Monday, August 22, 2011

Projects cotinued...

I'm working on a ship model, (a clipper ship to be more precise). This will be the third one I have done. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of them, so you'll have to wait until this one is finished to see what they look like. :) I'm going to model this one after a ship I saw in Poland, The Bounty, which supposedly was the ship they used in Pirates Of The Caribbean.

Please excuse my bandaged finger. :-/
I know it doesn't look like much right now...                                

...but it will once it's finished, so stay in tune. The wood I am using for it is alder. I really like it.

 The other project I'm working on is this painting...

I still have a lot more to do on it as you can see. This is painted with acrylic.

~Elizabeth Joy

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kenney Lake Fair

Last week I went to a fair with my family...

My older sister and I had a booth where we were selling our own handcrafted things. I had laid out on my side of the table my paintings and painted light fixtures, rocks and boxes. Rachel, on her side, had her beautiful note book covers and headbands. We didn't do as well as we hoped...but it was fun, lot's of people stopped by and commented, and some even took a business card with them. :) 

I sold this light-switch fixture. It is one of my favorites, I made two of them and they both sold really fast, seems people  really like him. I'm going to miss the guy...

I sold this cat rock...the lady who bought it walked off saying " My husband is going to have a fit when he hears I bought a rock for $35!" Hehehe...

A lady was going to buy this box but never came back with the money... :-/

Every time I have a table at one of these events though, I learn something new, ways that I could improve my customer service, and what people are looking for, and how I could do better in decorating my table and making it more attractive. Things like that. ;) 

~Elizabeth Joy

Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Hello blogging world!

I apologize to all those of you who had previously visited my blog to only find it in complete shambles.

Now for the post... (finally!)

I have been doing a number of projects since I came back from Poland, including a couple of paintings. This one (above) as you can see is an Alaska scene, with a caribou and black bear. Your probably thinking "Black bear and a caribou?!? Wouldn't the caribou run for it's life?" Well...maybe.

I started out with just the caribou, but then I thought, "It needs something else" and I just LOVE doing bears, so I sketched a black bear. Now if you look at this and use your imagination to bring it to life, this is what I want you to see--

The bull caribou just found a good place full of delicious lichen he can munch on. So when a black bear,  who smells a patch of plump berries, makes his appearance, (both animals are not starving, so the black bear would go for the berries in this case) the bull (quite aware of it's big beautiful, dangerous antlers) does not want to move. Now black bears do not prey on caribou (normally). The caribou knows that. The caribou brings his head low and shakes his antlers, displaying their magnificence. Ears back, fur bristled, and muscles rippling, the bear proves his superiority over the caribou's sham display of strength.
 Now the caribou, which is the most easily frightened of the too, would probably lose his nerves and run off. :) I've had almost all my family members when they saw what I was doing question the black bear. I might change it and leave the bear out of the picture. I just thought to myself, "There are many rare and strange things that we see creatures doing, things that we wouldn't expect. Why couldn't this be one occasion?" Should I leave the bear out?  What do you think?