A Unique Primitive Art with a whisper to the past~

These truly ARE the voices in my head.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Happy Birthday Raven's Haven!

Fifteen years ago, 
Raven's Haven made
it's debut
on a site called Crow Soup.

It was a nail-biter for me. 
I was separated from my Husband
and raising our two daughters. 
The store I worked at,
 had closed six months before.
Jobs were scarce
in that sleepy little village.
We were living with my parents
and I was helping to care
for both parents.
My Father approached me and told me...
" You have a roof here and food.
Now is your chance
 to make a business with your art."

I set my sites on Pattern making,
 to give me year round income.
Each month,
 I would try to put up
3 new designs. 
Little by little, 
it grew!

I never thought that I would be here 15 years later~
I never thought that they would continue to be popular.

My Father has since passed.
I have divorced and remarried 
to my best friend.
My children are grown and on their own.
I still work from home.

All of this because of YOU.
I was given opportunity~
I put in hours of work...
but ultimately,
you make me the success.

And so...
Thanks to a call for help~
my Merrie Mouse
free mailer has returned to me.
(She was lost in the move)
Now, I'm not too savvy on the computer, 
but here it goes.
For best results, 
click on the picture and let it open up. 
Then, Right click,
 save image,
Print using landscape, 
regular margins and fill page.

For my friends that don't sew~ 
How fun, as a punch needle pocket
or a hooked rug?
However, you wish to use her,
enjoy her. 
I would LOVE to see 
what you come up with!

Still not enough celebrating?
well... stop by my Etsy Shoppe
and enjoy a SALE!

You can enjoy 25 % Off, 
(this is the deepest discount 
that you will see this year)
 today until Monday, 
March 19th  at Midnight, EST

I have also gathered
5 patterns from the vault 
dusted them off


Gertie Sows Seeds Of Kindness

Mother Goose Make Do

Getting Jiggy On The Fourth

St. Jigs
Do You See What I See?

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Really March?!

March can be such a fickle month
 in its unwillingness
 to let go of Winter 
embrace Spring fully.
Of course, 
we are ready for Spring
well before March is.
We know we will see a snow or two...
perhaps a Nor'Easter.
in less than 2 weeks?
 ...and you may want to toss
in another?

Perhaps, it was for the better. 
Without the frippery
of green 
I can say that 
I have been 
working feverishly.

My Early Work Mercantile
truly reflects
the hours that I have been putting in
creating, taxes, patterns, deadlines
a little something special
coming up.

Many late nights
have left me
yawning in the afternoon.
Thank goodness for 
tea and biscuits!
These afternoons
have inspired 
another style of 

I am fully enjoying
my love affair
with toile.

...and ticking.

Textiles can make me giddy 
with excitement
as inspire 
and materials collide.

As March decides
what direction it wants to go;
I have put 
a lot of the drudgery
in my work
I am excited to keep growing my designs.

I will be ready,
when Spring makes an appearance.
I can enjoy doing what I do,
outside ...
and letting all that I love
work its magic.

****Be on the lookout 
for my next post~
I have some celebrating to share ****

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Hopping Through February

I love the carrots!

in the midst of a bumpy start~
(we had a frustrating day of service interruptions)

I am excited...
mild days
are mixing with cold and snowy ones.
You can feel Spring 
working up from your toes
and nesting in your heart.

It certainly shows up in my sketches
and enters 
my work table.

As I created Bea Bunny~
it was with
a bigger picture 
in mind.
I love taking simple, 
and bringing it to life
with dyes
and stitches.

A clever detail,
doesn't have to shout,
but rather
and melt into the piece
like a warm hug.

Time and stitches
add up to
a big love
and a thankful heart.
Not only for the ability
to work from home...
but for 
the opportunity
to build on the gifts given me.
To grow it....

As snows and cold
give way
to the rebirth
in Spring...
so does my heart
with the growing 
research driven by ideas.
 Forging ahead;
growing my seeds 
made of ideas,
so they may 

Friday, February 9, 2018

A Peek Behind The Curtain

I loved meeting and getting to know Joyce and Kaf

I've done many shows...
big and small.
This one takes the cake~
it is like no other.
(I was told it would be)

It took me a good two weeks
upon my return,
to fully
digest it.
( they tried to prepare me!)

The artwork of
my gifted friends
is so amazingly unique to them
and at such a high level, 
pictures cannot
take the place of 
seeing and embracing 
the senses!

This is such a brilliant
gathering of
they form a unique family.
Words just can't express that,
and I am at a loss....
a peek behind the curtain
may help.

before you play this,
scroll all the way down
to the bottom of the page
stop the regular music 


I came home
beyond honored...
with a mission
embrace visions
of my characters 
telling their stories~
by learning 
different techniques 
in my sculpting
and bringing them to life.

I am so honored
to be a part of 
Bewitching Peddlers
in 2018~

I am thankful 
the opportunity

and for my family and friends
that support

A special thanks to
my beloved husband
Team Sutter
in advance...
you allow my work to shine

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Here Comes the Snow

We received word.
that our two grandies 
would not be here today,
everyone is anticipating
The Big Snow!

I have sculpts
in various stages of 
I am also exploring 
different ways 
for armaturing
and assembly.
This will allow me to grow
my vision
of bringing some of my drawn characters 
to life! 
I once read 
of a person that was 
a beginner sculpter
cheerfully saying
that the sculpts were
all clay
through the process,
the person discovered 
that the delicate
was not very sound
and a reluctant change
 in neck thickness
had to be made.
What was not understood,
 was that her piece would remain
delicate and breakable.
We have such a wonderful resource
with the internet.
More and more,
I learn from
those that will share the basics.
I am building a library
of books as well.

