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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Coffee Zombie...A Fun and Interesting Zombie

Missing Zombie Swap

This year's Zombie swap, hosted by Val over at Yarnigras Swapper Spot, was called Missing Zombie and you were supposed to give your partner an idea for a zombie that you were missing from your collection. My partner really wanted a Coffee Zombie.

When I first read that she wanted a Coffee Zombie, I was stumped. What is a coffee zombie? How do I translate coffee into a zombie doll? I had no idea where to start... so I went to Starbucks for some iced coffee.

Finally, after much fruitless brainstorming, I started sculpting a zombie. I figured I would be able to flesh out my concept as I went along.

Zombies are fun to sculpt, you don't have to really worry if they are pretty, seriously, not at all! Lumps and bumps, no problem (just think decomposing), cracks are intentional, hair can be thin and falling out, lips can be sheared off, teeth crooked and blood stained. The less you worry about them the better they become, at least that is how I look at it. Oh, and adding an exposed brain is so much fun!

I started with 2 zombies, one guy and one girl. I originally thought I would make one holding a Barista's severed arm, which in turn would be holding a cup of coffee. Then I started dressing them.

Leather boots, suede pants, Ralph Lauren sweater (really, I found one at Goodwill for $5 and have been cutting it up for costumes. I LOVE it), hmmm, what kind of zombie is this? Starbucks customer?

 Nope, how about a Starbucks Barista.

The apron was created with the directions I found through Pinterest from this Doll Diaries blog post which talked about making a doll sized coffee shop. Brandy, the guest blogger details making Starbucks aprons for dolls to go along with the coffee shop they are making. Amazing! I got lucky and Michael's had everything I needed.

Coffee Zombie

I also sent along some sweet treats, a skull candle stick and a few ornaments for my swap partner's Halloween tree:

Halloween Tree Ornaments

I had such a hard time sending this sweet (yes I think she is sweet) zombie to her new home. I hope her new mom loves her!

I am so happy to be a part of this amazing swap group. If you like to create you should check out Yarnigras Swapper Spot. Right now she is hosting an ornament swap. You have until October 28th to sign up for the fun.

I am almost ready for the October 14th craft fair... then I can relax and post more things here, like more vacation pictures, the tutorials I have been promising (I really have not forgotten) and more.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Zombie Swap Complete

I sent my swap partner her zombie today. It was really hard to say goodbye. I can't wait to show you what I sent. This one was challenging in subject but totally fun once I came up with a concept. Here is a sneak peek:

It should be delivered Monday or Tuesday, as soon as it is delivered I will share with you the gruesome zombie I created for this year's swap.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Fun Things in my Etsy Shop

Until recently I just haven't had the time to put my jewelry in my Etsy Shop. I have been working hard to get things in there before the start of the holiday season this year. Currently there are several styles of earrings and some embroidered Skull and Cross Bone napkins. I hope to have some mermaids, ornaments and pumpkins in there by the first week of October - fingers crossed!

Here are a pair of the Angel earrings:

They are currently available in Yellow, Blue, Orange, Rose, Pink, and Fuchsia. I only have one or two pairs of each available and they are so cute! I also have Bohemian style earrings and some darling faceted glass fall earrings. 

I have so much to share and not enough time in the day to do it! Next up I'll be posting more vacation pictures.

Have a lovely day,


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Weekend Sculpting Class with Kate Church

This past weekend I was lucky enough to spend with Kate Church, a fabulous doll artist, sculptor and painter. She is down to earth, soft spoken and just an amazing person. This is the third class I have taken with Kate and it was so much fun. The theme of the class was transformation and we each choose a figure that was part animal and part human so of course I HAD to make a mermaid...

She definitely was made using Kate's techniques and her style. I am thrilled with how she turned out and will be making more mermaids for my booth at the McQueen Craft fair which is coming up October 14-16 - YIKES!

