Wednesday, December 9, 2009

2010 One World One Heart Event

The 2010 One World One Heart Event hosted by A Whimsical Bohemian is finally here!
I have been waiting for this event to announce my semi-retirement which may last a year or more. With a growing family and other obligations it has been very hard to keep up with special order requests and creating new art. After this 2010 OWOH event, I will only create new pieces for sale through the Paper Mache Artisans Web show challenges which is four times a year and through future OWOH events.
With that being said, I am creating a very special piece of art for you. Part of this project will be a giveaway during this One World One Heart Event. are the details.....On January 25th 2010, I will post my giveaway to this blog. Further details will be given in that post about winning the giveaway. This year's event ends February 15th and the winner will be announced on that day.
So please come back on January 25th to see what you can win!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

"UP" Hot Air Balloon and House - Go On An Adventure


"Go On An Adventure" is my submission for the 5th Paper Mache Artisans Webshow. The theme was "Family Movies". The Hot Air Balloon was inspired by the movie "Up" by Disney-Pixar. It is one of my favorite animated films. - A young Carl Fredrickson meets a young adventure spirited girl named Ellie. They both dream of going to a Lost Land in South America. 70 years later, Ellie has died. Carl remembers the promise he made to her. Then, when he inadvertently hits a construction worker, he is forced to go to a retirement home. But before they can take him, he and his house fly away. However he has a stowaway aboard. An 8 year old boy named Russell, whose trying to get an assisting the elderly badge. Together, they embark in an adventure, where they encounter talking dogs, an evil villain and a rare bird named Kevin. Written by Garfield2710

The balloon is a paper mache base covered with dozens and dozens of 1" plastic balloons. The little house is made of cardboard, paper mache and paper clay with colorful acrylic paints and a gel medium coat. The entire piece measures about 9"w x 18"h and hangs from clear heavy duty line.

Also included is a removable banner that reads "Go On An Adventure" and a wearable one-of-a-kind handmade bottle cap pin; like the one Ellie gave to Carl when they were children.

In doing research for the design and colors of the house I came across two websites; the and have real nice models that can be downloaded for free.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Hot Air Balloon Decals

How great would these Hot Air Balloon Decals look as a backdrop behind one of my papermache HAB's?!!
I found them on being sold by swampworx. They have alot of other great photos of more Decals that can be placed around your home or studio office at

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tile Inspired Hot Air Balloon


As I posted a while ago, I wanted to recreate a vintage HAB that I've seen on some ceramic tiles. So here is a long awaited finished "Tile Inpired HAB".

It is made using papermache, embroidery floss, handmade paper (for sash) and cardstock for the fan circles. I didn't make the netting from scratch but to the first person to guess what I used, I'll offer you 15% off the price if you want to purchase it! Send your guess to me at

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dormouse Jack in the Box


"Twinkle, twinkle, little bat!
How I wonder what you're at!"

You know the song, perhaps?'
`I've heard something like it,' said Alice.

`It goes on, you know,' the Hatter continued, `in this way:--

"Up above the world you fly,
Like a tea-tray in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle--"'

Here the Dormouse shook itself, and began singing in its sleep `Twinkle, twinkle, twinkle, twinkle--' and went on so long that they had to pinch it to make it stop.

A paperclay dormouse sleeps in his papermache/chipboard teapot at the tea party in Wonderland with Alice. Box measures a real teapot size at 6 1/2"h x 9 3/4"w. Mouse measures 4" tall.

"...the Dormouse fell asleep instantly, and neither of the others took the least notice of her (Alice) going, though she looked back once or twice, half hoping that they would call after her: the last time she saw them, they were trying to put the Dormouse into the teapot."

Join my "Dormouse Jack in the Box" at The Fanciful Twist's Mad Tea Party by viewing all of today's postings on the blogs from the Mad Tea Partiers!


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A Tea Party! A Mad Tea Party!

A Fanciful Twist has invited fellow bloggers to her Mad Tea Party on June 27. Check back here on Saturday to meet my Mad Tea Party attendee.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Masquerade Jack in the Box


Here is my submission for the 3rd Paper Mache Artisans (PMA)Web Challenge. It is similar to one I made before except this is my first JITB where the "jack" is removable.

A paper mache Monkey JITB inspired by the one found in Phantom of the Opera. The box has a wind-up musical movement that plays, Masquerade. The box closed measures 7 1/2"h x 5 3/4w. The removable monkey is 10 1/2" tall and holds real mini cymbals. Box coated with a light layer of beeswax. Go to my Etsy to purchase

Phantom of the Opera script:
Ladies and gentlemen,
A paper-mache musical box
in the shape of a barrel organ.
Attachedd, the figure of a monkey
in Persian robes, playing the cymbals.
This item, discovered in the vaults of the theatre,
still in working order, ladies and gentlemen.
Showing here.
May I commence at fifteen francs?
Fifteen, thank you.
Yes, twenty from you, sir, thank you very much.
Madame Giry, twenty-five, thank you, Madame
Twenty-five I am bid.
Do I hear thirty?
Thirty. And thirty-five?
Selling at thirty francs, then.
Thirty once, thirty twice.
Sold, for thirty francs to the Vicomte de Chagny.
Thank you sir.
A collector's piece indeed...
every detail exactly as she said...
Will you still play, when all the rest of us are dead...

