This blog started with small daily paintings then changed to a more personal sharing of projects, events and photos. Enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer of the Cupcakes

4th of July cupcake

We've been watching DC Cupcakes and Cupcake Wars--my granddaughter has been trying out frosting nozzles--baking minis and regular size cupcakes--cooking from scratch--some exploded in the oven--our attempt to melt a chocolate bar in the microwave went up in impressive billows of smoke, but these chocolate cupcakes came out delicious!

The frosting was a little too runny and these look sort of like they're topped with fried eggs, but don't be fooled these were very good!

Here is my granddaughter's favorite frosted mini.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

On the Beach at Morro Rock

I did play with the colors a bit...

Saturday, July 5, 2014

More Pots

I'm making those little eucalyptus pots again---I'm heating up the mixture of tree sap, charcoal and beeswax to seal the ends of the toothpicks on the outside and inside.

Lids and strings and beads attached.

These are small--can only carry very small things, like seeds, tiny shells and such.

Why do I make these?  I don't know--There is something very satisfying to me, to finish a little handful of pots.  My older pots are holding mostly flower seeds and beads--I lose track of what's inside and have to open them all up before I find what I'm looking for--kind of a drawback, but a fun one--I don't want to write any labels on them.

Book Mark

helps..........pass the time on a summer day.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Music in the Plaza

A free outdoor concert at the mission in SLO--(each Friday evening throughout the summer).  My grandson's second music festval--Music by,  Burning James and the Funky Flames

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thursday, June 5, 2014

FINAL Dancer Drawing.

okay the art show is tomorrow, so I squeaked this one out, sort of last minute, but I wanted to draw a boy dancer, there are only just a few.
Charcoal about 9"x 11" on Bristol paper

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Final Dancer Drawing?

I finished this drawing today---I'm not sure I'll have the time to do another before the art show that's going up the first weekend in June.  I've enjoyed drawing and painting this subject of dancers--I have more that I want to do...we'll see.
Charcoal on Bristol paper  15"x 10"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Baby Boy

Stephen Michael---born Sunday May 18th---7lbs8oz

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Wild Turkey

A wild female turkey jumping down off my fence.

Friday, May 16, 2014


I came up with this lesson for a 3rd grade class, for Mother's Day.  I wish I had pictures of these finished, but I was too busy putting the final crimp bead on each one.
The first day, the students were given about ½" square of yellow, red and blue polymer clay or Sculpty clay.  We mixed colors so they each had a little blob of not only primary colors , but secondary colors.  They rolled and pinched and put together beads.
Next day, the students strung their beads with a choice of other beads that I had brought in, to make their bracelet.  I put on the last crimp bead to hold it all in place--opened up the end loop and they were done.

I made some paper beads, so each student could have at least three paper beads if they wanted them, but it turns out not many used these beads--I was thinking of having them make these rolled beads, but the clay beads took up all our time, and these small magazine beads would have, most likely, been too difficult for them to make.

Here's a practice one I made at home.

The aluminum crimp bead.

Now, you might want to know about my spectacular ceramic bracelet?  I didn't mean for this to be a commercial in any way, but if your interested, check out my niece's web site, Kaitlyn Duggan Pottery.

Monday, May 12, 2014

The Belly Cast is Made...Now it's Time for the Baby!

I helped my son and his wife create a belly cast this past weekend.

They plan to decorate this somehow--I'm curious to see the final result, but I like the way it looks, with just the white plaster strips.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Print of Young Dancers at the Barre

I tried a bigger soft cut print.  I wanted to print three times with the same plate, (cutting away for each color).  I didn't like the results after the third print, so this is a print using the plate only two times, (I used two colors for the second printing).  It's an interesting process that I want to experiment with!

Here's a close up of an attempt at a third color--I didn't get the second or the third printing lined up evenly on this one, and I didn't like the dark lines of paint on the dancer's skin--made them look like they had wrinkles!!

Baby Quilt

Here's why I needed to make this bias tape (which really isn't on the bias--doesn't need to be for straight edges)   While in Maui, I found a cool local store that sold everything including packs of Hawaiian cloth all cut into squares.

It's kind of bright for a baby's quilt, but my son and his wife went to Hawaii for their honeymoon, so it seemed fitting to use these squares for their baby.  I bought the orange material to piece it all together and for the backing.  This is only the second quilt I've ever made--I've never made a full sized quilt.  the first one was a baby quilt for my oldest daughter--she still has it.  That was about 35 years ago!

At the shower!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bias Tape

I made this bias tape for a project, a secret project--will post about it later...

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Creating Rattles

The kelp we collected was still a bit wet--we let it dry out for a few days...

We used color pencils and watercolors...

My granddaughter's...

My sister's,

I learned how to make these rattles from another art teacher some time ago and I actually did collect a classroom's worth of kelp and sticks to make these with students, but just the other day, I figured out a very easy and effective way of attaching the stick!  My kelp had dried with the opening almost shut.  I sat the shut end of the kelp in a shallow glass of water for a few hours--the seaweed re-hydrated just at the opening, so I could insert the stick, (make sure to put in your pebbles, stones, or dried beans or what ever you use for the rattle, before attaching the stick!)  Then let the kelp dry and shrink right onto the stick!  It fit so snugly that I didn't need to use glue, but I did wrap it with some strong twine.