Thursday, December 9, 2010

Fa-la-la-la-laaaa!

Sing a little song, dance a little jig! It's almost time for Christmas and I've been one BUSY little elf here in my "studio bubble" ;-}

The SpookyTimeJingles update is fast approaching and today I put the finishing touches on my new pieces! I've got new goodies to show on both my pages....for the Halloween page, you'll find a new Wool Needle Felted Moon Man, titled, Mr. Luna
AND
my Christmas section will have all Spun Cotton work including a Snowman Art Doll under a glass cloche, a Santa ornament in his red long johns and a very whimsical Santa riding a reindeer!

Here's your preview:



in other news:

I've joined a new Etsy Team called "Ugly Cute".
AND
I've had several of my spun cotton ornaments featured in Etsy Treasuries!!! Stop by and have a look!

The Darker Side of Christmas - this featured one of my Krampus ornaments

Add Some Richness to your Life - this featured my Spun Cotton Treasure Box

I've also just completed an order for 4 dozen of my Spun Cotton Icicles for a customer! She has quite a few feather trees!!!

I have a set of six in my Etsy Shop for sale now.

Monday, November 29, 2010

CYBER MONDAY COUPON CODE

It's Cyber Monday Madness! My coupon will be valid until 12/3/2010

Stop by my Etsy Shop and get an automatic 10% off everything, including SALE items!!!

just added this new Krampus spun cotton ornament....catch him if you can!



My Coupon Code will expire on 12/3/2010

Coupon Code: CYBERMARIEPATTERSON

Sunday, November 14, 2010

The winner of my spun cotton ornament is.....

Before I announce the winner, I'd like to say "Thank You" to all of you who came by here and on facebook and my blog at the Hive to play along and enter in my little giveaway. In the hustle bustle of your busy lives I do appreciate that you took the time and participated.
Some of you know that I just love to give gifts and I feel that a "gift of art is a gift from the heart". If it was possible, I'd send a gift out to you all!

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So to pick a winner I used that online random number generator thingy as I thought that would be only fair way to pick the winner.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ~~~~~~~~~~ Sylvia Smiser!!!!
My spun cotton ornament the "Pumpkin Witch" is all yours! Just email me your shipping info and I'll get her ready to fly!!

Thanks again for playing along and be sure to keep your eyes open for more gifts in the new year to come ;-}

Remember you can see my art at My Etsy Shop and at SpookyTimeJingles!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Here's the first peek! Spun Cotton and more....

These are fresh off the studio table and will be available at the November 13th update at Spookytimejingles!!!



On my Halloween page you'll see the "Dancing Moon Man" and the "Snow Witch".
And for Christmas you'll find the "Rudolph Rocket Riders", the lovely "Ms. Snow" and a collection of "Krampus" ornaments!

Not everyone knows the legend of the Krampus, so here's a bit of some of information I found while researching this spun cotton ornament which is highly prized by collectors.


The Krampus – Likely derived from the Yule Goat, the Krampus [from the Old High German krampen "claw"] is a demonic figure of the Alps (Austria, Bavaria, Switzerland, and Slovenia) that still exists today and is known by several names. He is often portrayed having goat legs, long horns, a long goat beard, and a sack or basket used to carry away children. He is a companion of Saint Nicholas and appears in the streets at night during the first two weeks of December (focused around the Day of Saint Nicholas) – frightening children and adults, clattering bells and chains [perhaps the origins of Santa Claus's bells], and swatting youngsters with switches. He is often portrayed as a servant of Saint Nicholas and his task is to punish naughty children: leaving a lump of coal, swatting children with a birch switch or broom, or dragging them away in his sack.


REMBER: the update starts at midnight - just as the clocks ticks into the first hour of November 13th!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Halloween 2010 and a spun cotton ornament giveaway!

Now that I have your attention...

If you take the time to read this post, there is a free gift waiting for one lucky winner at the end.

