A Unique Folk Art with a whisper to the past~

They truly ARE the voices in my head.







Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Summer Days and Nights


How quickly Summer days seem to fly!
Our days are full and lively here.
As I work away, 
Grampa and Mackenzie do play!
Our home has never lacked for laughter 
and just as we think,
it's just the two of us...
we are blessed with visits~
grandchildren
daughters
families
friends
furry kids.

Somehow, all that needs to,
gets done.



Early Work Mercantile opened last night...
and
brown pumpkins still fill my head.
so delightfully prim!


The Luna 
is always so serene
looking.


...and the Jarrahdale,
well what can you say?
Such a pretty color!



The friends that surround me,
are what inspire me.



Sometimes in ways,
that you would never guess.


and the nights???
I enjoy
our little kingdom
that is our back yard.
..and while it is hard to stitch
by the light of the moon~
sometimes we have to put the needle down...
listen to the cicadas 
the peepers 
and crickets.

A night at the Opera~
Country girl style.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Testament and Memories


Shelby on the bottom left and daughter, Jess on the bottom right/

Yesterday, Tim and I made a trip North. 
Back to my hometown. 
The mountains ever beautiful 
and we could see
 that leaves were starting to change. 

Our hearts were heavy,
 as our trip was to 
pay our respects
to Shelby. 
Too young a life taken.

The family of her father and his cousins,
a dear part of my childhood...
and Shelby ~
a school mate and team mate 
to my daughter, Jess.

I knew it would be a huge sorrow for our small village.
Small communities 
become so very close...
generations old.

https://www.gofundme.com/shineonshelby
Shelby earned her wings, 
several days after a car accident.
So many of us praying for days, 
that she would make it through
severe injuries.

As I stood in the long line yesterday...
(The wake is next door to my Grandparent's house)
Memories flooded.
Shelby's cousin and I 
met under Grampa's Maple tree...
Nancy said...
"how many hours did we spend playing under this tree???"
and oh the tears and memories.
As I looked around,
I saw groups of people,
that were a strong part of
Shelby's growing up...
the medical office,
school staff,
coaches~

team mates,
parents,
church,
and family...

I was reminded of how much life has changed since
Nancy and I played under the Maple.

Nancy's Mom and Dad
owned the
 Montgomery Ward's
mail order store across the way.
We would stop by, 
on our way home from school.
Dr. Lynch, 
would make home visits when needed.
 Medical bag in hand~
The parking lot on either side of the street,
was perfect for kickball or baseball.
The house on the other side of the funeral home...
well, that was the tiny home of
Mr. and Mrs. Barslow.
They seemed ancient to me as a tiny girl.
Mrs. Barslow 
loved to do her friend's hair 
all fancy...
and painted beautifully.
Mr. Barslow was seen 
every morning.
Dressed in a suit; 
fedora atop his head.
Making the short walk to Main Street,
cane in hand...
to buy himself the newspaper;
and donuts to share with his bride.

The community has grown.
Life has changed.
 Many gathered in a line  
(that remained
a length of a football field, 
beyond the calling hours).
The line, 
a testimony
of just how many 
lives were touched
by the gift of
Shelby.

I wanted to share with you, 
Shelby's legacy~
This is the local write up.
~*~

GRANVILLE — Shelby McEachron will live on, in her hometown and in other people’s lives.
“One of the things about Shelby was that so many other people felt like she belonged to them,” Suzanne McEachron said Wednesday, two days after her 21-year-old daughter died from injuries suffered in a July 17 car accident. “It was hard, because we were like, ‘She is our daughter,’ but really, I realized she belonged to the whole community. She was just a special kid.”
The family established “Shine On Shelby,” a fund that will renovate the softball field at the Granville Little League complex, and it raised $25,000 in just two days, including one $5,000 donation and another of $1,000.
“How does that happen?” Suzanne McEachron asked. “It is just amazing.”
Shelby was an organ donor, and her mother heard back from the doctors Tuesday night.
“The doctor said her heart was fantastic and will give someone 30 good years,” Suzanne McEachron said. “They were also able to take both of her kidneys and her liver, so that is four people who will live on because of her.”
“Some of the donation people were surprised she was a donor, because she was so young,” McEachron said. “But there was the option when she first got her driver’s license, and we told her to go for it.”

Helping others

McEachron was about to begin her senior year at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia, working toward a degree in logistics. She had been an active volunteer and athlete in high school, volunteering with Granville Food Pantry, Granville Little League and other causes.
She performed in plays, was an active musician and singer and played softball, field hockey, track, basketball, golf and her favorite sport, softball.
Her father, Andy, coached her and her sister in softball, and it was his idea to move forward with the field project.
“I asked him what he was thinking, trying to do something like that, and he told me, ‘It was like Shelby spoke to me,’ “ Suzanne McEachron said.
The plan is to put in new dugouts, fencing and a scoreboard and to light the field.

