Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Rudolf Pencil Pets for kid's class - How To Christmas Tutorial

Quick and Easy Christmas presents for your kid's class!
Basically this is all just made up on the fly while I was in JoAnn's Fabrics,
 so you may have to experiment around little!  :)


  • Craft Fur Fabric for Rudolf's head. 

 I bought a 1/2 yd. (60"width) which was enough to make these all the way through college, LOL!  ( I made 42 and used less than two strips that were approx 2.5" wide).

  • Felt for snout / nose - matches fur.  I cut a 1/2 inch rectangle and folded it into a tent for top of nose bridge.
  • Red PomPom for  nose tip.  Dab of glue and place on top of felt. (see pictures).
  • Wiggle eyes - Attach with a dot of glue. 
  • Pipe Cleaners - One for each reindeer, folded in half and each side bent into 'points' (you have to play around with this).  This will be tucked into top of fur rolled /folded around the pencil with a dab of glue.
  • Craft Glue is tackier than Elmer's and seems to hold better.
  • Duh...Pencils! 
Cut a 2 - 2/12 inch strip of fabric inserting scissors under the hairs so that you cut only the backing and not the fur on top.
 This will let the longer hairs grow over the edge of cut strip instead of being wacked into a blunt cut!
(see how fur is hanging below the fabric in pic?)
   Google this (how to cut fur fabric) for clearer instructions,  LOL!

Divide this strip into , oh maybe 3 inches (see picture with cutting lines drawn on strip).

Add glue to fur piece and wrap pencil.  (see pic).   IMPORTANT: Make sure the fur is growing DOWN before you glue onto the pencil.  ;)  LOL! or you will have a different kind of animal , LOL!

Put a drop of glue onto red pompom and place on top of felt tent and position on front of face.  ( I had to pre-glue and dry the nose snouts to keep them in a tent shape)

Add Eyes with a drop of glue.

Fold PipeCleaner Antlers and tuck into top.

Feel free to comment adding any improvements or suggestions / ideas for others or even just to clarify what I have tried to explain!  Do in any order that works best for you,  LOL!

 Now for Cyber Monday sale HERE!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Cat Latte Mug and Flowers Painting inspired by Laurel Burch

I'm in the Christmas Spirit and am listing this just completed 6x12 inch painting with a starting bid of just one dollar!  Yep! No Reserve, so good luck to all you early shoppers!  :)
You can bid or read the full description here! 
Happy Thanksgiving!  

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Cat Special!

Well, I have decided to give up one that I was keeping for myself, I just love it!
But you know it's just good karma to share the art, so
 it will go live 9pm EST tonight, (Saturday)
with a starting bid of just $1.

I decided to take a picture and offer it with a special price. 
Hope you like it, I just can't stop staring at it, LOL! I really do need to paint another.  Hmmm..
You can see it HERE!

Thank you to all my buyers this past week/month,
you keep me happy painting!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Veterans Day Operation Recovery

On Veterans Day take a stand with the Operation Recovery.
100% of proceeds from this Abstract painting go to support our soldiers.
An original mixed media painting entitled "SILVER BIRD" has real wood, 3 Moons that GLOW in the Dark, and tons of texture.
Well, not tons, this painting is light enough to hang on a push pin, but use two to keep it balanced >wink<
Great size to hang over a door jamb or anywhere else with minimal wall space. 8x24 inches long on stretched canvas, no need to frame.  Click Here to see Painting! 


Service members who experience PTSD, TBI, MST, and combat stress have the right to exit the traumatic situation and receive immediate support, and compensation. 
Too often, service members are forced to redeploy back into dangerous combat, or train in situations that re-traumatize them. 
 We say, individuals suffering from trauma have the right to remove themselves from the source of the trauma. 
Service members who are not physically or mentally healthy shall not be forced to deploy or continue service. 

"SILVER BIRD"  Mark Lindsay - Paul Revere and The Raiders

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Toucans and Cats

Just completed, "Kittens and Toucans" a 5x7" collage painting inspired by the colorful art of Laurel Burch!
I collect Laurel Burch latté and coffee mugs and other LB items. I can never have too much LB, and her influence has shown up in my own evolving cats! 
 Hope they bring you JOY!
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