Sunday, November 27, 2011

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree...and Christmas Tree...and...

It's been such a nice Thanksgiving weekend!  God was dipping out blessings and shakin' them all over our family!  We ate too much, and we had fun together!  We had a small crew putting up the Christmas tree this year, but we still got it done. Here's the family tree with lots of different ornaments -


We did a lodge look in one bedroom - I wish you could see the deer horns better because they look pretty cool!


We put a small tree in the front window.  It still needs some work!



And my little prim tree in the craftroom... a few more toys and it should be done.



Then there's the giant tree standing in our bedroom with no decorations.  I just needed one more day off! 

I also took a little stroll down Memory Lane today, as I dragged out the Santas that aren't already out all year(hehehe).  I got this old fella out.  He's the very first Santa I ever sculpted!  He makes me laugh with his bushy hair, his flat little fingers, and his slightly burned nose that makes him look as if he's been taking a little nip, but he also makes me smile.


If it weren't for this jolly, old soul, I wouldn't be creating Santas today.  It's nice to stroll down Memory Lane now and then.  It makes me appreciate all God's allowed me to do in my life.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Santa's Smilin'!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Sunday!  Mine has been full of blessings as always.  I finished up the sculpted gourd Santa this evening, and he's a happy little fella!  He's just found his way onto Sherry's Cabin Etsy Shop, and he's hoping to have some friends join him before next weekend.



A word for your Thanksgiving week-
Psalm 100:4  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Weather Outside is Frightful, but Santa's so Delightful...

Ok, so that's a silly title, but I've got Christmas music on the brain!  Santa has gotten a few more features since the last post, and he's almost ready for a little paint.  Oh, by the way, the weather outside is frightful!  I'm a fair weather elf, and it's COLD outside!


Just wanted to share a little work-in-progress with you!  God, thank you for another awesome day!  Night all!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sleigh Bells Ring and Time Flies!

Wow, it's already November, and I haven't been a good blogger.  Sorry, folks.  School has been a whirlwind, but it's a good year!  I'm hanging on for the ride!  I've reworked my evening schedule since time changed this weekend (it's dark out there, so I can now come inside without feeling guilty!), and the sleigh bells are filling the craft room!  This fun little guy popped out of nowhere last night...


Sorry for the poor lighting, but it's still dark outside this morning!  I just had to get a post in before I scooted off to work!  I'm not sure where he's headed, but he seems to be happy about the journey!  Come to think of it, that's the way we all ought to take the day.  God let us get up this morning-it's a good day.  Walk with Him today and delight in the journey. 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

One Hand at a Time! (Primitive Santa Work-in-Progress)

Oh, it's that time of year...I have a few pumpkins scattered through the house ( I found a beauty at Lowes yesterday!)
Yes, it's a little early for Jack-o-Lanterns, but a few of them have popped up here and there

And a few fall leaves have fallen in the craft room...


And I have visions of Santa dancing in my head!

That's right, Santa is back in the limelight!  I've taken a month or so off from the jolly old guy, but I'm back in elf mode, and I got to spend a little time sculpting last night.  I've been dabbling more in paperclay lately (although I'll never give up my love of polymer), and I'm working on a new primitive Santa candy container.  So, here's a peek at the work in progress -


As always, I'm battling with the primitive look.  Switching from the realistic polymer sculpts to a more primitive paperclay look is a battle!  One side of my brain is screaming  "LET it be primitive!!"  The other side is reasoning, "That's not an accurate scale, and the palm...."  well, you get the picture!  Stay tuned to see who wins...

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Spooky Things Are Popping Up All Around the Craftroom!

Back to work I've gone, back to work I've gone, HiHo, HiHo, it's back to work I've gone...and boy, has it been a fast and crazy ride! I did manage to snap a few photos of some spooky, little guys that have popped up on the craft table.





They have since disappeared...last I saw them, they were hiding in the mailbox! Hmmm...wonder where they went...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

And the Winners Are....Drum Roll Please....

The names were thrown into the buckets, and we have winners! Thanks to everyone for helping me to spread the word about the opening of my Etsy Store. The winners are Jennifer and Mireya!! Thanks to you both and to everyone else that pitched in to help! I'll be contacting you!

Sherry's Cabin is Now on Etsy!

It's Official! Sherry's Cabin is now on Etsy!
Clyde made his appearance...

He still cracks me up! Please drop by the shop and Tweet or "Like" to help spread the word. Those of you who are prospective parents, Clyde is up for adoption!

