Monday, February 15, 2016

Rome was not built in a day..... so they say

Rome wasn't built in a day OR  Everything costs....

Hi Loves,
This past weekend was so busy, emotionally and very much doing things busy as well! I started painting in Willow's room last week, a task that has been on my list for a long time. The kids rooms are small and that coupled with the fact that as children of a thrifting mom, they both have a lot of stuff  I have to tackle things in small steps. I've been on the look out for a twin bed for her room for a long time. Since she doesn't sleep in her room, it has not been too much of an issue, but as I create her little worldscape, I do need a bed in the equation. So before I began, I had an ice cream table and chair for tea parties, a large kitchen set, a calico critters play table, a vintage vanity and a dresser. Are you kidding me? There is simply no space for  a bed.... I moved all of the toys and stuff and I began to paint and my decorating ADD took hold. I finished one wall and some trim and I decided quite suddenly that the carpet needed to come up.  I remember texting my Mom and exclaiming "OMG what did I do? I am never going to get this done before Joe get's home from work!" which was the goal.. to appear all bad ass... and have it done before he got back.  To be clear and fair the carpet looked as if it was going to come up really easy. But my tools were all wrong. I couldn't find a Stanley knife and my x-acto blades are too small, so I **cringe** tried to cut it with scissors.  That was very much akin to bringing a butter knife to a gun fight... I struggled with it.  I got mad.... 

Listen up children, the right tools for the job make all the difference.

 The home front looked very much like a shabby chic natural disaster and I thought seriously several times about throwing it all out of the window and starting fresh and clean! But the window was frozen...

In the mean time of household distress I came to a breaking point with a friendship. Did you ever meet someone who wowed you with charisma and stories and you loved them based really on nothing but stories? I had a friend like this and over the past few weeks the veil fell off and I saw her trueness.   Do you know that guttural feeling when things are not right? I felt it. I stayed in that for a bit did my own research and I realized that I could not have her near my family or in my space anymore. I did nothing other than sever our ties.  Our virtual connection.  I had to because I felt icky thinking about the situation and the moment I knew it was over (or a least my having to see her status posts) I felt like this was a step in the right direction. The moral of the story is that you do not have to be friends with EVERYONE. Listen, we as artists try hard to create a lovely spot to create our art in and to allow someone who is a predator, toxic, or a joy thief into your space is doing yourself a big disservice to your creativity.

So the house is a mess, I am morning the loss of a person I thought was a friend and the sun started to peek through the grey.  I had some amazing feedback about my work. LIKE uber amazing. I could not have been more excited if Queen Elizabeth called me up.

Yesterday the correct tools were acquired and the carpet was removed to give us beautiful wood floors.

Joe finished putting a new light fixture in the bathroom and now all but a few towel bars will make that room done. 

I am all about feeling more deeply this year and this encompasses the realization that we all may be connected, but not akin. As I work I consciously honor my intuition in my home crafting, my art and my friendships.  I want to be the kind of person that curates a life with all of the things and people that make me happy, there simply is not time or energy for less.

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. 

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.

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!

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.
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 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:

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:

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:
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:

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.
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 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.
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 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.
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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:

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:

Well, that is all for tonight! I hope you see someone that you love! If you do, please email me at 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!