Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Blair Witch Project - how it should have ended

howitshouldhaveended.

I couldn't have been the only person who wanted to see a hag character as the Blair Witch on the final scene of this movie! My ending would be: dark, creepy stone interior with scuffling footsteps....a low growl and heavy breath gets gradually louder...the camera swings around for a look at the monster...the end

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

gettin all sqrly

Another woodland creature that makes a delightful subject for my art:









squirrels!







My most recent custom order was for a series of clever woodburned signs for a garden space. This round piece features a fuzzy fellow with an alert expression. He welcomes his guests to the 'Nut House' while guarding a few precious nuts for himself. My customer writes: Once again, you delivered! I'm so happy with the way the signs came out. They're gonna look wonderful out in my yard







I've also used squrriels as part of my painted rocks. These little buddies are hugging; their position allowed me to use the natural contours of the rock and fill the space




In this medieval art, a squirrel is incorporated into the background. A large woodburned piece with many characters surrounding a mounted knight. Medieval Knight Returns is my best ever woodburning creation; the quality of work remains true to the original. Find this piece for sale in my ARTFIRE shop for $255.00



















These woodburned bookends feature a small gray squirrel with a few acorns. One end has


"Once Upon a Time"



this end has "and they lived happliy ever after" The storybook bookends are on sale now in my ARTFIRE shop $64.00





Squirrels, rabbits, frogs and birds - the wildwood creatures find their way into my crafts.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

cat trick


I love CATurday

Friday, October 22, 2010

Frightening Witch's Finger Cookies recipe

Frightening Witch's Finger Cookies recipe




1-1/4 cups PLANTERS Sliced Almonds, divided 4 oz.


(1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened


1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened


3/4 cup powdered sugar


tsp. almond extract


1/4 tsp. salt


1-1/2 cups flour

HEAT oven to 325ºF.

RESERVE 60 nuts for later use; process remaining nuts in food processor until finely ground. Beat cream cheese, butter, sugar, extract and salt in large bowl with mixer until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in flour. Stir in ground nuts. (Dough will be stiff.)

ROLL dough into 60 (3-inch) "fingers," using 1 Tbsp. dough for each. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheets sprayed with cooking spray. Press 1 of the reserved nuts into dough in 1 end of each finger for the fingernail. Use sharp knife to make 3 crosswise slits in top of each finger for the knuckles.

BAKE 15 to 20 min. or until lightly browned. Cool 3 min. on baking sheet; carefully transfer to wire racks. Cool completely.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

birds, feathers, nests and eggs


Do you dare mock a crow? no!

Some say that mocking a crow will bring you grief and sorrow. But whenever I hear the caw, I just can't resist calling back.

My brother (the songwriter) named his band 'The Stray Crows' to represent the flocking and cacophony of these wandering souls. (Click the link to sample the songs on CDbaby)



There are many things that fascinate me about birds, and I've often used them in my woodburnings and paintings. Birds make a fanastic subject with their elegant lines and haughty posture.


This is my most recent sign order: "This place is for the birds" Featuring purple finches nesting on a dogwood branch, with a chickadee and tracks on the bottom.



This video shows the progress on 'Wren's Nest' sign with Mike's song in the background. You can watch each layer of the process as the shapes and details are burned into the wood
































And from the special order file: this soaring eagle sign with fine detail that I made for a wildlife photographer Laurie Ryan
(a quick link to her shop on Etsy)







My Whimsical Series of woodburnings includes "Two Birds in the Bush" on a round piece with 2 birds meeting under a flower.















Another customized sign for a crafter: 'Ravenshold Creations' a leather worker and fellow member of Old World Shoppes.






















And where would birdies be 'twere it not for the egg? This 'Cluckingham Palace' was woodburned for a lovely California lady who pampers her chickens and wanted a proper sign for her henhouse:
















My mother loved this Songbird Pencil box so much, that she bought it as soon as I listed it on Etsy:) Next time, Mama...you can ask me for a discount! LOLOL











Birds have also been a wonderful subject for my brush work...painting this family of owls on creek rocks was fun! My customer displays the grouping in their family room along with a few other of my painted rocks and woodburnings that they've collected.












