Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from Sherry's Cabin

We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.
It has been a wonderful year with so many blessings from God.  I can't imagine my life without Him and His grace and mercy.  God sent us the perfect gift.  If you have received the gift of a Savior, be sure to give the gift to others through sharing the Gospel.
This was just the beginning...

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. 
John 3:16

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Step Out of the Boat...er..a...the Trailer

This week we will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and many of us will be thankful.  We will thank the Lord for all His blessings, we will pray for those who are in need, and we will sit in the boat...yes, that's what I said - we will sit in the boat.

Let me back up to a moment in time earlier this afternoon when I was working with Cimarron, my not-so-wild-anymore mustang.  For those who might not know, Gayland and I thought we didn't have enough to do (HAA!), so we adopted two mustang colts who had never been handled and were wild as March hares - a his and hers project, shall we say.  Gayland chose his on style - color and flashiness with a streak of wild running from nose to tail.  I, on the other hand, chose the big, plain one that stuck his head above all the rest and looked me in the eye.  We were the first to get approved for the adoption, so we had the pick of the herd. 

Now months down the road, I am not sure who's training who.  Cimarron and I are working on getting in the trailer.  We've worked on it once before and got in and out several times.  Today we walked to the trailer, and he got right in.  We stood there a few minutes celebrating the accomplishment, and I began to walk him back out.  Now I've never claimed to be any kind of trainer, so I pay attention to those who are.  They will give you the top ten ways to get a horse to load....but unloading doesn't ever seem to be a big issue....unless you live around here.  Thirty minutes later, a trip to the house to get my camera while he stood there with the rope over his neck, and me jumping through hoops trying to get him out, there we stood...

I talk to God alot as we work together because I have one goal for Cimarron - he will be used to glorify God in some way.  God leads us with our longhorns, and I have no doubt He will lead Cimarron and me down a path.... if we'll just get out of the boat....that's what I said again, the boat.  His desire to stay in the trailer frustrated me, and my patience got thinner and thinner.  By the end of the "training" session, I was frustrated and wondered what in the world I was thinking when I decided to train a mustang. 

But the thought rolled over and over in my mind about a message that could possibly come from a training failure.  God seems to give me a message through our animals on many occasions.  What could possibly come from me getting mad and losing my cool?  A need to ask forgiveness?  Well, yes, but...something more... a need to get out of the boat.  Inside the trailer, Cimarron got kibbles and pats and "good boys".  It was a safe place, he was thankful...and he might have even wished Cherokee had been there, too.  He simply didn't want to get out.  His faith wasn't strong enough to take that step off the edge...

How many of us are happy in the boat?  This Thanksgiving will you sit there and be thankful-hoping to stay afloat, or will you step off the side in faith and keep your eyes on Jesus?  Will you step out to follow Him?  I am thankful that God is merciful and has more patience that I do, but I think He's saying get out of the trailer.  What will you do this Thanksgiving?

Revelation 3:16 So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Santa Arrived in Art Doll Quarterly!

God blesses me every day, and I cannot do anything to repay Him.  His amazing grace and favor astounds me every day of my life.  Today I opened  a copy of the latest Art Doll Quarterly magazine, and there was Santa...my Santa!  I want to say a big thank you to the magazine and to editor, Jana Holstein for featuring my article on sculpting Santas.

It was a delight!  I am so thankful God allows me to enjoy life and to do things I love.  If you haven't got God leading the pathway of your life, I highly recommend it!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Just Had to Get The Old Hag outa My Head!!

It is truly late to be creating Halloween sculpts, but I had an old hag rattling around in my head that just had to come out!  She started a few weeks ago as a sketch...I wanted to make some cards, but I found out my scanner will NOT read pencil drawings well...argghh....

Today I wandered off from my chores and into the craftroom to grab a ball of clay...she sure wanted to be silly....

Ok, I know...the blue eyes seem a little off, but that's all I had, and I just had to stop this old hag from rattling around my little skull any longer.  She's starting to pull together, although she doesn't look like my sketch -

She's going to be a bust, so I should be able to get her done tomorrow.  We'll see...Night all!

May God find Glory in your dreams.

I thought I would edit the post and give you a final peek at Aunty Ruth.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Fall is Here!

Yes, it's been very quiet around my craftroom since school started.  It has been a mad dash to stay afloat in the ever-changing world of teaching.  I did manage to get a small Halloween Hag done for an ornament swap for the Art Doll Artists group.  Here's a peek at her -

She turned out as ugly as I had pictured her!  She has flown off for the swap, and I am anxiously awaiting my new ornament to arrive!

