Christmas Trees

I just finished some fabric Christmas Trees for the Art and Craft Sale next weekend.

Fused applique Christmas Trees

Fused applique Christmas Trees

Dancing Tree

Dancing Tree

Fused Applique Christmas Tree

Fused Applique Christmss Tree

Fisher Park Community Recreation Centre

Christmas Craft Show & Sale

Saturday,  December 6,  2014   

   9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

250 Holland Ave., at the Queensway Overpass
Free Admission
Free Parking

Determination

Here is a third watercolour painting in my series on the neighbourhood fox.  (You can view the others here and here.)

 

Determination

Determination

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunatly this fox hasn’t been seen for a few months.  A few weeks ago a new fox  visited my place.  It doesn’t have the same penchant for posing for pictures; it ran off as soon as it was me watching from the window.

 

Concentration

Another watercolour in my series on the local fox.  (You can see the previous fox painting here.)

Concentration

Concentration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I watched the fox for several minutes while he alternated jumping from one side of the fence to the other and digging.   He glanced at me a couple of times but didn’t seem to be disturbed by my presence.

Arching

 

Arching

Arching

 

 

 

 

I painted this watercolour from a photo taken last summer.  It is quite different here today. I can see well into the woods as many of the trees have lost their leaves. The poplars are still very green but are beginning to turn yellow. I’ve raked up most of the pine needles but am waiting for more leaves to fall before I do any more.

Bringing Home the Bacon

This cheeky little fox was very visible this last summer on his many forays to provide food for his family.

 

Bringing Home the Bacon

Bringing Home the Bacon

 

Once he knew you were watching him he’d frequently stop and pose for pictures.  The exception was  when he had caught his prey and then he was off home at a fast trot.

Elfalfa the Shelf Elf

I’m getting ready for Calabogie Artsfest next weekend and have made some elves.

 

Elfalfa the Shelf Elf

Elfalfa the Shelf Elf

 

 

Two elves waiting to get into mischief

Two elves waiting to get into mischief

 

 

 

 

 

These  little imps add a little colour and whimsy to any decor  and provide a cheerful atmosphere as the days get shorter and we get closer to winter.

Little Faces

After a few false starts I finally got some pin dolls made.

Pin dolls

Pin dolls

 

They are made of cloth and painted with pastel pencils.  I “made” some of the hair, the rest is made from various trims, a piece of lambs skin and some fur.

Fresh as a Daisy

I am busy getting ready for Fibrefest which is September 13 and 14.   I will be participating as part of Go Figure with my friend Edwina Sutherland.

I was planning on making some pin dolls but they weren’t working out as I had hoped, so I started playing around with Photoshop  and ended up doing another fused applique.  It was supposed to be simple and quick and it was until I decided that it needed some hand embroidery.

Summer Daisies

Summer Daisies

 

Little Miss Muffet – The True Story

All Dolled Up issued a summer challenge to its members: to make a doll inspired by a nursery rhyme.  I chose “Little Miss Muffet” as the nursery rhyme, but I did not choose to do Little Miss Muffet as my doll.  Instead, I did the spider, Miss Aranea Arachnid, and her lawyer Magnus Pie (a magpie).  I wrote a little story to accompany the dolls.

The Case of LIttle Miss Muffet Versus Miss Aranea Arachnid

Miss Aranea Arachnid

Miss Aranea Arachnid

 

 

 

Miss Aranea Arachnid is on trial for assault of Miss Muffet which Miss Muffet alleges resulted in her suffering psychological trauma.

Miss Muffet claims that she is too traumatized to testify.

The only witness a M. Goose had this to say

“Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.”

 

The defence counsel Magnus Pie, Esquire’s summation to the jury was as follows:

Magnus Pie, Esquire

Magnus Pie, Esquire

Esteemed members of the jury, I hope that you will put aside your prejudices against the much maligned Arachnid family and judge this case solely on its merits.

This is clearly a case of racial profiling. Miss Aranea Arachnid was simply minding her own business and clearly not engaging in any confrontational or threatening activities when the so-called assault occurred. The scene of the alleged crime – the tuffet – belongs to the defendant, Miss Arachnid and she was in residence when Miss Muffet invaded her territory, clumped herself down, and proceeded to eat her curds and whey.  In so doing she narrowly missed murdering my client. Miss Arachnid in fact suffered a concussion when Miss Muffet’s skirts thundered down on top of her.  Barely conscious, she crawled out from under Miss Muffet’s petticoats and proceeded towards what she thought was her web.  At this point she was seen by Miss Muffet who dropped her curds and whey, narrowly missing bludgeoning my client again and left the scene of the crime.

Aranea, that is, Miss Arachnid, still suffers from headaches, a lingering symptom of her injuries.

magnus-closeup spider-doll-closeup

 

 

The prosecution has not been able to present any evidence that Miss Arachnid displayed any threatening behaviour towards Miss Muffet or anyone else for that matter.  Miss Muffet clearly had no business being anywhere near Miss Arachnid’s tuffet and any psychological trauma she may have suffered from this incident is not the fault of my client but due entirely to Miss Muffet’s own actions and to her extreme prejudice against members of my client’s family.

The evidence presented clearly exonerates Miss Aranea Arachnid and I believe that you, venerable members of the jury, after careful consideration of the facts can only find Miss Aranea Arachnid NOT Guilty of all charges.

lawyer-fibre-art-doll spider-fibre-art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The nursery rhyme, Little Miss Muffet, is quoted from I. Opie and P. Opie, The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1951, 2nd ed, 1997), pp 323-4 via wikipedia.org

Almost There

I have been working on  a couple of dolls since June. Both started out as prototypes in muslin and then various parts were redone a couple more times because they just didn’t look the way I wanted them to.

 

M. Pie in progress

M. Pie in progress

This one has all the pieces done, they just have to be sewn together. Then I ‘ll paint the face and do the hair.

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