Friday, July 23, 2010

Baby Blankets for my 2 new nieces!

I made these blankets for my sister's new baby Frankie and for my sister-in-law's baby Gwenivieve. They were born 3 days apart! The backs of the blankets are the solid green polka dot fleece. I have lots of fun making baby blankets! Gwen's blankie has "Give Peas a Chance" which was a quote on a pottery bowl that had been given to my daughter 10 years ago. I thought it was a great saying so time to reuse! Frankie's blankie has a turtle, snail and bluebirds on it because the background flannel has those little animals on it with sayings like Sweet Snail, Tiny Turtle, Time to Fly and Outdoor Friends. It has one of our last Mollie Dog labels on it that we used a decade ago on homemade fleece hats , mittens, scarfs and some clothing. Mollie, our dog is 13 now!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Arts Walk on Sunday July 18th, 12-3pm!

I will be demonstrating stone carving tomorrow (and selling some of my work) as part of the Huntsville Festival of the Arts Festival Fringe events "Arts Walk" which will include live demonstrations of a variety of art forms in River Mill Park in Downtown Huntsville. Nearby at the Town Dock there will be "Art Splash" with interactive arts and crafts for kids. Come check out both fun events that run simultaneously from noon till 3pm!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Stick Puppet Workshops for YWCA Girlz Unplugged Camp

Just back from a great 2 hour Expressive Arts workshop I conducted at Bracebridge Public School for the YWCA Girlz Unplugged Summer Day Camp! The girls were instructed to pick a stick and examine it for awhile to figure out what it wants to be. Using Model Magic, paint, markers, fabric etc. they created the most amazing stick puppets! Some of the puppets interviewed each other to find out who these new characters and creatures were and a farm yard performance (a farmer stick puppet & animals were made) was being practiced for tomorrow's talent show. It was a great morning helping these creative girls with the tricky stuff (like using the hot glue gun - I thought I better be in charge of that!). A very inspiring workshop and will be repeated next week in Huntsville and the week after in Gravenhurst.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Try Stone Carving!

Tomorrow, Saturday July 10th is Dorset Heritage Day from 10am - 3pm. I will be there with stones and tools for anyone who would like to carve a little something! If you can't make it or would like to try making necklaces, small sculptures or larger sculptures with chisels and mallets you can do so at my studio, just give me a call to arrange a time!

Friday, July 2, 2010

New Amulets with Clasps

Here are some new hand carved stone amulets I made this week (from left to right) - "Blue Fish" (Alabaster), "Black Dove" (Chlorite), "Transparent Heart" (Alabaster) and "Fish Bones" (Pyrophyllite). Normally my necklaces are made with adjustable slip knots so they can be worn at any length. These ones I made with clasps for something different. School is out for summer now and it is easier for me to work on small stone carvings and still be present for my children. When I work on larger sculptures with chisels and mallets I get very absorbed in my work and don't like to be interrupted so much.