A Unique Folk Art with a whisper to the past~

They truly ARE the voices in my head.







Thursday, June 30, 2016

This Magic Moment

Charlotte is such a gentle soul.
Her smile and twinkle remind me of her namesake.

has opened once again 
and I am so excited 
to show you Charlotte 
AND 
see what everyone else has made!
You can bet,
 I am right there taking a peek
 with all of you.

I love the twinkle in her eye...
she is a merry maker!

My Blue friend 
had magic in her
from the start...
It started step by step.

First,
 with those beautiful eyes,
 that seem to look right at you.


That fabric...
has been in my stash for over 2 years.
I knew it was perfect for a Jarrahdale as soon as I saw it...

Then in her finish...
which is new for me ~ 
and I adore.
It opens the possibilities for more sculpts that need this look
to complete my vision.

The fabric itself went through a process...
not just the usual for a little aging.
It had a sheen to it,
that just did not work for her.

And finally~
Her dress.
I LOVE not just the color,
but the style
and 
the bustle.

I am not a fancy patterner
by any means.

I adore simple,
with clever details...

but, 
this was 
my personal challenge 
to myself.
The final part
that added up to
 one
 magical 
Pumpkin Ladye!



This Magic Moment

Charlotte is such a gentle soul.
Her smile and twinkle remind me of her namesake.

has opened once again 
and I am so excited 
to show you Charlotte 
AND 
see what everyone else has made!
You can bet,
 I am right there taking a peek
 with all of you.

I love the twinkle in her eye...
she is a merry maker!

My Blue friend 
had magic in her
from the start...
It started step by step.

First,
 with those beautiful eyes,
 that seem to look right at you.


That fabric...
has been in my stash for over 2 years.
I knew it was perfect for a Jarrahdale as soon as I saw it...

Then in her finish...
which is new for me ~ 
and I adore.
It opens the possibilities for more sculpts that need this look
to complete my vision.

The fabric itself went through a process...
not just the usual for a little aging.
It had a sheen to it,
that just did not work for her.

And finally~
Her dress.
I LOVE not just the color,
but the style
and 
the bustle.

I am not a fancy patterner
by any means.

I adore simple,
with clever details...

but, 
this was 
my personal challenge 
to myself.
The final part
that added up to
 one
 magical 
Pumpkin Ladye!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

I Speak In Fabric....


I love textiles...
and have been drawn to them
 from the time I was little.

 Stitchery, laces 
and 
intricate handwork
capture me,
but.... 

Fabric draws me like deer to headlights.
I step into a fabric store 
and the voices come... 

"I need" and "will you look at this"
babble away..
Sometimes not just in my head; 
but making their presence known in what I call
" The Rainman Effect"


Yes.. I babble away in my own little world 
as Dustin Hoffman's Character did.
Friends and family can attest to it.
I'm sure that I am entertainment to some.
To me, 
it is very important business 
that is done between bolts and the Universe.
When I walk out with my treasures,
 I know if they are Pumpkin Ladye dresses,
Mousel apparel~
or just a piece that I need to covet...
 until they whisper where they go.
Exactly like the orange fabric in the picture.
Stay tuned!

~ * ~

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Strawberry Moon And A Firefly Summer

Halle~ the first of the 2016 Pumpkin Ladyes

In the wee hours of Monday 
I went out to peek at the moon.
Summer Solstice with a Full moon is magical indeed.
Clouds were racing in front of the moon at times...
 the winds carried the smell
 of pine and roses,
wrapping me like a quilt.
This is the start of my Firefly Summer....

Mz Soot~ Black Cat Ladye

Summer memories of my childhood.
Endless days, 
filled with family, friends and adventures;
but it was the nights
 that were always my favorite.

At the sight of the first Firefly, 
we gathered jars..
running about and capturing them.

We marveled over their magical ability 
and wondered if there was really an
"Ugly Bug Ball"...
as Aunt Edna once told me.

How fun would it be to see that~
or catch a glimpse of fairies.
These nights always ended much too soon..

A jar full of twinkles would fly out at the end of the night.
To bed we would go~
Sleepy and intoxicated 
with belief in magic,
that always happened while we were asleep
and
 we were never quite able to capture it....


Weaving wee baskets of wire.
I love that I am able to make and create most all of the little details.

