A Unique Folk Art with a whisper to the past~

They truly ARE the voices in my head.







Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Gift Of A Day


We were given an amazing gift today~
a wonderfully warm day....
unusual for Upstate New York
in February.
A record breaking 67 degrees!



What to do, right?
We celebrated...
making Iced Tea~
opening the windows to let the breezes in 
and 
opening the back door; 
allowing the glass door 
to help us enjoy
the sunshine and warmth.

It makes you realize,
 that the promise of Spring
is real.

The days are longer.
We are ready to awaken 
and enjoy our days...
filled with warm sunshine
 and greenery.

I had noticed yesterday, 
our Starling friends 
have returned.
Tonight they filled the trees 
and chattered happily,
as the sun went down.

We will enjoy tomorrow as well,
 as it will hold a similar warmth~
 then we will go back
 to our regular February.
The one that will glide into March...
with cold days....
and snow.


but oh, 
the glorious gift
that we have been given
today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Life's Pace



We did it.
We have survived 
the first year of retirement 
for Tim.
It is uncharted territory,
both financially and emotionally.
I think now~
of course we survived it fine...
what was I thinking?!



We are enjoying ourselves. 
Tim watches Wee Mackenzie
during the week.
Young Master Thomas
stops by 
on those evenings, 
for a snack
and to blow me kisses
(he blows me over!).

How wonderful to have
all of our kids
 and family 
within an hour and a half radius.


Winter made a strong presence
 this past week~
I am truly a Yankee Girl and 
I love the storms.
Soup simmering and Hot Chocolate!
Add some candle glow to create by...
perfect!



It has all been a nice pace.
We have had our share 
of bumps along the way,
as anyone does...

Everything fell into place
and what a lovely place
it has been.


As the year goes forward,
we do as well.
We look forward to 
all that this phase 
of our lives has to offer.
From the regularity
of  things,
 such as 
Early Work Mercantile;
to
the unexpected.
Mmmmhmmm...
wedding plans are taking hold.


Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Battle of Good and Evil


 Well...
Winter is proving to be a trying season.
I am back to not feeling well again.
A set back~
and haven't been around much...
trying to attend to the needful parts of our lives,
above all.



I did have a couple offerings for Early Work.
I know that I won't have
 as many offerings 
as usual this year,
but I promise
to make the offerings
special and imaginative.


I am so honored to be a part 
of this group
and 
even though this past week
 has been spent
trying to get back to healthy~
I am excited to continue this path. 
I am thrilled for the opportunity to make Halloween year round
and show my work~
along side so many artists 
that I have admired
 for so many years....
AND
I am excited for the opportunity to see
many of YOU!
How wonderful to see and meet 
those of you that I have enjoyed
through the years 
and now can say~
hello,
I'm happy to see you....
THANK YOU
give a hug.

Without you,
I could not
do all of this.




Mourning Dove
verses






The BAD crud.

The crud was looking to be the winner....
but yesterday
 and today I do feel better.
I think a Dr. visit
 will still be in order...
but. I am confident 
that the crud 
will give way.

...and I will be fully back on my path.





















Friday, January 6, 2017

My Head In The Clouds


I still have a little sculpting on her,
but she will change into a Mourning Dove for September.
Okay...
I am WAAAAY overdue.
I have tried to settle into a new work schedule.


My wee friends in the Hedgerow have been inspiring me.
I have tried to concentrate on sculpting....
really I have.
It looks like I will schedule
Carpal Tunnel surgery 
if my insurance stays the same.
Of course, 
I have to be different and do 2 surgeries.
One will move a displaced nerve.
so there will be healing time in between.
Nothing major, 
but it will interrupt my work.

Mostly, I have just had a hard time concentrating!
About two years ago,
I wrote of changes 
and hurdles 
that I had to go through.
It wasn't easy... 
but once done,
...and a couple other 
bumps for good measure~
it finally made it possible 
(after 15 years)
to divorce.

Tim and I have been together,
 however we could be,
 for 11 of those years.
and although we both knew that I would eventually divorce...

I was NOT prepared for this!!!
(you may want to scroll down to the bottom of the page and stop the music on the music video to hear this)

video
I had no clue!

On a visit North to see my Mom,
Tim asked her permission for my hand.
Both knew that passing on 
her engagement ring 
would mean so much
(I know my Dad was watching!)
~*~
Only my youngest ( now dubbed 007)
and my Mom knew...
So during
the Walsh Family Christmas Party,
Tim called everyone's attention for what I thought was Santa coming...
silly me.

My invitiation arrived!
A few days later 
(and my head in the clouds)
I received a very special invitation
for Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween!
Making another dream even more real.
I am so
VERY blessed!

