Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Arizona Bloggers Luncheon Part Two & Part one of Spring giveaway tutorial

Hello All,

Here's some more photo goodies from the luncheon, and then some beginning tutorial images from my spring giveaway that Julie won.

These are some action shots of the ladies working on their boxes:

I'm giving some pointers
Ms. Karen Valentine and
her extremely loooooong and
dangerous looking glue stick!

My sister Jenny (left) and Gail working
furiously....see the blurry hands?

Joanne Livingston getting the
placement of her figurines (mini
Blythe dolls) just right.
Melissa Waterbury working
on adding elements.

Red Head Sadie (Jenny Kuller) getting
things just so.
Everyone watching the master....LOL!

The ladies gathered around the table
for lunch.

Just a peek at all the beverages that
the lovely Wendy Landis brought
for everyone....very generous!
Lively conversations going on.  Ms.
Karen was queried many times about
blogging information, as she is the
Pro in this area!

A very quick "round robin" type
of game after lunch.

Everyone got some goodies, some
even got silly gifts like a bag of
cheetos, or some silly string.

A huge pile of goodies to choose
from for the game.
A lot of fun was had by all, and I'd love to do this again.  The ladies I knew, and the ladies I met are all so genuine, lovely and sweet.  I consider myself exceptionally blessed to have been able to spend time with them all.

Now for part one of my spring giveaway tutorial!

Julie of "" was my spring sculpture giveaway winner, and she chose this image to be sculpted:

Here's my workspace setup:

Basic setup
Standard tools, for me.  My preferred,
all around tool is the knife (second
from the right) with the red tip on
the handle.

This is a cake decorators turn-table,
but it works great for me.  I can work
all the way around my piece by just
turning the table.
These are old ice-cream buckets,
which I use as water buckets.  I use
the water for keeping my hands clean,
for adding moisture to the piece during
the molding process.

Baby wipes and paper towels for
staying clean.
Various pieces of wire, both twisted
and single.  These are used for
creating arms, legs, or wings.

Wire cutters and pliers for manipulating
Any kind of craft
glue for adding
stability to pieces
attached together.

A floor mat/rug to protect my carpet
from spillage/wet clay.

Styrofoam in a cone
shape for the bee
hive.  A round
and an egg shape
attached with a
bamboo skewer for
the bee's body and
For me, this is totally

Coming up next:  The creation of the Styrofoam and wire armature, so stay tuned.



A Vintage Chic said...

What a beautiful time you all had together! It's been so fun to see the photos you've shared, Meri!

Can't wait to see the tutorial--so excited!

Hope you're having a wonderful day, my friend!


Nan said...

Wow this was quite the event here. Looks like you ladies all did well and had a great time and a good lunch to boot.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Aw, looks like it was all a perfect success. What happy pictures. : )

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooooooooooo fun! I wish I would have been there! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)


Looks like a very fun time! It would be great to have something like there here in MN.

Eydie said...

This is my first time visiting your blog. I loved everything I saw. So looking forward to coming back for more.

Something Special said...

Yes I look forward to more tutorials. And I am wishing I never moved from Arizona. We have been away for 16 years now. wow

Jenny said...

How wonderful! A Meri time was had by all!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Hee hee I love the diet coke accent!

I used some pretty flowers and ribbon I got on that Saturday and included them on the travel journal I created for the trip.

So, in a way I am taking you with me. :)

Happy Easter to you and yours!

Lynn Stevens said...

you ladies really looked like you had a great time.

so many tools for your sculpture, I had to laugh at the coke, I'm so with you on that one LOL
hugs Lynn