A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

These truly ARE the voices in my head.







Sunday, May 3, 2020

Making My Way Back



We all have struggles...
and they are getting a workout 
 right now.
I am no different.
While I am good 
with staying home 
and working...
other things are difficult.
 I can't just go see my Mom, 
as she is in a nursing home. 
And I worry about her
every day.
Both of my girls are working, 
for which I am thankful, 
but a Mom worries.
This brings so much added stress to our lives~ 
 we need to remember, 
we are in it together.
I know that others have harder struggles
and 
mine look minute in comparison.


As our restrictions started,
my sweet girl 
became ill.
At first it was thought 
she was diabetic,
but we quickly realized that it was something more serious.
Just after her 12th Birthday,
we had to set her free
and send her to the beyond~
where I know she is with 
others and
waiting for us.
 She has been my companion,
ever beside,
 as I worked each day.
Molly was a rescue from Peurto Rico.
She adored fruit and vegetables.
Tim worked the gardens
 so that she could enjoy strawberries,
 blackberries and grape tomatoes
 at her will,
 and within her reach.
Murphy, 
her companion,
is feeling the deep void as well.


We carry grief with us,
but know there are others
with a heavier burden as well.
Self care is important.
As the grass greens up 
and leaves return to the trees,
we are enjoying our little piece of the world;
 our back yard.
Simple pleasures,
 such as enjoying the birdsong,
or watching the squirrels play,
bring us balance.

When I need to ground myself, 
the mountains always 
soothe my soul.
It is reflected in my Adirondack friends.
we did take a little drive
one dreary Friday...
but that is for next time.
Stay well and safe.
Seek balance when it is hard
and simply connect with the Earth.
Just standing barefoot 
on the good Earth
can help so much.





Monday, April 6, 2020

Welcome To My Studio



Welcome to 
The Cottage On Curry Road~
Where our home,
is my studio.
No kidding,
almost every room
 has a place I can work in...
It's a small Cape style home,
that has a cottage feel to it.

My family was a military family.
We moved often.
Wherever we were stationed,
there was always 
clay, paint, pencil, and paper.
My father was a soldier and an artist as well...
but there was never a formal studio,
especially on-base housing.
However,
the kitchen table 
served all of our needs.
Everything was mobile,
so that it could be moved on and off
quickly. 
Eating and creativity
danced in make-do fashion.

....and so, I give you my sewing station.
Walter, our Troll fruit bowl, is empty. He has to wait and is frustrated with Quarantine, making a lag time for fresh fruits to adore him

Smack dab on the end of the dining room table!
It was in an upstairs spare room
until I had my knee surgery.
I'm sure that it will make it's way back up.
Someday.


The main hub 
is a coffee table that serves 
as a sculpting space
as well as a place 
to pattern and finish
pieces.
This is a neater version
then most days~ 
it depends on the level
 of 
"mad scientist" 
and the length of time before the deadline.

I am still making masks, so there isn't much to show.

It has two pull out drawers
and I found that an antique
treadle cabinet drawer,
 (that was in bad shape)
was a great help
in keeping some kind of organization.

How does sculpting happen, you ask?


I have a large pastry mat.
It has a little texture 
and clay works great on it.
When I need to sculpt,
I take the quilting mat
and push it under the pastry mat.

Not shown, the glue gun. He shares an outlet with the coffee maker and has been known to cause a ruckus,
if the master of the house hasn't had his infusion yet.

Somewhere between the corner of 
dish drainer
and
coffee carafe
is the third big work area.
The corner serves
to hold paint brushes 
and an array of glues and waxes.
I do a lot of staining
and age techniques here.
I can be sloppy
so I can't get much closer 
to cleaning up!


The kitchen has a 
small pantry area.
While some would use 
it for a more kitchen like purpose,
I make a vignette.
This area serves
to hold materials for pieces
and
 the folky green shelf that I adore.