I really need to make one for me....
I'm still having a hard time fully
concentrating...
as I adjust 
to full time HALLOWEEN creating...
and 
plan a wedding.
I'm trying to plant my feet firmly on the ground...
but when I think of all that has happened and is happening,
I am afraid my head is still in the clouds!


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Finishing Touches


The days are flying by so fast.
There are still a couple presents to get...
some gatherings to enjoy
and family to visit.

Snowflakes are swirling about 
and Old Man Winter 
is bringing bitter cold.

A perfect excuse to sip on 
hot chocolate...
a little more than I should.



Annabelle
Marks the end of my offerings for this year.
She is available 
on 
waiting to be that special gift for someone.
She reflects the growth 
that I like to challenge myself with
 in all of my creating.



I am excited to
move forward.

There won't be 
as many offerings
with the New Year~

but 
they will
still hold that magic
that is in my heart.



I am excited to wrap presents
and 
put on the 
finishing touches
for
Christmas and Yule....



just as I have put 
on the 
finishing touches
that 
I have created
this year.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

One Last Hurrah!

Olde Kinderhook Gingerbread Man

Blue sky is peeking out today,
with the promise for more.
Winter's cold has taken hold,
making December the perfect dance partner.
Heaven and Nature Adirondack Bear

There are very big changes for me.
I have already started to prepare for my
Bewitching Peddlers journey....

and that will mean,
no local Holiday shows.
no big PictureTrail shows.
The winds of change...


Sleepy Mouse Container

But for all of you,
It will be a great opportunity
to get some pieces that
I have kept or made for me....
Some past pieces~
that I won't revisit
and some special prices on some oldies but goodies.
Just waiting for a wee Mousel to take a nap....
And so....
On Monday Night,
December 5th 
at 
7pm. EST

There will be a Picture Trail Show
which will be the last of 
my large Christmas Shows
as I embark on a new journey.

If you would like to be on the mailing list
for a reminder~ 
send an email to:

thegoodewife@yahoo.com

and if you would be so kind as to put;
"Picture Trail Show"
in the subject area~
I will add you to the list.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Echos




Where is your head lass,
 when you are stitchin?

It is in a time long ago...
in my mind today,
 Tis Downton Abbey that captures me.
Not upstairs...
nay, 
but down.


Not just Downton~
but 
actually more
Hildene...
Robert Todd Lincoln's
estate.
My Great Grandparent's served him
in his fields and house.

The maids and kitchen staff a flutter
 and at the table,
a young maid quickly makes
 tiny repair stitches. 
Her pins on a pinkeep 
made of scrap. 
Perhaps pieces of a uniform, 
long retired from it's obvious task?

I wouldn't be able to create 
in that time.
Life would have been spent with many more needful duties,
and 
creating would have been made in small, 
stolen moments.

I wonder sometimes if my heart held memories, 
over years greater than I.
Could the stars and heavens
 have kept glimpses 
of another era
reflecting
that heart?

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

A Busy Season


As the sun was making it's way to sleep
I scurried to finish
 my Early Work offerings 
and capture the sunset colors
through the picture window.

My inspire was home...
and family now gone.
Now they will live on,
 perhaps unknowingly
with their new families.

If you get a chance, 
do stop by
to see the offerings ~
along with others 
from my friends.
What better gift,
than a handmade piece for 
someone close to your heart!



I have been fast at work
creating for a local show
and 
trying to get better.

Sometimes,
 it just takes more than one try
and some ruling out.
So today,
it seems that my Asthma is the culprit~
and not willing to leave so easily.
When the Dr. stepped into
the room
 I said,
"just call me Rerun".
Apparently my age is not helping either.
I was so into that 
age is just a number thing...



One thing is clear 
however,
refuse
to 
grow
up
!!!!!!

I am enjoying my create time
despite
healing and visits.

It will come together
and I hope 
my local friends will
visit 
at a new venue for me~

I hope you will stop by!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Over The Moon!



When I first met my husband
in 1988,
I was welcomed to a family that
loved
Halloween.

A visit to a nearby
Haunted House 
that raised money for the town's
volunteer Fire Department,
sparked my husband and his brothers.
What a fun way to raise money 
for the Fire Department 
in their own small town!



The years passed. 
My husband and I separated,
but I remained a part of 
the Halloween fund raiser, 
until my caregiver duties demanded that I leave.

As I took the journey 
to create primitives,
Halloween was a strong love~
and a natural subject.


This past January,
 I decided that I wanted a stronger 
art presence 
and focus
in 
this world 
and passion of mine.

It has truly 
been a place that 
my heart lives.
And so.....


it is truly my honor,
to share that I will
be joining 
the most amazing Halloween Artists.
(by then my pinch marks should be healed)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ghoultide Gathering 
now has different wings to guide it,
but the same faces remain.
It will be under a new name as well~
The Bewitching Peddlers of Halloween.

