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"TraVeL ThRouGh ThE LaNd Of “Soft in the Head”
...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 10, 2017

PFATT Marketplace for June

"This Month on PFATT Marketplace"
This month on the Marketplace the "Soft in the Head" workshop embraced a wee bit of Americana and a whole lot of Halloween.  Wonder which season is our favorite?   

Mice still being an all time favorite of my collectors and followers there are two available this month.  The sleeping mouse, which
has been a regular here for many years, continues to be a favorite.  This time we have a little mouse having some "witchy" dreams while holding on to her favorite pumpkin.

Since my silver goblet pin-keeps have been so popular it has been fun
to create one for just about every season.  I do have one collector that enjoys this concept and continues to add to her collection. 


Tried something new this month with making "Moon Beams" a funny little character whose body is an old vintage can I had for many years.  I think that the
vintage funnel on his head ties this whole character together nicely. 

What would any Halloween be like without one of my "Witch PODDS"....meet Beatrice.  A funny green faced witch with a funny personality and a bumbling knack at making potions.  She is part of a new line of PODDS (Portly Original Designer Dolls) that has dangley legs which makes her perfect for a shelf.

These and many other works of art are available this month on the PFATT Marketplace....pop over and take a look.  The art is amazing and so are the artists that create it....

Monday, June 5, 2017

Artful Gathering Class

"Artful Gathering Class"
I'm so excited....my class with "Artful Gathering" starts tomorrow.  I have enjoyed being a part of this group so much.  This will be my second year teaching a class and it just gets better and better.  

When I was asked to do this last year it terrified me but with the encouragement from family and friends I did it and then this year it was just a bit easier.  Such an amazing group of artists involved, such diversity. 

If any of you have time this summer and want to do something really special for yourselves check out there is something to spark everyone's

interest...  "Artful Gathering"

I will be teaching a class on how to make a sweet little mohair dancing duck named "Isadora".   I do have kits available in my ETSY shop for anyone that would like one....they come with everything you need with the exception of glues, paints and sprays.   Hope to see you there and if anyone has any questions lease let me know....the excitement begins June 6th....

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

My "Humble" Garden....

"My "Humble"Garden"
 Our home doesn't offer much in the way of a front yard, it's just a small little courtyard that is just right for Dan and I and easy enough for me to add a few flower pots here and there.  I love to
garden so I do the best I can with what I have to work with.  Surrounding us we have acres of flowering azaleas, rhododendrons, hydrangeas, roses, irises and wisteria....a virtual English garden everywhere you look but my courtyard is my little
slice of heaven and I love it, so do our birds,  squirrels and bunnies and other residents of nature.   Our two cats are always entertained by the neighborhood
wildlife that often visit 

 
to see what our courtyard might have in the way of something delicious to nibble on or to take back to their nests.  We even occasionally have a heron plop into our small pond looking for a snack, but the goldfish are to smart and dart into their little
shack under the water out of harms way.  All in all it's nice to have something that I can putter around in the morning and evening, I've always loved growing things.   Back when the kids were growing up in the Bay Area our backyard was a
rather small 18' x 14' slab of concrete with an old distressed but quaint wooden fence.  I use to bring home all the "close to dead" plants we could no longer sell in the flower shop and give them a new life.  I grew veggies and flowers in boxes, buckets and pots everywhere.  The kids loved
our backyard with its fountains and flowers...we spent many days and nights there.  When you love nature you can always manage to keep it around you.  This is what I do to our little courtyard here in Washington. 
This year I'm trying to grow
tomatoes in a bag, interesting and actually seems to be working.  I also have peas growing in a box and edamame and zucchini in pots.  The squirrels managed to kill all my cucumbers and beans but so far I have been lucky with my other veggies.
One of the things that Rennie gifted me with when we moved in was a peony plant, Peonies are my favorite flower and mine is just about ready to bloom, the fragrance is heavenly and I love leaving my door open just to smell it when it is in bloom. 
I also have oregano,rosemary, two kinds of sage and three kinds of mint growing in just about everything. It seems heavenly and attracts all kinds of butterflies.  Being a part of nature is therapeutic and gives a person a true inner peace not to mention
one kick ass salad!  Sitting among all the colors and smells in the morning with a cup of coffee and a good book is pure "heaven on earth" to me.  I thank "the powers that be" everyday for our "Humble Little Garden".......


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Guess What's New!

"Look What's Flying on PFATT"
The PFATT Marketplace opens today with new work from its 30+ juried Folk Artists.  This wonderful online marketplace has been around for over 15 years and has been the launching pad for many careers in the art world.  Every month on the 10th I look forward to seeing all the magic that gets created from its artists and this month it will be a great place to shop for "Mother's Day".
 