 Bill Toscano/ The Post Star



Shelby was an amazing gift 
to so many people.
There is a link to the "GoFundMe"
(Shelby's angel picture)
that will be used
to renevate the fields and name Field 7
in her honor.

I am not one to ask any for funding,
it is there if you would like..
but I will ask all of you
to say a little prayer~
send your best 
to Shelby's family.

Fly high, sweet angel~






Saturday, July 15, 2017

Smoosh Magic


There is something about clay
that I truly love.
while I may sit down and think...
I'm making a 
Pumpkin Ladye today-
in smooshing the clay around a bit, 
magic can happen instantly.

You see, 
the clay tore a bit at her mouth~
and suddenly her spirit emerged.

Perfect for my Early Work Mercantile 
offering!


When bringing her to life, 
I had a conversation earlier with a friend~
and old cabinet cards.
Sepia....

so what can be more Prim
 than 
a brown Pumpkin???

She is truly a favorite ~ so dainty and delicate.


Smoosh Magic happened once again...
as I thought "rabbit"
and played around with the muzzle~
Smoosh Magic..


My Adirondack heart
came through
in one of my most unusual 
Ladyes.


I fell in love
every
step
of
the
way.


As we enjoy 
getting out
here and there...
and putting together our vision of 
The Goode Wife
for 
in September~


the
Smoosh Magic
continues....

And when my hands are not 
in clay~

they are making magic stitches.



This one of a kind,
Sleepy Mouse
is 
napping on a flocked damask
Witche's Shoe.
(She's still 
available on 

While it may seem 
quiet around here,
it isn't really.

It's magical.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Changes


It's been a whirlwind year.
The Winter crud season was a kick in the pants...
and I was not prepared
for the recovery time 
of my surgeries....
then, this happened.


We gathered with our children, 
siblings, 
their families 
and
 a few close friends.
It was a beautiful day for a wedding
a Celtic Handfasting~
I am now,
 Mrs. Walsh.
It still looks strange in print...
but I love 
when all of my Sister In Laws 
call me that as get together.


I have been fast at work,
creating for 

and...

Starting this month 
on
I will be creating a Halloween piece, 
every month.


Meet Tillie~
my newest mousel design.
She is so sweet ~
 with her pert,
upturned nose.
( She is inspired by Amy of Little Women)


The wedding inspired this sweet pinkeep
and I LOVE it!
A fairy mouse, fast asleep
atop
a wee box
with a meadow
painted on it....


I also revisited
Pip~

She always makes me smile...
and I had to revisit
more mushrooms.



In it all... 
it has been a bit crazy.
Lots of new things happening this year~
I have decided on another 
change.
One that I have wanted to do for quite a few years.
I think that it is nearly time.
That change is scheduled for for 2018~
Keep watching....

Monday, May 15, 2017

My Singing Hedgerow


The leaves have
 filled in my beloved Hedgerow.
Mornings are filled with birdsong
as the birds sing me awake.

 We have certainly 
had quite a lot of rain...
and the shades of green
are so beautiful.



We have enjoyed
our morning cawfee
outside when the weather allows.
 Starlings
and sparrows dance about.

The robins keep the pups
on the run, 
as they are firm 
in their hunt for worms.
Our scavanger Squirrel
also keeps the pups 
in top form as he runs across
 the stocade fence;
dipping down here and there,
to give them an even bigger tease.



My works have always been inspired,
 by what captures my heart.
Yesterday, 
we took a drive up North, 
to visit my Mom 
for Mother's Day.

The Green Mountains 
and the Adirondacks 
are beautiful 
and I hold their magic,
deep within my heart.


It is only natural 
that my offerings
on
reflect our little
world right now.




Saturday, April 15, 2017

An Affair Of The Heart


Callie and her friends are available on
EARLY WORK MERCANTILE

It's clear to see in my work
that I have Spring Fever,

I am ecstatic 
to be fully back 
and doing what I love~

I can't tell you,
how much I missed
everything.
I can tell you,
that I can see 
a huge difference
in spite of 
the healing that will continue.


Stitching never felt so good!

I am always researching.
 I want to continue 
to do better...
and keep
my original vision,
that grounds
me on my journey.

Sometimes, we don't find the answers 
that we are searching for
right away.
It can take years...
but
i am a true believer
that what we search for,
 will come when it is supposed to.

Pixie Sleepy Mousels!!!!

So...
I will continue
to walk this journey, 
my way.

Sometimes stepping out
a bit differently
from others,
that may do similar
mediums 
and concepts...


...shhhh, baby dragon sleeping

because
these friends of mine
are 
heart driven.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

From Snow to Summer



I didn't intend to stay away so long.
The days have started to pass more quickly it seems.
I still have a ways to go,
but I am much more comfortable
and happy to be
fully back to work.

Clay is once again 
my beloved companion.
My sculpted friends are getting a bit 
of a make over.
Their bodies,
 going more in the direction 
that I originally wanted, 
while still whispering
 to the past.

