"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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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Annual Christmas Sale.....

"Mark Your Calendars"
Time to mark your calendar for the "Soft in the Head" annual Christmas Sale.  We are busy here creating some new and interesting characters to add to your collection......Remember December 6th at 7pm EST...4pm PST
           click here to visit "The Shoppe"

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Launching a NEW Prim Site

"An Exciting New Venture"
I know I'm a bit behind getting this info out there but as with all things in life there are "bumps"!  This is going to be a fun site to be a part of since it will showcase the work of some really fine "primitive" artists!   "Soft in the Head" gets to come along for the ride and 
we are very excited
about that.  This new "prim" site is the brain child of Tammy Speicher and Debbie Maas Miller....two of the best primitive artists I know.  The site will offer diversity and quality!

This month I have offered up a couple of my all time favorite pieces, both were featured in the 2015 Autumn issue of "Prims"
magazine.   This article was featured in the "Art Doll Quarterly" magazine but showcases my 3 little elves and my free "Twinkles" pattern that is available in the Autumn "Prims" magazine.  I always feel so honored when something I created gets picked up and gets to be in the company of work from some pretty amazing artists!  Not only that, this magazine is a great resource for all the followers, collectors and lovers of "Prim".

What List?
Snow Duck
These three little mischievous characters are available for adoption on the new primitive site along with my "Snow Duck", which was also featured in "Prims"....I enjoy creating for this time of year and if my characters can create smiles and a few giggles then I know that my job was a success.  Christmas is a magical time that is filled with the smiles and laughter of children and old alike.  It is a time for family and a generous spirit.  If my characters can be a part of that then so be it!

Click here to check out....... "Artists of Handmade"

Monday, November 2, 2015

We're Home and Smiling.....

Another Great Year.....
Another successful year has come and gone at "Ghoultide Gathering".  I know I'm a bit late to the party with my update but Dan and I took some extra weeks to spend with our daughter and her family in Ohio after the show and then just took time off to catch our breath, which was sorely needed!  This was our 7th year attending this amazing Halloween event as an artist and it just keeps getting better and better.  This year was a series of trial and error since I had to ship everything and fly
there....and it turned out awesome!  I know now that my globe witches/fortune tellers can be shipped, I like 1st class and I can merchandise with little or no props!  These were all concerns except maybe the 1st class thing....I mean after all 1st class is 1st class, right?
This year had an extra bonus waiting for Dan and I when we got to Ghoultide...our dear friends Tammy Speicher and Debbie Maas Miller would be there.  I just adore these sisters and haven't seen
Tammy Speicher
them in such a long time.  This would be Tammy's first year at Ghoultide as an artist and I was very excited for her!  I love Tammy's style and work and couldn't wait to see it on display and I wasn't disappointed!  Her sweet characters were full of charm and "primitive" whimsy!  LOVED THEM! 

The entire show generated some of the best Halloween art I have ever seen and I'm always in awe that my humble pieces are even a
My Booth
part of this incredible event.  "Soft in the Head" held its own and did well.  We were able to have 97 pieces this year which was 20 more than last year....I guess retiring to the Northwest helped LOL...and we packed up 14 pieces at the end of the day.  The great and funniest thing about this show, and it happens every year, are the emails and phone messages I get right after the show from Halloween lovers that couldn't make it but
Soft in the Head
wanted something from the show.  I was able to sell and ship most of the leftovers from my daughters before I left to head back home.  Thank you never seems like enough to all those that make the trip to this show from all over the U.S. just to own a piece of your work.  I have the most amazing followers and collectors and I thank my lucky stars everyday.  One never tires of the smiles your imagination and work create!  Being a part of "Ghoultide" has truly enhanced that feeling on so many levels.  Not

only is it great to see those familiar collectors but it's also great and heart warming to see your fellow artist friends, that also live all
Ghoultide Gang
over the U.S.,  under one roof.... it's like having a "party", it's never dull catching up and chattering like a bunch of magpies! It is definitely a hodge-podge of imagination, diversity and just plain fun!  The show has been such a wonderful experience and hope it will

continue to be for many years for both artist and collector....for all that love Halloween.

One of my favorite times at Ghoultide was the time I got to spend with, as I like to call them, my girls Tammy Speicher and Debbie Maas Miller.  Dan and I had the privilege of getting to know these two amazing women 8 years ago at a show we did in Columbus,
Sylvia Smiser's Booth
OH.  Tears and hugs were in abundance at the hotel as they greeted us when we arrived!  I love these girls! They make my life richer and more meaningful...they are truly two of the kindest and most unselfish people I know. I fell in love with this adorable bunny that Tammy had created, it spoke to me....but being on such a fixed income right now I could only love it from a distance.
Nancy Malay's Booth
Guess what was waiting for me at our hotel Sunday morning...this incredible bunny! Tammy gave her to me....not only did I receive this exquisite piece of art but I got a jar of "pumpkin butter" from Debbie. The meaning and emotion connected with the pumpkin butter touched my heart in such a way that I tear up writing about it. Debbie would buy a jar of pumpkin butter every year for their mom, it was tradition. Debbie and Tammy lost their mom almost 2 years
David Bruce's Booth
ago....need I say more How did I ever get so lucky to have women like this in my life? I'm truly blessed....they are indeed exceptional people. Thank you Tammy and Debbie for making me smile everyday and feel loved....

Ghoultide is a lot of things to me, the art, the collectors, the love of Halloween but the most memorable and best part is the meeting of "forever" friends!  Friends/artists that you have know for a decade
Audrey Swarz's Booth
or more that have that mutual interest/love of all things Halloween.  Even though we only see each other for a brief moment, just enough time for a hug or two, you carry that special bond with you forever.  I'm so thankful to have this opportunity in my life....I just wish I would have had the time to snap pics of my favorite collectors/friends but we were sooooo busy, busy is good...maybe next year!   

 I want to thank Nancy Malay, Lori Ann Corelis and many others for the use of their pictures since our camera was MIA at the time.  It truly is mind boggling the talent that is at this Halloween event....also the warmth and kindred spirit that lives here...Until Next Year!   Blessed Be.... Now for more images......
Sheila Bentley's Booth
Allen Cunningham's Booth
David Schilling's Booth
Paul Gordon
Cassandra Graham's Booth
Jennie Hepler-Takens Booth
Nicole Sayre's Booth

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Down to the Wire...We're Off!

"Putting the Needle Down....."
It is now that time...the time where I am putting the cover on the sewing machine, the needle into the pin cushion and taking a deep breath laced with anxiety, it's time to pack the suitcase!

There never seems to be enough time to prepare even though we know Ghoultide comes every year.  I don't know how most artists are but my brain just won't function until I'm under incredible pressure and have a deadline.  Most of my GREAT ideas always come after the show and no one wants to buy an idea, especially after the show LOL....  

In spite of all the changes in our lives
this last year I must admit I did do okay as far as inventory for this amazing event.  Not as well as years past and due to the shipping I had to reel in some of my ideas because they would've been 

to expensive or fragile to ship.....like my "fortune tellers", no globe characters this year (very sad).  I do, however, have some new and interesting characters that I hope will be well received...like my funnel scarecrows.  Did you know vintage funnels are a pain to find?  Well... the sizes I wanted anyway! These guys were so much fun to create and I do hope they find good homes!

Witches are definitely on the "Soft in the Head" menu for Ghoultide...I will have four new additions to my "Witches of Softwick" series, they seem to be very

popular and I have some new "Unusual Suspect" witches but this time they will be with their favorite feline.  I do love witches.  There will be "witch mice" galore and even some very unusual witchy ravens.   

