Saturday, October 30, 2010

Coraline Pumpkins


As many of you know I have a beautiful almost 3 year old boy, the sun sets upon his mischievous grin and the moon rises with his wails of well... 3 year oldness. I wanted to create a pumpkin idea with him and this is what we came up with! Coraline Pumpkins! He loves to sort through my button jar and he picked out his favorites and then we tacked them on with low temp hot melt. I added sparkles with costume bracelets!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Giveaway results and some more!!!



And the winner is........

First of all, Thank you dear friends for your genuine interest in my work!!! I am so happy so many of you jumped in this giveaway. I wish I had something for each of you!!!!



Little Lovie has a new mommie and her name is.....

Pam from Soft in the Head!!!

I am offering another prize!!!
I assigned numbers and did the whole random number generator ....
Leah's Art Magic
Leah, hop on over to my etsy and pick an ornament!
email me ladies- cupidswing97@yahoo.com


Monday, October 25, 2010

Baby Pumpkin Sprout on Ebay!


Little baby pumpkin sprout... so snug in my studio!
This little lady is semi -famous : ) She was published in the Fall issue of Art Doll Quarterly! She is kind of a baby diva now! I am waiting for her to start making demands... She prefers the finest of things and even though she only has one wee little tooth- never leave her around chocolate unattended... it is guaranteed to disappear... Or maybe that was Joe????


This is my Prim Pumpkin leap on to the pages of eBay. It is something I have wanted to try for a long time and little baby pumpkin sprout wanted to be the first doll offered! If you would like to own this piece, I've included a link at the bottom!
Thank you to all of the Ehag and Pfatt artists who have encouraged me to sell on eBay. Your advise and guidance is always appreciated!



I made her dress from a vintage tea towel. I love the crispness of Irish linen! Her dress has the added embellishment of a hand-dyed silk ribbon.



Here she is posing for the camera in front of her pages in the magazine!


The artful side of the tracks






My heart has always found it's way to the artful side of the tracks.


I think this is partly an innate sense of thrusting upward the seeds that are planted in our souls and the other part is quite simply...frivolous gypsy spirit.



I am so lucky to have had a mentor and companion like my Grandma. Our lives had 21 years of overlapping time, in which, she crammed so much information that is still to this day making connections within myself an propelling me forward. One of the things she said with many different faces and within very different contexts is be who you are... It's ironic because I wanted to be who she wanted me to be... not necessarily who I already was.


"We must let go of the life we have planned to accept the one waiting for us." -Joseph Conrad


While my heart has always found it's way to the art within, I never realized I was walking a path predetermined and I just have to close my eyes to see my way.

This artful side of the tracks is home! I have found others here as well travelling by gypsy wagon, by worn shoes and by broom.


The seeds that were stuck down deep in my soul are working their way up through the hurt and happiness, love and sprinkles, through the depth of motherhood and family to the surface where if one looks within... is the exact time and circumstance in which the seed was to emerge....as a pumpkin!

At the last art show I did I was amazed at the feedback and it truly reinforced the get out of your own way baby and create! inner dialogue I have. I made it a goal to do a giveaway and list on eBay last week as small steps in the direction of my dreams. enjoy!!!



My giveaway ends Tuesday... Just put a comment on that post if want little lovie





Thursday, October 21, 2010

May luck be yours! a Prim Pumpkin Giveaway


In celebration of my 126th post, I am having a sweet little Giveaway!

Meet Little Lovie, she is just a sweet as can be ... my little pumpkin girl.

She is a one of a kind art doll. She has the very unique ghost pumpkin coloring and is trimmed with Nigella fabric. She is a wee one, standing about 9 inches tall.


Just leave a comment telling why you would like Little Lovie. The winner will be announced Monday, October 25th. She will be mailed to you just in time for your Halloween festivities!


Feel free to repost this on your blog or on your facebook, if you do that just email me and I'll give you an extra entry.

Have fun and may luck be yours!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Fall into the Art with Prim Pumpkin!

T-3 day to the show(Fall into the Arts) and you could find me most defiantly packing the pumpkins who were ready and scurrying around to finish a couple more! The show was a big success! I liked my table set up, it turned out perfect, and that part really didn't matter in the long run, because collectors were there and happy to buy before I had the finishing touches on the table! The positive feedback was wonderful, and just the idea that Halloween and doll collectors came from hours away to add a piece to their collection was so very fun.

This sweet little boy now has a new home! He is so darn sweet I could just pinch his cheeks!





I handed out about 200 business cards!
















This was the start of my set up at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The lighting was such, that some of the pictures are very light but I wanted to show you all the same. I did display Art Doll Quarterly on my table and that was a great thing because people actually looked at it! I had my
no photography, please sign....but people really didn't listen to that. I ask two people who were setting a tripods in front of my table what they planned on doing with the images and they were not even daunted. People just don't get that it's presumptuous to photograph another persons art work with out asking first.



Very blurry, but these were the last two I made for the show.





