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Monthly Archives: November 2015

  • Christmas is a wonderful time of year! There is a joy in the air that isn't there the rest of the year. Along with that joyous "air", there are several things that symbolize the holiday. Angels, bells, red/green, Santa, reindeer, and of course... Christmas Trees.

    In this post, we'll make a Christmas tree luminary. The great thing about this tree is, you can decorate it with a lot of color to symbolize Christmas, keep it simple to represent winter, or make it part of your rustic décor.

    We'll make a simple tree in today's post, but we'd love for you to get really creative with color and design, then send us pictures of your creation!

  • Angels... admired, respected, loved and collected. In every store, on top of a tree, there's just no telling, where they might be. During the holiday season, angels seem to appear everywhere. The funny thing is though, almost everyone I know, has an angel of some sort displayed all year long.

    In today's post, we will show you how to make a beautiful angel that you can decorate for the holiday season or to display all year long. Little angels or big ones, they can all be made using the same pattern I'm about to show you.

    This project is easy enough for the kids so bring them along if you want. Let's get started! 

  • Are you looking for home décor projects for the holidays? Or maybe you give clay lessons, and are looking for holiday themed projects. Well, here's a really easy candy cane project for kids ages 1 to 100!

    Using a little mason stain or oxides, colored clay makes candy cane striping easy. Whether they are for the tree, on the walls, or to adorn your front door for the holiday season, these canes will last a lifetime.

    In less than 30 minutes, you can have a bunch of candy canes ready for the drying racks. So, grab a cup of coffee and your apron, and let's head to the studio!

  • From early November, through January, the joyous sound of bells are everywhere! Jingle bells adorn the doors of homes, convenience stores and local grocery stores... while the larger chains play the sound overhead for your enjoyment.

    Living out in the country, we are fortunate to hear these sounds all year long. Wind chimes, church bells, train whistles and a myriad of chirping birds,fill the air with beautiful music. I love hearing each and every one, but even more so, I love sharing that music with others.

    Let's make some really pretty music together! These bells are adorable, sound beautiful, and are a great project to share with the kids. So grab some clay, tools, glaze, and Mayco Softees Acrylics and head to the studio.

  • Family traditions are on the rise. Today's generation is looking for a unique way to pass along something good for years to come. The traditions they grew up with have been part of their life for as long as they can remember.

    Being a Nana to eight beautiful grandkids, I myself was looking for a new tradition to pass along. While I was searching the web for another item, I came across a Blessing Jar. After reading the meaning behind it, I realized this was exactly what I was looking for!

    After making one for our family, I started making them to sell. With each one, I include the meaning behind the jar. While customers are reading the meaning, I've heard a lot of comments about the jar and its meaning, and they all have one thing in common... a desire to pass along a new tradition to their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Ps... this is the perfect project to try out some of our New Tools and Glazes!

    • Bonnie Woodward | #

      Since you have so many new tools. How about inscribing the word blessing into the surface, along with maybe a flower, allowing your imagination to create. I just found your blog and am loving it. This will be my next project. I do not throw, but won't let that stop me. :) <3

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