I grew up
sculpting with
ceramic clays.
Armatures are important!
As I changed to
(which I adore)
I have learned 
about different kinds of armatures.

My Bewitching Peddlers 
opened my eyes to possibility.
Upon my return,
I have researched
different ways, 
to make my visions
come to life!
Trying a new technique!
I love the possibility it gives.
Clayworks like this,
need a skeletal system
and one that will
form a good solid piece.
There are several ways to achieve this
and each person
has to figure out
what works best for them.

Now, this has to be said...
when you see
how a tool is used
be it a light box for graphics, 
to a armature
that will carry 
a sculpt~
to use the TOOL
as just a TOOL
and do not copy
the finished piece or style,
but rather
trust in your gift.
Trust in yourself...

 I believe in 
Sharing how to begin...
and basics.
The rest becomes
your journey.

I will be showing parts of my journey, 
going forward.
In hopes
that it
will give someone
the wings that they need
to reach
their vision.

On this snowy day...
I will be working on my
friends to bring them to life...
and enjoying
the day~

Snowflakes out the window...
my Gram's recipe for sauce simmering...
a candle from 1890 Gable House Goodes burning...
(The above blackened beeswax is new from 
Misi's store  and might I say~
it smells just amazing~
enjoy her link!)

Whatever your day is... 
grab onto it and make it yours!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Goode February

it seems,
can go on forever.
We have had bitter cold,
snow and rain.

Although February,
 can be rather cold itself.
It carries with it,
 that Spring
will find it's way soon.

As you can see..
Sping has been first and foremost
in my work.

I love Netty LaCroix's patterns
and I love using them.
Sometimes I stay true to 
the techniques
and sometimes 
they reflect my vision.
(an egg or a sleepy mouse?
...ponder, ponder.)
I have added my own
 tiny, humble stitches.
It gives a homey
olde finished look
and often inspires
the Early and Primitive 
look that I love.
I often envision a young ladye
practicing stitches
by the fire.

Last night,
had it's first offerings for 2018.
If you haven't visited before,
hop on the link and enjoy
some one of a kind
Halloween Art.
(My wee friend has been spoken for, but there are still lovilies to be had)
It is a great way 
to start a collection
and see 

thoughts of love
and the yearning for
the newness
of Spring.

I have
been tweeking
things a bit...
knowing that 
life always changes.
I have been
how to make those changes.
the balance 
of home,
work that I love.

Embracing more
each year.
(Pinterest has some lovely inspires)
embracing it
even in my work.
As the new Raven Witch
walks where
the Natty Rats
have been.
My work will
my heart
and roots,
and still challenge
my vision of growth.
~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~  ~*~

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018


A Dapper Fellow
 We all create differently...
are inspired by different things.
Years ago,
when I was first learning to sew 
and make my own patterns~ 
I would draw out my ideas
for characters.
Many inspired by the 1700s
the Victorian Era.

One day, 
 (who I thought was my friend)
saw 2 pieces that I had drawn out
and later created them.
I was hurt, 
especially when there 
was no remorse.
I decided not to create them~
I really didn't NEED to,
as I have so many 
ideas running through my 
So many to choose.
So I left them behind.

Especially this one,
 until now.
Not just because of what was done~
but because I knew,
that I was not capable
in my skills to do it justice.
To match the vision
of what was in my head.
You see...
I am always true to myself.
To my vision.

I realize, 
that in order for some things
to come together,
I have to grow my skills.

As I came across
each of these fabrics 
over the years~
I put some aside.
This fellow kept calling.

I am a stickler
for fabrics....
and texture.
I scrutinize them!

I needed to nail
two things~
His hat and his jacket.
I have difficulty
 putting together clothing ~
without an issue...
and a headache.

My brain just doesn't
see how these things 
come together
in the third dimension.
I keep it simple.
if I was going to do this..
I knew that I needed to be

Impeccable in my design~
my fabric choices~
my patterning
and my skill.

The word 
was with me 
as I created
my dapper friend.

In his perfection ~
there is imperfection.
A few growing pains
that show in my eyes
I am estatic
at how far I have come
from that drawing~
and where I am headed.

which is
Bewitching Peddlers 
in September.

So while I keep company
with a few 
olde friends 
and new~

I will continue
to hold my vision,
improve my skill
and remain IMPECCABLE
at execution.

And that other piece?
It's on it's way.
You see,
there was only the drawing of 
Skeleton with the long coat
and the top hat.
A very important part 
was missing.

I know how to execute
that most important part now.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Package

Twas the season after black and orange,
and all through the cottage,
our pumpkins and skeletons
 were illuminated in red and green wattage.

Our witchy girls
were sat to the side with great care,
in order to give Santa the spotlight,
as is only fair.

When out by the front door,
I heard a big knock
I ran to the door,
to promptly unlock.

It was dear Santa,
dressed in his reds.
Delivering a package 
and looking well fed.

The package was brown
and as plain as could be. 
From Michigan it said, 
"a grave matter for thee".

Into the house I went,
all cozy and warm
this is serious, thought I~
Tis time to perform. 

To the table I went,
 scissors in hand...
What could this be?
 It must be quite grand!

So with scissors and care
 I opened the box.
I was greeted with a shovel, 
dirt and some moss.

"This is indeed a grave matter!",
was my first thought. 
 After some digging,
 my shovel did stop.

It took some work
 to find my unusual prize...
 it was a wee coffin
of a curious size.

I opened it with care
and read with a shaking hand...
 an invitation from Bewitching Peddlers, 
   to spread Halloween throughout the land!

And so dear family and friends~ 
I am honored to announce,
that I will be traveling to 
once again...
to gather with my show family,
on the 29th of September

details to follow in the new year