God has blessed us with rain - Thank you, Lord.  It is a precious commodity around here that is so needed.  Fall is drifting in with a little break from the 100 degree temperatures, and I was able to toss a few fall decorations here and there today before I get back to schoolwork. 


Luke 10:2

2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Elves Run Amuck!

Some new additions to Sherry's Cabin will be for sale in my Etsy Store!  I've been working on some of my larger Santas to take to our local Chicken Farm Art Center in November, but I decided I needed a few smaller items to take, as well.  I decided, in one of my irrational moments, that I would create a series of Misfit Elves straight from the North Pole.  Yes, I know... you have always thought that each and every elf at the North Pole was perfectly fit for his/her job.  That's because they keep quiet about these guys!  Wilford Brumbles, the head elf, has been shuffling them from job to job for years and has been looking for other places of employment to suggest to them.  Dear old Santa has a big heart, though, and he's kept these guys around (and out of sight to the general public). 

My goal is to sculpt an elf a week!  Last week Ernie came to life -

This week - Norman popped out of some crevice of my brain!  He's awaiting paint tonight!

Hmmmm...what color hat should Norman have?  Dear fella has sorted coal for years....

Psalm 27:8 
When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Santa, Santa, Everywhere a Santa

In my previous post dedicated to my friend, I stated God was good, and, indeed, He is!  So, my question is - is He in my craftroom?  Is He in your art studio, your kitchen?  Or, does He stay in your neat little church box?  God reigns in every room of my house, and, yes, He is in my craftroom.  How does that work?  God is our Creator.  Take one hour away from the city, the "busy" of life, and look around at His handiwork.  His creativity and diversity is mind-boggling.  Genisis 1:27 says So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  I was made in his image.  I have a spirit of creativity.  God has given me the desire to create, and He blesses me to be able to do so.
Now how does being a Santa artist play out in God's kingdom?  It plays just fine because I know who gets the glory, whose birth I celebrate at Christmas, and who my Savior is.  Santa, on the other hand, is a nice little fella that makes people smile and carries a persona of a warm heart.  In everything I do, I am committed to work for God, and He allows me to enjoy sculpting in my craftroom.  If my artwork brings joy to someone, if I can give it away to make someone smile, or if I can give God the glory when I talk to others about it, then my art has served its purpose. 

Here is my latest finished Santa -

He stands 41 inches tall.  I really like the way he turned out. 

 I also started a new smaller Santa yesterday, and his head is cooling as I type.  Here he was on his way to the oven -

Good Night all!

God is So Good- Even in the Valleys

As I sit in my craftroom waiting while my latest sculpt is in the oven, I stopped to post a final photo of the Santa I was finishing.  I will get to that, but I had a few things on my heart to share first.  I lost a very dear friend this past week, Lara Garza.  She had battled a long, long illness and had never really been "healthy" since cancer treatments three years ago.  We had done a lot of praying together, and the last time we prayed, she had prayed for her family, to return home from the hospital and be with them again, and for healing.  God knew her body was failing on this Earth, but he let her return home for a month, see family, spend time with them, and love them.   I know there will be those who say she didn't get her healing, but she did - not on our terms, of course, but on God's.  He had put a peace in her heart and a joy that she said she'd not felt before.  She knew Christ as her Savior, and now she is whole - healed and in His presence.  My heart goes out to the family and friends who have lost so much.  I also rejoice in knowing my friend will be waiting for me to join her some day.

I think I'll wait on posting my art, and let these thoughts stand alone.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Filling Santa's Toy Sack - Still a WIP

Oh, I can't stand it anymore!!  I wanted to completely fill Santa's toy sacks and take some photos in good lighting, but I couldn't stand another second!!  I had to see what he looked like in a photo, and I was dying to give you a sneak peek...so, here's a little peek at Santa today.  He's getting his toy sacks filled as I type...well, I can't do both at once... but you know what I mean!  He keeps demanding more toys.  Ughhh! 

Back to the workshop!  Santa is being a tad pushy...

I stand on the Rock, and cling to His promises.  Do you?

Friday, June 29, 2012

A Word of Wisdom for Your Day

Psalm 37:3

3 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light,
And your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him;
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off;
But those who wait on the Lord,
They shall inherit the earth.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hallelujah! Santa's Got a Beard! WIP from Sherry's Cabin

Seven hours...fingers glued together and covered in mohair...piles of discarded curls everywhere...and a dog that's covered in fuzz...that's what it takes to give Santa a beard...or, at least, that's what it takes for me!  I'm singing Hallelujah, thank you Lord for helping me get this done.
So, here's Santa with his new do -

I tried to get a closeup of his eyes - I added tiny veins in the eyes that look great, but I don't think you can see them with my photography skills -

Now, Santa...what do you want to wear????