And so now,
 there are wee ones once again...
and we will be able to pass the magic
of a Firefly Summer on.
For me;
 especially~
I will be creating my own magical friends to keep me company, 
a short while.
 They will go to new homes and families.
It seems, 
that I truly have fallen into
 the work of my dreams.

Pip~ the fairy mouse.
These friends are truly made of memories.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June Is A Race

Jaune
June is taking off  
like the month is some kind race.
Here at the Cottage it is!
We have crammed our days full.

The gardens are in and look wonderful.
Some projects complete.
and my creating~ 
 has been full on!
 I am also balancing my time with my retired Beloved.

We are both learning 
how our days will 
dance.

Halle

Jaune and Halle made it to the finish line on Early Work~
However, they weren't quite early.

Junes allergies
 and computer issues have struck.


Mackenzie Rose


Our biggest news however,
 is the arrival of
Miss Mackenzie Rose.

Master Tommy is a big brother!!!

 Grampa will be welcoming
Miss Mackenzie soon,
to come stay with us while Mommie works.
Just as we did with big brother.

So,
 you have been warned, that baby pictures are sure to sneak in among the Wee Folk here!
~*~


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Saying Goodbye to May

Click on the picture to take a little ride over to EHAG 
Tonight,
 EHAG will be opening it's gates
 once again 
to all of you Halloween lovers!!!

The month has flown by
 and my work table is full of Fall goodies in progress.

On the home front:
The gardens are nearly complete!
~*~ and ~*~
New Grandbaby, 
Mackenzie Rose
will be arriving Friday~

The days are flying by,
 we are so busy...

Yesterday was no different.
It is a holiday that we take seriously.

We spent the day cemetery hopping, 
to pay our respects
 to the soldiers in our families~
as well as
loved ones that have left us too soon.

Part of the Walsh siblings
at the family Gravesite.
We visited 3 Cemeteries.
Paid respects to 5 soldiers
from our families.....

Your wings were ready,
but our hearts were not.
You are missed every day, Dad.
(a favorite snack in his honor)

and
Last, but not least...
Charlie (red shirt)
serves the community in so many ways.
Cheers to you and thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve also!


we joined in to serve 174 dinners
at The City Mission.

We joined Charlie
and 
our Leatherneck friends.
Charlie lets us know 
when we are needed 
and we gather to join forces.
 We all ride in together~
a biker parade...

We serve
 those in need of a meal.
No one stands in a line for their dinner,
we serve and wait on them.

Tim and I fell into bed last night,
feeling happy and fulfilled.
We miss our loved ones,
 but enjoyed gathering and sharing Memories.
We recognize that while we may not be able to change the world, 
we can do things within our community.
No matter how big or small we feel it is~
it matters to those in need.


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Navigating


This is such a favorite shoe...
and there are new styles stitched
and getting ready for Fall.


It's a busy Spring for us here at the cottage. 
We are still riding waves of change.
They are all falling into place and we are quite happy with them...
We are patiently awaiting the newest Grandbabe~ 
she will be here VERY soon.

When I was making the move to live with Tim,
I brought pips that originally came from my Grandmother's garden~
They have moved with me, where ever I go.
I wound blossoms around a wire form ~
they will be a treasure for many years.

Tim is settling into retirement quite nicely.
He can go back if the promised work picks up in the area.
So we wait to see what the Universe gives us...
A new hydrangea bush this year.
another favorite of mine~
and a reminder of my Grandmother.

He has our gardens looking quite lovely.
There are a few plants still to put in,
 as we mull over a more formal 
Herb Garden.

We are in full on Halloween mode
and I am loving it.
This little Pumplin is helping me dry some bat wings,
for a new friend that will be available on
 EHAG
at the end of the month.

As for me...
I have quite a few irons in the fire.
My pumpkin buddy is showing off a little sneak peek
for EHAG
at the end of the month...
The first of more bat wings to come in my work.
I am off and running with a few Halloween opportunities.

Tis the season for binge watching as I work.
I confess;
I don't get to watch as much as listen...
and I have to constantly rewind to see what I missed.
I sure know how to milk a series!

And so,
 While I may not be able to show much right now...
there is plenty of sculpting and stitching going on...
along with wonderful 
movies to keep me inspired.

Life is full of changes for us to navigate through...
and although we have had quite a few 
in the past year and a half,
we see how much 
we have been truly blessed,
 as we navigate through them.


Sunday, May 15, 2016

What is May....


