Monday, November 25, 2013




Amphitrite left, Galene Right

I was delighted and surprised one day when a past customer and friend contacted me on Facebook. I remembered Maralynne had meticulous taste in her decorating and I was humbled years ago that she chose many of my sculptures to adorn her home. Maralynne saw the Sea Goddess I featured on my blog a few weeks ago and felt that a similar one might be perfect for her new home in Florida. Maralynne gave me specifics and I was up for the challenge since I knew she would be easy to work with and we would end up with gratifying results.

Amphitrite Left, Galene Right

I wanted to create a Sea Goddess that looked as though she was the very essence of the ocean. When I finished sculpting her, I named her Galene. In Greek mythology, Galene means Goddess of Calm Seas. I tried to infuse a serene and tranquil look in her eyes, as if she is gazing off into the ocean and remembering her beginnings.

Galene Front, Amphitrite Back

I was pleased with the results but I wanted to be sure Maralynne was happy and decided to give her a choice of another Goddess. Amphitrite was born. Amphitrite, in mythology, is the queen of the sea and wife of Poseidon. She is the female personification of the sea. I wanted to bestow her with a look and feel of one who rules the ocean and yet is humbled by it.


I gave both Goddesses white garments that billow and will match Maralynne’s dining room chairs and soft Florida light. I’ve added touches of purple and green and a smattering of turquoise, as Maralynne suggested. These items can be removed if desired. Both Goddesses are regal and render chic sophistication - just like Maralynne.


Since Maralynne will be seeing this post the same time as my readers, she will choose which Goddess will come to live with her. The other Goddess will then be for sale and placed on Etsy. If you are interested, please e-mail and I’ll let you know which Goddess she chooses. Goddess Galene is approx 25” h x 15"d x 15" wide. Goddess Amphitrite is approx 23" h x 25" w x 15" w. The billowing fabric can be expanded or contracted according to space. I created both with stoneware clay and of course love.



Thanks for viewing.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013




Front View

I almost always name the pieces that I create with tree bark, clay and all sorts of moss and woodsy items, “Grandmother Tree.” I’ve recently decided to use the same story but to give each ‘tree’ a Celtic Goddess name.

For my latest “Grandmother Tree” I decided on the name Druantia. She is celebrated at Beltane and given credit for the creation of the Celtic Tree Calendar-the Oghman. It is believed that Druantia had her origins in Gaul. The 'root' of her name drus, means ‘oak’, and she is associated with the Dryad. She also reigns as queen of the tree fairies. The Dryads were known to be protective of their native trees and believed, as do the followers of flower essences and nature spirits, that trees must be given respect and be thanked for anything taken from them such as acorns or tree branches.



The trees are alive! She wandered into the garden early one morning and she heard them speak to one another.. It was a language spoken on another another vibrational time frame. They spoke of healing with power and energy and of the relationship between energy and matter.

She was drawn to an ancient Chinese Elm and as she leaned her body next to the base, somehow she felt immersed in the tree and felt herself slip into the tree..was one with the tree and knew that she was the tree.....

~Cheryl Dolby~

Side View

I created Druantia with moss, driftwood, clay, feather, lotus pods and of course love, as is in all my pieces. She is 18” high and 9” deep and 8” wide and I have priced her at $225.00 If you are interested in purchasing her, I just placed her on Etsy, where you can also see more views or you can e-mail me directly.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013




About once a week, I try a new recipe. Sometimes I create one of my own by experimentation and other times I try one I find online or in one of my hundreds of cookbooks. My recipes don’t always turn out but every once in awhile I find a “keeper.” Apple Upside-Down Cake is just such a recipe. I found it on the King Arthur Flour website.

Wonder What Happened To The Rest Of The Cake?

A few years back, the King Arthur crew came to Roanoke and taught a bread making session. My daughter Kirsten and I were able to attend. We were quite impressed.

What I like about this cake is that it uses only one cake pan and the finished product looks like you have been slaving in the kitchen for hours. It is very impressive looking. Unfortunately, my friend Leslie and I had already dived into it before I remembered to take a picture, which is the reason you see the half cake. Another good thing about the cake is that the sauce can be heated and served over the cake at any time, making it seem as if it just came out of the oven. Perfect for a Thanksgiving gathering.

King Arthur’s site featuring the cake is :

I’ve copied it below as well with a few minor revisions I made.



