Here’s a collection of my monster patterns.
These patterns were inspired by my plush monsters, sewn by hand with much love.
I also have some monsters in a blue and orange colorway.
The Ebony Tower fairy house is complete! Laborious layers of stones, glued in place over many months, have finally taken shape into the form of a spiral tower, a sinister home for a dark fae creature.
Play the video below to see how it grew.
How did I make it? First of all, assemble all your supplies, especially your patience. This project takes a LONG time to complete. You’ll need a base stone, wall stone, a door and door hardware, a few windows, a top piece, E-6000 glue, and some black grout. I found my base stone in the back yard and I purchased the black pebbles from a dollar store in the floral aisle.
Decide how large your base should be then start gluing down stones in a circular pattern, leaving a space for the door and windows. Continue building your tower, setting each row of stones slightly inside the previous row, in order to taper the tower. Back fill with black grout every few inches or so. This helps stabilize your tower. When you get to the top, add your bell or roof. Add your doors and windows and it’s done!
These little one-of-a-kind robot magnets are upcycled from household objects and hardware into mini cute assemblages.
A very strong 5/8″ round magnet is glued to the back of each and will keep your new friend secured to any magnetic surface, including your refrigerator door.
Part of a series that I created for the 2018 DelawareFunADay.com, the robots measure from 2 1/2″ to 4″ tall. They are made from 1 1/8″ children’s wood alphabet blocks, found objects, hardware, various recycled components and lots of imagination.
I’m selling these in my Etsy shop so please visit there to buy one of these little guys.
If you live in Wilmington, Delaware, you can adopt one of these from the Bellefonte Art Gallery.
These canvasses were sitting around in my studio for a few years before I finally dusted them off, touched up the paint, and photographed them. I used scrapbooking embellishments, found objects, and jewelry charms. Here they are:
I took them to the Bellefonte Art Gallery to sell. Hopefully they will all go – I don’t have room in my studio to bring them back!
This exclusive Trilby Works card is perfect for your special loved one who likes hippos and humor.
The inside reads:
Mistress Hippopotamus takes her green Umbrell
Tho’ the sun is shining fine, one can never tell
When a naughty thunder-cloud may spoil a pleasant day
And a green Umbrell’s real handy to keep wet drops away.
SIZE: Folded to 3 1/2″ x 5″
PAPER: Heavyweight premium bright white paper
ENVELOPE: It comes with a white envelope sized accordingly
Just finished this cute snowman piece which I’m donating to a cat rescue group I work with called Andy’s Friends. They’ll be using it as a raffle item for an upcoming fundraiser.
How did I make this? I took three different sizes of Styrofoam balls and glued them together and to a cardboard spool that once had holiday ribbon. I applied strips of tissue paper with white glue to strengthen the piece and to provide a surface for my paint to stick to. I covered this with a layer of gesso. I used Liquitex White Opaque Flakes texture gel, which has a look like snowflakes, to the entire piece. I made the hat from paper, buttons from scrapbooking brads, and the sign from a scrapbooking wood embellishment. I bought the kittens on eBay and glued them on. I found the bottle brush trees at Michael’s and got them on sale after Christmas.
Three mixed media collage paintings that I finished up recently. Hope to sell these at the Bellefonte Art Gallery.
If you like these and want to make your own, see my directions for a similar piece here.
I recently finished this fun wall hanging for my front door. Everyone loves cute little owls and these are darling! This whole project cost less than five dollars.
Here’s how I made it. First, gather your materials. I got all this stuff from the craft store Michael’s, except the branch and the pine cones, which my daughter collected from the woods. Everything was on sale or clearance and I had a coupon, so the cost wasn’t too high. I ended up not using the rolls of fabric trim in the photo below.
Cut your branch to fit your wood plaque. Lay out your design and glue everything down. I used my favorite glue, E-6000, which you can buy at Target, Home Depot, Michael’s, and elsewhere. Any type of clear-drying, heavy-duty glue should work. White craft glue would work also, but doesn’t have the holding power of the others mentioned.
I had enough materials to make three of these. My mom saw the first one and wanted it, so I made two more.
The lettering is from Tim Holtz. If you can’t find this, or something similar, you can print out your own letters and mount them on cardboard. Or adhere the paper letters directly to the wood.
You can arrange your branch, owls, pinecones, and flowers any way you like, but do keep the principles of good design and composition in mind.
Now go make one!
What is this thing? I don’t know. Kind of a goblin, sort of a monster. I call it an “Oddball.” Mainly because its head is shaped like a ball and I literally rolled the clay into a ball to make the head. This guy is assembled from some household recyclables, a small Styrofoam ball, polymer clay, wire, toothpicks, and candy stirring sticks.
The body is made from a wine bottle cork glued to the lid of creamer bottle and covered with a layer of paper clay. Candy stirring sticks are hot glued to the inside of the creamer lid and reinforced with clay. The head and feet are made from polymer clay. Arms are made from wire inserted through the shoulders and covered with paper clay. His scarf is a piece of felt sewn with glass beads.
Here are some more photos of this oddball:
There’s only one thing that could improve on a beautiful oil on canvas pastoral scene of sheep resting on a fall afternoon: hippos! So we added some to this restful landscape by 19th century artist William Luker (1851-1889). Our card is blank inside for your customized message, making it appropriate for all occasions.
Our note card is an exclusive, designed by us and professionally printed on glossy cover stock with an uncoated and unprinted paper inside so you can write your own special message.
You could also frame it and hang it on your wall to enjoy every day!
Envelope: Standard 70 lb. envelope
Paper: Heavyweight gloss cover stock
Size: Folded to 5″ x 3.5″
Colors: Color outside and blank inside
If you need artistic inspiration, please take a gander at my Pinterest board for hippos in art: