Thank you for visiting. You can find my Grow Your Blog Party post here. I hope you'll poke around the blog and see what's happening in my world. Leave me a comment or send me an email if you have any questions about any of the posts!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

I Just Joined the 6th Annual Halloween Swap at Yarnigras Swapper Spot!

I am so excited to be a part of the 6th annual Yarnigras Swapper Spot Halloween Swap! This year we'll be swapping ...what else... Zombies inspired by animated zombie movies :0) I will be posting progress pictures on my sculpting blog Sunflower House Art but will post the finished Zombie here! If you like zombies or participating in swaps you should check out Val's blog she hosts multiple swaps throughout the year and the quality has always been top notch!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Beads and Bezels and Chains - Oh My (Cross Post)

For those of you who also follow my sculpting blog this is a cross post, I'll be slowly phasing out some of my sculpting posts from this blog and taking it back to its roots. If you like the creatures I create then please check out my sculpting blog Sunflower House Art.

As I delve more and more into the business side of art I have studied what I buy, what I look at online, what details I am drawn to and so forth and as I hone in on what I like, I have taken classes and asked some of the amazing, talented women I know for direction on how to add that special touch.

One of the things I love about figurative sculpture, which I’ve stated often, is that I can use so many different mediums and techniques on a single piece. Lately, as I gear up for the arts and crafts fair season, I have really started focusing on those tiny details, the ones that you don’t think about but that really make a difference.

For instance, now that I know how, I have to add beads to my figures costumes. These tiny little embellishments make such an impact. They can be subtle, adding a finishing touch to a hem like I used on Indigo


Or they can be bold by forming a focal point or major design detail. Beads can be used for jewelry, head pieces, trim and even used to form props. Doll makers often use jewelry findings for details. I’ve seen tiny pocket watches made from a loop necklace clasp; in fact I made one myself for my Hatter in Zombieland figure.

Hatter in Zombieland

Beads are so versatile. I use them for eyes, embellishments, focal points and even for crowns as shown here on my almost finished – just need wings – birdcage fairy:

Birdcage Fairy

As anyone who creates knows you can never have enough bits to play with. About a year ago our area got its first large scale bead shop which was so cool! The people are fantastic, the selection is great and the prices are much better that when I had to fly to Las Vegas to visit a similar store :0) but they don’t have everything I need so I do shop online. The bummer of that is I have to wait for my stuff and I really don’t like waiting.

However, one of the coolest places I’ve found online for beads and findings is Auntie’s Beads. Their selection is unbelievable and their prices are about as close to wholesale as you can get without having a business license. I was so excited with the quality of their merchandise and the super fast shipping that now I don’t worry quite so much about waiting.

Soon I’ll be showing you what I’ve done with my latest Hatter. He is almost done. Here is a sneak peek of his in-progress hat:


Soon he will have a jacket, shirt, cravat, pants and so much more! I can't wait to finish him. Once he is complete I’ll show you the details I’ve added that I think make him super special!

Monday, July 21, 2014

And the Winner Is...

And the winner is #31 - MagicLoveCrow! Congratulations! If you would email me your mailing address to
AutumnWindReno@ I'll get you towels mailed out to you asap!

Thank you so much for stopping by my Mad Tea :0)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dad Update

Thank you all for the good thoughts and healing prayers. Dad came through the surgery like a champ, it went well and hopefully he'll have a swift recovery!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Asking for Good Thoughts and Healing prayers!

Greetings my friends,

This morning my step-dad, the best dad I could have ever asked for, went in to surgery to have 2 heart valves replaced. My dad is truly one of the best men I know and I would really appreciate it if could send healthy, healthy thoughts and prayers his way. This amazing man took me on, an abused and troubled teen, and showed me what life could be like if I worked for it, respected it and enjoyed it. He’s always been there for me and I hate that I am not at the hospital right now.


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Welcome to a Mad Tea

I am so glad you were able to stop by. Thank you to Vanessa at A Fanciful Twist for hosting this awesome party! I am so glad I was able to be a part of it again this year. 

The tea is ready, the food is out, so please have a seat and join me for tea. 

Don't those cherries look great! I love fresh cherries. 

Look, Alice has decided to join us. She wasn't too sure about the party since she had to try that "Drink Me" juice and is currently vertically challenged but she decided to join in on the fun. She hopes to return to her full height soon!

She does have a friend to hand out with since she gave the flamingo some too!

His friend Harry just laughs! He knew better than to drink glowing green liquid! Seriously!


Looks like the hatter is here somewhere and so is the White Rabbit, he dropped his pocket watch on the table, though it looks quite large for a pocket watch... I guess Wonderland has that affect on things.

You never really know who will show up at a Mad Tea party. 

Thank you so much for visiting my little party. I am so very happy you stopped by. I am having a give-away here and also on my sculpting blog Sunflower House Art. Both will have a set of 2 embroidered Alice in Wonderland Themed Tea Towels (pictures to be here soon) as prizes, I am almost finished the embroidery and will post pictures of them by Sunday night!!

To enter the give-away leave me a comment here and follow my blog (if you don't already). That is it! I'll be doing a random drawing on the night of Monday July 21st. 

** Update** Here is a picture of the embroidered tea towel. This set will include the Red Queen and Alice. The finished set will be uploaded soon :0)

***Update 2*** Dad's in surgery this week and life is crazy. I'll be visiting more parties this weekend and am still drawing a winner for the tea towels on Monday: 0) Thanks for visiting!!!

I'll see you at the next party!

***Update 3*** MagicLoveCrow is the winner of the Wonderland Tea Towels :0)

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Mad Tea Party This Weekend

It's been a fun and hectic several weeks and I am really looking forward to the Mad Tea Party this weekend! I just wanted to pop in and verify that I really was going to be a part of it. I've been away from regular blogging for too long but life is crazy so I'll be doing to best I can here :0)

I really miss my blogging regularly. I think there is something special about the online community that I am a part of and I plan on being an active part of it again soon.

See you Saturday!