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...the home of “Singing and Dancing Mice & Humorous Frogs!”.

Where “Original Designs” of patterns and soft sculpture characters come to life..…

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Contentment and Fresh Eggs.....

"Country Living....Good For the Soul"
I could sit here and type out what is going on in my workroom and all the "works in progress" I have scattered about but I would rather bask in the wonderful realization that I now live in the Pacific Northwest, I've finally come home!  Even though my mobility is limited I still have a plethora of nature surrounding me so I have no need of venturing out to far.  Our front deck is filled with color and constant activity from the local wildlife. When I think I can't be any happier I just have to look around me and see how Dan is thriving and the total contentment on our cats, Seamus and Issas'
faces as they stretch  out in their cozy window seats.  Country living definitely agrees with us.  We did live in the country in Virginia but somehow being here among family and friends not only gives us the country around us but also it lives in our soul as well.  Dan is getting ready to spend a week with his family in Napa, Ca.  something that was never easy for him to do while we lived in Va. but here he can leave knowing I won't be alone and I'm happy!  I never
dreamed that our life would take such a wonderful turn and we would find this inner contentment.  We had been struggling for so long being just an army of two against the onslaught of all the issues that growing older brings on that it is almost surreal to have things go right and in our favor.

I have chickens, well actually Rennie has chickens.  We get fresh eggs regularly and I can't even begin to tell you about the fresh strawberries, blueberries and black caps, I do love berries.  The tomatoes and squash are coming in now and my mouth is watering!  It's truly amazing what one can plant in boxes on a deck....not only do we have a deck garden but we have a HUGE garden in the backyard and Rennie just brought in some amazing
radishes...I haven't had a decent radish in years and these were gorgeous and yummy!  All this reminds me of my childhood and watching my dad cultivate his vegetable garden with such love and devotion.  

This move has given me a new lease on life and revitalized my soul.  It has been a long time since I have felt this kind of contentment and pure joy....looks like today we will be getting some goats.  Rennie has always wanted goats and I had them when I was young
and enjoy their antics and personality so it should be fun! Pictures will definitely happen!

Even though this move was a difficult one, leaving friends, the relocation and having to downsize, the end result has been incredible and uplifting.  I work in the laundry room now and you know what, IT ROCKS!  I love it!  Creativity can happen anywhere and now it's happening in a laundry room somewhere in Duvall, Washington!







  

Monday, June 15, 2015

"New Pattern"
After a very long time there is a new pattern from "Soft in the Head'.  Meet "Mrs. Thistleborn" a very happy little witch mouse who would be a wonderful addition for shows and online sales.  She is only available as a mailed pattern at this time....if interested please email me at: softinthehead@gmail.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

PFATT Marketplace

It's PFATT Marketplace for June 2015
It's beginning to look like an ocean of orange and black in my workroom as Halloween characters start taking over!  This month on PFATT Marketplace it is all about Halloween!  

"Jeeves" the Ghost Writer is one of my favorites....I love being able to incorporate my love for old and vintage books into the piece.  He just makes you smile...

It wouldn't be a Marketplace without one of my mice.  "Izzy" is another one of my "candlestick" mice.  She is mounted to the top of a vintage candlestick.  Izzy is ready to venture out into the night for some trick or treating with candle in hand and her special little pumpkin to hold all her goodies.  Izzy is a sweet girl and perfect for that mouse collector.  She's a large girl at 9" tall.




What would Halloween be like without a pumpkinhead.  Usually my pumpkinheads are large but this isn't the case with this little lady.  Lil' Pegleen is only 10" tall and is made using osnaburg.  She's weighted and stands on her own while she plays with her pet bat, everyone should have a pet bat.  Most of Pegleen's friends refer to her as the "Bat Keeper"... Lil' Pegleen will make you smile and is perfect for anyone that collects Halloween.

While looking around an antique store I came across this set of mini stacking boxes, without lids.  They had funny little sayings on the front, "Lizards Tail, Witches Wart,and Eye of Newt"...I thought to myself that they would make great pin keeps for my little mohair mice, so here they are.  They vary in size with the largest being Lizards Tail.  My mouse pin keeps are very popular and now I have three at one time for sale.  Everyone needs a witch mouse to sit on their sewing table!

 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

EHAG Emporium for May 2015

Meet "Zelda and Zigfield" on the Emporium

"Zelda my newest witch mouse and her buddy Zigfield the spider will be available on the EHAG Emporium along with the works of many incredible Halloween artists.  Grab your beverage of choice and go enjoy some spooky delights....  www.ehagemporium.blogspot.com

Friday, May 29, 2015

Getting Started....

