Monday, May 28, 2012

First pour, Second pour, Third pour, More!

Good Day To You All!
I never know whether to say 'Happy' Memorial Day or not......because some times it's not. I mean, the memories of those gone by are almost always happy. But the void left behind is most often not. So I will leave the 'happy' to your discretion. At any rate, I hope you all are well.

I think we will pick up where we left off last post.......
RenFest...didn't happen again this weekend. Family issues that needed tending took precedence. So my manikin is still fully dressed staring at me from across the room. Next weekend is the last weekend for this season.....and it's not shaping up well. I may just have to put my garb on and go play in the backyard. :)
My neighbors already think I'm crazy...this will just give them the proof. LOL!

The Wee Stuffies are coming along nicely. I have done four pours of the first mold. Two white (cream), two black. I have pinned the faces onto some of the Stuffies. Looks pretty good. I have yet to clean them up. I have to do a little sanding and get some acetone to smooth out all the little bumps. Then I have to wait for them to tell me what they want to be. :) Below are a few of the pics I've taken so far. I believe there will be two more sculpts for the Wee Stuffies. And I'm not sure that the faces and bodies will be the ones in the pictures. I may swap them around depending on which one demands which face. We'll have to wait and see.

the first pour (before trimming)

first pour test - before i made any more....

the four (horsemen?) from the first sculpt

Ok, that gets us up to date from last post......I know, there was a lot more in the last post. Don't deny it, I can hear you thinking it. Well, there's a whole (long) list of things that I didn't work on from last post. I have yet to start my batch of mead - haven't gone grocery shopping yet. My Scare-Me-Crow hands are still waiting for their bones/veins. Had no urge to paint this past week. And my Halloween Panels are still sitting with their chalk outlines waiting to be filled in. Again, no urge what so ever to paint.
I'm hoping this coming week will be much more productive and back to some normality. Work this past week just really SUCKED! I will be glad my boss will be back on Tuesday. He can cope with the attitude and egos. So here's fingers crossed for a better week ahead!

This past week did bring me goodies in my mailbox! My book - Dollmaking, One Artist's approach - came in the mail. The morning I sent an email to the seller asking if it was sent out - it was waiting for me when I came home! I've read 3/4 of  it already! Quite enlightening. Overwhelming at points, but very educational.
The seeds - from Harris Seeds - came in as well. I got Broom Corn (Sorghum Grass), Kale and Wild Flower. The Kale is seeding in Jiffy pots at this moment. I have some of them in my yard already so I know what they will look like, well, in general. I ordered Flowering Red Kale which is a different type then the ones I already have. Can't wait to see them! The Broom Corn is planted....but that's coming up here in a minute.
I spent a good portion of Saturday tiling the side yard. Yes, I'm still working on grass. My yard is a disaster. I still have at least half the yard to get through. I was really irritated this weekend, just a lot of things going on that needed to be 'fixed'. I tore the yard up as a way to relieve the aggravation. At the very least it wore me out. I've been watching the sun fall across the yard to see where the best place to plant my broom corn and my PUMPKINS would be. Yes, I said it - PUMPKINS!! I have decided on the corner just in front of my fence. That seems to get the best light. And so far my pumpkins seem to be agreeing with me.
I tilled the yard up, added a large bag of Miracle Grow to the dirt and tilled again. Then I put the broom corn seeds in and the pumpkins - which I started last week in Jiffy Pellets. When they were planted you could barely see them.....this morning - 2 days later - they can be seen clearly! From my dinning room window! I was really excited! Maybe this year I will actually get some pumpkins. My wife just looks at me and shakes her head......'Why?' she says constantly. 'Because I want to' I reply. Anyway, the Broom Corn is something I'm looking forward to as well. It's a black and red mixed variety. What is broom corn you ask? Well, it kinda resembles corn while it's growing but it breaks into colored (black and red) fans instead of ears of corn. It's literally what brooms are made of...well, at least what they used to be made from. I intend to make some besoms from my little batch of broom corn. Something to 'sweep' away all the bad, negative energies that seem to be hanging around. Keep your eye out for these. It won't be until September or October until this happens but I'll be learning and reading up on it til then. If I find anything interesting I'll share it. 

amazing book!

my Harris Seeds packages

coolest little mushroom in my yard.
it was 'cupped' upward.
i know it's hard to see.

a besom

I've begun getting the ideas for my DragonCon costume together. The ideas are still coming but I have a general direction now. And for me that's good! LOL. I won't explain it because at this point it probably wouldn't make sense to anyone who isn't stuck in my head. Hhhhhmmmmm, not sure if that's a good place to be or not. :)  Anyway, here's a couple of teasers....

a pinch of this......

a pat of that.....

and a toss of this for good measure....
this is only the start. i have no doubt it will
change many times before September. LOL!

or maybe closer to this. hhhhmmmmmm

Well, I do believe that's all for this week. I hope your upcoming week is full of happiness, joy and magic!

Say 'Welcome' to CWPoppets this week too! You can see more here. Thanks for visiting!!

Be Good, Be Safe, Be Happy!!!

that's one hundred twelve and thirty-two!


  1. The costume is a Steampunk Gandalf! I win! Is there a prize?

    I love those faces and the dumpy little Stuffies' bodies with the cone-shaped limbs. Really original and personal.

  2. Nice Guess Bev....uuummmmmmm, no. :)
    Guess again.

    Thanks for Wee comments too! they're coming along good so far. :)

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  4. Ron those little stuffies are turning out awesome.
    Thats some cool ideals for that DragonCon costume, nice direction.
    Darlene (Enchanted Legacy LLC)

    Ps I forgot something on the above post so I deleted the post above .

  5. Thank you Miss Darlene!
    wait til I get the bottom half started. :) This costume is gonna be great. Can't wait.