Moons, Socks, and Things with Wings

In between bouts of pounding my head against this computer screen (learning stuff is proving to be more challenging than I imagined),  I managed to do the kind of thing I'm actually good at.
Aislynn here insisted upon a make-over. She wanted wings. (And really, who could blame her?) 
Here she is holding court. She's MUCH bigger than my usual fare, so the other goodies have no choice but to look up to her.
Emerald, the anthropomorphic pine tree, is generally unimpressed.
 Celeste and Harvey are just plain cute. . .
 . . . as is Honey Bee. She's a happy sort, but she promises to like you even if you're having a bad day/week/year.
Olivander, Oliver, and Olivia don't care one way or the other.
 However Percival, Oxford, and Princeton, are always cheering for your success. . .
. . .while Edgar and Allen have no qualms about laughing when you trip.
And this sweet oddity is Skellyfly. She's my favorite this week. I love her strange little buggy arm/legs.
And now I must return to things that are far less fun. Computery-numbery-mathy-type things. I bought myself some stripey socks though, as a reward for my perseverance. It's scientifically proven that striped socks make everything just a little more fun.

Hope you're all having a stripey-socks kind of day!


And speaking of learning something new. . .

I get to take a very cool class, and I got a scholarship! That's right, I'm officially a collage student once again. The class only meets once a month, but I get a student ID and stuff. Hey, discounted movies! And school supplies! Totally gotta get myself a cool backpack. . . Anyway, this is the class (the one on the left).
I'm gonna learn what the heck I'm doing here. At least that's the goal. And maybe I'll make some friends while I'm at it. Oh no, what if I'm the weird kid that eats her lunch alone behind the bleachers?? Shut up, brain. But I digress. As organized as I am when it comes to my creative goings-on, I'm equally as unorganized when it comes to business stuff. Numbers make me twitchy, paperwork causes hives. I gotta work on that. In the not-too-distant past I just handed all financial things over to my former partner, trusting that he knew what he was doing. Turns out, he really really really didn't. I'm learning that I can trust myself, and am more capable than I ever imagined. So yay for silver linings. Here I go, putting one foot in front of the other, trusting that the journey will lead to beautiful destinations.
In the meantime, you can find me behind the bleachers.



Makin' a List, Checkin' it Twice

Well, I got to check bunches of stuff off my Finish-It list this weekend, but there are still lots and lots of things left to do. I love my lists, they're funny. You gotta love a job that has lists that include (and I quote) make bat wings, paint fangs, more spider arms, epoxy (ok, so that's just a funny word), and name the skellyheads.  Silliness, I tell you!

 I'm learning to take better pictures I think, and I made some pretty new backgrounds too. I just painted them on poster board then covered that with tracing paper to give it a blurry backgroundy look. 

I'm doing something new! Been playing with clay (the fire-it-in-a-kiln kind) lately. I sculpted a bunch of pieces and have been slowly but surely making molds of them. It was a steep learning curve with lots and lots of opportunities to learn from my mistakes. But I think I have it pretty much figured out. Now I can press clay into the molds, carve in the details, fire it up, and decorate however my little heart desires. These guys are painted. . .
. . .and these guys are a combination of glaze (raku-fired) and paint. Fun!
Most of these pieces have already been claimed, but in all my creative chaos I totally spaced out the fact that I have 3 more pieces done too. They sit here above me, whining about missing out on the photo shoot. Patience, my pesties! I'll get to you tomorrow.


This Morning's Worktable(s)

Good morning all! Thought you might like a peek at what I'm up to over the next few days. . . First on the list:
Stitch, attach jump rings, attach arms and legs.
Then pack and ship these little ornaments.
Give these guys teeth, stain them, and attach their little hangy wires.
Make a pattern for something I really want to make right this minute, then make that to the point of needing paint. Then paint all these guys. 
 More paint. . .
 More paint. . .
Give Aislynn a make-over. (She insisted on having wings, and who can blame her?)
I finished this quirky trio yesterday. I love them. Yes, I delight in my finished goodies. If I didn't, what would be the point?
And last but not least, take everybody's pictures and list them in my shop. By Sunday evening. Am I fooling myself? Can I really get all this done??? Maybe. But I'm gonna have fun trying! Got my favorite podcasts all loaded up, Diet Dr. Pepper in my little fridge, peanutbutter-stuffed pretzels. . . Let the marathon commence!
Hopefully I'll be back on Sunday with a boatload of goodies! Cross your fingers for me.
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