Not even a week after getting back from Portland/Vancouver, I have bought my plane ticket, reserved the hotel and car rental and purchased ticket to go back to attend the West Coast Haunters Con, in Portland for May 15-17!! This will be my third year in a row going and I’m over the moon excited to see everyone again and to finally meet my Good Twin, Dawn Nickols and my Brother in Law, Jaybo!! Long story on the actual none family relation, heh.
I’m seriously thinking about getting a booth, yes I tend to do things on short notice, and sell some of my art. Either that or making stuff before I go to sell to help pay for the trip. If I make stuff for a booth at the Con, I will need to send it down to someone before hand and then arrange for anything that doesn’t sell to be shipped back. I would much rather be living down there before I have a booth, so that I can decorate it, etc. OH DECISIONS!!!!
I’m back from my trip to Vancouver/Portland. We drove around and got a better idea of what area’s I will rent in. As for buying a house, I’m liking the Columbia County region, especially the Scappoose and St. Helens area’s.
I got to tour the Michael Curry Design studio and talk about a dream job!! Yes I have talked about Laika before but Michael Curry Design felt like home. It all seemed so familiar. Not holding my breath in any way, but I will cross everything I have that I somehow get to work with them.
We had the best day ever getting to spend the day with Colleen and Byron Ohler. They drove us around Scappoose, St. Helens, and all the way up to Astoria. I saw the Goonies house, from a distance, they had the road blocked off and I didn’t feel like climbing the hill to just take a picture. We went down to the beach where the Peter Iredale is located, you can get the info on the ship here. I could not believe how fresh the ocean smelled!! I have been to the Atlantic and Pacific in California and the smell is so much cleaner in PNW compared. No fishy smell!
Here is a photo I took of Monster on the Beach with the Peter Iredale in the background:
We also went to Fort Stevens Battery Russell, which was fun going in the creepy dark rooms. Here are a couple of photos of Monster there:
I honestly can’t wait to go back!!! I want to go beach combing, blackberry picking and so many other PNW things!!
Yes that is me when it comes to this here blog!!! Awesome news is that will be heading to Portland for vacation on the 15th and come back the 20th. I’m excited!!! Even if it rains there will at least be green! We plan on driving around and seeing the area’s. Fama wants to see where I will be when I move down. We also get to see our PNW friends, which I’m also excited about!!
I started working on some new art projects, which I’m also excited about!! I just need to figure out if I’m going to hold this as inventory or just start selling on Etsy. Decisions, decisions, decisions…
I also need to get The Whimsy Attic website built, I have put that off for soooooo long!
To catch back up… I only completed the Ghosts from A Christmas Carol but did not get Scrooge and Marley started. The display went off well anyway. Christmas came and went, as well as my Birthday, which is New Years. I’m slowly edging towards that big 50 number.
I’ve been once again struggling with the creating. I get these outstanding ideas in my head and fear of failure keeps me from The Skullery. Each time this happens I move past it faster and faster, so I’m starting to learn to deal with it and move on. I think…LOL!
One of the hurdles that I’m constantly tripping over is finding my niche. Not my genre, my niche. All the successful artists seem to have one. Unless I’m seeing this all wrong. I fight between creating what my heart sings for and makes my soul happy, and what I think people want to see and/or buy. As suggested by a good friend: create because it makes me happy and if people don’t buy it, I will be surrounded by a house full of happy that I created. If I would stop over thinking things, I would have seen that…DOH!
Creating I will go, creating I will go, high ho the merry oh, the creating I will go!!
I have the three Ghosts finished. Now on to Scrooge and Marley. I think I’m going to do a door knocker for Marley, we will see…
I have finished the Ghost of Christmas Present. I’m hoping to get all five dolls done before Christmas, but only being able to work on the weekend is making it difficult. I will take better photos of them when they are all done, but for now here is the Ghost of Christmas Present…
I don’t normally create Christmas items, but this year I decided to do A Christmas Carol display at work. I’m making 1/12 size art dolls of Scrooge, Marley, the Ghost of Christmas Past, Present and Future. I haven’t quite figured out the display yet but I’m using the same table and Victorian Canvas’s that I had up for Halloween. Everything will be Scrooge’y and not overly Christmas’y.
Here is the WIP of the Ghost of Christmas Present;
Today is the day of the Little Angels, a day to honor deceased children.
My children that I have lost have been of the four legged furry nature. I have wanted for many years to build them an alter for the celebration, adding their favorite treats and toys, but have never done so. Instead I will honor them by making an electronic version today. Their may not be treats and toys involved but I will do my best to include stories of each.
I will try to put them in order of adoption. They were all rescue’s in some form or another. I typically gave AKC names to my dogs, not because they were AKC dogs, more because it gave me free reign to give them really long names, heh!:
Full name: Gizmo’s Shadey Lady, Shades of Gizmo
Nickname: Zoomy Zoomy, Zoomy
Shade was my first dog as an adult. Shade was purchased from a friend of my husbands, when she was three weeks old. This friend had taken two puppies and the Momma dog away from his Sister due to the Sister being a drug addict and not taking care of the Momma dog, which in turn had stopped feeding the puppies. I only agree to pay for her to get her out of the situation.