If you look about,
 you can see
 the wonderful invitations
received from
 Bewitching Pedders of Halloween.
Jennie works magic every year 
and creates the most unique invitations.
Drawers are filled
and treasures are mixed 
among needed supplies.
You may spot a friend or two
waiting for their final journey.

I love the drawer and it holds my cabinet cards and tintypes, along with some tiny treasures.

Doll Houses 
are
a love of mine...
and this is my treasure.
I play around with it from time to time
and at this time
it is my Widow's House.
It is my way to mourn.
I came across some
petite teacups
and now I have a pumpkin lady,
 sipping tea, 
stuck in my noggin.
I can't ever keep serious for too long...
if you look out the windows,
you will spot my
Peeping Jane.

Aren't my mossy lights sweet? My dear friend and partner in Bewitching Peddler set up shenanigans made them for me.
They are hand-dipped in mossy green silicone.

Tim hung a couple 
of my
antique baskets on the wall.
They serve to hold ladies
in various stages of completion.
I also use the big one, 
 to photograph 
the ladies
 for their big reveal.
Sometimes my friends will stay with me.
Sometimes adoptions do fall thru. My husband requested that we keep the owl.

 
I love my antiques
as much as I love
Mother of Pearl buttons.
I don't use them as much in my work anymore,
but I know right where they are
should I need one.

I absolutely love 
my dollhouse shelf!
When I was asked to do Bewitching Peddlers,
I knew just what I wanted.
I am blessed to have wonderful friends
with their own magic
and together,
 my vision came alive.
 Angie's husband, Jake made this!!!
After the first show, 
I came across the perfect size shingles,
and our dear friend,
Pete worked his magic as well.


Because storage is an issue
in a small home,
it was put to work.
It sits atop
an old buffet
given to me from my Sister In Law
The buffet
is part of my pattern station
( that is a whole other thing, for another day, perhaps.)


It is perfect to hold treasures, 
supplies 
and
 works in progress.

I am thankful in all of this,
to have such a wonderful husband.
He may not understand all of this,
but he has adapted well
over the years.


Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed 
my peek.
please click on the graphic above to visit
more
Bewitching Peddler's studios.


Tuesday, March 31, 2020

How Are You Doing?

 


How are you doing friends?
Are you taking care of yourself, in all of this?
Self-care is so important,
and now,
even more so.
Make that cup of tea...
Step out back for some fresh air,
or open a window.
We can smell spring!
Spring is hope!
The promise of life renewed.
I thought long and hard
about picking my blog back up.
When reading Blogs, 
you can 
look into someone's world 
and their thoughts
on a deeper level.


I have always loved being in the car
when it is evening;
you can see inside someone's home,
 for that split second.
Are they are home from a long day of work, perhaps?
 The tv may be on, so perhaps they are catching up
on the news as supper cooks?
or just enjoying a show after dinner.
A bedroom light upstairs...
perhaps that would be someone young, 
working away on homework.
Snippets in a blink.
Lives we can imagine.
There is a feeling of comfort in that;
Home.
A soft place to land...

Our home is different
the past few weeks
and I'm sure yours is 
to a similar extent as well.
We have stay at home orders 
in Upstate NY.
The picture above
was my inspiration last Spring,
just before we left for Salem.
Now, it's time to stitch some up,
for Bewitching Peddlers in the Fall.
Creating has always been my self-care.
a place to immerse myself.
Whatever gives you peace and comfort,
make sure you do some of that!


https://www.oprah.com/food/greek-cinnamon-stewed-chicken?fbclid=IwAR31gsPqBFJ-v_rlRv-BTXGk2QOXRrImbhjLT5zriFu6pkQ9SX3gZXbpoec

This,
is also home for me.
a favorite recipe, 
and tonight's dinner.
I added the link for you...
and will share how I do it.
I use a little more cinnamon and less salt. 
I just sprinkle it on each side.
I don't add the onion...
and for the sauce,
2 cans of Contadina
sauce with Italian herbs.
Easy, right?
we love it.


