Thursday, April 30, 2009

Do you LOVE Halloween? ~ if so, keep reading!















EHAG is now on Facebook and we'd love for you to join us by becoming a "Fan".

Check out the photos, post a comment, read about our upcoming "Skeleton Key" Blog Hunt and more.... so what are you waiting for? Go... go now!

Cheers! ~ Lori

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The OWLS ~ A quick sneak peek of new works!















You may have heard me "tweeting" about working on some owls. In all honesty I have never attempted to sculpt an owl or any type of bird for that matter, but I think these pieces are progressing along nicely.
The figure in the background is the start of a "veggie man", something else I have never really made and/or sold before.

Oh, I'll have some new items up for auction tonight on eBay, please be sure to take a peek at those too.

Have a good week! ~ Lori

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Some new items on eBay tonight





















I finally managed to get some new items scheduled on eBay today (picture taking was a challenge with the rain.) I also have 4 sets of tags/ornaments currently listed. Please take a peek when you get a spare minute!
Thanks! ~ Lori

Monday, April 20, 2009

W.I.P. ~ Stage 4 (Saturday & Monday)


The Jack O' Lanterns are now completed. Two received vintage style hats. I decided to go "old school", one is made from crepe with a cardstock hat band and the other has an angry cat image, it's been trimmed with hand made crepe fringe too.


The 2 candy balls (jol and cat), 2 small candy containers (black cat and witch) and 5 ornaments (in foreground) have been trimmed with hand made, vintage crepe festooning. The sturdy wire handles will allow them to hang from your Halloween tree... or if you don't have one they will look equally as charming displayed on a shelf.
Three pieces are missing, that's because they are the heads for a few costumed figures I've yet to start on. I'll post pictures when those 3 are complete.
That's all for today! ~ Lori

Saturday, April 18, 2009

W.I.P. ~ Stage 3 (Friday's progress)

















As you can see I have all the facial inserts, bases and hand painted details added.

Now it's onto the finishing touches - a plethora of party hats, fetching festooning and my twisted wire handles.

Okay, I better get back to it... Have a great weekend! ~ Lori

Friday, April 17, 2009

W.I.P. ~ Stage 1 (backtracking to March)






















In March I began making some new pieces for the coming months. (Do you remember seeing this picture?) Anyhow, as usual some things came up that took time away from my making any real progress.
No, I won't get into the boring details, but needless to say... my time is not always my own!

Please keep reading... there's much more to come! ~ Lori

W.I.P. ~ ( My tools of the trade)

















Before I carry on showing pics of my current works in progress I thought I might show you the very basic set of tools I use to create my papier mache pieces with.

Not all the tools I use are present in this picture. It's pretty hard for me to fit the air compressor and my hands into the picture, especially without a third hand or tripod. LOL!

Pictured above you'll see my airbrushes, drill & bits, pliers, paints, wire, sculpting tools and the a bowlful of hand sculpted bases. Oh yeah and these funky tweezer-like things that I just recently found out are called Hemostats. Who knew? I did not, but darn it all they are extremely useful!!

Keep reading... there's yet one more post for today. ~ Lori

W.I.P. ~ Stage 2 (backtracking to yesterday)


















Fast forward to yesterday and you'll see that I'm getting back on track.

Here's the progress made to date on those same pieces. Yeah, a couple of newer pieces are in the picture too - and the cats and large jack o' lanterns are on the back burner for now.

Pictured above you'll see the results of close to three hours of airbrushing. Yes, believe it or not - even with two airbrushes it takes that long to paint 15 pieces.

Add to that another hour of designing the paper inserts for the eyes and mouths. I like them to be perfect since they are an integral part of the determining the final character.

Next came the cutting of the cardboard (as it's known here in Canada) or chipboard (in the U.S.) bases. That was easy peasy because I bought myself this handy dandy circle cutter... it does a smashing job!!

So, that's where I stand at the moment. There will be more pics as I make progress. Today it's all about the bases, paper inserts and the hand painted details. Please stay tuned for another update soon! ~ Lori

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Tags and Ornaments on eBay






















Here's my newest selection of gift tags and ornaments.

There are three (buy it now) listings currently on eBay.
If you have a minute, please take a peek! ~ Thanks, Lori

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter!







Monday, April 6, 2009

Frightful FĂȘte FUN!!!



















I don't know why it is that giveaways make me so giddy, but they do!

Recently, I have won some very lovely pieces in two different giveaways.
I won a beautiful champagne cork ornie from Lori Davis of
Vintage Palette. Lori's ornament has inspired me to re-paint (black of course) a curio cabinet. Her ornament will adorn the door knob. I also won a spectacular set of mini candy goodies from Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art, her pieces will become permanent residents in another cabinet where I keep many of my folk art treasures.

So... if you're anything at all like me, you'll hop on over to the EHAG blog and enter your name in our drawing... you never know, you may be just as lucky as me!

Here's what I'm giving away this time around. Have a frightfully fun week! ~ Lori

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Can you guess what EHAGers are celebrating?

If not, please check out the EHAG blog on Monday, April 6th.






















Have a great weekend! ~ Lori