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Friday, June 19, 2015

Weekends


I've worked very few jobs in my life that had weekends off.

Even rarer, was the just one job option.
If I had a Monday through Friday gig,
 I had a part time job that kept me busy during the weekend. 
Then the kids came along...
and the caregiving....


Now that I am doing Nonnie duties,
I at least have the sense of a Monday through Friday routine.
On Friday afternoon, my mind whirls with the possibilities of all that I can create during the weekend.

It's never as much as I'd like.

Summer is here and weekends are booking up with family events.
I can tell you that I am having a blast.


My finished pieces may be fewer...
It seems like it takes forever to finish pieces in 3 weeks that I would have done in 3 days...

But I my note book is just as busy...
I am very happy taking the time to focus  more on the piece and making it all that I know it can be.
Not feeling rushed like before.

Those scattered ideas sketched on anything I have handy are just as dependable...

they keep coming.

Just like the weekends. 


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Nag, Nag, Nag

I draw most every day.

 Sometimes, I just take long enough to put what is nagging in my head onto paper. 
Other times, I will fill pages. 
Within a day or two, I sift thru them with an editing eye and over time I will have a nice pile. 
When the time is right, they will say hello to the world in one form or another.

Last year, I was taken with our large group of starlings...and well, I came across some sketches a few days ago.
 Some things nag at you to put them on paper, and then when they feel it is time to step out, they keep at you until you cave in...
She still has a few more hours until she is completed, but I am glad that the nag won.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Where Did I leave Off?


My eye blinks and a week has flown by, it seems.
 I can't believe how fast it goes. 
June already?
The vegetable gardens are in and all but a few cosmos remain yet to go in in their homes.  


We had a few things done on the house and continue to transform it, bit by bit to reflect what is home to us.....



Much of my work happens during nap time, and so I try to judge just what I can accomplish.

Today, a few pen squiggles and this.....
Sometimes tiny stitches...
sometimes paint...
hoping to get more clay into the mix.

It's always changing and I like that.

I have loved more than anything; watching a wee babe grow. 
He just turned 8 months old!

I don't know how time has escaped me...
I do know that there is still much to share.

and so I will try little snippets, more frequently....

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Fooled....



It's raw and damp out. 
The third day of grey skies...and lets not forget snowflakes.

Welcome to Upstate, New York, right?
Oh Spring, where art thou?


It is late afternoon and my wee one has gone home. 
A fast run to the Post Office to mail out orders.
 A nice hot shower done and cozy jammies are on. 
Tea is brewing and I'm almost ready to get into MY zone. 

Days like this may seem not so great to most, but I don't mind them.. 
they are perfect to create by...and that's exactly what I am diving into~

I have been doing a little embroidery as of late. 
This is a small project to dabble with as time allows with the baby's naps.
(such rare times, make for sloooow progress!)


I am also happily stitching away on offerings for
Early Work Mercantile
 on the eve of the 14th.




My days may be long, 
but if you love what you do, falling into bed very tired means 
that you have a full life.

April snowflakes are just an extra bonus.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Pattern Sale




Raven's Haven Patterns turns 12! 
Click on my Early Mantle Sheep to stop by my Etsy Shop

we are having a

3DAY SALE

enter coupon code

RAVENSHAVEN15

at check out for 20% off your order. 
Sale ends Thursday at Midnight.


Thank YOU for making 
Raven's Haven
 the success that it is!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

My Spring Dance


I enjoy all seasons, don't get me wrong....
but there are two that just make me giddy with excitement.
As many of you know, I adore Fall.

And then there is Spring...


This past week, the Hedgerow along the Cottage has become louder.
The Starlings are nesting, the Chickadees dance about, but oh! the Sparrow song!
So, how fitting that my sculpt reflect my heart?

And so goes my offerings
 on 
 today.


Some sculpts are easier than others, and this one did test my skills. The eyes are the most difficult to set as they have a pupil. 
As I finished dressing her, she whispered her name. 

There is true magic that happens when suddenly you come to a part....
and hear in your heart;
 a name that tugs it.
Of course, her name is Penny; she holds the same spirit as an olde and dear friend. 


No Spring would be a Goode Wife Spring without my favorite bunny.

I smile now as Dutchies are expected to appear  here every year. They started many years ago at shows and were always the first to have new homes. 
Their magic continued as I offered them online...
and suddenly as of the last couple of years, other doll artists have been so inspired. 
It is fun for me to see that something that has come so straight from my heart influences other doll makers.
Whoda thunk, that little ole me would do such a thing?


No Spring would be complete without the traditional Cottontail in the strawberry patch!
I've had so much fun enjoying the circle Dance of Spring.

