A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

These truly ARE the voices in my head.







Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hopping Through February



I love the carrots!

in the midst of a bumpy start~
(we had a frustrating day of service interruptions)

I am excited...
mild days
are mixing with cold and snowy ones.
You can feel Spring 
working up from your toes
and nesting in your heart.



It certainly shows up in my sketches
and enters 
my work table.

As I created Bea Bunny~
it was with
a bigger picture 
in mind.
I love taking simple, 
humble
muslin
and bringing it to life
with dyes
and stitches.


A clever detail,
doesn't have to shout,
but rather
embrace
and melt into the piece
like a warm hug.



Time and stitches
add up to
a big love
and a thankful heart.
Not only for the ability
to work from home...
but for 
the opportunity
to build on the gifts given me.
To grow it....


As snows and cold
give way
to the rebirth
in Spring...
so does my heart
with the growing 
of 
research driven by ideas.
 Forging ahead;
growing my seeds 
made of ideas,
so they may 
bloom.


Friday, February 9, 2018

A Peek Behind The Curtain

I loved meeting and getting to know Joyce and Kaf


I've done many shows...
big and small.
This one takes the cake~
it is like no other.
(I was told it would be)

It took me a good two weeks
upon my return,
to fully
digest it.
( they tried to prepare me!)

The artwork of
my gifted friends
is so amazingly unique to them
and at such a high level, 
that 
pictures cannot
take the place of 
seeing and embracing 
the senses!

This is such a brilliant
gathering of
artists
and 
they form a unique family.
Words just can't express that,
and I am at a loss....
Perhaps,
a peek behind the curtain
may help.

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I came home
beyond honored...
and
with a mission
to 
embrace visions
of my characters 
telling their stories~
by learning 
different techniques 
in my sculpting
and bringing them to life.

I am so honored
to be a part of 
Bewitching Peddlers
in 2018~

I am thankful 
for 
the opportunity

and for my family and friends
that support
me.

A special thanks to
my beloved husband
and
Team Sutter
in advance...
you allow my work to shine




Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Here Comes the Snow



We received word.
that our two grandies 
would not be here today,
everyone is anticipating
.....
The Big Snow!

I have sculpts
in various stages of 
developement.
~*~
I am also exploring 
different ways 
for armaturing
and assembly.
This will allow me to grow
my vision
of bringing some of my drawn characters 
to life! 
I once read 
of a person that was 
a beginner sculpter
cheerfully saying
that the sculpts were
all clay
through the process,
the person discovered 
that the delicate
neck
was not very sound
and a reluctant change
 in neck thickness
had to be made.
What was not understood,
 was that her piece would remain
delicate and breakable.
We have such a wonderful resource
with the internet.
More and more,
I learn from
researching
those that will share the basics.
I am building a library
of books as well.

I grew up
sculpting with
ceramic clays.
Armatures are important!
As I changed to
Paperclay
(which I adore)
I have learned 
about different kinds of armatures.

My Bewitching Peddlers 
family
opened my eyes to possibility.
Upon my return,
I have researched
different ways, 
to make my visions
come to life!
Trying a new technique!
I love the possibility it gives.
Clayworks like this,
need a skeletal system
and one that will
form a good solid piece.
There are several ways to achieve this
and each person
has to figure out
what works best for them.

Now, this has to be said...
when you see
how a tool is used
be it a light box for graphics, 
to a armature
that will carry 
a sculpt~
Remember 
to use the TOOL
as just a TOOL
and do not copy
the finished piece or style,
but rather
trust in your gift.
Trust in yourself...

 I believe in 
encouraging
creativity.
Sharing how to begin...
and basics.
The rest becomes
your journey.

I will be showing parts of my journey, 
going forward.
In hopes
that it
will give someone
the wings that they need
to reach
their vision.


On this snowy day...
I will be working on my
friends to bring them to life...
and enjoying
the day~

Snowflakes out the window...
my Gram's recipe for sauce simmering...
and
a candle from 1890 Gable House Goodes burning...
(The above blackened beeswax is new from 
Misi's store  and might I say~
it smells just amazing~
enjoy her link!)

