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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)?
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.
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?
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?
[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.]
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?