Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tiny little morsels!

Winter is kind of grey in Michigan at this point in the year. I grasp at any morsel or bread crumb to get me though until warmth fills my body and warms my toes. 

This morning I received the new show graphic for Ghoultide Gathering.  What a morsel that was! It's in September this year so mark your calendar and book your hotel room! 

I just wanted to share it with you, perhaps it will be your morsel as well. 
xxoo

Sunday, January 31, 2016

EHAG Emporium Offering




Welcome to the Eclectic Halloween Artists Guild night. We are a juried emporium of nationally recognized Halloween artists offering up intriguing one of a kinds once per month!
Spookynella is my offering this month.
Spookynella is a delightful little pumpkin child.
I've used my unmistakable Prim Pumpkin color palette to bring her to life! Being a sentimentalist, I hardly make a single doll without whole heartedly incorporating a wealth of vintage fabrics into her being.  She looks as if she has been living her pumpkin life under the table of a flea market in Paris.
You may cross her long tendril hands... or not.
Her shoes are old vintage leather.
Her eyes are hand blown in my husbands studio.  They are set ever so sweetly.

This is the view of the back of her head.



 If you have fallen in love with spookynella and would like her, please email me directly at :
www.cupidswing97@yahoo.com
Size: 13 inches tall

Price: 125.00 shipped in the US.

Thank you for looking,
xxoo

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A potion for soup

Unfolding into Winter is something I will just never do. I fight it with every shiver.  I layer my clothing and the children's clothing but our faces and hands are chapped by the cold wind.  And this Winter has been mild by all accounts! I have however, wrapped my arms around souping.  Soup is a very creative and beautiful dish. Something that will nourish your insides and hopefully inspire you to create something magical.


It's been awfully hard to see the fairies dance amidst the snowflakes. I think they must have a magical portal to warmth.  Good for them, I say!  For us creatives I say, make soup and pray for Spring!

 I like having something warm on hand to eat as I create in the studio.   This one is a chicken and wild rice blend that is really good.  I've made it twice this week alone.

This is what you need:
olive oil
2 cups mushrooms (4 oz.)
3/4 cup chopped celery- a bit more than a handful
3/4 cups chopped carrots- a bit more than a handful
1/4 cup chopped shallots- shallots a tiny onions but they are more mild in flavor. Not so pungent in flavor. 
1/4 cup flour all-purpose
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups of chicken broth
1 cup of wild rice- get the uncle ben's QUICK long grain and wild rice -orange box
3 cups chicken shredded and cooked. You can use fresh or canned chicken.
1/2 cup sour cream
2 tablespoon of fresh parsley chopped up really well.

In a soup pot, heat about a tablespoon of olive oil at medium high heat.  Add in your carrots, celery, mushrooms, shallots and cook them a bit. The carrots will deepen in color and the flavors will marry.  About 8 minutes will do.  The veggies will be crisp not soggy. 

Add your flour and salt and pepper and stir like mad. Let it cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add the broth and bring it to a boil. Add rice, just the rice, not the packet that comes in the Uncle Ben's box, just throw that yuck out! reduce heat to simmer. cover for 7 minutes until your rice is tender.

Add in the chicken, sour cream and parsley. Heat through- about 8 minutes. 

This is a really tasty bowl that will warm you through and through.  Eat and enjoy this little potion.
xxoo







Thursday, January 14, 2016

RIP Alan Rickman

I loved watching him preform for us. The cadence of his voice was magic and he will be missed.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Last year and what I am not going to do this year!

2015 was a lovely year! Prim Pumpkin is always growing and pushing the edges because I am continually  to evolving my work.  I was so honored to have my work featured in Art Doll quarterly, It's always a thrill! I have made such inspiring friends and collectors though my work being published!
It occurred to me this year that Prim Pumpkin is so much more that art dolls, it's essentially my creative sprit poured into my dolls. I began to look at my art as my vessel. And when I did that something magical happened.
When I look at my artwork in this way I feel kind of like a pioneer. I don't really need to look at the path that other doll artists have taken, I am more than capable to cut my own path. Last year I did that.
Prim Pumpkin deserves that from me.  I think as artists, it's really easy to get side tracked into doing the things that don't fill your soul so much and miss out on the things that will nourish us and our creativity. Facebook is the time suck that does not fill my soul, but I find myself scrolling and scrolling.  It's a false sense of self nourishment. You see what your friends are posting and then think about how you could do more as an artist, mother and wife. If a picture doesn't achieve a certain number of likes or comments we think it's not good work....
We are enough. Our art is enough. The space that we inhabit is begging us to realize this.
 
It's fine to make things and post them, but for me The constant comparison to those on the internet is exhausting. I refuse to do it. I will post and not attach my self-worth to the reaction I receive.