Time away from my work,
gave time for research 
and success in 
the process that
 I originally wanted
years ago.

Reminding me to
stay steadfast and not lose 
sight of my
vision.
Answers come along 
when they are supposed to.
There were things 
I needed to learn first
and growing to do.

And so...
as our surprise snows 
 have melted;
 Summer temperatures 
have tickled us awake 
from our wintry slumber...
and
new friends are emerging
for April's
Early Work Mercantile.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Back To Work


Hello Everyone~
I wanted to let you know 
that I am back to work~
although still on a light schedule.

The Etsy Shop is open 
and I am ready to pack orders! 
A click on the shop banner above will take you there 
~*~




Many have asked
 about the bunny in the Peat Pot~
and this is the pattern that I used. 



The body has to be cropped 
and adjusted to fit your pot.

How fun, right?

And you can always go through 
the shop and see what else would work~

like...


or


and if you just can't live 
without a touch 
of Halloween
A Pumpkin head would be fun! 


Use your imagination
 and let the pattern 
be a tool to let your
creativity 
and 
vision to shine through!


Thursday, March 9, 2017

My New Hand


Well...new to me.
"Stacey Scissorhand"
and
"Frankenhand"
have been met with lots of giggles!

Tomorrow,
it will be a week.

Two procedures at the same time
has proven painful,
but it has gotten better each day.

Tim has been wonderful 
and beside me all the way~
he is a wonderful caregiver.



As the swelling goes down,
I am beginning to feel the difference.
I can't hold a pencil or 
silverware just yet...
and 
I giggle at 
my lack of coordination with
the mouse....
but I do see improvement.

 I had to stop by
and tell you 
THANK YOU!

The comment's, notes,
private messages 
and emails
are amazing.

It is true~

you never know,
 just how many people that you touch
on this big web.




And so,
 while I am not able to work, 
I have been working on 
some wedding plans ~
research...
and
making silly left handed sketches and notes...

My Imaginarium
is going full tilt 
with new concepts 
and techniques.

I can't wait 
to dive in!



Thursday, March 2, 2017

A Little Time For Me


I wanted to let everyone know,
 that I am taking a little time away 
from the work
 that I love so much.

I have needed 
surgery for
quite a few years now,
and it is time.
(thank you Affordable Care Act!)
I will be having
 a couple of procedures done 
and I know 
that recuperation time, 
is supposed to take two weeks
for one of the procedures.

I have closed my Etsy Shop
until
March 11th
because, 
if you know me...
I am not one to keep idle.
I am sure that by then, 
I should be able to pack orders!

I am also sure that my Pinterest pins
will grow enormously....
and
my sketch journal 
will probably be full 
of wonky sketches,
as I don't always do so well
with Lefty.

But I am excited to get this done 
and move on.

I have so many characters coming to life
and some new ones ahead...
there are 2 new models of Sleepy Mice
and a new Ratty all stitched and ready to stuff.

It may look and sound like Spring 
is happening at the cottage~
but most of my new friends
 will have a Halloween flair to them.
Oh yes~ 
Sparrow Witches are happening!!!


Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Gift Of A Day


We were given an amazing gift today~
a wonderfully warm day....
unusual for Upstate New York
in February.
A record breaking 67 degrees!



What to do, right?
We celebrated...
making Iced Tea~
opening the windows to let the breezes in 
and 
opening the back door; 
allowing the glass door 
to help us enjoy
the sunshine and warmth.

It makes you realize,
 that the promise of Spring
is real.

The days are longer.
We are ready to awaken 
and enjoy our days...
filled with warm sunshine
 and greenery.

I had noticed yesterday, 
our Starling friends 
have returned.
Tonight they filled the trees 
and chattered happily,
as the sun went down.

We will enjoy tomorrow as well,
 as it will hold a similar warmth~
 then we will go back
 to our regular February.
The one that will glide into March...
with cold days....
and snow.


but oh, 
the glorious gift
that we have been given
today!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Life's Pace



We did it.
We have survived 
the first year of retirement 
for Tim.
It is uncharted territory,
both financially and emotionally.
I think now~
of course we survived it fine...
what was I thinking?!



We are enjoying ourselves. 
Tim watches Wee Mackenzie
during the week.
Young Master Thomas
stops by 
on those evenings, 
for a snack
and to blow me kisses
(he blows me over!).

How wonderful to have
all of our kids
 and family 
within an hour and a half radius.


Winter made a strong presence
 this past week~
I am truly a Yankee Girl and 
I love the storms.
Soup simmering and Hot Chocolate!
Add some candle glow to create by...
perfect!



It has all been a nice pace.
We have had our share 
of bumps along the way,
as anyone does...

Everything fell into place
and what a lovely place
it has been.


As the year goes forward,
we do as well.
We look forward to 
all that this phase 
of our lives has to offer.
From the regularity
of  things,
 such as 
Early Work Mercantile;
to
the unexpected.
Mmmmhmmm...
wedding plans are taking hold.