Life By The Seat Of My Pants

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Ahhhhhhh, the lazy days of summer. I am not even kidding when I tell you the only reason I got out of my recliner yesterday was to go pee or make food. Those kinds of days are a rarity for me, so I took full advantage and sat on my happy ass ALL DAY LONG. I finally decided to uproot myself around 9pm and I headed into the studio to work on this weeks project.

In the vein of being lazy, this project was all about keeping it simple! I used a limited pallet as well as limited supplies. I only used what I had within arm’s reach (which in MY studio is literally EVERYTHING, but for the sake of this post, lets just pretend I have more space M’kay?) which was acrylic paint, ink and prismacolor art sticks.

I gessoed the record, painted the vinyl area with the acrylic paint and inks and then I drew and shaded my girls face with the art sticks. I used a small pieces of a book page for her dress and finished the piece off with an oil pastel and some Twinkling H2o’s.


I think she is super cute and I love the peaceful expression on her face. This piece is now available for sale, so email me at if interested.

We are going out of town next week, so I am setting myself a challenge for Thrift Shop Thursday and Mixed MEdieology Monday – Find something that I can alter ‘on the road’ and use limited supplies to create the entire piece! Tune in next week to see what I find and how it turns out 😀


It was slim pickin’s at the thrift store this week!

I searched for over an hour before finally choosing an item.  My camcorder died before I found my item of the week, * totally NOT because it was plugged into the camera but not the WALL*  so you don’t see me actually FIND the item, but you can watch the rest of the shopping trip below. Plus I also show you a few of the other things I have picked up at yard sales and Michael’s recently.

Stay until the end for a cute outtake 😉


Wanna know what I got at the thrift store this week???? Watch and seeeeee 😀

I am soooooo excited about this weeks project!!!!  I am altering the mask I found at the thrift store last week and it is looking SO friggin’ cool!

I found this mask on last week’s Thrift Shop Thursday and I knew immediately that it was going to have a steampunk theme. I haven’t done a steampunk project in several months, so I am more than ready to get my gears a movin’.

This is going to be a long, multi-step project, and therefor it is taking more than just a couple of days to complete. I have already spent over four hours working on it and all I have to show for my time is a coat of black paint!

I sanded the mask to rough it up and get rid of the shine, then I applied a coat of gesso to the entire thing.Once it was dry, I gave the entire mask a coat of black craft paint.

Next, I went though my box of ephemera and pulled out everything that called to me. I knew I didn’t own near enough gears and accessories to create the look I envisioned, and I wouldn’t want to use all of my ephemera on one project even if I did!

I used Amazing Mold Putty to mold everything I wanted to make duplicates of and then cast all of my items using Amazing Casting Resin. Once I was happy with my pile of bits and bobs, I gave everything a coat of black craft paint.

That is as far as I have gotten so far! I will continue to work on the mask throughout the week and I will upload the video once it is finished.

I hope you are enjoying this process as much as I am. If you like what you see here, please share it and subscribe 🙂

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I will be back on Thursday with this week’s Thrift Shop Thursday finds, so don’t forget to check that out.

Until then,

Big Hugs!!!!!


This weeks video is a bit different and a bit longer than usual. I explain why in the video, so I won’t go into it here LOL. I also explain why there is no Mixed MEdieology Monday project this week.

This has been an extremely difficult week for me. I was sick all week with a sinus/inner ear thing which I still have not recovered from, my birthday came and went and I was too sick to really enjoy it AND I had ONE OF the worst video editing experiences to date. I think the editing nightmare was compounded by my being sick, but it bothered me so much, I even contemplated not doing videos anymore. Like, at all. Yeah, it was THAT bad.

But enough of that! I am ready to just move on from this week and begin anew with next weeks project!

Bellow  is the step-by-step picture tutorial of how I (with my son’s help) created my Halloween village. ENJOY!!!

All photos can be clicked to enlarge. All paints were inexpensive craft paints. All accessories were made using Creative Paperclay. You can also visit the Paperclay blog here.