What about the drawing, you ask? As promised, winners will be drawn from those of you who helped spread the word this afternoon.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Clyde the Closet Monster is Quite a Handful! - Work in Progress

First let me say, Thank you Lord for the wonderful rain. We've been in a severe drought with fires everywhere. God blessed us the last two days with lots of rain!
So, this post is two-fold. To those of you that like to see a work-in-progess, Clyde is quite the work-in-progress, to say the least. He's been a handful at every turn, and it doesn't look like it's going to get better. For my artist friends out there, do you ever have one of those sculpts that seems to taunt you, defy you, make you want to roll him through the pasta machine???
With just 6 days to the Grand Opening of my Etsy Shop (sherryscabin), I've been trying to get a few things ready that are outside my norm. I sketched out Clyde - just a simple closet monster (most of you have those, right?). See Clyde was supposed to be just a little baby...and he started out fairly normal for a Closet Monster.


He tried on some faces, and that's where the trouble began...


Nothing seemed to satisfy him or me. We wrestled around awhile and moved on to other monster parts...


We argued over his claws - he WANTED claws...he GOT claws..


I did draw the line at how long he was allowed to have them!
We then started bickering over his face...he wanted to be able to eat his toys and demanded a giant mouth.


And then came the paint and hair. Ughh! It was horrible...nothing worked as planned, paint was everywhere, he ate two brushes, and the hair, oh, the hair...


Sometimes I just don't win.


Now it seems we're arguing over what he gets to hold in his hands...or, should I say, eat?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Psstt....It's Coming Closer....Closer....

Closer to a Grand Opening, that is! Sherry's Cabin is opening an Etsy Store, and you might just be surprised what you find lurking around there. Take a peek!


Oh yes, there will be Santas at Sherry's Cabin Etsy, but I fell out of my box and I've got some new things brewing...


Thirteen Days and Counting! Check back for more sneak-peeks!
Help me spread the word, and win a Grand Opening Give-Away from Sherry's Cabin!

Here's how - Mention Sherry's Cabin Give-Away on your blog, then leave me a comment here and a link where I can find it. That's it! All those helping spread the word will be put in a drawing on August 21st, and the winner will receive a goodie from Sherry's Cabin!

Another drawing??? Yes! Don't have a blog to spread the word? That's ok! Leave me a comment here and follow the blog, and you will be entered in drawing #2. Those that post a link AND leave a comment get two chances to win!

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Monday, August 1, 2011

Ghoulishly Close to the Start of School!

School is just around the corner, and I'll be back to work. I'm making a last minute mad dash around the craftroom. Just a little change of pace around here - yes there are Santas that need to be finished; but while the grandkids were here, there happened to be a package of paperclay that got opened but not used. I had given my grandson a gourd and some paperclay, but he ended up not using it. It was just laying around my desk here bugging me...haunting me, I guess you could say. I really started out making a Santa face, but he just didn't want to be Santa! Something more ghostly appeared. Here's the WIP sneak-peek ->


He's got a long way to go. Keep your fingers crossed - maybe I'll finish him by Halloween!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

It's Official...The Head is Out of the Box!

Just an update on the life-size Father Christmas I've been working on -

He's gotten a little closer (might I stress little!) to seeing himself come to life-literally seeing himself because I finally pulled his head I'd sculpted out of its box!  He has no hair,yet, but hey, every step counts around here! 


 I really like the way his coat is turning out, but Santa and I are trying to decide on what kind of fur trim he'd like to have...we having some problems with this...

This particular light colored fur is beautiful, but it's a little too yellow and will probably be too light after Santa gets his beard and hair...



Then there's the black fur- not as plush as the light colored, but I have more of it (although not enough - eBay to the rescue, please)

It does tie in with the boots.  Santa, what do you think???  Hmmmph, he's staying quiet on the whole deal... While we're considering the trim, here's where I am at the moment - up to my eyeballs in goat hair - fresh from the goat!  Well, not fresh, fresh - I've washed it! 


I wash large batches of raw mohair and store it until I need it...


Then comes the fun and excitement, WoooHoooo, of separating locks into sizes and colors - all the while picking out tiny bits of grass and debris that didn't wash out with the dirt and oils.  Oh the joy of it all!!  Anyway, you can see where I will be for several hours.  Santa's feeling a little neked (hehe), so I'd better get to work!

God started spooning out blessings at the crack of dawn this morning.  I hope your day is dripping with them already!  And, hey, Let Him be the Lord of your life today!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Zazzle???

What's a Zazzle?  Anything like a BeaDazzle?  Ok, so I was curious to find out just what a Zazzle was.  I've seen it on several friends' blogs on The Hive, so I thought I would investigate for those of us who aren't savy on the newest internet lingo.  Come to find out, it's a giagantic store of sorts.  I now understand why artists from The Hive have been buzzing about it!  It's a design center where you can create cards, shirts, and all kinds of personalized gifts that feature YOUR art - now that's pretty cool! 