My rules are quite simple and quick.

In this post you'll find a slideshow of a few pics from this years Halloween. The second is a short video clip taken from the view of a trick or treater coming up our front walk.

1. Just leave me a friendly comment about one thing that you liked the most from either the slideshow or video.

2. Then I'd like to see that I've got you all "following" me ---so check that you Follow this blog, Follow on Facebook, Twitter, the Hive or sign up for emails. (all links are on my sidebar)

3. While you're at it, why not click on my Etsy Shop to snag some Halloween items on sale.

You'll get one entry for commenting and an additional entry for each place where you "follow" me.....and if you make a purchase in my Etsy shop before 11/14 you'll get an additional 10 entries!!!





And the free giveaway is this original spun cotton ornament of my design!



The winner of this giveaway will be announced here on my blog on Sunday, November 14th!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Halloween in Black & White!!!

While walking with a friend in Lambertville, NJ we came upon this jaw dropping yard display that is unlike anything I've ever seen!



















I wished that this was installed for the weekend of the STJ Soiree, because Pat Dean and I walked on this street and we would have seen this!!!

I noticed that there are black lights all throughout the display, so I guess I'm going back after dark some night! PLUS, I'd love to meet the artist who created these awesome sculptures!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Halloween Decorating

Just a few quick photos of some of the inside Halloween decorations.

The dining room was all set for the dinner party which we hosted following the SpookyTimeJingle Soiree.






and now let me put "a little light on" so you can see some of these decorations....


Those are my little honeycomb bell ghosties that I showed how to make on my blog at the "Hive" Aren't they so cute ;-}


and in the living room...my old "Mobo horse with rider" gets into the Halloween fun



a white feather tree with my growing collection of spun cotton ornaments



I'll have my annual Halloween night video ready sometime next week, but until then, here's a spooky peek!

Friday, October 22, 2010

High Bids for Vintage Halloween



This black cat, a candy container, brought $1,725 at Morphy Auctions.


Found this article and wanted to share. To those of us who are creating todays Halloween items, perhaps our work will someday command prices like these!





Antiques: Vintage Halloween collectibles can be scary valuable

By Karla Klein Albertson
Inquirer Antiques Columnist

Past or present, decorating with grinning jack-o'-lanterns, spooky black cats, and flying witches is the best part of Halloween.
In the final months of 2010, antique toy collectors will be bidding on a dazzling selection of holiday offerings. The list includes something for everyone: vintage Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas decorations, as well as cast-iron banks, old cars of every description, and, of course, regiments of toy soldiers.
Philadelphia is at the center of the toy-collecting world. Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa., near Lancaster, stirred up the spirits of the season when it had excellent results with Halloween material in an 887-lot Holiday Sale on Sept. 11.
Old Halloween decorations have increased in value because so few survive in good condition. Candy containers and colorful cutouts made of fragile materials often were discarded after each holiday.
Spooky lanterns designed to hold a candle were often made of flammable papier-mache or pressed cardboard. No surprise, a near-mint-condition devil's-head lantern from Germany brought $4,600 at the Morphy sale. Another unusual lantern in the shape of a human foot with a happy face on the sole sold for a hefty $10,350.
The top-selling item in the auction was a one-of-a-kind Halloween harvest novelty, also made in Germany. Probably a store display, the 17½-inch "veggie man" had a clockwork mechanism that shifted his eyes from side to side. The final price: $19,550.
Another standout lot was a very rare set of nodding figures with cat, devil, witch, and pumpkin heads, which sold for $10,350. "It's difficult to find a complete set of six," Dan Morphy said.
"They're made of celluloid, so they're fragile. This particular set was old store stock and had never been used. Remarkably, it was still in its original box with original paper label."
As this was an official "holiday" sale, the offerings included desirable Christmas Santa figures, candy containers, and ornaments. A 28-inch-tall Santa with clockwork nodding head and rabbit-fur beard was purchased for $10,350.

