Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Here are the Dolls for my Doll a Month Class:

Miss Valentine was a previous class, but the other 5 sisters are part of 
"Doll a Month Class Series"
which begins this month on April 26th, Starting with
"Miss Mad-Hatress"

May 17th's class is
"Miss Marie"

June 21st is
"Miss Independence"

July 19th is
"Miss Kitty Witch"

and on August 16th is
"Miss Winter Wonderland"

Each class is $90 and held at my Home Studio in Alta Loma, CA.
All supplies are included except for a few tools I will ask you to bring.
You will learn a lot of techniques in this class, including:
Painting, sculpting, hand sewing, construction and 
many tried and true tricks I have developed over my
many years as an artist.

If you took this class before, we are doing these dolls a bit differently
than before.  I created a new process in which I like the outcome much better.

You can sign up for just ONE or all 5 classes.
Classes include a delicious home made lunch, dessert and assorted beverages.
(I have a payment plan so you don't have to pay for all of the classes up front)

Classes are non refundable but they are transferrable.
(If you sign up for one class only, you can transfer)
In the event of an emergency/illness and a student cannot attend, 
I will offer a kit to complete the doll at your leisure.

Won't you join us for a fun series of classes?
You will have a really fun set of dolls to display at the various Holidays or heck,
mine just might stay out all year!

Contact me at Daydreampainter@aol.com

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Doll a Month Class

Okay, Ladies.  After recouping from my last show and Spring Break.  I finally got to my Class Samples.  I've decided to Do a "Doll a Month"  for the next five months.  Each a specific Holiday or Theme.  This is because my Fall Show Schedule is going to be wild and there won't be time for many classes after August.  SO, if you took my Valentine doll class and loved it...Here is the Next doll for a class here in my Studio on Saturday, April 26th.

She is titled. 

"Little Miss Mad-Hatress" 

Wouldn't you like to join her for Tea???
This class is going to be a Mad Hatress Tea Party.
We are going to have soooo much fun!!!

Class will be held here in my home studio in Alta Loma, CA.

Class fee is $90.

I supply everything you need with the exception of a few items.
What you will need is included in my confirmation email upon
registration for the class.
(it's minimal)

Also included in my class is a pretty delicious Lunch, dessert and beverages.
(my Mother and I are pretty good cooks! ;-)

If you have taken this class for The Valentine doll,
I've changed things up a bit to make the doll look even more vintage.
You will learn a few new techniques this time
and with each upcoming doll class I will offer
a new technique for you to experience.

Here is a schedule and themes for the next 4 doll classes
if you want to mark your calender or join the waiting list:

May 17th - Marie Antoinette (cake themed)
June 21st - Miss America (4th of July themed)
July 19th - The Bewitched Kitty (Halloween)
August 16th - Let it Snow (Christmas)

I am currently working on these class samples and 
will post them soon.

Some of my students have expressed interest in taking all of these classes to create a 6 doll collection.
If you are a previous student, I have a plan for reserving spots for each class,
so you don't have to break your bank paying for all of them at once.

Email me at Daydreampainter@aol.com for more info!


Monday, March 24, 2014


So, way overdue in posting...blah, blah blah.  What ever happened to blogging????  Facebook, Pinterest and instagram have seriously kept me away!  ;-)

SO, HELLO!!!!  What has been happening in your part of the world????  I'd love to hear from you!

Well, here in Lisa-Land.  We've had the normal stuff.  Raising a 13 year old daughter <sigh>,
just finished doing Glitterfest (a bi-annual show I love).  Busted my butt working 12 hour days getting ready for Glitterfest.  Wore myself out so much, took me 5 days to recoup.  Also taking care of regular business, the house, dogs, Man, my middle son, garden, etc, etc.  Can you believe it is almost the end of MARCH????

Glittefest was good, a bit slower than usual for me, but still good.  A really good friend of mine came out from Arizona, Michelle Legler of Mosaic Cottage to do the show with me and we have a KILLER weekend!  Here are some pics of what I took to the show...

So, what's up next for me???

1) class prep - 1-2 classes per month through August.  Doll classes and some painting classes.
    Classes will be posted by the end of this week.

2) No shows until September.  Exhibiting in a local Art Sale early September, then Halloween and   Vine will be the end of September.  Can't wait!!! LOVE that show and incredibly excited to be going back! Plan is to do 2 shows per month from Sept-December.

3) The continuing De-stash of my studio.  I've retired from jewelry making unless it is something
    I sculpt and or paint.  Basically minis of my larger sculptures and painting. I am almost done   destashing , but threw some killer lots in my ebay store today.  About a dozen more lots to go up by week's end.  Link to my store...http://www.ebay.com/sch/1girlzjunque/m.html?item=380865957222&ViewItem=&ssPageName=STRK%3AMESE%3AIT&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2562

Looking forward to continuing to work on my sculpted dolls and paintings....and a writing project that has been fermenting in my head for years.