Pip is such a cutie~ her bottle is filled with Fairy wishes. or what some may say are dandelion seeds.

Cobalt blue skies are peeking from the clouds this morning...
and the trees are showing their petticoats~
 swaying in the wind in various shades of green
 and an occasional maroon red maple.
The winds are bringing the chill of the North with them
 and so it seems like a sweater kind of day.

A wee sparrow naps in the afternoon sun.
A click on the picture will take you to Early Works.

All week I have worked on my new friends in between my daily orders and  needs.
The apple blossoms bursting from the neighbors yard and the Squirrel shenanigans make my heart smile this time of year.

The fabric and trim feel a bit on the Steampunk side...
perhaps there is inpsire to that!

The hedgerow breaks out with loud birdsong every morning and I have my own sweet chorus right outside my bedroom window.

A wee baby crow.
I need to make one for myself.

The other building next to us, 
houses quite a few Starlings in their eaves.
 Nests are built and filled with nervous mothers
 and anxious fathers...
 that is the way my work goes.

We call the little ones...nuggets.

I follow the voices
in my head.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Not Perfect


My Queen Anne Pumpkin Ladye needed to get her details before her arms and legs were finished.

Spring is not perfect...
It takes it's time. 
Sometimes it steps back for one last dance with 
Old Father Winter...
Sometimes it likes to play in the rain.
For days and days.
It sets it's own pace.
As do I.

I love the stylized features but she was too blank at this point. Her friend is getting a bit of a change also as I try to increase her size and do her up a bit differently. Push and grow!

I find myself happily engrossed in my work.
I thought I had my work plans for this year all planned out.
 Then opportunity happened
 and I find myself in full Halloween mode.
I knew after the Holidays, 
that I wanted to step back to the magic that Primitive Halloween held for me almost 20 years ago.
I felt it would be a slow dance and inspiration would be a slower pace until Summer.
Opportunity held it's own magic.
I don't want to let go.
I want to dig deeper and create more.

Poor girl was looking a bit too Alien before I had all of her layers -
not to mention arms and legs complete.

Part of that is including an exploration
and researching of old stones and dolls.  Understanding it in replication 
along with a little touch of me.
My Queen Anne inspired is imperfect in reproduction terms...
certainly not purist.
I don't want to be held so firmly in replication that I lose the spirit that is me.
I just need the feel of it.
So as you see, my little Queen Anne is coming along in clay, not wood...
and while she may keep most of the stylized formula, 
she is done in my terms...
as a Pumpkin Ladye. 

I just love the colors of Marie's Shoe...It brightens a gloomy day!
And so, 
on this rainy week,
 I balance pattern orders 
and work around a Wee one
for a couple days. 
In between,
I work towards a video on Paperclay,
a shrinking mound of personal paperwork...
and new clay friends with an edge towards Halloween.





Saturday, April 30, 2016

Death Is A Debt....



To say I am excited, would probably be an understatement.

I loved creating for EHAG last month, 
and also loved the Halloween state of mind. 
Before my offering went up in March,
 I was already working on my next EHAG offering.

I admit, 
I was unsure if the technicality of what I wanted,
 would work...
Thank goodness for goode friends 
that tell you that it works well
 and
  go for it!


My PaperClay over stretched canvas was wonderful to work with. 
My love of Early Gravestones once again takes the stage 
in my work.
I poured through books, photographs
 and my personal collection for this piece.... 
and let go.

It reflects the carving and epitaph of a couple of stones from the late 1700's.


The coloring and mossy look have kept the texture and details.
It can hang on the wall
as well as
 lean up on a shelf or mantle.

A click on any of the pictures will take you to EHAG
where the gates have creaked open
 and Halloween, one of a kind treats are available.

If you would like 
"Death Is A Debt",
hop over to EHAG for instructions to make it yours~






Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Busting Out In Spring


Miss Hester
We may not have had much snow to show for our Winter, 
but we are no less joyful with Spring's arrival.

Tim has been fast at work 
getting the gardens 
cleaned and ready. 
We are deciding what to plant ~
 some of the early veggies and flowers are all settled in.

Another view. She has gone to live with a special friend.
I am finally seeing my big changes,
coming to an end.
It has been a wild ride at times, 
but in just a couple more months,
 it will all be completed...

~and as one chapter ends, 
another begins....

Wee napper on a Cathedral Window pinkeep. I loved making this Quilt square!

