Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ho Ho Ho and all that Holiday Cheer

Greetings.... YES, contrary to what rumor may be spreading...my feet are still planted firmly on Earth, have not fallen off, or left to visit other planets.... I have just been absent due to the fact I am one to have about 20 balls in the air at any one time and I find the older I grow (can't believe I wrote that out loud)  the harder it is to organize the balls so that they have a nice uniform look.... so again, my apologies for being absent....I am here alive and well and kicking the butt out of life ...

So , the tree is up, the lights are on the house , some eggnog has been consumed , a few carols sung , holiday movies viewed, tears shed...but alas I still am missing something.... and I think I know what it is.....my youth! (OK second reference to older age...one more mention and I either turn into my grandmother or get a free set of Ginzu Knifes....or both)  ...seriously though...each year at this very exact time I feel I have misplaced something , something very familiar but removed for whatever reason...I look High and Low....go through empty decoration boxes thinking it is a lost ornament, I check my gift list (very slim this year) but I still look, and then it hits me...as it always does....I am missed my Youth!!  That giddy filled, wide eyed wonder stare , excitement packed joy known only to little ones...Oh we adults get that way too, but it is different somehow... with the Kid innocence there are no questions asked,  no doubts ,few frills ...just a basic....'There is this great guy who lives in a really cold place up North and somehow someway he has been watching me the whole year, took some notes on how good  (or bad) I have been ... and is heading this way Christmas Eve to show me which I have been with the gifts he brings (or doesn't bring) ...the anticipation is like Kid Drugs...all amped, nervous , giddy jumpiness, actual squeals of  unintelligible gibberish that only another kid on the same amped high could understand...and possibly a few dogs in the distance .  I saw some of these kids at a recent Santa Lap sitting session  ....some seemed calm (kid drugs must be wearing off) while most talked a million miles a minute and stared closely into the face of Santa as if to mentally connect with the Big Guy  each smiling so big and wide I feared their little faces would hurt later....once they connect with Mr. C ...they are sooooo confident , borderline cockiness takes over and many feel they just need to coast into the finish line that is Christmas Day....  THAT is the feeling I am missing, that certain deep inside 'Kid High'  that can only be achieved at certain times in our life.... that truly magical moment.....
.OK, Yes Yes...we all have glorious memories of other Moments in our adulthood that we remember warmly and with joy...but the closest one can get to that special perfect moment in kid life again is to watch your own kids or grandkids enjoying 'their' moments.... and  if you sit really really close ,preferably giving a hug at the exact moment a child 'Sparks Joy' ...you can get almost a contact high and flash of that special moment from your youth.... bottom line, Christmas is in truth a Child's Holiday, we as adults lay claim because we don't want to let go of that kid feeling...remember, kids keep us young and the magic alive in our hearts.

Happy Holidays To all My Bloglandia Friends...may the Magic of Childhood dwell within you always

Hugs,
Jodi

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hello Bloglandia Bloggers and Blogettes...

Again been away way way way to long...won't make excuses other than to say..."Where the HECK does the time go"....that's the million dollar question!!!

We have been busy here at  Creager Studios.... creating a little of this and a lot of that... trying to stay cool in our sweltering heat of the Arizona Desert.... but there is a change in the air...our mornings are actually bearable and down right coolish...YIPPPPEEE!  It always gives hope that Fall is indeed just around the corner...waiting to slip in and make it's self at home....ahhhhh, I LOVE fall time....the only downside to fall in the lower desert region is the color changes..I REALLY miss that....must resort to taking slow strolls through Michaels Craft Outlet Store Fall Foliage isle  with eyes partly closed  and pretend I am in the north country walking down a tree lined country road....and with the smell of cinnamon candles on isle 6 hanging in the air.... makes me wanna spread a blanket, open a thermos of hot cider and read a book in my colorful surroundings...but I found out the hard way that Michael's frowns upon customers doing this....so I just have to hold the image all in my mind....

Instead we start to make 'Fall Art' ....  all things Halloween and fun.  Started the year with a new Miniature (1:12th scale)  'Zombie Dude' ....but this is no ordinary Zombie.... this dude prefers carrots to brains ....a Veggie Dude if you will.  But he is Zombie non the less.....

 
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And the first of Our Original haunted Ghost Shadow Boxes ...that we started creating years and years ago...and in doing this one it made me realize it has been about 5 years since we made the last one....YIKES!  So needless to say he was fun to work on and makes me wanna do another....

This guy is 'Count Leopold Mordecay Von Ravensthorne....and his Pet Bat 'Guzzler'  ' a Long Gone Vampire who's portrait (and possibly him) still hangs in Ravensthorne Manor.


