Berea Craft Festival ’14 Preview

It’s almost here! In less than two weeks, I’ll be packing up my studio and heading to the Berea Craft Festival in Berea, Ky. I love this event. I often boast about the atmosphere, the woods, the art, the renaissance dancers, the regional music, the flavors. But I swear I don’t think it’s possible to convey how cool the Berea Craft Festival is with just words and photos. It’s an experience. It has flavor. A flavor all its own.

This last week before the Berea Craft Festival, finds me pushing myself to complete new pieces. I always want to have new work to show those who visit my booth each year….new ornaments, new little critters. And new signed and numbered pieces too. Here’s just a sampling of some of the new work that is finished and photographed and packed away, waiting to travel to Indian Fort Theater soon. My worktable is full of items waiting for their last touches as well.

Enjoy! And if you’re looking for a great weekend July 11, 12 and 13, travel to Berea. You can visit the Craft Festival, tour the local shops in Berea, KY, including the Old Town artist community and you can visit the Kentucky Artisan Center, home to some of the very best art and crafts Kentucky has to offer. You don’t have to wander far in Berea to find a whole bunch of eye candy! Click here for more information or driving directions.

See you in Berea!

Woodland Inspired Critters…

A whole new batch of woodland inspired critters have packed their bags and traveled from my work shop all the way to the Appalachian Fireside Gallery in Berea, Kentucky. (Ok…so they had a liitttttllleee help from Fed Ex!)

These little fellows will add the perfect touch to your Christmas decor or your authentic Folk Art collection. Each item is one of a kind, made with love and attention to detail. AND you can feel great about purchasing any item from the Appalachian Fireside Gallery…they purchase directly from artists both locally and nation-wide.

Visit the gallery at 127 Main Street, Berea, Ky. And if you want to stay in contact with the shop, see some of the newest items and displays…”like” the Appalachian Fireside Gallery facebook page.

New creations on Etsy – Bunnies, Snowgirls & Sleepytime Fairies

I have new dollies listed on Etsy. They’re super cute if I do say so myself. And to celebrate Cyber Monday, all items listed in my Etsy shop are 15% off. I’ll refund the discount after your purchase has been made through Paypal. The party will last through Tuesday–12 AM EST.

Here’s a few of the cuties you’ll see on Etsy.

Thanks for looking!

Primitive Easter Goodness


This big girl is sure to fill your home with smiles this spring!

Meet Emmie & Grace. They’ve been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. Emmie measures 28″ tall from head to toe. Grace measures a wee 8″. Emmie sits nicely on her own. Her lower torso is rag-stuffed & bean-filled in order to weight her little bottom. Both dolls have been painted & sanded a couple of times, giving them lovely, aged patinas. Emmie’s been sealed with a combination of glossy & matte sealers so that she may be lightly dusted after display. Grace has been sealed with a transparent varnish with UV filter.

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Emmie & Gracie have been painted with a variety of media. Emmie’s nose & hands have been needle-sculpted by hand. Grace’s ears have been needle-sculpted as well. Emmy sports brown painted gloves. She also sports the cutest painted brown boots with tan locks & vanilla laces. They’ve been shaded & highlighted.

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Emmie wears a white muslin blouse. It features hand-gathered sleeves & hand-stitching around the neckline and back. It is finished off with a vintage mother of pearl button. Her apron dress has been made from 100% cotton prints in shades of soft green, apricot & chocolate. The hem features hand-stitching in a contrasting brown thread. Emmie’s blouse & Grace’s skirt was treated to a lavender bud/coffee bath for a slightly aged appearance. All clothing was then hand-washed & pressed.

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Emmie’s purse is sewn of brown burlap. It features a vintage button & folky hand-stitching. It also features a chocolate brown strap fastened with embroidery thread. The purse is removable as the strap in the back is attached with a safety pin. Her purse is filled with color washed muslin “grass” & is the perfect resting place for little Grace. Of course, Grace can be displayed separately. She does not sit or stand on her own but is great for propping! Her beautiful skirt features a hand-stitched hem.


Emmie & Grace are available on Ebay. They’ll end March 29th at 9:15 PM EST. Click here to make these cuties yours!