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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Little Women Inspired

It's the middle of October already... where does the time go to? It is my youngest daughter's Senior year. This Fall also holds other family events, such as a new baby, Great Nephew for Tim and two weddings this month. Time is  slipping through my fingers faster than I would like.  We had our first hard frost the morning before last. The garden will now sleep until Spring. I love the crisp mornings and the smell of the fallen leaves. Oh if they could just bottle that smell!

Tonight is the opening of TDIPT Mercantile and I have two Wee Folk ready to be spoken for.  Above is Marmee, the wise Barn Owl, inspired by the beloved mother in the classic, Little Women. She is painted and dressed in sepia tones ( or as I call them, Memory Tones)...back to another time.

And then, there is Jeremy the rat. He has been enjoying his evenings here in the Wee Dollhouse and will always keep a home feeling cozy in candle light.  Both pieces are very near and dear to my heart....

None so dear, however than that of my own "Little Women". Bailey fussed over Jessie's hair and that of her friend and Jessie went off with her beau, to their last Homecoming.  Jessie is my "Little Jo" and Bailey, a more serious "Meg". Life gives you sweet memories as you make more.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Merrye October

October has arrived! My favorite time of year. Today has dawned with milky skies and a hint of fallen leaves with wood smoke wafting in the breeze. An apple cake will soon be in the oven, it's cinnamon scent wrapping around me as the oven takes the chill off of the house. A perfect, "Sleepy Hollow" day and yes...that will keep me company also as I work away.

October 1st marks the opening of Simply Primitives and also Olde Primitive Peddler. I am in my glory with it all. My work has been going at full tilt since July, and it doesn't show signs of slowing down any. I'd like to tell you that this is a 40 hour a week job, but any real artist will tell you that it doesn't go that way. Our brains are tuned in 24/7  and our hands just have to be busy. With shows and orders, I have to squeeze in other designs right now, I will work on them just for a few stolen minutes every day. My Catina Witch is a blend of a simplified, primitive witch and my take on a "sugar skull" look.  Eight years after a visit to Arizona, and the "Day of the Dead" skeletons in the local shops still inspire ...or perhaps... haunt me. 

Edna Nettles is also a new friend. She reminds me of a dear Aunt. A blend of a more gentle woman dressed with Early New England inspires.

In her gnarled and arthritic hands... one of my hand made baskets, full of preserved Sweet Annie.

Both of these are available on Olde Primitive Peddler.

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 On Simply Primitives, I have two new witches from my latest show.

They both have Puritan New England names...Above is Temperance.

And this is Silence. I made a few and I thought I would share with my online collectors. They are a little different construction for me, but they were both so fun. Each has a dried Clementine for a pumpkin in their hands. I'm sure they will inspire more ahead.

Ahh yes.. a Merrye October it tis indeed. A full moon will shine tonight and you can bet this witch lover will be wrapped in her love of all things Fall.