Friday, February 18, 2011

Some new work...

It feels like I haven't blogged in months. Part of that was touring with OWOH, which was amazing, and a big thank you to Lisa for organizing it. There are a ton of really creative people out there! I am so happy to have met you, and to make new blog friends. I will post soon about my wins (yes, plural!).

Life has been, well, complicated, and I am feeling that 'sandwiched' thing you read about. I'm thinking I am a pastrami sandwich. With coleslaw. But maybe that's because I am on a diet and all I think about is food.

Being a sandwich can make you distracted. You know how it is, you have so many things to think about, and so many things on your 'do list', that you tend not to focus on the task at hand.

For instance, I was making dinner the other night, and poking holes in the potatoes with a fork before I microwaved them (nothing is too good for my family!), and I stuck the fork into my THUMB. Honestly, I had to laugh. It reminded me of the time I was trying to use a pair of scissors to poke a hole in a piece of cardboard, and it did go through the cardboard, and straight into my hand.

However, personal stabbings aside, I have been squeezing in art (and writing!) time, here and there, and I wanted to share some new stuff with you. Some of these pieces are headed to etsy, but the scary pumpkin doll, Sweet Charlotte, is staying here, because my oldest son loves it and thinks we should keep it here at Casa Smallcomb. Who knew that a bio-chem college grad would take a shine to a scary pumpkin girl? It just goes to show, life is full of little surprises.
(Love Song - mixed media with sculpey heart, inspired by Anne!)


(Raven Girl Rising - paperclay and a spool)


(Hope - paperclay on a little wooden cube)


(Sweet Charlotte - I will be making another scary pumpkin girl since this one was so much fun!)

(Lottie and Mad Dog - it's wabbit season!)

I hope you are not feeling like a sandwich, that you are not on a diet, and that you look before you stab your potato. Maybe potatoes should come with warnings. "Please don't stab this potato without looking, genius."

58 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness you have talents and gifts eking out of your pores!!!! Such awesomeness. It's all so BOSS! Love it. Thanks for making my day too. Your work is priceless!
    Hugs
    V

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  2. Look at all these wonderful pieces!! You have been a busy bee!! I am in LOVE with the pumpkin girl!!

    xoxo

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  3. Sigh! I DO feel like a sandwich will all my fillings sliding out! I also NEED to go on a diet. I haven't stabbed myself lately and I tend to do that on a regular basis so that's good at least. You've done some really great pieces! Love Sweet Charlotte!!!!!

    I hope you feel less sandwichy soon!

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  4. YES! It feels like MONTHS to me too!
    I'm so sorry that you are a sandwich right now.
    Sounds like you've been in a panini press you poor thing. I'm amazed at all the wonderful work that you have created! I'm especially loving Hope and I totally adore Sweet Charlotte so it's no wonder that she is staying home. I hope life slows down a little for you and do please be careful!
    XOXO - Cindi
    (I think Blue is as far as Ohio now, so hang on!)

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  5. Oh, I want Mad Dog! But I just can't, but I can still want :-). Yes, I too am a sandwich, a very thick sandwich, too little time and too much too do. I really should not be on the computer right now! Remember to breathe. xoxo

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  6. Oooooo!!!!
    Cool stuff! (I'm glad I can inspire someone to do something other than run screaming into the night...though that DOES sound good right about now...)
    I mean, seriously cool stuff!!! Isn't it odd when we think we aren't getting things done, they sort of pop out after we've blogged about them?
    And yes, I am in sandwich-mode, although I am pretty sure I am a double quarter pounder with extra everything oozing out the sides.....
    You don't need a visual, trust me.
    Sweet Charlotte is just DE-LUXE!!!!

    XXOO from the other *ham* in the sandwich~~♥
    Anne

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  7. Awww, Pam. I'm so sorry you are a sandwich. Life has a way of throwing you little surprises, not all of them good. At least you are a delicious sandwich. If I were a sandwich, I'd love to be a dripping roast beef with carmelized onions, but I think I'd really be chopped liver pretending to be roast beef.

    Ahhh!!! You've been so busy with your creations! So fantastic, all of these. Hahahaha, I can see why Pumpkin girl is staying at Chez Smallcomb! She is incredible! And I am so tickled by Lottie. I know someone here who would like a girlfriend maybe....

