Studio Snacks 3: Sandy Buffie

Dryer lint with mice anyone?

By Sandy Buffie and Jamie Birch


Are you a dryer lint hoarder too?  Have problems with mice?  If so, this blog is for you!  This is our third monthly post introducing artists, studios and snacks from our collective Studio Snacks book.

This month’s featured artist is…me, Sandy Buffie!  I live on beautiful Kiawah Island, SC with my husband Craig; we have two sons, one daughter and several stuffed animals.  My studio is a large space on the ground level of our island home so please, no hurricanes!  But seriously, it is a great space with natural light, views of the marsh and plenty of room for me to make a mess by day and host art-making parties by night.


Sandy’s studio at the beginning of the week.

Sandy’s studio at the end of the week.

I spend most of my time these days making jewelry (cuffs, necklaces, earrings, bootstraps and more) from found objects and recycled materials.  I work with a lot of copper wire, metal and old keepsakes of any kind.  But years ago, when I was just starting out, my hobby was making art from dryer lint.   You read that right, dryer lint!  I have made light-plate switches and decorative pins to life-sized busts of Einstein, Johnny Depp, George Clooney and Frankenstein.  It is a blast.

Pewter Embossed Copper Cuff
by Sandy Buffie

Sparrow- dryer lint
by Sandy Buffie

Sandy’s lint studio

While I am working in the studio, and especially on “art night” with my fellow local artists, snacking is just part of the deal.  Today’s delicious recipe is something called chocolate covered cherry mice.  Now there really aren’t any rodent parts in the dessert, but there is a lot of chocolate, some cherries and a few other ingredients to hold it all together.  But let’s face the truth, it is really all about the chocolate.  Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Cherry Mice

If you have a favorite snack recipe or use an unusual art medium, we want to know.  You may end up being next months featured artist.  Don’t forget to leave us a comment!

To make the chocolate covered cherry mice:

Dry off maraschino cherries on a paper towel, hold by the tail and dip in melted chocolate.  Press two almond slices on end and cap with chocolate kiss.  Yummy and so cute!!

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