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Many years ago, I used to carve up mini pumpkins as seasonal gifts for friends.

goblin pumpkin 2010

I wouldn’t hollow them out or anything like that, they would just have some surface carving. They would all have these faces that would be a bit of a cross between goblins and apple faces. It’s a style that’s carried on to when I sculpted little ones for art dolls, pins and other projects. The thing is, I’ve only ever carved pumpkins. All my other 3D work has been constructed, not carved, using modelling materials such as clay or jewellers wax. I’ve never even attempted wood. For the second pumpkin this year I decided to see, for the first time, if I could do that same type of face in a larger scale . I’m pretty happy with the result and I’m looking forward to seeing how he looks when lit, but I did make the wrong call about which pumpkin to use. The first one is from a local farmer and was super fresh and easily about twice the thickness of the second one and the texture of it was nowhere near as smooth. (realizing I wanted a second one we just picked it up at the grocery store) The result is that I wasn’t able to make it quite as 3D as I had hoped, but I still think it turned out well.

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The fall has been so busy that I didn’t even get a chance to get my pumpkins done!

Cyberman pumpkin 2010

I would have liked to have them out over a week ago, but I’ve just got the one finished so far. This is my first time ever using a template that I didn’t make myself and I’m not sure I did it right. (it was a free downloadable pdf at Pink Ray Gun) I just couldn’t resist, since jack ‘o lanterns are supposed to be scary, doing this new Dr. Who Cyberman design. Creepy and geeky, it’s a win win!

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I don’t watch a ton of tv. I do like it having it on sometimes when I working,

Rosenthal "Hilton" vintage coffee set

but I need it be a pretty talky show, where I can get away with mostly listening and the occasional glance at the screen. There have also been a number of shows that I’m sure I’d enjoy, but I didn’t get into them early enough and now I’m holding out until someone lends me the back seasons on dvd so I can get caught up before jumping in. Mad Men is one of those shows. I’ve heard great things about it, lots of people I know are raving, but I haven’t seen a single episode. It sounds like part of the fun is all the period costumes and sets and I would have a great time looking at those. A little while ago we got in this beautiful, vintage Rosenthal coffee set. I love how perfectly the shape, designs and finish are of the period, but it is so finely made that it still reeks of glamor and style. (if a china piece should ever reek it must only be of style or glamor ) A couple of ladies were in this past week and said they thought it looked like it had been lifted off the set for this new season. I may just have to stop waiting to get around to watching the back seasons and just take at look at the new one since I love playing “I recognize that set piece/prop!”.

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This year has just been so busy that I’ve missed getting to a number of the plays

moon over the Festival Theatre, Oct. 2010

I was hoping to this season. We weren’t fast enough to get Tempest tickets and I also missed Do Not Go Gently. (the lesson learned is just to go ahead and pre-order everything as soon as we get the opportunity, and being local does give us a bit of a head start on that, so next year we’re taking advantage and buying early!) We did get organized enough to get tickets for As You Like It and Dad and I saw it last night. There are a number of reasons why seeing productions at the Festival will always be a good time and they were all on show last night. First and always are the incredibly talented performers. Not only did they make delivery of Shakespeare’s wordy passages seem effortless, but there was some world class singing and music mixed in. (which I had never seen done with this play before but it was a wonderful surprise) Another great thing about there productions is that they are always so polished. They take the time to rehearse and prepare so everything flows like a perfectly oiled clockwork. Clockworks also bring me to another great part of the shows, one that particularly appeals to me, and that is the always innovative set and costume designs. They went with a somewhat Steampunk, 1920’s look by way of Magritte. (with just a tiny hint of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. ) They also had a few full-head masks making appearances that made me want to swoon with envy. All in all, another lovely evening at the theatre.

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I’m a bit horrified that there is some snow on the ground outside! It is that time of the year,

Venetian crown headband in gold

but all the sunshine lulled me into a false sense of security. It makes me even more glad that we took advantage of the the sun last weekend to do a quick model shot of the new headband/crowns. We have some beautiful pieces of vintage clothing (1950’s, most of it) and we don’t have space to show it off in the store so I was just planning on listing it online. Of course, to do so I need someone it will fit to show it off. A couple of friends, who are willing to help, came out on Sunday to see if the pieces would fit. It looks like they will, but the wind was too high for us to do a proper shoot. Still, we grabbed a few of the crowns. I managed to get one each for the four styles and I’m going to try and get them listed over the weekend. (we also got a couple of interesting shots in one of the veil masks) I’m hopeful that we’ll be able to do a more extensive one soon, but the weather is getting more unreliable so we may have to wait until the spring.

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fall fruits

The frost hasn’t actually hit us yet but the garden is clearly dying off. I picked

home grown sweet yellow peppers 2010

all of the peppers from our plants, since it’s cold enough that, while they aren’t dying, there is also no further growth. We did get a nice group of fully ripe sweet yellows, (see picture) and another half-dozen or so green ones. I found the red peppers to be noticeably smaller than the yellows, and have no idea why. The flavor has been good so far on the ripe ones. We’ll have to see how it is on the green. We’re also still getting raspberries. Even without a frost, most of the pollinators have died off so the canes are finishing the berries they had already set. Production is much slower, and you can really tell the difference a warm sunny day makes in how many new ones ripen, but the fruit we get is still sweet and tasty. They have a different flavor than the summer berries, a bit more floral. On the really ripe ones you can be reminded that they are in the same family as roses. We may only be getting a few handfuls a day, but being able to pick our own berries, this late in the year means we really savour what we find.

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Update 4.30pm Oct. 18th: Uh..well, actually we only have “Yearling” left. Quoth has set a new speed selling record for me!

I don’t normally post on Mondays but we’re getting really close to the cut-off point for shipping

Black Raven mask with feathers, "Quoth"

masks so they will arrive before Halloween. My new Crow mask had a really positive response and found a home in only a couple of days. I already had another pair in process so I focused on them over the weekend and just got them listed. One has the larger of my beak forms and is very clearly a Raven. The smaller one is a bit more quirky. The beak pulls a bit to the left and I used fluffier feathers on it so it looks like it isn’t fully grown. That’s why I’ve called it “Yearling”. Both are now up on Etsy and, of course, available for viewing and purchase in the gallery!

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