Free Pool Party Invitation Graphic
Here’s a little gift for you: a free pool party invitation graphic that you can use to make your own pool party invitations this summer. You can incorporate this cheery little fishy into your own design for personal use. Open the free pool party invitation graphic file in your favorite photo editing program and add your party details in the blank space on the ship’s wheel. If you want to print your invites, you’ll want to download the high-res file here: Free Pool Party Invitation Graphic Printable Version.
The artwork is a digital design based on a shadow box sculpture “Fintastic” that is currently available for purchase at Grin Gallery in Bedford, Pa. I created the little fish last year and I loved how he turned out, but I wasn’t sure what to do with him. He sat “beached” in my workshop for the better part of a year before I figured out that he would look cute in a shadow box scene. See the early stages here: http://marieyoungcreative.com/fish-challenge/
“Owls for Every Season” is a set of four seasons brown owl miniatures created from polymer clay representing: winter, spring, summer, fall. I sculpted all of these critters by hand in my rural Pennsylvania studio this month (January) which explains why Mr. Winter Owl looks a little grumpy 🙂 I think Spring is my favorite! Such big eyes, full of wonder at the world.
The set is available for sale in my Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/MarieYoungCreative
About the Four Seasons Brown Owl Miniatures
Each owl is sculpted around a tiny foil armature, so every one is a unique creation. I used a custom blend of translucent clay, pigmented clay and cinnamon (yes, the kitchen spice!) to achieve the warm brown coloration on the owls. The scarf on Winter and the bikini on Summer where created from a striped millefiori cane–no paint!
I will be entering this set in the “Four Seasons” challenge sponsored by the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy. Public voting is open February 1 through 7 and everyone who votes is entered in a prize drawing so head over to http://www.pcagoe.com and choose your favorite three entries.
About the Polymer Clay Artists Guild of Etsy: PCAGOE is a global group of polymer artists united through Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade, supplies and vintage. Members create amazing things using polymer clay, including jewelry, supplies, art, sculpture, functional art and home decor.
My mom pulled out one of her craft magazines to show me a DIY article on making decorative planter stake gnomes. She asked if could make her a set. (My sister-in-law was charged recreating with the wooden planter). I snapped a photo of the page (bottom shot) so I could remember what they looked like when I got back home.
Of course, I had to change things up a little bit. They were really cute, but I couldn’t bring myself just to make round balls with eyes. Instead I gave the bodies a little more of an organic form. I added tiny flower and leaf details on their gnome caps to play up the natural aspects. Mom wanted them for her house plants so I traded the herb names with “Sun,” “Rain,” and “Love.” I think they turned out really sweet 🙂
I’ve been taking a break from creating things for my store to do whip up some Minnie Mouse cupcakes for my niece Chloe’s 2nd birthday party. Of course, I couldn’t resist creating a polymer centerpiece to round out the display.
About the Cupcakes
For the vanilla lovers, I created “pink velvet” cupcakes by adding a small amount of red food coloring into the french vanilla cake mix. I iced them in a pure white vanilla icing and topped some with pink sugar, others with red. For the chocolate lovers, I baked a batch of chocolate fudge cupcakes topped with the same white icing. These became “Minnie” with the addition of some mini Oreo ears and a red icing bow.
About the Centerpiece
The focal point of the cupcake display was a polymer Minnie keepsake that I created for Chloe’s mom. I covered three hollow egg shells with polymer for the Minnie figure and the balloons. I anchored the whole thing in a recycled jelly jar lid filled with more polymer.
It’s the day after Christmas, or if you prefer, the start of the season of leftovers. Today my leftover-inspired lunch consisted of a toasted gluten free cranberry ham wrap livened up by a couple of spoonfuls of homemade (husband-made) cranberry sauce. The sweet cheese that you see oozing out of the edges is Giant Eagle Market District Jarlsberg spread. We’ve been eating it on crackers this week and there was just enough left to round out this wrap. I tucked the filling neatly inside my favorite brand of gluten free wraps, Rudi’s Plain Tortillas, and toasted it to a light exterior crisp.
Gluten Free Cranberry and Ham Wrap Ingredients
- Boar’s Head Tavern Ham, sliced
- Giant Eagle Martin District Jarlsberg Spread
- Leftover cranberry sauce (homemade from fresh berries)
- Rudi’s Plain Tortilla
These rocker-style Peacock Switchplates are for Susan in California. She has a newly decorated wall waiting for them. I thought she might like to see how they are coming along.
One of the greatest things about living in the internet age is that you can type anything into your favorite search engine to find a wealth of “how-to” information. I’m used to seeking information online, but it is rewarding to learn that I’ve helped out someone else with their search.
In 2011, I created a “Duel on Mustafar” Star Wars Birthday cake for my niece and nephew. Afterward I shared the instructions on my old blog and several people shared their versions with me.
I’d forgotten about the post until today when I received this comment from a woman named, Rebecca.
“My son requested a Mustafar battle cake for his 7th birthday. I wondered if anyone had ever made one and low and behold found your post! Thank you for your example. My son and I had a great time working together on it and it was a huge hit at his Star Wars party!”
Rebecca’s version is at the top of the page. Awesome!!! Rebecca is a Human Resource professional with a professional resume editing service online called Resume-Checker, yet clearly she also has a knack for cake decorating.
How to make a Mustafar Star Wars Birthday Cake
My original post with complete step-by-step instructions is still live if you want to try your own version: http://www.creativesprinkle.blogspot.com/2011/02/how-to-make-star-wars-cake.html