Art with Heart - Santa Give-a-way

After learning about Cherie Stannard's heart breaking story,
I decided to have a give-a-away to
help spread the word about her.

Her life was forever changed in a moment.
To participate to win this prim Santa,
simply post a comment here,
and please post a link
on your site to Cherie's page.

If you don't have a site,
simply post a link to this post,
and send it to your contacts via e-mail.

Cherie's friend, Elizabeth Nelson St. Hilaire organized a
fundraiser to raise awareness and funds
to help the family in their time of need.
Other artists joined together to create a beautiful
hardbound book "Art with Heart" which can be
previewed on Elizabeth's or Cherie's page.

Donations may also be made without making a purchase.
If you can't make a donation,
just spread the word.

I will choose a winner on
December 23rd,
and Santa will be mailed Christmas Eve
by Priority US Mail to domestic addresses or
 Parcel Post to international addresses.
Santa is made of Osnaberg Fabric
bathed in Walnut Crystals, Coffee & Vanilla.
Nose and eyes are needle sculpted.

He is mounted on a wooden spindle
with a square base, that has been distressed.
Sheet music has been collaged
to the spindle to add a touch of whimsy.

He wears a tan polka-dot suit.
Accented with cream fur and rusty bells.

His hair and beard is 100% Sheep's Wool
from dear friends in Maine.

He was made with love,
is signed and dated,
and ready to travel to his new home.

The holidays represent a time of giving.
Please help spread the word.


It's Santa adoption day

Today my friends will choose their santa(s)....
I always love to group my finished prims.
I should have made a christmas card with this one....
wait, there is still time.




Which one(s) stays and which one(s) goes???

hee hee....
More later!
I hope you will join me for my Santa give-a-way.


Primitive Santa is on his way...

I wouldn't have bothered to make this Santa,
if it wasn't for some neat friends that requested it.

They have very generously gifted me with
spindles and sheep's wool in the past.

To show my thanks one year,
I made them a prim santa with a spindle and their wool.
I was later asked to make a similar one for their relative.

Last year I was too busy, and
time flew by.....and it didn't happen.
I had taken a break from creating prims,
but didn't want to let my friends down this year.

I decided to make a "batch" rather than one,
to give my friends a selection.

It's been a while since I grunged anything,
and I may have been a little heavy with the walnut crystals,
and I realized too late that I forgot the cinnamon....oh well.

It was dark enough to even stain the wood bases,
which surprisingly now match the spindles.

I had intented to paint, crackle and distress them,
but I think I will leave them just as they are.

So today is a dank, rainy day,
and I'm in my glory.
Yesterday I cleaned the house, and started
the santas, letting them dry overnight.
Now with chores done, I'm happily playing in my studio,
listening to jazzy Christmas songs,
and primming Santas.

I baked a couple banana breads earlier,
and have a pea soup in the crock pot.
The house is warm and cozy,
an entire afternoon ahead of me,
and it's one down, three to go!


RIP beloved Max

RIP dear Max
The Rainbow Bridge awaits you now....
Your suffering is over...

Don't cry because it's over,
Smile because it happened.
-Dr. Seuss

What we have once enjoyed
we can never lose;
All that we love deeply,
becomes a part of us.
-Helen Keller

A pet is never truly forgotten until
it is no longer remembered.
-Lacie Petitto

Beloved Max
9/11/95 - 12/5/10

Snow Angel makes Treasury!

This little surprise couldn't have happened at a better time
to boost my spirits.
Sitting here feeling blue about my pet's condition,
and I received an e-mail notification
that I'm featured in an Etsy treasury.
My first I believe.
Very sweet.

Shopping, Cloth Paper and Heartache

I began my morning putting away yesterday's purchases.
This "snow happy" stitchery was created by my friend Pam.
He's now hanging in my studio.

This stitchery pillow was created by my friend Deb.
She finally indulged in a little grunge, and I love her work.
It was her 10th anniversary Homespun Christmas,
and her house was packed more than I've ever seen it.
An awesome turnout. 
I also made it to Sage Farm Antiques.
I couldn't resist $2.50 for the letter holder.
White buttons for my stash, and a vintage Christmas tablecloth.
The atmosphere in the antique shop with greenery,
christmas balls, and red and white accents FINALLY put me
in the spirit to decorate for the holidays.

