Tuesday, November 27, 2012


I grabbed the mail from the postbox this afternoon and then trudged down to the school bus stop. I was going to flip through my husbands cooking magazine but then realized it wasn't a cooking magazine at all!

Yep! Those are my wee ATC's in Somerset Studio! Christmas came early at the Pixie House :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Paul Peel

The Art Gallery of Ontario posted a Paul Peel image on fb this morning and it reminded me of our trip to there this summer. Every time the husband and I would gasp at an astonishing piece, well, it was a Peel. I think his work is simply divine and absolutely inspired.

This one, The Young Gleaner, hangs in the Art Gallery of Ontario. It's so full of life. The light coming through the girls hat is astounding. I could stand and look at it for hours.

Here are a few more beautiful Peel's to peek at. Imagine what he would have painted had he lived past 32!

*Dreamy sigh*

Monday, November 19, 2012

If you go into the woods today...

Yesterday afternoon, Mr Pixie, the kidlet and I went for a hike at Presqu'ile Provincial Park. While there, we helped the park faeries spread a bit of magic and left some treats behind...

A gnome hat perched on a log with old toadstools, along with a couple of miniature books for good measure.

And what is that spied on a piece of birch bark? A tiny crown and book of fairy tales!

The place is infested with faerie folk.

We passed a family walking in the direction of the gnome hats while doing our sneaky business. There was an attempt to follow them and overhear their reaction, but they didn't spy the shocking red of those caps.

In the Art Abandonment FB group I belong to, it's common to leave a tag with the work that is left behind. In this case I thought it would spoil the magic for the finder. They are left as if forgotten by wee people with no pomp. If the items are not picked up immediately that's fine, other people will get to enjoy the discovery too.

I feel as though leaving those things tagless, without instruction at all, will absolutely ensure those little things find the right home.

A finder-keeper who loves those things so much, they're willing to swipe them?

Happily ever after indeed.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Santa is on the way!

While our American friends are just now celebrating Thanksgiving, my little town is prepping for Christmas. Last night was Brighton's, Santa Claus parade. Twenty minutes of small town floaty goodness. Yep. 20 minutes. We waited longer than we watched, but that's a good thing! The kids don't complain, feet don't get sore, and all is right with the world.

The beaten and battered school bus below was the 'float' for my kiddo's school. I'm pretty sure it was a left over from the local race track's annual school bus race. How fun is it?!?!

I was really liking the hand drawn signs on the floats.

And finally, the fat man himself. It wasn't the REAL Santa (this one had a fake beard) but he was very funny and quite jolly.

Here's the to start of the holiday madness. May your cups be filled with spiked nog, your wallets not drained dry, and your sanity remain intact. (A little crazy is ok.)

Friday, November 16, 2012

For a cause...

I was asked if I'd like to do some mess making for the Shelter Valley Folk Festival "The Art Project". Participants are given a 5x7 canvas board to create works of art that are then auctioned to raise money. The proceeds go toward community programs including artists in the school. How could I possibly say "no"?

After much struggle with several types of glue... here's my contribution:

The theme this year was "community" so I figured I'd best make a wee village on top of that canvas ;)

Fingers crossed it brings them a few buck-a-roos ;)

Here's some additional info swiped from the site: Shelter Valley's "The Art Project" opens its doors from 6:30pm on Sunday November 25th for one night only, ending the evening with a Silent Auction. The event will take place at the Park Theatre & Performing Arts Centre at 60 King Street East in downtown Cobourg (across from Victoria Park). For more details give Shelter Valley a call at 905-349-2788 or visit online at www.sheltervalley.com.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Knock, knock...

Saw this on my walk to the school bus this morning. I wonder who lives inside. I bet it's cozy inside!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Altered Brooches Tutorial

You may remember a short while ago I created some altered art brooches. Well, I've made another batch and a little "how-to" in case you'd like to make your own. Here's what they look like when complete...

Ready? Here's how....

For the base of my brooches I used THESE SQUARE TINSROUND TINS, and SMALL ROUND TINS  from alphastamps.com.

The tins have a clear plastic window that is fairly easy to remove. Just slice into the plastic with a craft knife and use a pair of pincers to twist and pull the plastic from the rolled tin grip.

The plastic will tear but your tins should be fine. You could keep window in place, but I prefer to remove them. Removing the window adds to the depth and you won't have to worry about the vinyl scratching or not being able to fix items that might dislodge inside.

