Saturday, June 30, 2007
~William Butler Yeats, "The Land of Heart's Desire," 1894
I have always loved the poetry of Yeats and this is a quote that always makes me smile. Maybe its the summer breeze that whips around me and whispers in my ear as it goes by...... but you can tell the Faye Folk are close.
Have you ever spread a quilt under the shade of an old oak tree and watched the clouds float above? Your arms folded under your head. The shadow of the leaves flitting across your face.
Catch a glimpse of something out of the corner of your eye?
Maybe.....just maybe......it wasn't a bird flying up high. Maybe a wee faye folk took a quick peek at you!
Friday, June 29, 2007
When I go to Eric's place on weekends......sometimes I bring my sewing stuff with me to work on. I hated dragging my fabrics as it was all jammed in a big suitcase and it was always too much. When I was at the Primmart Convention in Kansas City MO, I got myself this basket! Its made by the Amish and its got a divider in the middle. Its a basket for holding magazines but as soon as Eric pointed it out to me...I knew what I'd be storing in it!
Makes bringing my craft with me much easier!
I'm always getting asked about Fou kitty so I thought I'd post an updated picture of him. I took this last weekend while I was at Eric's place. He was sitting on the edge of the table purring....hoping he was going to get me to give him more treats while Eric was out of the room.
We have also been doing alot of catching up on what each of us has been doing since we saw each other last. One of the guys that I'm in touch with again is my friend Leo.
My memories of him are fully connected to dancing and music.
Leo mentioned he was "still into some music" and sort of left things at that. Well come on....you all know me better then that...... I went searching for more info! LOL
Well knock me over......... my boy has got some talent! LOL
He is part of "Afro Connexion" and you can find more out at the following link:
My friend Leo goes by the name " LB4Life". He's the hottie on the left! LOL
(The website is in French but there are lots of pics to see if you can't read french)
They recorded an album and went on to win "Best New Group" at the French Junos in Canada.
The group toured all over Ontario.
Then one of the members started solo and he goes by ZPN.
ZPN has released 2 albums with the band touring with him.
New album is being recorded now for Afro Connexion and Leo is also working on his own solo album. Its been awesome to see that he has really been doing great. I'm enjoying the music that I've been able to hear already. Leo is sending me their cds soon...... he's made me some promises so we'll have to see if he can keep them! LOL
There is much more but this is the condensed version. I write a blog not books! LOL
I'm going to showcase 2 videos next. Even if you can't understand the words....trust me......it still talks to your soul. . You are going to find yourself singing outloud to the words you do catch and remember!
I look forward to hearing much more from Leo and his friends.
Ever wonder how to do them? How to paint the eyes like you are seeing on so many of the primitive styled dolls right now?
You won't have to wonder much longer.....one of the first tutorials I created for the Primmart Learning Center was on how to do them!!!!
There will be a step by step on hand painting doll eyes.
A step by step on hand drawn eyes with colored pencils.
And then a step by step on doing the 3d fabric eyelids as well!
I have very talented friends! LOL
"A native of Sydney Mines, Cape Breton, Leanne Aucoin began playing music at an early age. As a child, Leanne received lessons from wonderful teachers in her community and also attended the summer sessions at the Gaelic College in St. Ann's, Cape Breton. She is now an instructor at the college during the summer months teaching fiddle, Cape Breton piano accompaniment, and step dancing. She is currently teaching music lessons and is employed with the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board as a substitute music teacher. She continues to perform at various venues in Cape Breton and has also performed in other parts of the Maritimes, the US and Ireland. In late 2006, Leanne released her debut album, All Set, a traditional album featuring Tracey Dares MacNeil and Dave MacIsaac and also members of her family."
What a sweetheart she is! When Jesse told us she had put out a CD, I couldn't wait to get one! I love to put it in my cd player and listen to it while I sketch. The emotion that she can bring out with her music is spellbinding. I find myself escaping thru her music often.
Here is a link so that you too can have her fiddle sing to your soul!
Primmart continues to create an amazing place in the world of Primitives and I now have become part of the staff! heehee I was sooooo excited!