Whatever your day is... 
grab onto it and make it yours!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Goode February


January 
it seems,
can go on forever.
We have had bitter cold,
snow and rain.

Although February,
 can be rather cold itself.
It carries with it,
hope
 that Spring
will find it's way soon.



As you can see..
Sping has been first and foremost
in my work.

I love Netty LaCroix's patterns
and I love using them.
Sometimes I stay true to 
the techniques
and sometimes 
they reflect my vision.
(an egg or a sleepy mouse?
...ponder, ponder.)
I have added my own
 tiny, humble stitches.
It gives a homey
olde finished look
and often inspires
the Early and Primitive 
look that I love.
I often envision a young ladye
practicing stitches
by the fire.



Last night,
had it's first offerings for 2018.
If you haven't visited before,
hop on the link and enjoy
some one of a kind
Halloween Art.
(My wee friend has been spoken for, but there are still lovilies to be had)
It is a great way 
to start a collection
and see 
wonderfully,
talented
Artists.


February
brings 
thoughts of love
and the yearning for
the newness
of Spring.

I have
been tweeking
things a bit...
knowing that 
life always changes.
I have been
pondering, 
how to make those changes.
 Keeping 
the balance 
of home,
family,
and 
work that I love.

Embracing more
Hygge
each year.
(Pinterest has some lovely inspires)
embracing it
even in my work.
As the new Raven Witch
walks where
the Natty Rats
have been.
My work will
reflect
my heart
and roots,
and still challenge
my vision of growth.
~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~

If you would 
like to be notified of my postings~
(which will be more frequent)
at the top of the left hand column,
is a place where you can add your email.

If you would like to see 
my work on FaceBook
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and..
you can find me on 
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&
Instagram
under
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Say hello~
I'd love to hear from you!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Impeccable

A Dapper Fellow
 We all create differently...
are inspired by different things.
Years ago,
when I was first learning to sew 
and make my own patterns~ 
I would draw out my ideas
for characters.
Many inspired by the 1700s
thru 
the Victorian Era.

One day, 
someone
 (who I thought was my friend)
saw 2 pieces that I had drawn out
and later created them.
I was hurt, 
especially when there 
was no remorse.
I decided not to create them~
I really didn't NEED to,
as I have so many 
ideas running through my 
noggin.
So many to choose.
So I left them behind.

Especially this one,
 until now.
Not just because of what was done~
but because I knew,
that I was not capable
in my skills to do it justice.
To match the vision
of what was in my head.
You see...
I am always true to myself.
To my vision.

I realize, 
that in order for some things
to come together,
I have to grow my skills.


As I came across
each of these fabrics 
over the years~
I put some aside.
This fellow kept calling.

I am a stickler
for fabrics....
color, 
print 
and texture.
I scrutinize them!


I needed to nail
two things~
His hat and his jacket.
Now.. 
I have difficulty
 putting together clothing ~
gussets~
pants~
without an issue...
and a headache.

My brain just doesn't
see how these things 
come together
in the third dimension.
I keep it simple.
However, 
if I was going to do this..
I knew that I needed to be
IMPECCABLE

Impeccable in my design~
my fabric choices~
my patterning
and my skill.

The word 
IMPECCABLE
was with me 
as I created
my dapper friend.

In his perfection ~
there is imperfection.
A few growing pains
that show in my eyes
but
I am estatic
at how far I have come
from that drawing~
and where I am headed.


which is
 to
Bewitching Peddlers 
of
Halloween
in September.




So while I keep company
with a few 
olde friends 
and new~

I will continue
to hold my vision,
improve my skill
and remain IMPECCABLE
at execution.

And that other piece?
It's on it's way.
You see,
there was only the drawing of 
Skeleton with the long coat
and the top hat.
A very important part 
was missing.

