Monday, September 15, 2014

Going Batty

My fingers were flying and the sewing machine was humming...four little bats and one big bat came into being...each one full of character and Halloween charm!
Each little Bat is perched on its own wool felt pumpkin which is attached to a distressed black painted wooden thread spool.
The three small bats are 3.5 inches tall with a wingspan of 4.5 inches...the entire piece in total is 7 inches tall.
  The big Bat is 5 inches tall with a wingspan of 9 inches...the entire piece is 7 inches in height. He to is sitting on his own wool felt pumpkin with leaves and curly wire vines.
 In early October I will put them all up for adoption in my Etsy store.
 ..its getting to be a real zoo in here...mice, rabbits, bats and cats...whats next?

Hope you are enjoying the beginnings of our fall season...leaves are dropping and my garden is slowly, slowly falling sleep. 

Happy Fall
Susan

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Old Tin Cup

 This old tin measuring cup sat in my cupboard for a very long time...it is a favorite thing of mine and now it has been made even more special...


On top of the cushion are a couple of wool felt pennies and Oak leaves.
A tiny mouse holds the Acorns in his paw...he is a bit fuzzy this time of year as he is growing out his winter coat.
 
 I have given him a woolly scarf to keep the chill away. This little fall themed character will be up for adoption along with many others in my Etsy store come early October. 
I also included the little Fry's CoCoa Cup mouse...he too will be needing a warm home for the winter!
 
Holy Moly two posts in two days...I admit I am rusty at posting and taking photos so I need all the practice I can get! 

Sorry for my lack of replying to your comments...its been a real learning curve trying to manage my time between home responsibilities and time away at my new studio...I loves ya all and will try my bestest to pay you a visit when I can...looking forward to getting reaqainted with all of you in blogger land!

I will be posting more photos of new pieces in the next month...lots more to show you!

Till then
Susan

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

CoO cOo FOr CoCoA

The air has a crispness to it and as I walk I am accompanied by the sound of falling leaves and rustling branches.
Chickadees are twittering and I am wary of objects dropping from above. It seems Mr. Squirrel is oblivious to those below as he harvests pine cones to store away for the long winter ahead.
To me Fall is a magic time, a time to hunker down and stay cozy. A time to sit by the fire with a good book and a mug of old fashioned Cocoa...and what would make it even better...a wee friend to share it with.
 This little fellow on the vintage Fry's Cocoa cup is part of a large group of new piece that will be available for purchase in my Etsy store come early October.
For the next few weeks I will be previewing my new Fall and Halloween themed pieces here on my blog. If you have any questions regarding these new pieces please feel free to email me...I would love to hear from you!


As a side note...I am really enjoying my new studio away from home...I have been super productive and I have set some lofty goals for myself...happy and content!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho its Back to work I go!
Cheerios, Susan



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



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