July 28, 2010

And the winner is...

I know you have all been holding your breath while you wait to find out who won the 2nd creative chicks cafe challenge... I just tallied the number of postings and wrote all the names down and put them in a bowl to draw the winner...

Are you holding your breath???
I am...................................................................................................

Pamela L. From the Studio North!!!



Congratulations!!! We'll be sending them soon...Keep a close eye on your mailbox Pamela.

The rest of you chicks keep posting and there might just be another challenge in the near future :)

~ Kate and Jenny

July 16, 2010

creativechickscafe.com "Summer Contest"

When I was a little girl, I used to love playing with small figurine characters.  I remember my grandfather would come up with all types of games to play with them.  One of my favorites we used to play was Tic Tac Toe.  We would spend hours going back and forth trying to see who was the better player.  Those days have long passed and today I spend hours playing these very same games with my grandchildren.  Next week is my granddaughter Emiley's birthday and I wanted to create something special for her like my own grandfather did.  So off to the studio I went . . .

I usually work in ceramic clay but it takes days to dry and fire it, and still I have to paint it.  But, I was running out of time.  Then I discovered polymer clay.  It was a little sticky and hard to blend, but I liked it.  I liked the feel of it, and the things you can make with it are endless.  I started with a basic concept.  Because it was a birthday present I thought clowns would be fun for her.  First I started with the body and then worked out from there.  The colors I chose were easy, pink and purple are her favorites and then colorful blue and yellow to complement them.  I used acrylic paints to bring color to the cheeks and body parts.  I think they are darling and I'm sure we will spend may hours playing with them.  Just like I did with my own grandparents.

But . . . I could not stop working with this terrific clay.  And it was time for our Creativchickscafe summer giveaway.  So, I made a set for you.  But not clowns.  I made . . . you guessed it "Chicks"!   The playing board is a 9x9" wooden square with 2" yellow chicks.  Four with purple hats and four with pink hats.  And each chick is slightly different.  Just like us!  Anyone can enter, simply leave me a message here on this website (under the comment section below) or go to facebook.  Tell me what you like about the web site or a favorite project you enjoyed or simply just chat.  Each time you leave a comment your name will go into a drawing.  You can leave as many comments as you like and that will increase your chances to win.  The drawing will take place next Friday July 23.  The winner will be notified and I will mail the game to them.   I hope you will all participate.  These chicks are one of a kind, and surely will become a collectors item.  Besides, who would'nt want to play "Tic Tac Toe with a bunch of Chicks!"
Have fun,
-Kate


July 12, 2010

Things are running along very creatively at creativechickscafe "North".  Fourth of July was awesome despite Marks eye surgery.   A few of us chicks got together and stirred up a "North Country Boil".  You've never heard of a "north country boil"  well its a southern "low country boil" only up north.  One of our favorite peeps Linda and her husband Al cook it for us each spring in the south.  The ingredients are all placed in a boiling pot of seasoned water and cooked for about 20 minutes and then tossed out on several tables lined with butcher paper.  Guests are invited to eat but not using utensils, you must use your fingers.  Yes, that's right just pick up a piece and eat.  Right when you think you've got it down, a whistle is blown and you need to proceed to a new table.  But. . . you cannot be standing next to the people you were before.  The idea is to meet new friends and new conversation.  Pretty neat "huh".  At first these "northerners" were pretty hesitant but soon they got in to the swing of it.  You can find the full recipe under the creativechickscafe recipes section on this blog.  Give us your feed back if you give it a try.

After a few days rest Thursdays open workshop was another big success.  Mary worked on her ceramic wall hanging.  She has finished cutting out all her pieces and now it is ready to dry.  Her next step will be to sand each piece and then it will be kiln fired.  After the kiln firing it will be ready to glaze.

Mosaic mosaic mosaics, yes everyone loves mosiacs.  Kathy scultped a moon and is just about to finish it.  Sheryl is close to being done with her ceramic frog  Lori just has to grout hers along with Terri's "Queen of the Nile".  Darlene's stepping stone is coming out awesome as well as Pam's. 

 

The afternoon ended with great food, good wine, terrific conversation and lots of inspiration!

                 
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