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Merry Christmas!


   Here I am coming to say hello to you, and suddenly it is almost Christmas. How did it come so fast? Thats always how it goes....Each year I prepare and prepare and yet it always seem to come so quickly. Really, wasn't it just 95 degrees out and I was crying about it not being autumn sweater yet?

  This past weekend we had our first snow out here on the prairie, although it wasn't really much to brag about. But I loved watching those flurries whirl down in the evening light....the first snow is always so magical, no matter how old you get!

   I've been busy packing and mailing orders, and am happy to report I'm all caught up and all orders have been mailed. Everyone should have their art in plenty of time for Christmas, and I'd like to take this moment to say THANK YOU for choosing to give my art as your Christmas card, your gifts, or decor for your home. I know it is much easier to just buy something cheap and manufactured at this time of year---- and so I am grateful for your intention and generosity in buying small and buying from a mama who simply, just likes to paint!

   And so, I wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and hope you have a lovely day with family and friends, and pretty art too! :D

   Warm hugs and thanks---
H

Thankful Sale 15% off coupon!




 Happy Thanksgiving Morning, friends!~
    Im sitting here on a foggy morning with a nice cup of coffee getting a slow start to the day. This day, of course, is very special--- Thanksgiving!

   I wanted to express how thankful I am that you come to visit me here, and that I am able to sell my art around the country, and the world! My paintings, prints and cards have been sent around the nation and the globe to places I could only dream of visiting! And that is all possible because of YOU my friends!

  THANK YOU!~!

  And in thanks for your support and encouragement, I am leaving this coupon code here for you to enjoy! Get 15% off your entire purchase in my etsy shop by typing in the cope "THANKFUL15" at check out.

   Hope you have a wonderful day filled with beloved family, friends and good food!~!

~H

*Coupon Code good through the end of November!

Sleightholm Folk Art now at Blue Heron Mercantile!


   Thanks to a love for old timey things and kindred spirit magic, I've come to sell some of my art at a local shop, Blue Heron Antiques and Mercantile. When I was at their open house a few weeks ago I met some of the most intersting and 'kindred' spirit people that I was so relieved to find even 'way out here' in Oklahoma! I've loved this shop for years--- and it's a one of a kind oasis of early Americana out here on the prairie.
   Carol and Missy, the mother/daughter duo who run the shop, are so lovely and so knowledgeable about Early American antiques. Carol, who's had this shop for over 35 years now, makes several trips 'back east' throughout the year to collect unique pieces of history that you can have in your home!


    I had several pieces at their Open House last month (which was, amaaaazing!) and am bringing in more pieces as things sell. I've even got my yarns there so you can see it and squish it in person. I'm so thrilled to even have my things in the building, and if you're into 'old timey things' I know you'll love it too.
   They have items such as salt glaze pottery, pie safes, tables and chairs, wool rug making supplies, hutches, tables, trunks, and all sorts of smaller objects that are so unique such as butter molds, cranberry harvesters and crockery.
   You can find Blue Heron in Jenks, OK. which is on the south side of Tulsa. they're just off the Creek Turnpike on 111th street, on beautiful country acreage but still just minutes away from downtown Jenks shopping.
   hey, maybe I'll even see you there! I'll be the one petting and cuddling the antique cupboards with stars in my eyes!~

   ~H

   I am happy to report that I'm adding new items to the shop all the time now--- including cards and originals. It is now "that time of year" for me.....that time when I lament, "why wasnt I painting Christmas art 6 months ago?" I always do that. When will I learn? Well, perhaps 2017 will be the year ;)

   I now have the originals of "Holy, Holy, Holy" and "Country Santa" available to purchase in my etsy shop. And I ALSO have a new card set called "Country Christmas" with two new 2016 designs. I also still have plenty of cards with my most popular holiday designs on them as well!

  One thing that I love about all these items is that they are 100% American, small business made! I, of course, painted the paintings :D and all my prints and cards are printed locally in Tulsa, OK. by another local family business.  If that is something that is important to you, I hope you'll consider using some of my art to celebrate the coming season :D

Thank you so much, and check back soon! I have a show coming up next week--- I'll be doing my first craft show in ages next friday! Come see me at the 10th anniversary Indie Emporium at the Bond Event Center in Tulsa, OK.

And most of all--- know that as Thanksgiving approaches, I am so thankful for you, your support and your interest. You guys keep me inspired and painting! I appreciate it so much!!

