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weaving grape vines

The weather has been cold and wet and it has me in a fall state of mind.

grape vine wreaths

grape vine wreaths

We have some wild grape mixed in with the trumpet vines and day lilies, on the east side of the property and I went out and cut some yesterday. I made this pair of vine wreaths and have them out to dry. They are small and simple, but I like the look of them and they’ll be part of my fall outside decor. I’m in the mood to work on some Halloween themed wreaths, so that’s on the list for today. (aside from picking lots more tomatoes for making sauce)

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better bring a bucket…

So, I’m having to pick tomatoes using a bucket. This was the haul on sunday.

assorted tomatoes

assorted tomatoes

We spent part of yesterday making a chili sauce out of some of them. Black and white chili sauce, we’ll call it. It smells good, but the colour is a little strange, due to not actually using any red tomatoes. The jungle is dying off, so it looks pretty bad, but fruit is still ripening and I’m checking for when a real frost is due to hit us. Colleen, from the Brew Garden Cafe, across the street, has given us a recipe for green tomato jam, and I think we’ll need it. Although, I’m looking forward to trying a fried green tomato BLT, (just using the chicken bacon, instead of the real stuff) it sounds like a yummy idea…

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new mask

I’ve been working on the masks and trying to get into a “wearable” state of mind.

oak leafed mask

oak leafed mask

I’ve done a few styles, in the past, that were aimed at those who want them for an event, but really only for women. I had done the one raw leaf “greenman” and it was one of my first sales on Etsy, so I’ve been looking at male options. This is one of the pieces I just finished. It uses a different type of leaves then my usual. These are much more like paper over wire veins, but they are oak leaves and I love the fall colour range they show. The base has been decorated with some raised “tattoo” patterns and then painted in a dark brown. I went with a sheer burgundy ribbon for the ties, since it goes with the red hints in the leaves. Due to the leaves, this one is much more fragile than my usual masks, but it would look great while being worn and I’ll be able to keep the price very reasonable. I also like that the oak leaves make it closer to the traditional “Greenman” figures, since they typically have oak faces. I’ll be listing it today or tomorrow.

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So. I just couldn’t resist making a few pins out of the fabulous organs.

"gutsy" pin

"gutsy" pin

I’m listing them on Etsy and we’ll see if they find homes. Clearly not something that will have a big audience, but they are fun. I’m hoping to get them all listed, along with a bunch more masks, by the end of the weekend. We made the front page again and I want to make sure that I have a good range of options of people.

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in process…

I’ve been working hard, this past week, on finishing a range of masks as well as photographing and writing up listings for them.

fabulous organs

fabulous organs

At the same time (and there is a bit of time since every step needs drying times) I’ve been thinking about Halloween. A few weeks ago mother brought me a pair of the vintage “Visible Man”, “Visible Woman” kits. Both were incomplete and I’ve been trying to decide what to do with them. So many possibilities! I’m not sure that it’s a good idea to feel inspired by sites like Craftastrophe, but I am. I’ve got some things in production, using some of the organs that I’ve covered in glitter. (see the picture) Oh ya, they are truly fabulous! I’m hoping to get those done in the next day or so. (although I still need a good quote for livers) Then you can recoil in horror. (if you haven’t already…) The next step is deciding what to do with the clear outsides and the skeletons. There are so many things I could do with them that it’s tough to narrow down the choices.

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Another one of the “Fairytale gifts”.This one has a real garnet in a handsewn leather pouch. The scroll explains how it was made by the grand-daughter of the Marquis de Carabas from the famous boots (as in Puss in Boots) and the gem is part of the ogre’s hoard. I think I will list these two on Etsy. I have one more almost done and another in process, I’m just not sure what would have been an appropriate gift to a woodsman…

Puss in Boots, fairytale gift

Puss in Boots, fairytale gift

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In the group of things that are more than a little whimsical, I’d have to say that this pin is definitely a good fit.

fancy face pin

fancy face pin

The face is one that I sculpted for an art doll and then cast a few extras, just ’cause. The extra faces got painted, their little bead eyes put in and fur hair attached. I attached a pin back and put a couple out at show, on a whim. I was a bit shocked when they sold. I’ve made a few more of the plain faces since then, as well as pins out of some other faces that I’ve been sculpting. (I have a plan for them all, but I need more and it will take a while) This face was a bit shallow to be on his own and I had this great pin back that he fit perfectly. Some small peacock feathers surround the face and, I think, give it more of “jewelry” look. It’s odd, but cute.

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