Oct 11, 2010

Gilburt has arrived

Vintage Follies Collection ©

New for 2010

Folly / n. pl. fol·lies: An act or instance of foolishness, folly's have no purpose other than as an ornament. Often eccentric in design or construction, it is common for these structures to call attention to themselves through unusual details or form.

Welcome to my Vintage Follies Collection©, one of kind altered art creations with nostalgic charm. Each one having embellishments that give it their own expression and vintage flair.

My follies collection contains Papier-mâché pieces for the folk art world full of whimsy and wonder!

Sep 21, 2010

Foolish Notions...

Vintage Follies Collection ©

New for 2010

Folly / n. pl. fol·lies: An act or instance of foolishness, folly's have no purpose other than as an ornament. Often eccentric in design or construction, it is common for these structures to call attention to themselves through unusual details or form.
Welcome to my Vintage Follies Collection©, one of kind altered art creations with nostalgic charm. Each one having embellishments that give it their own expression and vintage flair.

My follies collection contains Papier-mâché pieces for the folk art world full of whimsy and wonder!

"Papier Moon" Available now on ebay Click Here to view listing

Sep 7, 2010

MHA on etsy

Have you seen the MHA artists on etsy?
You haven't? well stop by etsy and search mha for the magical holiday artists and see what wonderful creations they all have to offer for Halloween and Christmas! You will find everything from jewelry, sculpture, primitives, you name it they have something spectacular waiting for you.

Click Here For MHA Listings!

Im a proud member of MHA!

Sep 3, 2010

Indigo Children - Born to Lead Hard to Manage

Indigo Children – Born To Lead Hard To Manage
by Judy H. Wright

As I travel the country teaching workshops for parents, teachers and day care providers I often ask them if they recognize
Auntie Artichoke enjoys working with the parents of Indigo Children
These children are not content to color in the lines or glue macaroni on paper. They are very bright but also very active and curious.

Born To Be Leaders

Some of the children who are being born now are just arriving knowing who and what they are. They really just need parents to guide them a little and keep them safe till they are grown up enough to accomplish what they have been sent to do. Many parents and teachers are scared of such independent spirits and want to medicate them because they are easier to handle. They are usually intuitive and sensitive to the environment. These beautiful kind spirits are very hard to keep in the old rules of schools and families. They are self directed and don’t always get the “why” adults want them to do things.

A Few Characteristics Noted By Jan Tober and Lee Carol, Authors of What Is an Indigo Child

•They have difficulty with absolute authority (authority without explanation or choice).
•They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line is difficult for them.
•They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented and don’t require creative thought.
•They often see better ways of doing things, both at home and in school, which makes them seem like “system busters” (nonconforming to any system).
•They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inward; feeling like no other human understands them. School is often extremely difficult for them socially.
Trust Your Intuition

There are many other books out there that will give you insight into the personality of an Indigo Child. Your most important source of inspiration on dealing with your child is your heart and intuition. No one knows and loves your child as you do. Discuss and plan with the child systems to make life easier for both of you. I can usually tell because their eyes will look at you as if they can see into your soul. They are the ones who will help all of humanity to move in a direction. A leader who will lead in their own way. Our job is to keep these Indigo Children safe and recognize what they have to teach us. They are born to lead, so let’s guide and accompany them on their journey, but let them lead the way. I am sure you probably have a child or two who come to mind when I talk about an Indigo Child.

If your child has lost self esteem by trying to fit into a “regular world” please go to http://www.useencouragingwords.com/for a free ebook which will help them recognize their inner strength. You will be so glad you did.

Thanks for joining our community of caring parents, family members, coaches, teachers and mentors who want to help raise a generation of responsible adults who respect others.

Judy H. Wright http://www.artichokepress.com/You have permission to reprint this article in your blog, ezine or offline magazine as long as you keep the content and contact information intact. Thank You.

Sep 1, 2010

Here Ye... Here Ye...

You are all cordially invited to attend the event of the season: The unveiling of the new grand re-opening for the Halloween Artists website!

We are now open and ready for you to come and take a look, so don't be late and put on your best halloween attire!



So Won't you come join us? www.halloweenartists.com


Aug 30, 2010

Brooms...Not just for flying

Brooms....not just for flying
by: Heather Millott

Many pictures since the early 1400's depict witches on besoms (brooms). Why? Brooms have been an important symbol of fertility, as well as used to sweep away negative energies. Because this was an everyday household object it could not be held up as a sign of witchcraft in court. Brooms are very inconspicuous objects, let's face it - we all own one hiding in the corner of our hall closets. believe that witches disguised their wands as brooms to avoid further persecution for being a witch. Some even claim the flying theory came from the flying ointment that was said to be smeared onto the broom handle. Flying ointment was comprised of many toxic and potent hallucinogenic herbs. When it touched the broom rider's skin, it caused her to hallucinate, thus the theory of flying.

