It feels like an eternity since I posted last. Time really does move so quickly - I am so excited for autumn to arrive. I love falling leaves, the clean crisp air, pumpkins, scarecrows, wearing cozy sweaters, and especially Halloween!
Since I wrote last, I am most excited to let you know that I sold one of my girls from the shop! I was so very thrilled, as you can imagine. Now two of my girls have happy new homes to live in. You might remember a few posts back when I shared a rough draft of a new faerie I was working on. Well, here is she completely finished in all her folk arty goodness in the photo above! I named her Annabelle, and she is a forest faerie. She loves butterflies and birds and especially wild flowers that she discovers upon her journeys. Annabelle was created much the same way as my other pieces, except I pasted her to a larger sized solid wood plaque. I've included some magical little gold stars and adorned the bottom of her dress with gold foiled leaves that I pressed in with beeswax and coated with iridescent paint. Her pretty wings are actually art paper - I think they fit beautifully. And the bouquet Annabelle is holding is actually dried flowers! I sealed them first with a great big coating of hair spray before waxing them onto the painting. I like the overall effect of the piece and hope you do, too. I have actually already developed a rough sketch of a Halloween-themed piece. Photos of that will come soon.
Speaking of paintings, I enrolled myself in Suzi Blu's latest class - La Sirena! It's a full semester of mermaidy goodness. I already have some ideas swimming in my head (no pun intended here). This is the only class that Suzi is offering this fall - and you'll be able to create so many wonderful pieces, including folk art-style mermaids and more realistic mermaid renderings. The lessons have just begun, and I'm focusing on color theory right now. I've learned a lot from Suzi's classes. They are also tons of fun! If you've never signed up for one of Suzi's classes - I highly recommend them. You'll have a blast and meet so many like-minded individuals.
The promise of cooler weather has ignited my desire to knit more. I especially love creating fingerless gloves. In fact, I'm kind of obsessed with them. I named this pair Purple Passion! They are oh so cozy and warm. I knit them with a wonderful eco-blend yarn that has the texture and feel of wool, but without the scratch or allergens. I used a sweet little picot edging to give the gloves a little extra femininity. These are my little hands modeling the gloves - I never seem to know how to place them. Can you spot my friendly little garden gnome below?
And to complete the trio of new goodies in the shop, I created this necklace as an homage to chocolate! I think I have all flavors represented here - white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, chocolate caramel. Yum! This delightful necklace is named Chocolate Fantasy (what else?)! I like the varying shades of brown in the piece. It looks really cute in person - and very feminine and stylish. The focal piece is a lovely dark chocolate brown lace brooch festooned with creamy pearls. And the colors are so perfect for fall! I am actually working on several other autumn-themed pieces - please stay tuned for that.
I'm most pleased to report that we've had a lovely new visitor to our yard this year! This time I took care to learn that this gorgeous butterfly is a Painted Lady. And was she ever loving the butterfly bush. Purchasing two of these shrubs was one of the wisest garden investments we've made. They are very low-maintenance, and butterflies truly do love them. Last week I spotted the most gorgeous hummingbird moth while out walking the dog. As fate would have it, by the time I ran back into the house to get my camera - it had flown away. Perhaps it will come back for a visit...I am ever hopeful!
Til next time,