Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Here in the Midwest, Winter has not blanketed us in snow, even though all the persimmons seeds I opened were spoons foretelling a wet snowy winter . Winter has frozen us and thawed us out, time and time again - a cyclical loop from a frigid 20 to a balmy 60. I really quite like it, this waltz between winter and spring. The simultaneous cold and wet did something marvelous where we normally have a wet weather stream. I was pleasantly surprised to come upon this frozen stream falling down our land. I could see water moving beneath the ice and sometimes could hear it moving in the cold silence. Woodland walks have been frequent, especially in the mild weather when the birds come out to frolic and gossip on the heavy cedar boughs, even cedar wax wings have stopped at the watering hole. It is an absurd spring day today at 65 but of course, we will freeze again soon.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
A Bookshelf of Beloved Favorites - Watercolor and Ink on Paper. After inquiring about the recipient's favorite books, I created this painting. I can't take credit for the idea as I saw it done online, namely by Jane Mount on Etsy . But I thought it would be a fun gift for a bibliophile cousin.
|Beard Oils for a Gift in hand designed box with labels.|
|Botanical Beard Oil - The Hunt - a woodsy concoction|
|Wood burned Sign for gift on pine. Pardon the paneling from my shop.|
|Hand painted sign for gift.|
|Detail of Wood burning|
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Warmest wishes for a beautiful, joyous, & magical Christmas and holiday season. May family, friends, & good cheer bring light to the dark winter. May a hearth fire burn in the heart of your home all though the dark nights, may stories be told by the young and the old. May traditions be kept like heirlooms & new ones be made, too. A bright New Year to you all.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
I recently crafted some tiny story books for my nephew and nieces. These are hand bound (and painstakingly collated) books containing a short tale written by me and a title page illustration. The jury is still out on how well they enjoy the story but as they opened the small books they seemed quite pleased. I love the idea of giving a story for a gift, especially in the winter when storytelling around fires should be at its height. Possibly in the future we can make little books with their own stories.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
And they're off. I've just finished 95% of my Christmas greetings. This year I am mailing 41 and hand delivering about 20 in person. I haven't the time to embellish each one, but I handwrite my wishes within and address them all. I have a few left that will go along with gifts that I've yet to package up. And they will contain more of a letter than a short note. Thanks to all who send me Christmas cards, I've gotten 9 already. I love hearing from my far-flung friends and family.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
My creative projects this holiday season have been many and quite varied. And they are all on a time crunch. I don't want to be the cause of late gifts, so I've been busy. Below are some hand painted signs to be hung in homes or on porches or driveways. The Howard one below has been wood burned. I ended up embellishing it a bit more. The giant ruler is for a child's bedroom to mark heights. A couple coats of varnish are now drying then they are ready to go out into the wide world to my patrons who are giving them as lovely gifts for Christmas
I also hand painted 60 frosted glass ornament for the girls over at Meaningful Movements Dance Company. These little dancers will adorn many a Christmas tree.
A few more Dancing Darlings were crafted for gifts as well.
So, there are many other things I am still working on, mostly gifts for my family and friends which I cannot share quite yet as that would spoil all the fun! Happy Holidays.
Yesterday morning was such a gift, a spring morning in the midst of winter. The earth was wet from overnight rains, the air was mild with a gusty breeze. The sky was a dance between purple cloud and golden sun. The usually soft, muted colors of winter became more saturated, the moss like jewels, the clinging oak leaves like amber stained glass.
Winter is not all gray. The cedar trees are heavy with blue fragrant berries and the meadows are peppered with red rosehips, golden grasses, and plum red berries from the Buckbrush (Coralberry). I collected several bunches from these plants to make winter arrangements. The soft red, green, and blue make a subtle statement that’s a little more rustic than Christmas’s traditional red and green, gold and silver.
Yesterday’s wind blew in a cold front and a blanket of cloud cover and has only gotten stronger since. The air has regained its winter chill and the wind howls a solemn tune as the days shorten and winter solstice nears. The moon is almost new and the nights get darker. This December, the new moon lands on winter solstice. It will be a long, dark night indeed, a bonfire night to be sure. Family, friends, and the cheer and the magic of the holidays are the light of winter. So a fire blazes in the hearth and I work away at my many Christmas cards. Card boxes, pens, stamps, and stacks litter my table as I fold well wishes of peace and happiness into envelopes for those near and far.
Friday, December 12, 2014
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