" Creative Dept. Assistant: Cedera (Tracy) Dunn"
Tracy(Cedara)Dunn stumbled across the world of Primitives about 5 years ago now; wrapped herself in homespun; and has never looked back. Primmart rapidly became a second home to her and she couldn't be more blessed. She was asked to be a writer for Beneath the Willow Tree and that experience has been astounding.On her website, Tracy(Cedara) creates for you a collection of OOAK Primitive raggedy dolls and critters in grubby homespuns as well as vintage fabrics! Stained for a perfect prim look and feel! She also writes a primitive blog that has quickly gathered quite the following.She looks forward to her next adventure....... in making Primmart's Learning Center.... the ultimate place to discover Primitives; how to create them.....and so much more!"
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
I faintly "knew" her mother as she is a fellow primitive artist and in this world, you sort of bump into each other the longer you are here. Her daughter became ill and she started writing a blog to let all know the progress. Another brought the story to my attention and I started reading and wanting to know all that I could about this wonderful young woman.
A few different times I posted on Primmart and other forums asking for strength and prayers for this amazing family during their struggle.
Please...... go and read her blog.
Let this amazing family touch your soul.
Let Brianna's Spirit lift you.
There are going to be some INCREDIBLE auctions created very soon in memory of this amazing young lady who was taken so early. Please make sure to go and bid on an angel!
FIND MY PRIMITIVE ePATTERNS AT
http://www.patternmart.com UNDER "Thru the Attic Door"
ON EBAY as thrutheatticdoor........ look for my creations by typing
Beneath the Attic Eaves(BTAE)
Also found at http://www.beneaththeatticeaves.com
Friday, June 08, 2007
Ok..... I know already that I'm going to hear that I should have placed a picture from TODAY! LOL But I can't help it...I love this pic of me on my 2nd birthday! heehee
Look at those fat cheeks and blonde hair!
Today was my 36 birthday! I know many folks stop celebrating after a certian age. I love my birthdays. There was a time in my life that I wasn't always sure I'd see my next birthday. So each one that comes to me now...I embrace with a smile.
It was a low key birthday this year. Homemade pizza for my birthday supper. Something simple. No need for fancy food on my birthday! LOL And this year instead of a cake.... tried DIBS. Little pieces of ice cream covered with chocolate. YUM! Oh they were good!
I really have a serious thing with loving chocolate right now so it was a very simple pick on my part. Lots of calls from family wishing me the best. My inbox was JAMMED full today with birthday wishes from my friends around the world. Each sent me funny ecards or quirky messages that soooooo made me laugh and smile.
It was a wonderful way to celebrate my day!! THANK YOU to all my friends and family who sent me their love today. I felt very special :)
Hmmmm...... so this one is over...... wonder what I can plan for my next birthday? Something simple again? Or maybe I should do something I've never done before for my next birthday? Course....its kinda tough to find something I've never done! LOL
Tracy(Cedara)Dunn of http://www.thrutheatticdoor.com
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Just a small piece of a song that is playing on the radio right now and that caught my attention.
(Its a new song by Bon Jovi)
Maybe its because I've been reconnecting with old friends and talking about different memories. Things that happened to us but seen thru different eyes. Most things so simple in life and yet marked each of us in different ways forever.
Don't let life pass you by.
Grab onto it!
MAKE A MEMORY!
Make memories that years down the road will be thought of by someone and make that person SMILE.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Sure makes my room smell good too! LOL
I dream of cookies!
MY PRIMITIVE STAIN
~My Witches Brew~That is what my family likes to call the stuff I use to stain dolls.I used to create it using tea. I made it with coffee one afternoon and have been hooked on the effect ever since.The kitchen sink or my big pot is what I make this all in.I boil a good couple of kettles of hot water.Take a 1/4 cup coffee and dump it into the boiled water.Take a long handled wooden spoon and stir carefully. Don't splash and burn yourself.I take a cheese cloth baggie and add the following...... cinnamon sticks that I have broken smaller; whole cloves; whole nutmeg that I have grated on the side of; anise star.This baggie steeps in the coffee mixture and adds a spicy scent to the coffee.I also add about 1/4 vanilla to the mixture.
I sometimes add ground cinnamon as well. This creates a "sludge" that you can paint onto your creations and when it drys....oh so very prim!
I have been cutting so much fabric in the last two days.....I think I pulled a muscle in my hand!
When I move my thumb on my right hand....oh the pain!
So I iced it and am typing funny tonight! LOL
but I somehow managed in these two days to cut out....... 23 primitive dolls!!!!
Now I just have to sew and stuff them!