Even in medieval times besoms were placed at the opening of a hearth to ensure no evil would enter a house through the chimney. In modern day many pagans have brooms as a symbol of their faith, using a broom for a tool of purification. Decorative brooms are sometimes hung near doors to cleanse those entering a house, and it is said to avoid a particular visitor, your broom should be moved from the west side of the room to the east. This will make an unwanted visitor's stay very short. High Jon floor sweep is a special herbal mix that some people use to sweep out a new home in order to bless it. Sweeping out the old to make room for the new. A coven's high priestess may use her broom (an element of Air) to sweep ritual circles clean of negative energy.

I own a very special broom as a wedding keepsake. My spouse carried me over the broom for blessings and good luck as part of our hand-fasting. (and yes I was married on Halloween). A gift that was a symbol for my transition from the maiden phase of life to the mother. Its handle was hand carved from willow inscribed with the word "mother" in the witches alphabet and the base is made from traditional bundles of birch. What made the broom especially dear to me was the fact that all female family members and friends each contributed something to be added to the broom the night before the wedding.

I was amazed that no two women brought the same item. I was given a rose, foxtails, mugwort, pansies, violets, larkspur and many other flowers. Each lady chose a flower that was significant to why she was giving it to me. My niece, for instance, traveled out to a home where I spent part of my childhood running through the fields. She brought me back the very same wild flowers from the field I used to play in. Also added to the arrangement were the same wine colored roses from my bouquet. All of them were hand-wrapped and tied to the bristle end of the broom. I keep my broom above my hearth as a keepsake.

In Ireland, the witches broomstick was sometimes called a Faery's Horse. Brooms are also associated with Samhain or All Hallows Eve. Samhain is when the veil between the world of the living and the realm of the dead is at its thinnest. It is a time for astral projection and communion with the souls of the departed. This may be what popularized the typical Halloween broom riding witch. Whatever the origins, the icon of the witch on her broom is here to stay.

Aug 7, 2010

Look Whos Coming to my Party...

I always share my first holiday find with you guys and this is it! Can't tell I am little excited can ya?

OOOOO...the holiday season is upon us and I am already starting to decorate.
So lets see who is coming to my party this year....

These adorable german glass glittered (I can hardly compose myself over the glitter lol) shaker skulls...and yup they rattle. How cool is that? Even cooler is the fact that these dapper little guys all have a handmade party hat made from antiqued music sheet paper.
These were made by Malissa Melrose from Sleepy Hollow Folk Art
Her designs and craftsmanship are really something to shout about.
Now to find the perfect spot in my Halloween home for them.

You can find Malissa by visiting her at her website Sleepy Hollow Folk Art

or checking out her adorable creations in her etsy shop! Sleepy Hollow Folk Art on Etsy 

But you can't have these, theyre mine!

Aug 1, 2010

Shades of Black, Blue and White

I wanted to try some new techniques with my backgrounds and some new colors to get a blended water color look. Thats when this hit me, its a story that came together as I was painting. My moon and the white ghost pumpkins have a stardust glittery effect to them.

I listed this one tonight on ebay click HERE to view my auction

The Swamp Witch

The wise old woman of the swamp; she has experience of the ancient, the oldest of old, beyond memory, in the roots of the beginning of time. This is the Gran Ibo, most commonly known as the Swamp Witch, so called because the swamp is the place she calls home. A place of only the darkest shades of midnight. A place where only shadows and unseen things lurked behind dark crevices.

Beneath an autumn moon she worked. She was old, old enough that she couldn't remember how long she'd been there or how old she was. Air, earth, fire and water were the same to her, but she preferred the cover and coolness of the swamp water. Her hair was coarse and covered in snow white moss. She was hungry and it was time for her midnight snack. Neither frogs, nor toads or nightly creatures would suffice this evening. Her fingers gnarled and as she twisted them, she cast out a spell over the ghost pumpkins. Pumpkin soup for the soul!

Jul 31, 2010

The Halloween Tree

My newest painting entitled: "The Halloween Tree" witches, ghosties, pumpkins and maybe a little bunny? I am so ready for halloween! Available now in my etsy shop.

Jul 26, 2010

"The Parade"

Inspired by my love of yesteryears halloween nostalgia I created this piece with verse.

Now available on Ebay Click Here to see my auctions thanks!


Jul 14, 2010

Reborn on July 14th

Look what crash landed on my deck two weeks ago. I had no idea what it was or what it was going to be. My son who is turning 10 on saturday decided we should save it. I spent some time researching catapillars on the internet so I knew what it was and how to care for it. Thank goodness she didn't die from the fall out of our tree. I also didn't know if she was ready to go into her cacoon or if she would need to eat. I had no idea what they ate, and that each species also eats something distinctive and different from the rest. I found out what we had was a tiger swallowtail butterfly. Those crazy looking eyes on top her head aren't really eyes, they are to scare off preditors because they look snake like lol. I have never seen a 2" snake let alone a scary one but it must work.