"Let the Chaos Commence!"

The countdown has started and the workroom is buzzing as I begin my inventory for yet another year at "Ghoultide Gathering" Oct. 3, 2015 in Chelsea, MI.  Mark your calendars for this wonderful Halloween Event.   Now that we live in Washington state I will need to have my inventory ready much earlier than I have in previous years cause shipping will be involved.  Fortunately for me we have family close by to this event and we will be making this not only about business but also about fun!  If you have any questions please visit the "Ghoutide Gathering" website....hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Believe in Hope!

"Hope Is A Thing With Feathers"















"Hope" is the thing with feathers --
That perches in the soul --
And sings the tune without the words --
And never stops -- at all --

And sweetest -- in the Gale -- is heard --
And sore must be the storm --
That could abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm --

I've heard it in the chillest land --
And on the strangest Sea --
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb -- of Me. Emily Dickinson

This poem comes to mind more so now than ever before....because without "hope" and our friends" Dan and I would not have survived this last year as well as we have!

Everyday it seems I am coming in touch with more sadness regarding friends and family. The "circle of life" can be a cruel and unyielding task master and we have no control over it... "BUT"...  When young life is cut short or those close to you are dealt a bleak and desperate hand of fate, what can you say? You say have HOPE... How many times a day do we say "I hope"? Often we are so consumed by the onslaught of our own lives that we get lost and forget that our world is not entirely about us...I know I'm guilty of this, especially over the past year.
 

Recently, in one day, I had a friend lose their father, a loved one take a turn for the worse with cancer and a friend lose her home,  all this in one day... but did one of these brave souls lose "hope"? Never!   Take a minute out of your busy day and just throw some "hope" out there.....cause I know no matter which direction it flies someone will catch it!   Dan and I caught it and we are so thankful we did!  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Our New Life in Washington....

The Beginning.....
Dan and I have almost completed our long exhausting move to our new home in Washington State.  At one point it seemed like the exhaustion and drama that goes with moving would never end.  This is one time that hard work and tenacity seriously paid off on many levels.  Through all this we have made some of the richest and best friendships that anyone could ever ask for.  We also found the true meaning behind family....What began as an uphill battle turned into making some fond and emotional memories.  Our new home has become more than we could have hope for and continues to enrich us with the feelings of family and friends.


Mothers Day has always been a tough holiday for me since our children are scattered over this globe....phone calls and skype can only do so much but never replace a good old fashion hug.  This Mothers Day was spent in our new home surrounded with friends, friends I have known for 50 plus years and others that I watched come into this world and grow into adulthood.  I received Mothers Day gifts and cards like I was a part of this amazing family and tears shined bright on these old
cheeks.  It has been a long time since I felt so complete and loved like this and I would go through everything again to get to this point.  There is NEVER a  greater feeling in the world than that of acceptance and love.

My dearest friend Rennie, who is now our landlord so to speak, has done everything to make our lives more comfortable and to make this new chapter a blessed one.  Since my

mobility is severely compromised she goes out of her way to make sure I have a beautiful courtyard to enjoy and surround me with all the things that only nature can provide knowing that nature is my sidekick as I go through this life.  I really have missed playing in the dirt and helping things grow now I will enjoy it through my large windows in my livingroom.  Seamus has made his home in front of one of the windows on my old antique trunk,  He is often amused with the antics of the local squirrels and chatters away at our feathered friends.

Figuring out how to utilize our smaller space has been challenging but fun....with Dan's and Rennie's help I have managed to get things placed, built and filled with very little stress.  We still have a ways to go since the garage still has many boxes and totes stacked but it will eventually come together (I hope).  We actually built Dan his own little space using book cases.  He has his own computer cubicle and also a place for his music equipment....and he was afraid I was
going to ban him to the garage!   The livingroom is small and our HUGE new recliners take up most of the room but boy are they comfy!  Since going out rarely happens it's nice to have a large screen TV to watch movies and our favorite shows.  Of course it wouldn't be complete without the NFL Ticket from Direct TV, some things will never change with Dan LOL! 

We've already had friends over being
something Dan and I rarely did in Virginia.  Here in Washington I have many old acquaintances from my much younger years and I have many new artist friends.  My dear friend Johanna Parker's mom and dad live 15 mins from us and Dan and I are looking forward to getting together with Johanna and hubby JP this September when she is here for a show.  I've been warmly accepted into the art community here and can't wait to have brunch with a few and meeting others for the first time.  Life is definitely being
kind and the "Powers that Be" are blessing Dan and I with such love and kindness....the biggest gift so far is that Dan is doing great.  His health seems to be rebounding and flourishing here!  Everyday I say a silent thank you....He is already making plans to scout out the rivers with his fly rod and enjoy what nature has to offer! Some of my East Coast friends have begun  making plans for a visit and I couldn't be happier.  I guess good things do come to those that are patient....I am so thankful and truly blessed! 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

PFATT Marketplace for May.....