“For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work; at the works of your hands I sing for joy.”  Psalm 92:4

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Santa Put on His Makeup

Well, the dear ol' guy is another step closer...he's put on his makeup!  It's not a stark difference from the original sculpt, but his face now has a little more depth.

Now...beard or bed????

WIP- Santa Gets a Body!!

We are home again with Gayland's new knee, he's getting around better, and I have an excuse to work in the craftroom - I've got to stay close at hand in case he needs something, and since my craftroom is just off the front room, I simply must stay in here...hehehe.  So, Santa has gotten his body, and he's delighted!  He was very tired of being a head on the cabinet.

For those of you who have asked how I construct the body to hold a heavy clay head, you can see a glimpse of the construction.  He's made from 3/4" PVC - don't try to use 1/2", as it has too much flex EVERY time - it took me awhile to convince myself of that...  anyway, he's then covered in foam which has been seamed together with contact cement.  Let me say, I cannot complain about the stickability of Tandy contact cement, as I had foam stuck to every finger while trying to pinch the seams together!  A little duct tape will work as bandaids to hold the seams together while they dry. 
I have screwed an all-thread base (not sure of the correct name) onto the wooden base and tightened a 3/8" all-thread rod into it.  The PVC leg is currently slipped over the metal all-thread.  Also, here, don't try to use small all-thread, either, as it flexs, too.  When Santa is dressed, I have a couple of choices.  I can cut a hole in the bottom of one boot and run the metal rod through it, or if I don't want to ruin the boot bottom, I can disguise the metal rod behind the leg and under the coat.  Since the boots aren't antiques, I vote for the hole!

I want to say thank you to all of our friends and family for the prayers, the visits, and the calls while we were in the hospital.  It made all the difference.  You are appreciated!

Check back tomorrow to see if Santa gets some clothes!

Walk with Victory in Christ in all that you do!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Santa is still a Work-in-Progress

Well, I survived the end of school and cowboy church camp with the teens, and it's time to get to work in the craftroom!  Sadly, Santa will not meet his deadline of June 10th as I had hoped, but some things just don't play out to my plans - no problem because God's got it under control.  I am working on Santa's hands at the moment- just added some agespots and did the nails...I always mess up my nails...Santa needs a manicure.  I haven't sealed them, yet - still gawking at them trying to decide if they are truly finished. 

Now, if Santa just had a body.  Off to saw some arms and legs...mwahhhaaaahaaaaa!

I hope God has spouted up blossoms of blessings in your path today. 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Yet Another Work in Progress - Santa's on His Way!

Yet another work-in-progress here on the table!  Somebody send me some elves to finish all the projects I've got started around here!  Dear Santa must be done by June 10th - more information to follow at a later date as to why, but for now, I've got a LOT of work to do on him!  The head is sculpted, and, as I type, one hand is cooling in the oven.  I don't think he's going to be Old World Period authentic because he's got an idea on what he wants to wear.  We'll see which of us wins the debate! 
I'm sure those of you who follow my artwork are wondering what happened to the little gnome fella I was working on - well, his head is still sitting here...with a fairy head, a paperclay Santa head....another Santa head....
I think I need art intervention!!!  I have heads everywhere-with no bodies...is there a name for my sickness??

With Love, Gratitude, and Admiration...

Be Blessed
Be Thankful
Memorial Day.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Update on WIP- Sculpting a West Texas Gnome

I finally got my head in the oven!  Well, not MY head...but the head I was sculpting on awhile back.  Easter - really?  Has it been that long since I've been able to sit down in my craftroom?  It seems so.  It's the end of school, and I'm racing around like that proverbial chicken with it's head cut off.  Still haven't quite got that figured out, but, anyway...
My little gnome fella tried to take a turn for the North Pole, but at the last moment, I took a deep breath and pulled points on his ears!  Now, what to do with him?  Hands are next, so maybe something will come to me.

Oh, I must show off my new addition from my mom!  It is the cutest thing, and I love it!  Being a mule owner, she thought I needed a rainbow mule for my herd -

She is from a pattern I bought her off of Etsy from Lilik Sha Toys.  She is adorable!!!!  Thanks Mom!

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.  I hope it was fabulous!

Exodus 20:12  “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you."