One cannot enter the wildwood without encountering birds of every type. Wonder what will fly by next? songbird? quail?

Monday, October 18, 2010

how to make a mosaic flower pot


Saturday, October 16, 2010

CATurday play


Friday, October 15, 2010

Chapel of Love I do! I do!



Jody & I were married 26 years ago today!









I remember the sweetest things about the ceremony: how the church was decorated, about the smiling faces and hugs. Jody was a very handsome groom and I was so excited to be his bride. I still have the halo headpiece and some of the silk flowers.








We took our vows and celebrated with our family and friends on October 15, 1984 - our wedding was at night (on a Monday?) don't know what we were thinking by chosing that day/time. I must have been the only time we could get the pastor. The church in South Nashville is one that we still drive past on a regular basis.













I even kept a little bride's diary, that mostly has dates or phone numbers for ordering. The sales receipt for my wedding gown was used as a bookmark, with various other odd items tucked into the flap. For some strange reason, I still have that little pink diary.






My mother, Mallie and Jody's mother, Marjorie got together for a luncheon with the bride and we assembled a bunch of throw packets for the guests: they were made of rice tucked into folded silk and wrapped onto a stick to create a rose! The guests would sling the rose and send the rice flying out at us.





Jody & I have a wonderful marriage, and it's fun to go back in time and pull those gentle memories out of the past.










Wednesday, October 13, 2010

(song)writer's block

Every Wednesday Night the airwaves of Knoxville and beyond brings an audience to the unsung songwriter. Hosted by Karen Reynolds and featuring the best in talent from self-representing songwriters, the weekly show WRITER'S BLOCK is a glimpse into the world of music from the heart!

WRITER'S BLOCK does all the work - all we have to do is listen:)

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I just love their little nickname for email subscribers: BLoCkHeADs

Monday, October 11, 2010

American Hardwoods: Poplar





The tulip tree is sometimes called a "yellow poplar" and is not related to the genus Populus (which includes Aspens and Cottonwoods). The scientific name Liriodendron covers 2 species of trees that is native to North America. Also called: canoewood, saddle leaf tree, and whitewood. 'Yellow pop' is easy to spot with it's simple four lobe leaves.


After 8 to 15 years of growth, the poplar tree forms yellow-green flowers that are similar in shape to tulips. Not to be outdone by oaks, maples and other trees, the yellow poplar is usually the tallest and protrudes above the canopy. They've been measured at 170 feet high; with the current champion in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 178.5 feet.


The greatest population of tuliptrees with a circumference over 20 feet can also be found in the GSM National Park. The mild climate with fertile, well drained soil is the ideal location for tuliptrees to flourish and may reach 300 years of age. The progeny of these trees will often outgrow both parents.

Yellow poplar wood is fine grained , easy to work, and is used in cabinetry and furniture framing. During the 1st half of the 20th century it was often used in furniture manufacturing.

woodburned plaque by wildwood
$225

Poplar remains my preferred wood for my woodburning craft - although most of my experience is with Italian Poplar.


heed not the night;
a summer lodge amid the wild is mine
'tis shadowed by the tuliptree
'tis mantled by the vine
-Wm. C. Bryant


Find more American Hardwood articles by clicking on the label for 'hardwood' below. We've covered 18 tree species including Elm, Aspen, Oak and Maple . . . and our next species to profile in the AH series on Edge of the Wildwood is the Sycamore.


Saturday, October 09, 2010

haiku 10-10-10

time





living decades ago
ahead random forecastable
unstoppable spin

Have you seen a few articles today about 10-10-10? It's an exciting event that really brings us together. Thank you for reading my haiku "time"






Monday, October 04, 2010

win this Old Time Mini Book Necklace

“What’s the idea behind these little books? That we can express ourselves anywhere and at any time, collect our thoughts and keeping them in a small space, a small notebook or a book, that always contains the best things to bring with us hanging around the neck, the hair, the ears!”



Get in on this exciting giveaway from ANTICO VALORE on the Imaginative Bloom blog...


Post an item then link it back to the giveaway article on Imaginative Bloom before Oct 10th, and you could win.


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