New Christmas Art

"Holy, Holy, Holy"

   I've been busy! And I have three new paintings to show for it! Here are the latest Christmas pieces that are being offered in the shop (Holy, Holy Holy and Country Santa will have their originals listed in etsy this week! All three will have prints in the shop as well--- Country Santa and Home For Christmas are already available!)
"Country Santa"

"Home For Christmas"
   These coming weeks are my busiest of the year and I'm doing my best to stay on top of stock and get things out as soon as I can! At the end of the month, I'll be a vendor at Indie Emporium in Tulsa, OK. I'm excited to get back into attending shows, the last Indie Emporium I did I was very very pregnant with Robbie and praying I wouldnt start labor in the middle of it, ha! Now he's a crazy almost-three-year-old and I'm ready to get back out there and show what new things I've been up to.

  Please check back when you can for more updates! I'm so looking forward to celebrating this coming holiday season with you all!~
~H

And the winner IS......

Thank you SO MUCH to everyone who entered the giveaway for the St. Lucia notecards! I appreciate each and every one of you!

A winner has been selected and it is....

Melody!~

Thanks so much! :D
Be in touch soon....
Heather

GIVEAWAY! St. Lucia Cards


   Hello there friends, and happy All Saints' Day! I hope you had a wonderful Halloween-- we trick or treated with friends who've just moved into a beautiful historic area of Tulsa and it was almost like the trick or treating you see in movies--- beautiful old homes done up for the holiday and masses of children and parents milling about--- and the only crying to be heard was when someone forgot to turn off their porch light before leaving for the evening.

  And so, we continue merrily on towards more feast days and holidays, and today is another favorite, All Saints Day!

  In honor of one of my very favorite saints, who's feast day is Dec.13 and celebrated across the world--- I'm giving away a new note card set featuring my St. Lucia design!

  Enter to win this card set in the comments below--- and extra love if you post on your own social media! If you share the giveaway on your facebook, twitter or blog, let me know by leaving an additional comment and up your chances of winning!

Winner will be announced FRIDAY!

  So tell me, what is your favorite upcoming holiday? There are so many to choose from! And do you celebrate St. Lucia! Maybe we should do another St. Lucia Blog Procession again, would you all like that??

 Thanks so much! And best of LUCK!~
H

Happy Halloween!


   Happy, Happy Halloween-------
  The most spooky, thrilling, gorgeous time of the year is upon us! The leaves are changing, the winds are cooling, and things are just a little bit creepy and going bump in the night :)

It's also a time of festivities and celebration--- my favorite time of year in color in mood; we got married in late October (oh, our 12th anniversary is tomorrow!) Lately I've been finding myself taking a moment and looking at sights I see almost daily, but with a lovely autumn glow they are something to appreciate; the kitty sitting on the stone steps....the sun coming through the ash tree....even the wind seems to blow with a little more interest when it's Halloween...







On this bright, spooky, halloween--- I wish you more tricks than treats, time to read a thrilling tale, to be with family, hold a little hand in pursuit of sweet things, and an especially rattling, leaf strewn wind to guide your way....

Happy HALLOWEEN!~!~!
H

Rug Design now in Plow & Hearth!


      Many, many months ago I designed this lovely rug for US textile manufacturer American Dakota--- and now we are seeing such amazing fruits of our collaboration on it!

  My design "Black Bear Creek" is now available to order in multiple sizes from Plow & Hearth, the place to go for all things cozy and Americana!

  I love how it looks in their photo, and I'm so thrilled to see the rug 'out in the wild!" :D It's been a long time coming!

  It's so neat to be able to collaborate with another American family business to create a piece of art that is really unique and special. These rugs are so well made too--- I have some in my own home and studio and they're the best ones I own. So plush, and the colors are so deep and rich. You can usually find a little boy and his dog sprawled out on the one I have at my house. These rugs are made for the comfortable home! And Im so pleased to be a part of their creation!~

  Now, it's back to Christmas painting for me! Goodness--- it will be here in no time!~
Hope you have a great weekend and if you're local, stop in at Blue Heron to see their open house! I've got lots of goodies there as well! It should be such a fantastic show!~ :D

 Talk with you more another day!
H

Next Show: Blue Heron Mercantile


    I've been busy this past week getting some special pieces together for the Fall Antique Open House at Blue Heron Mercantile in Jenks OK.  Im so thrilled to be included in this show, as Blue Heron has some of the most amazing Early American antiques in the entire region!

   Jenks, OK is located just outside of Tulsa and if you're in the area, this is a can't miss gathering of beautiful homespun offerings.

