A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

These truly ARE the voices in my head.







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.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Tenacity


When I was a young girl,
my Daddy told me, 
I could do anything 
that I set my mind to...
and
 I could be anything 
I wanted to be.

As I grew into a young woman
and entered the workforce,
I realized that it was still a man's
world.

I tossed that power suit
and heels...
and I made my own way.
I followed my bliss 
of family, children,
and my art.

Many a time,
 I would  hear that I couldn't
complete my vision
in the way or technique 
that I wanted.

I have always
stepped quietly away 
from those men...
and came back, 
proving them wrong.

Tenacity
has always served me well.
It keeps me challenging
myself 
to work out a
"can't" and make it a "can".
It pushes me
to grasp
the process and technique
in areas that 
I feel are not my strength
and own just a bit of it.

....in the end,
it comes down to problem-solving.

This year,
I am using 
my 
tenacity
to work on
human faces
and watercolor.

Who says
that you
just have to 
pick one???


Friday, February 1, 2019

Yawn and Stretch


February crept in
under a crisp,
starry night.
Quiet and without fanfare...

I peeked out 
to say hello, 
in the wee hours,
before I making my way
to my slumber.

With February's entrance,
our visit from
the arctic vortex is starting to retreat...
Imbolic brings a celebration;
we are halfway between
Winter Solstice
and
Spring Equinox.
we are ever closer to 
GREEN!



Last night, 
was also the release of EHAG '19.
I usually do
Skelly Girls for Bewitching Peddlers...
but you may see a rare one, 
here or there, 
to celebrate something special
during the year.


I have already
started my sculpts 
for
Bewitching Peddlers
as I work on my outline for the year.
While January
is a rather long feeling month...


I have kept myself
in clay
and hot tea beside.

As February
starts its day,
I feel a new sense of vigor~
knowing Spring will be here soon.
Time to shake January fully off of my shoulders
and get moving into February.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Cozy and Creative


Winter has certainly made its way
to our area.
This past week has brought
a big snow,
bitter cold,
winds
warmer temps
and 
flooding rains
with no place to go,
with all of the snow.

We know for certain that 
the Winter still
has a way to go,
so we stay cozy and create our world around us...
bringing bits of Spring 
in any way we can.

If you pop on over to my Etsy Shop
(click on the piggy picture)
I will take 15% off of your
pattern order
until the 28th!


I am spending my time
with my version of
Paper Whites!

EHAG and Early Work Mercantile are fast approaching
and
Bewitching Peddlers 
has me
sooo inspired
with 
my creating for September.



Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Simmering Soup and Sipping Tea

Anneliese

January is always exciting for me.
The Holidays wind down...
we rest up
and I pull out my notes
 from the year and start 
jotting down things
and 
making a basic plan.


A wink and a nod to an earlier time.

Early Work Mercantile
and EHAG
give me the ability
to create monthly offerings.

The Maker
and Artist
in me
knows that this 
keeps creativity rolling...

People have not been a comfortable subject for me...
I am more at home with bird and animal faces.


Bewitching Peddlers
gives me the 
opportunity
to create on
the level
that I have yearned for.

Whimsy is a good area to start the step...
but I wanted a little more realism.

In it all...
an outline
keeps everything
running well...


I am pleased with this group of ladies,
I have this thing about black hearts...

January
gives me the time
to create a workflow
and
a chance to 
see all of my notes and ideas
laid out.

Inspired by Mourning Art

I always 
make a challenge 
for myself...
I push myself 
to look at areas that my work 
needs to grow
as well as where I want it to go.



While
January brings 
bitter winds and snow,
I look forward
to cozy days
with a pot of soup simmering
and sipping
peppermint tea...
and as you can see,
I was 
excited 
to start creating
and challenging 
myself.




Friday, January 4, 2019

Comfort

A peek in my basket that hangs on my wall...
It shows a project for Early Work Mercantile this month
and a bit of a hint.

As the New Year rings in,
instead of making a resolution,
I will pick a word 
to guide me through the year.
This year,
I picked "comfort".

My trip to the Adirondacks this Fall
was a wonderful get away with dear friends...
and inspires my work.

At home, 
we will continue
to surround ourselves with that 
which brings comfort.
Embracing
Hygge (hue-guh)

From simpler meals that continue
our goals of 
cleaner and healthier
eating;
( I have lost 30 pounds so far,
just being more mindful)

The view of Main Street, from our hotel room in Lake Placid.
Love the view of Mirror Lake. This village holds so many memories for me. My year of art school was an amazing dream come true.

to enjoying 
gatherings with friends and family.