As an artist, 
Spring is usually the time of changes 
and new offers also.
It has been bountiful, 
and I have made goode, solid choices
 that will move me in new directions. 
It will also push me to challenge myself.
Here is what I can share so far~

I loved the quilt square so much, I did 2!
Actually, I had a hard time limiting my fabric choices.

I have decided that I will only have one company
 that I will do licensed work for.
I just don't have time 
and I want to pursue different paths.
One of my favorite so far, 
is the joining of the EHAG group.
The Universe allows the right things to fall into place easily.
In December,
my heart reminisced
to the visions my friend and I had of Halloween.
I decided to step back into those days,
(almost 20 years ago)
and have them be a main structure of my business plan for this year.
In February, I was asked to join EHAG
I feel like it is all meant to be, 
and so perfectly!
Marie Antoinette was on my mind, and the inspire for "Marie's Shoe"
All of the mousie pinkeeps were available on Early Work Mercantile.

 I will be remaining with Early Works, 
in all of this~ 
and it is where you will find my primworks...
However, 
the pumpkin ladye sculpts will move to EHAG. 
They will still be limited.

Trying something new with Paperclay.
It worked perfectly and will be available Saturday, April 30th at 9pmEST
Ehagemporium.blogspot
and finally~
I will be entering the video ~
 or Vlog (should I say?) world.
I'm not sure how much.
I'm not comfortable with me being in front of the camera..
 I feel that I am best 
behind it.
I will figure out my comfort zone as I jump in, right?

A friend had asked on my Goode Wife Facebook page
*(please stop by to "like" and follow if you don't already)*
if I might give a tutorial on how I make my clay works.
I had been approached before to do video tutorials by a couple companies over the years,
but was uncomfortable with the idea.
As messages and emails poured in,
I was amazed at just how many of you felt so unsure about how to begin working with clay.

And so...
I am putting my teacher hat on once again.
For the first time in front of a camera...
It is my way to give back,
something that is always very important to me.
I hope to take away the fears 
of not knowing if you are doing it right...
and replacing them with 
inspire and confidence 
to start your own creative journey.


Gathering with my brother and catching up.
He lives in Arizona...boy, was he cold this weekend!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Unfamiliar Territory


Life often brings us to this place of growth. 
Stepping into unfamiliar territory
 and learning along the way. 
As an Artist, 
I tend to do this to myself (a lot!)....
There is just so much that I want to do and learn. 
A drive to create. 
I want to grow.

 I worked in the fabric and craft section
 of a Department store, 
when I first started figuring out how to sew and make primitive dolls.
 Women would come in with paper in hand, 
excited to pick fabrics for quilting classes. 
I envied them as I am NOT mathematical,
in any way, 
shape or form. 
I always felt that this was beyond me. 

 Tuesdays were Senior Days at our store and I loved working them. 
An elderly friend, 
Betty had told me about a Cathedral Window block.
 The following week, 
she came in with a copy of the instructions. 
I was smitten.....
but I felt it beyond me. 
Betty was so sweet, 
the next Tuesday, 
she brought in a block to show me.
 I am a visual learner, 
so this was an awesome thing 
and it looked so fun!

Delores, my cross eyed quality control assistant...
 she also drinks my clay water,

Life has gone on. 
The store closed years ago. 
My babies are young ladies.

I still look at quilting and adore it. 
Two years ago,
 I decided that any grandchildren
 would get a quilt from Tim and I. 
I had seen a pinwheel quilt and a tutorial. 
I jumped into unfamiliar territory 
and was bound and determined that I could do it...
it held many challenges for me, 
but I completed it. 

At the time, 
I felt that would never tackle anything like that again. 
 These moments are like childbirth. 
At the time, 
it is painful and you aren't sure that you will get through it,
 but you do.. 
and shortly after, 
you are willing to do it again.

I find myself in a bit of unfamiliar territory once again.
Another grand baby will soon be here!
 An Irish Chain pattern is what I will be jumping into.
 It can't be rocket science, right? 
 We shall see.

In the meantime. 
I was reminiscing about my friend Betty.
 I don't have that paper any longer, 
but I was able to look at a few tutorials 

Yes... a Catherdral Window block.
 It's only unfamiliar territory 
for a short time.
 I'm on my second block 
and even though it may not be perfect, 
it is all me.
 I jumped in Betty~ 
you were right,
 I DO love it!