Monday, May 18, 2009

Jack in the Box Work in Progress


Just a sneak peek at what I'm submitting in reply to the upcoming Paper Mache Artisans Etsy Team Challenge on May 22nd.

Especially if you're a fan of paper mache, be sure to check the PMA Website on May 22nd starting at 8 p.m. Eastern Time to see what members have made in response to the challenge, "Broadway Plays".

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fifth Grade Hot Air Balloon


I called this "Fifth Grade HAB" because it is covered with pages from a 1923 Speller. The pages from the 5th grade section are showing through a light coat of pastel colored acrylic paints. Distress inks were used to make it look timeworn and vintage. It is covered with a protective coating of beeswax for added dimension.
It hangs from a heavy duty clear line and measures about 7"w x 13"h.

I placed a picture of my daughter in the basket for fun. It is not attached and does not come with the balloon. Put a picture of your own family members; they would love to go for the ride! It is for sale on my Etsy page at

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Custom Orders and New Hot Air Balloon Designs

These last couple of weeks have been real busy for me. I'm so tired. And there doesn't seem to be any sign of it letting up. Between out of town guests, work, family, religion and art - I'm pooped. With that said, I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that I'm going to have to stop accepting custom orders for a while. The good news is that I'll then have time to work on some new balloon designs I've had on my mind for some months now. I can't wait to get started! Here are couple of inspiring HAB art tiles that are a hint of what's to come.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Jack in the Box Giveaway! - Las Vegas Burke in the Box

A couple of months ago, a new restaurant called "Burke in the Box" opened up at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. The chef of the restaurant decorated with a whimsical Jack-in-the-box theme and purchased a few of my boxes to include in the decorating.

Another trip to Las Vegas for my husband and I is in the works but in the meantime, I am aching to see what David Burke's restaurant looks like and whether or not my Jack in the Boxes are indeed on display. So here's how you can get a chance to win a one of a kind Jack in the Box made by me:

If you (or someone you know) is flying in or out of Las Vegas McCarran Airport, please stop by the Burke in the Box restaurant. Take a couple of pictures with your camera or cell phone and send them to me via email at The first person to send me pictures of the restaurant wins a Clown JITB! Very simple! And you'd be doing me a huge favor with a gift in return!

Here's more info. about the restaurant:
"Chef David Burke... announced the grand opening of the first airport location for the 'Burke in the Box' concept at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Chef David Burke’s 'Burke in the Box', known for its "whimsical atmosphere and convenient service", is an eat-in restaurant which also offers 'grab-n-go' options. The new dining venue is located in Terminal 1, adjacent to the D Gates....Burke in the Box serves hot items and boxed cold items including signature sandwiches, salads and pastry chef-designed desserts. The menu is said to reflect the ‘contemporary and eclectic’ atmosphere of the restaurant with Burke’s unique twist on old classics. The menu offering includes the “Big Pretzel” Chicken Panini, Cowboy Beef Chili, Millionaire’s Meatloaf with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and “Angry Hen-in-law” for hearty appetites and the Kobe Beef “Bad as Dog” hot dog, Tomato Soup with Cheese Tortellini and Burke’s namesake Cheeseburker Sliders to round out the diverse selection. Salads and appetisers are available for lighter dining options. The breakfast menu includes French Toast 'Sticks', Chocolate Croissants and the Big Pretzel Breakfast Sandwich, and dessert includes the trademark Cheese Cake Lollipops....the restaurant features a warm colour palette with punches of vibrant orange and jack-in-the-box d├ęcor to match Chef Burke’s personality and innovative culinary style.

Burke’s restaurants include: davidburke & donatella in New York, David Burke at Bloomingdale’s in New York, David Burke Las Vegas at The Venetian, David Burke Primehouse at The James Chicago Hotel, David Burke Fromagerie in Rumson, New Jersey and his two new restaurants at Foxwoods Casino & Resort in Mashantucket, Connecticut – David Burke Prime and Burke in the Box. " - Taken from The Moodie
Thanks for helping me out with this and I hope to be shipping the prize JITB out to one of my readers soon!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

May Rose Jack in the Box


This is in response to the 2nd Paper Mache Artisans Etsy Team Webshow Challenge. Theme: April Showers Bring May Flowers.

