Posies originals for sale

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Pocketful of Posies 2010

Pocketful of Posies 2010

Just a reminder that the last day to catch the Pocketful of Posies exhibit at the  Upcountry History Museum – Furman University in Greenville, SC is Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016. As I’ve mentioned before, this is the last stop on the tour and it’s gratifying to hear from many of you who’ve gone out of your way to see the show. My goal was to offer the opportunity to see my original work and I’m happy that has happened in so many locations! No matter how excellent the printed reproductions, seeing the real 3d art is a different experience than looking at the pages of the book. Sometimes I wish the exhibit would continue, but my instincts say it’s time to wind down the project and move onto the next creative endeavor.

During the 5+ years since the book was published, I haven’t actively promoted sales of the original illustrations, since I wanted the collection to stay intact for the traveling exhibit. Over the last 2 years years, the size of the exhibit has reduced, as buyers have purchased about half of the pieces. Many people saw the book and contacted me, purchasing pieces without seeing the originals. Other buyers saw the exhibit and wanted to have one of their own. Now that the remaining artwork will soon be shipped home from South Carolina, it’s time to announce that 22 framed originals from Pocketful of Posies are available for sale.

Interested in purchasing an original piece? Please contact me for a list of available artwork. Each piece is displayed under Plexiglas in a custom-made cherry wood frame. Prices range from $2,500 to $6,500.

 

Little Thing Magazine

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I was excited to receive a copy of Little Thing Magazine, a style and fashion quarterly, which includes an article about my work.  It’s printed in Chinese, with a smattering of English headings, but I think most people will just look at the pictures. The winter issue’s theme is Girls Love Illustration and features a dozen interviews with illustrators from around the world. The magazine is girly for sure, but not in a too cutesy. Its editors do a good job of gathering a sophisticated collection of “beautiful things” to pour over. I’m not sure who it’s aimed at, but there’s definitely a youthful, playful spirit that many people (besides teenage girls) can appreciate.

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All that said, I find it peculiar that a publication out of Hong Kong would be so devoid of Asian influence. It oozes European style and the fashion pages show only models that look like they’re straight out of Scandinavian central casting. Besides being perplexed by this incongruity, Little Thing Magazine is chock full of inspiring images and I’m grateful that they reached out to me! Incidentally, a couple of years ago, the magazine featured my friend Mimi Kirchner’s tattooed dolls, which she writes about here.

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Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures – the first year

feltweefolknewcoverblogIt’s been almost a year since the new edition of Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures was released, so I thought I’d bring you up to date on what’s been happening. Besides feeling a bit guilty for contributing to the wee folk addiction problem, I’m very pleased with how the book has been received. There’s more than one report of innocent people getting hooked on wrapping pipe cleaners and stitching little felt outfits. From what I hear, they’re out of control and haven’t the will power to stop making wee folk dolls. I say, keep stitching,  because it helps calm the soul.

The book is now into its 2nd printing and sales have passed 9000 copies. Just imagine the wee folk population explosion! Printed copies or the e-book version have found their way to every corner of the world, helping make the book a C&T Publishing Top 10 Bestseller!

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Most books are purchased in craft and quilting shops and from online retailers. A big thanks to all of you who’ve ordered autographed copies from my Etsy Shop. Extras include a poster, note card and fairy skirts and wings. Besides all 50 states, I’ve sent copies to Australia, Canada, UK, France, Norway, Jordan, Israel, Taiwan, Brazil, Latvia, Japan, France and Russia.

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Hundreds of fairies have been dressed in faux flower skirts and wings purchased from my Etsy Shop.

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The Felt Wee Folk  book trailer has been viewed well over 10,000 times on YouTube, C&T and my Facebook Page.

People have found out about the book through social media (Facebook and Instagram), the blog tour and magazine articles.

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I like to think that lots of wee folk brides (and grooms) topped wedding cakes this past year.

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Rob and I spent some time playing outside with the wee folk in the bugle weed forest, which grew in our yard.

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Many of you made you made and set up your own nativity scene this past Christmas. I hope that Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures continues to be available for a good long while, so that more innocent people can get hooked on making wee folk!

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2015 in review

I thought it would be a simple task. But, 3 days after first sitting down to compile a list of things that happened in 2015, I’m finally ready to hit the publish button. Needless to say, it’s been a very busy 12 months! At this time a year ago, I was gearing up for the release of my new book. Once Felt Wee Folk was properly launched, I concentrated on making new work that reflects my desire to move in a new direction. There are other projects and travels mentioned, too. I hope you enjoy following the links to review and find out more about the highlights of the past year. Happy New Year to all of you and may your 2016 be filled with wonder!

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The year started with snow and freezing temperatures outside, but it was cozy and productive inside.

* Prepared for release of new edition of how-to book,  Felt Wee Folk – New Adventures.
* Rob and I filmed and edited book trailer for Felt Wee Folk and published it on YouTube.
* Made wee folk cart for the book’s  Blog Tour.
* Felt Wee Folk makes C&T Publishing’s top 10 list of best sellers for 2015.

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Filled lots of Etsy Shop orders for books, posters, cards and fairy making supplies.
Posted many, many photos on Instagram.
Posted something almost every day on Facebook.

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* Curated Fairy Houses of Highfield Hall exhibit.
* Made “Grate Hall” fairy house.
* Made fairy family of 5 and promotional video for Highfield Hall Raffle.

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Introducing Rosie Doll’s Travels
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Finished two new 18″ x 24″ pieces, Face Time and Whiskers. Read blog posts about making Face Time here. I plan to write blog posts about Whiskers soon, but you can see a preview in this Facebook Album.

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Worked on women’s heads for Cover Up, a new fabric relief piece in progress. I’ll write a blog post about it when it’s completed later this winter. For now, you can see head close ups in this Facebook Album.

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Articles about my work:
Inspirations Magazine
While She Naps Podcast
Home Review Magazinewhileshenaps

 

 

 

 

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Completed Ltd. Edition of Fiona fairies.

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Wrote this blog post about artistic privacy and my thoughts about When to tell how and when not to.

The Pocketful of Posies Touring Exhibit was at the following venues:

Lexington Public Library
Newton Free Library 
Harford County Public Library
Upcountry History Museum, Greenville, SC (until Feb. 14, 2016)

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Greenland – Ittoqqortoormitt

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On his photo excursion to Greenland, my husband Rob visited the northern most village of Ittoqqortoormitt, which is settled by about 300 Inuit. The community has hunted polar bears for generations and is allowed an annual quota of 35 hides.  Even in mid September, there were still patches of snow scattered about. I must point out again that there is nothing green about Greenland.

As he walked around, Rob met and photographed people he saw outside, mostly men. They did their best to communicate with sign language and a minimum of English. I hope you enjoy this glimpse at a unique place and people!

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Polar bear hide

Polar bear hide

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View from Kong Oscar Fjord

View from Kong Oscar Fjord

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