Figures of speech

What to say when you don't know what to say

What to say when you don't know what to say

Because I sometimes sculpt sympathy gifts, I witness some of the thoughtful, caring things people say when they send my sculpture. I also recall some of the kind words from friends when I've needed them. 

All of these have helped me understand how I might be able to help when a friend is grieving. What I've learned to say:

Celebrating the new year with new sculpture

Celebrating the new year with new sculpture

My sculpture is starting out 2017 with a bang, with new designs now available exclusively on UncommonGoods. I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of their wonderful catalog (yes, the print catalog!). And that's not all.

DIY flavored sugar cubes (these aren't the sugar cubes you're looking for)

DIY flavored sugar cubes (these aren't the sugar cubes you're looking for)

All this started because I wanted to have a dessert party to celebrate, well, okay just to have a party. I thought I'd be super-clever and have a champagne bar with choose-your-own adventure cocktails. Pour some champagne in your glass, pick a flavored sugar cube, and drink!

Clever on ideation, less clever on implementation.

Excited to introduce my cast-stone sculpture!

Excited to introduce my cast-stone sculpture!

At last I'm ending my long intermission. When I began transitioning to cast-stone sculpture (from polymer clay), I didn't realize all the layers of work I was setting myself up for. But boy, do I love the results.

Here's what's changed (and what hasn't)...

DIY clay terrarium fairy houses

DIY clay terrarium fairy houses

Ever since my modest success with DIY garden markers, I've been looking for other ways to make fun things with polymer clay. Since I love terraria and all things tiny, I decided to make fairy houses for my terrarium of tiny plants.
DIY starry night tutorial, or "what do you mean, 'it worked'?"

DIY starry night tutorial, or "what do you mean, 'it worked'?"

Have you run across the watercolor tutorials from Inkstruck Studio's Zakkiya Hamza, maybe on Pinterest or Instagram? She creates delightfully approachable projects that appeal to even the 2-dimensionally challenged like me. But what if they're a whole lot harder than they look (you know, like ballet, baking, and pretty much anything involving a glue gun)?
21 ways to celebrate fall

21 ways to celebrate fall

Unlike the Los Angeles natives I see, I'm not one for wearing cashmere and knee-high boots regardless of weather. (Seriously, I saw a guy in a down puffer jacket the other day. It was 80 degrees outside.) So here are 21 ways to do, eat, and drink your way into the autumn spirit, no cashmere required.
24 ideas for 30 minutes of self-care

24 ideas for 30 minutes of self-care

What's that? You've suddenly found yourself with a half hour of downtime, and you want to suck all the marrow out of the time? While you could technically extend any of the five-minute ideas that we talked about last time, why not have some special, dedicated half-hour ideas?
DIY clay herb markers, or "the case of the broken diy bone"

DIY clay herb markers, or "the case of the broken diy bone"

I gave this project a try one lovely weekend, when I felt creative but didn't feel up to sculpting something new. Sometimes you have to shake things up, right?

The original idea for these clay garden markers came from Wit and Whistle, who has a lovely guide to DIY Garden Markers. Hers are prettier than mine, for the record.

Getting unstuck: artistic moodboard inspiration

Getting unstuck: artistic moodboard inspiration

You know how when you take time away from a habit, it can be tough to get back in the groove? You sit down after a long break to, say, write or sculpt or something that used to be utterly routine, and... nothing. Nada. Zip. Wait, was that the fridge calling? I think I need to walk the cat. Did I remember to pick up dental floss at the store?
How I sculpt: secrets from clay to sculpture

How I sculpt: secrets from clay to sculpture

[Update: This post describes my sculpting process in polymer clay, which the attentive reader will remember is my former medium. My new, cast-stone sculpture has another approach, but you still might enjoy seeing the polymer come together.]
Art tools I love to use

Art tools I love to use

Today I'm sharing the tools I use most. Artists and dabblers alike may find inspiration here, and I hope you'll share your favorites for the studio or office in the comments. Give me a reason to wander that aisle, won't you?