Archive for August, 2008

Beach Santa!

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

It’s the last big holiday of the summer season, so I thought I would post a Santa which I made for a close friend of mine.  She had requested a beach Santa – she loves living here in Virginia Beach, even if we aren’t right on the ocean!  We live about fifteen minutes away – close enough to drive to the surf, and far enough away that we don’t get overloaded with the usual resort traffic.  We have enough of our daily traffic as it is!

This Santa is approximately seven inches tall, and to keep him from looking too formal, I sculpted him with a big of a swagger.  Naturally, since he is Santa, his net had to be red!  He has gathered quite a few examples of aquatic life in the net, among which are starfish and scallop shells.  He is not for sale, since this was a gift, but I am happy to make a similar one if you are interested!  Just contact me !  Thanks for looking!

More witchies!

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

I have more witchies to post!  These are from the group which I sent to FolkWorks Gallery last week.  Their Halloween show is fast approaching, and as always, it is sure to be a resounding success!  These witchies, just like the other ones, are sculpted on random pieces of driftwood.  Their faces are happy – i don’t do frightening sculpts, because my personal preference is to have smiles around the house and in my work!  Besides, I am a child at heart, and I don’t want to scare myself!  haha!  Enjoy!

driftwood witches

driftwood witches

This is interesting!

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

I was just reading online this morning about a new study which looks at our personality traits as they relate to where we live.  Check out this Newsweek piece on this fascinating subject – the geography of personality!

Time is fleeting………

Monday, August 25th, 2008

Today I offer you a bit of wisdom which I gained during my mother’s struggle with lung cancer.   Why would I pick now?  She passed away on August 14, 2004, and I miss her every day of my life.  She was a wonderful, Southern lady – a true lady, in every sense of the word.  She was full of grace, never had a sharp for me or for anyone else – not ever, and was the soul of dignity.   She was witty, interesting, inquisitive, talented, and the very best life could offer me.

When we learned that she had a malignant lung tumor, she began radiation, but lasted only two days, because the treatment depleted her so much.  At that time in her life, she was a frail woman, nearly 88 years old, but with the spirit of a young person in so many ways.   Mom and I had always talked openly about death and dying, and so she made the decision to allow herself to die at her own pace, with us here at home, in her own room, and with the assistance of some lovely hospice nurses who came to check on her three times a week.  I was her caregiver and her companion, and feel it was a great privilege to be able to give her this last gift in her life .  She had been sheltering arms to me all of my life.

You know how we all say to ourselves – I can’t WAIT until next week, or  I wish it would be Friday…… is the lesson……..Were I to wish for time to pass quickly, it would have shortened the time with my mother.  She was lucid until two days before her death, and although I hoped for an ending to her personal saga, I selfishly wanted time to drag by.

For all of you have have uttered those words of wishing something to come sooner than it should, remember those whose time is short.  Remember your own lives, and savor each wonderful moment, even if those moments are sometimes tinged with sadness.  We can never recover those days which have passed us by, but we can make the most of the ones we have.  Have patience, and breathe in every second of your life!

In honor and loving memory of my mother, Mervyn Lee Judd  September 7, 1916  – August 14, 2004

What a beautiful woman!

Love those jols!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

I am gradually posting some pictures of my pieces which I have sent to FolkWorks Gallery in Evanston, Illinois, for a two-month long show which begins the Friday after Labor Day.    I love doing jols, so here are three men, suitable for a Halloween tree!   Enjoy!

three jol ornies

three jol ornies

A blog award? Me???????

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Yes, it is unbelievably true! My new blogging friend, Sheila, from Freckleberry, presented me with this award. I have been trying to put the picture into my blog, but there’s something I am just not doing correctly! Oh well…I’ll figure it out. At any rate, this was totally unexpected, and I am so happy to be thought worthy of this! Sheila has been so kind to me, so I want you all to go and visit her blog to see the wonderful pieces she has been working on and is sending to FolkWorks Gallery in Evanston, Illinois. Her work will be there for November and December for the big Christmas show. If you are even remotely close to Evanston, you owe it to yourself to visit this rare and exciting gallery which features ooak from American artists. Additionally, Cease Giddings, the creative genius behind the gallery, carries antique quilts, vintage jewelry, and vintage linens. It is eye candy extraordinaire, AND so is Sheila’s work! Thanks Sheila!

Man in the moon!

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Here’s another look at some ornaments which i sent to FolkWorks Gallery – you can see the witches on my previous post.  These are sculpted from paper clay and have a special pearlized effect on them to give them a luminous quality.  They are fully sculpted and painted on both sides!  Yeah!  I do backs and fronts, three-dimension, so  that if your ornaments get turned around on the tree, you are not staring at something which is a big blank!  I will be doing some decorative disk ornaments later on, but they won’t be bare on the reverse side!  Enjoy!

Three wild women!

Saturday, August 16th, 2008

Ok, so they might not be actually flesh and blood women, but they ARE wild!  These are three more in a series of driftwood witches which I am creating.  I love making them!  The pieces of wood come from the Pacific Northwest, and they are such fun to work with!  I had put three on the STJ site, and they are sold, and these are going to FolkWorks Gallery in Evanston, Illinois.  The faces, neck details with collars, and hat brims are all sculpted, and the hair – well, it’s wild and flyaway!  Love it!  If you are interested in having some wild women for your very own, please contact me at and let me know what you would like.  These range in size from about three inches, to perhaps six inches – just depends upon what the ocean surrenders!  They are $15 each, or three for $40!  Yippee!  What a deal!

Santa wreath

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Time to post a few pictures of a Santa wreath which is going out to a customer.  This is twelve inches in diameter, sculpted in paperclay, painted, sealed, antiqued, and sealed again.  This is an original creation, and if you are interested in having one, I will sculpt a new one, but it will not be exactly the same, since everything is done one at a time!  Lots of fun to make, and it surely will give many years of holiday happiness!  There is a wire loop embedded at the top for safe hanging, but it can be turned underneath to allow the wreath to be used as a centerpiece.  Imagine it around a chunky candle, or perhaps having it encircle a glass container filled with candy or Christmas balls!  Wow!  Drop me a line at if you are interested!  Thanks!

STJ new pages for August!!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

Well, less than twelve hours to go before new pieces appear on the Spooky Time Jingles site!  Yippee!  If you have been a regular visitor to the blog, you know that there are some wonderful surprises in store.   Again, we will be offering free shipping, so there’s an added bonus for your shopping pleasure.  I will have some driftwood pieces available – three witches previously posted, and some Santas.  Thought you all would like a peek!  See you at midnight!!!!!!!!!!!

driftwood Santas

driftwood Santas