A Santa with sleigh and four reindeer was offered for purchase as a store display in the Schoenhut catalog for 1914. The rare group, featured in Schoenhut Dolls: A Collector's Encyclopedia by Carol Corson, sold for $5,750.
"The turnout for this sale definitely proved that Halloween and Christmas antiques are popular year-round collectibles," Morphy said. "We had more than 250 unique buyers, with approximately 100 of them bidding in the room and another 150 on the phones at various times during the session."
He said the sale also drew about 400 Internet bidders.

This link will provide more information and photos on other upcoming auctions! There's one coming to New Hope that I'm thinking about attending!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Our First STJ Soiree and Rave Reviews!

Saturdary was our 1st annual SpookyTimeJingles Soiree and it was a great success!!

We had collectors travel in from near and far just for the show and they gave us all a big "thumbs up" for producing such a quality show.

 All who attended are so looking forward to next years event!

  The #1 comment that everyone in attendance had to say was… "seeing the art first hand was a joy and gave them an even deeper appreciation for the talent of what they saw from all the artists."

Check out Facebook as pictures are starting to be posted and I'll be posting some pictures from the show in a few days after I take a little time off for some much needed R&R....a little trip to Newport, RI is just what I need ;-}

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Halloween....but wait there's more... Christmas too????

This weekend at the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree the artists will be offering BOTH Halloween AND Christmas artwork!!!!

Here's a peek of one of my Christmas items.....A large sculpted snow woman I titled "Ms. Frost" dressed in a pale shade of aqua and sparkly as new fallen snow.



Come see how creative we can be to bring Halloween and Christmas together all in one show!!!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

It's all Spun Cotton this month!

My fingers have been busy "spinning that cotton" this month!

Tonight at the stroke of midnight, the SpookyTimeJingles website will update and here's your peek at what you'll find on my pages for new Halloween and Christmas!!!




My largest spun cotton piece is a witch art doll, named "Lucinda" and I created the fabric from which I sewed her dress! Come read all about her custom "witchy couture"!

On my Christmas page, you'll find the cutest little "Honeycomb Bells" for your tree. These are made using vintage bells from the Biestle Co.!

Altered Witch Shoe

Found: an awesome pair of shoes at a consignment shop

Bonus: these white fabric shoes looked they were never worn! And they were in my size....however the pointy toes made me say "ouch".

So the next obvious thing was to "alter" them as I immediately thought they looked like perfect witch shoes.


I finished one shoe for now which will be shown at the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree on Saturday, October 16th! The picture shows it used for business cards, but also could hold some Halloween treats in a table arrangement or some small spooky ornaments!





So whether you come by plane, train or automobile.... hope to see you at the the SpookyTimeJingle Soiree !!!

Monday, October 11, 2010

I want my MUMMY!!!




Come to the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree to meet my sweet little altered art doll! Sweetly wrapped in distressed eyelet lace, this little mummy is waiting for a new home!

Come here to find all the information about the Soiree!!! SpookyTimeJingles Soiree

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Old Man in the Tree

Took my walk today in Tyler State Park and on one of the trails, the sunlight was highlighting this row of trees in such a beautiful way that I noticed these old man faces in the bark.







Just more of my inspiration I've found in nature!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Shake It Baby!

Come shake your booty at the SpookyTimeJingles Soiree on October 16th!

I will have these Halloween Rattlers available for sale at the Soiree and they would be a perfect accessory for your Halloween partying. These are painted double sided and trimmed with festive crepe paper and multiple layered trims. I found these maracas in an antique shop and altered them to a new life.



So come by and shake it with me baby at the Soiree ;-}


Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Save the Date and Don't be Late!

It's almost time for the our Big Show! The one and only "SpookyTimeJingle Soiree"!!

This show will feature both Halloween and Christmas original art from the members of Spookytimejingles.com all under one roof!!!


This is a little sneek peek at some of the items I will be bringing to the show! I've got sculpted clay, wool needle felt, altered art, spun cotton ornaments and a few more surprises up my sleeves!



Come meet me at the show!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

There's some "Frolicking" happening

Halloween Frolicking that is!!!!

I just added some new spun cotton ornaments in my Etsy Shop!!!

A new series that I started called, "Frolicking Feathered Friends" (say that 3x times fast) are made using handmade real feather tree branches in custom colors! These would be perfect on a Halloween feather tree and sure to a highlight in your Halloween decorating!



Spun cotton ornaments are very light weight so they won't bend down the branches of your tree ;-}

Sunday, September 12, 2010

It's all Halloween

This month I've been all about Halloween!

At midnight tonight, the Spookytimejingles site will update and you'll find my Halloween page to be overflowing with treats!

A wool needle felt moon man titled "Once in a Blue Moon" is sculpted from the perfect shade of blue wool.

The spun cotton pieces include a witch art doll titled "Hildegarde" and I pulled out all the stops with this one and it is loaded with details.

Two other spun cotton art doll ornaments include a collectible Dept. 56 umbrella in their hands.

A trio titled "Wee Halloween Riders" are sure to make you smile ;-}



(click to enlarge)

The new work will be revealed at midnight tonight!!!

Marie Patterson Studio at Spookytimejingles.com

Thursday, September 9, 2010

What's Black & White & Blue all over?

A new wool needle felt that I'll be offering for sale in just a few days at the update for the SpookyTimeJingles website (Sept 13th).

Here's a sneek peek of my completed new Moon Man, titled "Once in a Blue Moon".




On Sept 13th be sure to stop by my page (Marie Patterson Studio) at the SpookyTimeJingles site to read all about him!!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My PTO Day

Yesterday, September 1st, I granted myself a PTO (personal time off) Day to spend the day with my husband, Jim, celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary.

We pulled out the album and reflected back on the day and I created a collage to share some of the moments.




I can remember when my Mom took my hand as we were to start down the aisle and she looked at me and said, "Daddy's spirit is with us"!





Jim and I spent the day doing what we both enjoy by hiking in the woods by a nearby stream and enjoying nature.

Last time we hiked in this area, we collected the heart shaped rocks we found by the stream bed and since then I put them into a shadow box.



For those of you who follow me, you know that nature is my biggest source of inspiration and on this trip I once again looked at the rocks and I'd like to share with you what I saw. (click on images to enlarge)




From left to right: crescent shaped face, bird head, head with the "eye" (that's Jim in the opening), screaming face, moon over cat, and a shoe

For me these rocks will be a memory of the day as well as a source of inspiration for future projects.

I'd love to hear your comments as to what you see in the rocks!

Friends and family know that Jim is quite a character and he always makes me laugh. He picked up this rock and said, "Look, I found an iPhone!" LOL!





As we hiked out of the park, we saw these butterflies on the thistle and I was so excited to have been able to get this shot.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Just me and my Trek

Recently there has been a nice change in the weather and my early morning bike rides have become so much more enjoyable and I've felt inspired to go on much longer rides. I got one of those little bike computers that records speed, mileage, time, and if that's not enough to make me push harder it even records calories burned! I get to have ice cream if I burn enough calories, right?

This little thing has become my little training buddy!


Yes! you do see a little orange ringy dingy LOL! It comes in handy with the pedestrians. ;-}

So I've got a plan to train for a charity ride and I'm setting my sights on next years City to Shore bike ride that benefits MS. (side note: I did do this ride many moons ago!)
Maybe even some of you will sponsor me?

Todays ride was just under 9 miles in 45 minutes ....not too shabby considering the terrain, which is not at all flat around here in Bucks County!

So you might just see me pedaling down the road.....don't beep as that just scares the bejeebers out of me!




Seriously, please be considerate of those of us on bikes and "Share the Road".