Friday, November 20, 2015

Snow Man with Cardinal

 Meet my new Snow Man!

I think he is a cool guy with his Shibori dyed wool coat 
along with his Cardinal friend and birdhouse! 

Back View  
Cardinal has lots of stitching!

Bird house will be warm and snuggly for Cardinal when the snow comes!

Holly and greens make his house festive for the holidays.
He has been a lot of work with all the dyeing, stitiching, embroidery 
but I am in love with him.
This first snowman turned out big at 35" tall.
I have a feeling he is only the first of many and smaller ones are planned. 

Oak Tree has returned from the Toe River Arts Council Juried Art Show. 
Sadly no prize but was very honored to be included in a show filled with 
amazing paintings, photography, glass and pottery. 

Busy, busy time of year but then my entire year has felt this way. 
I can't seem to keep up with my life and the days/weeks are passing in a blur. 

Studio tour is coming up December 4 thru 6 and I am working to get ready for it.
Hopefully after that I can get some rest!!


Friday, October 2, 2015

Rugs, Runners, and News…

September went by in a busy blur.

In the studio the busy blur included producing 8 rugs,

  7 table runners
and two sets of woolly pumpkins.

The Cranbrook found a new home so the studio has been rearranged!  
I was surprisingly happy to see the loom go because it will now be used instead 
of gathering dust and taking up space.

The other good news is Oak Tree has been accepted into the 
Toe River Arts Council Juried Art show!
 Very happy about that! 
The show runs from Oct 17th to Nov. 14th.
I will post some photos of the show for you during that time.

On the home front we have gone from being in a moderate drought and then getting 9 inches of rain at our house since last Thursday night.
 I was really looking forward to the super moon and the eclipse but there was no chance of seeing it with all the cloud cover. 
We are now being affected by hurricane Joaquin bringing more rain, which could cause flooding. Seems the weather is so extreme with either feast or famine. 
Thankfully it is not making landfall!  

At least it has cooled off and some leaf color is beginning to appear in the mountains.
Welcome October!
It’s my birth month and my favorite time of year!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

More Cats with Long Tails!

Seems like one set of Cat Dolls was not enough for me. 
 I made two more sets and didn't change their tails! 

I laughed when I read the comments and saw "long tails".
 Yes, it is a fine thing to have a long tail and they do help them sit up so nicely! 

I've really enjoyed and had fun making the cats. 
There is a lot of sewing in them but once 
I got my pattern worked out the clothes went a little faster. 

As much as I have enjoyed them it is back to weaving. 
Rugs will be going on the looms today. 
I am so behind and need to pick up the speed on rugs and runners. 

Happy September Everyone! 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Here Kitty Kitty

 My new "Cat" dolls were fun and simple to make 
after spending so much time on Oak Tree.
They are dressed in their Autumn colors and as ready for Fall as I am! 
I may have gotten carried away on their tails and made them a little big
but they are fun. 

A big thank you to each and everyone who made a comment on the Oak Tree. 
All of your comments mean a lot to me! 
 I was not sure what the reaction to the tree would be but so far it has been very positive! 
I've turned in my application and photos 
so I should hear something from the jury by the end of September. 

And to answer Jeri's question about how I could part with the tree - 
I have sold many weavings, sculptures and dolls that I have put my heart and soul into. 
It is very hard to part with them especially since most of my work is one of a kind
 and will never happen the same way again. 
That's part of an artists life. 
You have to sell your work so you can make more. 
I have always heard it said that artist's can't afford their own work 
and have found unfortunately for that to be true. 
For me the joy is in the creating/making of things and being able to do what I love.