Since my "Soft in the Head" life has slowed down a bit due to arthritis and that I want to do more traveling and spend time with friends and family, the PFATT Marketplace gives me the creative outlet that I need to keep my mind spinning with new ideas.  I've also cut back on shows, only doing one this year, "A Bewitching Feté" in Pleasanton, Ca. Sept. 22-23.
 
I truly enjoy being an artist and it has been good to me, opening many doors for me into a world that I never knew I could be a part of.   I'm teaching classes for the outstanding "Artful Gathering"
and this in itself is such an honor.  I'm designing some new projects for a couple of magazines and my PODD Santa's are getting licensed this year, hopefully they will be a hit!   Life has been so good to me....but the best part of this art world, all the incredible friendships I have made along the way.  I am truly blessed! 

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"My Rusty World"

"Rust and More Rust"
As I begin to collect and save odds and ends for an upcoming show one thing is certain, "Rust is
important"!  Everyone around here just laughs at me as I rummage through mounds of everyone else's cast-offs hoping to find that rusty treasure that will be the new beginning of a "Soft in the Head" character.  I
have no idea why I'm so drawn to anything rusty, maybe it's because it shows it had a life, some history.  I'm like a kid in a candy store when I go to flea markets or swap
meets.  The grungier the pile of junk the better I like it.  I slip on the ol' gloves and go to work.
If I can't find what I want already rusty and showing the signs of time then I do what I can to make it that way.  I
actually had a bunch of silver goblets sitting outside on my banister in the rain rusting nicely when a UPS man saw them he was intrigued and asked "why?"  When I told him the reason he just laughed and shook his head
saying "artists, strange bunch of folks!"  LOL yes we are!
Junk stores are my sanctuary.  Having a bad day I look for the most cluttered and packed junk store I can find and I dive in and everything else becomes
My work space
non-existent, I'm in heaven.  
 
My family and friends laugh at me because my house is just the opposite of my workroom/work space.  I can be a bit OCD when it comes to my house but my workroom is my stronghold
My Livingroom
 of ideas, it's where my imagination comes alive as do the characters that live in my head and heart.  There is an old saying that is so true about artists "Creativity is NOT a pretty sight" and this reigns true in my workroom but I wouldn't have it any other way.  One of my favorite things to collect
is old rusty clocks and gears.  My fascination with clocks, working or not, is evident as you look around my house.  There are
clocks everywhere and each one has a story attached.  There are cuckoo clocks, pendulum clocks, Halloween clocks, a Cinderella coach, wind-up alarm clocks and a plethora of old gears and faces everywhere.  I'm
just fascinated by clocks and often use them in my work.  The old alarm clock with the mouse is one of my all time favorites.  I actually have quite a large group of Halloween clock collectors that follow me to   collect my Halloween clocks that I
only have available at shows.  I'm a "clock geek" LOL there is just something so fascinating to me about old clocks and how they capture more than just time but magic!  
This art journey that I have followed over the years has been one filled with smiles and lots of questionable looks by some that just don't understand my love for vintage and all things rusty.  I wouldn't change any of it, ever.  I have found my bliss/joy and even on the worse
days I can retreat to my comfort of clutter in my workroom and let my imagination fly.  My Halloween spirit is knocking on the door to my imagination and I see lots of rust in my future!
   

Monday, March 13, 2017

"Springing Forward"...

"Waiting For Spring"
It seems that winter is raising its frozen head once again in the mid-west and east coast but here in Washington spring is beginning to pop up everywhere.  Whether it's the flower bulbs breaking through the earth or the skitter of little critters that have had a long winters nap, our yard has come alive!  
I took a long walk around our yard and into a bit of our forest and it was brimming with life, I really love it here and am so happy to spend my last years in the state I grew up in and love.  For almost 40 years I would come to this house and visit Rennie
and her family and I never thought that one day it would also become home to Dan and I as well.  There are so many memories here whether it's a special tree, bush, birdhouse or even the crickety old fence, each thing is attached to part of our lives.   We are truly blessed and fortunate to have such beauty surrounding us.  
The garden has always been a special place for
Rennie and she has cultivated quite a collection of berries.  My favorite are the raspberries which Rennie has just thinned out but it seems the strawberries have taken over and are the reigning queen of the garden.  Dan loves the summer when each night he is able to have fresh
strawberry shortcake or raspberry scones in the morning...not to mention the pounds of blackberries that have taken over the freezer! 

