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.

Shelby – A Woodland Sprite

I’m so excited to introduce this little lady to you. Her name is Shelby. She is an OOAK (original, one of a kind) woodland sprite & the first of many pieces which I consider to be a type of sculpted vignette.

Shelby is my first head to toe sculpt & I have to tell you I’ve had so much fun dreaming her up & watching her come to life. Each layer of clay revealed a new layer of personality & each layer of paint really brought her to life! Needless to say, this little lady has already inspired a couple of other ‘Sculpted Vignettes’ & I already have many sketches littering my workbook of new dolls that *need* to be completed.

Shelby is sculpted from paper clay over various pieces of styrofoam & wooden armature (without the use of any molds) & is secured and sculpted onto a wooden base. She stands 11″ tall & is 7″ wide at the base. She’s been hand-painted in many layers & has a beautiful, aged patina reminiscent of vintage toys. She’s sealed, signed & dated & comes with a Certificate of Authenticity.

Shelby is available for purchase on the PFATT Marketplace June update. You can click here to purchase! (PFATT Marketplace updates on the 10th of each month at 1 PM EST.) Be sure to check out the awesome works offered by fellow PFATT Marketplace members.

Happy Winter, Little Squirrel

I absolutely love creating treasuries on Etsy. It’s almost like a treasure hunt / puzzle balled into one activity. I love searching through listings of sweet handmade items to find the perfect item. What is the perfect item for a treasury? It has to suit my theme. The photo of the item should be great & most of all, it should suit the color/colors or tone of my treasury. I also try to pick items that I would love to have. I guess building treasuries is window shopping too!

The treasury collection above is my latest. It’s titled Happy Winter, Little Squirrel. I began this treasury thinking about woodland themed Christmas items, which also happens to be theme of my own Christmas decor this season. Ultimately, the image of the soft winter squirrel won out & I chose to focus on this beautiful creature. All of the items above are exceptional! If you see something you just have to have, click the image above to be taken to the treasury on Etsy. From there, click till your heart’s content.

Happy Winter!

The Woodland Fairies


This sweet trio of sprites is sure to help you usher in spring & watch over your home! At least they keep everything in their own little forest running smoothly!



The Woodland Fairies live in a vintage soda crate (12″ x 18″) that has been primed, painted, collaged, aged & sealed & crackled. Each 7″ dolly hangs from an eye hook with the aid of invisible filament. The dollies have been made of muslin & stuffed with fiberfill. They’ve been painted & sanded a couple of times & have been treated to several layers of paint washes giving them lovely, aged patinas. Each doll has been sealed with a combination of glossy & matte sealers.


These dolls have been painted with a variety of media. Their noses & bottom lips have been needle-sculpted by hand giving them perfect little pouts, just like my larger dollies.

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Their fingers have been needle-sculpted as well. They sport tan painted gloves. Each doll also sports painted brown boots with socks & detailed laces. Their blouses are made of white muslin. They feature hand-gathered sleeves & hand-stitching around the neckline and back. Each blouse has seed bead buttons attached. Their dresses are made from 100% cotton prints. They feature hand-stitching around the hemline & wee little buttons adorn the front. All clothing was treated to a lavender bud/coffee bath for a slightly aged appearance. Every piece was then hand-washed & pressed.


The dolls’ wings were made from muslin. They’re machine-quilted & painted in fun, funky patterns. They’re attached with embroidery thread & a vintage button.


Vintage papers were used for the collage inside this box. Every piece was treated with an acid-neutralizing spray to prevent deterioration of the paper over time. Some of the text was taken from the Big, Big Story Book, a geography book, an antique dictionary & an antique grammar book. The trees were hand-painted & sealed.  

There is a lovely crackle texture applied to the outside of the box over several layers of primer & paint. In addition, the box has been lightly aged for an antique appearance.


The Woodland Fairies will be available on Ebay beginning March 31 at 9:15 PM EST. (Link won’t be active until that time.) They will end April 5th at 9:15 PM EST. Click here to view or bid on these darlings!