Monday, June 29, 2009

Wee Mouse - Primitive Pete

Wee Pete is Sold
My TDIPT Mercantile page
Happy Monday...thought I would introduce you to Primitive Pete...he is going to be available for adoption July 1st on the TDIPT Mercantile website along with the Wee Woolly Rabbit pictured below. Pete is a tiny fella at only 31/2 " inches total this piece is 7" inches tall. He is a hand-painted wool felt spotted mouse with glass bead eyes & chenille stem feet. He is sitting on a linen pin cushion that is attached to a wooden spool threaded with hemp cording...I have accented the pin cushion with two circles of wool felt that have black embroidered details...I think this whimsical mouse would feel right at home keeping you company in your sewing room or perhaps sitting amongst your other folk art collectibles. Wee Pete will be priced at $65.00 US plus $12.00 US for shipping to anywhere in the US or Canada. Price includes insurance. Please email me if you should have any questions. Thanks for popping by & have a Mice Day!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Cottage Style Wee Woolly Rabbit

Wee Woolly Rabbit with Vintage Donut Cutter Pin~Cushion

Wee Woolly Rabbit is Sold
My TDIPT Mercantile page
Hi all...thought I would give you a gander at one of the items that will be available for purchase July 1st on TDIPT Mercantile. This Cottage/Primitive Style Wee Woolly Rabbit is all done up with a Cream & Dusty Pink striped coat with collar & cuffs...don't forget the wee row of bead buttons down the front. The cushion he is sitting on is made from quilter's cotton & I have placed it in a vintage Donut how this turned just can't beat that tarnished tin look...On the bottom of the tin I have placed a cardboard cut~out to which I have collaged a piece of Vintage sheet music which has been aged to perfection. This One of A Kind piece is 8" inches tall & will be priced at $65.00 US plus $12.00 US for shipping to anywhere in the US or Canada. Shipping price includes insurance. If you should have any questions please feel fee to contact me anytime...I would love to hear from you!

I will be posting more photos of available finished pieces in the next couple of days.

Its Christmas in July on the TDIPT Marketplace starting July 1st.
Stop by for some Christmas cheer & take a lookey lou at all the wonderful offerings our TDIPT artists will have available for purchase.
. HO . HO . HO .

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Sacred Space - Bedstead Photos

I took these pictures last weekend at the Western Development Museum in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada. My brother, an avid photographer was visiting from Vancouver...thought I would take him to the museum as there are multiple places to take great photos. Needless to say...I too was snapping away at a furious pace.
The museum is made up of old buildings that they have been saved & moved. You can go inside them & see the way in which different classes lived & the belongings they would have used. There are little vignettes in every room...& I was particularly taken with the bedrooms....the mood in them was perfect...quiet, soft, peaceful.

Bedstead Photos

. Rock A Bye Baby .

Bedstead Photos

. Rest .

. Peace .

. Quiet .

Bedstead Photos

. Sweet Dreams .

Monday, June 15, 2009

Saskatchewan Ghost Town of Arelee

Made a friend along the way

My Husband & I went out exploring on Sunday...took a little road trip down some big old empty highways. Saskatchewan is a sparsely populated province of Canada...the trend these to shut down the little town schools because of dwindling populations & the cost of keeping these schools going. This has resulted in an exodus of families with children moving to the bigger cities in order to have access to education & other a result, Saskatchewan has a huge number of abandoned towns, ghost towns...loosely populated by eccentric folks looking for peace & quiet & inexpensive living.
If you are looking for a unique holiday full of history, great photo opportunities & the chance to learn a little about Saskatchewan...then I suggest you get an atlas & start planning your trip...cause you will have loads of fun exploring these dusty little places. There are abandoned towns & farms around every corner...the photos here & below are from a town called Arelee about 1 hour west of Saskatoon...I had a blast wandering around here snapping photos...could of stayed a lot longer but my stomach was growling & a prairie pic-nic awaited me...

Arelee Photos

Coming to say hello

Arelee Photos

Beauty in Chains

Art In Artifacts

Open Your Eyes to Pattern Color Repetition Balance

Arelee Photos

Home Sweet Home

Arlee Photos

Forlorn & Forsaken...

I sit empty & lost

Where are my people...

Monday, June 8, 2009

Possum Post Update

I fuzzied up little Nervous Ned... a good grooming with the old toothbrush & he is is all fluffed up, & I am hoping...looking a little more possum like. Oh yah, gave him a bit of a wee shower with the old spray bottle & then scrubbed his back...under his soap though...he's new... so he's not to stinky yet. {do possums smell...I wouldn't know} The weee shower & scrub lightened his coat up just right... I then went back in with some white paint here... a little pink there and last but not least, gave him a wee tuffet for his little fuzzy behind. He is a custom piece for a gal who has been called possum since she was a little girl... a sweet endearment for sure.

I hope this little guy finds a warm place in her heart & home...

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Opossum or Rat...what do you think?

Nervous Ned
Good morning....Need your help...I just finished making this wee guy last night... I
think he looks like an Opossum...or does he look like a rat? I have posted a link for you to check's a gallery of possum photos that I used as my reference pics for creating this guy. You won't hurt my feelings if you say he looks more like a rat. Thought it would be fun to hear your thoughts & it would help me next time I want to make one of these critters. One last you think I should put him on a tuffet/cushion some type of stand or should I leave him as is? Thanks for your help & have a great day!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

MerMouse Magic ~ Under the Sea Swap

Below you will see a sequence of photos showing the steps I took to make Mermouse Magic.

Fabric choices, hmmmmm

Seashells by the seashore
The final details...adding the sparkle
"MerMouse Magic"
Well...I finally mailed my Mermouse out today...Carisa should receive her in a couple of weeks or so...I had a heck of time deciding what to make for this project... but in the long run I decided to do what I do best...make mice...LOL! I could of made a rabbit/mermaid but it just didn't jive for me. Merrabbit....aahhh,maybe next time. I had a lot of fun creating this new pattern & I spent a good few hours trying to figure out how to give my mouse a mermaid tail. I decided to needle felt blue wool roving onto the tail extension, I then took a leaf shaped cookie cutter & proceeded to use that as a mold to needle felt the two fins, which I later attached to the mouse tail by needle felting them on with additional lengths of wool roving. Shhhh, clear as mud I am sure. I now know how hard it is to needle can take hours to finish a piece this way & your wrist sure takes a beating...I like how it looks & it has given me an additional way to add details to my finished pieces.
I am pretty happy with how this project turned out & I am looking forward to taking part in more swaps...a great way to connect with other artists & make new friends.
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