A Unique Folk Art with a whisper to the past~

They truly ARE the voices in my head.







Thursday, September 22, 2016

Readjusting My Sails

Thanks for catching my snafu!
here is the corrected version!

No matter how hard we try;
our days can get rearranged for us.
I have no complaints~
Don't get me wrong.
I have been
VERY
blessed,
more than I ever could have imagined.
However, 
in these blessings,
I came to realize
 that I had to reschedule
 my 
Picturetrail show.

Wednesday...

Sunday Evening
will mark the end 
of this year's
 Hallows Eve offerings
with the exception of
EHAG Emporium.

Wicked Goodes 
will host 
olde friends and new;
a collection of smalls
that 
make a heart smile...
as they give a wink and nod to the past.

Ruth's Shoe
After,
I will be turning to
 the Thankful Season...
All that comes with 
Harvest Blessings,
snowy days
and 
Himself,the Elf~

Oh how I love this time of year!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

So Much To Do......


It may seem
 that all you have heard
 from me 
is 
the sound of crickets lately...

I have been 
crazy
busy.

Squishing everything in...
a pattern sale, 
a online show soon~
and 
my Early Work Mercantile offering.
I cram a lot of day into my work,
or 
perhaps I cram a lot of work into my day.



I will get to recharge soon
and travel up to the mountains.
I can't wait to see that wee cabin in the woods.

but first...
I need to get patterns 
to the many customers 
that blew me away with the orders.

finish some Fall lovelies
for a Picture Trail show..

and introduce 
you to Gracie~ 
My Harvest Angel...

She is on Early Work Mercantile this evening.
Oh yes...
those wings~
those lovely wings, 
are a start for me.
because 
it's 
time
 to
grow.



Friday, September 9, 2016

September Goodies


Mrs. Munson (left) & Harriet Lurvey
fun little shelf leaners or tucks.
they have their eye on you!
Our few days of cool, September weather
have drifted away. 
Even yesterday's storms and rain, 
did not make a dent in the heat and humidity.
Summer; it seems,
does not want to let hold of her grasp.

Peanuts!
He is inspired by our back yard hooligan's and named after a beloved.
Sometimes, they just capture the spirit of someone I love. 

My head has been in Fall
since January.
 when I decided that it was time...
to step back in to the memories of my beginnings.
Memories of magical days, 
drawing and dreaming 
in an old 1812 House
and a wonderful friend.
I don't see enough of her,
now that I have moved.



Miss Brimfield.
When she first appeared,
 she was an instant hit with her touch of realism
 and Deer mouse markings.
She takes some fussing with,
but oh so worth it!
It was at that time,
 that we spoke of our love of Halloween.
Of old cemeteries...
and skeletons.
along with the time period of those early gravestones.


Folky Gloves
Fun and unusual...
perhaps they will spark your imagination in other ways!
Always the first to go at shows.
So you have seen,
the wink and the nod.
Squeezed in between 
the whimsy .
It just seems to come out, 
no matter how hard that I try to 
put myself back.


Edna Nettle's Shoe
A fun pocket hanger.
let your imagination run wild
with the possibilities of what to tuck in her show.
At Thanksgiving,
 it is also the perfect Pilgrim's shoe.

It's all goode, though...
The whimsy makes for goode patterns.
and so...
a couple months ago, 
I started work on a pattern release.

The Kiss
He is a fun fellow and much belated
 as many of you have asked for his pattern. I love him propped on a shelf.
perfect for a Princess' bookshelf!

 It takes awhile as I balance it all..
but when it finally comes together~ 
What fun!!!

However,
no goode pattern release,
should be had without a sale.
You can hop over to my Etsy Shop by clicking on on any picture.
once there,
remember to use coupon code
FALL16
when you check out.
just like magic
you will receive 20% off.
(Goode until Sunday, September 11 at midnight EST)

Harvey WallBanger
last...but not in anyway least!
He has given us big chuckles here!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

As Autumn Slips In...

A wee mousel napping after a long day of practicing spells

I have been noting
the subtle change of the leaves...
and our usual busy back yard,
 full of robins and butterflies..