There is something almost "magical" about opening your mailbox and finding a note inside that has been written by hand. In this day and age of emails and contact by computers, I believe too many folks are missing something.
The creativity that can explode onto a blank piece of paper. Colored inks. Different pens. Ink drawings and sketches thru a note. Little pieces of yourself that you are sharing with someone important enough in your life that you sat down and picked up a pen.
I've always loved to write to my friends. Sure sending off a quick email is fine for the most part. But I like to sit down with my array of different papers. All colors and textures. A rainbow of pens and different inks. I even have a wax melter to seal the envelope.....just because I loved the look of it!
Who have you written to in the last while? Who did you make smile when they opened their mailbox and found your special envelope inside? If you can't think of anyone..... then don't you think it might be about time that you sat down at your desk and sent one to someone special?
Tracy(Cedara)Dunn of http://www.thrutheatticdoor.com
Now open and doing wonderful! I am so pleased to see th fantastic response to the new website. Quite a few folks have joined the mailing list and the emails have been wonderful.
Make sure to stop by and check everything out!
Tracy(Cedara)Dunn of http://www.thrutheatticdoor.com
Saturday, June 02, 2007
I LOVE when my readers send me their comments and reactions to what they have read here. It makes it a bit easier to sit down and write knowing that folks are reading it. Comments fuel my fire.
and now also
My friend Cindy owns and runs this fantastic website. I was blessed to finally get to meet her in person while at the Primmart Convention last month. We hit it off right away and had so much fun.
There was a pattern swap done and I happened to scoop this sweet kitty pattern of hers. She does AMAZING patterns and I am having so much fun with this kitty.
I already have 8 of them drawn and sewn. Just need to spend tonight doing some stuffing. Supposed to be a good hot sunny day tomorrow so staining them and having the sun work her magic on them while drying....ohhhh I can't wait!
Make sure to stop by Cindy's website!
Friday, June 01, 2007
I need to get this back out and on the desk someplace. It really is calming to trace around the stones in the sand.
Hmmm....maybe I just need to brave the cold Atlantic breeze and go for a walk on the beach in my bare feet and draw in that sand!
A good nights sleep! I sooooo need one of those right now! LOL
So much stuff happening behind the scenes and I've been not getting the rest that I really need. I can feel the difference in myself too. I'm being cranky......well.....b*tchier then usual. I think when I get back home I am going to switch my bed around a bit. Take all the quilts off....its not like like its bitter cold out anymore. Fresh, crisp cotton sheets. I was given this wonderful Middle Eastern bedspread so vibrant and full of color.
Hmmmm...... maybe I'll even buy some new pillows!
The other day while talking with someone.... I mentioned that some of us that knew that person used to think of the word "exotic" when his name would come up in conversations.
Now mind you these were conversations between a room full of young girls getting ready for a dance and whispering about who was hoping to dance with who...... so keep that in mind!LOL
He laughed so hard!
Said he could think of no one that would describe him as exotic nowadays. We talked a bit more of what made us girls come to that train of thought. ( He is good cause I wasn't going to say at first but next thing I knew..... I was spilling long tucked away childhood giggles!)
We laughed some more over THAT and..............oh come on..... you didn't really think I was going to tell all of YOU why we came to that choice of words too! I blushed enough yesterday telling it once...I'm not telling the world! LOL
But it got me thinking..... can you describe yourself in just one word???? Can one word convey the real you to someone else? I am not sure I can. I like being so multi leveled in what makes me who I am today.
I enjoy the thought that it would take time.... real time with me....to learn who I have become.
Not to mention being in touch with friends again from way back even before high school.
How do folks around you "see" you????
I'm not talking about what you look like. If someone forms an opinion about you based just upon that, then thats their loss. The inner you is the important you!
Are they surprised by you? Do they tell you that you are different then they thought you would be? How are you different then what they pictured?
I try my very best to be "just me" when I am with folks. I don't do well with the "lets pretend I'm something other then what I really am". I know right away that I am not always going to get along with everyone. Who really does that???
When I step back and look at who I am:
Straight forward..... I say whats on my mind....sometimes too quickly
Love to laugh.... I find laughter has really helped heal my soul
Approachable...I don't think I give off an air of being a snob??? LOL
Spontaneous..... don't always have to think before I say YES to an idea
I can't wait to hear the feedback on this topic! LOL