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Both are newly listed on EBAY....

Lets see...I also 'redid' our Miniature Gallery on our web site this summer, worked on lots of 'house' projects.... and made a few interesting purchases that were to good to pass up....more to follow on that...

Great to be back....

Hugs to All

Jodi

Thursday, January 24, 2013

'For the Love of Peas'






Hello Bloglandia....  seems I have been MIA once again.... I have been tip toeing  through Facebook Land but nothing like before...trying better to watch my 'P's and 'Q's...and for that matter R's, T's F's B's ...well, you get the picture.

We have been busy with Studio stuff...both 'making' and cleaning up stuff....I discovered just how messy I can get...my only answer to it all is to get rid of stuff so that there will be far less to mess...but alas I know myself all to well and know I will find more to clutter..in hidden cubby holes....UGH!  A battle I fear I shall never win....white flag raising and waving!!

So this little lady above we just finished..... we call this 'For the Love of Peas' ...our version of Hans Christian Anderson's beloved story of the classic Prince seeking out a Princess...but I re-read the story and thought it rather sexist....so I changed it up just a bit and made the Princess a great lover of Green Peas....actually preferring them to Royal Princes ...come to find out her too loves the Green Veggie ...so this makes them fall in love and run away to start a small truck farm growing beautiful Royal Peas...and they live Happily ever after as "Two Peas in that Perfect Pod  called Life'

It was fun to create..I also wanted to change it up a bit by doing it in total black and white...with that shock of Green in the Pea....  I do love black and white...

The entire piece...(12 mattresses and the Princess) are 11 and 1/2 inches tall.  This is a 1:12th Miniature scale...
So now we are off to visit some more Fairy Tales...and bring back a few of our Asian Elves and Forest Elves.... should be a fun year...

Hugs to All

Jodi

Monday, November 19, 2012

Hollybirdmas ...EEEEEK!



I woke up this morning all cheery and somewhat zingy in step and somewhere between my second cup of coffee and walking towards my sculpting table it hit me like a sack of yams laced with holly leaves.....THANKSGIVING IS IN A FEW DAYS AND CHRISTMAS IS RIGHT ON IT'S TAIL!!!!
EEEEEK...
I should have seen the warning signs ...  a few deranged neighbors have their Christmas lights and   Holiday Sentinels already  standing in place in their front yards.... tunes of cheer are blasting over the market intercoms ...mentioning those buzz words of turkey, cranberry, stuffing, holly, snow, presents, chestnuts and so on....all with cheery tones...up to this point I have been able to view them as 'white noise' ...but I fear no longer.!!   Not to take this is a negative direction but this will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas without my Mom in over 60 years...and as these were the holidays where she really would shine...i.e. decorations, baking, ho ho ho'ing ...it will be a very different holiday season for me this year.  I plan to make a few of her favorite recipes (from her hand written recipe cards) , belt out a Christmas tune or two while sipping egg nog laced with brandy in her honor... make Rum Balls for friends and family (she made a mean Rum Ball)  and just reflect on wonderful childhood memories with Mom....  I think I may be channeling her actually as I remember she too had that 'panic mode' she displayed each year when she realized  that the holiday season was all of a sudden 'HERE'....

We will enjoy this Thanksgiving with good friends and family this year.....and Christmas is still up in the air as to what is going on....  I always refuse to think about Christmas until the last Kid Made paper turkey is removed from the fridge  and the last bit of left overs are digested....then and only then do I 'bring on the Nog'...

Have A Super Thanksgiving All

Hugs

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Morning in the Tipi





Happy Sunday Morning from the Tipi Inhabitants of Havasu....  Today is Richard's 68th Birthday and what better way to celebrate than with a beautiful desert sunrise  (I fibbed a little and told him that I ordered this one up special for his day) ... I kid you not these are the true colors of a desert sunrise ...breathtaking is an understatement . The only thing more exciting than sitting in a tipi with this sky is to be sitting out on the glass calm lake in a kayak...which we need to get on pretty soon!  Anyway the following are some pics that I popped yesterday evening and this morning of the finished tipi inside (more to come)  ...The wood in the fire pit is for Richard's early morning Birthday Fire (which was warm and lovely by the by)  ... the other two are just random shots....as my Indian spirit guide is a Raven...Richard carved this raven Chair for me a few years ago (it is a N.W. Design which I adore) .  I need to get onto making a new bag or two for this years tipi...a tradition I started about 4 years ago.... so peaceful to sit in the tipi on a cold fall afternoon with the warmth of the sun hitting the canvas and feeling the warmth inside the tipi....beading!  I am NOT a beader...but I do enjoy the relaxing task and try my best....

