A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

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Monday, April 6, 2020

Welcome To My Studio

Welcome to 
The Cottage On Curry Road~
Where our home,
is my studio.
No kidding,
almost every room
 has a place I can work in...
It's a small Cape style home,
that has a cottage feel to it.

My family was a military family.
We moved often.
Wherever we were stationed,
there was always 
clay, paint, pencil, and paper.
My father was a soldier and an artist as well...
but there was never a formal studio,
especially on-base housing.
the kitchen table 
served all of our needs.
Everything was mobile,
so that it could be moved on and off
Eating and creativity
danced in make-do fashion.

....and so, I give you my sewing station.
Walter, our Troll fruit bowl, is empty. He has to wait and is frustrated with Quarantine, making a lag time for fresh fruits to adore him

Smack dab on the end of the dining room table!
It was in an upstairs spare room
until I had my knee surgery.
I'm sure that it will make it's way back up.

The main hub 
is a coffee table that serves 
as a sculpting space
as well as a place 
to pattern and finish
This is a neater version
then most days~ 
it depends on the level
"mad scientist" 
and the length of time before the deadline.

I am still making masks, so there isn't much to show.

It has two pull out drawers
and I found that an antique
treadle cabinet drawer,
 (that was in bad shape)
was a great help
in keeping some kind of organization.

How does sculpting happen, you ask?

I have a large pastry mat.
It has a little texture 
and clay works great on it.
When I need to sculpt,
I take the quilting mat
and push it under the pastry mat.

Not shown, the glue gun. He shares an outlet with the coffee maker and has been known to cause a ruckus,
if the master of the house hasn't had his infusion yet.

Somewhere between the corner of 
dish drainer
coffee carafe
is the third big work area.
The corner serves
to hold paint brushes 
and an array of glues and waxes.
I do a lot of staining
and age techniques here.
I can be sloppy
so I can't get much closer 
to cleaning up!

The kitchen has a 
small pantry area.
While some would use 
it for a more kitchen like purpose,
I make a vignette.
This area serves
to hold materials for pieces
 the folky green shelf that I adore.

If you look about,
 you can see
 the wonderful invitations
received from
 Bewitching Pedders of Halloween.
Jennie works magic every year 
and creates the most unique invitations.
Drawers are filled
and treasures are mixed 
among needed supplies.
You may spot a friend or two
waiting for their final journey.

I love the drawer and it holds my cabinet cards and tintypes, along with some tiny treasures.

Doll Houses 
a love of mine...
and this is my treasure.
I play around with it from time to time
and at this time
it is my Widow's House.
It is my way to mourn.
I came across some
petite teacups
and now I have a pumpkin lady,
 sipping tea, 
stuck in my noggin.
I can't ever keep serious for too long...
if you look out the windows,
you will spot my
Peeping Jane.

Aren't my mossy lights sweet? My dear friend and partner in Bewitching Peddler set up shenanigans made them for me.
They are hand-dipped in mossy green silicone.

Tim hung a couple 
of my
antique baskets on the wall.
They serve to hold ladies
in various stages of completion.
I also use the big one, 
 to photograph 
the ladies
 for their big reveal.
Sometimes my friends will stay with me.
Sometimes adoptions do fall thru. My husband requested that we keep the owl.

I love my antiques
as much as I love
Mother of Pearl buttons.
I don't use them as much in my work anymore,
but I know right where they are
should I need one.

I absolutely love 
my dollhouse shelf!
When I was asked to do Bewitching Peddlers,
I knew just what I wanted.
I am blessed to have wonderful friends
with their own magic
and together,
 my vision came alive.
 Angie's husband, Jake made this!!!
After the first show, 
I came across the perfect size shingles,
and our dear friend,
Pete worked his magic as well.

Because storage is an issue
in a small home,
it was put to work.
It sits atop
an old buffet
given to me from my Sister In Law
The buffet
is part of my pattern station
( that is a whole other thing, for another day, perhaps.)

It is perfect to hold treasures, 
 works in progress.

I am thankful in all of this,
to have such a wonderful husband.
He may not understand all of this,
but he has adapted well
over the years.

Thank you for stopping by!
I hope you enjoyed 
my peek.
please click on the graphic above to visit
Bewitching Peddler's studios.