Thanks for stopping by and see you soon somewhere in Social Media Land!


Monday, February 3, 2014


So, how was your Superbowl weekend?  I unfortunately, was sick.  First cold in longer than I can remember. Spent most of it on the couch watching movies.  9 to be exact, between Friday & Sunday night.  Wanna Know which ones?

The Butler (Oprah, Forrest Whitaker, etc.)  AWESOME film.  Great perspective. Sad times, not too long ago in the overall scheme of things.
Mona Lisa Smile (Julia Roberts)  Older film, but good.  See how far we've come as women, wow.
Dead Poets Society, Always a favorite.  Emily's first time seeing it,  "Oh captain, my captain"

Sunday was when the real movie marathon took place.  Should have called it a tea drinking marathon too. At least 10 cups of hot teas. Plus I chose films that took me to far away lands and times.

An Ideal Husband - Fun British film, Pride and predjudice-esque. A very good laugh. Good cast.
A Good Woman - Scarlet Johansen is darling.  Helen Hunt is good. Nicely done. Set in the 30's.
A Year By the Lake - another older film.  Vanessa Redgrave was lovely. Young Uma Thurman. Also set in the 30's.
Camilla - Jessica Tandy as a musician who finally follows her heart, Set in the 80's.
America's Sweethearts - Who doesn't love a movie with John Cusack in it?
The Muse -  This one was ok, (I was at the end of my movie watching patience)
Lastly was Blue Orchid - This is a newer film and yes, (we have family who works in the industry and once and a while we get to see oscar contenders at home)  OMYGOSH, Cate Blanchette should win an oscar for her performance.  Wow.


On Saturday, My honey helped re-do the corner of my studio where my desk is.  The lighting was bad, more like non existent.  While the Candelier was romantic, it was impractical.

So I bought a "vintage" 80's/90's brass chandelier at the thrift store for $20.  Spent $20 on glass shades and spray painted it a fabulous turquoise blue.  Very happy with it. Not to mention how much better lit this area is!

 My son built the shadow boxes for me a year and a half ago.  If you go to Glitterfest, you might have seen them.  People of course wanted to buy my displays, but since this was a trying time in my son's life, I didn't want to sell them.  I wanted to hold onto them in the event I lost him.

He is better now, but I am still happy I did not sell these boxes.   We removed the pink and aqua boxes from their bases.  Bases were used in the shelf (below) we built in my studio last year.

 The Marie Antoinette painting I did in 2008, Antler Girl on the right is a WIP.

Time to fill up the shelves and shadow boxes.   This is a really weird location.  Would be considered the dining room if I used the living/dining room like a normal person.  But what's normal anyway???

I'll be sure to share pics when they are all full of fun do dads!!!

Hope you had a nice super bowl weekend!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Custom Cupcake Dolls

A few years ago, I made some of this cupcake doll for a customer.
She was on a really tight budget and I tried to come up with something
smaller than the size dolls I typically work in and less expensive.

Well, then I made the Christmas ones.

Taught a class on spring ones and created a few more custom orders.

This year I taught a Valentine class and am
now developing dolls for every season.
(more classes will be announced soon)

One of my favorite customers
(who is also a crack up)
Lives too far to take a class and decided to order 5 dolls.
Each one representing a facet of her personality.
She sent some do dads to use if I wanted, but gave
me full creative license otherwise.

Did I have FUN making these....

Left to right...
"Eat Dessert First"
"So Silly"
"Me? Lost?"
"Kitty Bo Peep"
"She's a Pistol"

Now to pack up these little darlings and ship them off to their new home!

Thank you Cindy for your order, hope you love them!!!


Saturday, January 25, 2014


Hello Friends.  My Man and I have fully committed to vegetarianism.  Why?  Too many health issues that all point to the food we are eating.  After years of suffering and me on/off again with food elimination diets, it was time to just do it.

Not to blame my partner or family, but it is pretty difficult to be responsible for feeding the family an entirely different style of eating when you want to become a vegetarian or vegan.  Not to mention trying to eat HEALTHY Veg/gluten free out in restaurants is REALLY hard. (unless you live in some super hip City)  Friends and family don't always understand and you get the "what do you do for protein" question.   When you decide to not eat meat or dairy, it seems that some people think you are passing judgment on them for eating those things, by you NOT eating them.    Which we are not.  What one eats is simply a lifestyle choice, but in some ways has been just as divisive as discussing politics or religion.

