Monday, December 27, 2010

Today you are you...

A new year is like a new pair of sneakers. It almost makes you feel invincible. Like you can suddenly run faster and do more, like all is well with the world. It's a fresh start, donning a super hero cape.

Every year, folks make promises to themselves to be more healthy, work harder, lose weight, etc.. And somehow, as much as I try not to follow the herd, I find myself making my own promises.

So my list this year includes the typical: be more healthy, work harder, lose weight, say no more often, go outside the box creatively, and take time for myself, which is the hardest of all.

As the great, Dr. Seuss said, "Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is you-er than you!"

This year, make a promise to take special care of You!! My kitties sure do!








Hugs

Annie

Saturday, December 11, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

My beautiful stocking from TDIPT sister, Valerie of The Wooden Acorn. This stocking is all wool, flawless, and lined with a beautiful fabric! Thank you Valerie!
Perfect Banner by Ivonne of Crackling Crows!
My handmade, Santa doll from Nonnie.


My bathroom





A grouping of things, including my awesome santa from Prim and Proper Folks! He's standing on the ledge here, next to the star.

Kitty prints

My frugal "williamsburg" wreath...princess pine with added faux fruit


My button Snowman

Lillyputs Art Elfie

More of my bath and my little buddy, Miller

Front door

Drieds from the nephew

Diane Duda of Duda Daze's santa print and my hubby's childhood ornie hanging below..

View from the loft

My bath
View from kitchen

The living room loft

Mantel

My boys

Friday, November 12, 2010

November 15th Offerings at Simply Primitives



It's that time again friends!

This month for Simply Primitives, I have some Christmas inspired pieces to share.

Charlie is a one of a kind Snowman.



He's about 15" tall, and made using my own pattern.

His head is crafted from a gourd and paper clay, and he is cute as a button!



You will absolutely love Charlie in person. :)

Beeswax Santa



This guy is very heavily scented with cinnamon and cloves, and i've added rusty bells and some boxwood to give him dimension. He's a great addition to your primitive, holiday decor!



Stop by Simply Primitives on the 15th to see all of the new things available! And don't forget, the whole month of November, TDIPT is having their Colonial Christmas Open House. Click on the TDIPT banner for more details!

Happy Day!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Merry Christmas!


November first already!!!

At TDIPT, we are celebrating Christmas early, with a Colonial Christmas theme. Come to our open house and sign up for our mailing list and automatically become elegible to win one of our fantastic door prizes! You also become elegible to win when you make a purchase from the site this month.

Here is what I have to offer for the event:

Primitive Black Doll



Using an old, folk doll for inspiration, I created this simple gal using some natural, linen blend fabric. She wears a dress that I constructed from Marcus Bros. Colonial Christmas fabric. This is absolutely the most gorgeous fabric ever!


I took the suggestion from my famous cohorts to lightly dye the dress and the undergarments to drab the color down a bit and give it a look of age. I am so happy with how they turned out.



As you can see, i have primitively stitched her features and have given her a red, cotton, appliqued mouth with more primitive stitching. I have also given her criss cross stitching in leux of hair.

She's 18" tall.

Next up, I am offering one of my limited, giclee reproductions. Evelyn has been reproduced onto heavy, artist canvas at a local studio.



I have mixed some oils and antiqued the portrait before placing her into this tabletop frame.



She measures 12 x 14 framed.

Make sure to stop by to see more of my artist friends' Colonial Christmas offerings!

Happy Halloween!

Hugs and Happiness,

Annie

Monday, October 25, 2010

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

Hello friends!

Before I head to the studio, where i'll be locked in for the next few days, I wanted to keep you current in the Chickadee world.

My First Class!

Being held at Meeting House Fabrics in Wales, MA.

Click HERE to go to her blog!(she's new to blogging, and just started this! Send her a comment to let her know she's doing a good job!)

We'll be doing a primitive belsnickel, done in all wool, with a clay face and a burlap backpack. I created this pattern, similar to my other Belsnickel,specifically for this class. Just one seat open!



Chickadee Chalkware!

I've always loved chalkware pieces. So i decided to try my hand at pouring my own! Here is a peek at my very first piece that I created start to finish! Cute size on these too! Great for hanging on a cupboard, etc..


November 1rst! Colonial Christmas open house at the TDIPT Mercantile. Please click HERE for more info! I have some gorgeous, Marcus Bros. Colonial Christmas fabric that i'll be putting to good use for the event!

Next, I am now offering patterns at the Chickadee Annex. All shipping on patterns at the Annex is free, and always will be. Click HERE to see the Pattern of the Week!

Finally, before I slip away into my "cream colored abyss" that is my studio, I will share the two boys that I will be working on.

Walter is a pumpkin who is dressing as a bunny for Halloween.

He's fairly bossy, and is pressing for a feather collar and a solid black jumpsuit with holiday sneakers.

Moomoo is a sweetheart. He'll be standing, wearing either this ivory color in a jumpsuit style, or a brown with multicolored dot.



Once again, thank you for stopping by and staying connected with me! I appreciate you doing so!

Hugs and happiness...

Annie-boo

Friday, October 15, 2010

Simply Primitives October 15th Offerings

Hello Friends!

Meet James. He is our mascot this week at Simply Primitives. He is 13" tall and made from my own pattern.

His head is paper mache, and he has a real gourd stem on top. I've painted him out in layers to achieve depth and texture, and given him simple features.

His jumpsuit is made from this festive holiday fabric that I just love! And i've given him a polka dot ruffle to compliment his suit.

He stands on his own wood base, and carries a hand formed Jack.




If you don't absolutely love litte James, please send him straight back to his momma, and she will gladly refund you. :)

Primitive Halloween Sign

Here is a nice sign that I created using two stencils and some hand painting. I've distressed and antiqued it as well.


Head on over to Simply Primitives and check out all of the wonderful things the artists have made this month! Simply Primitives

Happy Day!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

FREEEEEBAY!



I was so excited to see the FEEbay is FREEbay this week! So take a peek, as i'll be listing all week!~ :) I am offering some Halloween goodies as well as two original paintings.

Also, i've been working on my Annex portion of my blog. I have added some patterns and plan to add more throughout the week.


Have a great day!





Monday, October 4, 2010

TDIPT Offerings - October 1rst


Decorating my house is so much fun for me. I've always wanted to hang white, Christmas lights on my beams. These lights make me smile :)

First for TDIPT, I am offering my favorite piece of the season. My polka dot witch. I made her from head to toe, including her little stand.


Made from the fun, Hudson Holidays Pattern.

Next, I am offering my newest pattern and prototype. Prim Tabletop Pumpkin:



Head over now to see more unique art from this talented group!!!

TDIPT GALLERY

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Simply Primitive Portraits

Hello friends!

It's just about that time again, when I need to get my art together for my wonderful online galleries.

These portraits will be available on the 15th, on Simply Primitives.

First, it's been a long time, but I was inspired to do a new painting. Tessa was painted on stretched canvas, and has been lightly distressed and antiqued to add this patina.



I absolutely love this frame, with its rope moulding. I think it suits this portrait perfectly. Painting is 8 x 10, and the frame adds about 2.5" on all sides.





Giclee Reproduction of Ella (limited)

Ella was reproduced onto heavy, watercolor paper at a giclee studio. She is in this nice, tabletop frame that i feel compliments her well. Measures 5x7 without the frame.





Thanks a bunch for staying connected with me through my blog. Hope you have an amazing week!

Hugs
Annie