A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

These truly ARE the voices in my head.







Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Slacker.....


It appears that I have been a slacker...
But only in keeping up with my blog.
I have been fast at work...
although we squeezed in a little vacation
~~~~~~~~~~
 I will catch you up!

The Hawthorne Hotel.
The most haunted Hotel in the US.
We were on the top floor, and yes, we were touched!!

Near the end of May, 
we took a little trip with our friends,
Pete and Gail.
We had the opportunity to visit Salem!
An awesome adventure
packed with history,
architecture, window shopping
and eats.



The house of Dani and Max,
from the movie, Hocus Pocus.

The Clue Mansion.
The Parker Brothers'
based their game from the murder here.

The Witch House~
we didn't get a chance to tour it
this time.....
there was so much to do!

The House of The Seven Gables~
my favorite tour.
The paint color came about in the early 1900s.
before that,
 the houses weren't painted.
The oak simply ages
and blackens with time.
The paint color was intended to mimic it.
Gail and I did this tour~
It gives the history of the Witch Trials.


Proctors Ledge
where 19 accused men and witches were hanged.

You cant have a Dinghy
without these two Dingies...
I rest my case....


You can't visit Salem without
enjoying great food.
Turner's Seafood.

I learned the hard way.
Be careful what you ask for.
After a day of walking,
we stopped at the Tavern in our hotel...
 for just a little snack before bed.
"I'll just have a pretzel."

On our last morning,
I decided to
enjoy a pancake.
Red's doesn't fool around and as Gail found out on our first morning...
one is all that you need! 

We walked miles and ate lots. 
Salem is in our hearts forever 
and we will
return next Spring.


To say I was inspired,
seems to be an understatement!



I know that I will
create  with Salem
firmly
wrapped in my spirit and soul!

...as my feet start touching the ground again
I am fast at work for Bewitching Peddlers,
Early Work Mercantile...
and my Etsy Shop.

Upon our return, 
I found that 
Etsy was rolling out changes.


I'm not a big fan of change,
but it needed to happen


I have not changed
the price of my
patterns for 10 years.
A modest price change 
now will reflect 
 the cost of selling 
through Etsy.
 The Patterns are still
a great deal at 9.50 each.
 With that
you get a package in the mail.
A real package~
something to eagerly await,
tear open and treasure!

Whew...
That wasn't so bad.



Friday, May 18, 2018

As May Settles In

Willow
The days are getting longer.
I enjoy the cool morning breezes
through the window in the morning, 
The breezes carry 
the sweet song 
of hedgerow Sparrows with it.
Sometimes, I just lay there;
longer than I should...
not wanting to
let go of dreams and start the day, 
just yet. 

Instead, I prolong
the remnants of my dreams
with the sweet serenade,
until I feel the nag to get up
or the smell of cawfee brewing.

A Skelly Ladye for Bewitching Peddlers
 My days are busy 
and seem to pass by so quickly.
I have immersed myself in a big sculpting mission. 
Before you know it, 
Bewitching Peddlers will be here
and I have new ways 
that I want to grow my work.
I can see
possibility
within my grasp
as to just how
to
create the characters
in my head
and give them life.


Willow is finished and ready to travel to her new home.
 I have a set weekly work schedule
for patterns and sculpting.
We are also squeezing in 
a big change in the rooms upstairs.
I don't need such a big room
 to sew and pattern in.
With the help of my Step Daughter,
I have a brand new studio in the works.
The room has a fresh, light and serene
look to the walls. 
As it comes together, I will be showing you!

Willow and Marie
It isn't often that two Early Work friends
have time to get acquainted.
Til then,
There are Bewitching friends
meeting Early Work friends.
It is getting a bit noisy
with so many chattering and vying for attention.

 My beloved
We spent Mother's Day on the road,
spending time with my Mom.

Mother's Day spent up North
 My Mother wasn't feeling the best,
but did engage in the usual Shenanigans
before we had to leave.
Our time is always too short!

Lily of the Valley
originally from my Granma's garden.
The gardens are getting green and filling in. 
The blooms are late this year,
but we enjoy them 
whenever they choose to appear.
It is certainly a busy time for us,
but we find it all
very blissful.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Magic of Circles


The day is damp at the cottage 
and there is a chill in the air.
Outside the rain has stopped for now
and it is slowly warming up...
allowing the thin layer of ice 
to melt away.



Inside, it is dark.
A light or two
and a couple candles
make a warm glow.

As I sip my tea, 
my memories float about.
Days like this, 
spent with both parents
are treasures now.

I would make us tea.
A spoon of sugar for my Mom,
a dash of cream for my Father.
I would have both
and he would chide me...
"That is the Welsh in you"
I smile now,
as my last name 
is Walsh.
My husband, 
a proud Irish Man
with the last name
meaning
Welsh.


Funny,
the circles
that come round
in life.

I am 
enjoying clay works
more and more.
I worked in clay
quite a bit growing up.
Minature mice were
a favorite subject.
I have one piece that I saved...
but,
I wonder if the others 
are still treasured
 among friends and family.

My wee friend 
Pip Squeak
is also 
a circle 
come round.
A blend of then and now
and I am ecstatic
for adding textiles
to my now.

I have always loved cloth.
Colors, pattern, 
and textures call
my heart.
The world of Dollmaking 
opened my eyes
and I know I am exactly
 where I belong.



Both of my pieces 
for 
bring 
the memories
of past works
and 
connect to the present
technical abilities,
 that I am still 
learning and exploring.



Life certainly circles
beautifully
in 
wonderful ways.
It is when you sit back
and really see
what has come around,
that 
you realize
that magic
has happened.



Sunday, April 1, 2018

Glorious Spring


Yesterday was a beautiful, blue sky day.
We rode North with the car windows open.
Spring can take it's time to appear here. 
The mountains still have snow.
Time spent with family
and checking out the changes 
of my beloved sleepy little village
were in order.


Today is quiet...
the smell of fresh ground coffee
fills the tiny little cottage.
Gray clouds, 
giving way to a blue sky.
It is colder than yesterday, 
but no less beautiful.

The mornings are filled 
with birdsong once again, 
as the Hedgerow starts budding
and nests will be built.


A couple of friends and I
are welcoming our first
April day.


 Perhaps a nap for some will be in order, 
For me, 
it is time to clear the work area
of threads and fabric snippets...
It is time to
break out a fresh block of clay.
For all the beauty 
that Spring brings,
there is much to be done
beyond the usual Spring endeavors.

Halloween friends 
and a new 
studio area is in the works!

My two wee friends
are available
~~~~
The Starling Hedge Witch
is at
EHAG Emporium.
She is a more petite sculpt,
but full of simple details
and 
stitching full of love.