    Have a great weekend!

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  8. Hi Pam...I love all of your new work...especially the raven rising...she is amazing :) Your potato story...that's pretty good, but I think I can trump that...I'll blog about it so everyone can laugh at my, er, trance-like state I live in.
    Happy weekend to you lovey <3 XOX

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  9. I am a peanut butter sandwich and there is no milk! You have been busy though. I hope things will be better for you. Tsup!

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  10. oh my gosh pam your work is incredible. wow. there is no end to your creativity. do you have a studio where you keep all your things perfectly organized? so you can move seamlessly from one medium to the other? i have this picture in my mind.

    i think thats the cutest thing your son wants the art you made. i would keep it too.

    at least your a cute sandwich.
    :)

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  11. OMGOSH PAM...I know why we connect now...you are as accident prone as me...hehe (not laughing at you but with you) I believe there really should be a warning label on potatoes..really I do. Hubbikins has taken any knifes away from me in the kitchen due to my "condition" as he calls it. The condition known as "accident waiting to happen"!!!

    Hummmm...feeling like a sandwich...that's a new one and I like it. A good explanation for how we feel at times. I'm going to borrow that if you don't mind ^_^. I loved reading all the comments about other sandwiches. I guess I would be a super duper triple deluxe..so sad but HEY...the weather is getting warmer so that means walking again so hopefully soon I will be a nice salad..LOL

    I love all your new pieces and WOW I totally adore the Skeleton girl. YEP..the Chazman would not be letting her leave either. Isn't it just the bestest compliment when our kiddos want to keep our art?

    Keep that chin up...that thumb covered and keep on designing...you're AWESOME!!!!

    Hugs,
    Regi

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  12. KJ ordered me to come over here and meet you and since I ALWAYS listen to KJ - here I am...and boy is she right. Your paperclay is amazing, love your work and attitude. I too am a Sandwich,probably messy egg salad and I too am on a dratted diet! Lovely to meet you

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  13. Now there's the start of a new story! The potato, me thinks we all might have a spud story. Good idea that Charlotte is staying, there is always one piece the kids want, and pray it doesn't sell. Love your work Pam, and I too feel like I've neglected blogging, but how could I when that's exactly what I was doing for 2 weeks.
    Have a good Sunday and maybe a sandwich.
    xxxxxxxx's Lisa

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  14. hahaha pam, you have us all personifying sandwiches! okay: i am a fluffernutter (did i spell that right?) simply because what could be better or more fun?

    your little lottie and mad dog: i can't keep up with falling in love with one after the other.

    pam, the universe is telling me in every which way to use paper clay. i had never even heard of it two months ago. what's up with that?

    i like it when you post anew :) and here's mim saying she listens to me: hahahahha!


    kj

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  15. Very cool new stuff Pam! That little Charlotte is horribly sweet, really! Keep 'em coming! Good work.

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  16. Sending you a big hug! Sounds like you are being stretched to the limits in this sandwich time. Being a pastrami sandwich doesn't sound altogether bad though... And I am glad that you are finding time to creative such gorgeous treasures!! They are wonderful!!! Love, Silke

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  17. I feel compassion and humor at the same time! Your post is oh so true. Life gets complicated because we want to do a lot of things at once. I smiled with compassion about your "ouchie." Don't be hard on yourself. A few years ago I was peeling a potatoe, got distracted, and would up with a bit of skin being sliced off! Darn it, I ruined the potatoes.

    Your creations are absolutely charming! Love them all.

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  18. Hi Vanessa! Thank you! I think you are super boss. :) xox

    Hi LuLu! That little pumpkin girl has a wicked streak in her. I think that's why I like her -lol! Thank you!

    Hi Jen - seems like we are all feeling a little sandwichee lately. It's nice to know I have company! Thank you!

