Friday, December 28, 2012

Know anyone who's getting married?


I love looking forward to the new year.  Its time for me to work on new ideas and start out fresh!

I made a LOT of Christmas ornaments this season and , truthfully, I'll be happy to start back with my cake toppers.

So, if you know of any one who is getting married or having an anniversary party, birthday party, or celebration, please send them here.  

If you refer someone, and they purchase a cake topper, I will let you chose something from my "Gift Referral Page".  Most of those items are $10 to $12 in value.  Just my way of thanking you for helping me out.

For more information, go to my "Gift Referral Page."
 This couple loves to camp in the desert!
 I love bunting!

This couple is enjoying a day at the beach.  Who says the bride and groom have to be dressed in wedding attire?!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Working on my fourth book

This year was very exciting for me because I wrote and illustrated three children's books.  I spoke about them a few posts ago, but to review, they are,,,"I saw a purple monkey" "The Shell Lady of Cecil Bay" and "The Spooky ABCs of Halloween."

All of these books can be found on  Here's a link that will send you to all three..

One of my teacher friends really loved the purple monkey book and suggested I start a series.  She enjoyed my subtle teaching of the proper use of see, saw and have seen and all of the colors of the rainbow.  Her idea was to continue writing about the adventures of the Purple Monkey incorporating grammar lessons into the story.

I liked that idea and have been working for the past few months on "You're Naughty, Purple Monkey."  My deadline is November 30, 2012.  I want it to be available for Christmas shopping.  It's the story of the purple monkey and teaches, once again, subtly, the correct use of Your and You're and the days of the week.

I've done all of the illustrations in an Eric Carle style of collage.  I designed all of the paper and use them in the illustrations.  I think my books have a unified look and I enjoy illustrating them in this way.  I'll keep you updated on the publication date and in the meantime here are some sneak preview images of the book.

  The illustrations won't have my watermark on it and will have text of the story.

Monday, November 12, 2012

What are you thankful for?

For those of you who have facebook accounts have you noticed the daily thanks that friends are posting?

Somehow I always miss out on the beginnings of these kinds of committments, like the 365 days of crafting commitments or learn a new word each day,,etc.  I usually discover them about half way through or two days after the sign up is closed. 

But, because of my blog here I can make my own days of thanks and since I have such a hard time with commitments, I'll list what I'm thankful for all in one shot. 

  1. I'm thankful, everyday, for my children and my grandchildren.  I could actually stop there and be fine with it, cause they are definitely the most important part of my life,,but I'll continue.
  2. I'm thankful that I'm intelligent.I'm thankful to my parents who insisted that I got a good education.
  3. I'm thankful for my talent.  Once again, my parents allowed me to take lots of art lessons at the Detroit Institute of Arts, an experience that shaped me into living a creative life.
  4. I'm thankful for the rest of my family, like my sister and nephew and cousins and aunts and uncles.
  5. I'm thankful for my son for rescuing me and letting me come and live with him for awhile.
  6. I'm thankful for my sensitivity to my surroundings.
  7. I'm thankful for my faith in God and thankful to him for hanging there with me when I wasn't so faithful.
  8. I'm thankful for my boyfriend who makes me laugh and always is agreeable to any idea I have.
  9. I'm beginning to be thankful for my quirks and idiosyncrasies, something I've struggled to accept in the past but am starting to embrace.  (it's about time, since I'm not going to live forever.)
  10. I'm thankful for my good memory that is enhanced by a smell, a song, a feeling.  Having along term memory is such a gift.  I just wish my short term was as good.
  11. I'm thankful for the internet, because without it, I would still be doing craft shows.  I just can't do them anymore,,they are tiring and frustrating.  
  12. I'm thankful for all kinds of books and music. Life would be so dull without them.

I think I'll stop there.   I think that's enough.  Maybe next year I can be thankful for better health and more money.  I guess better health is enough.

What are you thankful for?

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's been awhile....

There is nothing worse than making excuses, but I'll try.  It was a very busy summer for me.  My son got married and my daughter had a baby.  We had a bridal shower, baby shower, along with that.  I also painted a 4 foot by 4 foot fiberglass lion for Detroit Lion town.

I also went to Mackinaw City in June and August and might be going again in
October.  I love it so much up there, I would move there in a second, except I'm find of attached to my adult children who all live near me.  I sure wish we could all move together.   I guess it's ok to dream though, although I'm not going to give up on that idea.

Sunset and Silhouettes

I love seagulls

Can you hear the waves?

My favorite beach I've ever been to.

All the while though, I was busy making clay cake toppers and ornaments.  I also wrote and illustrated three children's books.  "What???" you might say.  Yes, I spent hours, days and weeks writing.  I illustrated the books in the style of Eric Carle with some slight changes.  I designed my own papers in photoshop, printed them, made collages, scanned them and then manipulated them back in photoshop.  It was so much work yet fun the whole time I was doing it.   I worked 12 hours a day producing these books and I'm happy with how they turned out.

The first book is called, "I Saw a Purple Monkey."  I then wrote, "The Shell Lady of Cecil Bay." and finally, "Scary ABCs of Halloween."   Please go over to my face book page for more information.  My face book page..please like!

In the next few days I'll be posting some of my current toppers and Halloween items.  Here's a sneak peak.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Spring Time Clay

Wonder who lives in this little fairy house?

I love owls, in nature and in my studio. I hope my admiration shows in my clay renditions.

Lots of bunnies!

Teddy bear cake topper.

I've been busy making all kinds of clay cake toppers, fairies, pixies, and bunnies!

I've been making more folkart bunnies.

I really enjoy making these bird cake toppers.

I'm getting ready to do a trade show in Petosky, Michigan so I've been producing new clay dolls and cake toppers like a crazy woman!

Remember, I do custom designs. Email me at if you are interested in something special.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Fairy Houses

Ever since I was a child I was fascinated with the land of miniatures. It probably started with The Friendly Giant and 4 containers of play dough. I remember making miniature furniture for the Flintstones. When my Dad cut down the cherry tree in our front yard he showed me how to make little houses with the sticks. I make houses all over the front yard that day. It was my own little village and each house had it's own fence and stone well and little path. I stacked little piles of wood near the back doors so the inhabitants of those houses could have a warm winter.

When my kids were older I helped them make dioramas for school and I built a miniature battle field for my sons. When we went on vacation I showed the kids around us how to make little houses and villages up on a bluff behind my tent. The ground was moss and sand and there was an abundance of pebbles and sticks. We all had our own little house and all weekend we worked on that little village.

This sense of wonderment has never left me. I love to make little fairy houses in the woods when we travel. I never use anything that I bring with me: I only use what I find on the ground,,twigs, sticks, vines, acorns and moss. I like to find the hollow of a tree and I make my little house, It always has a pebble pathway leading to the door.

I've noticed that this year miniature gardens and fairy houses have taken off all over the internet. (Naturally, I'm ahead of my time but behind in the money,,lol).

I've spent the last few weeks making little fairy houses and furniture. It's relaxing and since I have a big show coming up next week, I'm hoping that I'll sell some.

I'll be posting more pics of my mini furniture and fairy gardens in a few days. Till then remember, "Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night.
Edgar Allan Poe

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