the butler did it….

lilly in her spot

lilly in her spot

This is Lilly’s little corner of the world.  There’s a heating pad under the chenille cover atop a cushion… what more could a wee cat ask?

otis and lilly

otis and lilly

Otis thinks it’s quite the spot and, occasionally, usurps Lilly’s domain, though not without a bit of a tussle….

*sigh*

*sigh*

“life is good”

When Randy and I were in Ireland, we met a gentleman named Richard.  He was more the gentleman than Otis ever shall be… he would never turn a lady out of her favorite nook.  Richard was at the wedding we attended and was a good friend of the bride.  As it turned out, Richard had been a butler at one time, a vocation that intrigued us.  We don’t meet many butlers, especially in West Michigan…. if the truth were told, the closest I’ve ever been to a butler is reading about them in P.G. Wodehouse, E.F. Benson and the like.  So, I was inspired.  Inspiration can be a double edged sword.  I mean, on the one hand, it pushes the edges of one’s creativity, which is a good thing, but it can also push the edges of one’s skills….

a poor beginning

a poor beginning

Above, you see the photo of my first attempt at a butler ~ just look at that pathetic creature.  His hand is still stuck inside his arm, his head is misshapen, and his back edges will never meet behind…  While the butler himself isn’t so different from other projects I’ve done, (see this post, and the last part of this post.) he is the first piece I’ve ever done where the man is standing on his own.  In the past, I’ve always had men atop horses, riding to hounds or whatever.  A wide bodied horse is very easy to turn (turn right side out after stitching the embroidery to the backing, that is), a narrow legged man is….well… impossible.

poor little feller

poor little feller

I. simply. could. not. turn. him.  nope, no way, no how.  There’s a possibility that I can salvage this poor guy, but whether I can or not, I learned a very valuable lesson from him.  That is, “leave yourself some wiggle room”.  Instead of sewing the backing stretched taut against the embroidery, I needed to leave some excess backing ~ a little gusset, if you will ~ so that there was more backing than fronting.  Does that make sense?

rear of butler.  can you see the seams?

rear of butler. can you see the seams?

It might be difficult to see in the above photo, but there are seams on the back of the bell pull and arm, there’s also one on the body of the butler.  If you were to open those seams you would find a fold in the backing fabric which allowed me to pull the thick embroidery through the seemingly narrow opening of the backing.  All you seamstresses out there know what I mean, I’m sure, but seamstress I am not, so I had to work this out as I went, punching two butlers to make one…

ring *4* service

ring *4* service

Now, Richard’s butler is right-side-out and ready to serve.

the best butler

the best butler

The real Richard was every bit worth the extra effort it took me to make the embroidered version…  He used words like, “reverie” of his own volition ~ be still my heart!  As a lover of language, (that’s me!) Richard was immediately endeared to me and Randy… plus, Richard loves to laugh ~ what could be better?  I’ll never employ a butler, but my life, and Randy’s, is richer for meeting the best butler… Richard.

 

may you meet new friends….

 

rebecca

 

 

 

 

monday….

wytch one?

wytch one?

Etsy has just made my life simpler.  In the past, I’ve had requests for some of my patterns, but, I’m really, really bad at figuring out how to upload, download, scan, print, file…..  So, my designs have, largely, stayed at home with me.  However, Etsy recently added an easy fix by allowing me (and other artists) to upload patterns with one click.  Hurray!  No more hoops to jump through, no more technical language to learn… just click.  Hey, I can do that with one finger!  For those of you who are interested, “Wytch One?” the pattern, is now available for instant download from my etsy shop ~ click here ~ it’s a very simple, rough line drawing, but that’s what my designs are.  I’ll be adding new designs as time goes by… I’ll keep you posted.

wytch pendant

wytch pendant

I’ve updated my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop, where you can find a Wytch pendant and larger silhouettes ~ click here.

halloween...

halloween…

Over the weekend, I worked on some Halloween decorating.  The silhouettes on the mantel are available in my Etsy shop ~ click here.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI added some little oil squirters…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA… and some diminutive sunflower heads that I purchased at a roadside stand.  I just love how the colors of the seed heads echo the tones of the silhouettes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I downloaded the witch words (on either end of the mantel) from Hudsons Holidays, an Etsy shop.  You can visit the store here.  The fabulous Crows banner is from The Crackling Crows, another Etsy purchase.  Click here to see more of Ivonne Brown’s banners.

Of course, I had lots of help decorating….

who, me?

who, me?

Lilly is terrific at using her claws to create altered art.  Here, she sits proudly next to her latest creation.  She calls it, “The Claw is Mightier Than the Stool”.  It’s a work in progress which she attacks with gusto from time to time.

ellis

ellis

Ellis is always there to counsel and advise.  He doesn’t trust me an inch and stays glued to my side throughout any project, just to make sure I don’t err.

oatbran

oatbran

Otis is all about comic relief and would rather be playing than decorating.  He and his companions have taken up playing putt-putt….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s Otis with his yellow golf ball….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere’s Ellis, waiting for Otis to putt….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEllis congratulates Otis on his fine form…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA…and asks the gallery to quiet down while he makes his approach shot…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALooks like a hole-in-one!

 

wishing you laughter today and everyday…

 

rebecca

p.s. my “mass” was benign ~ yippee!

post op….

ellis comforts me

ellis comforts me

Well, hello!

A couple of weeks ago, I had a little surgery to remove a “mass”.  “Mass” is never a word one wants to hear regarding the internal workings of ones body.  However, this particular mass was, probably, nothing to worry about (I find out for sure tomorrow, but I’m not concerned).

lilly shows me how to get comfy

lilly demonstrates how to get comfy

But, surgery of any kind, whether riddled with anxiety or not, is exhausting.  So, for two weeks, I’ve been living the life recommended by Lilly, Ellis and Otis.  Let me tell you, it’s not a bad way to live.

"otis! you're on my side of the chair..." ~ellis

“otis! you’re on my side of the chair…” ~ellis

Sleep is very therapeutic and so is punching.

little wytch

little wytch

I’ve been having a ball punching silhouettes throughout my recovery, and witches have been  my creative go-to.

warty wytch

warty wytch

I’m working on updating my etsy shop and my Primitive Handmades Mercantile store with lots of fun, wicked silhouettes.  I’ll keep you posted and let you know when the updates are ready.

For those of you who have sent me questions during the past fortnight, I apologize for the delayed response!  I’m slowly catching up with my correspondence, so you should be hearing from me soon!

"my motto is, 'if you snooze, you DON'T lose!'" ~lilly

“my motto is, ‘if you snooze, you WIN!'” ~lilly

peace to you…

 

rebecca