A sweet faced pink rose pops out of a paper mache box. This jack in the box is made using vintage fabric flower petals painted pink, velvet leaves, bells, ribbon and a coat of beeswax. Each side of the box has words reading, respectively: April showers bring May flowers, garden, green leaves and flowers. This is a much smaller version of my usual Jack in the boxes. It measures only 3"x5" open. $65

I will be donating part of the proceeds of this sale to the North Shore Animal League. The North Shore Animal League is the world's largest no-kill animal rescue shelter. Click here for more information

Friday, February 13, 2009

OWOH Giveaway Winner !

To pick the winner, I entered numbers 1-178 in Excel, mixed them up and closed my eyes and scrolled up and down and left and right and randomly stopped at number...61!

Congratulations to Joy from Michigan, #61. Simply Frisky is on her way to your home. But please don't let her drinking habits influence you.

Thanks to all 178 bloggers, artists and fans who left a comment. Especially those who shared the childhood memories that bring the biggest smiles. I'll share with you some of my favorites; because they also brought a smile to my face.
See you again next year at the 3rd OWOH giveaway!

Peggy Alborn said...
My favorite childhood memories are of making "houses" for my dolls bookshelf spaces, the areas under and on dining room chairs, shoeboxes, and whatever I could find.

Once Upon A Blue Crow said...
Frisky is Fabulous! And definitely one of the best things in life as a kid was receiving a new doll....oh the tea parties! One of the best memories I'd have to say was my mom got me these gigantic coloring books and she used to lay on the floor with me and we'd color together :] ahhhh....

Abby said...
One of my favorite memories was playing pirates with my mom. She was Smee and I was Captain Hook, with a coat hanger hook and a bandana and a flashlight. I think we would act out parts of Peter Pan

wildandpreciousart said...
She's fabulous. Love the poem as well. =) My favourite childhood memories are car trips where we'd all sing along and play guessing games about what songs were before the words started.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Simply Frisky OWOH Giveaway

She stands on her hands
when she drinks bits of whisky
She dances and twirls
and she feels simply frisky

I am glad to be participating in this years One World One Heart event (better late than never). I can't believe how many people from so many places around the world have been generously reaching out through their blogs with their creations! What a great way to get to know fellow artists.

The giveaway prize I am offering on my blog for the OWOH event is a bright paper doll, sturdily made using several layers of papers and paints. She is made to last while she decorates your office cubicle, hangs out on your studio inspiration board or holds a page in your favorite novel. Her bodice reads "Simply Frisky".

OWOH was created by Lisa Swifka last year as a 'giveaway event to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way'. Click the OWOH logo for more info on this spectacular event!

To win this doll, all you need to do is leave a comment on this post by February 11th. Since I'm all about childhood memories, I would love to hear what your favorite childhood memories are. Whether it be the days you went to the park with your siblings or when you went to your first sleepover or a favorite toy you had; if it brings a smile to your face, share it!

The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on my blog on February 12th. Just remember to leave an email address so I'll be able to contact you if you win. (Your email won't be added to a mailing list or given away).


I Don't Want to Live on the Moon

One of my favorite memories of Sesame Street was when they played Ernie's "I don't want to live on the moon" song; the best version is with Aaron Neville. It's a bitter sweet song that reminds us that there's no place like home with our loved ones. To pass on the memory of Ernie's song to my Delilah, I created a painting with four storytelling scenes. I cast my beloved Buster as the main character. I hope Delilah grows to appreciate the painting and its meaning in the years to come.

I Don't Want to Live on the Moon - Sung by Ernie and Aaron Neville
Oh, I'd like to visit the moon
in a rocketship high in the air.
Yes, I'd like to visit the moon,
but I don't think I'd like to live there.
Though I'd like to look down at the earth from above,
I would miss all the places and people I love.
So although I may like it for one afternoon,
I don't want to live on the moon.
I'd like to travel under the sea.
I could meet all the fish everywhere.
Yes, I'd travel under the sea,
but I don't think I'd like to live there.
I might stay for a day there if I had my wish.
But there's not much to do when you're friends are all fish.
And an oyster and clam aren't real family, so I don't want to live in the sea.
I'd like to visit the jungle, hear the lions roar.
Go back in time and meet a dinosaur.
There's so many strange places I'd like to be.
But none of them permanantly.
So if I should visit the moon,
well I'll dance on a moonbeam and then
I will make a wish on a star
and wish I were home once again.
Though I'd like to look down at the earth from above,
I would miss all the faces of the people I love.
So although I may go I'll be coming home soon.
'Cause I don't want to live on the moon.
No I don't want to live on the moon.

Delilah (Miss Piggy) and Kermit

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Dolls on a Balloon Ride


As a frequent visitor of a cute blog called Du Buh Du Designs by artist Christine Alvarado, I was amazed to see the creation below. She sculpts these adorable polymer clay dolls and her husband made her the hot air balloon for one of their outings. Christine did a great job decorating the balloon and staging the pictures; don't you think so? And the dolls look like they're having a great time!