Friday, September 28, 2012

All that fuss!

I've found out what all the fairy fussing has been about!

Today an exciting discovery was made at our local arts and culture centre, The Gates.

It seems that the president of our arts council inadvertently invited the wee folk to visit the centre when he mumbled something one afternoon seven and three quarter weeks ago last Tuesday.

A quick look at the abandoned and over-grown mini-golf course next to the gallery revealed that they've made themselves quite at home...

I wonder what sort of mischief they'll cause during their stay :P

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Feelin' Lucky

Okay, not really, because Lucky is a person and that would be inappropriate.

Rebecca, over at Impresario Artisan Market, held her grand opening last week and Lucky Jackson was there showing her work. Lucky has just finished an impressive embriodery feat, finishing 365 pieces, in one year. Her work is wonderful, vibrant and quirky. It's full-o-joy and something special and she's super nice too.

Check out Lucky Jackson's ETSYWEB365 LUCKY DAYS

If you're ever near Cobourg, you really should stop in at Impresario. I'm telling ya, if etsy had a retail store this would be it. Rebecca has done such a great job of filling the place with fine Canadian contemporary crafts and art. Hop over to 37 King Street West, Cobourg if you can... and if you come in October you can take a gander at my silly things which will be in the gallery for October ;)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Another discovery!

I went to the back lawn this morning to have a nose around those little tents I stumbled upon the other day and they were gone. There's not a trace of those little folk or their wee campsite (except for a few extra toadstools).

As I went to the far back corner of our lot to gather some pinecones I did make another discovery.

Another camp site, this one made up of wee-tee-pee's! Unlike the last camp these were well hidden from view beneath a large pine tree.

I do wonder what they are up to.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The coven is complete

I've finished up the last of my collaged witches. Here they be...

The last one is my favourite. Probably because it reminds me a bit of how I see my own self. Just an ordinary girl who happens to be a witch. I'm sure there's a lot of us out there ;)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Strange things afoot!

Besides the usual disappearance of my scissors and glue, there has been rather a lot of faerie activity about the place over the past week or so. I keep catching glimpses of  movement at the corner of my eye (most certainly a sign of faerie activity) and hearing odd noises in odd places. There is a general feeling of anticipation around 'the hill' not diminished by the winds of change that are blowing through and making all the trees 'creeeeeaaak'.

Today, the chickens were being particularly loud and when I went to investigate I spied something in the back field. I quickly grabbed the dog and took a jaunt across the little bridge.

Upon closer inspection I discovered a small camp on the mossy lawn next to the poison ivy!

This seems a rather different breed of fae than our usual inhabitants. The camp was not well hidden at all and provides the most basic shelter. The trees just to the left would surely give more protection than those little tents.

I'll keep my eyes open and report back any findings.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

October Workshop

Want to make a mess with me? Come on out on October 3rd to The Gates of Presqu’ile! I'll be hosting a mixed media workshop, creating altered art artist trading cards. It'll be a load of fun. Call 613.210.0851 to reserve your spot :) Bring your own scissors and the workshop is just $5.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Shrunken shrunken heads

I made a few shrunken shrunken heads the other day. Those glass domes measure around 1.8" tall so they're pretty tiny.


I think they need some proper specimen tags but you get the idea ;)

Thursday, September 20, 2012

The abandoned house is done!

I have no idea what sort of time warp I hit but I've managed to get the place done!

The crate in this room opens... this fellow is in it. For now he can stay but he'll probably be replaced one day with something more interesting.


I love this shrunken head. He's made with a bead, paperclay, thread and wool.

I sliced my thumb open making all the books in the house.

There's the cause of the stain on the first floor ceiling.

That portrait's a bit creepy...

Eesh! What is going on here?!?!


Peep holes from the next room! True story... when we were looking for houses we went through one which had a sort of strange glass pirate ship picture in one room. When we went into the adjoining bedroom we found that the port hole of the ship was actually a peep hole! Creepy!

This is kind of a nightmare room. Chains, a skull mask, doll parts, snake skin....

... and evidence of something gone a little bit wrong.

P.S. Here's a reminder of the before which was left on the side of the road, waiting for the garbage truck.

I loves my town

I absolutely believe, with all my heart, that I live in one of the best little towns in the whole wide world. Sure, I wish we had public transit. A good pub would be a nice addition. If there was Canadian Tire and a Dollarstore and I'd never have to leave the town limits. BUT even without those things it's a great place to live with fantastic people.

Here's Rick Mercer visiting Brighton Speedway last year as video evidence of the greatness of this place ;)


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

More abaondoned progress pics

It's been rainy and sort of grim looking outside today. What better time to creep up the house a little bit more.

I probably won't post too much more of the house until it's done now. It wouldn't be at all fun to know every last thing that's going on would it?

Maybe I should post progress pics of the mess I make instead.

Don't judge. If I wasn't surrounded by this mess I wouldn't be at all productive :P

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Progress on the abandoned house...

This morning I've been making dollhouse kit furniture with Big D. It's all a big ugly but that's ok because it'll be going in the abandoned house.

Here's some progress from the last day or so...

Inside, the floors have been worked on a bit more and the walls have been given a thin layer of messy plaster. The walls will probably have stains and potion splatter eventually. At this point I start shoving things inside to see if they fit and to wrap my head around what will be going where and to generate ideas.

I covered the exterior of the house in a layer of sewing paper tissue. I really like the look that it gives... a sort of wrinkly, crinkly skin.

When that set I applied layers of paint and wiped them off to gunge up the joint. This will be refined as I continue to work on the place.

It's coming along quite spookily!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Spooky Moon Shrines

I was sent this fantastic set of coffin boxes from and came up with these...

The boxes were faboo to work with. They're big, super sturdy and do come with lids (but I'm using those on a separate project).