Appalachian Folk Art by Kentuckian, Rebecca F. Miller Campbell. Featuring handmade One of a Kind (OOAK) signed, numbered, primitive art dolls, paintings & bits of whimsy from the hills of Eastern Kentucky.
‘Tis the season of all things bright and magical. That is how I truly feel about Christmas. The smell of fresh pine, the twinkle of Christmas lights — it makes me all gooey inside.
Last weekend was my last show of the year, the annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in Morehead, Ky. Hosted by the Kentucky Folk Art Center, this show features over 100 vendors in a variety of different styles, categories and mediums. I was happy to be a participant. Not surprisingly, my Christmas ornaments and Christmas tree toppers were my popular items. It is that time of year after all.
My own tree stands almost bare at this moment, except for the lights that were strung last night around the beautiful evergreen branches. Each year, I find my decorating style changes just a little. Much like a painter aspires to a more loose painting style, I aspire to decorate a little more loosely. “Does this beaded garland look haphazard?” This is the question I asked my husband last night. This was the question which garnered a blank look as a response. “I don’t want it to look too done”, I explained. I guess that really is a “first-world problem.” Today I will work on casually and haphazardly decorating the rest of my home for Christmas…doing it up right, then undoing it just a little.
I have some new items available and the theme, you’ll see, is Topping Your Tree. All of these dolls are built on paper-mache cones and would be beautiful perched atop your Christmas tree this season and for seasons to come. And, because I love items that serve a dual purpose, many of these dolls will look just as great used as free-standing dolls long after the holiday season has come and gone. (Click each photo below to be taken to the listing for that item.)
Hope you enjoy looking at these little creations as much as I enjoyed making them. And, if you’re looking for something specific for your tree top, don’t hesitate to email me! It tickles me to no end that my creations get to become treasured parts of your holiday experience.
The photos below are previews of new pieces which will be available at the Berea Craft Festival this weekend at Indian Fort Theater in Berea, Kentucky. If you see anything you like and are unable to attend the festival this weekend, feel free to contact me, either through Etsy or using my contact form located in the page tabs above. I plan to have a big Etsy update in the next week or two!
You don’t want to mess with Santa. No, really, you don’t. Don’t let those rosy cheeks and kind eyes fool you. He has an army on his side– a whole slew of Christmas characters and woodland creatures who have his back. It could get messy…and glittery. It’s best to just be nice to the man in red and his cohorts.
Here’s a whole batch of Santas and some of his best buds. They’re my last Christmas dolls for 2013 and they’ve made their way to my Etsy shop. (Click the photo below to be taken directly to my etsy shop.)
Here are some photos of this rowdy bunch!
Thanks for looking! I hope these little guys have made you smile! Let the Christmas Countdown begin!