Our art depends on us dousing it with good old fashioned magic. It needs our own brand of love and authenticity to become real.
And that's what I mean about looking at my art as a vessel, it's a lovely container for all that I am or all that I want to be.
If you think what I create is a little odd well it kind of is! and I like it that way!
When I stop and think about how well my art has been received and how many opportunities I have been afforded I am forever in gratitude This year and all of the years!


I wanted to share these images of some of my work that was created in 2015!












 











I wish you the best 2016! Truly. I know a lot of people throw the word  "authentic" around but I think It's a very weighty word and we all have it! You don't have to buy a single thing to have it, love it, or live it!
Pumpkin wishes!
Jennie

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Snowfolks Available Now!

Greetings Yuletide lovers!

Jingles, Sugarpop, Sprinkles, Bow tied, Telly, Prada, Olive, Mr. Sweet, Doodles, and Skips!

I have a new treat for you and I am so excited to show you. I have created 10 very special little snowfolks for your whimsifaction.  Each REALLY has a uniqueness about him/her and I hope you find one that brings a smile to your jolly little cheekies! They do vary in size, the smallest beginning at about 6 inches and the tallest at about 9 inches.  Some of them have a common abnormality of one leg longer that the other or a little grimace.  They are all hand made in my Battle creek, Michigan workshop. Each one is guaranteed to have been created while listening or watching the Hallmark Christmas Movie channel. That being said, a certain about of Christmas magic has to have been transferred from Hallmark though my hands and to the snowfolks just by osmosis alone! :) As with all Prim Pumpkin art dolls, each is signed and is a little work of art.

 No. 1 Jingles SOLD
 Jingle is wearing pink and silver sparkling booties. Jingles is 7.5 inches tall.   Her eyes are blue and she had two tiny coal buttons on her tummy.  Her offering is a white vintage Christmas tree. She will arrive at your door step ready to gift! $30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want her: cupidswing97@yahoo.com








 
 No.2 Sugarpop SOLD   
A Lovely little Snow lady with pink stripes and oh so rosy cheeks! Sugarpop measures 6.5 inches tall. She has the most amazing glitter green feets! I hope you love her and her little sisal tree offering as much as I do! She has three little buttons on her belly and a really kind smile. She LOVES the snow. Sugarpop is $30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want her: cupidswing97@yahoo.com









No.3 Sprinkles

Have you ever met a snowgirl who doesn't care so much for snow? Well, that is Sprinkles. She prefers to tell people that she is made of Christmas magic instead of snow.  She has three buttons on her belly and pretty prim blue eyes.  She also has silvery enchanted shoes! 6 inches tall. 
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US. Shipping can be combined if you want more than one!
email me if you want her: cupidswing97@yahoo.com





 
 
No.4 Bow Tied  SOLD
 
She's really not a scarf person... kind of like how some people are hat people and some are just not.  She prefers a bow tied about her neck. And while all of her sisters like silver shoes she like gold!  Little bow is 6 inches tall and pretty in pink. She offers a little sisal tree to the one who welcomes her into their home!
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want her: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
  
 
 
 
 
 
No. 5 Telly SOLD
Oh Telly.... Your head is just so bald and wonderful!  This snow boy has pretty blue eyes and three black buttons on his tummy. He has black shoes and measures 8 inches tall.
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want him: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
 

 
 
No.6 Prada SOLD
Prada wears a bow ties because bow ties are cool! I call him Prada because of his dapper choice in shoes. He measures 7 inches tall and one leg is longer that the other one. It's character! Prade love the best in everything. He enjoys Starbucks, even thought he melts a little bit each time he has his mocha. 
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want him: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
 


 
 
 No. 7 Olive SOLD
She is called Olive because Olive her ... She has red pants and scarf and lovely green shoes! She is about 7 inches long  with one long leg and one shorter one!
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want her: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
 



 
 No. 8 Mr. Sweet SOLD
 
Mr.. Sweet's looking up face is just too much sweet! He tells me that he looks up so not to draw attention to his extra chins! 6 inches tall
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want him: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
 

 
No. 9 Doodle SOLD
 
 
With two buttons on his tummy, Doodle is really the heart of Christmas! He is just over 6 inches tall. Doodle has a really cute sideways nose and blue eyes.
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want him: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
 


 
No.10 Skips SOLD
 
Skips has silver shoes, which lends a vintage flair to his look!  He has red and white stripes, kind of like a candy cane!  He has blue eyes and measures 7 inches tall.
$30.00 + 4.00 shipping in the US.
email me if you want him: cupidswing97@yahoo.com
 

 
 
Well, that is all for tonight! I hope you see someone that you love! If you do, please email me at cupidswing97@yahoo.com and let me know WHO you would like.  I do combined shipping if you want more than one. I package these really cute so when you receive them they will be ready to give ... or keep! I do my sales on a first come first served basis.  I accept paypal, or if you have purchased from me before and we have made other arrangements (like a check) or local pick up just remind me when you email me! Thank you all so much!