Sunday, October 4, 2015

Modes4you fat quarter giveaway

This is a fantastic Christmas Fat Quarter giveaway.
Here's the link:

I hope everyone joins in!


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Should I come back to the blogging world?

It has been soooo long since I've posted anything on my blog, that I honestly don't know if I should ever come back to blogging. I would dearly love your opinion on this. Would you like to see me keep blogging? I have to say it will be mostly on gourd art and all the things related to it. I do still dip into other things but gourd art has become so important to me. I teach classes and create my own works. I go to shows and have my work in shops. I have been selected to participate in an artist studio hop and have loved every minute of my experiences. Would you like to hear about them? Please leave me a comment and let me know.       More to follow,,,,,,,,,,,I hope.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Sweet Repeats: Soul Food and Something for YOUR Soul....

Sweet Repeats: Soul Food and Something for YOUR Soul....  Check out this amazing giveaway! This could be your opportunity of a lifetime!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Wonderful Class Giveaway by Effy Wild!

I don't know if any of you know Effy Wild but she's having a giveaway on her blog for one of her classes! She's a wonderful artist and shares her talent willing and with all. Go here: and follow the instructions. I know that I'm sure wishing I win one of these classes.


Google Reader is going away!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin  

As most everyone who has Google Reader knows as of July1, 2013, Google Reader is going to disappear :(  and I am trying to get all of the blogs that I follow to transfer over to Bloglovin. If you would like to follow my blog you will now be able to find me at the above URL. (And of course I would love for you to follow my blog lol)

Hope to see you on the flip side!


Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What’s been going on with my Gourd Art


Hello everyone! I know it’s been quite some time since I’ve posted here on the blog but my life has been quite full with back surgery, (my L4 and L5 vertebrae are now fused together) with getting my studio finished and with “The Art Odyssey”. The Art Odyssey was a three day self guided tour of Artists studios. There were 27 Artists on the Odyssey of which I was one. It was so exciting! We’ll start with a picture of my studio:

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  IMG_1663  IMG_1658 Isn’t this sink great? You can wash your hands and also your gourds!

And here are some gourds that I’ve done in the past and that I’m working on now:

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2003-01-04 09.33.44library exhibitThe previous picture has been on display at the Donald W. Reynolds Library for a month and will be returning home on Friday and will be put up for sale. This is a picture of a gourd that I’m currently working on:IMG_1673

This is a picture of a gourd clock that I currently have for sale:

IMG_1593Some of these gourds will be listed for sale on my website which is: in the very near future. I hope you will stop by my store sometime and see what I have for sale.

Stay tuned for more Gourd Art in the Future!

( I do appreciate hearing from you! Please leave me a comment or two)


Thursday, February 21, 2013

A Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer Gourd Bowl


I’m going to show you a very simple but beautiful bowl that I created out of a gourd, Sakura 3D Crystal Lacquer and Sakura Yuzen Paper. To begin with you must clean the outside of your gourd, cut it open and clean the inside and you are ready to start. These are the supplies that I used:

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One thing I failed to get in the picture is the gold trim that I used for around the top. It was so simple to do, I brushed the Crystal Lacquer onto the gourd and applied strips of paper on top of it. Once I covered the gourd, I went over it with Crystal Lacquer to seal it and then glued the gold trim around the top. Here’s the final result:

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Isn’t this a beautiful bowl? I love the designs on the Yuzen paper. It is actually paper that is handmade and printed in China for Sakura. There are several designs in one package and it can be purchased from Sakura. The Crystal Lacquer puts a wonderful finish on it also. Now I used a gourd because I had one handy that was round, but you could cover glass, plastic, etc. to make your bowl. You should give this project a try because you get almost immediate gratification. Do you like it? Let me know, I would love to hear from you.


Friday, February 15, 2013

AGourd Brooch with a Creative Paperclay® Embellishment

 I like things that have a little bling or kick to them so I decided that I'd like to have a gourd brooch that was embellished with Paperclay. I used a book just out by Maria Dellos on ink and gourds for a little inspiration.

I started out with just a piece of gourd that I had carved out of a scrap of gourd and with a face that I had already formed in a mold and which was already dry. (It helped to get things moving along a bit faster. I then attached the face to the gourd with just a little E6000.)
Before attaching the face I woodburned some squiggles on the gourd piece. I then painted the face with some metallic acrylic paint in gold, blue, & copper touches. 
 Once the face was attached I used some more Paperclay to make a scarf to go around the face. I then painted the scarf with metallics. (Topaz, Sapphire, Copper, Gold, Green, & Purple) It really turned into a beautiful scarf. I added a little glue and some glitter on the bottom side to enhance the scarf.
But was that enough? Oh no my friends! I then took some multi-colored yarn, wire, and some beads and added a little bling to it. I then added a pin back to the piece so that I can wear it as a brooch. As you can see that end result wasn't bad, hmmmmm, no not bad at all!

Please pardon the pictures which were taken with a black background, but trust me the whites just wouldn't photograph very well sitting on white. I love my new brooch don't you? I also love Creative Paperclay and have used it for a long time, even before gourd art. It's very easy to work with and cleans up easily with just water.  It has stood out and become my favorite clay to work with on gourds.