Tuesday, November 2, 2010

We Survived!

A final look at my Dia De Los Muertos sculpt.

I had fun with him sitting in my classroom this year! It was just nice to get back into being a little creative.
Gus and I also survived the Spooktacular PlayDay at the Cowboy Church. I think I had more fun than he did. He was quite caught up with his hyper-sensitive zombie sensing skills.... Here is a photo captured of the zombie that overtook Cocoa.

Night All, God Bless.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

And the Answer Is...

On last report, I was trying to decide on a Halloween or a Christmas sculpt with my little gourd. Halloween it was! Well, more like Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead! I'm not so sure how my little fella's turning out. I had ordered some Apoxy Sculpt several months ago to try. I am a die-hard polymer clay sculptor that likes to dabble in Paperclay for a more primitive look. I had heard good things about this clay, so I had to give it a try. So, what do I think? Uggghh!

It started off ok...
And then things turned South...
Yes, folks, it got Ugly...
Those of you who use Apoxy Sculpt. HELP!! I could not get the clay to blend like I wanted, and I kept smooshing (technical term) the parts I had already sculpted trying to blend on new pieces. I've seen beautiful work done with this stuff, so I know it's possible, but maybe just not by ME!
I broke out my smoothing agent that I use on polymer and had a little more success. I'm not sure how it reacts with the clay, though, so he may fall to pieces!
I ripped his little head off numerous times and finally came to settle on a relatively simple look...
Which just happens to fit with the whole Dia de los Muertos thing. That's my story, and I'm stickin' to it!
So, what are my thoughts on Apoxy Sculpt?
* It's expensive, and I can't buy it locally. Therefore, I had to pay shipping on it, as well.
* After mixing the parts, you've got to use it all in a few hours. I didn't use a small chunk, so that's $$ in File 13.
* I could not work the clay like I wanted. Most likely because I didn't know what the heck I was doing!
* The finished sculpt is very heavy compared to PaperClay.
* On the up side, I'm curious to see how durable it is when cured.
Check back to see how the finishing goes. Any thoughts from my fellow artists who wield this stuff into fantastic art????
Regardless of the outcome, I got to spend a quiet afternoon playing with clay, so all is good!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Beginnings...

As I blow the cobwebs from my brain, I'm torn between a ghoulish Halloween something-or-other or a Santa. The gourd and I are just hangin' out at the moment trying to decide what it wants to be. Hmmm....

Until tomorrow...the gourd and I are sleeping on it.

Sherry's Cabin is Knocking the Dust Off!

Good Mornin' All!
I'm coming out of hibernation! Things had just gotten too hectic, and the thoughts and creations of Sherry's Cabin were all but extinguished. I've stepped back, reorganized and prioritized, and decided God gave me talents that shouldn't be wasted. The door is open, the fall decorations are out, and my little pea brain is spinning with ideas. Just wanted to pop in this morning and remind you to enjoy the gifts God has given you today!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Sue Kroll Paints a Mule a Day-And Other Fabulous Art!

Good Morning all. God has given us another perfect day! If you're alive, and you know Him, it IS perfect!
Those of you who have followed this site for a long time, know that I originally started this as a place to share my artwork with added tidbits of God's Word, the antics of my animals, and my thoughts on the world.
Well, life has been busy for us with lots going on at the Cowboy Church, with our animals He's blessed us with, and our home, so the artwork has been at a standstill.

That being said, I thought I would let you in on a jewel of an artist that I've recently discovered...ok, I can't take the credit here. It seems Gus, my mule, has more friends on Facebook than me, and this gal is in his friend list.

Her name is Sue Kroll, and she's dedicating this year to painting a "Mule a Day," and she's awesome! Take a look - Being Muley!

I know I have animal lovers that stop by my blog to see what craziness we've gotten ourselves into with long-ears and longhorns, and I know you'll love this lady's artwork. Check it out at Sue's Art.

According to Sue, she has loved art since the first time she got to fingerpaint. Sue says being born in the West, she has always been drawn to the cowboy and the western environment. She's got an impressive bio on her journey, and it's worth a stop at her website.

You can check out the daily progress of the "Mule a Day" paintings on her blog. These can be purchased at her Etsy Store, and her prices are very reasonable!

I'm telling you, this gal's got talent, and it's not limited to mules (although they are my favorites). She captured another of my loves in this painting.

If you love western artwork, it's worth the trip to look at her work. She does custom comission work, as well. Stop by and tell her Gus the Mule sent you!

Just a final note - all artwork in this post is property of Sue Kroll!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Stop and See God's Beauty- You Only Get One Time Around

Busy day today, but I wanted to share some of God's beauty this morning. I headed out to the laundry shed this morning, and God greeted me with a beautiful messenger. I stopped and went to grab my camera, so I could share with you. Those of you that know me well, know I'm a bug lover, anyway, but this one just seemed to say, "Good Morning! Enjoy your day. It's a gift from the Big Guy."
So, I thought I'd pass on the message to you. Take time today to see God's creativity and beauty. You won't be disappointed! You only get one shot to make this day count, so set your feet on His path and keep your eyes on the Lord.
Have a great one!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

My New Table!!

Oh, I'm so excited! Gayland built me a new table for my new craftroom (that's still in the works), and I finally got it finished! It's summer and I'm ready to craft on this awesome table!
Stay tuned for some artwork to bloom!