Sunday, April 8, 2012

New WIP - OOAK Sculpt Happening at Sherry's Cabin

Yes, there's a new sculpt taking shape here in the craftroom! 

We have celebrated the day with thanks to the Lord for a wonderful rain, a fantastic Easter service at the Cowboy Church, and now I'm relaxing with a lump of clay in the craftroom.  Let's see, he started as a West Texas cactus garden gnome-type little fella... not sure exactly what just yet.  Then he started wanting to be a part of the Art Doll Artists Vintage Circus Challenge...hmmm...any suggestions on where a wrinkled, happy little old man might fit in there????  Ok, maybe not.  He's just not sure about the whole thing, yet. 

I did get his eyes set and his wrinkles laid in, but he's still got a lot of work to be done.  I guess he and I will continue to discuss his identity while I work.  Here's a peek at the work-in-progress (although not a good photo)

Easter Blessings

If you know Jesus as your personal Savior, you should be celebrating today!  Jesus hung on that cross, faithful to the very end, for you-for me.  He died, so that you and I might live.  He died, and He rose again, so that we might be lifted out of death to life in Him.

So, if you're joining this party, Happy Easter!  We have reason to celebrate!
If you haven't joined this gathering, and you are still breathing, thank the Lord because it's not too late.  Ask Jesus to take the reins in your life, ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and join the family.  I promise it's worth the ride!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Very Honored to Be Featured on New ADA Blog!

Wow!  I am thrilled to have my craftroom featured on the new Art Doll Artists Blog!  If you haven't seen the new website, you really should check it out.  It's a new gathering place for some very talented artists.  Jump on over to the Art Doll Artist's Website and have a look around.  I am pumped about the quarterly challenges and the swaps that are already being organized!  Calling all art doll artists of all mediums - come join the fun!!  Thank you for the feature, ADA!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Hubert Update! He is Done!

Hubert is done!  He's come a long way from the crazed bunny he began as last weekend!  He's just in time to spread a little Easter cheer...he hopes...

 Hubert recently heard the Easter Bunny might be retiring, and this might be his big chance. But, alas, Hubert just doesn't seem to have the knack of color coordination. I don't think the Easter Egg Commission would ever approve his application. Please don't tell Hubert, though. He would be devestated.

We already have too many mouths to feed around here that can't earn their keep.  Hubert is up for adoption on Etsy at Sherry's Cabin.  Won't you take him in?  He really is an easy keeper.

Bunny or Monster...Update on Hubert

I know some of you have been asking about the crazed looking rabbit, while others of you have safely locked away your small children from him...Hubert (yes, he wanted to be called Hubert) has come along a little bit.  He's not quite so  scarey - a little creepy, maybe, but hey, not every rabbit gets to be the big Honcho Egg Deliverer.  That is his dream, you know. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Spring Break is Here and the Craft Room is Open!

Yes, the first day of Spring Break is here, and I've been playing in the craft room.  God has blessed us with rain which made the perfect excuse to stay in and mush clay!  I've got several creatures zooming around in my brain...a rabbit with a gigantic egg, a monster for my Bumps in the Night Nursery, thoughts of an unfinished Santa...or ten...
Well, it seems the bunny and the monster collided somewhere up there in my noggin -

and out came this rather creepy little fella.  I'm not sure if he wants to deliver eggs, or eat small children...hmmmm.... maybe some adjustments are needed...stay tuned....

Sunday, March 4, 2012

To Hurry Things Along...

Still searching...spring, spring, come out to play!  
In the hope of hurrying spring along, I thought I'd do some spring cleaning.  It's amazing how much dust can find its way into my craft room-all part of West Texas living.
Look quick because it won't stay this way, but the craft room is clean!  Ahhhh.....

Ok, spring, I'm ready!!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Spring??? Are you Here?? Come Out, Come Out Wherever you ARE!!

Blink...blink... ahhh....just coming out of my winter hibernation!  It seems to happen every year.  With winter comes a silent art room and blog around my house.  The good news, however, is that I'm beginning to stir, and I'm in search of spring!  Ok, I know, I'm rushing things, but we've already had some 80 degree weather.  I went out on the hunt for God's secret sprinkles of spring this morning, and I was so excited to find some hidden treasures!  The algerita bushes have begun to bloom and are filling the air with sweetness (with that comes a stopped up nose, but, hey, there are sacrifices to be made here).  Shhh.... closer, closer... and there it was ...

Isn't God just mighty clever??  Look at the beauty, and do you see what I see? 
And, oh, the blooms!

Yes, indeedy, I feel spring coming on! 

Psalm 90:17

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands.