Thursday, October 27, 2011

A tribute to talent

This title could describe so much and so many . Last Spring I, by chance through a friend said I would help her with props for the Play at the Astor written by Beth George a local Author/playwright from Liverpool "For Riches and Honor", once I got involved I became excited by the dedication involved in putting on a production of this size. For years I worked on a smaller scale with many groups but never anything quite like this. I ended up being an extra, helping with props and painting and doing the finishing touches of magic to the set which was built by Rick Gilbert who has been the Man behind many if not most of the sets we have seen at the Astor Theatre in the past. We are only happy to join in with a good group of hard working People who do so much behind the scenes. So I have decided to take you with us on a fast moving picture journey between now and Nov 17th when "The Full Monty " will be on stage , Nov. 17-20 & 25&26. This set is so involved and needs to do double duty ,like magic Rick has had to make this happen with the many different scenes needed and only a small stage to work with. With plans for surprises near the end,which I have seen and been told is what he is known for. Often when I am doing a painting Chuck will say nothing about the painting but then I will make one brush stroke and he then is taken back with that one stroke. Like magic it becomes what it is meant to be and I am happy to be working with a great group who together will make this happen for this play. What you see here in the picture is basically the foundation of the set, primed and ready to be brought to life. It proves to be a GOOD one ,another one of many to come out of Liverpool Nova Scotia. So, stay tuned to watch and get excited along with us, for a great production. Get your tickets soon, I hear the phone ringing while in there working, they could be going FAST!!!

Here is a shot of me after putting the 2nd primer coat on the far from finished set. I will bring you along on the trip as it comes along. Sharing with you what Rick comes up with , we have all seen the Movie, this should prove to be one of the greatest...remember there is a scene with a car and a scene in a bathroom....Hummmm!!!! it should be interesting. Stayed tuned , for this creatively will be what I am doing from now till then.

And speaking of till then, then will be here in Liverpool on Dec. 2&3 from 5-10 PM there will be a Christmas Artisans Market across from the Liverpool Pharmasave on Main Street during our annual Christmas Tree lighting ceremony. Drop by you may be surprised at what our sleepy Creative Town has to offer, save gas, money and time. Now if we can have snow flurries on those nights ,feel the Spirit!! OK..I have put my order in...just for flurries.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Humbly Thankful

Humbly Thankful describes how I feel after the wonderful response from the news of my Little book being published and being recognized by our Local Advance news paper and the warm hugs and congrats received from all of you . I can only wish to do something for you in return, I hope I can put a chuckle on as many faces as I can. Whether it be through my art , my writings or my rambles. For I truly believe that is what it is all about, and nothing we have can be taken with us when we go, but our satisfaction of fulfillment in whatever we Love and feel.Everyone of us is special and sometimes it takes a few of us longer to find our passions, and it is nice when one can discover these things even at a ripe age. All caregivers and Teachers see these gifts in Children at a much earlier age then years ago. Like Europeans ,our young Adults are encouraged to pursue their dreams at a much younger age seeing that they are not all meant to be Doctors and Lawyers. In my case it took many years to realize that I just may have been bored back in my early years and not challenged with other creative activities besides the regular school systems curriculum. And it pleases me to be given the chance even now to do what I love and be rewarded. Not to mention my wonderful Husband and how he has become my Muse. Between the two of us we believe we can conquer the World, Thank God our World is small. But no matter how small, everyday is great and successful. So thank you all you have again inspired me.

Above you can see my latest needle felting"Dear ole Girl" I love her cheeks. what more can i say, I enjoy my work. I'm not really sure what I will start artistically next, my house needs attention ,yes I know, but the next few days are said to be raining and if that is the case I find that is the time to sit in my studio and heads down start something big, my mind has been on another diorama that would actually be for sale,the last two I did were commissions, this one I want to do will be somehow related to maybe "Peggy's Cove" or some other little Maritime fishing type scene, I am still working on details before I announce what exactly it will be. I have found that over the years I have put all modesty aside and work in whatever medium and style I fancy and not worry how some may want to label me, I believe I have no label, I am me and love to create and give me a challenge and I at times with Chuck's help will give it a kick at the can whatever it is ,why not ?
One more thing regarding our Sea People figurines which we have been making for ever and a day it seems, I received a message from someone who's Mom bought one way back years ago now in New Brunswick and her Mother loves the one she has, she wants to surprise her Mom with another , she tracked me down and we are working on just what her Mom would like, I love how the Sea People keep on working , you might say for me and those who enjoy them. Thankful for that too, well you could say this blog installment is my Thanksgiving in a way :-)

forever Humble....

Sunday, October 2, 2011

October all ready?

Yes October is here, thoughts of getting ready for Winter are buzzing in our heads. We are putting apples up and thinking on cooking up a storm and putting meals in the deep freeze so we can continue working on product throughout the colder Months instead of needing to stop and cook, which always seems to be Chuck. When I think of back the 25 years on the Farm in Charleston, all I did was bake ,cook and milk Cows ,everyday full and busy with Children and Animals, and still I made time to create something other then food ,Farm and family. These days I sit and work in my studio while Chuck does most of the cooking so this Winter we will be more prepared and save much time by organizing our lives and meals better.

Here is a picture of my latest Needle Felting "Lucinda" a very friendly good ,happy Witch, I enjoy her so much I considered keeping her myself, but I have learned so many times in the past, I can only keep and display so much in my small Home that I have had to look away and bite the bullet and sell these fun pieces, so here she is ready and waiting for a new home. I still have my Mermaid as well, see above,she would have been gone by now but I have not been doing any shows and very few People have seen her being so late in the Season. I love going into Spring after a long Winters work and see what I have been producing for the Summer selling Season after working hard in the colder weather. Even though I have seen and heard that this past Summer Season has been somewhat slow compared to other years I find my Gallery somewhat bare. My needle feltings are all sitting somewhere in their new homes, most of my interesting unique boat piece paintings are sold ,I am happy to say that I know where a few of them are and will see them again. Others in the past have gone far away and it is always nice when People send me a picture of them in their new homes, a very nice feeling indeed. Thank you all for that. I will be starting the body of a Mermaid today, a commission of a young Marine Biologist, a surprise for her from her Mom, I am waiting on a picture of her but the body can be started before hand. I do Caricatures of People and animals in needle felting.

Here is a picture of our Laura who we puppy sit on a regular basis with her play date Duncan the other day, they were so cute together. Duncan is so funny as I am sure you can tell in this picture, he is a ham bone and has no idea how big he is, both of these dogs were rescue dogs, can you imagine? Wonderful pets like these needing a home, so sad when you think of all the needy animals and people for that matter out there looking to be loved? But we can't take them all in,which saddens me. We don't have a dog since our Eddie passed away last year, but fill our void by taking in Pets while their owners travel. It helps us in many ways while helping them, their owners as well, everyone wins.

On a sad note ,we got a phone call last evening with news of a death, I am heart broken to say that Mary Mouzor has passed away. Mary was known by all in our community.She wrote an online publication for years with news and highlights of Queens County, a great service she gave freely to all of us from Liverpool and surrounding areas with announcements and local news. Mary's husband passed away I believe a couple years ago now and she was not the same since, like another dear friend said regarding Mary, I agree with her ,we believe Mary died of a broken Heart after the loss of her Life Partner and Love Barry.Rest in Peace Mary, I know you two are together again and your pain is gone. OK..I can't type with tears in my eyes, so I will leave it at that for now.

So off I go to start another day. When given a lemon, make lemonade and share it with your loved ones.