My Etsy Shop is full, there’s potholders, postcards, pins, photos posters and a pillow.
As I did last year, for the next two weeks from today through December 20th I’ll have free shipping on my potholders. Actually there are just a few pieces in my Etsy Shop that don’t have free shipping.
I also have a few specials…
I’ve reduced the price of my Naiad With The Moon, Goddess of the Spring pillow to $65. You can read about her here.
I also have three of Jon’s photos for sale for $50. including shipping (see them below). These are photos that I have in stock, so they won’t take the usual two weeks to get to you. They’ll take only 1-3 days to ship, just like the rest of the work in my shop.
And there are more of Jon’s Photos at the regular price in my Etsy Shop too.
And since I just got my new Shekinah stickers and want to share the, along with a bookmark, I’ll include a sticker in every order.
My Vulva Christmas Decoration may be just the thing that gets me in the Christmas spirit this year.
I explain in the video how I was just folding my paper napkin one night after dinner a couple of months ago and noticed how much it looked like a vulva.
So I took it to my studio, gave it a few stitches, added some color and a string to hang it from and realized that I had created a Vulva Christmas Decoration.
When I heard that the Vagina Museum in the UK was inviting people to make vagina Christmas decorations, I thought I’d send them one of my vulva decorations and make a video showing people how they can make their own.
If you have any questions about how to make a Vulva Christmas Decoration, you can email me at [email protected]
And I just might make a few to sell in my Etsy Shop….
While the rest of the sheep and donkeys ate from one feeder, Liam and the twins, Asher and Issachar were feasting together at the other feeder.
Since Zelda died I feel like Liam has become the leader of the flock. Zelda was a natural leader, Liam seems to be a leader by default.
But he has turned out to be gentle wether. I was worried about him as a lamb, he was always getting into trouble and I thought if he wasn’t castrated he probably would have turned out to be an aggressive ram.
Liam has welcomed the young twins and it seems like they look to Liam as Zinnia looks to Bud and Fate to learn the ways of the farm.
Last night, when I was in bed reading The Gods of The Upper Air, I lowered my book and saw in my mind what I wanted to do with my Shadow Drawings.
They didn’t feel right as potholders which is how I was originally thinking of them. But I could see them stretched on canvas stretcher bars, hug on a wall.
Not a painting, not a drawing, not needlework, but a combination of all three.
I always make my work conscious of the fact that I want to sell it. And mostly I do.
But when I decided not to think about selling these pieces, it suddenly freed me up to do something different with them.
In the book, The Gods of the Upper Air author Charles King shows how anthropologists Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead view Western society as “restricting individual temperaments” by placing people in categories such as gender and race. Mead wrote in her book “Sex and Temperament“…”instead of specializing personality along such simple lines recognize, train, and make a place for many divergent temperamental endowments.
It’s so easy to get stuck in certain ways of thinking and behaving. Of doing what has become comfortable, acceptable, or known. I think it was reading about Benedict’s and Mead’s work that got me to think differently. That inspired me to do something I hadn’t before with these pieces.
In a way, I’ve created my own culture in my studio with my work. My own categories.
King writes” Cultures are cunning tailors They cut garments from convenience and then work hard to reshape individuals to fit them…..Cultural change came about when enough people began to see that the old clothes simply didn’t fit.”
I don’t want to be reshaping my art to fit into a category where it doesn’t belong. I don’t have a category to fit my Shadow Drawings into. I just want them to be what they are.
When I looked up from reading and saw Jon and Zinnia sitting together, I saw more than just Jon and a cute puppy.
What I saw was timeless.
Even though we’ve only had Zinnia for three weeks, I sensed a connection between her and Jon that felt ancient. Suddenly she was no longer a puppy but the embodiment of the relationship between dogs and humans.
A friend told Jon she thought that “As an older spirit dog, Red perhaps had the power to call a puppy to a task.” That made sense to Jon and he wrote about it on his blog.
Maybe that’s what saw when I looked over at Jon and Zinnia and took this picture.
There certainly seems to be a grounded connection between the two of them. As if they’ve both been doing this a very long time.
In the summer, when I take my bird feeder down, I forget how much it means to me to be able to look out my studio window in the winter and see the birds on the feeder.
In the summer, the birds don’t need the food. They migrate back to the wetlands at the farm, and I see them everywhere. The red-winged blackbirds, Killdeers, Turkey Vultures and so many others, that I don’t know the names of, but know are there.
The birds at my feeder bring the color of summer flowers to my drab winter window. Their movement compensates for not being able to see the sheep and donkeys grazing and the hen pecking around the farm, looking for food.
I don’t know if the birds in the potholders I made today are winter birds. But they make me think of the birds at my feeder. The ones that bring life to these dark winter days.
I love how soft the birds in these images are. I tried to emphasize that quality in the fabric I used to create the potholders around them.
I still have some more that I can make. It took me a while to figure out the feeling I wanted for these, but now I think I’ve got it, so maybe the next few will go more easily.