Sunday, July 31, 2011

Presenting Mrs Edwena P. Von Dodo Fluffbottom

Thank you! :-)
Mrs. Edwena P. Fluffbottom, honorary Chair of the Copper Beech Funerary Guild.
Wife of the rare and respected Englebert Von Dodo Fluffbottom.
What does the P., in Edwena P. stand for? Why, Postmortem, of course!

Mrs Edwena is dressed in her finery and awaits
the next service of the day,
dried lavendar and smelling salts at the ready.
Edwena the Dodo, is my offering for this month's
She's hand sculpted of Paperclay,
and is embellished with fine lace, a faux fur coat, feather collar, and a vintage broach.
6 ½” (H)
Signed, and Dated Original
To purchase, visit my Etsy shop

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A bit of a sneak peek for the Ehag Emporium on the 31st!

I've been busy of late, catching up. Bits of this and that,
which when combined together take rather alot of time.
The garden, administering horse therapies, my MFR therapy, researching art styles and
practicing new techniques. I'm always fasinated by the skills of other artists, and make it
a hobby of sorts in looking closely and studying their craftsmanship.
I love the challenge of taking it all in, changing it up,
and attempting to create something out of my usual comfort zone. I ventured out and have played with a bit of fabric with this piece and I'm very happy with it.When it's comes together, it's very satisfying, when it doesn't quite hit the mark, well, I always hear the voice of
the master Carousel woodcarver that I once apprenticed with ....saying,
"We never make mistakes... ...
We make rapid changes in the design."
... Thank you Welby!

I've also been working on several smaller pieces, ornaments, pumkins, and even a Chickie Witch, that will be available in my Etsy shop very soon so be sure to check back.

So, check out the Ehag Emporium on the eve of July 31st, 9:00pm (est) to see
Mrs. Edwena P. Fluffbottom, in all her glory! :-)
Oh... and Ehag has a super giveaway going on right now, so you might want to pop over and sign up!

Have a magical weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Our daily critters...

When describing to folks the various creatures that live in my yard,
the question invariably comes up, "You live in the city?" Yes, indeed.
This morning for example I came across our opossum friend, who we
usually see on the fence every night, but for some strange reason he, or she was out and about in the morning light, browsing among my orchids.

There are lots of Western Lizards living in the garden and I often find them in the aviary
looking for eggs. Don't worry.. I catch them and release them back into the garden.
One day I was hosing fallen debris off the blue spruce leaves and one clump of leaves just
wouldn't budge. It was then that I realized that it was not a clump of leaves but a lizard that had been
sunning himself up in the tree and he'd been hanging on for dear life while he was blasted with water. Sorry about that fella! 

Every night, especially in the summer, the Raccoon family comes to visit. They play in the pond looking for the frogger that lives there, and we've even seen them indulging themselves by
swimming in the spa. This youngster was having a grand time away from his parents and climbed up on the fence and was peeping in the living room!

California being a desert climate, you'll find Black Widow spiders in abundance.
I happened to spot this one not far (but outside) the sliding glass door. Boogery!

This is a young grasshopper. The last couple of years the grasshoppers have had a field day
in the garden and in particular, are enjoying my roses.... silly monkeys!

I'll close with the Trumpet Vine or Bower Vine.
This plant was a gift from my Grandma. It was merely a bare twig 4 inches high when it arrived in the mail 20yrs ago, and now it's a vibrant plant that climbs the pine tree and graces the garden with brilliant color every year as a beautiful reminder of her.
The Humming Birds in particular love this flower.

Hope you enjoyed the tour of our menagerie!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Just a fun little side note...
When I was about 8yrs old we held a little musical of sorts at
Westside Christian Church.
There was a wonderful man there named Art Williams who everyone just adored. He was from Cornwall, England and came to the USA in the 30's to work at the movie studios, predominantly MGM.
Oh, the stories he would tell! He was a ship builder and a special effects man and worked on such classics as Mutiny on the Bounty, National Velvet and The Wizard of Oz. He would tell us about developing the trap door for the Wicked Witch of the East to magically appear in Munchkin land, with the flames and smoke. Gosh we miss him.
Anyway, he use to coach all of us kids in staging and singing for little events, and for this particular show, he turned each of us into a popular celebrity of that time.... and here is the tie in to today's holiday, and the first song on my Playlist today.
He made me into the grand 1930's  singer Kate Smith.
Bare in mind I was a slightly built child so to help with the illusion, he fashioned a coconut bra of sorts, and I wore Smiths trademark Navy dress with broad padded
 shoulders and a white collar. I learned the proper stance, how to gesture,
 where to look and how to lip sync.
I walked out onto the stage and nervously belted out
God Bless America, as only Kate Smith could do.
Ahhh, those were the days. :-)

Queen Mary Rose

Rue blossoms

Snap Dragons

Wishing everyone a Happy Fourth of July 2011!