I know how to execute
that most important part now.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Package


Twas the season after black and orange,
and all through the cottage,
our pumpkins and skeletons
 were illuminated in red and green wattage.

Our witchy girls
were sat to the side with great care,
in order to give Santa the spotlight,
as is only fair.

When out by the front door,
I heard a big knock
I ran to the door,
to promptly unlock.

It was dear Santa,
dressed in his reds.
Delivering a package 
and looking well fed.

The package was brown
and as plain as could be. 
From Michigan it said, 
"a grave matter for thee".

Into the house I went,
all cozy and warm
this is serious, thought I~
Tis time to perform. 



To the table I went,
 scissors in hand...
What could this be?
 It must be quite grand!

So with scissors and care
 I opened the box.
I was greeted with a shovel, 
dirt and some moss.

"This is indeed a grave matter!",
was my first thought. 
 After some digging,
 my shovel did stop.

It took some work
 to find my unusual prize...
 it was a wee coffin
of a curious size.



I opened it with care
and read with a shaking hand...
 an invitation from Bewitching Peddlers, 
   to spread Halloween throughout the land!




And so dear family and friends~ 
I am honored to announce,
that I will be traveling to 
Michigan
once again...
to gather with my show family,
on the 29th of September

details to follow in the new year

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Goodbye November


I bid thee farewell...
We had a wonderful time together..
Family and friends gathered ~
we've made a lot of memories with you.



Witches are year 'round for me now...
and I am happily enjoying
the goodness of gourds.
My friend here is available 
on
She makes a whimsical presence
where ever she stands...
and has a secret.
She can stand atop a tree...
because all Halloween Trees, 
need a witch above.

Goodbye dear November~
Hello snowflakes
and snowladyes.

Friday, November 24, 2017

A Little Black Friday Fun!

Olde Gingerbread Man

The Holiday season is off 
and running. 
Here at the Cottage on Curry Road,
we are all about celebrating...
I have 3 new pattern releases 
and they are on sale until 
December 1st
at 20% off~

Jackers

Sometimes we just need to treat
ourselves a little,
right?


I have added 3 new friends
 full of fun and whimsy~
and as always, 
I encourage you to 
use the designs along 
with your own creativity....


Jackers would love to sit in a Santa hat,
instead of a carrot...
and Marjorie~
would be so fun with a Santa Hat
and a Christmas Tree.

A click on
will wisk you away
for a little
pattern fun.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Merrye Thanksgiving

courtesy of 1890 Gable House Goods

Thanksgiving morning was
 a cold one here
at the cottage.
It was 29 degrees out as I awoke.
The coffee brewed...
signaling to my husband to awake.
I chuckled as I watched out the window.
A cold blue sky
with a few white clouds~
our gang of squirrels
dancing
and playing along the
stockade fencing.
I could hear the chickadees
in the hedgerow
along the side of the house.

Sauce was simmering and Ziti was in the making.
The Season is upon us.

Courtesy of 1890 Gable House Goods
 Thanksgiving becomes different
 as we grow.
Some seats are empty~
and new ones are filled.
Life's cycle.
While I am not nestled in
my beloved mountains,
they are within me.

While my Mom and daughter's 
celebrate up North,
I will join Tim's family
which has been our normal.
I always add 
the Caruso part of my family
within our Thanksgiving.
I may not mill the tomatoes 
at the Caruso table,
but the sauce is a part 
of blending families.



I find myself
settling into my new normal.
my biggest show is behind me.
For the first time
in 20 years,
I am not making for the holidays,
but simply enjoying
Fall
Family
Friends.


I know there are changes ahead,
as I settle on 
a new business model.



I love
the blackened wax ornaments
from
 Gable House Goods.
They bring me back
to a time
of my beginings...
I have loved making chalkware from my own sculpts and molds~
and have often thought,
that blackened wax
would be 
amazing.
As I write my 
business plan for next year,
and shape my business
for the future;
I also see things 
that still catch my heart.
I'm not exactly sure
how I set things up,
but I do know 
that my heart will 
lead the way.