2 medium apples
4 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate-I used the apple concentrade.
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup light corn syrup


3/4 cup vegetable oil-I didn’t have any so used Olive oil-expecting the worse and got really good results. I’ll try the vegetable oil next time.
1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
2 tablespoons boiled cider or thawed apple juice concentrate
2 large eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 large apple, peeled and finely chopped
3/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional


1) Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9" round cake pan at least 2" deep. Line the bottom with parchment, and grease the parchment.
2) Slice the top, including the stem, off one of the apples and set it aside before peeling and slicing the rest of the apples into 1/4" thick wedges.
3) Place the apple top, stem side down, in the middle of the pan, and overlap the rest of the apple wedges in a ring around it.(Be sure the apple is sliced to lay flat with the top of pan)
4) Prepare the topping by heating the butter, sugar, boiled cider, cinnamon, and corn syrup together over low heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
5) Pour 1/2 cup of the syrup mixture into the prepared pan, and set the rest aside.
6) To make the cake: Beat the oil, brown sugar, boiled cider, eggs, spices, and salt together for 2 minutes at medium speed
7) Mix the flour with the baking soda, and stir it into the batter.
8) Add the chopped apple and nuts, and mix until just blended.
9) Drop scoops of the batter atop the apples in the pan, gently spreading to cover.
10) Bake the cake for 50 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted near the center comes out clean.
11) Remove the cake from the oven, and run a thin spatula around the edge to loosen.
12) Let the cake cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn it out onto a serving plate, bottom side up. Scrape out any sauce that remains in the pan, and spread it over the cake.
13) Reheat the reserved topping. If butter starts to separate as you reheat, add water by the teaspoon and stir until the butter rejoins the rest of the sauce.
14) Pour the sauce over the cake. Serve cake warm or at room temperature, with whipped cream if desired. I used ice cream..delicious!

Yield: 8 to 10 servings.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013




Sold. Thank you Lisa!

I had an idea concerning my new gypsy sculpture series. I decided to sculpt a gypsy out of clay, and then create a large gypsy painting that is identical to the sculpture. Well, as ideas sometimes go, this one is presenting some difficulties. I sold the first gypsy sculpture of Zigana, which I posted a few weeks ago. I already had started the painting but now must look at the picture I took to try to duplicate. After working on the painting these past weeks, I have decided instead, to try to create an ‘essence’ of the sculpture and not recreate an exact match.

Beginning of Oil Painting to Match Zigana-I've Got a Long Way To Go!

In the meantime, I sculpted my second gypsy in the series and will take a picture and enlarge her too just in case she sells. My goal is to create 10 large paintings. I always aim for the stars.

As in the case with a lot of artists, I am most inspired by the materials I find for my work. I had a beautiful old fragment of material that was hand crafted in India. Little glistening beads with purple filament kept calling to me saying, “please use me in one of your sculptures.” With that in hand and some other gypsy looking cloth, Ariel was created. I sculpted her of stoneware clay, fired her in the kiln and had a wonderful time dressing her. I used antique Native American trade beads called 'Christmas beads' and another antique strand from my stash.

View of Zigana I've Chosen To Paint

Just to get you in the gypsy frame of mind, I’m posting a video of some Gypsy Vardo Wagons. I think you’ll like the authentic music and wagons.

Back View of Ariel

Side View of Ariel

Full View of Ariel

Ariel is 23” high x 12" wide and 12"deep. I have priced her at $350. If you are interested in purchasing, you can preview more pictures of her on Etsy or contact me directly at my e-mail.

Here is her story:


Ribbons of light were drifting on the wings of the wind Cosmic rhythms beating unmercifully, began to reveal to her the secrets of her heart. She began to feel infinite love, wisdom and energy in the universe. She had finally connected with her higher self and she knew she was a radiant being, filled with light And love. She was Ariel, daughter of the moon and Goddess of flight.

~Cheryl Dolby~

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Ocean Extravaganza!


Close-up of Oceana number 1- Price is $350.00. Click here to see more views

Sold. Thank you Patty! The other 5 are still available

Since I have depleted the sea fans and other unusual sea items from my stash, today will be the last day I will be offering my Oceana series for sale till next summer. Several people e-mailed and asked me to create more with the small seahorse so I included them in some of the sculptures.

Side View of Oceana Number 1

While sculpting the large Oceana Sea Goddess, I felt the words coming alive from her story..they seemed to resonate to me as I was sculpting her face. I wanted her to look as though she had just inhaled the wonderful aroma of the sea.

Front View Oceana Number 1

Front View Oceana Number 2- Price is $110.00. Click here to see more views

Oceana number 3- Price is $68.00 Click here to see more views

Oceana number 4- Priced at $78.00 Click here to see more views

Oceana number 5- Priced at $55.00 Click here to see more views

Oceana Number 6 Just $46.00-Last but not least- Click here to see more views

Here is the Ocean story I have written for all of my ocean pieces:


As she was standing at the edge of the ocean she could hear the waves chanting their familiar song. “Come to me, I am greater than you, I am wiser than you..I am the one.” She resisted once again. How long could she continue to resist… How much longer before she embraced her larger self, her destiny, her soul… ..the sea….

~ Cheryl Dolby~

If you are interested in purchasing any of these pieces, please e-mail me. To see more views of each sculpture, click on the etsy link at the bottom of each picture. Thanks so much for visiting today.

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