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NEW Greeting Card Sets!


   Hello there, and thanks for stopping in! I appreciate you coming by, especially since summer can get so busy and hectic.
   I've been busy too, painting, tentatively starting to plan our school agenda for next fall, anticipating our coming travels and also--- fluffing up my etsy shop a bit with new items!

   Aside from original saint mini-paintings that I added a few days ago, I've got new notecard sets! These are all sets that you can use throughout the year for any occasion--- including my pieces "Eliza's Knitting", "Anne and Diana", Stella Maris" and "Summer Cottage Garden.
 
   The sets are all listed now in my etsy shop! There are 4 cards in each set with matching envelopes. They each measure 4x6"--- so are also great for framing! And they are also printed right here in town so 100% made in the USA! Each set is $12.

  Here they are:





Summer Has Come

 Beautiful garden and house at Old Sturbrdige Village in Mass.

    Well, summer is most definitely here! It has me dreaming of New England and salt box houses, airy light rooms, and beautiful bunting. Out here on the prairie it is hot, but there are adventures back east to look forward to.
   I am finishing up the last painting for my colonial crafters series, and then--- believe it or not--- I'll start autumn and halloween work! Working on autumn and Christmas work help me beat the heat though, and I'll be listening to Christmas music in no time! Gotta stay ahead of the seasons...
 A light and airy interior at Old Sturbridge Village


Patriotic scene just outside Old Sturbridge Village

     Aside from painting autumn and Christmas, I'm making plans to teach a few classes out in the studio for autumn and Christmas art. It gets so hot here in the summer and the studio doesnt have central air, so I think it will take the summer off.
   But I want to do some really fun things out there starting this fall-- especially because this coming October will mark 10 years that I've been making and selling folk art! I was surprised to realize it--- a whole decade of folk art!
   There's been lots of changes and many adventures in those ten years. So there will be some celebrating in order come October!

   I've also added a link for information about wholesale purchasing of my art. If you own a shop and have a sales tax ID, you can order art wholesale from me (prints and cards!) Please email me if you're interested in selling Sleightholm Folk Art in your shop!
  Right now I am selling in shops in Oklahoma and Arkansas. I'd love to branch out!

   Well, signing off for now--- thanks so much for stopping by!
Stay cool and inspired!~
~H

***** Photos taken by me, 4th of July Weekend 2015 at Old Sturbridge Village***

Stella Maris, Star of the Sea


   Stella Maris, Star of the Sea is one of my favorite names for the Virgin Mary. It is so evocative, with so much meaning. "Stella Maris" is Latin, meaning "star of the sea" and this moniker has been applied to Mary since medieval times, referencing Mary as the guiding force to Christ.
   Because of its allusion to the sea, however, it has become a favorite name for Mary for seafarers, and the name of many coastal churches, schools and sanctuaries.  Over the centuries now, Stella Maris has become known as the guardian and protector of the oceans and seafarers, prayed to for intercession for safe passage and success in nautical endeavors.

   I decided recently that I'd like to create my own rendition of Stella Maris, and of course you know mine would have a folk art twist. Living in Oklahoma, I am overwhelmingly landlocked. My experience with the sea is extremely limited, but its always held romance and mystery to me. Especially when I learned a while back that my ancestors were the founders of Nantucket--- and I am a direct descendant of Peter Folger (who also happened to be Benjamin Franklin's grandfather!). These settlers of Nantucket were hearty Quakers, pacifists on land but masters of the sea and fierce whale hunters.
   With this New England vision of the sea in my mind, I created my Stella Maris, guiding a ship into port in a storm, and also letting a whale swim to safety from the viciousness of men.


    I am happy to share with you now this piece as a print (the original has been sold) I currently have Stella Maris, Star of the Sea as an 8x10" print and also 11x14" (the 11x14" print is shown below with the title on the print. The 8x10" is just the print with no text)
   This piece as an absolute joy to paint and went fast--- a big blessing when you're a painting mama who is usually creating in snatched fragments of time. I hope you like her, and if you're interested in a print, you can find it now in my etsy shop!
Thanks for your visit today, and hope you have a wonderful week!
Stella Maris, Star of the Sea--- Pray for Us!
H