As it swirls around the Wee Cottage, 
the inspire swirls around my head.

Oh! the joys of Spring just make me so happy.
 As the Earth renews, so doesn't my heart!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Don't Count Me Out!



 

Did you wonder where I went?
I do hibernate during the Winter.
It's not to say that I don't enjoy it;
I just hunker down...
sip hot chocolate~
make hearty soups~
and count my blessings that snowstorms are enjoyed from my window.


This Winter, I've had a wee lad to hibernate with.

We have rocked and snuggled the days away.
He just turned 5 months old....
and as with my own,
 I wonder where the time went.


My creating time has been stolen moments or time crunch weekends.
The Pattern Shoppe on Etsy has kept me very busy after my Wee Lad has gone home....
BUT...


I'm pulling Spring in!
kicking and screaming, 
the best way that I know how...
 bunnies and mousies,
tufts of moss...
keeping things white and light...


This weekend, the clocks will change and bring more light.

The Wee Lad will spend shorter days with Nonnie.

...and I am excited to be working away. 
There are a few pieces to finish,
deadlines to meet~ 
and
 an expansion that I have wanted to do for a couple years.

Bit by bit;
you will see
I was never really gone...
I was just hibernating.





Saturday, November 29, 2014

ETSY~ It's A Pattern Sale!


My Show season has ended, 
and I will be getting ready 
for the changes ahead for me in 2 weeks!


I thought it was a great time to celebrate the Season~


I added some olde friends,
that are new to my Etsy Shoppe.


so why not celebrate with a sale?
Coupon code:

HOLIDAY14
at checkout

will give you 25% off of your order!

Sale ends 12/3/14
* click on any picture to take you there 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

My Last Show of 2014




How fast this year has gone... 
I have come full circle..
the last show until next Fall. 

I am excited for the changes ahead, 
starting in December
but....
it is bittersweet to know that I will not be attached to my sewing machine..

And so on this Sunday, 
November 23rd, from 9:30 to 4
I will be at the Gloversville Middle School.

The Hadassah Show is now 
The Soroptimist Craft Fair



You can stop by my Facebook business page to see where I am located, ask a question if you need, or just say HELLO!

if you would be so kind, please give me a "like" and click to follow me.

you will see my new journey ahead.





Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Big Changes At The Wee Cottage






November is a month of changes...
leaves give way to bareness, rain to snow and Thanksgiving to the  Christmas season.
 It also heralds in my cozy season. There is nothing like  bonafide jammie day! 
Candle glow, a pile of movies and gentle works as snows and wind dance outside....





This month will bring bigger changes for me.
 I will enjoy my jammie days and my hibernating, but I will also enjoy something a little more special to make my heart sing in the days ahead.
 A wee package that will be fussy at times and need feeding and changing frequently! Let the Nonnie duties begin!





On October 3rd, Tim officially became a Grandpa.
 Daughter Kelly and Son in law, Kenny became very proud, first time parents. 
Kelly and Kenny are as dear as my own... 
we started blending our two families nearly 10 years ago.





The changes continue. 
The past couple of months have taken the wind from our sails
but
also given us Blessings. 
That is the way of it, no?

This journey with my art has been a wonderful blessing in itself, 
but after months of much thought,
I have decided to make changes for the new year.

I will be looking after the wee one as Mommy returns to work. That will force me to take on the direction that I have wanted to do for a few years now....


I will be designing more and making less finished dolls online~

You will still find an offering on  Early Work.

You will still see peeks of my work...
but you wont see as many dolls~

Until they are released as patterns.

It has been so difficult to do both; 
it's time to devote to the patterns.

The patterns will also be expanding in other ways, to include other stitching arts.

and my drawings will grow in number and continue to become fun paperworks!

I am excited to start this path.
To see where it leads~
I have been practicing new techniques
 and 
reacquainting myself with olde.

all goode things grow with love
~*~




Thursday, November 6, 2014

The Gift of Handmade


Saturday is coming rather quickly.

We will be in Wilton NY for the

19th Holiday Craft Fair

at

Ballard Elementary School
300 Ballard Rd.
Exit 16 off of I87
9-3:30

We love this show, It is fun to do and everyone is so pleasant. 
It's a halfway point to Granville for me,
 and so many friends stop by and say hello~
The Goode Wife will be in the Main Hallway this year,
just past the entrance.

A perfect opportunity to pick up Handmade gifts...
something unique or special...
be inspired.


I have been making a few things from some of my favorite designers...
sometimes taking them for a spin,
 like the little Angel Kitty.

Their designs fit and allow me to work on the techniques that first drew me to Primitives.
you can see and feel the love this way.

I have been missing that.
the weight of rags...
the feel of grass~ like olde horsehair...
for me,
 it is like old memories being awakened.




