Kentucky Crafted: The Market — My latest work.

These are some of the newest pieces I’ve created for Kentucky Crafted: The Market. I’m so happy with how they turned out! Visit me in Booth 256 to see these works in person.









For more information about Kentucky Crafted: The Market, this weekend in Lexington, Ky, please visit this page.

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!

Annette, A Primitive Harvest Sunflower

AnnetteHeadToToe I’m so pleased to introduce you to little Annette. I created Annette especially for a Prim & Whimsy Girl challenge entitled “Halloween Harvest”. Annette has been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. Her lower torso is rag-stuffed & bean-filled in order to weight her little bottom. She’s been painted & sanded, top to bottom many, many times & is sealed with a combination of sealers so that she may be beautifully preserved. Annette sits on her own, is 21 inches from top to bottom & has wired arms that may be gently posed.

Annette’s face has been painted with a variety of media. Her nose & bottom lip have been needle-sculpted by hand. Each petal has been constructed & sewn separately to Annette’s head.

Annette’s ‘leafy’ hands feature needle-sculpted veins.  She wears pretty brown boots complete with yellow laces & milk chocolate colored socks. Annette’s laces are highlighted & shaded, making them so very interesting.

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Annette’s skirt is made of two super supple, 100% cotton prints in shades of chocolate & burnt orange with red & bittersweet details. Her blouse is made from taupe osnaburg & features hand-gathered sleeves & white beads at the neckline. These pieces feature tons of hand-stitching! All visible hems have been hand-stitched as well as the neckline & back of Annette’s blouse.


Annette carries this sweet blue/green Jarrahdale pumpkin. (One of my favorites for fall!) It is made of muslin, has been painted & sanded many times & has a very primitive, stained appearance. I’ve finished off this pumpkin with a rusty wire stem, attached with invisible filament, a hemp bow & a handmade banner.

“Happy Harvest” has been hand-painted onto taupe osnaburg then stitched onto brow polka dot fabric. It is tied to the pumpkin stem with a chocolate ribbon.

Annette is currently available on Ebay. This is a 5 day auction. She will end Sunday, Sept 14th at 9:15 PM EST. Click here to view this little dumpling!

Greta, a Primitive Harvest Angel

I’m so happy to introduce to you Greta, a very special Harvest Angel. Sometimes, it takes more than a green thumb! Greta is my original design & measures a little over 30″ from head to toe. She’s been made of muslin, stuffed with fiberfill & hand-painted & sanded, top to bottom many times. Greta’s lower torso has been rag-stuffed & bean-filled in order to weight her little bottom. Her arms have been lightly wired. Greta has a rich, deeply-aged patina.

Greta’s face has been needle-sculpted by hand and hand-painted. Her bottom lip ‘pouts’ while her top lip is simply painted. She has been painted with various media & has been sealed top to bottom with a combination of sealers so that she may be lightly dusted after display.


Greta’s fingers have been needle-sculpted by hand. She sports buttery yellow gloves. Greta also sports brown painted boots with with buttery yellow socks. They’re highly detailed right down to the pretty tan laces!

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Greta’s apron dress is made from 100% cotton prints. They are completely soft & supple & are of fantastic quality. (Sewing high quality fabric is such a delight to my fingertips!) Her blouse is made of taupe osnaburg & features hand-gathered sleeves and a pretty collar finished with a vintage button & contrast stitching. Both the dress & blouse feature tons of hand-stitching! All visible hems have been hand-stitched (dress, sleeves, collar), as well as the back of the blouse.

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Greta’s wings are 10 inches wide. Her sunflower (including white-washed terra cotta pot) is 13 inches tall. Greta’s wings have been hand-quilted, stained & distressed & are attached with a vintage button. Greta’s sunflower features TONS of hand quilting. It’s been painted, sanded, painted & sanded again & aged for a warm, antique patina. I’ve tucked dried green moss into the terra cotta pot.

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Greta’s hair is warm brown 100% mohair. I have lightly glued, then carefully needle-felted it to her head in this super sweet bob! Her slight curls are reminiscent of finger waves!

Greta will be available on eBay beginning July 27th at 9PM EST. She will end Aug. 3rd, at 9PM EST. Click here to view or bid.