I had a couple bouts of being pretty dang sick last few years after eating certain foods.  It kept getting more frequent and severe.  It culminated at the the Holidays.  I was so sick after indulging in holiday food, that one week into the New Year, we made the change.   Having my Man on board and enjoying it has beed truly wonderful.   I'd like to become full vegan, but for now we do have the occasional egg or salmon.  No, meat, wheat, dairy, refined sugar, wine or coffee.  Having tried this lifestyle on and off in the past, knew I'd be fine.  My Man on the other hand, was a bit of a sugar/coffee junkie.  Happy to report, he doesn't miss any of it and we are having a fantastic time trying new recipes.  Almost every symptom I was having is gone and even my man can't believe how great he feels and how much better and more consistent our energy levels are.  Our skin has improved, digestion, sleep, eyes are brighter, etc, etc.  Next we are getting back to working out.  We fell off that wagon last year too.  Despite not exercising we have lost between us 19 lbs in under one month. Oddly, both Rob and I "cheated" this month, while him eating lunch at work and me with a friend.  We both felt ill that night.

So, my goal here in bloglandia is not to convert or debate with anyone. But to offer some really cool recipes we have tried and LOVE.  Plus link to other peoples site that I have gotten some really cool recipes from.

Last night we shared a photo of our Vegan Spicy Thai Noodle Recipe (don't know where I found it online, so cannot link to original creator) and promised to share with a few of you today.  Here it is!  If you try it, please let me know what you think!

Spicy Thai Noodles


1/2 cup cashew butter
2/3 cup water
4 tablespoons wheat free soy sauce
2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 cloves garlic (we used 4)
1 tablespoons fresh finely chopped ginger
2 tablespoons miso paste
1-4 thai peppers (we used 2 and it was pretty hot)
Juice from 1 lime
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro

Place all of the above ingredients except cilantro in a blender and blend until smooth.  Then add the cilantro and blend again. Set aside.

Toppings & Noodles:

1/2 thinly sliced red pepper
1/2 cup tofu in chunks (optional)
1 cup diced kale
1/2 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cups thinly sliced onion
1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
1/2 lime cut into wedges
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds
1/3 cup cashews
Cilantro for serving

package of rice noodles (we used the whole package, honestly it was too much) since we were feeding three of us, half a package would have been fine.

Soak the noodles in very warm water for at least 30-45 minutes.

Cook onions, tofu, red pepper, carrot in grapeseed oil until onions get slightly translucent and tofu gets colored and firms up. (I use medium texture tofu)  Add Kale and a 2 tablespoons of water and steam quickly.

turn heat down to low and simmer until water is evaporated.  Add noodles and sauce to vegetables, tossing until all is covered.   Continue cooking until noodles are soft.

Serve in bowl topped with chopped cilantro, sesame seed and chopped cashews, with a lime wedge on the side.

(tips I learned from this recipe:  Cooking thai noodles is kind of tricky.  Overcook and you have mush, under cook and they are chewy.  Much smaller window and room for error compared to wheat pasta. Next time I make this, I will be sure my noodles are pretty much done before I toss with the veggies and sauce.  Rice noodles are delicate and the more you stir them around in the pan, the more they break apart)

After dinner we made this cake, compliments of Jenny Doh.  It is a paleo recipe and was fabulous!


Let me know what you think!


Saturday, January 4, 2014

Saturday Bliss

You know those days and you wake up, cranky?  Well, today was one of those days.
Trying to snap myself out of my mood, I decided to work on a few neglected projects
for myself.  This between working on Kits for my "Valentine Cupcake Girl" class in two weeks and an order for 5 Custom Cupcake girls for this super FAB client of mine.

First, "Mr. Byrd".  You see, he has been lying in a little bin in my garage studio for, oh, say
2 years.  Waiting ever so patiently for me to get to him.  You know the projects you have for
yourself, just never seem to take priority over, say...the "paying" orders.  ;-)

Mr. Bird resides on my desk right next to my computer, to gently remind me to Stay focused
on my direction.  (he has a compass as a necklace, um since his eyesight is not so swell)

Secondly, "be the change you wish to see in the world" is perhaps my favorite quote of all time.
Been wanting to make a "junk" sign to hang above my sliding door in the family room. Pretty happy with it.

Lastly, my "Bloom" sign needed a little juging...you know goodging?  Good grief how to you spell it???  To "Spiff" something up....anyone?  anyone? Pray tell me if you know.

"Bloom" got the leaves added to the corners and hung next to my Favorite Mannequin...full of....BLOOMS.  Ha.

Yep one of those days. If I weren't in the middle of a juice fast and trying to kick my wine and caffeine habit, I'd open a bottle of wine. No wonder I woke up cranky! LOL ;-)

Have a great remainder of the weekend!!! XOXO ~ Lisa