"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..…

For Patterns check out the...."Soft in the Head" site
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before "breakfast". Lewis Carroll
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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Christmas Has Come Early....

"Christmas is Early Here"
As I look around my workroom I have to chuckle, it's Christmas and Christmas has
come early for this ol' Softee!  Anyone that knows me knows I'm a last minute kind of person, one that works better under stress.  I didn't want to miss out having a "Christmas blog sale" this year because of our trip to Australia happening at the end of
the month, just needed to change it up a bit.  I was very happy with the feedback from my followers re: whether to do a sale of just sew and upload to my shoppe, the sewing and uploading has worked much better for me.
  My shoppe: www.softeessellingshop.blogspot.com  
  has been so nice to have and keeps track of my inventory,
paypal buttons make it even easier for someone to shop too.  Wish I had thought of this sooner.  There is only one downside to having my own shoppe, the shipping.  Prices are so much higher now not to mention how much I dislike boxing up stuff, I even dislike gift wrapping.
By having my shoppe the selling as I make it helps quite a bit with the packing and shipping, it's all spaced out and not to over-whelming!  Besides I really enjoy taking my time with each piece.  I find myself
getting attached and not wanting to part with certain characters LOL.  The mice are what everyone seems to be wanting and I have those in abundance around the workroom.  It's always fun to see where my imagination will lead me when I start creating one of these funny little rodents.  So far it has been a wonderful road.  
Be sure to check out my shoppe: www.softeessellingshop.blogspot.com

Friday, October 27, 2017

A New Christmas!

"Thinking About Red and Green"
Today I begin the magical ride into the world of Christmas after a VERY successful year in the world of Halloween!  I just packed up my Halloween fabric stash and spent yesterday unpacking and organizing my Christmas fabric.  Odds and ends have been ordered to get me into the winter state of mind.

With Dan and I preparing for our trip to Australia I
have decided NOT to have a blog sale like I do every year but instead I will sell as I finish pieces.  I know this will be tough for all my followers/collectors that depend on my online event every year but since we will be leaving November 28th this will be a better fit for my schedule.   I will promote my pieces on Facebook and here on my blog but everything will be listed in my "Shoppe" www.softeessellingshop.blogspot.com

I have snowmen on the mind and LOTS of mice
which seem to be one of my collectors favorite.  This year I will be stepping back into my primitive world with some Olde Tyme Santa's and a few funny PODD Santa's.  The PODD Santa's have always been a hit and I actually have a few PODD collectors that would be extremely disappointed not to
add to their collection.  I'm trying to come up with something new and different this year and maybe even try a PODD angel and snowman, we'll see where the Christmas spirit sends me this year.  
I truly hope that not to many of you are disappointed about me not having my annual Christmas show but I must admit we are a bit
over-whelmed with this trip to Australia, excited to finally hug our grandkids and spend time in our son's world.  We will get 6 exciting weeks "down under"......this is a dream come true.   Dan and I will actually be having Christmas in the middle of summer there....Christmas on the beach!  Now this is a first!  Christmas is going to be a GREAT New Experience this year!  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

"Soft in the Head Annual Fall Sale"

The shows are completed, the sewing machine is quiet and it is now time for my "Annual Fall Sale".  The sale will begin October 8th at 5pm Pacific time and 8pm Eastern time.  It will
continue till every "softee" has found a home.  This year my show was very successful so my inventory is smaller than usual so I will be adding to it throughout this next week.  As a special thank you to all my wonderful collectors I will be offering "free" shipping within the continental U.S.  For those collectors of mine that live in Canada, Hawaii,
Alaska and England I will send you a separate paypal invoice for shipping, with an appreciative discount of course. 
The sale will be in my "Shoppe" so be sure to click over to www.softeessellingshop.blogspot.com
Everything is "one of a kind" so orders will not be taken, sorry. 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

"We're on the Road"