Friday, October 31, 2014

Merry Hallowe'en


It couldn't be more perfect for a Hallowe'en celebration tonight. The breeze was crisp; the beloved smell of leaves and earth made her heady with excitement. Years of memories had attached themselves to that smell.

Fanny had planned this for an entire year....
suddenly she became pensive. It had taken so much hard work and loving care to grow her special blue pumpkins.....
just for tonight's celebration.

Ahhhh, she knew that when tomorrow dawned, the process would begin again....

and her heart smiled.


*Fanny Weed is a Pineberry Lane design

Thursday, October 2, 2014

October Has Arrived!



A Merry Fall to all of you.
This time of year is truly where my heart smiles the biggest.

The smell of the leaves is intoxicating...
 every year I smell the candles in stores, 
hoping that perhaps one day, 
they can capture that smell. 


I have been very busy...
This is always the busiest time of the year for patterns.
 Raven's Haven is growing faster than I can keep up, 
it seems.


The Harvest Festival is amazing and it is unbelievable how it has grown!
We had a new spot this year.
Etsy was also here and there was an Etsy Village along one street. 
Tim is just starting to put out all of our friends.
He is my partner in all things...


We were right across the street from the Roseboro Hotel...
The architecture in Sharon Springs is stunning, and this is just one beauty.


On Sunday, I made it to Beekman 1802.
So much traffic!
 their grass is trampled!
I did get to talk with them for a few minutes.
They had tried to stop at my booth on Saturday...
and then as we were packing Sunday. 
They were called to the shop  as they got to the tent.
I was glad that I had chatted with them earlier. Brent and Josh really liked what they had seen of my tent from across the Roseboro on Saturday.


They loved the banner.
I do too!
So many asked if it was for sale...
no.
It was a gift from a very good friend.
She has filled it with things that are special to me,
and created it with love.
it is my heart in paper form...
it is magical.




I fell in love with Petrie last Fall.
He's on the right...
He brought Stewart with him this time.
Rescues with special needs! 
Their Mom came in search of...


Dwayne....

I have a difficult time keeping bats in my Belfry.
I will have to make even more for next year...
and remember Petrie's special cookies.


I didn't get time to work on my next Raven Skull, and now I have 2 November  Shows ahead...not to mention~
A BIG CHANGE!

but, that part is for later.
For now,
 I do want to thank so many for their feedback on Branwen.

I still get emails asking if I will revisit her..
YES!

When I did her, I looked and looked through the internet to see how common a Raven Skull doll was.
I also wanted to make sure that she would be unique as a sculpt and also fully in my voice.

I think that as a professional Artist, it is a responsibility.

I was pleased to only see a couple, 
and neither even close to my Branwen.
Raven Skulls are not common in this area of Art.
Perfect for me, to chance upon the uncommon!

So, I will continue with her. 
I have a couple ideas ahead...
 I would have never thought in a a million years that she would capture the heart of so many 

and 
inspire other Artists as well.
whoda thunk, little ole me...






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Harvest Festival!



A quick note, my friends...

it has been a busy and hectic time here at 
The Cottage.
The magazine release has kept me so busy,
for that I am so grateful.
We also lost a member of our family; unexpectedly.
We will miss her terribly
but she taught us all well. 
We celebrate her life.

I have also been trying to prepare for my most favorite show in my area...




A click on the banner will get you all of the information...

I look forward to seeing old friends and making new.

The ETSY team will also be there, so if you have ever thought of having your own online business of handmades, a wonderful opportunity is presented!

See you there!




Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sharing Mrs. Munson


You never know when you are creating... 
exactly what will happen.
 Sometimes a character will take on a life, beyond any expectations that you had, after you have created it....

It's especially surprising, when it comes from such a personal place as the memories that you hold dear.

I wanted a little witch tuck for the Doll House and also for my Fall show.
I didn't realize until she was finished, that she would look like someone held deep in my memory.
I do that a lot, but then, that is why we create and make art... it is reflection of our heart and soul.


I could not keep up with her.... 
I sold every one and made more.
Messages were pouring in.

While many were requests for her; 
there were some from those who had given a home to their own Mrs. Munson.

It didn't take long to realize that this stern and motherly Witch had become a confidante to many.



 When Better Homes and Gardens contacted me to see if I would release her to them; I thought, "how perfect"...so I have been mum to all those who have written and asked.

And she is ready!!!!



I can't wait to see what you all come up with! 

Please share your Mrs. Munson on my Facebook page. If you haven't already, put a "like" on my business page, please do so by clicking the picture for the link here:



and post your version of Mrs. Munson!
Happy creating friends  ~*~