Shade fit in the cup of my hand and only grew to be 3 1/2 pounds as an adult.
She was the first to pass, going due to congestive heart failure at 13 yrs.
Full name: Smoke Lass Hoppin Flip
Nickname: Moke, MokeMoke
Smokey was adopted at roughly a year of age. Quirky story behind getting Smokey…my husband and I had stopped by a local pet store in the mall, which we did regularly to just ‘look’ at the puppies. One afternoon we were in the store staring at this adorable 8 week old Pomeranian puppy that was staring back at us while she chewed on the bars. We were discussing buy her just because she was so cute, but couldn’t afford the $800 they were asking for her. We fell in love with her but had to walk away. The next day my Mom calls me and tells me that they had broken down and bought my brother a Pomeranian. He had fallen for Shade and wanted a little bundle of fur himself. I asked where they got it and she stated from the Mall. I perked up and said, was it a little cream colored female that was 8 weeks old? She said it was and I squealed, telling her that we had seen her the day before and fell in love with her.
To shorten the story, they kept Smokey for about a year and decided to let us adopt her due to her and their German Shepherd not getting along. She was finally ours.
Smokey passed due to complications of Cushings Disease at the age of 14yrs.
Full name: El Pelon’s Quest for Excellence (this was her previous AKC name)
Breed: Chinese Crested – Hairless
Quest was adopted from a local breeder. The breeder had purchased her from a puppy mill breeder in the states for $1500. The local breeder ‘purchased’ her to get her out of the situation she was in and because she wanted to start breeding Chinese Cresteds. Quest had one pregnancy and the puppy was severally Hydrocephalic and died a few weeks after birth. The breeder had Quest spayed due to the potential of having more birth defects. I spoke to this breeder often due to the fact that she frequented our Vet Clinic with the puppies and adult pregnant dogs she had. I mentioned to her that I was looking for a Chinese Crested that I could adopt and she told me about Quest. I adopted Quest within a few days of hearing about her. Quest had many behavioral problems due to coming from a puppy mill. She was caged from birth, before the local breeder bought her, which wasn’t long, due to her being a year and half when I adopted her.
Quest passed due to Liver Cancer at the age of 11yrs.
Full name: Careless Whisper Caravelle N’Co (her previous AKC name)
Nickname: Woo, Woodees
Breed: Chinese Crested – Hairless
Whisper was bought sight unseen from Ohio. I always wanted to have four dogs total and really wanted another Crested. I started searching the internet for another hairless and how I came upon Whisper I don’t even remember. The odd thing was, I had planned to name a dog Whisper before I even found her and then there she was. I purchased her for $150 without even meeting her. She was a ‘pet quality’ 11 month old, that also had some behavioral problems. She was the only other dog that I truly set out to buy and not truly rescue.
Whisper passed of Liver Cancer at the age of 13yrs.
Full name: Ash a Lee Punk a Do
Nickname: Punky, Bug
Ashley was adopted at an unknown age and was also a 3 1/2 pound adult. She was adopted with one other dog, Grizzley. The story behind Ashley was that she was living with the human owner of Shade’s dad, along with two other dogs. The other two that I also came to adopt where Shade’s brother Grizzley and Shade’s dad Gizmo, Ashley was unrelated. The trio of dogs fell on hard times when the humans that owned them split up. They suddenly found themselves in an abandoned apartment, not being taken care of or fed properly. The quirky thing about this story was that no more than a week previously I had a premonition about the dogs. I told my husband that if for some reason those dogs need a home we will be taking them in and he adamantly agreed. We were sitting in a restaurant having lunch a few days later and a friend that knew the human couple stated that they had split up and the dogs were living at the apartment by themselves. He said there was mention of the dogs going to the pound. The next day I looked up the phone number of the female, I told her that I had run into so n’ so and he told me the dogs were going to the pound. She started crying saying she didn’t know what she was going to do. I stopped her and said, ‘Your bringing the dogs to me’. She had already given Gizmo to someone else but he wasn’t doing well health wise. I told her to bring me Grizzley and Ashley ASAP and to tell the person she gave Gizmo to that if she couldn’t keep him or pay for his medical bills, she was to bring him to me. The dogs were brought in, I worked at a Vet clinic at the time, covered in matted fur and feces, Ashley had urine burns and could barely walk because the hair had been matted so badly to her backend and legs. The story goes on to their rehab and I did end up with Gizmo as well.
Ashley passed of congestive heart failure at roughly at 14yrs. She was the first dog I performed CPR on, I was successful until we got her to PET Emergency and ended up putting her down due to her condition.