Mark your calendars
for
the 30th of September 2017
at the
Chelsea Michigan
Fairgrounds!
I look forward to meeting everyone!

A special thank you to my beloved, Tim.
My daughter's Bailey and Jess
as well as 
my family and friends 
for being such wonderful supporters 
as well as secret keepers.
It is with many
that dreams can come true.
I am soooo
over the moon!





Monday, October 31, 2016

Merrye Hallows Eve


The days are shorter...
and the smell of the fallen leaves
is just heavenly. 

I am creating 
but it is a very slow process it seems...
As I am recovering~
Some minor surgery 
and some seasonal
stuff that 
wants a bit more attention...
have made October
just a bit tough.




I won't have an offering for EHAG tonight...

I am an unwilling captive
to medicated rest!

I will be enjoy the day quietly
and I look forward 
to the children tonight.
...and while I may be held a bit captive~
I am working
 towards some 
goode news
and 
a surprise ahead.


Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October Surprise


Yesterday was simply glorious...
and today is no less.

We hit a record breaking 84 degrees
 here in our little spot, 
not far from Albany.
Just one last taste of Summer.

Today is just as glorious. 
It is not quite as warm however,
 gray clouds are dancing
 with cobalt skies 
and make the changing leaves
 look stunning.
Golden leaves have been dancing
 in the breeze this morning...
occupying my time 
as I enjoy their pretty dance.


Over the past two weeks...
Snowflakes have danced in my head~

as I prepare for the season ahead 
and one local show.

Sleepy mice
and ginger men
 have started to appear~


Along with an Angel theme...

I am wrapping up around 
Christmas Carols to guide me~
taking a cue from the wee ones 
that I loved last year.

While October 
may have given us a day or two of a surprise,
I am enjoying her gift~
as yummy wools
and pretty flannels
dance in my head.

Brown cardboard packages
may not be tied up with string...
 but oh how they hold
 my most favorite things~

there is magic happening 
with each stitch
and
 although this will be the last day 
of our
 October surprise~

there is plenty of magic
to be had at the Cottage.


Saturday, October 15, 2016

October's Magic

Wee sleepy Spice is the last of two witchy offerings for Early Work Mercantile.

I love October.
 I keep it close to my heart throughout the year~
once it is here,however~
 it blossoms...


into afternoon mugs of Chai,
evenings of sipping cider 
...and nibbling a cider donut or two.

It holds memories 
of helping my Father make our own cider.
My Mother In Law 
making donuts on her farmhouse porch...

I love stitching up Cathedral Window squares...
and Pumpkin looks so sweet napping atop a Halloween themed one. 

and this evening~
a gathering of Tim's family.
We have an annual picnic.
That's right~ a picnic...
in the evening!
It is a wonderful way to gather 
and bring crock pots 
of comfort food...
hot dogs on the grill
 and groups of us
 huddled about fire pits to keep us warm.
This has become a beloved tradition!


As I enjoy time with both families...
a weekend in a cabin, deep in the Adirondacks...
and plenty of crisp mornings 
(that we have been waiting for all Summer)~

I am enjoying tiny stitches,
experimenting with my wee sleepy mousels...
and
designing for the next season ahead.

October is indeed magic for me.
In all that I hold dear
and 
I intend to thoroughly enjoy it!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Making Spirits Bright


A wee sleepy Angel mousel will be perfect for my Holiday offerings.
A sleeping cap Mousel is on the way also!

The morning and evening air has become crisp...
the leaves are turning
and falling.
The aroma of wood smoke weaves around it all.

The smell of Fall
 wraps it's arms around us
and welcomes us like family
 we haven't seen in ages.

In this heady mix,
I am working on different seasons...
The Thankful
and the Holiday Season.

Whiteface...

Last weekend,
we took some time away.
Rented a wee cabin in the woods...
and enjoyed an Adirondack get away
 in my beloved Lake Placid.

This stunning site always makes me catch my breath!

 This is the place where my dreams came true.
Where a bunch of us came together to create.
I learned so much 
about myself
and making art.


Our cozy cabin.
 We came here last year,
and loved it so much...
we decided to make it 
a yearly event.

Mirror Lake....you always hold my heart.
This year, 
we decided to come down with colds
while we were there.
Awesome, right???

It's okay though...
we enjoyed ourselves in spite of it.
I had time to just think and sketch...
and put together a plan for the Holiday season and next year.


I have spent this past week
recovering from that hanging cold,
packing orders,
and making a model or two for my next show.

It seems...
that it is also the season of
of coat tail riders.

All of us have them~
With my eyes opened even wider
 during my time away~
I am reminded
to:
keep my course
remember my gift
and keep giving it 
back to the Universe.

after all... 
no one can capture
or copy 
the spirit that is truly yours.