Tuesday, October 28, 2008
... along with a few unusual finds (like a Snow Queen crafted last Christmas). We're crossing holiday lines with a little Halloween and Christmas, and the perfect-anytime pieces like Mary Lennox from The Secret Garden. There's a little something for everyone, so feel free to click the button above and see what we've listed!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
...our first Christmas creations of the year appear on Ebay, include a melting candle and a grinning little devil...trust me, it's not what it sounds like. Click the vanishing Cheshire Cat on the side bar to see everything for sale this week (both Christmas and Halloweeny).
The first item I stitched and painted for the holidays was the blue Kris Kringle below. I love candles, but they don't last forever...unless, of course, they're made out of muslin and paint. The magic of needle and thread creates the illusion that St. Nick is made of melting wax...
...complete with a glittery "fuse" made from straw twine.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Thanks again to everyone for playing along ... those of you who are new visitors, I think I've linked most of you under our "People and Places" list. We'll be dropping by your blogs to say hello, and you're welcome to visit our blog anytime!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Just yesterday, we received a lovely gift from our friend Summer at Artfulife Studio -- an adorable framed paper Frankenstein, lovingly crafted by hand and framed (to see others like him, click the Artfulife link in this post ... new merchandise by Summer is coming soon!)
In the meantime, sign up for a chance to win this adorable Halloween Kitty on Summer's blog (just click this pic or the one linked to the side to visit her blog and sign up, as well as see pics of Summer's artwork).
And speaking of great giveaways....
Artist Diane Knott is giving away an awesome altered art bottle in honor of Election Day.
There's a few simple sign-up rules (a. you must vote on election day, b. you must create a post about the giveaway with a link to the blog, c. you must leave your email address or make sure your it's available on your profile). But it's worth it for a chance to own the "Key to Success" bottle! Just click the picture above to visit Diane Knott's Musings, where you can see pictures of her beautiful work for sale and sign up for a chance to win!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Cut from old muslin scraps and primmed to fade his colorful paint, the Pumpkinman is only six inches tall! His tiny Jack o' Lantern head is handpainted; his teeny striped-stocking legs are wire-pegged into their wooden base. Ignore his devilish grin -- he's really a harmless, friendly fellow who wouldn't hurt a fly.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
We will probably host one more giveaway around Christmastime as well...maybe with more than one prize at stake, so there'll be a second-place winner. We'll post details sometime in November, so keep your eyes open!
Monday, October 13, 2008
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
The basket o' heads is filled with tiny needlsculpted heads. I daubed red paint at the base of each one, below the chin (the guillotine does leave a mark, right?). A deathly grey paint for skin color and wild Alpaca hair will be needlfelted above their dead expressions.
The finished product below...Madame Defarge
...and her Basket o' Heads
Friday, October 3, 2008
These little cuties are based on a vintage card design I spotted a few years ago. I've toyed with the idea of making an "upright" kitty parade affixed to wooden stands, but thus far have stuck to the ornie tree version.