  I've got several original pieces, plus prints and yarn available there NOW and through their show next week!
  See you there?
~H

Christmas Cards Are In!


   Even though it's still autumn, it's never too early for me to start thinking about Christmas cards! I am so thrilled to be able to offer traditional style greeting cards with my art on it, in several different sets!
   I have a few mixed card sets where you get one of each design, and I also have card sets featuring just: St. Lucia, Woodland Madonna, Madonna and Child in Blue and Candlelit Prayers.

   The sets are $12 and have 4 cards plus corresponding white envelopes. These cards are all locally painted to 100% of your purchase of these cards go to American small businesses--- I think that's pretty great!

  I'm so pleased with how they turned out, and hope there's a set that you might like as well!~
Thanks for coming by today!~
H





My October Romance


   October gives me all the warm and fuzzy feels. All that is lovely and wonderful is what makes October. Always has, always will.
   My first explorations of New England happened at the beginning of October, when the whole place was aflame with gorgeous turning leaves. We got married (12 years this year!) In October, thrilled to think that our anniversary would eternally take place amidst the merriment of Halloween.

  This October is making me work for it though--- it was 90 degrees today, and we still have things like hornets and mosquitoes and flies thoroughly wearing out their welcome. But I have hope! My chilly mornings with a warm orange glow WILL happen. October wont let me down!


   What other time of year do you feel the need to jaunt through a centuries old grave yard or cuddle up to mounds of gourds? It's October, it does it to you.... ;)

   As for me, it has me frantically painting and getting ready for more opportunities to get out a little in the world. I am happy to say that I've got two autumn shows coming up-- I'll have some items featured at Blue Heron's Fall Antique Open House from Oct.28-30 and I will also be a vendor at the 10th anniversary Indie Emporium!

   Of course now I'm playing Christmas music and nuzzling a cup of coffee and trying to summon up Christmasy folk art and yet....

  I can't forget to watch October unfold, something I wait for with such anticipation each year. I can't wait for my little maple to turn pumpkin orange outside my kitchen window, or the big Ash that takes up the whole world almost, to turn brilliant, eye popping yellow. I've got my pumpkins on the porch and I am ready!

   Do your thing, October!~ I'm so glad you're here!
H

Shop Update: New Print and a Certificate



    Hi friends!~
    Popping in this morning to share that I've got some brand new prints in the shop! One is an 8x10" print of "Sally and Cinder and another is a new product all together--- an 11x14" oversized wedding certificate that can be personalized to a special occasion!

  The inspiration for the certificate was a fraktur art portrait of Gen. George and Martha Washington that I found in a folk art book. I thought about how sweet the old fashioned certificates of the 'olden days', particularly the Pennsylvania Dutch style. With those things in mind, this certificate was made!

  You can find both these items now in my etsy shop!~

Have a great weekend!~
h

Custom Folk Art Mural--- For Me!

    Like the cobbler with his shoeless children, this folk artist has very little 'folk art' that she keeps for herself in her own home. Being pregnant and then having a baby/crazed toddler when we moved hasn't helped in my keeping of folk art creations for myself.
   It's become a little bit easier to work lately, as my littlest isnt quite as little as he used to be. We have a built in 'ice box' in our kitchen that is original to the house, and it was painted a very literal plain vanilla.
  When you're in an artist's house, however, things don't stay plain white long ;) I decided to paint the base of the cabinet a deep wine red (its literally the same red I used on the floor of the studio) and the doors a sky blue (also...you guessed it....the paint used for the studio floor!)
   Now...being as this is my own house and own art, this project stayed in limbo for several months. But a while back I decided to FINALLY finish this project for myself and started painting an old fashioned New England scene on the doors.

  Of course this usually happens at about 10 pm at night and my husband walks in and goes 'uhhhh....what are you doing?" To which I ofcourse reply "trust me! It'll be great!"

   And I like to think I kept that promise :D

Thinking back to my favorite parts of New England, I recalled the beautiful old salt box houses, the rocky seaside, lighthouses and sailboats. I dotted the landscape with Rufus Porter style trees and clouds. And then washed it all over with a brown glaze to make it look old and weathered. Perfect! No more tiny fingerprints glaring on white cabinets.....just folk art ;)

  I love having the opportunity to work on large scale pieces that are part of a home. When I was 15 I started painting on the walls of my bedroom (with my mom's permission, of course!) I love folk art murals in the early 19th century style and hope to create more pieces like this. If you've got a piece of your home you'd like painted, let me know! I'd be happy to give it a look!~
~H

Custom House Portrait: The Wells Farmhouse


   I've always loved a good commissioned portrait--- and I am enjoying this new foray into a different version--- antique home portraits!
   This house portrait is of the sweet "Wells Farmhouse", nestled in historic Setauket, Long Island. This beautiful cape was recently purchased by Erin at Bygone Living and I am thrilled to think that my painting will now be hanging above this beautiful antique home's mantle.

