|Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper.|
Monday, March 3, 2014
wild adj. [[Old English wilde]] 1 living or growing in its original, natural state 2 not lived in or cultivated; waste 3 not civilized; savage 4 not easily controlled.
I offer some green today as my home is blanketed in snow. March has arrived; green bulbs are pushing up beneath the snow. Soon, all will be green, I must remind myself. The winter has kept me indoors too often. Even in the snow I venture into my wilderness but the cold limits the duration of these visits. Today it is 14 degrees with an ugly wind chill. But the sun is sharp and the snow is glowing blue white like a flame. It is a sure bet that when spring actually arrives I will be seeking the wild outdoors, the savage and untamed, as briars scrape my ankles and ticks feast on my flesh in secret. But one must pay the fare to enter Wilderness.
Above is a page from my (upcoming) travel journal, I am readying it for treks through forests, close encounters with leaves. This quote is from the poem by John O'Donohue, "A Blessing of Angels." So intent on the lettering, however, I actually misquoted it. The end should read "...take you to the territories of true otherness." Let it be, I thought. Fixing it would surely ruin it.
Saturday, February 22, 2014
|A long stitch of sorts with an antiqued metal embellishment|
|Endpapers of greens and golds with a vintage bookplate of a woodcut complete with traveling gnome.|
|Ink and watercolor painting of Scotland and Northern England with counties labeled.|
|This is a custom order for a wedding album to hold photos and memories. The flower is not a part of the book but given to me for color inspiration.|
|Colorful endpapers provide a whimsical yet romantic touch.|
|Monogram for the bride and groom along with wedding date.|
|A fun stitch with metal embellishment.|
Friday, February 14, 2014
Wishing everyone a great day, whether you revel in the amorous festivities or are the kind who ignores today altogether. But here is some obligatory pink for these grey days.
|Fuchsia on the roadsides of County Cork, Ireland|
P.S. The winner of the Customer Appreciation Giveaway is Laura White. Thanks to all for supporting Traveling Chariot and leaving such warm, encouraging feedback.
Saturday, February 1, 2014
Etsy is a great community in which to belong. I love interacting with my customers and other artisans and getting customers reviews from all over the wide world. It helps me gauge the quality of my wares and my customer service. I really appreciate your business and your reviews. If you've purchased something from me in 2013 or 2014 please leave me a review. The sooner the better. If you leave a review by Valentine's Day, February 14th, your name will be entered to win a pocket journal from Traveling Chariot. If you purchased something from me in person, leave a review in the comments section of this blog entry and you'll be entered, too. If you comment below be sure to include your email so I can get address info if you win. If you win, choose between Orient Express (red) and Silver Dreams. Thanks for supporting this teeny-tiny business.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014
After selling my stock during the holidays, I have restocked my shelves with hand-cut feather quill sets. The set comes with a classy, old time quill, a rustic stand made out of reclaimed cedar fence posts from this Missouri farm, 12 sheet of ivory laid paper, and a calligraphy grid to place behind paper as you write. There are six currently in my shop and I am working on some more. They would make a good Valentine gift for a loved one or a friend (pen pal). So, if you missed out before, get 'em while they're hot.
Friday, January 10, 2014
I must have been too busy canoeing, hiking, and generally enjoying the balmy summer to share a very fun project from back in July. In my little neck of the woods, I hosted a Fairy Party for a wee friend's 3rd Birthday Party.
Hobby Lobby was my shop of choice for this party. Here is a wooden 3 covered in patterned felt, a ceramic mushroom for the garden, a tiny, ceramic owl planter all sitting on a table covered in a sheet of moss.
A fairy dwelling in the woods they made with found objects from the forest: walnuts, mosses, grasses, a cedar trunk with roots, butterfly wings, ivy, sticks, etc.
|Another fairy threshold.|
|The cake (made by the birthday girl's aunt) fit right in and was delicious.|
All the guests got a small wooden fairy house to paint and decorate. They took them home to their yards to attract fairies.
