Friday, August 21, 2015

♪ ♫ It's the MOST Wonderful Time of the year! ♪ ♫



It's rapidly approaching!

My absolute favorite weekend of the year...


 Seeing old friends again... Meeting new ones. Sharing my work... Sharing the magic and excitement of HaLLoWeeN!! 

If you love Halloween, the Ghoultide Gathering is truly a MUST see event. Seriously. I've been participating artist since 2007, and STILL walk around the building with my jaw ON. THE. FLOOR.

All under one roof - more Halloween eye candy than you could ever imagine, just waiting to be captured and given a good home. ;)

I have a bit of *magic* up my paint-covered sleeve this year in the way of new pieces, and am especially excited about a full size piece of Halloween furniture in the works (look for sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook soon!)

But most of all, I'm excited about meeting some of you in person. It's the absolute, hands-down best part of the show for me, and if you are attending, please DO stop by and introduce yourself!

In the meantime, it's back to work....So many pieces, so little time....

See you soon?!

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(¸.•´ (¸.•´ .•´ ¸¸.•¨¯`• ~ Carolee



Monday, August 3, 2015

Autumn Blessings...

One of TWO originals available in the Etsy shop (at least as of typing this, lol)....That almost never happens! ;)


Hoping both pieces find a good home. :)

And now - on to commissions and Ghoultide Gathering pieces!

♥ Carolee

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Cat Lady Birthday Musings

Yes, it's my 56th today - ack!

I'm told by my Mother that maybe 55 years ago, unlike most children, my first words were "pretty kitty"....or more accurate, something closer to "preeee keeee", but you get the idea. ;) Somewhere, there's picture of me as a very young toddler with the basket of kittens who inspired that first attempt at language.

Fifty some years later, not much has changed. I just adore them, and would have a whole houseful if I could. The Mice President (husband John) is the only thing between ME and a WHOLE LOT MORE cats roaming around here. As it is, in addition to our sweet Australian Shepherd Cosmo, we have just two kitties now - Merlin and Guinevere...



Sadly, Merlin's brother Arthur succumbed to congestive heart failure a few weeks ago, leaving a huge void in our lives, as all companions do when they cross the bridge. Here's the regal King Arthur in a not so regal, but completely adorable pose...


We miss him so. 

Cats have been on my mind (and on the work table) even more than usual, as I work a couple of magical Wheel of the Year pieces, and in particular today, as this original Innkeeper's sign becomes available on Etsy. I don't think there's anything more beautiful or haunting than a cat's eyes, and I so love painting them....


I hope this one finds a good home. :)

Large cats have also been on my mind, as we all read in the news about the tragic death of Cecil in Zimbabwe, at the hands of an American hunter.  I'm being kind here calling him merely "hunter", and not a whole host of other names I can think of, but if I start a hunting rant here, I'm afraid I won't stop, and I do NOT want to spend my birthday in tears.

What I will do is channel all that rage and sadness into a painting of that beautiful, magnificent creature, and donate a portion of the sale to the Oxford Conservation group who followed him. I'm not sure of the details yet but off the top of my head, I'm thinking a silent auction some time in the next week or two.

In the meantime, there's lots of work calling my name, and Knit Night at The Lancaster Yarn Shop later this evening (my few hours of Zen each week)...

I'll be back very soon with new work, and a preview of Ghoultide Gathering goodies. In the meantime, I wish you all a *magical* week!

♥ Carolee

Friday, July 17, 2015

"Magic is Afoot"

Just popping in to share the latest piece, a wicked cool Black Cat footstool....


I had so much fun painting the eyes, and for a few minutes there, expected them to start blinking, hehe....


I love the tiny mouse looking up at the cat, too....


 This was truly a fun piece to paint, and one of those I'd keep if I could....but sell it I must. As of typing this, it's available in my Etsy shop, and I do hope it finds a good home.


 In the meantime, it's back to the studio for me, where commissions and many, many pieces for the Ghoultide Gathering await!

Back very soon,
♥ Carolee


Thursday, July 16, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Sarah has won the little Alice print.