West Texas Rehab Summer Camp

It's that time of year again when the boys are hard at work. They made an appearance at Frontier Day at Fort Concho this weekend,

and they had their big day at West Texas Rehab Day Camp today. Along the way, we met some wonderful ladies that also volunteer their time, and Rooster gave the gals a ride! Take a look!

Ladies, thank you for the time you devote to these kids! Drop me an email if you'd like me to send these to you in higher resolution.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Life is Fun!

It's time for the 2010 San Angelo Cowboy Church PlayDay Buckles Series, and we have a new age division this year - my friend, Judy, calls us the old and decrepit class! We had fun, though.

Gus did an awesome job at his first playday! He thought the whole thing was silly, but he humored me and played along. My favorite part - he's kid friendly!

You know I can't resist the little ones... I think this was a meeting of the minds!

And, there were Daredevils!

You know, it sure is nice to get together in the name of the Lord and have an all-out good time!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Just and Update for all of Ima Jean's Adopted Aunts

Summer break is here, and my To-Do List is gigantic!! However, I had to take the time to do a flash-back to last summer. Remember poor little Ima Jean when she first came to live with us?

She was so sad looking...my heart still cries when I look at the pictures of her first day here. Well, she quickly won the hearts of several of my HARTS sisters who became her adopted aunts.
Gus snapped some pictures of us working last night for his Facebook page...he's quite the popular mule on there, you know... Augustus McBray... if you want to drop in on him... surprisely he captured Ima Jean's beauty in this shot. Aunties, look what our little girl has become -

Friday, May 28, 2010

The End of Another Year - Some Laughter...Some Tears

Today I laughed with good ol' belly laughs...and cried a few tears. Another school year has come to an end. Those of you that follow my blog know how truly blessed I am to have the greatest job on Earth. This year has been such fun, I hated to see it end. I had to turn loose of my nest of chickadees today and let them fly. It makes me so happy to see them growing up and planning new dreams, and it makes me sad to see them go.

I also had to say farewell to an awesome friend and the best teacher anyone could ask for. Like my kiddos, she's moving on to greater things, and she will be missed.

A few weeks ago, I was recognized for an amazing honor. I can't tell you how much it meant to me. This honor was given by administrators and peers that I could never thank enough.

As honored and grateful as I am for the acknowledgement, it still can't compete with the words of my students. They are good for my soul. They are the reason I teach. The crystal on the mantle will have to move over for these parting gifts.

These are most precious to me!

And, have you ever seen anything any cuter????

So, Ol' Mother Hen says good-by to another brood and awaits the filling of her nest again.

Monday, May 17, 2010

God's Beauty from Behind the Ears

You folks know I'm always on the look out for God's treasures, and Gus and I were blessed to find a heap of 'em yesterday! We hit the trail... Gayland and Cocoa went along for the ride, although I'm not sure the found all of the hidden treasures Gus and I spied. The world just seems more amazing when viewed from behind the ears!

"Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." John 14:27

Wow, what a gift! In all the hectic mania that goes on in our worlds, in all the sadness you see in the news, in the utter stupidity of our government, we can still stand on His promises.

Here I find peace. This ranch has been in my family for over 100 years. It's impossible to ride along in this openness and not feel God. Everybody in West Texas knows that everything around here bites, sticks, or stings.... and some do more than one! But even in West Texas, God's treasures popped up everywhere along our ride...

There's amazing beauty amongst the thorns if we take the time to notice.

Gus had a nice chat with the cows and their younguns. Snitty girls were laughing at his ears, I think...

Even the scourge of Texas, the mesquite tree, who drinks up 30 gallons of water a day, seemed to come alive on our trip... do you see the two dancing?

I thank the Lord for letting me see the world from behind the ears... it's such a peaceful view.
I need not get on my soapbox today for those that doubt our Creator... I won't even give you a science lesson on the amazing diversity and incredible survival tools with which God has equipped these treasures. I need not... because they speak for themselves.

And thanks to my buddy for the ride!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Ima Jean Has a New Friend!

We just picked up the newest member of our family yesterday. Ima Jean finally has a buddy! Meet Gus -

Ok, call me crazy, but I LOVE longears! Hey, everybody rides a horse, but this is a cadillac!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Fairy Dust at Sherry's Cabin

Just thought I'd pop in and give you an update on the fairy babe I'm sculpting. She's been quite difficult! She refuses to cooperate with me, and she's determined to be a dragonfly fairy...you know how kids are...
Well, she's been fired and given a dab of color here and there, but she hasn't received her wings.
Here's a peek!
She disappears everytime I turn my back! Hopefully I can catch her and give her some wings this afternoon!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

God Poured out the Sunshine Today!

We had a double mugging event at the Cowboy Church today, and we had a great time! We had temperatures in the 70s and lots of fun! I always take photos of the church events and get many actions shots like these...

But I just can't pass up the cutie pies that roam around underfoot...

God's most recent miracles! No, these photos may not make not win any awards, but they sure put a smile in my heart!

Psalm 127:3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The Spring Bug Bit Me! WIP

It's just days until spring, and I'm itching to see the bugs, flowers, and fairies popping up. Did I say fairies? Yes, I believe I did! This little sleeping beauty has been flying around in my head for days, and she finally got a chance to take shape today. She's not done just yet, but I thought I'd give you a peek at her work in progress-

She's not sure exactly what she wants to look like just yet, but she's coming along! Check back to see how she comes to life!