Sunday, August 31, 2014

New Studio ~ Halloween Pieces

Hi everyone...a quick update for you. I completed my move to my new studio and I've been happily working there for a couple of weeks now. It has been wonderful and I am really enjoying myself. I have met so many people and all of them have commented on how warm and cozy my new space is. These are my before shots...will post more recent photos soon.
Having a space away from home has increased my productivity tremendously and I have been able to complete four new Halloween pieces.
Bats...three little ones and one big one...more to come!
Stay tuned...I will announce a date for my Halloween Etsy sale in a short while.
Cheerios, Susan

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Back in Business

 

 Exciting news to come soon... :)

Cheerios, Susan

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Mid Life Pondering

 January was a month where I asked myself many questions...some of these questions have been answered and others will take more time to figure out. At the heart of it all I feel I've reached an impasse...a cross roads in my life.
For the last five years I have battled health problems that have nagged me and given me much grief. During this trying time my saving grace was my ability to escape into my art. My ability to create gave me a sense of completeness, a feeling of worth...a feeling of being appreciated. My art took me away from my pain and gave me a job to do...and even though I had many days where I felt terrible I knew I could escape into my world of make believe.
Fast forward to today...February 4th 2014...the beginning of a brand new year...a year in which I am feeling much better...what's that old saying,{Time heals all wounds} and in my case that seems to be happening. I still have my days and I still have to be wary and watchful of certain things, but overall I feel much more capable and energetic. 
 
With this healing comes a restlessness...a feeling of wanting to do more, see more, learn more. Being home-bound for five years can do this to you! During this five years I shut myself away from everything...from travel, from friends, from family, from life...not because I wanted to, but because my body gave me no choice. Some understood and some didn't, and I got really tired of trying to explain. So often what I was going through was invisible to others...hidden under my clothes and masked by drugs. Only my husband saw my pain and it was not easy for him either...by any stretch of the imagination.
You folks in blogland became my world...since I didn't go out much I became best friends with my computer and all the folks I met online. I was actually online more then onlife. 

Don't get me wrong...I am thankful everyday for all the blessings I have been given...for many years you have supported my art and my blog. You have become close friends and mentors and we have learned to cross the miles, we have made borders disappear and we know that Art brings people together to share a common language...a language that can span the whole world. 

In a few years I will be 50...middle age in my eyes...and I realize that years have passed without me taking part in life outside these four walls. I need to free myself, I need some space to grow, to get out and partake of life with the living. I have been given so much and I want to give back. I want to spend time volunteering, I've signed up for classes and I've joined some local groups. I need to step away from my computer to see whats out there...I want to do more of the things that will help me on my healing journey.

I felt strongly that I had to convey these feelings as I feel beholden to all of you. I have a feeling of responsibility to keep this blog up and to continue to create my imaginary world of characters for you...you who have given homes to all of my creations...thank-you!
Now its time for me to spread my wings...to create some things just for me. When I feel that I've filled my heart with all it needs, when my mind is satiated with new learning, then I will return here to bring you new and wonderful things.

Good bye for now my friends and thank-you for being my steadfast companions on this artful journey!

Cheerios, Susan

PS...I will try to pop in once in a while.



Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Holiday Wishes

 

Sorry...I couldn't help myself...these old photos just beg for funny captions...and I am not one for holding back.
Wishing you and yours all the best this holiday season!


& Little Jasper sends warm winter wishes to all his fuzzy furpals.

& during the holidays...& into the new year I will be working on new pieces...think Winter themes, Valentines Day and little characters full of charm.

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.” 
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Susan

Monday, December 2, 2013

Studying the Old to Learn the New

Thought I would share my latest attempt at learning something new. Above is an early Victorian Pin-keep I purchased of off Ebay last year. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it and thought that I could justify this purchase by using this Pin-keep as a study tool.

I have displayed this piece here and there and I have looked at it many times wishing I could create something similar. Now I know a lot of you have created examples similar to this...but I have never in my life created anything so delicate and I humbly declare that my style of stitching is rather clumsy at best.
So I decided to create a piece that was more my style...a little rough and tumble looking and more on the folk art side of things.

This is what I came up with...an old style advertising pin-keep. I love animal themed advertising from days gone by and could just imagine them giving out these pin-keeps to the women of the day as a way to promote their products.
"Colburn's Philadelphia Mustard Company"
In reality though they were just trade cards and not pin-keeps like I made...but heck...its fun to use your imagination to create one of kind objects for your own use and enjoyment...in that respect we women haven't changed all that much.

I made my pin-keep in layers
 Front
1. fabric photocopy of advertisement
2. a layer of felt
3. stiff cardboard
Back
1. wool fabric
2. cardboard


You can pretty much guess how it is put together by looking at the photos. It a fun project...takes some patience but isn't difficult to do. 
If you want to make your own Bulldog pin-keep but aren't sure where to get the graphics just head on over to Catnip Studio...she has a huge variety of clip to choose from including the graphics for this Bulldog.

