is it too late to be creating with halloween in mind? what does ellis think?
“halloween? i love pumpkin seeds!” ~ellis
well, whether it’s too late or not, i have been working on two projects. a witch…
notforgotten farm “white witch”
and a jack…
simple quiet jack
surprisingly, i got very little help with lori brechlin’s “white witch” (click here for her blog), and i was able to complete this project quickly….
you can find my “white witch” on my etsy site by clicking here. i mounted my finished piece on a bit of wood salvaged from an antique trunk. i love the tiny plaid original paper attached to the wood and how it’s aged over time.
my jack was a different tale altogether. almost everyone wanted to add their paws worth….
“i’m helping!” ~lilly
“i’m helping!” ~ellis
“i’m staying out-of-the-way!” ~otis
there was more assistance, too, all i had to do was ask….
“rebecca drinks the wine. i’m in charge of the water.” ~lillykins
and, in case i was feeling a chill (in the 80 degree temps), my friends were there to warm me….
“zzzzzzz…” ~ellis and lilly
how would it be, ellis and lilly, if i were to have my lap to myself for a while?….
“what!? No! you couldn’t possibly get on without us!” ~ the elly-belly and the lilly-lou-who
so, i persevered, with the weight of two cats and finally finished jack…..
I have some incredible finishes to share with you! Cathy is a very talented needle woman, as you saw in this post. Recently, she sent me some photos of her latest pieces and I am simply in awe!
Wow! Aren’t they wonderful? Cathy does not, currently, offer her patterns for sale, but the second she does I will let you know! Thank you, Cathy, for allowing me to share your beautiful projects!
I’ve been working on some Halloween themed pieces, too. It’s going very slowly, however, because my arms hurt. I have no idea why. Maybe it’s related to my sciatica which I’ve been spending time with lately? Lilly’s been trying to make me feel better….
“i can fit into the smallest places on earth” ~ lilly
One piece that I’d really like to finish is Wytch and Cat pull toy….
The little wytch sits in her pumpkin. She’ll have two arms and I think she’ll hold a jack-o-lantern.
Cat is a little bigger than Wytch. I’m planning to use autumnal colors…
I’ve finished a few (a very few) things this week. Up first is a White Witch…..
This is a design from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm ~ click here for Lori’s blog. This piece was right up my alley….. neutral colors, simple subject ~ what two more forgiving characteristics could I ask for?
I mounted White Witch on a salvaged piece of wood from a steamer trunk. I love the original plaid paper!
On the right side of the wood backing, just about level with the pumpkin, you can see an original steamer-trunk-tack. I love little touches like that!
I know Lilly is all about authentic details like steamer trunk tacks… aren’t you Lilly?
“what?” ~ the lilly-kins
Well…. Ellis is detail oriented, aren’t you Ellis?
“oh my gosh. you aren’t going to bother me about every little thing, are you?” ~ the elle-belle
Oh well. You can find White Witch in my etsy shop by clicking here if you’d like.
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.
I’ve updated my Primitive Handmades Mercantile shop, where you can find a Wytch pendant and larger silhouettes ~ click here.
Over the weekend, I worked on some Halloween decorating. The silhouettes on the mantel are available in my Etsy shop ~ click here.I added some little oil squirters…… 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.
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….
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 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.
Otis is all about comic relief and would rather be playing than decorating. He and his companions have taken up playing putt-putt….Here’s Otis with his yellow golf ball….Here’s Ellis, waiting for Otis to putt….Ellis congratulates Otis on his fine form……and asks the gallery to quiet down while he makes his approach shot…Looks like a hole-in-one!
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 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
Sleep is very therapeutic and so is punching.
I’ve been having a ball punching silhouettes throughout my recovery, and witches have been my creative go-to.
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!
Before beginning any project I have to find someplace to sit. This is a game that never grows old, apparently, and I am required, daily, to remove several bodies from my chair. I call this my chair because it offers the best lighting, but there is much dissention amongst the ranks as to whom the chair really belongs. I typically admit defeat and move to a less comfortable and dimmer seat.
the life of a beloved cat
Otis has adopted the top of the cat condo (cardboard box) as his favorite perch. He has his own little hooked rug and, due to his somewhat vast weight, the condo is taking on a nice bowl shape.
Now that we are all comfortable, more or less, I can make a beginning. I’ll be working on make dos (because they’re fun to make and hold much scope for the imagination, I find) and will start with Wytch Way?, which is one of my designs. I’ve free-handed onto the weavers cloth, with much erasing, as is typical.
finished rug and punch needle in progress
I’ve made this pattern into both a rug and a punch needle piece before, but this will be the first time as a make do. I’m not sure how I’m planning to make do, but surely some idea will come to me…?
Wytch Way? and Cat
After I complete the punching, I decide to add some embellishments in the form of these vintage glass beads. I hope they’ll add a bit of night-time glimmer to an otherwise plain piece.
stuff, stuff, stuff
It takes an extraordinary amount of snips to stuff this relatively small piece ~ That’s okay by me! I have bags and bags of snips.
At this point I have to make a decision. Am I going to mount Wytch Way? on a base of some kind, which means leaving a small opening here, or close her up completely so she can be a bowl filler?
I opt for stitching the opening closed, but instead of displaying her in a bowl, I add a length of fishing line and let her hang from a nail.
A vintage crochet covered (I think) metal band makes an admirable hanger. Wytch Way? measures about 7″ across and 2″ thick. She’ll either be in the Primitive Handmades Mercantile update this Friday or in my etsy shop (more decisions ~ oh no!).