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Praying for a Christmas Miracle

Bottles of Hope 2015

As we all rush around this holiday season being “oh sooo BUSY” lets take a moment to remember that some folks will be spending the holiday in a hospital or in hospice, while their family members and friends  are praying for a Christmas Miracle.

These are just the current Bottles of Hope that will be brought to the local hospital to be given to the nurses who work on the Chemo ward. What are Bottles of Hope ? Well as Marie Segal said in this interview “There is a little bit a magic that people put inside these bottles”

I’m so honored to be a part of this type of creative community and the fact that the nurses give these bottles to patients just when they may need that little bit of lift me up after a trying day it adds to the love and magic that each bottle contains.

Please to all my polymer clay creative friends just take a few minutes even use your scrap clay from a current project to make a Bottle of Hope to give to the hospitals at this time of year.


For the REAL Angels a lil angel

The guild I belong to donate their time, love and creativity all the time to community events like this one. That is just one of the reasons I feel so grateful to be a member of this group.

image001Here is my little angel. I made her for a really great cause. She will be joined with many many more polymer clay ornaments that will adorn a decorated Christmas tree for the  26th Annual Ronald McDonlad house Trees for Hope auction.

I will make sure I take tons of pictures of all the ornaments that will decorate this tree!

If you would like to see how I made this little angel I have all the step by steps pictures and details on the                             Makin’s Clay blog.

I also riffed on this idea and Made these cute little contemporary looking Christmas trees. You can look on my Facebook page for the quick photos that show all my steps to make the trees as well. The trees like the angle can either be free standing or strung to hang on your tree. Tree-Table-over-lite-CU-11-


I GOT your back! The easy way…..

Makin’s Clay® has got your back!!


Extruded back



All you need is your Ultimate clay Extruder and Disc # 17 the triangle from the original disc set that comes with this extruder and the Makin’s Clay clay core adapters is the SHHHH secret weapon to make this so easy. Just load the extruder with your clay add the core adapter od your choice and then the triangle disc so in one step you get the shape you want with a hole in the center. I like to cover that with one last thin layer of matching clay to polish the look and guarantee it will stay in place.




Genius !

Klay Away 2015  New Hampshire

This was my 1st Klay Away Retreat and I had a BLAST !

If you have never been to a polymer clay retreat I highly recommend it! Everyone is so kind and supportive and so much FUN! Folks travel from far and wide for these 4 day events. One such traveler was Pat G; she and Diane N came all the way from Ontario (yea it is THAT FUN! )

Pat was one of the teachers giving demos this year. She was nice enough to share her tips and tricks with the gang. One of her tricks was this amazing and creative idea for holding her Makin’s Clay Ultimate Extruder. She just “Macgyvered” it using what she had in her basement. She took the hardware used to hold a broom and mop handles and added it to a piece of wood and then clamped the whole thing down to her table. This helps her control the flow of the clay as it comes out. She showed the group how to make her extruded canes as seen here. I only wish you could feel them to see how they feel like glass. Pat is one of those patient people and she sands and buffs her pieces till they have a smooth gloss finish!

What is your favorite handmade tool?


Pat Ghadbane Klay away 2015 class

My June project for Makin’s Clay

Baroque Style Earrings


Makin's Clay Tutorial for June by Carole Monahan
Makin’s Clay Tutorial for June by Carole Monahan


I have my 3rd detailed Tutorial that JUST came out on the Makin’s Clay® Blog

You can see all the details on how to make these great earrings plus all the amazing tips and trick and tutorials to look and learn from!

Just follow this link below to see all sorts of fun SUMMER TIME projects!

Remember this is ALL AIR DRY CLAY so do don’t have to turn on your oven and heat up the house!

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Carole’s June project


Remember Be Boundless Be Creative !

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