So, what is the cost to set it up?  Nothing!  You simply create your store, design your items, and TADA - you have customized items for sale.  What is the catch, you ask?  Well, you only make a tiny royalty percentage, but, hey, if they do all the work and all I have to do is provide the art, a few pennies here and there would be nice!  Besides that, you can Christmas shop in your own store!  Won't your family love that??  Now, not only do they have to get homemade stuff from you, they now also chance getting a t-shirt with the picture of the homemade stuff!


Design a personalized gift at Zazzle.

Yes, I set up a store. Take a peek at the "Me, Ima Jean" selection.  For those who may not know our little Ima Jean (aka the Devil Child), she's a rescue mule who's on her way to being a ministry for God.  God has always provided for us to take care of our animals and has allowed us to use them for His glory, so her products are not intended to make her rich.  If she sells several hundred cards, she might be able to buy a sack of oats or two.  Her products have been created to stretch her ministry beyond the confines of West Texas and to bring a smile to someone's face.


I'll be adding a few of my folkart paintings of Santa.  I'm sure they won't make me rich and famous, either, but, who knows, it might just buy another paintbrush or box of clay to support my art habit!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Morning Visitor


Doesn't God make the most beautiful creatures? My morning visitor passed through to get a bite to eat and stopped long enough to let me admire her beauty. We are in such drought that she's really drawn down and hungry. We've got some corn out, but she's in search of greenery. Had I been able to reach through the glass, I could have petted her on the head. She was about two feet outside my craftroom window, and I was pressed against the glass to wish her good morning.


Folks, I know it's a busy world, but slow down a little today and soak in the amazing creations that God has surrounding us at every turn. There may be a lot of darkness in the world, but there is also True Light if you seek it. Hope your day has a heapin' Tablespoon of blessings mixed in!


Genesis 1:25 And God made the beast of the earth according to its kind, cattle according to its kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Father Christmas Took a Baby-Step Today

Well, it was a baby step, but Santa's coat is coming together.  He stood very still while I worked out the pattern for his coat...


I think he was a little concerned that I was wrapping him in butcher paper..hehehe!

And then....
I'm lovin' this fabric, but now I'm thinking he needs lighter colored boots to go with the coat...an elf's work is never done...

Monday, June 27, 2011

Old Project - Coming Out to Play

Those of you that have ever stepped foot in my comfy craftroom know that there are unfinished projects at every turn.  There is one particular project that has been lurking in the corner for a very, very long time.  He's a life-size Santa, or should I say, a headless body in longjohns that creeps people out when they visit!  He was coming along great when I sculpted his head and hands, and created his body.  Then I began the search for the perfect boots.  Size 11 - antique, or at least vintage, black stove-pipe, worn...AND not too expensive.  My thriftiness often causes things to take longer than they would if I'd turn loose of a little cash!  I finally found them!  Then came the search for the perfect fabric for an unusual Father Christmas- not the typical red or green - something heavy, richly colored, and carrying an old world feel...AND not too expensive.  That search has gone on and on...until finally, last week, I found it!!  I think, anyway.  Santa is sporting it draped over his shoulders while I contemplate. 


The lighting doesn't do the fabric justice in its rich color, but you can get an idea.  I like the color against his skin tone...



My plate is full of things that need to be done, but there is something inside of me that's crying out for some creative time.  I'm thinking that this old project might just come a step closer to completion this week.  I'll keep you posted if Santa's head gets to come out of his box! 

Friday, June 24, 2011

Good-Bye Old Friend

As most of you already know from Facebook, I had to say good-bye to my old buddy, McLintock, this week. 

We had a freaky accident waiting for the Coleman parade to start, and when all was said and done, neither the vet, nor the surgeon he called, could do anything to save him.  It was a difficult weekend, and I will miss him dearly, but I cannot say enough thanks to the outpouring of kindness and thoughtfulness from everyone. 
God always has a plan, and I will wait on Him to find out what it is.  He allowed Mac and I ten years together working for Him, so I have no doubts that He's got a plan.
Good-bye, my friend, and thank you for your love and dedication.

You will be missed!


McLintock August 10, 2001 - June 18, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Anister is Born!

Baby Anister has arrived!  He's been a labor of love for several weeks now, and he's finally spread his wings.  I was able to capture a few photos while he slept.  It's not often that I venture out of my Santa sculpting comfort zone, but once in awhile a fairy begins to buzz around in my noggin, and I've just got to get it out!  Anister is a rare Dragonfly (Anisoptera) Fairy.  I took these just before his wings unfolded-




And these were snapped just after his wings began to flutter-