Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ghoutide Gathering, Family, Mission Penisula and Thank You

I realize that facebook and many artists' blogs have already been filled with numerous Ghoultide Gathering images, but here are a few more.  I had planned on posting the images of my display last week, but we had a death in the family, and well, that put a halt on my plans.  I lost my last Uncle a week ago today, and this is just after losing my Mother's last sibling only a few months prior.  I've been reflecting on our family with the knowledge we are losing the generation that influenced my life and therefore my art so intimately.   It is with a bit of sadness I write of this, but I have such great memories of my childhood and the people that helped make me who I am today, that a deep feeling of thankfulness is overwhelming me.  I know they are still watching over all of us and that gives me great comfort. 

 This is a section of my table at Ghoultide Gathering

 To make room for pumpkin boxes and small figures I put up an extra shelf this year.

 Following Ghoultide we took a trip north to Petoskey and Traverse City, Michigan.
The color was wonderful and the air was crisp and filled with the smells of apples and grapes.

 This barn is on the Mission Peninsula and I have loved seeing it the last two years as we pass coming and going from where we were staying.  It has such character and then you notice the modern roof that more than likely is why the barn is still standing.   I just keep saying, "wouldn't it make a great studio," to my husband and he just rolls his eyes.

 We have stayed at a vineyard, Chateau Grand Traverse, the last two years and I think this photograph shows you why we are so drawn to the area.  The color this year was fantastic, our hosts wonderful and we actually were present for part of the grape harvest while we were visiting this year.  The smells....I wish I could describe them, were just wonderful.  We would walk outside, inhale and just smile at one another.  That body of water in the background is Lake Michigan.
 It rained most of the time we were there, but we really weren't bothered by it.  It was annoying the owner of the vineyard, however, because it was delaying harvest and the birds were taking advantage of every day the grapes were left on the vine.  We heard them firing off charges several days to get the birds out of the vineyards only to watch them return the next day. 

 All good things must come to an end and this is one of our final sunsets at Grand Traverse.  It was the perfect way to unwind after a very successful show.  A huge thank you to all of you that made Ghoultide Gathering and follow up sales so wonderful for us this year.  It keeps the dream alive and well!

Have a great week!!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Thank you for a Successful Blog Sale!!

Thank you to all of you for such a successful blog sale.  It warms my heart you found places within your homes for my work.  The wheels are already spinning for next year's Halloween creations!  Off to go wrap and ship some work!


Saturday, October 13, 2012

Blog Sale Tomorrow, Sunday, October 14

We just got home from our trek to Michigan several hours ago.  We had a great time spending a week in the rain, sleet and cold temperatures while sipping hot coffee in the Grand Traverse Pie Company's restaurants.  It's funny when we travel how a little water, even slightly icy, falling from the sky and cold temperature changes just don't seem to stop us from enjoying our surroundings. I really am very fond of Michigan!

Now it is time to get back to business.  I have a few Halloween items available that will allow me to host a blog sale.  The sale begins tomorrow evening at 9 P.M. Eastern and is very easy to follow. If you find a piece you would like to purchase after the blog update, simply email me at monkeycatsstudio@charter.net with the title of the work and price of the piece.  The first person to email me will be the customer that I will sell the work to.  Easy peasy!

Hope you find something you like!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

PFATT Marketplace Update

PFATT Marketplace will update tomorrow, October 10, at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.  I will have three works available for purchase, but my iPad is fighting with me right now so I am unable to post images of the works.  (Technology, great when it works, and not so wonderful when it doesn't.)

The link to my PFATT Marketplace page is:  www.pfattmarketplace.com/monkeycats.html

As always, thank you for your time and consideration!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Show time and Blog Sale

Ghoultide Gathering is this weekend, October 5-6, in Chelsea, Michigan. The paper mache pieces are all nicely contained in their bubble wrap cocoons, boxed and sending out muffled tones to me that they want to be released.   Periodically I go out and tell them, "Soon, little ones, just a few more days of confinement and then you can dance on the display table when no one is looking!"  Silly little folks!

One of the instigators leading the paper mache revolt is Dexter the Devil Pumpkin with Blarney Bat.  He looks sweet and innocent, but he is full of mischief, and his bat is full of deceptive charm. What a couple!  He will be relieved to be unwrapped on Friday for his unveiling at 5 p.m.  He whispered to me that he hopes to see you there!

Following Ghoultide Gathering I will be working on a blog sale to be held on Sunday, October 14, at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.   Many of you have been so patient about me building the Ghoultide Gathering inventory that I hope to have a number of works available for sale for those of you unable to attend the event.  More news will be coming in regard to the show.

Many details to finish so I'm off to tie up some loose ends!  Have a great week and hope to see some of you Friday night and Saturday!