Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Gulf Coast Mermaid

This little beauty has taken me a while to create. I wanted a different twist on a mermaid, so I did some research and came up with some different kinds of designs. This "Gulf Coast sea-maid" was inspired by our vacation to the Florida panhandle. She is hand sewn with upholstery thread (very strong stuff!). The hand sewing is necessary because she has to be stuffed as I sew due to all of her fins and spirals. Her wispy peacock feather filaments add a touch of the exotic. She comes with a little sea horse and she is the first in my 2009 Sea-maid collection.


We just returned from our first vacation in 9 years and it was a truly refreshing experience. We stayed at a motel in Panama City Beach, a place that my family used to go to when I was little girl. We were actually about 10 miles south of the main strip so it was very peaceful and not crowded at all. The name of the motel used to be the Sea Witch, the new owners renamed it the Grand Cayman. It was one of the only hotels to survive hurricane Agnes back in the early 1970's. The motel is solidly built and the staff was wonderful. It is the kind of place that creates family memories. The warmth of the sun, the sound of the surf, the smell of the ocean air, and the peaceful surroundings will definitely call us back next year!

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Small drawings

THree LiTTle GiRls

I have been trying to sequester some inspiration and found myself drawing on ACEO cards again. I have been drawing in pencil since I was a wee tike. Drawing was my first love. So it is really no surprise to find myself back there again. I doubt if I will part with these little girls as their faces have given me new inspiration for some of my folk art figures. The first lass is called "thoughtful". Little lady number 2 is referred to as "stuck". And last but not least is everyone's favorite, Miss Riding Hood. I guess doodling pays off!