Using the base of the tin, trace around the edge on the reverse of a decorative scrapbooking sheet. When you cut this out, trim slightly smaller, just inside the line, so that the cut-out will fit into the bottom of the tin.

I like to cut out a bunch in a variety of papers.

Affix your cut-outs to the inside bottom of your tins.

Next, I gather the images I think I might use. These pictures are all from the Tintypes Collage Sheet (my favourite!) and the School Days Collage Sheet. To add a little extra weight, I glue the images on to heavy decorative paper and cut them out.

To soften the cuts, and hide the white of the paper, I run a paintbrush loaded with an umber coloured paint around the edges.

Now I start playing with placement. I mix and match, moving things around until things start to come together. As I keep working, these choices will change. It's good to experiment and go with the flow :)

If you'd like to add wings, hats, colour or other embellishments to your cut outs, now is a good time to do that. Aren't these Small Angel Wings adorable?!?

To add depth, I use two layers of double sided foam tape. Try to cover enough of the back so that the image is well supported.

As you put your items inside, place and replace the lid to see how your composition is coming along. The lid will cover quite a bit of space around the outside edge so it's important to check how well it all fits together before fixing your embellishments into place. In this tin, in addition to my winged girl, I've added Glittered Holly Berries, Tiny Paper Roses, White Rose with Heart Shaped Petals and some gorgeous tiny ivory and pink paper rose buds. It doesn't take much to fill up that tiny space!

Let's start on the exterior. I use a toothpick to carefully add jewellers glue to the of the tin. The rims that held the vinyl window in place are handy for gluing down trim. Here I'm using 2mm Rhinestone Chain which is absolutely perfect for those rounded corners and pretty and sparkly too boot!

You can now fasten the lid to the bottom of the tin and work on further embellishing the exterior. For the tin below I used some Plastic Pearls (Strands) and an Artisan Elements Borders Sticker which, although I've left white, can be coloured. It's just the right size for the small round tins.

For this brooch I've used Plastic Pearls, Gold Fleck Trim and Rhinestone Chain.

Keep playing until you're pleased with the results. Work in layers, adding bits and bobs, here and there. When you're done, attach a pin back so that you can wear your new piece of art.

Now get out there and show off your handiwork!

For all the products used in this tutorial CLICK HERE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

They're back...

Just a little note to begin...

A number of people have mentioned making a rather long journey to visit "Pixie Hill". I love you for it. I really do! Because I love you so much, I'm going to tell you that you that if your journey is really, very long, please consider waiting and visit during the summer open house. Yuletide will be cozy and sweet and all types of goodness, but there's simply be much more to see and do in the summer. This year our summer open house will be held on summer solstice (June 21st & 22nd - the most perfect faerie spying night of all!) and will include another, bigger, better faerie tour... maybe even a twilight picnic. I am delighted to have you, whenever you come, but if you're considering a long journey, you might prefer to spend Mid-Summer Nights Eve with us. xoxo

The Pixie Hill faeries took a long vacation to the Gates (our local arts centre) for the month of October. They've just now arrived back home.

My original plan was to continue adding to the site over the month but some stupid germs decided to jump me and that was the end of those grand plans. BASTARDS!

It was really interesting how the 'installation' changed over the course of the month. The wind, weather and leaves altered the site in many ways. I loved the way the leaves made natural camouflage for the littlest houses. Wasn't such a big fan of the larger houses falling over. You can take it from me, if you ever decide to do an outdoor site, you will ALWAYS lose when it comes to a battle with a crafty critter.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Yuletide Open House!

Yep, it's almost that time again. If  you live nearby, or you're passing through our beautiful little town on December 8th, please stop by Pixie Hill for a visit. We'll have mulled wine and treats for nibbling AND the studio will have the nicest things for the very best people on your holiday list.

Even if you just want to peek around... come on in! I love peekers and snoopers :P

Saturday, November 10, 2012

It's a sickness

I dropped off a fresh bundle of goodies over at Impresario Market today.

Cobourg is a great town with LOADS of neat shops. The thrift stores are pretty darned great too.  These little bottles of pearly things? Ten cents each. TEN CENTS!

The other thing I picked up....

... another house. Honestly, I couldn't help myself. I mean, look at it! It is in dire need of my lovin'

I really have to try and restrain myself now though because I've got several of the things vying for my attention and I'm running out of room!