While everyone else seems to be enjoying long days on the beach, sitting by the pool, and sipping ice cold drinks, I'm busy inside whipping up some Fall folk art!
Would you believe I actually had to look up the difference between a crow and a raven? Now class, attention forward. One way to tell the difference between a raven and crow is a raven's tail comes to a triangular point, while a crow's tail is more rounded.
The raven, we'll just call him, "Sebastian", sits on top of a hand-carved jack o'lantern. It doesn't appear the JOL is too pleased about it either! Sebastian's all dressed for the Halloween party - complete with a party hat and his trick or treat bag. A vintage orange chenille "bump" and silver garland help decorate his costume. I thought it still needed something so I mounted the JOL on top of an old toy block and then painted and sprinkled it with purple glitter. A decorative trim finished off the piece.
Standing about 10 inches tall are three stacked hand-carved and painted jack o'lanterns.
Somebody stop me! Here's another raven I'll call, "Betsy." Before her night on the town, Betsy dons her witch's hat and wool cape. An old cloth orange button completes her Halloween look. She perches herself on top of a hand-carved pumpkin with vintage velvet leaves.
This mini Headless Horseman is one of my very first attempts at needle-felting last year. He's rough around the edges, but you'd be too if you were missing a head.
Another one of my first needle-felting projects. The boy stands about 5 inches tall and is sculpted from wool. I then used 100% wool to make clothes. His little sheep is also needle-felted and has a tiny rusty bell around his neck. What I most like about the sheep is that his legs are made from antique rusted square-tip nails.
Toil and Trouble!
A needle-felted witch holding a cauldron of turtle-egg stew! Kaleena is made from 100% wool and is soft as a pillow!
Looks like Gertrude is paying her sister a visit! Gertrude is hand-carved and painted. She wears an apron detailed with a Halloween motif and carries a very frightened jack o'lantern on her back.
I got the idea to do this carving from an old Halloween postcard, but instead of a witch, it was a black cat walking with the JOL.
It seems I'm constantly looking for new things to create! Here's a bottle brush tree I bleached and dyed black. Using pieces from old jewelry, black flowers, tiny charms, and other assorted pieces, I came up with this silver and black creation.
You never know when your Muse will redirect you! Originally. this Halloween witch was supposed to be Mrs. Santa Claus!
Not so much for Halloween, but more of a Fall carving of a big cat resting on sheep.
A hand-carved frightened pumpkin man!
Believe it or not, these two little trick-or-treaters (about 3 inches tall) were probably the hardest pieces you've seen. Working with such a small amount of wood and a knife can be pretty tricky! I thought they turned out really sweet.
I made this big chunky piece about two years ago for my friend, Shannon, who was hosting a big Halloween party for a bunch of kids.
I thought it would be boring to just paint them orange!
This Fall, I'm hoping to open an Etsy shop and maybe join a new website that features art from the Bucks County area. I hope to be just like Grandma Moses, creating until the day God decides to bring me home!