My wee mousy 
still wants to nap
away a lazy afternoon.
She can be had 
through
Early Work Mercantile.
There are links to each 
on the side bar.




Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Raven's Haven!



Fifteen years ago, 
(yesterday)
Raven's Haven made
it's debut
on a site called Crow Soup.

It was a nail-biter for me. 
I was separated from my Husband
and raising our two daughters. 
The store I worked at,
 had closed six months before.
Jobs were scarce
in that sleepy little village.
We were living with my parents
and I was helping to care
for both parents.
My Father approached me and told me...
" You have a roof here and food.
Now is your chance
 to make a business with your art."

I set my sites on Pattern making,
 to give me year round income.
Each month,
 I would try to put up
3 new designs. 
Little by little, 
it grew!

I never thought that I would be here 15 years later~
I never thought that they would continue to be popular.

My Father has since passed.
I have divorced and remarried 
to my best friend.
My children are grown and on their own.
I still work from home.

All of this because of YOU.
I was given opportunity~
I put in hours of work...
but ultimately,
you make me the success.

And so...
Thanks to a call for help~
my Merrie Mouse
free mailer has returned to me.
(She was lost in the move)
Now, I'm not too savvy on the computer, 
but here it goes.
For best results, 
click on the picture and let it open up. 
Then, Right click,
 save image,
Print using landscape, 
regular margins and fill page.

For my friends that don't sew~ 
How fun, as a punch needle pocket
or a hooked rug?
However, you wish to use her,
enjoy her. 
I would LOVE to see 
what you come up with!





Still not enough celebrating?
well... stop by my Etsy Shoppe
and enjoy a SALE!

You can enjoy 25 % Off, 
(this is the deepest discount 
that you will see this year)
 today until Monday, 
March 19th  at Midnight, EST


I have also gathered
5 patterns from the vault 
and
dusted them off

Doris

Gertie Sows Seeds Of Kindness

Mother Goose Make Do

Getting Jiggy On The Fourth

St. Jigs
Do You See What I See?









Thursday, March 15, 2018

Really March?!



March can be such a fickle month
 in its unwillingness
 to let go of Winter 
and 
embrace Spring fully.
Of course, 
we are ready for Spring
well before March is.
We know we will see a snow or two...
perhaps a Nor'Easter.
But THREE?!
in less than 2 weeks?
 ...and you may want to toss
in another?
...sigh...


Perhaps, it was for the better. 
Without the frippery
of green 
exploding~
I can say that 
I have been 
working feverishly.



My Early Work Mercantile
truly reflects
the hours that I have been putting in
between
creating, taxes, patterns, deadlines
 and 
a little something special
coming up.

Many late nights
have left me
yawning in the afternoon.
Thank goodness for 
tea and biscuits!
These afternoons
have inspired 
another style of 
mousel.


I am fully enjoying
my love affair
with toile.


...and ticking.

Textiles can make me giddy 
with excitement
as inspire 
and materials collide.


As March decides
what direction it wants to go;
I have put 
a lot of the drudgery
in my work
behind.
I am excited to keep growing my designs.

I will be ready,
when Spring makes an appearance.
I can enjoy doing what I do,
outside ...
and letting all that I love
outdoors,
work its magic.

****Be on the lookout 
for my next post~
I have some celebrating to share ****



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.