Monday, August 31, 2015

My latest piece

A smooth hair tri-color fox terrier. He is hand carved, painted then fur applied.

With every attention to detail. Even the roof of his mouth it detailed! Toes with nails, paw pads. Very life filled eyes.

Anatomically correct male. Two of the previous three fox terriers I've carved, custom orders of people's dog from their photos, had the one ear up. So I  decided to do this one's ears the same.

On ebay this week.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Big news!

I'm ready to make a big announcement. I'm going to be a dealer in the Chicago International this April! I will have furred animals, accessories, and some furniture. Stop by and say hello :)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

A little kitten

Here is my latest, a little kitten. Carved then furred. He's been startled by a mouse!

A frog comes by to say hello.
I carved and furred the mouse and carved and painted the frog.

Carved toes and little paw pads.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

The amazing black raspberry

Nowhere in nature is there a flavor that can compare with the  black raspberry. I was not even aware they existed until I bought this property in Southeast Ohio, and found them growing wild here. The season is 1st week in June to 1st week in July.

You have to get deep into the thickets, and the thorns cut you up pretty bad. Plus all the bug bites, poison ivy and related nasties. The multiflora is deadly, a horribly invasive non-native bush. Seems like it's thorns have thorns! But all this is totally worth it.

This bucket full is about 12 cups. But it is only half the "yard" (places that I pick). So doing the back half nets another full bucket. This vein of berry plants runs parallel to the road. I used to go walking up the road and pick too, but it is too much for me now, so I just stay on my own property. And believe me it is plenty!

This year may be the best ever. They are huge! And perfect, and so prolific. I freeze them in 4 cup batches because seems like all the things I make from them require 4 cups of berries.

I take 4 cups of berries, a little water, a cup of sugar and cook it. From here so many wonderful things can be made, all with this mind blowing flavor.

Like ice cream and popsicles.

Ice cream cones.

And pie with home made whipped cream. This is just incredible!

Here is a wonderful slushy drink I made up. I made 2 ice cube trays of berry juice, put the cubes in the blender. Then the 4 cups cooked and strained berry juice, the juice of a lemon, a little milk, and my secret ingredient: sweetened condensed milk. (is it just me or does anyone else want to eat this stuff right out of the can haha) I put  1/3 to 1/2 the can in. Then blend. Amazing!

These berries make the most fantastic wine! No water or yeast, I just smash the berries in a bucket and let it sit lightly covered for a week, Strain and add sugar, the amount depending on how much juice you get. Put it under airlock and when the bubbling stops, bottle it. Making it this way it is thick like a liqueur. So good! Just berries and sunshine :) I also used to make it with water and yeast the conventional way and that is very good also. That way it is definitely a wine.

Tomorrow if I'm not rained out, I will go for  the last pick of the 2015 season......always kinda sad....But- I have so much in the freezer!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Bernese Mountain Dog puppy

My latest piece is this little Bernese Mountain Dog puppy. 
Hand carved with every attention to detail. 

Those big puppy paws that he will eventually grow into feature carved toes, nails, and paw pads.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ginger cat

I had a lot of fun making this kitty! As I've said before, I like to actually do the striping with fur, not by brushing on stripes.

It is fun to gradually come out of one color of fur and blend it into the next. Of course, it is also quite maddening :)

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Little baby bunny rabbit

Adorable baby bunny rabbit! Is he shy or just washing his face? Super realistic, hand carved and furred with every attention to detail.

He is sure to make your miniature setting come alive! On ebay until April 12th.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mischevous little raccoon

This little raccoon is going to get into mischief! Very realistic yet adorable with carved toe and fingernails. Life filled eyes. Hand carved with fur applied. I love to do the shading with the actual fur like real animals and not brush on anything.

Yup, there he goes, looking to get into the trash!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Boston terrier

My latest piece is a 1:12 scale Boston terrier. It is hand carved and furred with every attention to detail, including toes with nails, paw pads.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Kilmouski & me

Hello blog friends. I've decided to do a post here because many friends and followers are also friends and followers of Catherine and her blog Kilmouski & me. She is in the hospital with ruptured appendix which became dangerously infected and abscessed to the point where she was literally just hours away from death. Still not out of the woods by a long shot, but I think all her friends should know. Please keep her in your thoughts and hopes for a speedy uneventful recovery...

These pictures are some off her amazing work.