Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I can't believe that Christmas is almost here, where in the world did the time go??!!! This adorable pair is the first of a small Christmas series that I am putting together. The unfinished Angel wands should be listed in a day or two. Hope everyone has a peaceful holiday season!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

The Owl and the Pussycat

This pair recently flew off to their new home in Austin, Texas.
I will miss them. The owl, pussycat, and I struggled through
quite a few repaints before finding the design that we all were
happy with. But as you can see, I think the struggle was
worth it!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Last skeleton of the season!

This wee one has to be my absolute favorite creation so far. She is scary and sweet at the same time. She will be for sale on ebay until October 31. After that, she will be settling her bones in a new home!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

New work

I've been rather absent from the blogosphere lately. I tend to get too distracted by other things (like creating artwork) and I forget to update. And with sooo many children there are bound to be crazy things happening that cause me to get my panties in a bunch (as my granny used to say). It is really too bad that children cannot listen to their parents advice, especially if we've "been there and done that" and
IT DOESN'T WORK!!! Thank the good Lord above that creating art takes my mind off of everything. Here is just a sampling of some of the latest.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

New Grand Babies

Where has the summer gone?? Was it even here?! This month has been extremely hectic and very rewarding since the new grandbabies have arrived. Natalie Elizabeth made her entrance on the afternoon of August 1st. She weighed in at 7lbs. 15 oz. with a head of golden brown hair. Haiden Keith made his debut on the afternoon of August 3rd. He weighed in at 6lbs. 15 oz. and he also had quite a head of hair. Both young-uns are doing great and growing mighty fast and keeping us all very busy.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet
eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider and sat down beside her
and he took her spoon away.
She pulled her bowl near, not out of fear
but because she was not going to share.
The spider said "please", he got down on his knees,
And Muffet said "don't you dare!"
Spider batted his eyes and to Muffet's surprise,
She felt her resolve give way.
She said "Oh dear", come over here,
and she shared her curds and whey.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sprouting like weeds

The grandbabies arrived from Alaska in May and have adjusted pretty well to the climate down here in the Midwest. Mom (Our eldest daughter)and Dad are in the Air Force and just got transferred to a base just an hour away from us. They all have been battling colds and little viruses and coughs (the germs are different down here from the ones in Alaska). Julia is 5 and Zack is 2 and together they are quite a wonderful handful. Our other grandson Noah (also 5) is not sure he likes sharing our attention. He and Julia are slowly becoming friends. We have four more grandbabies due between now and February. So the next 7 months should be very exciting! My husband said that our family is starting to sprout like weeds!

Grandbabies from Alaska (and Noah)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gulf Coast Mermaid

This little beauty has taken me a while to create. I wanted a different twist on a mermaid, so I did some research and came up with some different kinds of designs. This "Gulf Coast sea-maid" was inspired by our vacation to the Florida panhandle. She is hand sewn with upholstery thread (very strong stuff!). The hand sewing is necessary because she has to be stuffed as I sew due to all of her fins and spirals. Her wispy peacock feather filaments add a touch of the exotic. She comes with a little sea horse and she is the first in my 2009 Sea-maid collection.


We just returned from our first vacation in 9 years and it was a truly refreshing experience. We stayed at a motel in Panama City Beach, a place that my family used to go to when I was little girl. We were actually about 10 miles south of the main strip so it was very peaceful and not crowded at all. The name of the motel used to be the Sea Witch, the new owners renamed it the Grand Cayman. It was one of the only hotels to survive hurricane Agnes back in the early 1970's. The motel is solidly built and the staff was wonderful. It is the kind of place that creates family memories. The warmth of the sun, the sound of the surf, the smell of the ocean air, and the peaceful surroundings will definitely call us back next year!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Small drawings

THree LiTTle GiRls

I have been trying to sequester some inspiration and found myself drawing on ACEO cards again. I have been drawing in pencil since I was a wee tike. Drawing was my first love. So it is really no surprise to find myself back there again. I doubt if I will part with these little girls as their faces have given me new inspiration for some of my folk art figures. The first lass is called "thoughtful". Little lady number 2 is referred to as "stuck". And last but not least is everyone's favorite, Miss Riding Hood. I guess doodling pays off!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

I have been utterly exhausted lately. Maybe because I am an art teacher and the school year is wrapping up. I travel between two schools everyday (high school and elementary) and by the end of the school year I am worn out. We have had an art show at both schools within the last few weeks and boy am I glad those are over. The countdown has begun and we only have 6 days left. My photography students at the high school are rather sad to see the semester end (we've had a great time) and the elementary younguns are itchin to run through the fields and go to the swimming pool. In between teaching, mothering, and trying to be an attentive wife I am also a very dedicated and passionate artist. The artist has had to take a break for a while though (something had to give) otherwise who knows. Once school is out, I can dive head first into creating and spend most of my day dreaming, inventing, and constructing. What Bliss!! My works in progress have been waiting patiently and my drawings have been gazing intently at me wondering when we will begin. "Soon", I say to them, "Very soon indeed!".

Monday, April 27, 2009

The Twins are finally here!!!

Our last mama to deliver did so without any help. She delivered twins on April 22, one boy and one girl. They are so sweet. Both have huge appetites (just like their mama). They love to cuddle together and have so much fun playing outdoors in the sunshine. Of course Julius and Romeo keep them busy (little billy goats are soooo ornery!) Now maybe I can get back into the creative mode with this year's goat birthing out of the way.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Baby #2

On Saturday, around 5:30, I heard this loud baaaaa coming from the outside stall. I ran out to find our first time mama squalling awful names at the billy goat she met last fall!! This little one also got quite stuck and mom was having a really hard time. After a slight panic and a call to the vet, we were encouraged to help her all we could until he got there. Finally a second hoof peaked out. We were able to grab hold of both hooves and pull him out. It took a little while for him to liven up, but with a lot of towel rubbing we got him to come around. I must say, he looks less the worse for ware! Two down and one more to go. Mom #3 is still due soon.

Friday, April 10, 2009

New Baby in the Deaton house

Yes, we have a new baby. A baby goat that is! He was born this morning around 10am. He got stuck coming out, so after giving mom about 20 minutes to push, I got the privilege of stepping in and pulling the little feller out. He was stuck pretty good too, what an experience! We named him Julius. Hope you enjoy the photos!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

The Tweedles

I really had a lot of fun making these crazy "Siamese twin" Tweedles. I love black and white checkers and stripes (hard to tell huh!) And the little crow has such personality!

A Hare and a Hatter

This guy is one of my favorite "Alice" characters. There are so many ways to interpret him. This Mad Hatter is more stoic than mad. He stands calmly in his teacup (perhaps he has gotten himself into "hot water" with an ornery riddle)!

Alice and Friends

This is Blue Alice (expression and dress color inspired). Her little white hare was created by Nina Gail Bears (my artistic daughter) and painted by me. Her orange cheshire cat grins craftily at her base (I wonder if he is thinking about disappearing soon?).

2009 Face Jugs

I have slowed down on creating miniature face jugs because I am having a lot of fun with the folk art figures right now. Here are the jugs I have created this year so far. All of these were sold on ebay (carrot jug is up for auction at this time).

Star Riders

I began this series of star riders last fall. I really enjoy making them. I am in the process of writing a children's story to go along with the star riders. Another star rider doll will be up for auction on ebay in April 2009.