"Chaos and Creativity"
It's here!  Showtime!  I remember many years back Dan and I use to hit the show season with a vengeance and do anywhere from 10-30 shows a year.  Now, we are down to just one show..."A Bewitching Feté" in Pleasanton, Ca.   This is the first year for this show but what makes it so incredibly special is the amazing line-up of artists that will be there and not to mention it is in the quaint rustic town of Pleasanton.  I'm beyond thrilled that I have been asked and included to be a part of this and will
be debuting some new and different work for "Soft in the Head".  I use to work myself silly building inventory but this year I went with a much slower pace.  Having Dan get so ill, of course, helped with that but nonetheless I did more of what I enjoy doing than what I think I should be doing.   
A few years ago I acquired this antique wooden doll mannequin.  It sat on my worktable gathering cinnamon dust and Lord knows
what else when I decided I needed to add a head, then a wire skirt and a couple of tacked on wings and before I knew it I had this amazing raven witch!  I had no idea what I was doing at the time but I sure loved what was  taking shape.  I put her up for sale and she went to a brand new collector, I was hooked!  I've done clay ravens for years but this was different, I pushed myself to try different and different
worked!  I will have new and different at my upcoming show, I hope it will be well received.   I've never been one to surf the internet for ideas and I can't even tell you the last time I was on Pinterest. 
I strive to be different and I think
I've really done it this year.  I'm still hooked on orange and black as you can see by the picture above but those colors will always symbolize Halloween to me and besides I love them!  Working with vintage and antique odds and ends is something I
will never change.  I love using silver (real silver) vintage and tarnished goblets, old sugar bowls and creamers and a rusty clock or two.  This year the pin keeps are  big in my inventory and some little casket sewing kits.

I'll still have my all time favorites

at the show, like my "Softwick" witches, the sleeping mice and my clocks.....I never come home with a clock!  All in all I think this will be a wonderful trip and show.  The best part is seeing old friends and collectors and making new friends and collectors....So we're off, wish us luck and if you're in the area of Pleasanton, CA Sept 22-23 PLEASE stop by
and say hello! to Dan and I, we would love it!


Thursday, August 24, 2017

Change is TOUGH!

"Times, They Are Changing"
Most of us never care much for change cause as we get older we get set in our ways and comfortable, change just mucks it up.   After moving to Washington state  I thought that, just  maybe, we were finished with any other BIG changes and I could learn to be bored LOL.....not so lucky.  The change that is affecting us now is not a good one and is taking all of my time to learn to live with it.  Illness does this, it comes unexpectedly and then begins taking all your time which changes everything and making plans becomes impossible.
One of the biggest changes, for now, is that I will not be able to teach my Fall class for "Artful Gathering".  This was not an easy decision since I love teaching and have had such a great experience doing it.  Cristina Galliher, owner of "Artful Gathering" has been such a guiding spirit in my life which makes not doing
this class even more heart wrenching BUT I will be back next summer for the new season of "Artful Gathering".  For now I will continue to play in my small vegetable garden gathering my Roma tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green beans, zucchini squash and snap peas.  Nothing makes my spirit sing like growing
my own food.  My tomatoes are show worthy and so yummy.  The cherry tomatoes rarely make it back into the house as I stuff
them in my pocket and munch on them the whole time I'm outside watering.   

I've also gotten into the picking the wild black berries that seem to be "everywhere".  I think Dan is getting tired of blackberry cobbler, blackberry pie, blackberry jam and blackberry muffins...but in my defense "blackberries are REALLY good"!
"Soft in the Head" is still planning on being in Pleasanton, California Sept. 22 and 23 for "A Bewitching Feté"....my inventory will be low but I have some of the best work I have ever done ready for this show.  After viewing the line-up of artists
that will be there, many I have only admired through magazines and seeing their work in stores, I'm getting very excited.  

I'm not on Facebook/Instagram very often anymore and I'm missing birthdays, anniversaries, special times in the lives of my online
friends, please forgive me and know I will return one day, soon I hope.   I think of everyone of you often but for now I'm needed here.  I will drop a blog post once a week and continue to bore everyone with pictures of the cutest cat in the world, our Sammy.....
Take care one and ALL!   

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A Very Busy Time.....