Cloth Paper
This is the coolest technique, and easier than I thought.
Layers of muslin, paper, tissue and paint.
Once dry, imagine the mixed media possibilities.

This is where the heartache fits in.
As I was preparing this post, as always
my furry friends are by my side,
napping or causing mischief.
Always keeping me company,
and putting a smile on my face.

My dear Max is finally fighting for his life.
His respiratory functions appear to be failing.
He is having much difficulty breathing,
and I fear the time has come to make that dreadful trip.
I know this will be my last photo of Max.
16 sweet years....
and time to say goodbye.


Pumpkin / Snowman do-over

Yesterday, I had a very productive day.
Some serious housework all morning
 then work in the yard putting
all the garden ornaments away.
It was such a good weather bonus-kind-of-day.
I even had the windows open for fresh air.

Later in the evening, we had plans to
catch the fabulous Johnny A 
at the Blue Ocean in Salisbury.
Check out this link to see him play OH YEAH.

So I had a little time to kill,
and decided to work on this make-do;
which was truly a "do" OVER.

He originally was a scary pumpkin,
and he's been hanging around too long.

 So I tore off his scarf;
tweaked his attitude a bit;
and painted him into a snowman.
It was a little hard painting his face
because the surface was very rough,
so I'm still not sure if I'm done.

Yeah, this look didn't cut it.
I definitely like him better as a snowman.
But maybe I should leave well enough alone.

Today looks like it will be a bit cooler.
Don't know if I will get any crafting in....
Family and friends coming over for a little celebration.
I'm making a Spice Bundt cake,
Artichoke dip,
and 2 calzones; a BBQ Chicken,
and a combo Luncheon meats
with broccoli, fried peppers & cheese.

Have a great day~!


Mixed Media Sentiment Cards

It was fun working on these cards today.
Mindless, listening to soft music, random.
I love sewing on paper,
and I REALLY love my eyelet setter tool.

Tomorrow my son turns 26, and besides celebrating
his birthday we are now celebrating his new title;
"Captain"....hee hee.

He PASSED his exam today,
and I am so proud of him.
I love you Ty....

Yesterday you were my little peanut,
and now I look up to a "captain",
in the blink of an eye.

It's bittersweet knowing you'll be leaving soon
to go back to the islands to charter boats.


Raggedy Friends

“To the world you may be just one person,
but to one person you may be the world.”
~Brandi Snyder

Much of the vitality in a friendship lies in the honouring of differences,
not simply in the enjoyment of similarities.”
~author unknown

“One measure of friendship consists not in the number of things friends can discuss,
but in the number of things they need no longer mention.”
~Clifton Fadiman

"true friendship isn't about being there when it's convenient;
it's about being there when it's not.”
~author unknown

Taking a moment to share just a few of my new friends!

Can anyone tell me why I have fuzziness in the
lower right corner of my photos, and is it repairable?
Always something!


My new Singer Featherweight 221

I arrived home one day last week to find this case on the floor.
My boyfriend said "It's for you from John".
He heard that my machine went in for repair,
and I was shopping for an inexpensive machine
to use for my mixed media/journal projects.

I understand his wife passed away in 2003.
I can picture her smiling now, as the machine
has obviously been stored somewhere "musty".
I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the case.
It's darling!
I will cherish this vintage beauty.

I set it up today for the first time.
The instructions in the booklet were easy to follow.
It sews like a charm.
The bulb quickly got very hot (which makes me
wonder if the right type is in it).

I decided to google this machine to learn more about it.
One thing is for sure,
they don't make sewing machines like they used to.
This is one well-built machine.
I'm thanking my lucky stars~!
Thank you John!
You are a sweetheart.


Another Angel Painting

Lately I have been having a hard time focusing on creating.
I can't concentrate if I have too many things to do.

So today I decided to chill out...
I put a pot roast in the crock pot,
and cleaned out my closet, and drawers.
I needed to purge, and it took a while.
By the time I was done,
I really felt like creating....

I was in the mood to paint an angel...
From the beginning, I just worked without thinking about it.
I grabbed random colors,
pulled a page out of my music sheet book,
and voila!
Kind of got my juices flowing....
maybe tomorrow I'll give it another shot!


