Who are we, you might ask? We are Sardonicus and Lisa, We are sisters in spirit. We are not related by blood, but we are closer than some sisters are. We met each other at a wonderful cloth doll makers gathering in Livermore, CA nine years ago and we became fast friends and sisters in spirit. We are kindred spirits, each having lived a life that is differentbut remarkably the same. We both have families and grown children and we have a passionate love for anything creative, movies, books, doll making, crafting, art. Our love of creating brought us together and we continue to further our creative endeavors. We each have our own unique style that is constantly evolving and changing, but the one part of that style that remains the same is that we are eclectic. We both love gothic, mysterious things and holidays and the change of seasons. Sardonicus focuses on anything that catches her fancy while Lisa tends to focus on Christmas and Halloween and whimsical things. We both will have a wide range of offerings available. Welcome to our Blog, we hope you enjoy your visit.
I bought these shadow boxes at the dollar store last summer and they have been sitting here forever. A little paint and some scrapbooking stickers and I got these little shadow boxes. Hope you like them.
Well, I finally bit the bullet and decided to stop reading about paper clay and paper mache and get to work. I am fascinated by jesters and jack-in-the-boxes. So I decided to make my own Jack-in-the-box. Of course this is an art piece so it won't actually pop up and the lid won't close on my Jack. Who by the way is named Jack-E-Boo! Here is what will be his head. I started out with soft styrofoam and a styrofoam ball and didn't think to take pictures of the beginning part of the process. You would think I would know that by now. Anyway, then I added paper pulp and that had to dry for a few days and I was beginning to despair that it would ever harden. It finally did and I realized that I had left no hole for his neck (bad move) so I got the drill out and my 2-1/2 year old grandson helped me make a big mess all over the place. But Jack-E-Boo now has a neck hole.
So I covered him (not his neck hole) with delight air dry clay. I am trying all kinds of different clays right now to gauge what I like best and am just waiting for it to dry. Here is a pick of what I have so far.
I have been crafting since I was very young. I liked to make barbie doll furniture out of pieces of wood and my mom's old cold cream jars and other found objects around the house. From a young age I was interested in stitchery and love to use a needle and thread. It wasn't until my daughter was about 2 years old that I learned to use a sewing machine. I remember making her first halloween costume by my own hand and a needle and thread. I was given a sewing machine and some patterns and scraps of fabric by a cousin and taught myself to sew at the ripe age of 24. One day I came across a doll pattern in a craft magazine and fell instantly in love. I spent many years (16) making and loving cloth dolls. I still love dolls but have recently graduated to mixed media. My latest edeavors are using paper mache and paper clay to create. I have some in process projects begun and hope to have something to show soon. My great love is Halloween, but I create for other holidays as well.
I learned to sew very young, the oldest in a large family I made the clothes for both of my younger sisters while they were in school. In high school I was able to put the skill to use, sewing and designing clothes for the school drama department. My senior year had me working as a teacher’s assistant, sharing my knowledge of crafts and sewing with other students. Since my teens, and the painstaking days of making clothes and costumes, I have tried a variety of crafts. I had a small business in Oregon doing ‘dish soap dolls’ and crewelwork. I’ve done many crafts shows as well, and taught at senior centers, daycares and grade schools. Today I can sew, knit, crochet, do ceramics, glass work, embroidery, wood shopping, scrap booking and painting. However, I most love altered art- paper working and altered dolls. I believe that nothing is what it appears to be- you can make anything out of anything!