In the past I have often enjoyed creating by re-purposing odds and ends.  This year was more difficult for me to do that because of our move to the Northwest and the fact that I no longer can drive.  The antiquing and hitting all the flea markets has come to a complete and total halt for now but with tenacity and prayers I'm hoping I will be up and at it again by spring....positive thinking!  I do miss those
eclectic flea markets LOL!   All in all I think I did pretty well this year for Ghoultide and will be excited to see how my new characters are accepted!   I mean who else makes Halloween ducks?  Right?   Not to mention I actually have a Halloween penguin too (thanks Kristen)....Ghoultide makes any lover of Halloweens' imagination soar, all things are possible at "Ghoultide Gathering".  Hope to see many of you there!  
Click Here for info:  Ghoultide Gathering

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Down to the Final Minutes.....

Boxing It Up and Shipping.....
The days are getting fewer for creating and it is almost time to box it all up and start shipping for "Ghoultide Gathering".  This year my inventory will be a bit different than years past, with the exception of my Raven Skulls, due to having to ship everything.  

Breakable re-purposed items will be limited which is kind of disappointing to me cause I do love working with vintage and antique odds and ends.  There will be a bigger selection of pumpkinheads this year and skellies....and of course mice, lots of mice LOL! After all what would "Soft in the Head" be without the mice! 

I have a few pieces that I am very excited about this year, my scarecrows made using vintage  funnels and my Raven undertaker and Raven witch.  Ghoultide has always been a great venue to
create for because it lets you live outside the box and your comfort zone....you get to push your imagination while still remaining true to your creative style.  There are times I even shock myself with one of my creations....I sit back and blink with astonishment that I did this!   The best part of all of it is to see the excitement and smiles that something I created gives the collectors that attend this wonderful Halloween event.  I love Halloween and everything about it...it fuels my whimsical artistic soul! 

For any info pertaining to Ghoultide Gathering just click here...

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Not Coming Up For Air...

In The Zone......
Every year I seem to play this game with myself...I say "Self"...you are going to start early and get your inventory going for "Ghoultide Gathering"...and somewhere time just escapes me and before I know it August is here and I have 10-12 pieces completed for a show that is happening Oct. 3rd.  It never fails!  I guess this "old dog" will NEVER learn any new tricks or change her way!  I must admit though, I do work better under pressure!

This year will be so different for Dan and I since we will be shipping all our inventory to Ohio to our daughters home and then driving from their house to Ghoultide so the diversity of pieces won't be as vast as in years past.  I will continue to have an infestation of mice, everyone loves Halloween mice and Ghoultide wouldn't be Ghoultide without the proverbial "pumpkinheads". 

There will be some new and interesting pieces this year.  Can't keep this ol' imagination of mine corralled and stifled for long, I will

always have to explore my inner child and Ghoultide gives me that opportunity!  I have my "collector" post cards available which also give you a discount at the gate.  If you would like one, two, three or more just send me an email to: softinthehead@gmail.com with your address and the number of cards you would like and I will get them right out to you.  Okay...it's time to put some clothes on these ducks!   
Click Here for info about Ghoultide Gathering:  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

A Wicked Mouse Infestation.......

"What's New and Working Hard"
Seems as though the "Soft in the Head" workroom as been infested with mice!  They are spell casting, potion brewing little witches!  The table is crowded with the characters who are ready to be packed for their trip to "Ghoultide Gathering" coming this October.  My witch mice are one of my most popular characters at this show and I always seem to run out after the first hour so this year we have 14 making the trip...along with some Steamounk mice and mice obsessed with pumpkins LOL!  After this week of mouse games I'm thoroughly ready to move onto something else....did someone say "Duck!"

I would also like to take a moment here to share a great new pattern site that has been created and started by Maureen Mills of "Sweet Meadows Fram" and Kim Kohler of "Veena's Mercantile".  This

is a highly juried groups of pattern designers and makes your shopping for that perfect "prim" pattern much easier.  The work is diverse and unique and Kim and Maureen are very enthusiastic about making this a great "Pattern Place" for everyone to enjoy.....check it out and HAVE FUN!  https://www.facebook.com/groups/455407574627333/

Time to get back to the task at hand and that is creating for "Ghoultide Gathering".  So many characters have taken up residence in my head and they are constantly yelling to get out...busy, busy, busy!   Slowly I'm running out of room here in my
humble little workroom and many of the finished characters have had to find other places to hang out....like the top of my bookcase in my diningroom... If anyone is interested in a wonderful collectors postcast for "Ghoultide Gathering" which also gives you a discount at the gate just email me with your address and how many you would like: softinthehead@gmail.com

Be sure to check out the website for "Ghoultide" and find out who will be there and some great "eye candy"... www.ghoultidegathering.com

Friday, July 10, 2015

July PFATT Marketplace....

