Blog Tales

A Few Rays of Sunshine

I've been working on a gift for my dear friend Dr. J...
who celebrated a birth~day yesterday!

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It all started with a gourd that she saw at the 2008 Forestville Calabash Festival...

So... I got out my gourds, paint, tools, clay, beads, gold & copper leaf, and glitter powder and had a wonderful time creating a piece just for her...

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I made my own medallions to match the clay faces on the painting that Dr. J. commissioned me to do for her last year...

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I had a lot of fun making the base... I had originally thought the gourd would sit on a tradition oriental black base, but when completed, that idea just didn't give the look I wanted. So... I found this copper ashtray at a local antique store...

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Do any of you recognize where that flag at the center is from???


I added a few red glass beads
, which I gold leafed and antiqued and attached them with Apoxie Clay... when I turned the ashtray upside down... voilá! I had my own custom base!!!

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One of the things we did yesterday to celebrate Dr. J's birth~day was to have lunch at my favorite dim sum restaurant Yank Sing which is in the San Francisco
Financial District...

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Just being with Dr. J is a ray of sunshine in itself...

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So it was a beautiful day filled with rays of sunshine everywhere!!!

Happy Birth Day Dr. J!!!