Monday, February 28, 2011

EHAG Emporium ~ "Knobby Jack" Luminary/Candy container **SOLD**

This months EHAG Emporium is now upon us and I have created a very special Jack O' Lantern just for this occasion. This elaborate piece is the product of hours of hand sculpting with attention paid to refining its goose bump-like pumpkin rind and mischievous expression.

A few more details about this piece:
"Knobby Jack" is a hand sculpted pumpkin that's been turned on his side, his crooked stem is his nose.
He's been trimmed with vintage crepe paper that's been sewn and hand cut (by me) to mimic leaves around his base.
To seal and mildly antique this piece I have applied two kinds of paste wax, buffed to a soft, satin sheen.
His paper eye and mouth inserts have been treated with an archival paper spray to help them last throughout the years.

Approximate size of this piece is: 7.0 " high by 9.0" wide x 26.0" in circumference.
He's plenty big enough to fill with wrapped candies and can be illuminated using a battery operated light source. * No real candles please.*

SOLD ~ Thanks so much!!
Knobby Jack is $175- (plus airmail shipping.)
Please email: to purchase this piece.

Now onto the pictures :)

Friday, February 25, 2011

A day late and a crone short!

Firstly, I must make apologies for not having this post up yesterday. I got a bit tied up doing some other things and couldn't fit it in.
Anyway, I will show you the progress made on the Cranky Crone Challenge piece thus far. I warn you it doesn't look like much... I guess that's because it isn't. haha!

My piece is slowly evolving, that is to say that I have it all worked out in my minds eye, I just haven't had a chance to bring that vision to "life" yet so to speak. I will, and I hope in the end that it will turn out better than I expected. 

Pictured below are a few of the materials and/or pieces I have progressed on so far. Let me set the scene... I say this as I truly pray that I can get this piece done by March 24th... but don't count on it!

In the picture you can spy some pumpkins... these are because my crone will be attempting to carve a pumpkin with a spoon. She will be seated on a stump, sitting in a field of sorts covered in lichen, moss and faux dirt... a few mushrooms will be scattered here and there for good measure.

The pumpkins (as seen below) will have leaves and vines trailing from them. In the background I will have two spooky-ish trees (yet to be made) from which the paper lanterns I've made (also pictured below) will be lit and hanging from the tree branches.

My crone (although just a wip head at this point) will be dressed in fabric clothing. I haven't decided what era - if any of costuming she'll be wearing, nor have I picked out the fabrics from my small stash... but I will. It all takes time... and it will take some courage on my part to motivate myself to finish this piece. I haven't made costumed figures for a couple of years now and it's become somewhat of a daunting task for me... perfection is what I strive for with every piece I make. Whether or not this piece will be perfect is another question entirely... time will tell!

Please be sure to check out the blog of Amelia Schaefer of Sweet B Folk Art, my partner in this challenge (she has her post up now.) That way you can see what progress she's made on her crone... hopefully more than mine! ~ Lori

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Upcoming EHAG Emporium (sneak peek)

It's been over a week since my last post and I figured you may be wondering what the heck I've been doing, so I thought I would share a sneak peek of the one piece that got finished... albeit just a few hours ago.
It's the warty Jack O' Lantern (now known as "Knobby Jack") you can see it as a work in progress in the post below... so as not to spoil the surprise/reveal I will only be sharing a sneak peek.
That means you'll have to wait until the EHAG Emporium opens at 9:00 p.m. on February 28th.
For now you can hop over to the EHAG Emporium to see some other sneak peeks and please be sure to scroll down a few posts until you find this month's giveaway post... you can leave a comment and be entered to win one of three prizes!
That's all for now. ~ Lori

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Warts that you said?

Thought I'd take a few moments and share my newest papier mache piece in progress, a warty jack o' lantern. I just started sculpting this piece today, (so it's pretty rough in spots) but I am hoping to finish it up for this month's EHAG Emporium... wish me luck because I could use it with time ticking down too fast! ~ Lori

p.s. There are still plenty of goodies available on SpookyTime Jingles this month... so don't forget to pop over there too!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

STJ's Easter Holiday Hootenanny is a blast!

And I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of you who stopped by my page and purchased my pieces. I am overwhelmed with your response and kindness and am pleased beyond words to say that all of my pieces have sold.

That being said, there are still many wonderful Holiday themed items being offered by so many amazing artists this month... not to mention STJ has  added three talented artists to the roster and I hope you will continue to peruse and shop the pages of STJ.

I'm off to start packing goodies up... enjoy your Sunday! ~ Lori

Saturday, February 12, 2011

It's almost time for SpookyTime Jingles 3rd Annual Easter Holiday Hootenanny!

Are you ready? I am!! I will be offering a small assortment of Easter/Spring themed pieces, as well a few Fall items this month.

The SpookyTime Jingles website goes live tonight at 12:00 am Eastern. Please click here to go to my STJ page.

I have also uploaded plenty of pictures to my FLICKR page, so you can see some close-up views of the pieces I am offering this month. A few pics are posted below (that's pretty obvious huh?)


Happy weekend everyone! ~ Lori

Thursday, February 10, 2011


Whew... I am pleased to say that I just finished up my STJ pieces for February and I am thrilled with how they all turned out.

Admittedly, I don't make a lot of Spring/Easter themed pieces, but these carrot containers begged for some smaller crepe/leafy edged ornaments ~ designed for those who may have Easter trees... I know I do! I hope someone will find something from this dozen pieced assortment that strikes their fancy on the 13th.

I'm off to take a break now (after I post pics in Flickr) and then it's back to proper photos of these pieces. Cheers! ~ Lori

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

STJ Hootenanny... means I better move my fanny

Time is a ticking away far too fast for me this week. I am still finish sanding my pieces for this months STJ Easter Holiday Hootenanny!
There's a little sneak peek below at some of the pieces (acorn candy containers, carrot containers, pumpkin, eggplant and gourd) I've been working on... mind you not all will be available for sale on my STJ page this month, so guess I better concentrate on finishing those that will be huh?
Okay... that's all my news for today. I'll post a pic of the finished pieces when they are finished. ~ Lori