  I am working on my 'architectural' skills these days--- and the old homes are always my favorite!

  This portrait has many special details requested by the owner--- a blooming lilac, budding crabapple, a little black cat and a ship model in the window. In the background there is also a small footbridge with weeping willows and deer.

  I'd love to do more custom antique home portrait work, especially after I get the holiday seasons finished with. Come January, I will be ready to curl up with lots of special projects, and it will be here before we know it....I'm already painting Christmas art!

  I'm getting a new custom work page created, so I'll be able to prices and options to show you all very soon.
Stay tuned!~!
H

October Open House


   Hello!~
     Sitting down to write to you to let you know that next month I'm planning a pretty laid back open house at the studio! I'll have my prints, art, cards and yarn on hand and a few goodies I've collected at estate sales this summer.
   I'd love for any local friends to come by and visit, and also bring your crafting projects! Who know what we might get up to! So if you've got some spinning, knitting, needlework, bring it! Or just come to chat! Would love to see you!~
   I've also got a few other shows that I'm dipping my toe into these next coming months. I'm planning on taking part in the 10th Indie Emporium and at the St. Nicholas Bazaar in Tulsa, OK.
   I'll give you more info when I have it, but til then....maybe I'll see ya in October?
:D
h

GIVEAWAY WINNER!~

Hey friends! Thanks to ALL of you who entered the postcard giveaway--- I appreciate it! And now for the winner, who is......

MELISSA at Julia's Bookbag!!!

Thanks so much! :D Hope you love the cards, Melissa!

And Im going to gather up some of my autumn postcards and list some in the shop--- stay tuned!!!
H

Off To The Autumn Market


    This will come as to no surprise to you but--- I really love folk art. I love the wonkiness. I love the realness and the earthiness. I love the idea of the wandering limner, walking through the country with his paints and easel, staying at farmhouses and inns and painting the locals; or the granny who retired and sat down and thought "I'll paint my memories" like Grandma Moses did. The old folk paintings are unfussy and dont put on airs. But there is something so magical about them that I've always loved. And that's why Im drawn to this particular type of art.
  It is an art of the common folks, of common life, of hand made visions of life and harmony and the beauty in the world. You dont need permission from an art salon, an art degree, or anything fancy; you paint it at the kitchen table. That's my kind of art.

   This latest painting was inspired by my love of the work of Grandma Moses, whose original work I was able to see in person at The Bennington Museum last year. The funny thing about this painting is that the main subject, the farmer heading off to market, wasnt planned. He just sort of happened...I painted the woman and the child standing on the path and thought, "What are they looking at? They're looking at the man in the road!" and so "Off To The Autumn Market" came to be.

   I also wanted to pay homage to my undying love for quilts--- and so ta da! There they are on the line. And a big beautiful salt box. My favorite kind of house. This one in autumn mustard with a pretty blue door. And the church in the background, and autumn trees and hills....it smacks of New England, does it not?

   The original painting is now in my etsy shop and would sure like to find a home! It measures 8x10" and is done on canvas. It was such fun to make, and I love autumn so much....I need to paint more autumn while I can!

  Thanks for coming by to visit me today---
H

Giveaway: Autumn Postcard Pack


  Hello, there! Isn't is amazing, we made it to September! I am so thrilled! My favorite time of year is coming, and hey--- already here if you go by the availability of Pumpkin Spice Everything :D

   It's been a long hot summer out here on the prairie, and I'll be glad to kiss 90 degree weather goodbye. Its still been hot and miserable, but at least now I have faith that an end is in sight! I've got boots and knits ready!

  To celebrate this longed for season, I thought I'd host a little giveaway! I'll be sending this little pack of autumn themed postcards out to one lucky winner who enters! And all you need to do to enter is leave a comment here on this post--- tell me YOUR favorite things about autumn. What speaks to you about this season? What are you most thrilled to see at the end of the summer?

  You are welcome to leave a comment multiple times if you share on social media, so you can enhance your chance for winning!~!

 This giveaway will be open through 9/13, with the winner announced Wednesday!
Happy Fall, Y'all!~
~H

Autumn Esty Open House starts today!


