Tuesday, December 2, 2014

2014 Christmas Ornaments

Hello!  Yes, I am still among the living!  I can't believe how fast this whole year has gone by, but November was a complete and total blur!!  Christmas is quickly approaching and I haven't posted ONE THING I've made yet!  Shame on me!  Well, I'm going to make up for that right now.  Get ready for picture overload! 

Some of you already know that every year since 1990 (yes, you read that right!) I've been making polymer clay Christmas ornaments.  I design and create each one individually by hand.  Each design is limited to an edition of only 5 ornaments.  Someone recently asked me why I only make five of each.  Well, a couple of reasons.  One, I only have so much time, and I would much rather have a variety of designs than a dozen of one.  And two, to be honest, I'm pretty much 'over' the design by the time number 5 is finished....I'm ready to move on to another design. 

This year I started out the season with 12 designs.  Unlike previous years, I worked really hard for a couple of weeks in JULY and got ALL FIVE of every design finished so I wouldn't have to be scrambling to get them done like I have in the past.  I used to start by making 3 of the 5, and then filling in as they sold.  Well, I'm so happy to have done it differently this year!  It made my studio time much less stressful knowing that they were all finished. 

Here are photos of the first 12 designs.
A STAR FOR CHRISTMAS

BRIGHT CHRISTMAS

DEAR SANTA

GINGER ELFIN

HAPPY SNOWBALLS

JOLLY JINGLE

MITTENS AND SKATES

NORTHWOODS SANTA

PENGUIN PALS

RUDY

WINTER WONDERLAND

SANTA'S BIG BUNDLE
 
I'm thrilled to say that only ONE of these ornaments remains available!  Thank you so much to my wonderful customers who snatched them up so quickly.  So quickly, in fact, that I had to get busy and make some more.  You see, I have a BIG family.  And they all EXPECT to have one hanging on their own trees come Christmas.  As the supply was dwindling, I did a count and realized that I didn't have enough to cover my family, keep a couple for myself, and still have a few to sell at the shows I still had to do.  So I added four new designs.
 
FALLING FLAKES

FROSTY FLAKE

LITTLE SANTA, TINY TREE

MERRY CHRISTMAS TRIO
 
And then I added another one for good measure:
 
LIGHTING UP CHRISTMAS
 
And because I sold a few more of those than I expected, I decided to add two more!
 
HAPPY CHRISTMAS

POLAR PENGUIN
 
And now I am FINISHED!!  I am NOT making any more 2014 ornaments. 
 
I still have a VERY LIMITED number of these ornaments left, and I listed them in my etsy shop last night.  If you want one, you better hurry! 
 
Show season is finally winding down.  I have my last show this weekend at the Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa.  If you are in the area, come and see me! 
 
Even though shows are about over, I still have plenty of work to do in the studio.  So I better get to it! 
 
Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 
Lisa


 
 


Sunday, October 19, 2014

WINNERS!! WINNERS!!

IT'S TIME TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNERS IN THE 2ND ANNUAL WITCHES OF GIGGLESWICK BLOG HOP!! 

 
And the winner of my Happy Haunt Jack is............
 
 imsteelefullofscrap! 
 
 YAY!!  Congratulations!  You will need to email me your mailing address ASAP so I can rush this adorable jack o'lantern off in time for Halloween.  My email address is apieceoflisa@cox.net
 
Thank you to everyone who followed along on the hop and entered to win one of our great prizes.  I hope you all had fun and I hope that you discovered some great artists and fun blogs along the way.  I look forward to hearing more from all of you!  The hop was a big success, and we all have YOU to thank!! 
 
