Friday, May 29, 2009


My sister should be getting her box today and I am so excited and waiting for her to call me.   I thought I would give you guys a look at what I made for her.   She had said she would love to have a bird fairy after seeing the ones I had made.   I bought two from Paula Best and then decided I could make some more on my own so I could have a collection on my wall.   I made this one for Lark - of course - Nurse themed.   The necklace circle '09 Grad I made from PMC3 clay.  I bought the charm.  I wish I was that talented to make the charm.    CALLL ME LARKIE POO!!!!!  I can't wait for you to open it!!!!!!!  

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

They are growing so FAST!!!

All three of the baby birds can't fit in the nest.    See - that's what happens when you eat when you are bored.  LOL.   

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Fly away butterflies!

My daughter and I made these cupcakes for her teachers.   Teacher appreciation!!!  My sister sent me this wonderful book called "Hello Cupcake."   The cupcakes in there are so fantastic.  I wish I had the energy to make every one of them.  Next time you go to a bookstore - find it and look through it.   The author encourages you to use the icing in the can at the grocery store.  Love that.  No guilt of not making it from scratch.  

Saturday, May 23, 2009


We have a crazy Robin that doesn't know where to build a nest.  Every year she puts it somewhere in a low tree or on my deck and either the cats get the nest or a mean BlueJay.   Well she insisted on putting her nest in a small spruce tree beside my house.  It is only 4 feet off the ground and there is a white cat that we keep running off and we have even let the dog out to chase the cat away.   But I did take a picture of the baby birds - I couldn't resist.  It just proves that spring is really here.   I think I have been in denial about it being the end of May because my baby - who is 11 is going to graduate 5th grade and go into middle school.  That really has me a mess.  I don't want her to grow up so fast.   Like the baby birds - they are growing so fast in that nest and in a week they will be too big to be in there - they will have to leave home.    They just sit the whole time with their mouths open - hungry all the time.  Or maybe they are just bored.  I can hear them saying as I listen very closely "Am I eating because I'm hungry or because I'm bored.  This nest is so boring and my brother and sister are taking up all the room."  

Friday, May 15, 2009


My little sister Lark (short black hair in picture above) who is also my best friend - PASSED her Nursing Finals yesterday.  Lark lives in Cape Cod, MA.  She is such a caring and giving woman that she will be a GREAT nurse.  I am so proud of her I could just burst.  I want to run through the streets, have a plane with a huge banner flying being hit through the air and tell everyone that MY SISTER PASSED HER FINALS - she did IT!!!!  (Although I knew she would.)  She was a nervous wreck over the final and now she feels like 3,000 pounds have been lifted off her shoulders (and mine too cause I feel everything she goes through because we are so close).  YOU GO GIRL, baby sister Lark.  I am so PROUD OF YOU!!!!   It breaks my heart that I can't be with her on graduation day, but I will be there in spirit screaming and whoooohoooing for her.    

Monday, May 11, 2009


I made this collage for demo night at Artiscape.  It is of one of my GREAT friends Gaye Medbury.  Ain't she cute.   All the things that make up Gaye - except her big heart.  I should have added that to it.    This is actually her when she was a little girl.  Love it - and her!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009


"Red" is on Etsy as a pendant.  She is titled "Peace" on there.   So appropriate for what is going on in our world today.  I am still learning how to get my link connected to her.  Hard being a newbie to blogging.   But if you click on the Etsy link to the right - then type in paulahardesty as all one word and you have to change the left to Sellers - then she will come up.    I am working on more pieces today to get up on Etsy.  check back soon!

Friday, May 8, 2009


Meet "Red" - she was so much fun to paint.   DJ Pettitt came to Kentucky last year and taught our group how to paint faces.   We had so much fun.  So I ventured out on my own - drew my own face and body - created the background using mostly Golden's Fluid Acrylic paints.  

Monday, May 4, 2009

A baby elephant named "Scotty"

My mom has started to find a passion in watercolor painting.  I have been trying to get her into something for a while now.  I want her to be as obsessed and passionate about creating as I am.   This is a picture of our baby elephant here at the Louisville Zoo.  He is 2 years old now and his name is Scotty.  I am impressed with her first pieces.  I sure couldn't draw like that.  

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Kentucky DERBY today!!!

It is time again for the Derby.   I LOVE seeing all the hats and think to myself - I could make that one.  Wouldn't that be fun - make your own hat and go to the derby, but only if I can be on Millionaire's Row.  This reminds me of Coco Chanel.

Friday, May 1, 2009

More from Columbus, Ohio-Artiscape


I just hate that April is over and I just started my blog and now it looks like I have nothing on May.   I wanted to share though some more pictures of beautiful Columbus, Ohio.  Where Artiscape is held.   Also - this was the bus in the parking lot of our hotel.  Very cool!

More from My Class "Fearless Collage" that I teach.

My Class called "Fearless Collage"

Here are some pictures of a class I teach called "Fearless Collage".