Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit


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Christmas Cat Ornaments

Last week I introduced you to my newest creations, beginning with the Piggy Ornament. Here are two of my latest ornaments, just in time for the ArtSpace Holiday Show this weekend in Maynard. You know I have to make cats.

Cat Ornament Back View

Poor kitty. Seems I forgot to give him a tail.

And his companion…

Hmm, do you think these cats are inspired by this guy?

Mr. Woody

Just can’t help it. Woody is a wonderful source of inspiration for me.

Still to come: another Piggy, Mr. Bundles, and the Ostrich.

Don’t forget the ArtSpace Holiday show this weekend, 12/3, 12/4 and 12/5 in Maynard.


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Piggy Ornament

Last year I made a few Santa and Snowman ornaments for the holiday shows. Those ornaments were made over used light bulbs. You can see them on my ArtFire studio page. The Santa ornament became a class I taught at Ink About It earlier this month.

This year I pulled out a box of glass ornaments that have been in my studio closet for…well, a long time it seems. This is a familiar routine because each year I pull them off the shelf, stare at them, tell myself that I either create something with them or donate them to Freecycle.

They usually go back on the shelf, you know, cause I really might make something with them.

And guess what? I DID IT!

Introducing Piggy O

Piggy O is made from custom colored polymer clay and sculpted over a flat glass ornament. She is hand sanded, buffed, and given a patina for an aged look.

And she even has a curly tail.

I’ve sketched out a few more ornament ideas, including a cat, of course. Now to get them made in time for my final holiday show at ArtSpace in Maynard (12/3, 12/4 and 12/5.)

(Inspiration for Piggy O comes from the wonderfully imaginative art of Doreen Kassel)


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Santa Ornament Class

My Santa Ornament class last Thursday at Ink About It was great. In class, I lead four students through the steps to create one of a kind Santa ornaments, each with his own personality.

Thanks to Irene, Marjorie, Kathy, and Pat for your creative energy.  Thanks to Ink About It for hosting this class. I hope to be back again in the spring.


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Art Class Reminder: Polymer Clay Santa Ornament

Polymer Clay Santa Claus Ornament

This Thursday, November 4, from 10:00am to 2:00pm, I am teaching my Polymer Clay Santa Claus Ornament class at Ink About It in Westford. A few seats remain open for this class. Get a jump start on your holiday decorating or gift giving and join us for this fun ornament class.

In this class, you’ll learn how to use a burned out light bulb to create a polymer clay Santa Claus ornament. We’ll discuss how to prepare the light bulb for polymer clay, and then create the surface design for, and assemble, a signature Santa Claus ornament. You will also have the option to sand and buff your ornament to a natural sheen using wet/dry sandpaper and a muslin wheel. Fee: $45

Materials: All materials provided by instructor. However, if you have any of the following, please bring them with you: a hand crank pasta machine, pink or flesh tone blush, needle tool or thin knitting needle (1.25mm or 2mm), tiny star cutter (Kemper cutters with plunger).

To sign-up for this class, call Ink About It at 978.392.0321 or stop by the store and sign-up in person. Hope to see you there!


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The Christmas Spider Legend

Long ago on Christmas Eve, a mother prepared for a visit from Christ.
She cleaned, scrubbed, and decorated the tree.
When all was quiet, the spiders who’d been swept away, crept to see the tree.
They crawled on every branch, admiring each ornament.
Alas, when they finished climbing, the tree was draped in cobwebs!

Christ smiled when he saw the happy spiders,
but he knew the mother would be heartbroken over the shrouded tree.
So, he turned the webs into silver and gold, and the tree was even more beautiful.


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Winter Solstice & a Snow Storm

Happy Winter Solstice to all!

Here is a favorite post I wrote a while back on the Solstice: Happy Solstice

And here is a curious article from the Sunday Globe explaining the history of Christmas in Massachusetts. Those good ol’ Puritans. To them Christmas celebration was rooted in pagan tradition and, therefore, a bad thing. Businesses stayed open and kids went to school on December 25. Talk about Scrooge and ba-humbug!

Yes, we had a little snow here yesterday. Not nearly as much as some areas, like Cape Cod, Washington D.C., New York City, New Jersey or Philly. But, 6″-7″ of snow isn’t small stuff either. Here is a view of how it looked yesterday morning in our front yard:

And later in the morning, these guys showed up in the backyard to dine on fallen bird seed. They stayed for a couple hours!

Yes, those are wild turkeys. They started showing up last month, 7-9 of them in a group. One afternoon I watched them fly up into the trees which was pretty funny. This pair poked and scratched in the snow for quite some time.


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ArtSpace Maynard Holiday Art Show and Sale

My final holiday show for 2009 is this weekend at ArtSpace Maynard. ArtSpace is a great artist studio building, a converted school building, in Maynard. Personally, I think it was one of the best things the town ever did…and I can say that because I used to live there.

Anyways, there are 30 artists, both in-house artists and invited artists participating in this show. I haven’t done the show in a couple years and it will be fun to return to a show with a great group of eclectic, fun artists.

If you’re in the area, stop by and say “hi.”