I liked this bulldog image because he reminded 
me of my little Jasper.





Back to mouse making.
Susan

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Etsy Sale Change of Date


Hi Folks just wanted to let you know that I have to postpone my Christmas/Winter Etsy sale...life has been busy and I haven't been able to create as many pieces as I would like...and rather then rush through and create pieces in a hurry(((which I don't like to do)))I am instead going to have a sale early in the new year. I do apologize for this and hope that you will understand.
What have I been doing...I joined a wonderful Needlework group, I took a Rock Sculpture Class, a Coast Salish Berry Basket Weaving Class and I ordered a new super duper rug hooking frame and am excited about the possibility of joining a newly formed
 Rug Hooking Group. 
Stay Creative...Think Positive...Learn New Things


I will be posting photos of new pieces as I work on them...see you in the New Year

PS - Happy Thanks Giving to all my friends south
 of the Canadian border.

Warm Winter Wishes
Susan





Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Winter Wonderland


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight.
Walking in a winter wonderland.

 Gone away is the bluebird,
Here to stay is a new bird
He sings a love song,
As we go along,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
Then pretend that he is Parson Brown

He'll say: Are you married?
We'll say: No man,
But you can do the job
When you're in town.

Later on, we'll conspire,
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid,
The plans that we've made,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

 

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
And pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
Until the other kids knock him down.

When it snows, ain't it thrilling,
Though your nose gets a chilling
We'll frolic and play, the Eskimo way,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Busy creating some Winter magic...see you in December.
susanpilotto.etsy.com



Monday, November 11, 2013

Boo Boo

This little guy has been keeping me on my toes lately and I have been busy trying to keep him on his toes. 
We were playing on the beach about 6 months ago when I saw his knee go out for the first time and ever since then he has been having problems...turns out that both of Jasper's legs have 
Luxated Patellas which is to say that his kneecaps are out of alignment and his ligaments are not tight enough to hold the kneecaps in place. To make a long story short it was decided that he would visit the specialist veterinary hospital to get both of his legs fixed.
 Now I have visions of Jasper running down the beach happy and full of life, carefree and content! It will be a bit of journey to get him to that point as he is not allowed any strenuous activity for the next few months...this should prove interesting as he is a veritable speed hound whose favorite activity is to run circles around you and anything else in his path.
 
 Little Jasper has been a real trooper though and is healing fast and I am sure in no time he will be back to his usual happy-go-lucky self. 

Sweet doggy dreams of sandy sunny beaches...
Susan

Saturday, November 2, 2013

My First Studio Visit

I gave my first ever studio tour and talk in the middle of October...I played host to a group of mixed media needle-workers who live here on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. I have to admit that I was a little nervous at first, but I soon overcame this as these women made me feel so comfortable and at ease.
Their visit took place close to Halloween so I decided to create bats in every stage of development...I sewed and sewed and finally I had a group that I could work with and talk about...bat parts, unpainted bats, finished bats, bats of all shapes and sizes.
I talked about what inspires me to create my art... below is one of the group members perusing my collection of 100 year old Beatrix Potter children's books. I also talked about how I got started and how long I've been creating my characters.
I had examples of my pieces sitting in my studio and throughout my home...books were piled here and there...books that have helped me grow as an artist. Techniques, supplies used, bits and bobs of information that I thought would be interesting and helpful.
We had so much fun and I felt so honored that these women would want to spend an afternoon hearing me chat about my work...
And last but not least...I couldn't let this lovely bunch go home without first treating them to some Pumpkin Pie and Mulled Apple Cider...a perfect finish to a perfect day!

Thank-you ladies for coming to my home, thank-you for inviting me to join your group...I happily accept and am looking forward to our monthly meetings and the opportunity to learn and grow together! 
 & a big thank-you to Robyn :) for taking photos.

PS - I am busy, busy working on a group of Christmas and winter inspired pieces...progress photos to come soon.

Cheerios,
Susan

Wednesday, October 30, 2013


Autumn leaves, whistling wind
A Witch's cape flies free
Wood smoke, a cozy hearth
Children's laughter and glee
Screen doors creak...trick or treat? trick or treat?
Voices in the night
Wishing you a Halloween 
full of frightful delight

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Did you notice little Jasper has turned into a Bat...

Susan



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Etsy Sale Success!




You all played a part in making my first ever Etsy sale a wonderful success. All four pieces found a home in record time...I even had my first international sale as the Bittersweet Bunny and Needle-Book are going to Australia.
I was a Nervous Nelly all day fretting about how this sale would turn out. I must have went in and tweaked my listings a dozen times. Also on my mind was how to price everything as I know how long it took to create them...especially the ones with the all the cross stitched details.

 I truly believe that if I don't value my own work...then others won't value it either. So I priced my pieces accordingly and again my worries were unfounded, and the sale ended successfully.
I feel blessed in so many ways!

As a side note I will be working on a new group that will be all about Winter and Christmas...let the cold winds blow!
 
Thank-you!
Hugs Susan
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