Monday, January 31, 2011

One World One Heart Event

My name is Mary Helen (artist of this and that), I live in a tiny little town in Upstate New York (my son was one of 18 in his graduation class), in a tiny little house with a tiny little yard, that's just perfect really. I've been a single, working mom to 3 wonderful children for 16 years. I've loved all things artful since I can remember, both visual and performance. Two years ago my son (the baby) struck out on his own (well college...) and I've had some time "just for me". I love to dabble in everything, and do. I do have a goal of painting all of my children's portraits within the next few years but beyond that, it's just about exploration with mediums and fun when I'm not at my day job. From 8am to 3pm I work at a residential school for special needs children, in the therapy pool. I've been there for 16 years as well and just love working with the kids, they're awesome! But anyway...
I'm just thrilled to be a part of the One World One Heart experience again this year. This is the 5th (and unfortunately last) year that Lisa, over at A Whimsical Bohemian, has hosted this magical blog adventure. It’s so incredible that the event has grown to a whopping 1,000 + blog participants! I had such a great time last year visiting so many blogs, viewing some fantastic art and meeting some great new people. I hope you’re having an awesome time as well.
This year, my door prize offering is someone who took quite an adventure herself. I’ve created Alice from muslin and she’s about 7 ½ “tall. I painted her face and legs with acrylics, hand sewed her dress from quilting cotton in a pattern I just love and finished her with a bit of blond mohair. And to top it all off, she holds a dusty pink glittered flamingo! I just LOVE glitter! I can’t get enough! (Alice is an art doll and not meant for children).
If you’d like to be entered in the drawing for Alice and her flamingo friend, just leave a comment (you must have an active blog to comment) and I’ll be randomly drawing a name on Feb. 17th. It’s as simple as that. But do make sure you leave me a way to contact you, should you win.
Thank you again for stopping by, it’s been my pleasure and hopefully we’ll meet again. Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Putting my request in early!

Please, please, please can we have an early Spring!!!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

A new little Valentine Ornament Design

Still working on using up some of the stuff I've collected. This little guy is sort of fashioned after old batting ornaments but since I had this polka dot cloth I decided to dress him up, so now he looks much more modern, which is OK. I wasn't sure I liked the face after I painted it, but he's growing on me. I think I'll make another and distress it a bit. I hadn't thought about doing that until I'd already had him finished.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Another Valentine Ornament

Don't forget to comment for the Ornament Giveaway!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

I want to have a Valentine Ornament Giveaway

I’m having so much fun making these little heart faced Valentine Ornaments; I’d like to give someone a chance to win one! I know this is last minute, Valentine's Day is less than a month away but I’ve never done a giveaway and I thought it might be fun. Because it’s such short notice, all you have to do is comment and tell me which of the little ornaments you like best. Or maybe you’d like to see an ornament in a different color, or style, ( maybe you like the marabou rather than the lace or crepe) I’d love to hear your thoughts! Anyway, on the 31st of this month I’ll throw all the names of everyone who left a comment in a hat and draw a winner. This way, I have plenty of time to get your ornament to you before Valentines Day.
No worries about posting, or linking or anything…just leave a comment and let me know your favorite, or your thoughts about them, that’s it! And keep watching because I have some new ideas and hopefully will have a lot of choices. Thanks to everyone following my blog, I really do appreciate it.

Bright Pink!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Little Gothic Valentine Ornament

I'm having fun with this little heart face and wings Valentine Ornament design.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The answer is "no"...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Valentine Decorations

Pulling out some of my Valentine decorations. It certainly helped to warm up this very, very cold day.

A couple more ornaments on ebay tonight. Both starting at $.99 and listing for 3 days.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Little Valentine Ornament on ebay, starting at 99 cents!

Today, I decided to create a bit and use some of the things I'd bought last year but never opened and almost forgot about. This little ornament was created using some glitter hearts and wings I'd purchased but ended up putting in a bin. I've listed her on ebay today, starting at only 99 cents! It's a three day auction, so if you're interested, hop on over there soon. I'd post a link, but haven't figured out how to do that yet, so just search Folk Valentine Ornament and you should find her. Hope everyone is having a warm and wonderful weekend!

Monday, January 3, 2011


The beginnings of a portrait of my other daughter, Totiana. I like to spend a lot of time on the face and make sure it’s right.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just relaxing today

I have much to do, but not today...