Thursday, August 27, 2009

Tonight she's cleaning, better her than me!

I received an email tonight from Sweet B - "B" to some of us, but more like a long lost sister to me ;)

In her email she told me she'd be busy tonight doing some housecleaning and then get onto painting some pieces tomorrow. They sound very exciting and I'm really dying to see them when they are done. ~ I was already blown away today by her current pieces on eBay. Please check them out, you'll be glad you did!

SO... in honor of B's cleaning I thought I'd show you my mess. LOL!

Yes, I do mean mess... but then again I had a wickedly productive day today... so mess and all be damned, you can see for yourself the fruits of my labour.

More "POP" ornies soon, I promise... but in the interim please check out Robert's (ahem, I mean) the Halloween Fanatic's blog and you can see some of the ones he's collected.

Thank you Robert, that's so very kind of you... and much appreciated too! ~ Lori

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Busy, busy, busy :)

Well, the four rather large Jack O' Lanterns has now turned into three (probably the only three, I will make). I hope to get them completed prior to Halloween, but it's now been two weeks and they aren't near completion. I am still sculpting the pumpkin ribs and facial details.
I will also continue to work on a nice sized "Gypsy Witch" lantern/candy container. She's looking like she's ready for a sand and then I'll see if she needs more detailing.

I will have a few more "POP" ornaments listed on Etsy later this week and have two new items that will be going up for auction tonight on eBay. There's a sneak peek below.

Other news this week... I burned my hand yesterday - stupidly I was trying to fit one of the large Jacks into the oven for a little quick dry... and I touched the top element. OuCh!

That's all for now! ~ Lori

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

What's coming up... and a HUGE thank you!

A HUGE thank you to the folks who bought my "POP" ornaments! I am very pleased to say that they all sold on the same day they were listed. I am in the process of making a few more :)

Tonight I have three items scheduled for auction on eBay... please take a peek below and you'll see... wink, wink!

...that's all for now ~ Lori

Monday, August 17, 2009

"POP" ornaments now on Etsy

Well, I finally managed to list some new items on Etsy. Hope you'll take a peek when you get a moment.
I have several new pieces completed, photographed and will begin listing on eBay this Wednesday evening.
Please stay tuned for a couple of goodies!

What's on the horizon you may ask? ~ Four rather large Jack O' Lanterns that will hold plenty of treats and a wrinkly, old witches' head lantern... she's looking pretty good so far as WIP!

That's all for now... I best get back to it ;) ~ Lori

Monday, August 10, 2009

To live in primitive times...

I guess I couldn't!
Although, I have often wondered what it would be like to be live in the days before electricity.
Early last night I was reminded of just how much I depend on lighting, a dishwasher, a microwave, a washing machine, coffee maker and air conditioning.

You may think I am being a baby, but after a day that was unseasonably hot and humid we lost power and I seemed to have lost my usually pleasant disposition (haha!) needless to say I became rather "testy".

Here's why: Our entire block was wiped out (power-wise) due to the lightening and thunderstorm, not so much the rain but the damage the wind did to a huge tree across the street.

For years now I have wondered when a branch from this huge tree was going to crack and fall. I thought the branch that would break was the large one looming over their roofline. It was not!!
Instead the branch that fell decided to fall on the power lines and bent the power pole. It somehow missed their car, which was parked in the driveway and luckily no one was walking or driving past their house at the time or they would have been killed.

Of course everyone came out of their house to see what had happened. Cameras in hand, although it was too dark to take any pictures. While the crowd gathered around chatting and gawking at the tree and the huge branch laying on the street Oshawa PUC decided to throw the power switch back on.
If you want to see a crowd disperse quickly, throw the switch... you do and you'll get a loud "popping" sound, followed by an electric current traveling underfoot. This sound and vibration will remind the curious onlookers that standing near downed power lines is not the brightest of ideas.

Needless to say the power is back on now, though it was off for far too long (in my opinion).
I had to boil water on the barbecue to make a pot of coffee this a.m.
The up side to this story, other than no one being hurt was this... candles are just dandy, though in my house... not always handy!
BUT when one is a papier mache artist and seems to concentrate much of their work on on candy containers and lanterns, one tends to have an abundance of them to light with battery operated tea lights. hee hee!

I'll be back in the next few days with pics of my newest finished pieces ;) ~ Lori

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

In case you thought I was hiding out...

I wasn't... I just decided to take a few days off. It was a long weekend here in Canada (Civic holiday) and I took full advantage of it. It's so nice to get away from home once in a while.
Rest assured I have been working, am now making some serious progress and I have a pic to prove it.

Above you'll see several new papier mache pieces, all of which are WIP's. I am still working out the colour story. I've got them all airbrushed, still need to hand paint the facial details, sew the vintage crepe festooning, make party hats for a few and attach wire handles.

Hmmm... I take that back, maybe I haven't progressed as much as I thought I did.
Since that's the case, I should get back to work... I am still hoping to get something or some things listed very, very soon!

Ta ta for now ~ Lori