Later, this evening...
this sweet girl
will be offered on EHAG Emporium.
The link is to the left. 
9 pm (EST) sharp...
A nice little visit,
to see what the Halloween artists are up to,
in their homes.

~take care of yourselves~ 





Saturday, March 21, 2020

Living the Covid Life



We are doing our best to flatten the curve.
Our world is strange now and scary.
I can't see my girls 
or my Mom.
I do my best to talk to them, 
through their anxieties
about everything.

New York State
has been declared a disaster.
Starting tomorrow,
we will be like Italy 
in our measures.

Tim and I started about 10 days ago.
We are older, 
and I have lung issues.
BUT....

There is much we can do!


Come on, my stitching friends,
There are MANY masks needed.

Not just our state,
but perhaps yours as well.
Maybe not today,
but certainly
in the days to come.



Doctors, Nurses,
Nursing Homes,
Vets and Vet Techs,
Home Care Workers...

 Both of my daughters
wear masks every day, 
so I approached this
from a Mom point of view.
.....also, as a doll maker,
I don't have elastic.
That is hard to find as well.




My thread may not match~
I am using up scraps
and fabric 
that no longer serves my art.
The insides are lined 
with muslin.

Cotton fabric is perfect,
and these masks fit around your face
 quite well.



 am providing the link for this pattern.
It is not to be made for profit,
so please use it 
for it's intended use.

Stay safe my friends
and
flatten the curve!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Making My Way Back...



I can't believe it.
 I have been gone
from here,
for a year.
It was a tough one, 
my friends.
That is the truth.
I wanted to hop on, 
many times and write
....but I just couldn't.

Now...
As I am making my way back,
the world is struggling.
What can I do?...
Perhaps, this can be a soft place to land.
It is my hope that blogs such as mine,
will be dusted off and
become a safe haven,
at least for a bit.

Today, I am sharing 
a pattern for you to snag
on here and print.
If you know someone that doesn't
have a printer,
please copy one for them
 and mail them a gift.
 if you want it bigger or smaller...
go at it.
Play around with the design,
it is merely a guide,


Friday, March 15, 2019

Navigating



Amy is looking for a home. 

Early Work Mercantile 
opened last night.
There are still wonderful pieces that I have available. 
This is Amy.
She is named after
one of the Little Women~
I always loved her 
insight.
" You don't need scores of suitors,
you need only one, if he's the right one."

A favorite quote of mine,
that I have often repeated to my daughters as they have grown up.


To say that I got involved in her dress,
is an understatement.
I had this pictured in my head for years now.
I attack my sewing simply
with an elegance to it...
and this was anything but simple.
I was able to get it,
driven by my desire to 
challenge myself.
It took some time. 
....and it was 
so very worth it.


Our Starling colony has
been arriving
as Spring
creeps in...


looking for homes!

And what says,
Spring is coming
as much as sheep?
The wee ones 
are arriving!


 Witch in white is still available.

I love pieces that 
I can tuck
in the dollhouse 
or 
hang on a cupboard door.
these are a perfect size.
of course...
Halloween does live in this house
year round.



....and with it a new 
mousel.

The Moss Witch of County Cork
is still available at EHAG

Mousies are an ever 
source of 
inspiration...


A friend
nudged me about 
adding more mushrooms
this year.
It's been a while...
These are inspired by the ceramic ones.
that my Dad
and I would make 
and sell to Vermont Shoppes
when I was 
a teen.


 As you can tell,
I have been deep 
in creating...
and for me as an Artist,
it is because a part of me needs
to escape
life at the moment
and create a balance
within.


Our family
is suddenly faced
with a member
that has a health crisis.

It has knocked the wind 
out of our sails 
at the moment...

"In Her Widow's Weeds" is still available.

and
I will be sharing
when it is decided to be shared.
Right now,
we are all
just navigating
the start of 
this journey.