Friday, December 25, 2015

Wishing you a Merry Christmas!

Wishing you a Merry Christmas from me and my frosty friends to you!

If I haven't said it enough, allow me to say it again. THANK YOU for your dear support, admiration for my art and kind remarks along the way. For those who travelled from both near and far to visit us at a show this year and share my art with friends and family, many thanks to you as well! It is a JOY to be on this creative journey with you. My wish is that my art brings you countless years of smiles and delight.

Hugs & Happy Holidays!

~ Johanna, JP & Jack

Monday, December 7, 2015

"Iggy Frost" the Penguin ~ Silent Auction

If you're like me, you love the vision of a baby Penguin! Watching them frolic brings such joy, and these animated characters remind me of winter magic, generating curiosity and many smiles. As they live so far off on the icy edges of earth, we tend to bring them to life in our imaginations and hearts. So, in honor of these enchanting creatures, I was inspired to create a one of a kind penguin candy container for this holiday season. As it turns out, he's quite charming, and I am rather partial to sweet Iggy. While placing a price on my art is always a challenge, I have decided to toss that snowball to you! If you are interested in "Iggy Frost" please EMAIL ME with your Best Offer. This is a Silent Auction, and I will be accepting your bids for one week. By Noon this coming Sunday, the 13th, I will update all bidding participants via email with the highest best offer along with an invitation to place another bid. The winning bid will be determined the following day by Noon EST on Monday, December 14th, and the winner will be notified via email.

If you are fond of Iggy Frost, I suggest you place an early starting bid to join in my email notification loop. Then, if you wish, on Sunday you will have 24 hours to top the highest offer before the auction ends. I appreciate your bids of affection and support! HAPPY FROSTY WINTER!

PS: Don't forget that I'm also hosting a Frosty Friends Web Sale on this Sunday evening too!

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UPDATE: Iggy's Auction has now Ended with a Best Offer of $780
Many Thanks to ALL who participated! :)

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MEET the delightful "Iggy Frost".........


* Here he's catching some morning rays in my new studio space, where I lovingly created him from scratch.


* Iggy has the sweetest profile. Maybe if I tickle his beak, or pinch his cheek, he'll start singing a jolly song!


* We crafted Iggy in 2 parts, so you can simply twist off his head to fill his container base with treats or whatever you wish!

- 9.5" tall x 4.5" wide

- One of a kind, hand sculpted and painted candy container with removable head-lid

- Accents include hand sewn vintage crepe paper bow tie, wisp collar, glass glitter trims and mica    shimmer

- Signed and Dated, 1/1

EMAIL your Best Offer to:

You will receive an email confirmation. However, if you do not receive a reply, please try sending your best offer to:  During this auction, bidders and bids will not be revealed. This is a silent auction. Many thanks to ALL participants :)


* Iggy Frost proudly strikes a pose. A light and fluffy black collar of wisp adds texture and whimsy.


* A medley of hand-painted snowflakes are sprinkled across the sides and back of his base.


* Front and center is a jovial scene of a hand-painted Iggy, ice-skating along the way.......


* A ruffle-like brim of papier mache trims the top of his container cup and adds another touch of vintage red.


* He wears a jolly winter hat with sculpted details and delicate bands of black glass glitter.


* More wintery flakes and wind swirls decorate the back...........


* Twist his cup around for a different look too!


* Signed and Dated, 1/1...........


* Take me home! I'm unique to the world :)

Thank you for your interest and support!

Best Wishes,
~ Johanna

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P.S. : Those who follow me on social media or have joined my mailing list will know that I am hosting a Frosty Friends Web Sale of originals soon! Sunday Evening, December 13th is the official date! Please Join my Mailing List to stay in the loop for details and start time. I will have over a dozen original delights to offer!

Saturday, December 5, 2015

My New Sunny Studio!.......

Our spring cleaning started early this year and right amidst my busy holiday show season. And, as  inspiration often arrives in spontaneous waves, it tosses time and schedules to the wind! So, that's where we found ourselves right after my Halloween birthday. A need for change and organization was in the air, and although I admit that I was reluctant to jump on JP's Project: Home-Overhaul, I am now so glad that I did. If you wondered where I disappeared to during the month of November, well, I was busy sifting through my art supplies, and reshuffling my garage workshop and house!

I distinctly remember a highly intuitive friend of mine pulling me aside in October to share her vision that we would soon be moving, and I would have a sunny studio with lots of natural light. The idea of moving had me puzzled and actually a little sad, so I just stored her vision away. However, within two weeks, JP and I were boxing up our things, carting furniture around and lifting heavy equipment up and down the stairs. It wasn't until after the grand reorganization plan began, that I recalled her words and realized the truth in her vision. I was moving out of my garage workshop space and into our back sunroom, with three walls of windows! Uh-Hah! Although we didn't have to change our physical address to achieve her sunny studio premonition, we pretty much MOVED a lot of stuff. In fact, we are still sifting through this and that, and settling in our changed surroundings, but all feels good and well!

In between this massive stuff-shuffle, as I like to call it, I have been sculpting frosty folk art friends for a December 13th Web Sale. Fortunately, settling in my new creative space came naturally, and I delighted in decorating my artist nook. The vintage red and green hues offered much playful musings while I painted my holiday characters. While it's not quite perfect, it's better and better each day. Here are a few photos of both my new sunny sunroom space and some folk art in the works!

~ Johanna


* That's me in my tattered apron, smiling wide! JP made my beautiful workbench years ago, and finally, it has a chance to be seen! Now, if I can just keep the surface clean.. . .


* My buddy Jack is now my creative partner too! He is excited to see me throughout each day in one of his favorite bird-watching rooms.......


* My creative space from a distance is framed by our 1939 kitchen entry arch...


* My workbench is clustered with a variety of projects in the works. I hung a vintage half apron and a  pair of table cloth corners in the lower halves of the windows for partial privacy and good cheer. Of course, Jack can still peek out, so all is good!


* JP snuck up from behind to catch me painting a snowgirl! An old family handmade shelf was dusted off from storage and now serves as my brush keeper. It's a perfect fit! It's almost as if it's been waiting all these years to hang right here . . .


* Here's a peek at some winter characters in the works for my December 13th Web Sale . . . It's just around the corner!


* Eek, JP caught me licking my brush! I bet I'm not the only painter that does this in order to keep the fine bristles to a crisp point. . .


* And look who's now watching me from behind! Jack on a colorful cushion of course! The old kitchen hutch now houses art supplies as well as a few pots and pans :)


Thanks for stopping by to visit me in my new creative space . . . I'll take more photos after the holidays. For now, I'm wishing you much joy and many smiles!

( Jane, you were right! :)