Rainbow, Vistas, Sunset and a wedding!

My vacation started with this beautiful rainbow!
We headed to Bar Harbor for a couple nights of camping,
but first we spent a night in Searsport,
with great friends.

Spectacular view from the top of Cadillac Mountain.

This sunset on our first night indicated
beautiful weather for the following day.
This was our view from our campsite...
well you had to squint between the trees,
but you could see the water for sure.
I'm happy to say I heard my favorite sound,
the cry of the loons.....

Bar Harbor was a busy spot on the water.
Notice the shuttle boat lifted on the side
of the cruise vessel.

Our trip was short so that we could be home
in time....

for the wedding we all couldn't wait for!

It was like a fairy tale....

Warm sunshine, big smiles....and bubbles!

The bride and groom took our breath away
with their first dance!

To have and to hold from this day forward...
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Arnold
This is only the beginning!


Mini Staycation

I have taken 3 badly needed days off from work this week.
It started with a road trip out of town to see family.
During the 2-1/2 drive, I stitched on these black cats.
They are made of felt, embellished with floss,
needlepunch, beads and a skeleton fish bones charm.
They are extra-weighted,
which makes them a great door stopper.

I started this day with leisure browsing on the
computer. Usually, I squeeze in as much as I can
before I'm running out the door late for work.

This day will be spent on errands, a little housework
a little homework, and setting goals for the next 3 days.

I want to work or plan on some new projects.

These cigar boxes will be collaged and altered,
once I figure out exactly HOW I'm going to do it.
I have a cigar shop nearby, and I happened to stop in
recently, and to my amazement had a huge selection
to choose from.

I enjoy making needlepunch toppers for boxes,
and just might have a couple designs in mind.

Hopefully, if I'm productive in the next few days,
I'll be posting some of my plans.

Please visit American Holiday Artists
to learn about their giveaways,
and announcement of their new artists studio
Grand Opening!


Computer Issues

Recently my hard drive suffered a life altering (mine) setback.
I'm currently having my dear machine examined and repaired to
improve my quality of online living.

Meanwhile, I am actually getting things done, around the
house and yard! But I am sure getting itchy fingers....

Amazing how that happens.

See you soon!


Having fun making these little angel dolls.
I used a pattern by my friend Brenda, of
The Vintage Polka Dot
with a gollywobbles twist.
(check out her updated blog....yummy design!)

Once I start creating, I may have a pattern
to spring board from...but I'm easily
distracted or swayed to try something different
to fit the mood of the project.

I was aiming for pint size, and trying to
think of a creative way to use up favorite scraps.
Hopefully later this weekend, I'll list these
ornie gals in my Etsy shop.

I'm thinking of picking up the paint brushes
again, or making some journals.
I've been studying up on the book making process
and hope to come up with my own style soon.

Summer time means the calendar fills up fast.
Today I'm going to check out market day
at Dragonfly Hill.
This month's theme is Lazy Hazy days of Summer....
well today is more like one of those
cloudy "iffy" kind of days,
and not so sunny hazy...
oh well, you can't have it all.

I'm curious to see the artists that will be vending there.
A great way to get some inspiration, and see if I
get the "craft fair" bug for the fall.
After Byfield, I'm off to celebrate my nephews birthday.

Tomorrow predicts a rainy type of day,
and I'm thinking it's going to be a great creating day!
Love it!
Enjoy your weekend!


Primitive Needlepunch flower interpretations

Pink Lupine

I decided to use up some of my floss,
leftover from various projects,
to create little needlepunch toppers for these
paper mache boxes, also in my "stash".

I just quickly drew the image,
and picked whatever color I had.
It's a fun "don't-have-to-think" while
I'm doing it project, and more fun
to see the result.

Unfortunately the lighting isn't very
good, and these are the best shots I can
do for now.


I love trinket boxes, and these are fun to make.
My friend Polly asked if I was going to
finish putting brown around the petals.
Nature can be pretty random sometimes,
and so can I.

It's raining, and I'm sitting here with
wet funky hair in my nightgown, and
I'm going to be late for work AGAIN.

Don't know why a rainy day stirs my muse;
I just want to stay in my studio and play.

It's not going to happen.
Gotta run.....