She is a protector of baby birds, baby rabbits and all things small. She nurtures emerging sprouts because she knows they will gift us with a beautiful harvest later. She loves to garden and cares little for her clothing, often covered in dirt and with seeds and baby birds in her pocket. But when she dons her cape to welcome the new seasons, she transforms into her goddess persona.
I had been looking for a bird goddess, but most are either serpent headed or just not nice. So I looked to my own garden and discovered the Crow Goddess, she is very special.
This is the doll body. Notice her amazingly uninspiring head....it's still there, just buried in the crow neck. The other pic is of a prototype crow head, I did not like the beak, so I created a new one, stuffed it firmly and stitched it to the doll body. Two coats of gesso, sanded, for the head and legs and hands. Then painted. The painting was the hardest, hard to get the right look.
I found a pic of the goddess in all her glory (naked). Here she is:
A year ago we separated the crafty room and the guest bedroom...there really was not room for both! We painted and repaired walls, painted inexpensive wood shelves and I sorted and filtered and moved and sorted and filtered....you get the picture...all my craft items. Some had been stored for years due to lack of space.
We mostly finished last year. But this year I finally moved and installed the last shelves, did a reorganize since I have added a serger and a new sewing machine and about a ton of stuff. Ha. And a place for my craft witch who watches over all.
Take a look. We are starting with the counter. I love my counter. I can stand and paint and craft and move. Where has this been all my life.
The display wall, not finished but the shelf for all the little swap items is up.
Then the sewing center. PS we just had guests so things look pretty neat. Don't worry, it only took me a day to clutter up again.
My favorite corner. Small fabric pieces, glue, tape, boxes of stamps and floss and ribbon and lace. And so much more. I can see what I have so much better.
I had a pair of rescued wooden kitchen chairs. They came from someones cheap kitchen set and were wobbly and stained. I cleaned them up and recovered the seats, but they still did not fit anywhere in the house. We have no light pine furniture anywhere.
So, to go in our new guest bedroom, I painted them pale green and covered the seats with a patchwork of silk scraps. Very elegant and country at the same time! I like the look and now don't have to set them on the curb for someone else to cart away.
And the original....I forgot to take a before picture so I Photshopped it a bit.
This room has been a work in progress for the last year and a half. I was using the guest bedroom as a craft room. There was a large ugly closet built into the room, dull dirty carpet, pinkish walls and turquoise trim. And very little room to turn around in. Especially with piles of craft materials, fabric, sewing machine, futon, ironing board....etc. Every time we had a guest, it was stuff everything in bins and hide in our bedroom. And the room was no more appealing when clean.
We remodeled an extra room downstairs for a craftroom, built in shelves, a counter, room for bins of stuff. I'll have to post pictures later.
But the crowning jewel is the new guest room. We demolished the closet (that was fun!). Painted the trim and walls, installed a folding door, leveled the floor and installed floating, wood look flooring. The only thing we purchased was the flooring and baseboard.
I dyed the comforter darker blue, re-painted an amazing ugly, black chest of drawers (curb find), painted and repaired and recovered some kitchen chairs (another curb find). The seat covers are silk scraps from a friend that uses them in covering mats for framing. There is also a side table (curb find). I made the curtains from a $5 Christmas Tree Shop curtain panel find. We had purchased the little kitchen table years ago and moved from room to room, never really having room for it. Now it has a home. A few musical instruments, and we are ready for guests. They will be here Thursday.
The colors are pale, soft green, darker green for the drawers and chairs and white trim. My favorite room!
I love Connecticut and the fact that people leave stuff on the curb for anyone to pick up. I discovered this drawer in a very worse-for-the-wear dresser. It looked to be a drawer to organize workshop screws, nails, etc. I saw a place to display some of the treasures I have received from crafty craftsters.
Here's a detail. It was painted dark green with some black over painting. Scrapbook papers were used for the background.
I needed a place to hand a few items in my craft room. It has alot of shelves, but no place to hang my apron, hangers or other stuff. So with a few scraps of wood, two hangers I had purchased for the bathroom that did not work out and did not get returned, a bit of paper and some glue....here we go. I had planned on using old mismatched hooks to give it an older look, but just could not resist the shiny new already paid for hangers. You know how it goes. Maybe I need another one somewhere.
The challenge was to decorate a block 2.5 x 3.5 x 1.5. That's 6 whole sides! I scoured the house, thrift stores, and any where else I could think of. I set myself the challenge of trying to use only items I already had or could find free. I almost made it. Only had to purchase a few on sale trinkets. Old dresser knobs, a single earring, a mini frame and embellishment (old samples from a frame shop), a bottle cap, paper mache Christmas ornament, wire, gears, metal buttons, paper, and who knows what else.