We have no short supply of ponds and fountains around here but this last year the flooding took one of our long
time residents away, a goldfish, and left his partner all alone.  Looks like we'll be going out a getting him a buddy soon.  It's sad to see him swimming all alone.  The water is murky right now but soon it will clear up and the frogs will return to leave a plethora of tadpoles

behind.  Often we find ducks in our ponds or an occasional heron looking to score a meal not to mention the many birds that use the ponds for bathing.  Seeing a family of
robins last year bathing in our small pond outside our front door has been one of my fondest memories of living here....hoping for a repeat this year.  


I'm planting ivy around the pond this year since we have ivy growing everywhere.  I love our 
small ivy laden path from our porch to our front yard and I think it would be a nice tie in to the yard and to the iris garden which is really coming to life now. 

My life has changed so much over the past two years, all for the better.  My priorities are different and there is such a sense of peace within my soul that I never had before.  I'm home and Dan and I couldn't be happier....

Friday, March 10, 2017

This Month on PFATT....

Been a busy month but not so busy that I didn't think about spring and all the pretty pastel colors!  Bunnies have always been a favorite of mine and this month on the Marketplace I have one of my favorites.....meet "Bertie and his Balloons".  He's a small boy but one that is so cute that he stole my heart.  The balloons are actually clay eggs, just something a little different.


"Sleeping on the Job" reminds me of how I feel many days, especially during the holiday season.  The sleeping mouse has always been popular ever since my first one I did 6-7 years ago.  This one fell asleep inside an empty egg with his
paint brush still in his hand.

For all my sewing friends I have these little mice who are always happiest when covered in thread and holding a needle.  This particular style has always been one of my favorites and I was happy that I could finally use some of the vintage spools I have in my workroom clutter. 
Spring is definitely in the air with this little lady and her wheelbarrow.  She is getting ready to start hiding those special eggs for Easter.  For some reason "pink" has become my favorite color for the month.  I think I'm ready for spring!  Please visit all the amazing "folk artists" on the PFATT Marketplace this month:  www.pfattmarketplace.com

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

"Magic"

" We All Have Magic"
There is magic in all of us...everyone!  The magic can be as simple as a smile and a greeting to someone who is having a bad day, or an offered hand when a person needs help to cross a street or even just a few loose coins dropped into a welcoming can or cup of someone in need.  Magic doesn't require a wand or a puff a smoke to happen, magic just needs love and belief in ones self to come alive.
Magic came to me in a most unusual way, through art.  When I was young I never thought much about being an artist or even sewing anything.  I failed miserably in HomeEc in High School and drawing anything that resembled a human being was so far out of my wheel house it was laughable.  What I did have was an incredible imagination.  
My imagination was my "safe place" when chaos came knocking.  In my magical world I could find friends and comfort when the real world offered
me very little.  Now my "magic" comes in the shape of mice, bunnies, frogs, cats and a plethora of other oddball characters that make others smile and their days just a wee bit merrier!  I love doing what I do.  I
may of had to go around the block to get to the house across the street to find my magic but alas I did find it. 
 We all need "magic" in our lives, more now than ever.  Magic is something we should share.  Look
inside yourself and see what lies there then bring it out and try it on.  You never know what you're capable of until you try.  Take a class, watch a tutorial, read a book and then share what excites you.  It's always easier to sit back and
do nothing but as the seconds tick away just think about what you "could" have learned, tried or created in those passed seconds or minutes!  You might have even found your "MAGIC"! 
 
Remember each day to be kind, be generous, be patient and be understanding!  We all have flaws it's what makes us all so darn interesting...but when we discover our "magic" we become the "givers of smiles"!

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Characters Who Steal My Heart

"Nighty Night Little Mouse"


Every once in awhile an artist will create a piece that just steals their heart and they really don't want to sell it....that's the case with this old time alarm clock with the sleeping mouse.  I've had this empty clock for some time wondering what I was going to do with
it and then it hit me while I was sitting outside wondering how all the little critters are doing in these cold temps.  It turned out exactly how I envisioned it and I'm thrilled....but alas like all my creations it needs a forever home.  
I will find joy in knowing that something I created will give
someone smiles and an occasional chuckle.  This little guy along with other pieces are available in my "Shoppe" at: www.softeessellingshop.blogspot.com  
Hope you will visit them
there and enjoy their different personalities.  There is even a bunny who likes paper-dolls, and a bunny asleep on a flower, an Irish mouse and so many more!

I will be adding new characters throughout this next week.  Never a dull moment around this workshop!