First I purchased inexpensive wooden bird houses from the crafts store. We painted the houses and glued on craft moss to begin spookyfying them 🙂


Next we began creating our Creative Paperclay accessories. Most of them had to be done in stages, allowing one part to dry before adding to it. We sculpted skulls, pumpkins, bones, signs, tombstones and tree bases.

The pumpkins, jack-o-lantern’s and skull heads were all hand molded and then the features were carved using a toothpick. I don’t have any ‘real’ sculpting tools, so I just use whatever I have on hand that does the job 🙂 We sculpted some of our tombstones then carved “script” and images with a toothpick. The bones were rolled into tiny logs then the ends were cut with a knife  *tip-be sure to create grooves in your pumpkins to mimic the ridges and give them a more realistic look!*


I purchased one faux floral stem from the craft store and cut it into individual ‘branches.’  The trees and signs had to be completed in stages so I wrapped the floral stems with an initial layer of Paperclay and while it was drying we created the posts and boards for our signs. Once the tree trunks were dry the Paperclay was so light weight that they would not stand  upright. I had to make wide brims and attach to the base of the tree trunks to give them more stability.  One of them still dried a bit crooked, but I was able to re-wet it and even it out 😀 Yay for the save! For the boards, I rolled the Paperclay thin and used the toothpick to cut jagged rectangles and add the words. When the boards and posts were dry, I glued them together using tacky glue.


I really liked the tombstones that were available for purchase, but I didn’t like the price tag, so I decided to try and make my own. I found tombstone images online and sized them in a word document before printing.  I cut my template out and set it aside. I rolled my Paperclay to the thickness I wanted, laid my template on top and used my X-acto to cut around the image. Then using my trusty toothpick, I ‘engraved’ the tombstones.



The tombstones were also created in stages. Once the headstones were dry we painted them and then made the bases.I painted them with a base coat of black, being sure to get into all of the cracks and cervices. I  then I went over them with a light coat of  grey. After the bases were dry, I painted them the same way.

*tip – on the top layer of paint, no matter what you are painting, use a gentle hand to ensure you do NOT get into the cracks and crevices. This adds dimension and texture 😀 *


We began to give things their final coats of paint.

tombstones – black/grey

signs – black/white

pumpkins – black/burnt orange

skulls and bones – black/titanium buff





We even ‘scooped out’ some of our jack-o-lantern’s to make them hollow and gave them removable lids. We also made some plain, uncarved pumpkins and we made sure they all had character 😀  We also sculpted a cauldron and some potion bottles. First we shaped the cauldron and let it dry, then I went back and added the ‘bubbling brew’ to the top. I used the end of a paintbrush to dent the Paperclay and create dips and ridges and a realistic boiling look 🙂

We created a picket fence by hot gluing small craft sticks together. We painted the craft sticks black and then we broke a few of them to make them jagged before gluing them together in a crooked fashion. We created four sections of fence for each house. They can be interlocked for stability then taken back apart for easy storage.

I printed out several vintage images of children, some wearing Halloween costumes. I attached all of them to card stock and then cut them out. I glued some of the images inside the windows of the houses and created an L-tab back for others so they would stand upright. I even gave a few of them witch hats 😀 I also glued a couple of the people onto the porches or inside the doors of the houses.



We gave the houses their final touches including ‘boarding’ up the windows and a skeleton hanging from the church steeple.  I also hung fabric around some windows and inside others. I painted black, stringy, Halloween fabric (from the $1 Store) with white paint before attaching it to the house. For the boards I cut jagged pieces of  ‘wood’ from a cereal box and used walnut ink to distress it. (colors – walnut and java) I sat the houses on  square, moss bases, also found at the $1 Store.



I have painted some of the pieces with glow-in-the-dark paint and I plan to illuminate the entire village with a black light once I set it up. For now, here is how it looks just sitting on my freezer 😀



I hope you enjoyed this post because I had a blast making this project!  I will be sure to post another picture of the village once it is set up properly for Halloween 😀  Feel free to ask questions, I will do my best to answer them. If you make a village of your own, be sure to comment and leave me a link so I can come take a look   😉

Happy Halloween!!!!! Mwahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!!