It was a great morning....we are so content that the tipi is up and there and ready for us to escape to whenever we feel the need..... Richard has already taken a nap out there in that sun warmth....ahhhhhh!

Now back to work on dolls....

Have a wonderful Sunday

Hugs

Friday, November 16, 2012

Tipi Tippin


 
 
Well it is a Bright Sunshiny Day in Lake Havasu.... Birds are singing, there is a slight nip in the air and the tipi is UP!!!!  We LOVE this time each year.... always seems like a new beginning  and the start of endless possibilities....

Of course...we worked our arses off yesterday and are almost too sore to move today but we did drag ourselves out to the tipi at 5am to enjoy our first pot of coffee and a warm fire... the pains just seem to melt away... 

We rebuilt the tipi flooring a couple weeks ago ...fixing and repairing the flagstone and then adding a outer layer of pavers around the fire pit flagstone...less gravel under the reed and canvas flooring that goes in today....and it just looks cooler.  The other 'bare bones' shot of the tipi before canvas is actually taken last year....but it looked the same this year....almost!!  We have been doing this for 7 years now and each year the poles are a bit different....but this year....we set up and took them down 4 times...something was just not right.... poles to far apart at the top (cloth won't fit right) to close together...same thing!   door poles off center...not spread enough...spread to much.....LOL...I really should be taping this event as you have not lived until you see two  artists , each one extremely anal about how everything should look and be placed...setting up a tipi....!!!  I think we might be real contenders for the  $10,000 award for funnest video....  yesterday was the best..... BUT...we got them set, we put on the canvas (2 tries) and stood back and smiled....waiting a good 10 minutes to see if it all fell down.... at 11 minutes...we knew things were Hunky Dorey!!!  SHE STANDS!!!!

Now to do the 'tricking' out inside...lining, hanging up stuff, pillows, hides etc etc... I will do a short video and put in on here when complete...

OK...I am off for the day... changing direction a bit with the doll we are working on....thinking of something else.... might go for some elves...talk about different direction!!

Hugs

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Facebook Free.....



Good Morning Bloggers in the Joyful Land of Bloglandia.... tis I...the woman who is getting all kinds of work done.... and "Why"? is she getting all this work done you may be asking...because...she...Me!  (OK this is getting confusing) ...I disconnected from Facebook!   I severed a tether  from the Mother Ship and struck out on my own for a bit....ZOWIE, what a feeling.  You never ever really know how ,dare I say it..'Hooked' you are until you go 'Cold Turkey' (mmmmmm Turkey)!!    .....at first the shaking was a little intense but I saw it as a form of exercise (something I had not been getting much of having been glued to F.B.)  ... next came the questions...Holy crap, what did I leave over there in little file folders  that I now cannot retrieve.... ???
Then I tell myself..."self....it's not like you left pentagon papers there, or secret formulas, just a few old pictures, a few recipes and a whole lot of words that you can never get back anyway.  What I do miss are the friends.....but...I have left long long trails of bread crumbs and I am hoping that many will find their way here.  I left rather abruptly , not even a note on the fridge....

So now...with all this extra free time I am indeed getting oodles accomplished ....and it does indeed 'Feel Good'  .  Rather like the 'Olden days'  (pre computers) ... I basically was not on the computer all day yesterday and when I got on this morning...guess what I saw...something I have not seen in a very long time...'dust' on my laptop...yes indeedy ...Dust!!!  A strange site to behold....I would have guessed radioactive fallout over dust  any other time. 

The trade off is work accomplished....a wonderful feeling. 

Yesterday we started  the long process of setting up our tipi for winter use.   She has been safely packed away all summer away from the extreme heat and sun... now she is ready to enjoy the company of friends, warm fires and  hours of relaxation....this is something we always look forward to each fall...when the temps start to cool.  We have been performing this same ritual for 6 years now and yesterday the neighbor on the back side of us  looked over the wall and said "So, are you gonna get this done or what"?  ...LOL...seems each year they look forward to this process  and have been waiting with baited breath....cool!  We want to have everything up and running by Thanksgiving with the tipi...now we need to buy a half cord of wood.

We are working on a Harry Potter Commission  at the moment...should be a really fun piece....  Ron Weasley on the back of the Horse Chess Piece   from the first story....helping harry to get past the Knights.... so far it is turning out great...will post pictures here when finished.  After that....Harry playing Quidich...chasing the Golden Snitch.  And we have to figure out what to do for a Christmas piece this year...times slipping away once again...thinking of a miniature Christmas Carol piece....

OK...time to  get back to work and let my computer gather a bit of dust for the day ... I really do promise to be here more and more...with lots of this and that's....stay tuned...

Hugs