My beautiful Father Time was published in the Show & Tell section of the Nov/Dec/Jan 2014 Art Doll Quarterly. I'm so pleased and honored.
He was a joy to make using many new techniques I've been experimenting with. The watch faces have epoxy coatings to hold the hands in place. The robe is stiff as a board. His hands and head were completely painted after the needle sculpting was finished.
The Grainery will also be open with extended hours for Cranfest. Sandy will have the doors open at 9am Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26-28 and she will close about 7pm all three nights.....if you are on your way back from Cranfest and want to stop, give her a call and she will stay open a bit later if you need her to. She will also open up on Sunday by Appointment if need be. If you have never been to The Grainery, it is soooo worth the stop! It is a primitive out building filled with handmade crafts. Sandy has her Folk Art paintings there along with handmade treasures from Lucys Lazy Dayz Primitives and items from us, Kindred Spirit Primitives. It is located 2 miles south of Tomah on Hwy 131. Turn Left on Hilldale Ave..... it's just a few feet up the road on the left. Stop out if you have the time! If you have questions, call Sandy at 608-387-3279 or Cheryl at 608-387-1541.
I've been very busy finishing new scarecrows. You can find them on my website . They are listed under What's new and come in 3 sizes: 18" tall, 26" tall and 35" tall. They're made of fabric with rag stuffed bodies so they sit well. They all have a generous quantity of raffia spilling from sleeves and pant legs as well as raffia hair. The handmade hats are stiffened burlap. The pants are denim.
The faces are hand embroidered with hand applique'd noses and blushed cheeks. Each scarecrow has something to hold. One has a handmade painted fabric pumpkin, another has a handmade cloth crow and the large one captured a huge handmade crow that's trying to fly away. They're designed to be indoor decorations (or at least in a sheltered area) but I've heard from customers who've kept them outdoors and not protected and they are just fine (I don't advise that...I'm just passing along what I've been told).
I've been published in Prims magazine. There are so many very talented people are in the issue and it's such an honor to be included. You'll find stories about my Vintage inspired Santas as well as another story about some of my witches.
Scarecrows are being listed as quickly as I can make them. These are so cute. 18" tall and made of fabric with lots of lovely shredded raffia, they have embroidered features. The scarecrow on the left is all muslin with orange blushed cheeks and a handmade crow. The one on the right has a head made from a fabric that looks like miniature burlap and holds a handmade pumpkin with a real stem. They are available on my website, Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. I've given the link to the Halloween section.
I've been playing with new ideas. You see more and more white and odd colored pumpkins in the farmer's markets and that inspired the witch on the left. She's 29" tall and very elegant. Her features were hand stitched in place with fine black thread and it looks like hairs or bits of cobweb in a close up view. Check her out on my website or in my Etsy shoppe Lucy's Lazy Dayz Folk Art. The photos enlarge nicely when you click on them.
The witchy woman on the right was inspired by some scraps of black and brown fabric that landed in the same pile after I cut out something else. they looked so nice together, they inspired a black witch dressed in black and brown. Both of these and more are listed on my website under Halloween.
I've made her to stand by constructing her with dowels inside her legs. She's made of fabric and has a needle sculpted nose and body and her eyes and lips are "painted" with Prismacolor pencils. She looks a bit frazzled with her silky, stringy red hair. Her hat is adorned with black fabric roses and she carries a handmade broom...made of miniature pip berry twigs so it's not going to break.
You'll find several new listings there for fall AND everyday.
I've finally finished the pattern for Colin Creep. This is a wonderful 10" jack o'lantern with 15" vine arms. His fingers are wired and can be twisted and bent to help him hold things. You'll find him available as either epattern or mailed paper pattern on Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives.
If you click on the WHAT'S NEW button in the left column, you'll find a couple more new patterns and new finished dolls.
I've listed these two offerings on The Prim Nest. The rabbit on the left is made of cotton flannel and is standing on a piece of a vintage farm table that literally fell apart from use and abuse. He stands thanks to supports inside his legs. He's as sweet as he can be with his bag of carrots. This is a OOAK.
The cat is nearly life size and weighted so it might hold a light door. My mother purchased the fabric in the late 1960's to reupholster a vintage sofa and chair and this was a leftover. The tummy is wool from a thrift store skirt. Her (?) face is hand embroidered with button eyes and sisal whiskers.
I created him from a wool cape I found in a thrift store. After a good laundering, it had great texture and just made me think RABBIT. If you wonder about his name, it's the German word for rabbit. I'm sure you've heard of hassenpfeffer which is rabbit stew. This chef isn't in the stew, he's making it!
His hat and coat are entirely authentic and he has his wire whisk ready to use!
You can find a pattern to make a chef like this from muslin (or do what I did and use wool or even flannel or felt) on my website Lucy's Lazy Dayz Primitives. There's also a finished black wool rabbit that looks like him.