So many more experiences in making, showing and visiting.

 

It's important that I make.  I will admit that at times I do have to push myself.  After a show there is a hiatus and feeling of now what?  I've come to know that this is normal for me and that I need to clear out and redefine what I do.  Making my cotton batting Characters connects me to what I love-saving farm animals, the innocense of little children, another era, whimsy and sweetness.



Showing is another part of making.  Showing to my husband, who is my best supporter and showing to the public.  Besides my Instagram, Etsy Shop, Facebook and here, bringing my Characters to a show is the best.

Recently I was a vendor at a vegan market in Mass.  This venue was my first.  Food, food, food and one new friend who I'll be working with the end of September and again in December.  To see the delight in people's faces was incredible!!!!  That's what I want-to see delight in someone's eyes.  

 

Visiting a sanctuary!!!  I most often create from photos of animals but there's nothing like feeling, smelling (I'm very earthy) and interacting with these other sentient beings.  I need to "feel" the animal, take him/her in with all my senses.  Then I can create.



Well, I AM feeling with hugs.  The goose in named "Romeo" and he took a real shine to me.  Look at his eyes.  These photos were taken at the Maple Farm Sanctuary in Mass.  I loved every minute of the tour.

 


As some of you may know, I am vegan.  No, it's not easy and it wasn't always this way for me.  

 

As an expression of my sadness for the plight of farm animals, I created this collection.  It honors the people who rescue, the sanctuaries who shelter and the children who truly "love" animals. 

 

The innocence of children and animals is depicted in my Characters.  I cannot stand suffering.




The children's faces are made from antique postcards or purchased online. I enjoy rummaging through my favorite antique shop here in Manchester, NH - Antiques on Elm.  I comb through antique postcards and ephemera to find just the right ones so I can go home and cut out the faces.  I feel bad destroying the cards especially ones that have writing on the back.   I like faces from the Victorian and 1920's eras but then again any cutie will do.

 

All children and animals are created by my method of creating a wire armature and filling it out with cotton batting.  I love to paint and most often use watercolors.  The extra fun part is creating the outfits. I use fine crepe paper for the skirts, and add ribbons and other doo dads (best words).  

 

The wings are made from heavy paper.  They may have the name of the piece attached to the back.  

 

The rest of the Character will be designed and fashioned with my handmade crepe paper flowers and others.  

 

Well, I do ramble and this is enough for today.  Way too technical I think but gives you a peak into the process.

Take care my dear friends.  Kindness to you all.




 


 

I've met so many wonderful animal owners who I have done custom orders for...and so many adorable animals: donkeys, goats and pigs.  I am overwhelmed with gratitude.

 


This is Dominic - What I like about custom orders is that I get to study photos of the animals - all their markings and sweet faces.  My only wish is that I could visit all the animals I have worked on and of course the humans too.

All custom orders come with a 2" x 2" canvas painted in the animal's likeness. 



Here are two sweet piggies ordered from a wonderful customer in New Jersey.

 

Onward to the holiday ornaments, etc.   Goodbye Fall, although we are still in the midst of you.

 

 

 


Oh my, am I behind the times!!!!!

 

Last time I wrote, it was about my rabbits.  Now several months later, it's on to donkeys, goats, sheep and commissions.

 

Although I do love my little girls and angels, I am an animal loving girl - that means not eating them either.  I volunteered at an animal sanctuary in Maryland (where we moved from).  Yes. I scooped pig and cow poop, scrubbed the chicken coop and their poop.  Seems that there was a lot of poop involved.   But, I could then wander and sit with goats in the pasture, hold a sheep who couldn't walk and stroke a baby cow.  This was heaven for me.  

 

I may not be able to do so now (until I find a sanctuary) but what I CAN do is create all the farm animals I want.  I can paint their little faces, make their tummies round, paint flowers around their necks and YES, talk to them to say it's going to be alright.  I can also give 10% of my sales to a sanctuary.

 

I can also paint their portraits. How blessed I am.














Officially Spring has arrived but right now it's with a small "s".  Wind with up and down temperatures and me with another bout of Strep throat - fun, eh?  

 

Between my last post and today, more rabbits have been created - more Mother's and Babies.  Each baby has an initial which I find more appealing than a name.  Names are personal and I like to allow my customers to use their imagination to come up with one.

 



This is Mother and Baby "P".  Each baby is removable from mother's hands.  I must admit, I have fallen in love with these little ones.  

 

I've recently "potted" Mother and Baby "L" into a paper container.  It is so much fun and relaxing to make tiny things like the silk cocoon flowers.

 



Hopefully tHe March winds will die down so I can do some flower potting. But I'm just getting started with my hares.


I've made rabbits before but decided to try them again this time with dresses and babies.

 

The technique is just the same as everything i make with cotton batting. I did wrap them a bit differently though.  I continually go back to the first woman who introducted this form of art to me - Vintage by Crystal.  I can't wrap like she does and I don't you spun cotton - I can manage cotton batting very well.  She has a way of wrapping her creations which makes perfect sense.

 

I've come to the conclusion that I make these because they give me pleasure. Each one has her own personality which only comes alive when she's wrapped in cotton and her face is painted.  it's always a surprise.

 





They give me such pleausre and of coure I do have conversations and I've been known to take them to breakfast.  More on that later.

 


Well, I certainly have been amiss posting here. 

 

The Fall was very busy getting ready for my first Holiday Market here in Manchester, NH.  The very first introduction of the Moose and other friends.

It was a success!  So many of those who came by stopped to chuckle and purchase.  If they didn't take a friend home, they were certainly delighted and I thoroughly enjoyed telling them about this old craft.

















Two months ago, two lady moose were spotted in our backyard by a neghbor. So where was i?  I'm the animal lover!!!!  Not fair!

 

Ever since then I've been obsessed with these sleak giants.  In my mind I call them to come again.  I can just see them coming across the brook and up the tiny hill to me.  Every day I open the shade in my bedroom and look out - I just don't want to miss them.

 

I have an infinity for animals that some people find ugly.  I bet there are many psychological reasons for this.  But who cares.  These gals and guys are majestic, hunted and at times, feared.  Plus, some friends of mine told me the guys stink - well, at least you can tell where they are.

 

 

Can't you just see the softness of her nose?

Knowing these animals live just beyond the brook below, makes me part of the diverse wildlife of New Hampshire - I'm a little wild at times!