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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!~!~!

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!

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?

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!~

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!

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!~

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!~