             Today brought milky skies...
and a touch of coolness
 that promises to stay awhile.
As we went to do errands, you could see it fully~
a quite noticable change in the leaves...
and the smell that is so intoxicating.. 
of leaves
 and 
earth 
dancing on the wind.

 Each day now, 
as the days get shorter...
the air will smell stronger and stonger of Fall. 



What could be more perfect?
Why, EHAG Emporium of course.
What better way to celebrate~
Not only is this wee mousel an offering, 
but there are many more
wonderful works!



Thursday, August 18, 2016

It's The Little Things

Ruth's Shoe
I love little things~
When I first started sculpting,
 it was miniatures that captured my heart.

I had a whole series of white mice, named after cheeses.
Fairies, Gnomes, mushrooms and mice were my favorite subjects...

It does explain the love affair with my mice 
40 years later.

Pip ~ She is always a cutie!

As Early Work Mercantile opened,
I was still in a fuss.
It has been extremely muggy and rainy~
making things take
days to dry...

My wee friends made it though~
 and in a flash were adopted.
Nellie...She carries a ditty bag of Sweet Annie.
my favorite...
As they get ready for their 
journeys home,
It is the little things that make my heart smile...

Marty~~~ Such a hoot!

There is a wee little girl here most days
that Grampa cares for and adores...

Two wee doggies that are happy
to help Grampa
with anything
 Miss Mackenzie may need...

and in my work...
well...
 as you can see,
 I am enjoying  a little research
 and
tiny, time period shoes
have captured my heart for now.








Saturday, August 13, 2016

Wicked Goode News!!!!

a new tiny witches shoe ~
It's another hot, muggy morning. 
What I call a Sleepy Hollow morning...
The fog makes a pale gray background. 
I can see the pumpkin vines...
so green and lush. 
The orange of blossoms and fruit,
  reminding me that the leaves will soon be changing to match those colors.

My work has been in this mode....
and I haven't peeked to my end goal until a couple of days ago.
I noticed the dates had issues....
Earlier in the year, 
one can only guess and try to make plans based on years past.
It doesn't work this year and so there is conflict....

I had hoped to do Sharon Springs Harvest Festival, 
but we have made plans for that weekend......
well, you know that just won't do!
and so,
 I have decided to do an online
 PICTURE TRAIL SHOW!



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please email me at:

thegoodewife@yahoo.com

put "picture trail shows" in the subject line
US and CA only please

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Candlelight, Cranford And Tiny Stitches


My sewing companion, keeps watch over my stitches.

 We have been waiting for rain...
the kind that takes all day.
The rain that awakens you
 with it's soft pitter patter...

I love these days, 
they break up the hot and humid 
Summer waves.

They beg for candleglow...
and
BBC series to work by.

Nellie Rat

As the last day of July makes it's way to the evening hours,
EHAG EMPORIUM
opens...at 9 pm EST.
I have only been with this group for a few months,
but I adore it!
So many talented Halloween Artists have gathered and offer a one of a k
ind piece.

There, you will find my Nellie Rat.

As you know, 
They are always limited...
because, well...
there are always a bunch of inspires trying to get out in time for
Halloween!


Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Things We Do For Love

Bella Donna

I am enjoying my Firefly Summer...
The past week or so has been very hot, 
but as a whole...

We have enjoyed concerts in the park,
ice cream with friends,
lots of time with family~ 
both up North and here.

Morning Coffee together on the "veranda",
the soft, coolness of clay between my fingers...
tiny stitches
and
garden goodies for dinner.

Kelly and Mackenzie Rose

As July ends it's waltz, 
it is time to pick up the pace a bit.
The dance of August will have a faster beat...

Wee Mackenzie will start her time here
with Grampa Daycare....
Miss Jessie will be spending time with us 
as college begins.
She brings with her,
 a couple of fuzzy kids to spend the week days.

This wee Jack O' Lantern belongs to a new friend...
EHAG is this Sunday at 9 pm EST

We live as my Grandparent's taught us...
there is always room.
A full house is a house full of love.
We have it here 
in all we do and all that we are ...
to the brim!!!


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.