 PFATT Marketplace for May.........

As many of you know this has been quite a month for Dan and I and our cat-lets Seamus and Issa.... We have moved back to our beloved Northwest after nearly 30 years.  We are so happy that this has happened and this will be my first PFATT Marketplace from here on the west coast!   To celebrate I'm offering my "Franklin" mouse that was featured this month in "Prims" magazine.  He is one of my favorite Americana pieces and also comes with the vintage child's drum.

Also this month on the Marketplace I will have my newest little witch mouse for 2015....meet Willow Pickergill.  She is a free standing mouse and can be easily posed especially with her broom!  She just passed her flying lessons and is anxious to take off into the night skies!

Also this month I have a real sweet treat....a strawberry PODD named "Shortcake Mc PODD.  This little lady was so much fun to create and just makes me smile everytime I look at her.

I found the fabric in a small out of the way store and created the character using the fabric as my inspiration....just love how she turned out.

Since Memorial Day is right around the corner I wanted to add even more Americana to my selection this month on the Marketplace..... I would like you to meet my new chick Samuel Chicklet.  I love his tricorn hat and the ruffles at his neck.   The box he is perched on top of can be used for buttons, pins or even spare change, Samuel is quite acceptable to just about anything.  Hope you will come over to the PFATT Marketplace and visit and possibly even adopt one of my humble little characters to come live at your home!  Happy Mother's Day and Blessed Be!
click here: PFATT Marketplace

 




Thursday, April 16, 2015

New Journey

How many times do we wake up in the morning and just take the day for granted....we look around ourselves maybe shrug our shoulders and get on with our day. Over the years I have made a deal with myself that before I close my eyes at night I say a simple thank you to the "Powers that Be"...a gentle reminder to myself that life should never be taken for granted, any form of it!  Even with the tough year that Dan and I have had personally dealing with health issues and insurance,  it doesn't even come close to what some of those close to me have had to endure and live with.  As I skim thru my Facebook Feed I see posts of loss,
disaster and hurt from people that I meet and greet here everyday. 

Dan and I were given an amazing opportunity recently...an opportunity that will possibily give us a new lease on life and a chance to have family and friends close by.  We're moving to Washington State.  This is scary but yet filled with excitement and anticipation since Washington was where I spent most of my teenage years and is deeply settled in my heart.  We leave April 18th with our little fur buddies Seamus and Issa while our belongings will begin their trek across the country.  This is where I say "AMEN and Thank God for Family"....Dan's brother and brother in law are flying to Virginia to
drive the truck and tow our car 3000 miles to Washington while Dan and I will be sitting in first class and flying there.  

The packing and preparing for this event has been daunting and filled with frustration for both Dan and I since neither of us function at 100% anymore.  I spend more time in a wheelchair than I do standing and Dan can only do 15 mins. of work before he has to sit for 15 mins.  Even though all of this has been difficult it did bring some mighty big angels into our lives.  

A year ago I had the extreme honor of meeting two of the most incredible women, Subrina and Wendy.  They not only became my housekeepers but they became my dear, dear friends.  They have given me so much of their precious time to make this move happen,
they're packing maniacs!  Also through everything there came yet another angel from Richmond, Va.  A Facebook friend that I had known for sometime decided to make the four hour drive to our house to
help....enter Catherine!   An incredible soul with a smile that goes on
forever and kindness that knows no bounds.  She made this trip not just once but twice and took a huge truckload of items to an auction house for us! We are so blessed to have these women in our lives.

We are off like a prom dress on our new adventure.  It's a bit bittersweet and yet exciting.  Through this experience I have been gifted with the knowledge I am never alone and have tremendous and caring people in my life.  Thank you Chris for our visit, to long in coming, and the thoughtful and cherished gifts that I will take with me, you are one talented lady!  Also to Sharon for the little monkey that will always bring a smile to my face and a memory of you!  

 It's truly important for each and every one of us the be thankful for what we have regardless of how small or insignificant it may seem at the time....life is blazing with possibilities, colors, stories and new beginnings!  Be accepting,  tolerant and loving because with those three important gifts comes a plethora of adventures and new friendships.....