Thanks so much to everyone for the kind comments on the Mad Tea post!

I'll be back very soon with new work to share...

♥ Carolee

Friday, July 10, 2015

Tumbling Down the Rabbit Hole; A Mad Tea Party and a Giveaway!

Oh my ears and whiskers, how LATE it's getting....

Life has been so hectic lately, I very nearly forgot - but not being one to miss a good party (or ANYTHING *Alice* for that matter), my tea-addled brain reminded me that magic is afoot....


That's right...

It's time for Miss Vanessa Valencia's annual *MaD TeA PaRtY*...


Some of you have been coming to these parties for YEARS, but for those who are new to all this, the Mad Tea Party is an annual blog-hop; sort of a cyber tea party where we visit with friends and celebrate All Things Alice...or All Things Mad, for that matter, hehe....If you click here, it will take you to Vanessa's "Fanciful Twist" blog, and tea party (always a treat!), where you'll find a list of all those participating - soooooo many wonderful blogs to visit!

But before you go, would you like a cup of tea?

Let's take a look in Alice's tea chest to see what we have....


Do you have a favorite?


I prefer loose tea myself, and I'm thinking I'll have a cup of lemon chiffon - along with some Wonderland cookies of course...


Delicious, yes?

I must fess up though - I didn't bake these. They were a gift some months back from a wonderful art collector, and just made me smile from ear to ear!  

Oh - and speaking of art, before you run off, I have a little giveaway. It's one of my "Down the Rabbit Hole" prints, shown here. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment and include a way to contact you (blog, email, etc). Then on Wednesday evening I'll draw a number, and we'll have a winner!


Thanks ever so much for dropping by, and if you have a moment, do find me and "like" my page on Facebook as well. :)

Finally, for those who know me (friends, family, etc), I'll leave you with this thought from The Cheshire Cat:

"I'm not crazy. My reality is just different from yours."


Artful Wonderland Blessings,

♥ Carolee


Monday, June 29, 2015

Surfacing...

Yes, I know - it's been awhile.

And just when I had resolved to be a better blogger, LIFE came along and got in the way...

Where to start?

As some of you know The Mice President (a.k.a. my husband John), has been dealing with quite a few health issues the last few years; congestive heart failure, lymphoma, and COPD to name the top three, but there have been others as well. He amazes me with both his positive attitude and his resilience - so much so that I often forget how many challenges he's facing.

A few weeks ago it was his heart, which was beating dangerously fast and resulted in a two day hospital stay and another cardioversion (where they shock the heart back into rhythm), and just a few days after that, he was back at the same hospital with severe breathing problems. His COPD is very advanced now, and with each hospitalization, we're learning to cope with a new normal. I'm happy to report he's home now, but also dealing with diabetes, which was brought on by some of the meds.

Soooooooo.....that's where I've been; running between the hospital, home, caring for the pets, trying to get some painting in, and generally stressing over his progress, and my ability to juggle everything. Most days I do OK.  

Knit Night at The Lancaster Yarn Shop has been a sanity-saver, and I have a new project to show for all that time at the hospital (my first attempt at lace knitting)...


 Painting was on hold for awhile, but has now resumed with a vengeance as I try to play catch-up with both commissions and bill paying. I painted this Innkeeper's sign today, and as of typing this, it's available in the Etsy shop...


 And a few days ago I completed this Kitty Cat themed Wheel of the Year (now sold, but I am accepting orders for similar pieces)...


A huge thank-you to everyone who's been so kind through this whole process - friends and family, and also those I only know on Faceboook; artists and collectors, who've offered up prayers and sent good wishes and positive energy our way.

We're taking it one day at a time, one step at a time, and remembering that despite the challenges, we are truly blessed.

I don't expect anyone to believe this, but I WILL be back with an update sooner this time, I promise...

In the meantime, it's back to the work table, where there's a Fairy Garden sign calling my name. ;)

Much love,
Carolee

P.S. On a completely unrelated subject, *LOVE WINS!!!* How awesome is that?!? ;)