memories I have of those days!  :)  I thought this would be a sweet figurine to have ~ to commemorate a child's first school days, and it would also be a darling cake topper!  Click HERE to see more about 'Ready for My First Day of School' and THANK YOU so much for visiting today!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥  Wishing you a great day!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Etsy Finds Friday - Delicious Hobo

It's **Etsy Finds Friday**
Today I am featuring the
Handsculpted  Whimsical
Polymer Clay Jewelry
Delicious Hobo
DeliciousHobo mixes flavor and funk to create whimsical and unique polymer clay jewelry.  From octopi to dragons, this shop specializes in amplifying the ordinary and exploring the extraordinary.

Here's what the artist says about her work:
I'm highly addicted to crafting. First and foremost, I love to make wearable art. My passion for painting, sculpting, and accessories has given birth to my one-of-a-kind jewelry.

Every item that I sell has had a great deal of time and dedication put into it. Many of my pieces are made over the course of several days – clay molding, baking, sometimes sanding and/or painting, sealing, and assembling. All my polymer clay pieces are handmade. I don't use texture sheets, stencils, molds, or anything other than my hands and a couple tools. Therefore, each item is not only one of a kind, but is also a representation of my artistic dedication. 

The Last Unicorn Necklace
The Last Unicorn Necklace
This mystical creature is not only beautiful, but completely one-of-a-kind. It was hand-sculpted out of polymer clay, and then hand painted with shimmering acrylic paints. It's eye is a shiny, Czech glass bead, adding a soulful look to it's face.
If I Only had the Courgage...Lion Necklace
 If Only I had the Courage ~ Lion Necklace
This adorable lion was hand-sculpted out of polymer clay and given a shiny nose and eyes with high gloss sealer. With sad eyes, shimmering gold fur, and movable legs and arms, it truly makes a courageous statement.
Cherry Blossom Branch Necklace
Cherry Blossom Branch Necklace
This necklace is sweet and delicate, yet still makes a bold statement. The pendant was hand-sculpted out of polymer clay, and then the flowers were painted with acrylic paints and sealed with a shiny finish. At the center of each flower are faux pearls.
Tree Cameo Necklace
Tree Cameo Necklace 
This one of a kind necklace represents the beauty of nature captured in a rustic frame. The scene was hand-sculpted out of shimmering polymer clay and sparking gemstone stars. The frame was transformed from shiny gold acrylic to elegantly aged, using texture paints and acrylic paints to give it a rusty look.
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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ Be sure to visit Delicious Hobo to see more about these pieces, and to see more of this artist's wonderful and unique jewelry. 

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥ Thank you for stopping by for my Etsy Finds Friday post!!  Please stay tuned for next Friday's Find... It could be YOU! :)   Happy Friday!!   

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Our Weekend Camping!

We had such a great weekend camping!  It was Melissa's last weekend here, before she heads back home to Texas, so we decided to spend the weekend together and go to our favorite campgrounds; Old Orchard Park in Oscoda, Michigan ~ off the AuSable River.  George and his family went camping there through the years while he was growing up, and we also took our kids camping there through the years as they were growing up.  

This was the first weekend, this summer, that we went camping and took our boat out.  The weatherman said there was a 30% chance of spotty showers.  As we were driving up north it began to rain a little bit... Then, as we were setting up our tent, it started to POUR!  No fun setting up a tent in the rain. (I'm not big on sleeping in a tent either... Yay for air mattresses!!!!)  Anyway, we quickly set up the screen over the picnic table, so we would have a dry(er) area to sit and wait out the rain. Once the rain stopped (quite a bit later) we found that a 'mini lake' had formed around, and was seeping under, our tent... So we had to move it.  Our tent leaked a little and most EVERYTHING was soaked and dirty!  Including our dogs!! 

 Emmi, waiting for the rain to stop... 
Izzie is under the picnic table all curled up!

 We definitely picked the wrong spot to set up the tent! :)

We began to think the weatherman didn't know what he was talking about and that it was going to rain most of the weekend, but thankfully it cleared up nicely and by Monday it was gorgeous!  After moving our tent, the rain died down enough that we went out on the river, on our boat, for a little while... The kids even caught some fish!  Melissa's friend, Emily, came up and spent the first night with us.  It was so nice to have her there.  She, Melissa and George had a great time fishing, swimming and playing in the sand dunes!  George and his Dad competed against the girls each time they were out on the boat, fishing.  I just enjoyed watching, and taking care of the dogs on the boat.  They are fantastic 'four legged camping/boating/fishing' friends, and were quite worn out by Monday afternoon.  As far as fishing went, Melissa caught the biggest fish, an 18" Small Mouth Bass, her dad came in second catching an 17"!  All four of them caught various sizes of Small Mouth Bass, Perch, Blue Gill, Sunfish, and Rock Bass, and we even had some keepers for a dinner!  When the clouds began to clear away, we got sunburned... Right through the sunscreen!  Sunburns and all, it was a lot of fun, the weekend went by fast and now we are back to 'the real world' ~ I Thought you'd enjoy seeing some of our pictures...

 Our Campsite, after the rain dried up a bit...

Getting Ready to launch the boat! Yay!

The Sand Dune that the kids walked up and
ran down!  Then they jumped in the river to cool off!

 Emmi got SO excited when a fish was caught, 
she had to check out each and every one!

 Izzie, watching all the action from her 
favorite spot at the front of the boat!

Melissa's 18" catch... The biggest of the weekend!

 This mama duck and her four little babies 
hung around us for the longest time!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•` ♥  Old Orchard Park and The AuSable River are just beautiful.  We enjoyed the scenery from the boat, and as we took walks around the beach and through the campgrounds. It was especially beautiful at sunset.

All tired out at the end of a great weekend! :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Making Beautiful Music in Music Class

It's Treasury Tuesday Part II... Enjoy the Music!!! :)  
I participated in a STATTEAM Saturday Treasury Challenge... 
'CLASS' was the challenge word.

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Sage and Moss

It's Treasury Tuesday!  I enjoyed picking out these beautiful Sage and Moss color pieces for this collection, all created by Etsy Artisans!  Enjoy!

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