CF Rainbow Tree 2022 Ornament Donations

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The CF Rainbow Tree is back for the 2022 Christmas season! As with many hospitals, the pandemic has changed many protocols and things that need to be done to help our project along. But, as per usual …

I’m in need of your help and your polymer clay Christmas ornament donations.

If you can make polymer clay ornaments, I’d sure appreciate it. I need your help decorating a Christmas tree & making ornaments to give to Cystic Fibrosis patients of all ages & staff once again this year. Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.

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Nelson, the Polymer Clay Pumpkin Doll

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Nelson the Pumpkin Doll in Branches by Katie Oskin

Every month at The Blue Bottle Tree Insiders, we are challenged to do something with polymer clay. The challenge topic is chosen by Ginger and every month it is different from covering an object, to nail powders and even color mixing. This month, however, it is to sculpt a pumpkin head. [Get face-making stuff here] Yay!

Polymer Clay PUMPKIN FACE DOOR KNOCKER by KatersAcres

I do seasonal door knockers and dolls to place around my home. The door knockers I place on my front door year round and change them out seasonally, or whenever I feel like it. So because of this month’s challenge, I decided to do a pumpkin doll. I’ve done numerous pumpkin designs to place around my home, even in color schemes to compliment the decor. One of the most fun pumpkin designs was the Pumpkin Garden Tower. But without further ado, let’s meet Nelson, my pumpkin doll made for the Insiders challenge.

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Leah Radlett, Polymer Clay Artist

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Featured Artist Banner - Leah Radlett

Today I would like to introduce you to Leah Radlett, one of our Moderators in our Whimsical Sculpting Facebook Group. I am pleased to share her work with you today and share her story and let you get to know her better. I haven’t known Leah long, but I am so happy to have her here and to share her work with you.

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Summer BIRD & Mini-Supply Swap

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Polymer Clay Birds & Mini Supply Swap with KatersAcres

It’s about time … that I host another polymer clay swap. If you’ve never been a part of an art swap before, they are a way to create, trade, give, and receive art from fellow polymer clay enthusiasts and makers. This summer we are going to be creating BIRDS to make and swap with other artists along with a mini-supply swap (value $10). This swap is not an either/or it is both. So every artist will be making some kind of bird item and sending approximately $10 worth of supplies to their assigned artist. The deadline to sign up is June 30th.

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My Studio Storage Pieces

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Kater's Acres Library Card Catalogue
Parker & Lolly daily mug rug made by Mom

So much of me revolves around my family, its heritage, and pieces of timeless treasures that it’s hard for me to let go of that part of who I am. I am a neat freak. Therefore, studio storage is important to me. My Mom is quite the artisan. Her stained glass, her sewing, and her quilts fill my home. Even my morning cup of coffee sits on a little Parker & Lolly mug rug that Mom made me. It’s big enough that I have taken it to clay classes and shared it with a claymate so both our coffee cups can sit on it. So when designing and building my studio, from my original studio at the old house to my new studio here in Ohio, my studio storage always came first and was a priority in designing and filling my space.

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When Creativity Wanes

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A Dialogue of Creativity for Polymer Clayers

One of the questions that I receive a lot is ‘what do I do when I feel uninspired?’ Or ‘what do I do when I’m just not feeling creative anymore?’ It’s a fresh new reality for many of us. Many polymer clay enthusiasts have left polymer clay (even briefly) to pursue other art interests for a variety of reasons during the pandemic. Let me be the first one to tell you (in case no one else has) – it’s okay, you’re allowed to do that and NO you’re not ‘cheating’ on polymer! Today we’re going to tackle this issue for just a moment.

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Michele Hinchey, MacTiere Luna – Polymer Clay Sculptor

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Today I would like to introduce you to Michele Hinchey, the new leader of the Polymer Clay Challenge. I am pleased to share her work with you today and share her story and let you get to know her better. Thank you Michele for joining us today.

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Product Demo Team of 2022

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Kater's Acres Product Demo Team 2022

There are all kinds of new things going on here at the Acres for 2022. One of those things is the new Product Demo Team. The Product Demo Team is a group of 4 artists that have been specially selected to receive, try, demo, and show you some of our products from the shop. This Team is comprised of some extremely prolific sculptors who represent a wide range of talent and abilities. So without further ado, I’d like to introduce you to this year’s team.

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2022 Polymer Clay Challenge

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2022 is bring a lot of new, fun, exciting, and wonderful things to Kater’s Acres. It also means that there are a lot of changes too. One of those changes is the Polymer Clay Challenge that I have headed up for the Polymer Clay Community for over 6 years now. As of this year, I am no longer heading up the challenge. I have handed off the Challenge to the talented, friendly, and inspired clay artist Michele Hinchey.

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A Lesson from My Christmas Tree

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Oskin Christmas Tree 2021

Have you ever stopped and thought about your Christmas Tree (if you have one) and why you decorate it the way you do? It’s probably one of those things you haven’t thought about lately. We all have a preference for how we decorate our Christmas Tree and once we ‘decide’ how we like them, we tend to stick to it, even year after year.

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Live Videos for 2022

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LIVE Event Notices TEA Card

All throughout the 2021 year, I have been doing Live Videos on Facebook in my sculpting group on the 2nd Monday of the month. Every month they are different. Sometimes I will introduce you to new products, talk about new clays, tell you what I’m up to in the studio, or do a make-along with you. These Lives have been a lot of fun for me and for my viewers too. You earn prizes, learn something, and get to drink tea along with me. [Did you know that when you place an order in my shop I send you tea so you will have it to drink with me during our time together?]

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Summer’s Picks – Favorite Tutorials & Supplies

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Santa Gnome Tutorial by Summer Ross

This month, Club Members had a guest artist come and join in on the sculpting fun. Summer Ross from The Whispy Realm, shared her fun and whimsical Gnome Santa design with us. Summer has been here at Kater’s Acres before, sharing her love of polymer clay, whimsy, and her unique view of the world.

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Monica’s Picks – Favorite Tutorials & Supplies

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Katie & Monica

As many of you know, Monica Rice is a regular to Kater’s Acres. She’s not only our helper when we need her, but she’s our friend, craft & clay pal, gemstone buddy, beachcombing guru, and all-around friend-for-all-seasons. She’s been around the clay and craft world long enough to have sampled every craft around, dabbled in the good (and the bad), and has experience in many mediums (including a large supply of knitting goods still waiting to be used). Because of her wealth of experience in so many mediums and her burst of creative energy and juices, which helps to inspire each of us, it’s only right that she uses that knowledge to help you find something new.

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CF Rainbow Tree 2021 Ornament Donations

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CFRainbowTree

The CF Rainbow Tree is back for the 2021 Christmas season! Although the pandemic has changed hospital life and policy, we are still able to go forward with this project, we just have to change and tweak a few things. As usual … I’m in need of your help and your polymer clay Christmas ornament donations.

Can you make polymer clay Christmas Ornaments? Are you willing to help? If you can, I’m calling on you to help! I’m calling on all polymer clay artists worldwide! I need your help decorating a Christmas tree for Cystic Fibrosis patients & staff once again this year. Please see the information below for details on making your clay Christmas ornament donation.

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