Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Two Drawing-Winners and One Oopsie...

Hi, everyone!
Since I show you my "successes",
 I thought I'd also show you my "oopsies"...
This is what happens when one uses papier mache that is still damp underneath...
and covers it totally with polymer clay for a little Fairy House, and puts it in the oven!
It blows its top!...Uhh, roof, I mean.
Not to worry.
The good thing about polymer clay is that it fixes very easily...
I will just cut off the ragged bits of this little "roof-eave"

 ~ I guess that's what you'd call it ~

and make a new one...

It will stick perfectly to the already baked clay and be fine.
I took the opportunity to leave the roof open like this and thoroughly dry it
in the oven on the lowest temperature...
(The papier mache felt completely dry when I started putting polymer clay
on it. I had even left it sitting on a heating vent overnight...)
However, the underneath-middle part that was sitting on the glass ornament
was just as damp as could be, I found out!
I'm just glad I wasn't doing a dozen at once.
For the next one, I will probably mold the papier mache (Creative Paperclay)
on the ornament in the same way, let it dry a bit,
then remove it to totally dry it before re-attaching it and starting with the polymer clay.
The reason I used the Creative Paper Clay to begin with is because it is a bit less
expensive than using polymer clay on the parts that don't show,
and it is quite a bit lighter.
Live and learn!
I told the guys that live here that it was a science experiment.

Now for the drawing winners...

I wrote everyone's names on little strips of paper,

 and had Jonathan draw out one for the heart pin,

...and one for the little pendant. ♥

 (I know he thought it was silly...I told him it was fun!...:^)

For the brooch, it's Ellie Foster (her lovely blog, Feltabulous, can be found here)...

and for the pendant,

Irina ~ (who has several delightful blogs, but my favorite, Gypsy in Me, is here)!

Thank you all for your sweet comments and compliments...

they mean so much to me, and keep me creating!

More on the Fairy House fiasco tomorrow!



  1. I don't work in either of those mediums, but YIKES! Glad it can be fixed so easily - Happy Valentines Day, Anne...Tanya

  2. Congratulations to the winners!

    I continue to love your work, Anne!

  3. Congratulations to your winners! Yep, I'd say it was an experiment too, that works. By the way, loved the Valentines you've added in recent posts. Thanks!

  4. Congrats to the winners! I think this post is awesome! It shows the true process of being an artist! Thanks for this...I can't wait to see how your fairy house turns out!!!

  5. Oh I am so glad it is repairable. It is the oops that keep us humble, isn't it? Congratulations to the winners. Happy Valentine's Day!

  6. Oops, sorry to hear you had some trouble, but I'm glad to hear you'll be able to fix it easily.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

  7. I guess you learn a little something every day, sometimes the hard way! Whatever you are making sure looks adorable, even without the roof! Congratulations to the drawing winners - I will have to make a little visit to their blogs. Happy Valentine's Day, Anne! xoxo

  8. Thanks for the smile, Oops or not, that is pretty darn cute.
    Keep smiling and stay away from the microwave!!

  9. Aw... poor paper clay project.

    Congrats to the winners!

  10. Thanks for sharing your oopsie with us! And congrats to the lucky gals that won!


  11. Congrats to the winners. Happy Valentines Day sweet friend, love you.

  12. Congrats to the winners
    Happy valentine day x

  13. Congratulation to the Winners. Happy Valentines Day. Hugs Judy

  14. Oh that made me laugh this morning. Nothing like blowing the top off to realize you oops'd!

  15. Happy Vaentine's day love love Ria......❤ ❤ ❤ .....

  16. Dear Anne
    I am SO excited to be a lucky winner! Thank you very much indeed!
    I'm glad to hear that the 'oops' can be remedied.
    Best wishes

  17. Happy Valentines and congratulations to the winners:)

    Thank goodness it's fixable after all that work you put into it.

  18. Thank you for visiting me. I've had a chance to explore your blog a bit too and you do beautiful work! Looking forward to seeing how the fairy house turns out, glad you were able to fix it easily.

