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Friday, January 8, 2010

My end of the "Elizabeth Holcombe" project is done!

Howdy folks,

Here it is, January the 8th, and I finally got Elizabeth's pony done.  I had some issues with the yellow bow around the neck, as I couldn't find 2" wide, double sided yellow ribbon.  My fix was to sew one from pretty yellow satin purchased at the local "Hobby Lobby."  I like the finished product, and I shipped it off today for Monday delivery.  It cost a little more to ship it express, but it will be worth it to me to see how Elizabeth reacts, sooner, rather than 10 days from now.  This is the final product:













I think "Pony" turned out pretty cute, now I just hope and pray that it arrives safely into Elizabeth's crafty little hands.  I also want to let you all know how generous Elizabeth "Beth" Holcombe is.........


Check out these figurines!!!!!!!  She sent me 16.......I love em'!







The ephemera is awesome, I especially love the canning and cooking booklet.  Not only does it have wonderful recipes, but the ageing and graphics are wonderful.



Look at this lace edging.....it looks hand tatted, and there's so much of it!



She sent me a ton of vintage fabric remnants and one of them was still an intact apron so my oldest daughter, Caitlin, quickly snatched it up along with some other swatches of fabric.  This was okay, as it was sooooo tiny, and so is she, so it fit!  She immediately felt the need to bake, and proceeded to make a batch of orange brownies.............YUM!


I had asked Beth if she knew anyone, or did she participate in swaps and if not would she consider selling me some product.  Well, she proved to be one generous lady and sent me all this stuff!  I felt like it was Christmas, my birthday and so much more, as I opened the package.  I happen to have a huge love for vintage fabrics, Japanese figurines, vintage valentines and greeting cards, lace, ribbon, etc., so this was just a wonderful, wonderful way to start my day...........Thank you Beth!

Well, I only need confirmation from Beth that she received her pony and I can call an end to my 2010 blog contest.  I consider this inaugural year a success and I plan on having many small contests through the year, in addition to this big one which will be repeated at the end of this year.  Thank you again to all of you who signed up to follow me, and I look forward to getting to know more of you, participating in swaps/trades or just chatting.  I could literally chat forever, so take me up on it sometime.....;o)

Have a great weekend,
Meri

P.S.  There's a great give-away going on at http://rosieposie.typepad.com/mousetales/, check it out, it's awesome!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Day four of the "Elizabeth Holcombe" project

Hello folks,

Well, it's zooooooooming along so fast, and I'm already at the painting stage.  Are you excited yet Elizabeth?  I know I am.  Here's the first coat of a white gesso base:



And here it is with it's first coat of red............don't freak out, the first coat always looks bad.  Let me get a couple more coats on and you'll see a difference:




So that's it for the fourth day, and although it doesn't seem like much, I spent most of the day sanding and sculpting to a refined piece.  However, with all the sanding I do, and hand-sculpting, I still do not give it a totally perfect finish.  It's not perfectly smooth........and that's because I want you to know that it's hand-sculpted and not machine produced.  So folks, when purchasing future pieces, just realize that it has knicks and uneven areas on purpose.

Take care,
Meri

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Elizabeth Holcombe Project Day 3

ello,

Well, it's day three and things are progressing nicely on the "Elizabeth Holcombe" project.  Yesterday I wasn't able to do much, as I had to let the piece dry and crack.  There's one really good thing about the heat in Arizona.......during the summer months I can put my sculptures outside for about 5 to 10 minutes and they're dry!  Now that it's during the winter, okay I know you folks out east don't consider this a winter but, we had a "chilly" 70 degrees today, and it took a lot longer for my sculpture to dry (insert whine). 

Elizabeth Holcombe mentioned that she was at minus 3 and windy........brrrrrrrrrrrr, sorry Elizabeth but I don't envy you right now.

Anyway, here's how the progress is looking from this mornings work:

I put a hole in the rear to insert a support/armature for the tail.






Although these still look rough, these legs have been smoothed out considerably, and yet they still need more refinement.




And here I am working on the pony.............yes, it's really me, who do you think it is...........Britney Spears?  Come on now........although, you know I have been told I kind of look like her...........................NOT!



Enough silliness, Elizabeth's pony is coming along quickly and so far I'm really happy with the progress.




So even in spite of the frigid 70 degrees, I'll be getting pony done, and he'll be on his way home soon.

Pony is being worked on consecutively with Gerry Giraffe, and he's definitely starting to look good........don't you think?




Well, that's enough for tonight, but rest assured Elizabeth, your pony is coming along well.

Night, night,
Meri

Friday, January 1, 2010

The "Elizabeth Holcombe" Project

Howdy all,

Happy New Year, and it's the first day of sculpting for my blog follower winner.  Once I get started, I move pretty fast, although some of the steps keep me from just finishing it in one day.  Using this image:




First, I had to start with a clean work area:



I then print out the image to work from, and do some of my own sketching to figure size and position.  Then I had to create an armature using both twisted, 16 gauge wire, and florist foam, as well as foam balls:




I had to glue the foam pieces together, using foam glue, and then wait most of the day for it to dry.  Once it was mostly dry, I began paring down the foam pieces, refining them even more:




Now as I apply clay overall, I still end up shaving some foam down to get it to look a certain way.  Now that's it has it's initial layer of clay, I need to let it dry, shrink and crack. 




After I let it dry I can go back and refine it and/or sculpt it with a razor knife further which will most likely happen over the next couple of days.

That's it for day one, letting it dry is one of the hardest steps cause I get very impatient, and I want to continue until it's done.  As you can see, however, it's really starting to look like the image above.  With the 1" wooden base, this pony stands at just about 12" high and actually might just go over that with ears and hair added.

Thanks for following along, and don't forget, I love comments so let me have it ;o)

Have a great weekend,
Meri

Happy New Year

Howdy,

Well this is the day, the big day..........I can't believe it's 12:18 a.m. and my husband just pulled a name out for me.  The winner is.......................

I want to thank those of you who came along for the ride, and I hope you decide to stick around beyond that because I will have more things to offer in the future.  I will also be participating in more trades and swaps, and the main purpose is to reach out and meet new people, try new things, and hopefully become a much better person.....................

OKAY, my husband has ordered me to stop torturing you all.  The winner of ImagiMeri's Creations 2010 vintage inspired, OOAK sculpture is

Elizabeth Holcombe

Congratulations Elizabeth, I will be contacting you, or you can go ahead and contact me......we'll see whose faster ;o)

To the rest of you, I sincerely thank you again for joining my site, and I hope you continue to do so.  I really am a nice person to know and if you need references, please ask Sandy at http://www.521lakestreet-sandy.blogspot.com/.  I think she likes me, I'm not sure, but hopefully she'll tell you the truth.  Okay enough silliness, I'm just giddy cause I have a winner and now I'll be on pins and needles waiting to see what her choice will be.

Thank you all again, and here's hoping you have the happiest of new years and that all of your hopes and dreams for the future come true.

God Bless
Meri

P.S.  I've been contacted by Elizabeth:

OH Meri!~~~
I am so over the moon at having won your wonderful contest! I love your work! Thank you for hosting such a generous contest!


Now I have to choose from oh so cute images! What a difficult choice. If I was to pick, I would choose number 3, the red and blue polka dot horse. So sweet!

 and she has chosen..........


Isn't it just adorable?  I've been wanting to do a pony, so I'm extatic that she chose this one.  Now I hope you all wish me luck as I create this OOAK piece for Elizabeth.  I will be blogging about the progress, so you all can see the process along the way.  Thank you all again for participating, and keep checking in for more opportunities like this.

Meri