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  19. Hey Cindi! Where is Blue! I need my cask-o-relief - haha! I'm good, just spinning too many plates in the air at one time. :)

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  20. Hi Annie! Me, too! A big old think pastrami. :) But you have lost weight, so you are now my IDOL. xox

    Hi Anne! All those tutorials of yours on texture! I had a blast. Although I know have a coating of E6000 on the end of my right thumb. Don't ask. :)

    Bella! Your sandwich made me really hungry. No way are you chopped liver, are you kidding? Maybe poached salmon on crustless bread with some capers and homemade mayo. Just sayin'. :)

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  21. Hi Lisa! Yes, trance-like. That accounts for the billion times I whack my hand on the corner of things. :) I can't wait to read about your adventure! xox

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  22. Hi Regi - lol!! I love that you have had your knife privileges taken away from you. Hee hee! Too funny. I am a complete klutz, and it gets worse if I am distracted. It usually involves toold and hands! :)

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  23. Regi - that was TOOLS and hands. I can't type, either. :)

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  24. Hi Mim! So nice to meet you, too. I see you over at KJ's place (I think of it like that, that I am going over to her place to say hi). I am glad you are on a diet too! Maybe you can kick me in the rear now and then, virtually, of course! I will pop over and see you. :)

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  25. Hi Lisa! Yes, we were blogging. We types hundreds of little messages. It was fun, wasn't it? And all this talk of sandwiches has made me very hungry. xox

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  26. Hi Kj! Yes! Get some paper clay! It is super fun to use. And you can sand it when it dries - it's lovely stuff. And what is a fluffernutter sandwich? It sounds like it has marshmallow creme in it, does it? Yummmm. xox

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  27. Hi Ces! I didn't see you sneak in up there. Peanut butter without milk. Is there anything worse? I get thirsty just thinking about it. :) xo

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  28. Hi Jan! The thing about Charlotte is when you look at her you can't decide whether you should be scared or laugh. She's a strange little critter. :) Thank you! xo

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  29. Hi Silke! So nice to see you. :) I guess we all get to be a sandwich some time in life. Forces squeeze us from both sides. It's just the time of my life for this, and I'm okay. Art and writing are good sanity savers! lol! Thank you for your sweet note. xo

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  30. Oh, Angie! OUCH! That must have hurt! AND you lost the taters, too! lol! It's so true, when we get distracted, that's when we can break out the band-aids. :)) Thank you! xo

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  31. LORI! I almost missed you! I am awful at scrolling up and down. Thank you for the lovely compliments. :) As for my studio, why, yes, it is so tidy and organized and everything has a place. Except that it isn't. LOL!! I strive for that, Lori. I would love to have an organized space to call my own. I just need lots of time to get to that place. Some day! (picture Scarlett O'Hara on that hill, with the sunset in the background). hee hee! xo

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  32. Amazing work, as always Pam!! So sorry to hear about your accident. Maybe the Swiss could come up with a potato that already has holes in it. I suspect it would be a simple matter of throwing taboos out the window and encouraging cheese and potatos to breed.

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  33. Hey Pam...it's 4:54 pm, cst! I was getting ready to bake some potatoes...and I started lol, because I thought of you! fyi, I didn't stab myself!

    hugs.

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  34. WOW Pam you have been a busy person. Hope is just to sweet and Love Song is awesome! Wishing things slow down for you.

    (((HUGS)))

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  35. Joe! hahahahah! Yes, that is the EXACT answer! And maybe there is the advantage of having cheese in your baked potato! Go Swiss! You are so crazy. In a good way. :) xo

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  36. Lisa - WHEW! Well, I am glad to hear that. Those potatoes can be tricky. Luckily JOE has come up with the answer to the whole potato stabbing thing. :) xo

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  37. Hi Dede! Thank you! I'm thinking of you, and sending you all sorts of good thoughts. Hang in there! xox!!

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  38. fluffernutter: 1. equal amounts of peanut butter and marshmellow fluff on wonder bread
    2. equal amounts of pb and mf on 9 grain bread
    (times change)

    do you have marshmellow fluff in the house for cocoa, pam? because i want you to try this sandwich and report back. it is one of my top special indulgences.... :)

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  39. Oh Sweet Charlotte, how I love you!!! I have been missing too, but mostly due to very good things and one very frightening thing, but all is well now. Thank you SO very much for the signed book plate for my copy!!! I hope you heard my squeals when it arrived! Thrilled. **blows kisses** Deb

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  40. Don't hurt yourself anymore, focus!!
    I love love love HOPE, she has such a sweet face.
    Mad dog is another favorite of mine.
    I love your new pieces, even pumpkin girl, LOL!!
    I understand why your son likes your pieces, your art is charming, fun and irresistable.
    Love and hugs.

