Nativity Scene or Countdown Calendar?

 Should we do a Nativity scene or Countdown Calendar?

I did both in ebooks, but these would be a bit different. Which would you prefer? I am deciding on a project for Academy members for November and I would love to hear what you have to say.  Both polymer clay projects are time consuming but not difficult so I thought doing them in November would have them ready for display in December.

 

Super September Continues Video # 7 is Here

This first week of Super September has really flown by!

I hope everyone is enjoying the video tutorials.  The music on the videos is not the greatest but until I get the microphone situation figured out, it will be better than listening to my crackling voice.

23 Videos to go. If you have not joined yet, please check out the home page. No matter when you join in September, you will have access to all 30 videos.

Keep on claying!

August Giveaway Winner

Our August  2017 Giveaway winner is Thomas Gibson of Oklahoma. He will be receiving all the ornaments from our August lessons. Since I forgot to do a bonus video for August, I will be sending him 2 Steampunk ornaments and a Steampunk pin.

Congratulations Thomas!

Back Home!

I would like to let everyone know that I am back home.  My trip took place over several days with a total driving time of almost 20 hours. Since I am no longer a spring chicken, my days of driving straight through are long over.

A few days of rest and I will be up and running again.  Hopefully I can figure out what the problem is with my word processing program so that I can get this month’s PDFs done. Also, the bonus video will be next week.

Keep on claying!

On the road again to home

Monday morning was going to be my departure day to get on the road again to home but heavy rain and thunderstorms made me change that to Tuesday.

Tuesday will be a sunny day and make the drive much more pleasant. My car is packed to overflowing but I did remember to put the clay on the back seat and not in the trunk. 45 years of packing for craft shows has made me an expert. Years ago, my son was helping me pack my mini van when  out of the blue the sliding door fell off. We managed to get it back on but decided to take his Hyundai Sonata to the show. Luckily, it had a fairly large trunk and we filled it with the side racks for the booth (they break down to 3 x 3 units..we had 10), 3 folding tables, 5 lights, and draperies and table cloths. The back seat had 10 big boxes of ornaments, tabletop displays, luggage, and all the little odds and ends you need at a show. That’s how we got on the road again to the show.

My trip home will take a few days because I can’t drive the 11 hours to my niece’s house in one day like I used to. Night driving is impossible for me now because I can’t even see the road. Fuch’s Corneal Dystrophy is really a pain but many people are worse off than me so I will not complain.

So getting on the road again means a stopover at my niece’s house where I will happily play with my great niece Georgianna and when I get home I will meet my new great nephew Timothy.

I will back to claying next week. No Polymer clay Throwback Thursday this week,

Keep on claying,

Maria

Our Second Ornament Academy Giveaway Winner is…..

Our Second Ornament Academy Giveaway Winner is…..Christine Shotts of Alabama!

Congratulations Christine! I will be in touch with you by email.

As our second Ornament Academy Giveaway winner, Christine will receive all the ornaments I made for our June lessons.

 

June Small Elves x 3

June Small Elves x 3

I have been very sick for almost 2 weeks now with a bad case of bronchitis that I apparently picked up in the hospital while visiting my cousin.  I am feeling a little better today and hope to be in working mode soon.

Hope you all had a great 4th!

maria

No Polymer Clay Talk today

Last week we lost my cousin Elizabeth. The family called her Betty but to most she was Liz. She was only 61. Not only was she my cousin, she was also one of my most cherished, dearest friends. I will miss her greatly.

Nothing stopped her from living the life she wanted.  Paralyzed in a car accident at 21. she worked hard to gain back some physical ability.

One of my favorite stories is how she met her husband. A friend took her to a dance where she sat on the sidelines watching.  Robert walked up to her and asked her to dance. When she declined, he asked if she didn’t know how. When she explained why, he sat down and talked to her for the rest of the evening. That was the beginning of their forty years together.  Robert had 2 little girls whose bioligical mother had abandoned them but Betty loved them. They were her kids and she was their Mom.

Betty leaves behind her husband, 2 daughters, 3 grandchildren, 4 great grand children, her mother, sister . 2 brothers and 2 nephews.  She was the center of the family. She was courageous, fearless, smart and loving.   I am blessed to have such a wonderful cousin and friend.

Cancer is a horrible enemy.  It took my only sister, Anne, when she was only 41.

Betty, I hope you are free from pain and running through fields of flowers with Anne. I miss you both more than I can say.

 

 

 

 

Just a thank you to our Ornament Academy Members

I want to thank our Ornament Academy members for your kind words and your appreciation of the videos that I have made just for you. I hope our journey continues as our love of Christmas, ornaments, and polymer clay grows.

Here is a post on the OrnamentAcademy Facebook page from our first month’s giveaway winner, Judy Meacham.  Thank you Judy!!

Polymer Clay Free Weekend…Oh No!

An Unwanted Polymer Clay Free Weekend!

I try to do something at least polymer clay related every day. Starting the membership club has renewed my passion for polymer clay and I want to give my members the best experience possible.  However, this past weekend turned into a polymer clay free weekend.

When sick, just rest!

So Friday night, I did not feel well and I was worse on Sunday and I decided to  go to an urgent care center and sure enough I have an infection. Bed rest, antibiotics and painkillers for a few days. 10 days of antibiotics but I plan to do a few things today.

Binge watching the entire second season of The Last Kingdom on Netflix helped pass the time.

Coming this Week.

My plans for this week are to upload the Steampunk Santa Tutorial and mail out the kits, finish the bride and groom video. and upload another tips video.

Also, I will be working on making the blog better. Hopefully, I can figure out how to add a form to subscribe to the blog and get the comment section up and running.

For those of you who like Steampunk here is a link to the Steampunk World’s Fair which was held this past weekend. I hope to go next year.

http://steampunkworldsfair.com/

Until then,

Maria

Ornament Academy Club Sample Page

Ornament Academy now open! Join and get a special bonus.

Ornament Academy now open! First I would like to welcome our new members. I am looking forward to doing many projects with you.

Second I would like to address the problem with my ornament academy e-mail. It is not working and I don’t know why. Hopefully in the next few days I can get this resolved.  Until then, if you need to get in touch with me for any reason please use this email address: maria@simplyornaments.com

If you join in May you will receive 2 bonuses.  In my Etsy store, I sell my PDF tutorial ebooks and just for joining in May, you can choose any 2 you would like.  Go here to take a look:

SIMPLY ORNAMENTS ETSY SHOP

The cost to join Ornament Academy is only $4.95 per month……the cost of a cup of coffee at Starbucks!

You can quit any time but we do not refund what you have already paid.

Join for $4.95, get 2 free ebooks and if you are among the first to join, you will also receive the little kit of embellishments for the mid May bonus project.

The May bonus project is a Steampunk Santa. If you don’t like Steampunk, I will also show you how make him Victorian. I have a limited number of embellishment kits that I have put together. These will go the first subscribing members until I run out. I am adding a few more things to the kit which will be mailed mid May.

Steampunk santa gears

Steampunk Santa embellishments

 

Come and join us!