Friday, July 17, 2009

Coconut chews

COCONUT CHEWS

Made these yesterday and they were super yummy. For all you coconut addicts like me out there they are pretty easy to make.
3/4 c. powdered sugar
3/4 c. shortening (half margarine or butter softened)
1 1/2 c. flour ( all purpose or whole wheat)

2 eggs
1 c. packed brown sugar
2 TBS flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 c. chopped walnuts
1/2 c. flaked coconut

heat oven to 350 degrees. Mix powdered sugar and shortening. Stir in 1 1/2 c. flour. Press into un-greased 13 x 9 x2 pan. Bake until golden brown, about 12-15 minutes.
Mix remaining ingredients.Spread over baked layer and bake for 20 minutes. Cool. Frost with Orange frosting (see below) if desired. Cut into bars about 3 x 1 inches.

Orange frosting (more like a glaze)
Mix 1 1/2 c.powdered sugar, 2 TBS margarine melted and 3 TBS orange juice.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tiny elf baby

Well, I finally got a little baby I am happy with. Since I started making OOAKs I've tried a few times to make tiny ones and usually end up frustrated. This summer I seem to be learning a lot of patience and haven't been rushing to get things done including dolls. If I don't like an arm I re- make it. If I don't like the hair I start over....
This wee one is "Blossom", she is just a hair over 3 inches long and has a tiny cloth body filled with pellets and fibrefill. Her arms and legs are elastic jointed so she is easy to pose and dress. She has a little head of blond hair and her pouty little mouth and even those teeny tiny nails were all glazed!
I used puppen Rose for her. It is such a nice firm clay and so strong when cured! I like the lighter color of it and it is so smooth also when cured. I just did the barest of blush on her. She even has teeny tiny creases in her little feet. Each of her toes was put on one at a time and blended into the foot. By the time I got to the littlest ones they were smaller than the end of a grain of rice!
I took the pics outside in the shade and love this one...with the sun reflecting on the blanket she looks like a little angel! If all goes well tomorrow she will head for ebay and I'll do an economy buster low start bid auction on her just to have some fun! I know whoever gets her is going to love her a bunch!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Finally!

WEll, after over two weeks of hard work, chopping off hands and feet, waiting for hair...she is finally done! I am so happy with the way she turned out!
This picture is so neat! I don't know why it blurred like it did but it adds to the magic!
She looked so nice sitting in my gardens having her photo shoot. I am going to really hate parting with this fae for sure!
I really like these clay wings. Wasn't sure at first if I could do them like I wanted but was happy with the results. Up close they look like flower petals and remind me of that old type glass that looks metallic almost. She should be flying over to ebay tomorrow if all goes well.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Updates finally!

Would have posted some pics sooner but it's been a slow go on this girl. With the boys home for summer I seem to grab bits of sculpting time these days. She is still waiting for the rest of her hair to come but is in the home stretch now. She has taken the better part of two weeks but I am glad because she is teaching me patience!
She was sculpted as always without any molds over a strong wire and clay core armature. I used Puppen Rose which is one of my favorite colors for faes. It is a bit rough on my hands, either that or they have been spoiled by the nice soft ProSculpt I normally sculpt in!
Her wings are also clay and sculpted on wire. There are two layers of clay with feathered edges. I painted them with pearl acrylic and a bit of metallic bright red blended into it...they remind me of flower petals. She is such a regal looking girl, I thought she needed some extra special wings. They are completely removable also.
She wears just a piece of torn silk guaze about her waist which is easy to remove as I intended for her to be nude. To dress her at all to me would just take away from her entirely. I don't often do complete nude faes but this one has a wonderful feminine air to her and as an artist I believe that should be celebrated and not hidden.