"Busy, Busy, Busy"
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It seems that I never know what day it is any more and rarely get to my blog to update anything.  Being busy is a good thing but it can also be a
nuisance!   Just finished getting this month's PFATT pieces together and the set-up plus the banners made etc...now it is back to inventory for my up-coming shows.  
I'm just so darn excited about this new Halloween show I'm doing, "A Bewitching Feté" that I never want to work on anything else!
 There is some amazing folk art available this month on the Marketplace, we have some great artists!  You can always hear Dan from the other
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room laughing and oooo-ing and ahhhh-ing as he gets their pages set-up for the month.  This month I will have four new pieces available.  "Verna's Kitchen" (shown above) and a funny little crow named "Poplar" who is selling pumpkins.  I love
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when I find a way of using antique and vintage embellishments like her pumpkin box....it's an antique produce basket.
I really like the vintage tin measuring cup that I used for "Late Night Brewing" a sweet little pin-keep with a sleeping mouse.  It also has an antique tin spoon attached.  The sleeping mouse pin-keeps are one of my biggest
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and best sellers and I really enjoy making each one special and different from the last one.   
The last piece I have on the Marketplace is an old favorite from last year my "Bewitching Sewing Kit".  My collectors LOVED this at my shows so I thought I would bring it back for another year.  The new sewing kit I will be making for my shows this year involves a coffin LOL....everybody needs one of those,
Learn to make this guy!
right?  As I plug along creating for my shows I will also be teaching another class for "Artful Gathering" this Fall.  This class will be a raven, a Poe-sque type raven.  I will be teaching how to apply clay to fabric and how to make the fabric covered wire legs...also how to make the clock and book!   Busy keeps me out of trouble and actually happy.  I hope everyone is having a great summer this year....stay positive and be happy!  

Saturday, July 22, 2017

"It Begins....."
I've never been one that plans anything when it comes to creativity.   My best ideas often come from the stress of a deadline or the pressure of impending shows.  This is the case with what I am
working on now.  Most artists work all year to prepare for shows, me....well I give it 6 weeks!  
I'm really into ravens this year and have started working on quite a few.  Usually when I create I do two at the same time, this not only helps build my inventory I have one I can sell before a show and one for the show, "A Bewitching Feté".  I rarely take orders during this time but I do have the PFATT Marketplace every month and some
prototypes for companies and magazine deadlines.
This year I'm working quite a bit with clay...still using cloth too, after all I am "Soft in the Head".  I have found that using different types of mediums, like mixing and matching parts, not only creates an unusual piece but a "magical" one.  I truly love the chicken wire skirt on "Amelia", thank you Shelly Wilson for suggesting it and the mannequin type body.  
This Fall I will also be teaching a "Raven" class for "Artful Gathering".  I'm in the process of designing it now and will soon have pictures.  Artful Gathering has been so much fun and I have met amazing and just the kindest people.  Many of my students are returnees from last year and we have such fun.  If you are at all interested in embracing your creative side you should definitely check out "Artful Gathering"......there are many great artists who are more than willing to share their secrets and talent with you.  Enjoy your summer! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

An Auction for Love

We all have moments in our lives where something amazing just takes our breath away. One of those moments is going on right now. As of 12:01 am EST tonight an auction will start to help two of the kindest and most unselfish people I have grown to know and love, Catherine and John Etter. I met Catherine through Facebook in a very unusual way. Dan, my husband, and I were at a very difficult place in our lives, both of us quite ill and finding we needed to move. With no family in the states to help and limited friends around us Catherine came to our rescue. She showed up at my door one day, drove 4-5 hours to get there, came in packed up my house, loaded up her pick-up with items and took them to an auction house and even bought us dinner. She did this 2-3 times and then gifted me with an amazing cobblers bench as a going away gift. Not once did she ask for anything in return but friendship. 

Her love for people and animals knows no bounds. Now Catherine and John need us...John is very ill and this has put them in dire straits, no place to live monumental health costs and just the day to day stress and pain of having no answers. The art community that Catherine loves has come together to help. Many artists have donated their time and talent to make a difference in Catherine and John's lives.

An auction is being held starting tonight at 12:01 am EST. Please check it out and BID, bid from your heart for these incredible people. I am over-whelmed at the turn-out for this event and wish I could hug each and every one of the artists personally! Please check out what is available at:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/238120173347662/?fref=nf

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....