Great things come in two's!!! Fall into the Arts was a very nice way to show my work! Thank you for coming out and checking out what I do.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Lighting Candles






"What we need in this world is more people to inspire others with confidence and fewer to discourage any initiative in the right direction; more to get into the thick of things, fewer to sit on the sidelines merely finding fault; more to point out what’s right with the world and fewer to keep harping on what’s wrong; and more who are interested in lighting candles and fewer who blow them out."

~ Father James Keller




Lighting candles...that's what I am thinking about today. After traveling to Ghoultide Gathering- A Halloween Artist Spectacular- and now getting settled back into my own studio at home, my mind is on fire with a burning to create... to ASPIRE...to do my part as an artist creating in the world... to encourage... to uplift and to let someone know how great they are!


My artwork is the culmination of thoughts and dreams... and my share of those who sat on the sidelines merely finding fault with me... I am the woman posting here today because I can give love to those situations, embrace them and move on... Just breathe through it, right....
I want my son, the little love pictured above, to be a confident creator and I want to show him by example how to get in the middle of it all.
Creating Halloween art, is the soothing serum of life for me! I am so happy to share it with you.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ghoultide Remembrances 2010

The ghouls and ghosties headed to a historic place of magic and spells for a dip in the pool of Halloween dreams! Yes folks, this is where dreams are cultivated into reality. On the evening of our arrival, we met the PFATT artists and their significant others for dinner which was delish! We sat with Carolee Clark and her husband, John as well as Laurie Hardin and her Husband, Kelly, Lori Davis, Joyce Stahl, Pam Gracia and her Hubby and Johanna Parker and her husband, JP. Conversation was brisk and many collectors joined us from across the United States. People contemplated who's art they coveted and who's they had.



The day of the show, I posed with this Scott Smith pumpkin scarecrow. The drizzle washed us all in the spirit of Halloweens past and present and filled our hearts with TRICK and TREAT.


What you can't see in the picture is one boot kicked up,... as in I just can't give a kiss without my shoe kicking up...


A PEACE of pumpkin... Ha! So, this year I had the wonderful company of my Lovie, whom thoroughly enjoyed the show and the pure enthusiasm of the event. We went to the Carriage House first, oddly with the illusion of scoring a Scott Smith pumpkin... Let me tell you, I lack the killer instinct it takes to achieve the feat! As I stood at the table arms were shooting around my waist and over my head ... These were not my arms by the way... I must have looked like Ganesha minus the elephant head, which by the way... Ganesha is widely revered as the Remover of Obstacles, I will remember that next time. Laurie Hardin, Monkey Cats Studio and Pam Gracia, Soft in the Head, were also in the carriage House, but we had to wait until the thinning of the crowd to see their works. It was amazing!



This was not a time of perusal and the purchase.. it was a time of love at first sight...See it, love it, can I afford it? how much do I like Raman? Buy it! Because it was snapped up if you didn't decide then and there.


I have always coveted an original Nicol Sayre doll and I was lucky enough to find one. After the Ganesha experience at the Carriage House, we headed to the Historic School House Church. This is where we found Nicol Sayre, Johanna Parker,Paul Gordon, Aron Lowe, Irene Gates, Dara Dimagno,Lori Ann Corelis, William Bezek, Maria Barton, Shelia Bentley, and the Arnolds.
I was really enchanted by Vinegar Babies and Ghosties galore at the William Bezek table. The bed was adorable Will! At the PrimDolly table one had to stop and literaly absorb the art of Sheila Bentley. I was so happy that Shelia said hi! and then I met Becca Bilas at Shelia's table as well!

After deliberation the jury came back with a unanimous decision this hag was meant to be mine!



I really wanted to show her off.... but the Hallows dew was still sprinkling!







A kiss goodbye did not break the spell of the day, maybe that was the kiss that made the excitement last, even as I type!
We rounded out the day with out Trick or Treat bag full of treats. I will show you later, but they include a William Bezek Vinegar Baby:) a Happy Nicol Sayre d0ll : ) A William Bezek Ghostly Lady and her shrunken Beau : ) We Hop Hop Jingle Boo'd over to Debra Schoch's table for a cannibal candy corn and two ornaments :)
The Cady Inn boasted the work of Kristen Beason, Carolee Clark, Allen Cunningham, Debbie Hawkins, Vergie Lightfoot, Pat Murphy, Ed Pribyl and Debra Schoch.
I wish I would have had time to talk to everyone, but the day flew by! I so much wanted to giggle and chat with Joyce Stahl and Lori Davis and show them my pumpkinly headed creations but time did not allow. I was delighted to meet Connie Porcher of Celebrate 365 Magazine! What a sweet treat she was!! Next year though.
Oh and Kim Short's cookies were gorgeous!!!!



The village itself is a little gem! tucked away in Northville. The brick wall featured stone name plaques of people who have made contributions to Historic Mill RaceVillage.




The Grand Entrance to Ghoultide Gathering, but for us it was the exit!
We ran into the Midwest Living photographer a lot and I can only imaging the wonder they will create with all of the photos!









A peek over the bridge, one of the last views of Northville for the day.
Thank you to Stephanie and Vaughn Rawson and to Bill Gilmore and Scott Smith.