Somehow, birds are my thing.
In college, I had to pick out a filler course for graduation. I didn't have much to choose from in that time spot and Avian Biology fit. It wasn't anything that I was drawn to. Who would have thought, it would be so important in my work all these years after. 

Even in my work...
I am harkening back
to what brings me comfort and joy~

As an Artist,
I know that while comfort
can be nice to settle into...
I need to push that comfort level to grow.
so 
"Comfort"
will certainly be taken out
of its zone!


Oh those Sleepy mice! It is fun to see that they still inspire other artists! They are so fun felted


A new year
and a new trip 
around the sun 
is exciting.
I know it will fill itself as years do;
 a balance of good and bad,
happy and sad.
I will be settling into a coziness,
surrounded by what is important
and making it all
memorable.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Full Circle


December is
a time of reflection.

As I look back 20 years...
I see,
not just how much my life has changed,
but also 
how it has circled around.

I remember a little
catalog~
Holly Berry Hill



It was all hand drawn.
Full of dollies that were inspired 
by
yesteryear...
and the patterns~
oh my goodness!
It tugged at my heart
and made my soul smile.

In that tug 
and love
of yesteryear;
 of Thomas Nash
and 
Little Women...
Dickens and Austen~
my head swirled...
and has continued to.

The things that hold 
the art of my heart~
are never 
in front of me,
but always behind.



And so...

Emily 
is 
my soul
answering back
the echo 
of
 Holly Berry Hill.

From her poke bonnet
to
the fabric of her dress.


I am so excited
to explore
and create more...

but first,
there are the holidays to enjoy
and projects that call.



Time with my beloved...
and with our family.

This December
has come
around
full circle
in a way
that I never expected...
but reminds me
to keep
the past
in my present.


Friday, November 23, 2018

New Patterns!

Heaven and Nature Deer

Early Primitive Angel



Olde Primitive Angels



Wee Witcheries

I imagine that you have been wondering ...
where did she go?
Let's just say 
that life sometimes can 
throw curveballs.
I feel like,
 I am finally moving forward~

It's always hard to 
pick out 
what designs to release.
I have a bit of a formula
and
the Collector's mice
along with the Art Doll sculpts
don't fit the formula.

This time, 
I picked some of the most popular 
in feedback 
and a couple of classic primitives.
Each one has been selected 
from their
popularity at shows as well.

Those little witchery boots
and shoes?
squeals of delight
and are often the first ones gone.

The rest 
are favorites
at Holiday Shows,
for gifts and home.
I keep my Primitive Angel Ornaments out year round...
because,
primitives...


As with all of my patterns,
no release would be without a good sale...
especially on 
Black Friday,
Small Business Saturday
AND
Cyber Monday

The sale ends
Saturday, December 1st.



Wee Witcheries Pattern

A click on the picture 
or the Etsy banner 
located on the sidebar,
 will take you right there~
lickety split!

Thank you all so much.
You allow me to keep doing what I love!




Friday, October 12, 2018

Hiccups


A view of the line up in the big dollhouse.
there are still some ladies that would love to be adopted.

Last night was my Picturetrail sale.
I want to thank everyone that stopped by.
no matter if you
adopted
or just stopped to see all of my lovelies;
you spent time in my
little corner of the world... 
I appreciate that.


Pumpkin Ladye, always in my heart...
they are bigger and nicer this year
with weighted fannies!

There were some hiccups 
along the way.
By hiccups, I mean that
my Yahoo mail server
had "technical difficulties"
throughout the day and evening.
I did get word that 
some of you had difficulty
getting to me.
(UGH!)

I loved sculpting her...
she just blossomed to life. her birdcage skirt
holds a battery operated flickering candle.
she makes these cold and overcast days of Fall
so cozy.

 There are still some wonderful 
friends that would love to be adopted.
...and if you had 
problems last night as well,
please do let me know.

I have lots to share and catch you up to speed on
and I am excited to be back to blogging to do just that!
See you soon!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

....aaand We Are Home.


It's been a whirlwind,
but we are home and settling in.
I have much to share!
I will be posting more about everything in the days ahead...
but first
I need to let all of you know 
the information 
on my annual Fall Picturetrail show.
There are fewer offerings,
but they are better.
I repatterned, weighted
 and 
made them a bit bigger.




The Dollhouse display
had some changes...
and filled up rather nicely.


You may have noticed that I had a thing about owls.....



My smaller poppets
are on cone bases so that they
may sit upon a 
Hallows tree.


I am also honored to be published
 in the last
Art Doll Quarterly magazine
as well.

After the online show, 
I will be making 
more posts here.
Sharing news and offerings...
I think it's just a nicer place 
to show who I am and share.
I already have some exciting news happening for next year...
but that is for another day!