"Fall is Right Around the Corner"....
The PFATT Marketplace opens today with some new characters from my busy little workroom.  By the looks of things it seems that Halloween is on the menu with the exception of this little guy "Tobin" and his Big Hat!  It's always a good time to share some red, white and blue and Tobin is doing just that!  Working with mohair is rapidly becoming a favorite of mine not to mention creating mice.  

This next fellow is one of my all time favorite birds and something different for all of those raven collectors out there.  Originally,  he was called"Sneaky Pete" and wore a top hat and spats, he was also featured in "Prims" magazine.  He has a contagious smile and atwinkle in his eye that he makes the perfect Jester!  I think this guy will be a huge hit this year for Halloween....he is definitely one of my favorites.
One day my friend Rennie walked in with this resin shoe and set it down in front of me saying "it needs a mouse"....so here's a mouse!  We were both excited how this little character turned out.  After some shading and waxing the shoe looked and felt more vintage...add a cute little mohair mouse and some candy corn and you have an adorable Halloween piece that can stay out all year long.  I was so tempted to keep this little guy since who knows when another shoe might appear!
"Mrs. Thistleborn" is the actual finished sample I made for the pattern, by the same name, I designed.  I have wanted to design a witch mouse to sell as a pattern for some time and I'm very happy with Mrs. Thistleborn...now someone can enjoy the actual finished character that inspired the pattern.  She is quite charming and would be a great addition for a mouse and/or Halloween collector.  Hope you will check out all my pieces this month on the PFATT Marketplace! 
Click here for the Marketplace

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Busy Days and Nights.....

"Muddled Brain and Busy Hands"
It's that time of the year where my mind is bursting with ideas and my hands just can't seem to catch up.  The small workroom is buzzing with sounds of music and the sewing machine.   Occasionally I have to stop has I get visited by my little orange buddy Seamus who is most demanding re: his treats and pets.....I always welcome these interruptions because one day they won't happen.

This has been a tough year for new ideas that still keep me within my realm of "Soft in the Head" and my love of primitive.  Being a part of "Ghoultide Gathering" always inspires me to constantly reach outside my
comfort zone and explore new options and ideas.I LOVE to re-purpose  vintage, rusty and distressed pieces into my work or use them as the foundation.  It's fun to see others around me get excited when they find some odd looking pipe or  container that I might some use for, my workroom looks like a salvage outlet LOL!

  It's definitely going to be a new experience this year since I will be shipping all my inventory and flying to the show instead of driving....this does limit me to the size and shape of designs.  My all time favorite piece that is always in demand, my fortune teller globes, will have to be constructed in Ohio at my daughters once we arrive because shipping these is
difficult and expensive. Having family that lives so close to Chelsea, MI where Ghoultide Gathering happens is an added perk...not only to we get to see our grandsons but we get some much needed help for the show, I'm still having difficulty walking.

Since being here in Washington state I have found many new and exciting resources for all the quirky odds and ends that inspire me.  
It seems more and more I'm inspired by an object I see than having the idea first and searching for the props I will need to create.  

There will be mice witches galore this year, they are always in demand and popular as long as they keep changing.  Change for my little mice is definitely happening....very excited by my new witch mice and I think they will be a hit at "Ghoultide" this year.   The response to my raven skeletons was so over whelming last year that I have been hard at work on more  for this year.....top hats will be

involved!  Creating new and innovative ideas and staying in my wheel house keeps me young and content, not to mention the smiles it gives others....I really do love my job!   Better get back to work....Ghoultide will be here before I know it! 

For Info On GhoultideCLICK HERE