The unique qualities of cast stone make it ideal for tabletop sculpture, so I'm surprised it's not more widely known. Collectors quickly go from curious to delighted when they handle cast stone, though, and for good reason: there's nothing quite like the feel of stone in the hand.
If you're like many collectors, you're probably more familiar with cast stone than you realize.
Every now and then a collector shares the story of how they came to choose their sculpture. These stories never fail to delight me, and they've become my absolute favorite part of what I do (so keep them coming!). Lisa and her kitty, Sydney Crawford, gave me one such story after Book Rest went to live with Lisa.
My sculpture is starting out 2017 with a bang, with new designs now available exclusively on UncommonGoods. I can't tell you how excited I am to be part of their wonderful catalog (yes, the print catalog!). And that's not all.
At last I'm ending my long intermission. When I began transitioning to cast-stone sculpture (from polymer clay), I didn't realize all the layers of work I was setting myself up for. But boy, do I love the results.
I love romantic, sappy gifts, which probably doesn't surprise you, given what I do. So this year, I created a romantic, sappy "I love you" book for my wedding anniversary. And in the spirit of spreading romantic, sappy goodness all over the place, I'm sharing a DIY so you can make one, yourself.
All this started because I wanted to have a dessert party to celebrate, well, okay just to have a party. I thought I'd be super-clever and have a champagne bar with choose-your-own adventure cocktails. Pour some champagne in your glass, pick a flavored sugar cube, and drink!
Clever on ideation, less clever on implementation.
Ever since my modest success with DIY garden markers, I've been looking for other ways to make fun things with polymer clay. Since I love terraria and all things tiny, I decided to make fairy houses for my terrarium of tiny plants.
Because I sometimes sculpt sympathy gifts, I witness some of the thoughtful, caring things people say when they send my sculpture. I also recall some of the kind words from friends when I've needed them.
All of these have helped me understand how I might be able to help when a friend is grieving. What I've learned to say:
Today I'm upping the ante with ideas for an entire, glorious afternoon to yourself. It may not happen often, so let's make the most of it, shall we? These ideas actually mix and match nicely both with each other, and with the half-hour ideas. And lots of them have a pseudo-productive vibe, so you can feel all proud of yourself for accomplishing something.
Have you run across the watercolor tutorials from Inkstruck Studio's Zakkiya Hamza, maybe on Pinterest or Instagram? She creates delightfully approachable projects that appeal to even the 2-dimensionally challenged like me. But what if they're a whole lot harder than they look (you know, like ballet, baking, and pretty much anything involving a glue gun)?
Unlike the Los Angeles natives I see, I'm not one for wearing cashmere and knee-high boots regardless of weather. (Seriously, I saw a guy in a down puffer jacket the other day. It was 80 degrees outside.) So here are 21 ways to do, eat, and drink your way into the autumn spirit, no cashmere required.