The party was a major success and the girls and even a few boys had a blast. Several of the children spotted fairies in the shadowy woods and my forest will forever be a magical place. If you have any questions about the party, just leave me a comment.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
In an effort to warm my bones, warm my mind, I've searched my files for my warmest looking photos. I chose these blooms of the prickly pear cactus that seems to thrive around the sunny glades of my land. Here they are just soaking up the sun. May we all soak up sun sometime soon. Try to be optimistic under the skies of gray. Yesterday graced us with frozen pipes followed by a monumental water show in the well-house. After some soaking wet work and good help we have water today and sanity. Today is better than yesterday. Here's to surviving the winter.
Monday, January 6, 2014
If there is a season for sending mail, it is Christmas. I am one of a dying breed still sending out real Christmas Cards with holiday stamps and all. Is there anyone else out there who takes part in this thoughtful (and time consuming) tradition? The fact that it takes time, effort, and thought (during a very busy time of they year) are many reasons why I find Christmas Cards so special. It is also some of the only communication I receive from friends and family all year. I send out 60 or so and receive a handful. This year I received about 20, half coming to my mailbox. I am very appreciative of my handful and love hearing from my far flung friends and family at Christmas, and extra joyous to hear from them at other times throughout the year, which I do.
Every once in a while I have the chance to create a one of a kind Address Book in which I design and print the information pages and hand paint each lettered page and tab. Then I bind all the pages in hard back sturdy cover to keep all your information safe (Remember to use pencil - folks move a lot). A custom address book can be ordered here in my Etsy Shop.
In this new year, remember the charm and magic of a handwritten letter or even a short note, a thank you, or a thinking of you note. Remember your friends and family out there in the wide world. I'm very thankful for the friends who frequent my mailbox and find the letters from them one of life's lovely pleasures.
Saturday, January 4, 2014
This journal was a bespoke order. I took a vintage book of the buyer's choice and turned it into a journal. I was able to salvage the pages of the book and include the first 30 or so pages in the journal (in order so that they can indeed be read). I added orange marbled paper for endpages and added a closure of embossed leather with vintage anchor button. I also added some vintage postage stamps to the first page as I do all of my journals. These are from Norway and Hungary.
Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The winter solstice passed by in a quiet, frozen hush and the first day of winter arrived. There was barely a solstice sunrise or sunset. The gray sky just dimmed like a curtain call to the day, to the season. On the morning of the solstice, the cloud blanketed sky brightened to a dull gray and spat ice in a drizzling shower. The trees glittered beneath the gray. The following days have rushed by in holiday fashion. Friends and family arrived, meals were eaten amidst laughter and good cheer. The days only get longer from here, friends, and as each day passes the green sprouting splendor of spring draws nearer. Though it is still a ways away, may we remember, as we hunker down beneath the snow near a fire with a book, that the green will return. And when it does, may we thankful as ever.
Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Wishing you all a wonderful Holiday and a Merry Christmas, days full of family and of cheer, moments of warmth near a hearth fire or a bonfire, dark nights lit by candles and twinkling lights. Happy Yule and a Bright New Year to all.
Friday, December 20, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
I have, for a long time, admired the work of artist and expert storyteller of myth and legend, Rima Staines. She hails from Devon, England and creates the most fantastic work (her blog www.intothehermitage.blogspot.com is equally intriguing). I have recently bought a calendar, full to the brim with glimpses into otherworldly characters, and a small print below. I am thoroughly pleased (in love) with both. Her work is saturated with old world tales, mystery, alchemy, herb lore, and some undefinable magic that is hers alone. I urge you to take a look sometime into the wondrous rabbit hole that is The Hermitage.
|Rima's Feast of Fools in my Home. Bringing warmth to these cold winter days.|
|2014 Calendar from The Hermitage. So glad I snatched one up - they are sold out now.|
|Rima's Feast of Fools for sale in The Hermitage Etsy Shop in various sizes.|