She hasn't told me her name yet but now that she is home I am sure she will soon.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Yarnigras Swapper Spot's 8th Annual Zombie Doll Swap

I am so excited! Val over at Yarnigras Swapper Spot has returned with another Zombie doll swap. I had to join. This swap is so much fun and I have never been disappointed in the amazing creations I have received from this group. I know I should have passed since I am frantically working on items for the craft fair I am doing in October but I couldn't pass this up. It is just too much fun. Click here or click the picture above to learn more and to join in on the fun.

I'll share some sneak peeks of my zombie as I sculpt it. Here is a post about a previous Zombie swap and my all time favorite zombie doll that I made. To see more of them click on the Zombie tag in the list on the left.

More travel pics coming soon, as well as some pics of some new things I've been working on. So much fun stuff is going on here, I can't wait to share and if all goes as planned... I may be be to do it this weekend! Fingers crossed!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


We didn't plan to go to limerick, it was kind of on our way back to Dublin. We arrived a little later than we would have liked but we did see quite a bit of this adorable little town.

They don't make them like this anymore. Such lovely tributes!

One of the many stunning churches we saw.

We didn't get to go into the castle but it was a beautiful sight to see. One of my favorite things about Ireland and Scotland is the abundance of flowers. There are hanging baskets of flowers everywhere and they make everything fresh and colorful.

I can't imagine living in a town that has a castle in the center of it. The closest I have been was when I lived in Lancaster PA and the prison which is in the center of town looks like a castle :0) NOT the same!
Lancaster Country Prison

Wandering through Ireland and Scotland really put into perspective how young my own country is. So many of the buildings we visited were built before my country was even born. It's pretty spectacular to walk in buildings that are hundreds of years old.

I am finally getting back in the groove of life. I am preparing for the craft fair that I do in October so I should have some projects to share soon. This trip was energizing and so inspiring. You can feel the magic in the air and you know that the fairies and nearby.

More vacation pics to follow... next stops Temple Bar area in Dublin, Edinburgh Scotland and Rosslyn Chapel.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Vacation Part 1 - Blarney

Blarney Castle

I can not begin to describe how beautiful Ireland is. There are not enough words for all of the shades of green that I saw, seriously, it is stunning. Not only is it a beautiful country, the people are friendly and the beer is good. I am a big fan of Guinness and enjoyed my share of pints while touring through the Irish countryside. I am ready to go back, in fact I am ready to buy property there and call it my second home :0) Now to win the lottery so I can afford that...

It rained a lot during our trip, starting with our first excursion to Blarney. I thought a lot about the rain on our flight to Dublin. How would it affect our trip? Would we still be able to explore all the out door sites? The weather channel predicted rain for most of our trip. Here is what I can tell you, an Irish rain in August is completely different from a Nevada rain in any month. The rain was not cold, it was just wet. We explored the castle grounds, in the rain, for hours. We were soaked but not cold. Now, to be fair the rain was more of a hard mist or very light drizzle, not a driving rain, but it was still not cold and actually added to our experiences. I recommend good, light weight umbrellas but I put mine away and just had fun. If you are carrying a backpack make sure it is waterproof or be sure to pack a larger plastic bag to protect its contents.

Bench just Outside of the Castle

View from the top of Blarney Castle

Me kissing the Blarney Stone

Tribute for the Fairies

WOW! This was natural. 

Walking back to the Gardens

Trees in Sweaters

The Witches Stone

One of the many flower gardens

All of the above pictures were taken in the gardens of Blarney Castle. We had no idea how much there was to see, we thought we'd climb to the top of the castle, kiss the stone and move on. Nope! We loved exploring all the nooks and crannies of this amazing place. After playing we did stop for lunch and shopping at the Blarney Woolen Mills shop which is situated right next to the castle grounds. 

If you are planning a trip to kiss the Blarney Stone be sure to allow yourself several hours to explore the extensive gardens. There are so many things to see as you wander around, you just never know what you will find, from wooden mushrooms and the Witches stone, to trees with sweaters and lush flowers. It is an experience that should not be rushed!

Next stop... Limerick