Thursday, April 29, 2010

PCAGOE June "Outside of the Box" Challenge for Charity

Well, I finally committed my time to one of the PCAGOE (Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy) monthly challenges.  I couldn't have picked a better one to enter, as all of the created items for this challenge will be auctioned off and the proceeds will benefit our wonderful children's charity.  If you would like to learn more about PCAGOE or our charity work, please click on the link at the bottom of this blog page for the PCAGOE.  As I stated in my post yesterday, due to various other life issues, I haven't taken much time for blogging or "claying".  So, having this challenge helped me to get into my clay if even for a brief moment.  And as usually, things didn't go as planned... I had planned to cover the small tin in light colored floral patterned clay and turn the whole thing into a tiny sculpture of a purse (simiar to the drawing which I created for the logo for my "Bags by Beth" line of handbags)... but first I guess my workspace wasn't the cleanest as I'm in the midst of many ongoing projects in that room, so the whites kept coming up contaminated with lint and smears of darker colored clays... then I couldn't get the strips of clay fashioned to hold the scrolled purse handle to stay securely, so I scrapped the whole idea and just went to pleasing colors and pattern....  so, after struggling with the original design, scrapping it and coming up with a new idea, hours of sanding and sanding and more sanding.... here are the results.  Let me know what you think!  I'll let you know when the voting for this challenge begins... and you can then vote and be entered to win beautiful Polymer Clay prizes made by the talented artists of the PCAGOE!  

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

World's Worst Blogger??

Okay, so it's been quite a while since I posted anything here...  so perhaps I am the world's worst blogger.  But honestly, life has thrown a few curve balls my way recently.  Here's a brief synopsis of what's been happening since my last post.  We have been doing some work on our house, the one project had been ongoing since November and I am happy to report is almost finished.  Then, I spent the better part of a month working on watercolor illustrations for a children's book.  I have also been working on a project to sew curtains for every window in the home of one of my relatives.  And just within the last month I said a sorrowful final goodbye to two beloved family members whom we (hubby and I) will miss and grieve for the remainder of our lives....
However; I was doing some work in the studio this week for the PCAGOE June Challenge... and....  I just finished up the project and plan to post about within the next few days...  stay tuned!