A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

These truly ARE the voices in my head.







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!

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.