I got it my head that I must make a gingerbread house… yes, a wee one.
Which could mean only one thing — it’s time to make the gumdrops.
It may not look like a lot, but that’s right about 150 gumdrops.
So far, the peppermint candies are looking like… hmmm… not quite peppermint candies.
Back to work.
Polymer clay has never really been my friend — I’m afflicted with “hot hands”.
Now, this affliction was never apparent (or much of an affliction) until I tried working with polymer clay. The clay gets too soft almost the minute I start working with it.
But I really love making wee ickle objects and so I keep trying… what have I learned? I have to take lots of breaks — give the clay a chance to cool off. And while my inclination is to use my fingers when I shape my work, I’m learning to use tools instead.
And learning to build things on a stick. You can’t tell by looking, but this santa has a piece of wire running through him. During the build process, I was able to hold the wire and not the clay.
I’m wondering if I have a series of santas in my future.
I’ve made that decision that all crafters make at some point — I must use up at least some of my stash before buying any more stash.
OTOH, if I use my stash, I won’t have it any more and that’s always sad.
How to make this fun… I know, how about taking this cutesy-poo little doll’s doll house kit and building a ramshackle house with lots of stains and boarded up windows?
After all, nothing makes me happier than distressing my projects.