  It's open house day! Hurray! If you visit my esty shop, you'll be able to see original art and handspun yarn ready to buy! Thanks so much to those who have waited patiently for these listings--- happy shopping! :D






Etsy Open House THIS FRIDAY!



   Hi friends!~
      I've been working hard behind the scenes, prepping listings, spinning up yarn skeins, photographing and in general getting ready to share with you lots of new things! The "Etsy Open House" is shopable to everyone! I will have the listings go live Friday morning and they will all be there in the shop for you to peruse.
   I'll have original paintings, all under $100, and handspun yarn skeins that I am so excited to share with you! Its been such fun to do some autumn themed work, and I will continue to add new pieces to the shop as I complete them, but I like to do fun events like these ever so often. I also plan on doing a real open house at my studio in mid-october, so stay tuned for more info on that!
  See you friday!~
h

Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor!~


Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor!~

  The artist and woman who still, after all these years, inspires me to no end. I hope I can live life even just half as well as she did! She would have been 101 years old today.

   And so, it is a day for painting! Tea sipping! Spinning and being authentically yourself!~
Happy Tasha Tudor Day!~
   ~H

Autumn Etsy Open House


   Hi friends!~
     In celebration of the new business name/revamp, I'm going to host a little autumn open house in my etsy shop on September 2! What that means is--- I will be uploading lots of new items, including originals (like shown in the banner!)
   You can shop from the comfort of your home starting that morning. I am excited to offer some new items for you, and have been very busy painting! So be sure to stop by the shop that first Friday of September!~ :D
Heather

The Next Folk Art Chapter



   Sometimes you feel yourself going through growing pains in aspects of your life, and these few months I've felt these things when it comes to my art. Folky, chippy, Americana growing pains. I've felt the need for fresh eyes, fresh brushes, a fresh take on my business. You may have noticed this in various corners of the internet---- there are changes afoot! Largest of all, a change in name.

  Welcome to:

Sleightholm Folk Art

  For almost 9 years I've done business under the moniker of Audrey Eclectic-- named after the baby I had left journalism to be at home with. I was so happy to be home with her, but also needed something to do with my hands, having spent most of my life in school or work. And so it was only natural that I took up with my childhood love, painting. And I named it all after my sweet girl.

  And years passed. And the baby is now a grown up girl. The style and focus of Audrey Eclectic changed and grew with me. And Im still growing, but I think its time Audrey had her own name, to do with what she will. And I will proudly take up my own name--- hard as it is to spell and pronounce (SLYT-holm, y'all!)

  Even with this change, I will still offer all my regular prints I offered as Audrey Eclectic, although I'll use a new URL for this site and my etsy. Its my hope to smoothly transition with all my social media contacts together, so it will be minimal trouble for you. 

  As for me, I feel a lot of growing and experimenting coming, of indulging myself in the ability to play and learn--- to pursue inspiration and teachers and artistic experience that will enrich my art and the things I am able to offer to you. I've found that its hard for me to tie myself down to one thing--- I want to try, learn, explore. All within the spectrum of folk art, but there's so much I want to learn about--- yarn making, weaving, quilting, fraktur art,tavern signs, true americana artwork, landscapes and portraits,....earthy american history and faith as it was depicted through art made my common people. Those are the things that capture my imagination--- and those are the things I want to bring to you as well.



  Yesterday I was lucky enough to indulge in a solo trip---- all by myself, guys!!!-- to see the American Made folk art exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, AR. I went especially to see the art from The American Folk Art Museum in NYC-- needing inspiration and also needing something to do just for myself.

   Seeing all this beautiful handmade art just made me so happy. I had tears in my eyes, my heart was just full. It was room after room of all the things that I adore. And not fancy formal portraits--- although those are lovely. These pieces were portraits by itinerant painters, quilts, home decorations, love notes! They were simple, homespun masterpieces made by regular people with no formal training. People I can very much relate to.

  Going through the exhibit though, I knew that my inclinations were right. This is what makes me inspired and want to paint. This is what I want to share with people--- our history, our unique art, a connection of past and future. I love things like icons and retablos, folk portraits and landscapes, things with humble origins that still capture life beautifully.

  That is my aim. And also to delve into some of these 'lost arts' before they are so completely lost. I want that connection with my ancestors. The art and sensibilities of bygone eras have always drawn me in. And it would be my pleasure to create a few beautiful things for you all, if you would be so kind as to come along on my art adventure....

   Your prairie folk artist,
~Heather

*Artwork in this post is from the American Made exhibit at Crystal Bridges Museum. The exhibit runs through September 19!