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  41. hahaha! dont take up lawn darts, okay? I love raven rising. the black bird is a totem for me so i love that the best. you are amazing how you "squeeze in" art. i dont know how you do it!

    if i was a sandwich i would be...almond butter and apple jelly on wheat

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  42. Your paperclay dolls are great! And the scary pumpkin girls is so cool! You are a machine! :)

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  43. Hi Kj! I don't have any. I will try and remember (HA!) to pick some up next time I go to the store. It sounds really good, like a peanut butter cookie. :) Xox!

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  44. Hi Deb! A frightening thing? Oh, no! I'm glad to hear everything is okay now. Sheesh. You're very welcome about the bookplate. xox!

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  45. Hi Marie! I just need to LOOK before I stab a potato. LOL! Honestly, it was such a dumb thing to do, I had a good laugh (in between band-aids!). Thanks so much! xox

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  46. Hi ande! That sandwich sounds really good. I wm putting it on my list. :) I love ravens, too, and we have a pair that visit us every summer. I'm not sure where they go in the winter. :) I squeeze in art to keep sane. Kinda sane. A little sane. :) xox

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  47. Hi Lori! Thank you! I am a machine that needs a tune-up - hahaha. :) It helps that I don't sleep much. xox

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  48. LOL Pam...I am with you there...the sandwich thing..yeah..am on a serious diet too!!Soooo much to get done..ackkk! But I will tell you ..I love that I am so busy with the artwork..looove it! Keeps me sane!
    You have to try the felting..is wicked fun and simple to do..your style would be wonderful! OK..I am with your son..she is wickedly wonderful..I love her too! And the bunnies..oh oh oh so sweet!! I love all your new creations!!
    I recieved your box hon...thank you so much..she will love that sweet treat! Thank you for the wrapping and the postage..so appreciate that!
    I wanted to tell you also...Nonni is reading your "The Trimoni Twins"..she is loving it!! She wanted me to tell you she said hi!!
    Hope things are well with you hon!
    Hugs, Sarah

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  49. i WUV the Wabbits !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    xoxox topangamaria

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  50. Hi Sarah! Give Nonni a big hug and a thank you from me. :)) Life is a little crazy, but all is well. xox!

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  51. Hi Maria! It must be Wabbit season!! :) xox!

    Hi Janie! I owe you an email or three! Thank you! xox

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  52. Hello Pam!!!
    Charelston was wonderful but I am happy to be back and visiting my blog friends again!
    Today, I feel like a "mile high sandwich"! There are so many layers of things to go on the sandwich, it takes a long time to make. My piles of "to do's" is SO high, I think I will NEVER reach the bottom!
    Sorry about your thumb. When I was a young girl, I was pounding a nail through a buckeye and the nail went into my hand. Ouch!! We must all have a similar story, don't you think?
    The things you've made are WONDERFUL!! Sweet Charlotte is scary cute and Love Song is great! It's all amazing - you are so good, girl!!!
    Big hugs for you!!
    ♥ audrey

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  53. Hi Audrey! So nice to see you here! It's tough coming back from a vacation. That 'gear shifting' thing. :) Take a day and just veg! And maybe we should have a club, seems like there are a lot of us with these stories - lol! Have a great weekend (and thank you!) xox

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  54. I wish I could run and look like Lucille too he he he he he! Thanks so much for your hilarious comments. Have great weekend.
    Hugs
    V

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  55. Wow!!!!!!!! you have been very busy!!!!!!!!!! Love all your pieces!!!!!!!!!!

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  56. Pam..So many wonderful creations here..even with a stabbed thumb..Pumpkin girl is so much fun!!!Hugs,Cat

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  57. Thanks, V! In our next lives, right? haha! :) xox

    Hi Diana! Thank you! I've been busy with LIFE this week, and I am ready for some art time. :) xox

    Hi Cat! Thank you, my friend! xox

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