  19. Hi Anne,

    Congrats to the winners! Thank you for stopping to visit me from the Grow Your Blog party. Happy Valentine's Day!

  20. Oops is right, but I know you that you will figure out how to make it work. :) The Santa in your previous post is absolutely amazing and your little hearts so sweet. Wishing you a wonderful day. Tammy

  21. Part of the creative process when working iwth new materials is learning. So I'd call it an adventure in education instead of an oopsie :) Congratulations to the winners. I know you'll enjoy her fab work.

  22. Congratulations to the winners...Love the fairy fiasco..So funny..Happy Valentines Day..

  23. OMGosh- That is something! lol I had to laugh (at your expense)...I have had a few oopsies, too- Happy Valentine's Day- xo Diana

  24. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    What beautiful things you make - they are have a wonderful talent.

    Beautiful kitties too :)

  25. Congratulations to the lucky winners...I am sure it brightened their day. Your oopsie looks almost edible... glad it can be repaired. it is interesting to see part of the process of how you make them. :)

  26. :( Sorry about your project. I am sure you will produce something beautiful next time.

    Congrats to the two winners.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  27. congrats to the lucky winners ;o) I am sorry you blew the house's roof off! LOL! Happy Valentine's Day! All the best ;o)

  28. Bless You Dear for showing the oops as well as the successes. I know you will fix it though and it will be beautiful. Smart idea to let those men think it was a science project. (LOL) xoxo Pixie

  29. There's no telling what mine would have looked like! :-) But what a lovely giveaway and CONGRATS to the winners!!

    ¸.-´¸.-♥´¨) ¸.-♥¨)
    (¸.-´ (¸.-` ♥♥´¨) ♥HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ANNE!!

  30. Oopsies are how we learn, so it is fabulous! Your work is so meticulous and gorgeous! Thanks for visiting!

  31. Oopsies are a great learning tool! ;) But, I just love, love, love your fairy houses! I have been collecting pine cones, just because the texture on those roofs are sooo darn perfect, I am enjoying looking at a whole big pile of them!

    Congratulations to the winners! And, Happy Valentine's Day to you, your family and your readers! ! ! :)

  32. Your oops moment gave you a great photo opportunity:)

  33. Hi Anne, Love, love, love your header photo - that kitty is beautiful! In fact, all of your cats are gorgeous. Have a great wknd!

  34. OOps! Glad you can fix it Anne.

    Congratulations to the winners!!

    Have a great day,
    Marianne xo

  35. Qué lindo tu blog Anne. Me encantó, yo de pintura no sé nada, ni de cerámica de nada de eso ¿de qué sé? jejeje.
    Veo que te gustan los gatos, a mí me encantan, y se me acaba de morir uno de mis regalones, snif, snif.
    Un beso desde Chile.

  36. Anne, you must have the patience of Jobe to do this work!! Such a talent!

  37. Hello Anne-
    I'm Becka from Girasole Farm.
    I wanted to thank you for stopping by and saying hello. Sorry it took me a while to get back to you, I had some hand surgery earlier this week.
    I absolutely love your work with the polymer clay. You are so talented, I'm fascinated.
    I have become a new follower, and am looking forward to getting to know you a little better.
    :) Becka

  38. Hello Anne,
    Sounds like you are having fun at your house! Your art is very creative and I am glad I stopped in from In The Boon Docks. I am following you back now so hopefully we will share more. Love your blog! Lisa

  39. Hello Anne,

    Thank you for dropping by and I am so happy you followed me.

    You are so generous. Congrats to the lucky winner.

    Enjoy the w/end,
    /CC girl

  40. Hi Anne, I just found your beautiful blog and I'm really enjoying looking at all of your amazing work :) Love your oops moment too - craft work is filled with those, isn't it?! Have a lovely weekend! Elisabeth x

  41. Have I really been away THIS LONG??
    SO HAPPY to be back at your magical place, sweet and talented friend...
    I am so sorry about the fairy house!
    And THANK YOU so much again....I am very excited!!!!
    Love to you,
    - Irina


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