Tuesday, September 24, 2013



Oceana Gratitude Bowl Number 1

Sold. Thank you Connie.

Number 2 still available.

Oceana Gratitude Bowl Number 2

I’ve named my new series, Gratitude Bowls. They are similar to my Burning Bowls which are used to burn away any problems and habits by placing statements inside on small pieces of paper and then burning them out of your life. I like the idea of placing small statements of gratitude into the bowls and reading them on occasion to remind myself of all the things I have to be thankful for. Actually, it might be a good idea to use them for both.

Back Number 1

I read somewhere that gratitude is the open door to abundance. This makes sense because when you are truly thankful for what you already have, life has a way of delivering more of the same.

Side Number 1

Since summer is waning and I’m already missing it along with the ocean, it seemed appropriate to use the ocean as my theme for the first two bowls. Hope you like them.

Close-Up Number 1

Bowl number 1 is 6”wide x 5” deep x 11” high and features beautiful shells and a stained glass basin. I have priced both bowls at $68.00 each.

Bowl number 2 is smaller at 5” wide x 5” deep x 9” high and features assorted shells and stained glass basin.

I have just placed them on Etsy where you can view more pictures or you can purchase directly from me via my e-mail. Click here to view bowl number 1. Click here to view bowl number 2.

Side Number 2

Back Number 2

From the Top Number 2

Thanks so much for visiting.

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Sunday, September 15, 2013



Gypsy Trish

What can I say? Yesterday, after a fun day at the market where I sell my work, some of my gypsy women friends returned to Woodloft (my home) with me to have dinner and a last swim of the year. One thing led to another, and before long, we were all drinking wine and creating gypsy hats and scarves. The more wine we drank, the wilder the hats and scarves became.

Kyle and Gene

Kyle slumps glass wine bottles and transforms them into amazing crudite dishes. They are great for olives, cheese and whatever else you might think of. I love the way this Italian wine bottle turned out.

Gene is our market photographer. He loves to dress up each Saturday. Usually he wears wild shirts and ties. I had purchased this Italian silk tie from a friend years ago. It is hard to believe that he painted each one of the faces onto pistachio nuts! Gene is a good sport. He wore the tie all day long, even though customers were making more remarks about the tie than his work!

Leigh Ann and Wayne

My chef friend Wayne decided to purchase a new top hat. I think it suits him well. He and Leigh Ann stopped by to say hello on thier way to explore a new restaurant in town.

Trish and Purple Gypsy Hat

Anna Weaves Intricate Beadwork Onto Her Hat

Val Examines Small Embellishment

Gypsy Claire

Yours Truly-I Used A Beautiful Butterfly and Lots of Jangles On my Cloche Scarf

Gypsy Rebecca

Indonesian Noodles

This noodle dish was one of the most flavorful dishes I have ever eaten. There are lots of ingredients but Anna says it goes together fast. Anna has generously given her recipe.

Indonesian Noodle Recipe

1 lb angel hair or oriental rice stick noodles, cooked until al dente, drained and cooled under cold running water
1 small bunch scallions, white bulb and green stalks, sliced
1/2 lb. snow peas, strings removed, blanched in boiling water for 30 seconds, rinsed under cold running water, and then cut lengthwise in half
1/2 (or more) red pepper, seeded
and cut into thin julienne strips
1/2 (or more) yellow pepper, seeded and cut into thin julienne strips
1 small can sliced water chestnuts, drained
1 small can sliced bamboo shoots, drained
1 jar pickled baby corn (I don't use them because I don't like them)
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1 lb. small shrimp, peeled, deveined and cooked just until opaque (I substituted a package of fake crabmeat, chopped, sauteed and cooled)
1/2 cup salted peanuts (or more to taste)
1/4 cup (or slightly less) TOASTED sesame oil (the Food Coop had it last time I looked)
1/2 cup soy sauce or more to taste
1 3/4 cups Hellman's mayonaise (more or less to taste)
Hot chile oil to taste
(all of these amounts can be altered to suit personal taste)
1. Place the drained pasta in a large mixing bowl. Add the julienned vegetables, the water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, baby corn, parsley, shrimp and peanuts. Toss to combine.
2. Whisk the sesame oil, soy sauce, and mayonnaise together in a small mixing bowl. Pour the dressing over the noodles and mix thoroughly with your hands to ensure that the salad is evenly coated. Season with drops of hot chile oil to taste.

Wayne's Last Meal Lasagna

My chef friend Wayne created this recipe called "Wayne's Last Meal Lasagna." He named it this because one guest mentioned that if she were on death row and had a choice of her last meal, it would be this fabulous lasagna. Unfortunately, it is difficult to make..here is the link for the recipe for those who are interested.

Finished Purple Gypsy hat-We Realize These Hats Were Just For Fun-No Great Craft Work Here!

Anna's Hat in Progress

Noone ever said that we artists are a normal bunch but you can be sure, we do have fun! Hope you enjoyed my silly post of life here at Gyspy Grove.

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Thursday, September 5, 2013



Often times, I’m inspired to sculpt because of some object that I’ve come across in my treasure hunts. For example, I found an old necklace at an antique dealers shop. It was from India. It has jangles and a very old patina. I fell in love with it instantly and knew I wanted to create a tall standing Goddess befitting of it. Soaring Spirit was born. Her face spoke to me as I sculpted her. She seemed to be telling me of her struggle with becoming her own person. She had given her life to others and now it was time for her to begin anew.

Full length view

Soaring Spirit

A voice sounded..at first it seemed to be a Murmur. Quietly it expressed the thought.. "Take your power now." As the days passed, it became increasingly Louder until it became as a roar, vibrating her Entire being.. "Take your power now.!" She Began to reexamine her life. So much time Had passed, and in all that time she had Remained spiritually deaf and blind. She had Not heard..She had not seen...and the voice Continued speaking to her..resonating Throughout every cell in her body..electrifying To the inner core of her soul until she had no choice but to listen.."Take your power now." It continued. "For you have given your life To others and in that giving, you have emptied Yourself. It is only when you are empty that you Can truly be full and free to live".....

Cheryl Dolby

close-up of necklace


Soaring Spirit is 23”high x 10”deep by 8” wide. I have sculpted her with stoneware clay which I then fired in my kiln. Her embellishments include the old necklace from India, and beautiful upholstery cloth. She is priced at $325.00. I have signed up for Paypal’s relatively new feature of buying now and making several payments that are interest free! This will help tremendously with purchasing one of my larger pieces since shipping can be costly for these items. Just go to my right hand side bar and click on the Paypal “Bill me later” logo and they will walk you through this wonderful new feature. If you decide to use it, just click my Etsy shop and choose “Bill me later.” You also can e-mail me for more questions or to purchase by check.

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