Monday, October 31, 2011

Witches, Scarecrows, Pumpkins & More...

Indeed A Day Late seems to be my theme song.  I am also more than a dollar short in what I've paid to finish off these new OOAK designs.  I just finished off a couple of scarecrows and a witch, but why?  I'm a day late if I want to sell them, maybe that's why I'm a day late, I don't want to sell any of them.


(Isn't this little Pumpkin Scarecrow cute?  I added some glitz, a sign and a crow!)

These 3 LoveKins have been finished for more than a month, but I just never found the time to take the photos and reduce pixels and resize for Etsy.  I had to read the help files on Etsy to fine the optimum photo's 570 pixels wide.  If I were really into this resizing of photos I would write a script to have my photo program automatically do this....however I checked into it and it's not worth the battle.   So I resized a whole group of photos to Etsy size of 570 pixels...I hope that's the correct size, my memory is gone or partially gone.

I think it's probably too late to sell these 3 so hooray for me, my private collection just grew by 3!
Here's the witch, all glittered up and spooky!  She's a lovely green color don't you think?

Full sized Scarecrow is 12 inches tall, he sports some lovely pumpkins and an old black crow.  

Saturday, October 22, 2011


OOAK??  Ok so it took me a bit to figure that out and start adding it to our designs.  OOAK stands for one of a kind.  Oh yeah, now I understand and thought maybe I should explain it to anyone who doesn't know.
This is a group of our early santas and snowmen.  I would like to have one of each!

Almost all our work is OOAK, made by hand without the use a mold.  We do produce more than one of certain designs but each one is still done by hand individually.  Sometimes they look close but no two are exactly the same because they really are ooak.  

Take this little santa, he stands about 7 inches tall and is similar in style to other santas we have sculpted.  However this little guy has a different interior, his base is aluminium foil bent and twisted and formed and then covered with a mache base.  The mache for this santa was from Jonni Good's recipe on the Ultimate Paper Mache.   I love the stuff, Marge not so much as me so for now we are using Jonni's recipe along with a commercial product called Celluclay.    When we started this way back in 1994, 1995 we used Celluclay exclusively.  However upon restarting our sculpting projects found the cost of Celluclay along with our bases to be extremely expensive.   I was excited when I found Jonni's website and all the different recipes for paper mash, paper mache.   

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Berkshires & Cape Cod

I know it's been some time since my last post here, but life happens and sometimes that interferes with plans.   Anyway we've been working away on some new designs for Christmas.  Plus we sold some of our  OOAK Santas and ornaments to the gift shop at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.  If you're in the area stop by and take a peek at them.

The Santa in the middle of this photo looks quite a bit like the santa in the movie "The Polar Express".  Marge added the Believe sign to him because that's what the movie was about.  He was indeed OOAK.  The Red Lion Inn picked him for their collection. 

The ornaments are similar to this fellow,

Or these:

Here's one of our Santas that we won't sell but may at some time try to do another one similar.  He's ooak nautical Santa and looked perfect in Cape Cod where I took this photo.