Full name: Gizmo’s Grizzley Boo Beer Bear
Nickname: Griddy, Boo
Grizzley was adopted with Ashley and you can read how he was adopted in her story. Grizzley has more of a story though. He was actually supposed to be my first Pomeranian. The people that had Shade had a litter previously and Grizzley was the only one in the litter. The girlfriend of the human that had the Dad dog, trumped me on getting him. Grizzley had a bit of a drinking problem. When he was with the previous owners he would frequently steal sips of their alcoholic drinks that they had sitting on the floor. He quickly became addicted to them and would sit and stare at you if you didn’t give him any, occasionally growling. Since I am not a drinker, that behavior wasn’t a problem.
Grizzley passed at 16yrs due to Lung Cancer.
Full name: Gizmo
Gizmo was the father of Shade and Grizzley. His adoption story can be read in Ashley’s story. When he finally came to me he was severally depressed. He had been separated from the dog family that he had known since he was one year old. He wasn’t eating and drinking very little. The lady that had adopted him surrendered him to me because she couldn’t afford to take him to the Vet to get him checked out. The day that she brought him to me I was working at the Vet clinic. I happened to have Grizzley and Ashley with me that day to have their dental’s done. When Gizmo first saw me he instantly perked up, he knew me since he was a puppy, but when I took him to the back to put him in with Grizzley and Ashley he turned into a different dog. He was so happy he was yip whining and licking all over them. The only thing wrong with him was he needed a dental and to be reunited with his family.
Gizmo died shortly after Shade, he never came out of his depression from her dying. He was 14yrs old.
No picture of Gizmo
Full name: Prince Bear Von Charmy Charm
Nickname: Bubba, Boo, Charmy Charm
Bear was adopted from a friend that fell on hard times, Bear was roughly 8 yrs old. I received a call one day from a friend, he asked if I still rescued Pomeranian’s, I told him I did but wasn’t looking for another dog at the time. Something told me to check it out anyway. He and his girlfriend and children had been evicted and was living with his parents. Bear was living in the garage. I had him bring Bear to me. At first I was thinking I would take him in to find him a home, the decision to keep him was quick in the coming.
Bear was put to sleep due to a condition called FCE or Fibrocartilaginous Embolism, it’s also known as a Spinal Stroke. There is no known reason why they happen, he had no injury to cause it. He was almost 14 yrs old.
Nickname: Wickumus, Sexy Face,Wicky
Breed: Brussels Griffon, rough coat
His story was this: Wicket was rescued by the Police Dept. and Animal Control on January 12th 2012. He and 38 other dogs were found to be living in disgusting conditions. The floors were covered in feces, urine and yuck and there were cages everywhere filled with dogs. The cages were also filled with feces, urine and yuck. The dogs were covered in sores, matted fur, infection and they were also malnourished. The ‘men’ that did this were Dog Show fanatics that were hoarding and attempting to be a puppy mill.
I saw Wicket on the Polar Pug Rescue and Friends website in March 2012. I had just lost my Whisper to cancer and still had my Bear, with his own health issue. I watched Bear to see how he was doing being an only dog. I didn’t want to go on impulse, even though I was totally taken by Wickets picture, and instead wanted to make sure that Bear would be ok with getting another dog. I thought about Wicket almost everyday until I could take it no longer. I put in my application for him, I believe near the end of March and heard back rather quickly from Vickie Young of PPRaF. I went to meet him… I was done, I wanted to run out the door with the little guy in my arms! He had me wrapped around his little stubby tail from first muzzle nudge. I believe that was a Friday and I had the little guy at my home by Monday. I was and still am, inside out in love with that little man. I have never had such a strong connection with any of my dogs. I don’t want to make them sound less loved, no…not what I mean. Wicket and I connected, he read me, I read him…he was my puppy soul mate.
Wicket was put to sleep Oct. 20,2013 due to a suspected brain tumor. We guess his age to be 8 years’ish. He was only with me a year and a half and he changed my heart for the better, not loosing him, but being able to love the little Sexy Face and have his unconditional love in return.
I miss you all very much and carry you in my heart everyday. You were all awesome little Rock Star’s. Mama kisses…
Happy Halloween everyone! Hope you all have an awesome evening!
The Pumpkin Diorama went for $250 at the Auction at work. Woooo Hoooo!!! The new owner was very excited, which made donating it totally worth it. I have no plans for the evening. I’m going to play to my introvert and turn off the lights, close the blinds, light some candles and watch Halloweeny movies.
I have finished the Pumpkin Diorama with three days to spare… woohooo!! I did set an earlier deadline for myself so that it could sit on display at work before the Auction. I didn’t keep track of time it took on this one, I was having fun doing it, so keeping track slipped my mind. As for cost to create, I lost track of that too but if I had to guess it would be under $30. I had to buy the Pumpkin, foam and some of the wire, the rest is stock from The Skullery, or as my Fama calls it, Mini Michaels. Heh!
The price that I would put on this one, if I was going to sell it, is $200. I’m hoping it brings close to that at the Auction. The one I made last year, which wasn’t as detailed, went for $75.
Here are a few more WIP pictures:
Here are the finished pictures: