Tuesday, December 28, 2010


There are a lot of photos of Toulouse-Lautrec. While researching for this statue I came across this set of him pooping on a beach. What a cutup!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Green Fairy

Today I made a new, improved Green Fairy. I sold one and I have another one here, but it's old and I don't like it. I sent away to Hong Kong for little goblets. I put one in the oven and it did what I thought it would, it melted. This one is attached with wire and glue. This weekend everyone put out the tall sticks to mark our yards for the inevitable snowplow. No, snow's not in the forecast, but this is Minnesota and the word is, "wait".

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Halloween Stuff

Things I have made.

Friday, October 29, 2010


Molly won tickets for Maroon5, but she is in Duluth. Jim and I took the train into Minneapolis to see them and I really enjoyed the show. I worked on a Bone Fairy today and she is done except that she needs a fabric skirt.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Almost Halloween

The gorgeous weather is over. We are now into Fallslidingintowinter. You can see the rain beating down in the background of my frog prince.
Molly says it's supposed to snow in Duluth tomorrow.
Molly caught me some Walleye(fish) and I cooked them. They were great, Molly.
We saw "Hereafter" over the weekend and I liked it a lot.
Now I'm remaking a monster under a bed.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Lobster Monday

I've been busy with Real Life lately.
Today I thought I'd do something with lobsters.
Elsa Schiaparelli collaborated with Dali to make this lobster dress. The hat is one of her shoe hats, probably not meant to be worn with this dress, but what the hell.
The lobster is playing a Stratocaster, so that makes him a Rock Lobster.
I sent off a couple of custom pieces.
I really, really should remake some of my pieces but that's not as much fun as experimenting with new things.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Miss You, John

The Fat Budgie: by John Lennon
The Fat Budgie

I have a little budgie
He is my very pal
I take him walks in Britain
I hope I always shall.

I call my budgie Jeffrey
My grandads name's the same
I call him after grandad
Who had a feathered brain.

Some people don't like budgies
The little yellow brats
They eat them up for breakfast
Or give them to their cats.

My uncle ate a budgie
It was so fat and fair.
I cried and called him Ronnie
He didn't seem to care

Although his name was Arthur
It didn't mean a thing.
He went into a petshop
And ate up everything.

The doctors looked inside him,
To see what they could do,
But he had been too greedy
And died just like a zoo.

My Jeffrey chirps and twitters
When I walk into the room,
I make him scrambled egg on toast
And feed him with a spoon.

He sings like other budgies
But only when in trim
But most of all on Sunday
Thats when i plug him in.

He flies about the room sometimes
And sits upon my bed
And if he's really happy
He does it on my head.

He's on a diet now you know
From eating ear too much
They say if he gets fatter
He'll have to wear a crutch.

It would be funny wouldn't it
A budgie on a stick
Imagine all the people
Laughing til they're sick.

So that's my budgie Jeffrey
Fat and yellow too
I love him more than daddie
And I'm only thirty-two.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


We're in deep, gorgeous fall.
This is a custom piece that's in the oven now. It's a wedding portrait (sort of).
I'm on Artfire now, too, but I haven't had time to arrange the shop the way it needs to be.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Brilliant & Charming

Except for the laughter in the background.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bald Fairy

I've finished this fairy but I haven't put it on Etsy yet.
It reminded me of the recordings made of the last living castrato in the beginning of the twentieth century. Interesting.
I need to sign up for Artfire and Cargoh. These things don't just fly out of the house by themselves.
Also time to exploit Harry Potter again.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Minnesota Fall

Fall flowers are the prettiest. I went to a farmers market and got these. Alex and I went to a fire station and bought some booya to take home. It's only made in the fall in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Great, Funny Country Western Song Titles

Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road
Do You Love As Good As You Look
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor On The Bedpost Overnight?
Get Your Biscuits In The Oven And Your Buns In The Bed
Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth 'Cause I'm Kissing You Goodbye
Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart
Heaven's Just A Sin Away
Her Body Couldn't Keep You Off My Mind
Her Cheatin' Heart Made A Drunken Fool Out Of Me
Her Teeth Was Stained, But Her Heart Was Pure
Here's A Quarter, Call Someone Who Cares
How Can A Whiskey That's 6 Years Old Whup A Man That's 33?
How Can I Miss You If You Won't Go Away?
How Can You Believe Me When I Say I Love You When You Know I've Been A Liar All My Life?
I Changed Her Oil, She Changed My Life
I Don't Know Whether To Come Home Or Go Crazy
I Don't Know Whether To Kill Myself Or Go Bowling
I Don't Want Your Body If Your Heart's Not In It
I Fell In A Pile Of You And Got Love All Over Me
I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart.
I Got In At 2 With A 10 And Woke Up At 10 With A 2
I Just Bought A Car From The Guy That Stole My Girl, But The Car Don't Run
So I Figure We Got An Even Deal
I Keep Forgettin' I Forgot About You
I Knew I'd Hit Rock Bottom When I Woke Up On Top Of Ewe
I Liked You Better Before I Knew You So Well
I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)
I Meant Every Word That He Said
I Still Miss You, Baby, But My Aim's Gettin' Better
I Wanna Whip Your Cow
I Wish I Were In Dixie Tonight, But She's Out Of Town
I Would Have Wrote You A Letter, But I Couldn't Spell Yuck!
I Wouldn't Take Her To A Dawg Fight, Cause I'm Afraid She'd Win
I Wouldn't Take You To A Dog Fight Even If I Thought You Could Win
I'd Rather Have A Bottle In Front Of Me Than A Frontal Lobotomy
I'll Marry You Tomorrow But Let's Honeymoon Tonite
I'm Gettin' Gray From Being Blue
I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home
I'm Havin' Daydreams About Night Things In The Middle Of The Afternoon
I'm Just A Bug On The Windshield Of Life
I'm Not Married But The Wife Is
I'm So Miserable Without You, It's Like Having You Here
I'm The Only Hell Mama Ever Raised
I've Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart
I've Got Four On The Floor And A Fifth Under The Seat
I've Got Red Eyes From Your White Lies And I'm Blue All The Time
I've Got Tears In My Ears From Lying On My Back In My Bed While I Cry Over You
I've Got The Hungries For Your Love And I'm Waiting In Your Welfare Line
If Drinkin' Don't Kill Me, Her Memory Will
If Fingerprints Showed Up On Skin, Wonder Whose I'd Find On You
If I Had Shot You When I Wanted To, I'd Be Out By Now
If I Said You Had A Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me?
If It's Got To Be Later, How 'Bout Later Tonight?
If Love Were Oil, I'd Be A Quart Low
If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I'd Blow It All On You
If The Jukebox Took Teardrops I'd Cry All Night Long
If The Phone Don't Ring, Baby, You'll Know It's Me
If Whiskey Were A Woman I'd Be Married For Sure
If You Can't Feel It (It Ain't There)
If You Don't Leave Me Alone, I'll Go And Find Someone Else Who Will
If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
It Ain't Love But It Ain't Bad
It Takes Me All Night Long To Do What I Used To Do All Night Long
Learning To Live Again Without You Is Killing Me
Mama Get The Hammer (There's A Fly On Papa's Head)
May The Bird Of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose
My Every Day Silver Is Plastic
My John Deere Was Breaking Your Field, While Your Dear John Was Breaking My Heart
My Wife Ran Off With My Best Friend, And I Sure Do Miss Him
Oh, I've Got Hair Oil On My Ears And My Glasses Are Slipping Down, But Baby
I Can See Through You
Oh, Lord! It's Hard To Be Humble When You're Perfect In Every Way
Pardon Me, I've Got Someone To Kill
Please Bypass This Heart
She Feels Like A New Man Tonight
She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart
She's Got Freckles On Her, But She's Pretty
She's Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without.
Swing Wide Your Gate Of Love
Tennis Must Be Your Racket 'Cause Love Means Nothin' To You
Thank God And Greyhound She's Gone
The Last Word In Lonesome Is "me"
They May Put Me In Prison, But They Can't Stop My Face From Breakin' Out
Velcro Arms, Teflon Heart
What Made Milwaukee Famous (Has Made a Loser Out of Me)
When We Get Back To the Farm (That's When We Really Go To Town)
When You Leave Walk Out Backwards, So I'll Think You're Walking In
Who You Gonna Believe, Me Or Your Lying Eyes?
You Can't Deal Me All The Aces And Expect Me Not To Play
You Can't Have Your Kate And Edith Too
You Can't Roller Skate In A Buffalo Herd
You Done Tore Out My Heart And Stomped That Sucker Flat
You Hurt The Love Right Out Of Me
You Were Only A Splinter As I Slid Down The Bannister Of Life
You're A Cross I Can't Bear
You're Ruining My Bad Reputation
You're The Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly

I've never heard most of these songs. I was thinking about a song," If That Phone Don't Ring, You Know it's Me" and I got to wondering.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Poodles & Plants

Here are some poodles. I haven't decided about them yet. I'm making a skull plant. Just because. Whenever I'm channel surfing and I come across Frasier I watch it.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Clown & Frogs

I made another Day of the Dead clown because I like him. People often buy skeletons seasonally and the holidays are just around the corner.
I wanted to try a red eyed tree frog today. Each one requires about thirty pieces. Can't I do anything easy?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Lorelei Lee

I'm working on a Marilyn Monroe statue. Just before Monroe shot the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" song from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes",the first issue of Playboy came out with nude pictures of Marilyn that had been taken before she was famous. The studio freaked and worried about their star and production being sunk before it was even completed. They quickly created a stiff, pink dress that was much more modest than the original sexier dress. I can't find a picture of it, although I once saw it in a book. It was black horizontal bands over flesh covered fabric. Rhinestones were sewed along the black bands. It looked great, but the studio was worried about too much flesh.
Monroe defused the situation by admitting that she posed for the pictures to pay her rent. When a reporter asked her if she had anything on for the photo shoot, she said,"Yes, the radio." People adored her.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I'm Thinking About Dogs

Minnesota turned to fall on Labor Day.
Here is a picture of Cassidy and Watson. Watson loves chasing the frisbee but he doesn't like to relinquish it. That's because he's a terrier, not a retriever.
The other picture shows the news vans outside of that crummy little church in Gainesville. Terry Jones, the pastor is just loving it. He's right up there with Fred Phelps. I wish someone would send him and his Qurans to Iraq for 9/11. He could do his thing there and they could pick him up the next week.

Thursday, September 2, 2010


I made a skeleton seal, but it doesn't have a name yet. Now I'm making a skeleton with this outfit Audrey Hepburn wore at the Ascot races in "My Fair Lady". Here is a charming clip.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pigeons, Whales and Music

We saw Cassidy's SMB band off in style at First Ave(THE place to play)Fortunately, he has another band, Omnitrigger.
Sandra Healy made a Passenger Pigeon for me. It's lovely and much better than the one I made.
My Saving Whales made it to the front page of Etsy this morning. I still don't know how to save a screen and now it's gone. I wouldn't have noticed except I got a couple of convos complaining that I put "don't go to the Gulf" or something like that under it. Oops! I was speaking for the whales. On the news at the time they were reporting that they were worried about the whales in the area. Oh, well, I'll convo them back. At least I widened my audience.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Friday, August 27, 2010


Well, I've been doing everything except blogging. I've had a few failures lately but there are no pictures of them. I guess my reach exceeded my grasp.The weather is perfect, which means that we're in Minnesota fall. Jim played the 331 Club on Wednesday. Tonight we'll go to the Riverview Cafe in Minneapolis where he'll play. Sunday we'll go to see Cassidy's band play at First Ave. It's a musical weekend. I would have liked to see Lady Gaga on Monday night, but I didn't want to spring the serious cash for decent tickets.
I'm making a man and dog made of vegetables.I'm a fan of the works of Guiseppe Arcimboldo.
I'm reading "My Year of Living Biblically".It's very entertaining.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Beatles

Yesterday the local Minneapolis radio station played Beatle songs to commemorate the 1966 Beatles concert here. The next night they played St. Louis and I went with my cousin. Best day ever(except for your birthday, Jamie)
I couldn't find any decent footage of anything done in '66, so here is a video of their 1965 tour. On August 29th, 1966 they played their last large concert, ever, in San Francisco at Candlestick Park. Things had gotten too crazy, they said.
I was very lucky.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Dog& Frog

Happy first birthday to Watson Jones.
Watson is such a smart dog. He didn't want to wear the hat to have his picture taken. He kept shaking his head to get it off. I sat him down and told him he would get his snack after I took a couple of pictures. He seemed to understand because he cooperated after that.
Good boy. Have a cow ear.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Ponies and Crayons

I'm working on My Little Ponies for now. One is a Trojan horse and the other is a bony pony.
Tonight is the cd release party for Hardcore Crayons. I made the statue in the jar for Jake. Looks pretty good.
The tomatoes are coming in and that makes me happy.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Shirley & Mice

My mom loved Shirley Temple so I grew up watching her movies. She was on TMC tonight. This is one of my favorite scenes. She was a dancing savant.
Today I finished mice and made a LandShark. Next I think I'll make dogs in a car.

Monday, July 19, 2010


I've been working mostly on cake toppers. Here is a miniature cake. It took quite a bit of time. The shape of the cake was the hardest. Polymer clay doesn't want to be smooth ,crisp and hollow. I had to sand it, The flowers were easy but they took more time than you'd believe.
Penny and I discussed a Renaissance wedding themed one. I'm trying to come up with costumes that are doable and generic. I know that Renaissance fans are very particular about historical accuracy. Do men really wear tights? I'm thinking it'll be small enough that if the groom wore black with puffy sleeves, it wouldn't be apparent if he was wearing tights or breeches. Decisions, decisions.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Watson & Cats

Well, I'm rusty about writing here. Lets see-Watson actually wanted to be in these pictures. That's never happened before.
I've been selling for just under three years. I've sold 147 pieces on Etsy and a few in other ways. I have 1000 hearts on Etsy. I've made waaay more pieces than I've sold.Good thing that they're small or I'd have a serious storage problem. So my making is disproportionate to my selling.
I've never enjoyed anything so much in my life.
This will be a wedding cake topper with cats. There's lots of cake topper action on Etsy. People are willing to spend more on weddings. I make skeletons but I wanted variety. Maybe I'll make dogs.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010