My son decided to get a piece of bark from a fallen tree and set her on that. That was all it took to answer my first question. She began to attatch herself to the bark. It also started to turn brown after two days. Then the weird stuff started to happen. Her outer body not having a leaf to wrap around it to make the cacoon started to mimic the color and texture of the bark. She started to look like a piece of bark herself lol. In my mind I am thinking "I really hope its not just shriveling up and dieing" because thats what it looked like. We decided to hope above all else and wait out the 14 days it normally takes to hatch. My son found a nice little plastic dish where he placed some rocks, grass, leaves and the piece of bark with the creature conected to it.

Tonight just after dinner 14 days later she hatched! I can't believe something so big came out of a shell so small. she is beautiful and took flight around my kitchen for a while before decideing to sit on the ceiling fan. As far as I can tell we have a girl, she has the blue markings in with the yellow and black at the bottom of her wings. Careful not to touch her with our hands we coaxed her onto a paper plate and into a plastic container so we could set her free.

I watched all 4 of my kids take her outside with my oldest setting her free into the back yard. This is the kind of stuff moms live for. It also reminded me with a little patience we can take the time to save another living creature that might not have lived without our help. My son said it was the best birthday gift he could have gotten. I told him she probably was thinking the same thing.

Jul 12, 2010

Come on all you lazy sallys...get back to work!

Ok I admit I am the ultimate lazy sally this year but not without cause. kids, sick moms, friends with endles supllies of needing help. UHG......gets to be too much and if you dont want to lose you you really need to sit back and try and get you priorities straight. I think as women we forget who we really. We feel lost somewere. Our passions and hobbies become like work and we loose the will to do it. I stopped painting for over 4 mnths until Linda gave me the will, the inspirations to just do it. Thank you Linda I owe you one! a big one.

So here is my first onn to start off the season! Let me know if you enjy it.

Its called "Autumn Splendor"

Brightest Blessings,


May 18, 2010

Twilight Inspired Artists to be featured at Twilight Eclipse Party...

I know there are a lot of you that are crazy twilight fans like me so I wanted to share an event with you that is coming up soon and there will be some great raffle prizes available from some twilight inspired artists.

Along with many other twilight artists, one of my twilight inspired art creations will also be there for a lucky winner!

What: Eclipe Party & Midnight Premier
Where: Pirate Island
Orem, Utah
959 S 700 E
Orem, UT 84097-7246

(801) 221-9646

Check out my Twilight Inspired Luminaries in my Etsy store:
My Brand of Heroin

Apr 27, 2010

Rucus Studios Presents...

Halloween, I can smell it already lol.

I love this wonderfully creative mind of Scott Smith of Rucus Studios.

Please visit and follow his blog for a an enchanting adventure awaits us all...

Visit Rucus Studios Blogspot HERE

Mar 17, 2010

Are You Getting Pinched Today?

Why do we get pinched for not wearing green on St. Patricks day?

It's thought that the pinching started in the early 1700s, about the time that awareness of St. Patrick's as a holiday came to the fore, too, in Boston, in the Massachusetts colony. They thought if you wore green, it made you invisible to the Leprechauns, which was good because they would pinch anyone they could see. So the pinching is to warn and remind you about the Leprechauns.

Pinching those not wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is an American tradition, having really nothing to do with Ireland or St. Patrick. The truth is, Irish people think Americans are crazy. St. Patrick's Day is not even remotely celebrated over there as heavily as it is in the US.

So there you have it, and of course neither of my kids were dressed wearing green to school today, yikes I am in troble when they get home lol.

Mar 9, 2010

Something to be happy for...

As most of you know its been quite a time for me which is why I took a short leave from my art and my blog. I wanted to thank all my wonderful friends for your kindness and support during my moms ordeal and all the other issues that arose during the past few months.

My mother had an aneurysm in her heart two days before Christmas so its been hard trying to focus on much else. I think of many of you as good friends and extended family and am happy that I have you all. Sometimes you have to stop and take a break because all the stress gets to you at once. Thats what I did, took time off to reflect on the important things in life. I did a little sould searching. I am going to share my journy with you these next few posts.

I would also especially like to thank Cat, Sherry, Chris, Denise, Margie, Kim and all the gals from the YOTP group for being there for me. I don't know what I would do without you ladies. I also would like to say thank you to Robert who has been a rock for me.

Something else to be happy for...

My princess is 5!!!!

Sissy turned 5 and had a wonderful party this weekend at haunted trails. What is haunted trails? lol a halloween themed amusement park of course, where else would this crazy halloween loving family go?
I know you guys are thinking **gasp** Heather never posts pictures of her kids on the internet, and I typically don't I am just a little anal that way lol. I wanted to share with you guys though as you all mean so much to me. Isn't she beautiful? and when she is about 13 and the hormones kick in I will look back fondly on these days of sweetness. I will post some more pics of whats been going on around here lately including my new scrapbook room!

love you all,