 
 
Here is the complete list of winners:
 
 LORI PLATT
won the prize from Carly Smith of Boggy Bottom Bayou
 
 LYNN from Life on the Weinee Ranch
 won the prize from Arlene Sander of Dreamed by Arlene
 
 CRYSTAL BOWEN
won the prize from Becky McClure Federico of Federico-Fantasy-Art
 
LEEANN E.
 won the prize from Brenda Griffith of The Rusty Thimble
 
CHICKZILLA
 won the prize from Chuck McClenning of C.R. McClenning Studio
 
DARLENE
 won the prize from Cortney Arndt-Rector of Cortney Rector Designs
 
 T. JOHNS from SC
 won the prize from Darla Walk of Dark Forest Folk Art
 
DOGSMOM
 won the prize from Marguerite Noschese of My Witchy Women
 
IMSTEELEFULLOFSCRAP
  won the prize from Lisa Ammerman of A Piece of Lisa
 
 JOE. M
 won the prize from Karen Blevins of Witch is Why
 
AUTUMNWIND
 won the prize from Jean Wheelock of Treasures 'n Whimsy
 
 SARA ANDERSON
 won the prize from Heather Milliott of Witch Hollow Primitive
 
 JANICE MOORE-PETTY
 won the prize from Debb George of HalloweenJinglesbellsBoo
 
 WENDY @ RAVENWOOD WHIMSIES
 won the prize from Susie Kirchbaum of The Irish Witch
 
FRAN CASWELL
 won the prize from Sheryl Parsons of Mother's Dream Artworks
 
GRIFFINWYSE
 won the prize from Karen Brady Hammontree of Brady Bears Studio
 
 DEANNA WARD
 won the prize from Joyce Tenay of Ragpatch Prims
 
BRENDA from PUMPKIN HOLLOW PRIMITIVES
 won the prize from Jorge de Rojas of HoHoHalloween
 
WICKED FAERY QUEEN
 won the prize from Patrick James Gill of  EveryWitchWayLane
 
 CHERYL BARCUS
 won the prize from Faith Conroy of The Primitive Black Hat Society
 
 SANDI @ THE PRIMITIVE SKATE
 won the prize from LeeAnn Kress of Charmed Confections
 
I hope you all enjoyed the hop!  We sure had fun sponsoring it!  If you are one of the lucky winners on this list, please go to that site, contact the artist and make arrangements to receive your prize!  CONGRATULATIONS to all of our winners!  And, again, THANK YOU to everyone who hopped along!
 
HAPPY HAUNTING!
Lisa


Thursday, October 16, 2014

THANKS FOR HOPPING!

Well, the 2nd Annual Witches of Giggleswick Blog Hop wrapped up at midnight last night.   We are now in the process of tabulating the entries, verifying results and the 21 lucky winners will be chosen very soon!  Thank you so much for participating!  I'm thrilled to have gained so many new followers and I'm pleased that many of you who have been following for a long time have tossed your hats in the ring for the prizes as well.  I wish each and every one of you GOOD LUCK!  There are so many nice prizes up for grabs!  Here is another look at what I am offering:

 
Soon HAPPY HAUNT JACK will be making his way to his new home!  Stay tuned to find out if it will be yours! 
 
Thanks again for making our blog hop a big success!
Lisa

Saturday, October 4, 2014

The Second Annual Witches of Giggleswick Blog Hop is Here!


Welcome to the 2nd Annual

Giggleswick Halloween Blog Hop!

Beginning Sunday, Oct. 5th – Wednesday, Oct. 15th

All 21 lucky Winners will be announced

on each of the participating blog sites on Sunday, Oct. 19th!

 

 
I'm Lisa Ammerman, the artist here at A Piece of Lisa.  I really enjoy creating whimsical, one-of-a-kind figurines and art dolls.  Each of my characters is individually hand sculpted from polymer clay, and then embellished with a variety of materials that bring out its unique character.  Halloween is especially fun, because I can let my imagination run wild!  Anything goes for Halloween!
 
I'm so happy you've stopped by to join us for this blog hop!  There are many talented artists participating, and I feel honored to be among them!
 
Twenty-one lucky followers will win one of our terrific prizes.  This is what I am offering.  Happy Haunt Jack.  He looks like he's been spooked!
 

 
HERE ARE THE RULES:

To be entered into the drawing you will need to hop to all 21 blogsites and do Steps 1 and 2 below. 

Step 1 - Follow this blog -- Look for the blue Google "Join this Site" link.  It's located over on the right side bar.  Click it and follow the prompts....it's as easy as that!

… next …

Step 2 - Leave a comment below this post telling me that you are a new follower or that you are already following my blog. 

PLEASE NOTE: 

To be eligible to have your name in the drawing, you need to visit all 21 blogsites, follow them through Google, and leave a comment on each site. 

If you fail to follow through on your 21 visits, your name will not count in the drawing. 

Below is the list of blogsites and links for you to follow: 
 
Carly Smith
LeeAnn Kress


Debb George
Darla Walk


Marguerite Noschese
Karen Brady Hammontree


Susie Kirchbaum
Brenda Griffith
Heather Millott
Arlene Sander

Joyce Tenay
Lisa Ammerman
Becky McClure Federico
Jean Wheelock

Chuck McClenning
Jorge de Rojas
Courtney Arndt-Rector
Sheryl Parsons

Patrick James Gill
Karen Blevins
Faith Conroy

     

Good Luck and Happy Haunts to You!

 

Like me on Facebook!  Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/APieceofLisa When you click this link, click the "Like" button below my banner.

If you have a blog, add me to your favorites list and mention this giveaway! This Giggleswick Witch will be most grateful!

 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Mark Your Calendars

....and get ready for some fun!

The 2nd Annual Witches of Giggleswick Blog Hop is quickly approaching!  There will be new blogs to follow and lots of terrific prizes in our giveaway.  Here is the prize I am offering to one lucky reader:

Happy Haunt Jack
 
He looks like he's been a little spooked himself, doesn't he? 
 
This adorable pumpkin man along with many other wonderful, handmade works will be available in our giveaway.  The Blog Hop starts this Sunday, October 5th, so be sure to stop back then and get the scoop on how you can enter to win! 
 
 
I hope you'll join in the fun!
Lisa


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Show Preview

One week from today I roll out of town for my first show of the season, the Holly Berry Folk Art Festival in Colorado Springs.  I've never done that show before, so I am a little bit nervous.  But I'm also very excited about it, too.  Not just because it's a great show and I'm excited to show all my new creations, but also because my niece, Hilary, lives in Colorado Springs, so I will get to spend time with her as well!  Two birds, as they say! 

I thought today I would just post a series of pictures of some of the characters that have been haunting the studio this summer.  I have been a busy, busy girl, I tell ya!  I'm not sure where summer went, but I know where I was!  I'm so happy I spent a good chunk of winter remodeling, because it has been so much more pleasant to work in there this year.  I didn't feel like I was being deprived of summer afterall!  (For a studio tour, click here.)

HHMMM....now which little spooks shall I show you today? 

How about these......

Frank and His Bride

Greedy Goblin

The Bone Collector

Deadra and Dolly

All Hallow's Eve

Owl-O-Ween

Autumn
 
These are just a taste of what I will be showing in a week!  I've had such a great time working on Halloween.  As you can see, the range of characters is very wide!  Anything goes! 
 
I'm going to try to be back later this week to preview some of the Christmas pieces I've been working on.  Oh, yes!  Christmas, too! 
 
Thanks for dropping by!  I'd love to hear what you think of these little spooks!
Lisa

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Raven

 
Say hello to Raven.  She is one of my very, very favorite witches of the year.  I adore her!
 
She's rather a classic looking witch, dressed all in black.  I love her pale skin against the stark black of her clothes and her wild curly roving hair.

 
She has hand-painted grey eyes and subtle dark shadows and a quirky little smile.  A little raven has perched on her wrist.
 
 
I love when I find the perfect embellishment!  This black feather fringe makes the perfect cape for a witch named Raven, don't you think?
 
Raven was just listed in my etsy shop.  I have lots of fun Halloween spooks haunting my shop.  I hope you will go have a look around.
 
 
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I will be loading up and leaving for my first show of the season just three weeks from tomorrow!  I'm excited and nervous at the same time.  I've never done the Holly Berry Folk Art Festival so I don't know exactly what to expect.  I hope they love my little people!  I've been working hard all summer to have a really nice selection of one of a kind pieces to show.  I can't wait to see them all displayed in a big group! 
 
Well, I still have lots of things to make for the upcoming shows, so I probably better get back to the studio.  Thanks for stopping by! 
 
Lisa