Monday, October 24, 2016

The Rat Race and other show news...PICS too!

A rat race pretty much sums it up.  I feel as if I have been on that perpetual mouse wheel running my wee little legs off.  Simply running myself in circles going literally no where.....or so it seems.  But, in truth, I have been so stinking busy that I have only just realized that I have not made a blog post since August!  Where in the world does the time go?

I guess there is nothing wrong with being busy if it is all for the good.  After all, idle hands do the Devil's work, right?  No chance for me to be wicked, that is for certain! But, I did take the time to show my dark side for Spirits in Sanford Halloween show.  It was a great success once again and a good time had by all the trick-or-treaters that dared to venture to the show this year.  I had a spooktacular time seeing all of my artist friends and collectors alike once again.  And, of course, a special THANK YOU goes out to all of the collectors who came to the show and made purchases from me again this year.  YOU guys are AWESOME!!!   It gives me great pleasure to create these little treasures for you.  You make it all worth while. So, thank you all VERY much for your continued support.  Please be sure to tell all of your friends about what a great little show it is.

For those of you who could not make the show, do not fear, I have some items still left that I have already listed into my Etsy shop.  https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pixieknoll?ref=hdr_shop_menu  I am certain you will find something there that you might tickle your taste buds.  This year I decided to try a little bit of "vintage Halloween".  I made some Roly Poly figures that are sure to scare the socks off of you!  Here is a Sampling.  :-)  Again, you can find more of these on my website www.thepixieknoll.com or in my Etsy store.  
Large Roly Poly Witch and Cat

Large and small Roly Poly Clowns

Green Monster

Red Monster ( I like to refer to him as the "Raging Hemorrhoid")
Now that the Halloween show has come and gone, you would think I would have a little time for some R & R, right?  Fat chance on that!  Like I said, the idle hands do the Devil's work and I have no time to be wicked.  So, if you are local to me here in Central Florida, I will be doing a one-day event at an artist's garden party located at 32850 Lake Shore Drive, Tavares, on Saturday, October 29 from 9 to 4 pm.  This is only for one day, so again, if you are driving by, feel free to stop and visit and pick up a few items while you are there.  :-)

After this little one-day event, I will then be setting up at the Wine Art Wednesdays in down town Lake Mary on November 2 and December 7th from 5 to 9 pm.  I'm not exactly sure what I will be bringing with me on these two days but whatever it will be, I'm sure you will find something to your fancy there.

The next show after this is the Fairy and Earth Festival on November 12 and 13th at the Sunshine Ranch located at 415 South State Road 415, Osteen, Florida.  And, NO that is not a typo folks...that really is the address!  I had to double check myself on that. I even made the trip out and yes, it will work in your GPS too!  HAHA  So, no excuses.....don't miss out on getting your wings on.  As you might have guessed, I will have some of those adorable little pixies with me.  So be sure to come and and see all of the vendors and offerings for the weekend. For more information on the event, please see the website of the sponsor.  http://enchantedwalkabouts.com/faerie-and-earth-festivals/

As if all of these were not enough on one person's list, I have also added one more show for the year.  Yes, I think I need my head examined, no doubt about it, but I submitted my application and was accepted so no turning back now!  Anyway, the new show is located in Sarasota, Florida.  It's a new event for me and from what I hear it is AWESOME!!!!  So, I'm pretty excited about participating for this show.  What is it you say?  Oh well, let me tell you! It's called the Atomic Holiday Bazaar.  Yeah, sounds fun doesn't it?  I thought so too!  Apparently it's a super HUGE show with tons of exciting vendors and lots and lots of people.  The show will be located at the Municipal Auditorium, 801 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236.  For more information this is the website.  http://www.atomicholidaybazaar.com/ 

So, as you can imagine, I have been busy planning and working toward preparing for all of these events.  I hope that you guys will have the opportunity to come out and see what I have to offer for the events that are coming up.  And, with the Holiday Season fast approaching, you might even be able to find that perfect Christmas gift for someone special on your list.  Yes....I said it....CHRISTMAS!!  It will be here before you know it folks.   Buying a special hand-crafted item from an artisan is one of the best gifts you could give because you will not only be giving a one-of-a-kind item to someone special that NO ONE ELSE IN THE WORLD WILL HAVE, but you will also be helping out the artist you purchase from.  :-)  Share the love folks!  That is what Christmas is all about.  

And, on that note, I need to get out of here so I can get some shut eye before it's time to get back to work again in the morning.  See you folks soon with some new pieces.  In the meantime, check out the Etsy store and bring home a new treasured Halloween item for your collection this year.

As always, thanks for stopping by The Pixie Knoll blog!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

New monthly venue!

I've been pretty busy working on the Halloween art for the Spirits in Sanford show coming up on September 30 and October 1st at the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Museum in down town Sanford, Florida.  I know you guys are itching to see what I have been creating deep down in the depths of my studio, but, I reckon you will have to sit on the edge of your seats a bit longer.   I know there are a lot of artist that create one piece at a time then show it to the world, but, I suppose I am one of those whose working style is more like a "production line".  I tend to have this crazy working system....sculpt it all first, then paint, afterwards, work on the clothing, etc, all in that process.  So I work on a few pieces at a time, then share it all with the world.  Every creator has their way I suppose and this happens to be mine.  :-P   But don't worry, either way, you will get to see them all...just be patient!  

At any rate, my main reason for popping in here was I wanted to announce a new venue where I will be displaying my work on a monthly basis. Its the Wine Art Wednesdays at Downtown Lake Mary event.  If you are in Central Florida and looking for something to do for a weeknight out, then you should check this out.  It happens the first Wednesday night of each month from 5 to 9 pm. in down town Lake Mary off of Lake Mary Blvd and 4th Street.  They have a lot of local artisans setting up tents with a nice array of art work ranging from painting, wood working, sculpture work (my work), etc.  I even seen a fella out there last night with cigar box instruments!  Super cool!  Aside from all of the cool art you get to see, you also get live music and food trucks with all sorts of yummies to tickle your taste buds.  But, it doesn't stop there!  Since it is located right in the down town area, there are a ton of local shops to shop in while you visit too.  It's a win-win for the community and the artist alike.  
Last night was my first time out there and I have to say, it was a lot of fun and a great little location.  My intentions are to be there each month to support this great little event as I think it is something worth while.  It would be a shame to see it not be successful because the community doesn't support it.  From what I understand, it's been going on there for about 4 years.  I'm surprised I have only just learned about it.  So, I am doing my part to share with the community what a great little thing they have going on in our own back yards!  Anyway, each month, I hope to rotate my work and bring something new every time I am out there.  And, of course, with the holidays rolling around, I will add some Holiday themed items as well.  You never know what I will be bringing the night of the event. 

I would also like to mention that I had a blast watching all the folks walking around catching their Pokemon too.  Apparently it's a great park to catchem' all because there were a great deal of folks, young and old alike traipsing along looking for these hidden mysterious creatures.  LOL    One fella caught himself a Pikachu!  Good times had by all, even the Pokemon go players.  :-D  So if you are in to the game, it could be a good way to catch some of those critters you are missing and take in some food, entertainment and art in one big scoop! Remember....you gotta catchem' all! 

At any rate, if you are interested in the monthly events, here is a link to their Face Book page.  This is probably the best way to find out more information on the event and whether or not it gets cancelled due to inclement weather.  And, as a final thought, I drive just over an hour to participate.  If I think it's worth it.....then you should too!  So place it on your calendars and come on out and support the event.  I'm sure you will have a great time!  https://www.facebook.com/wineartwednesdays/?pnref=story 

I'll see you there next month!  And, don't forget to mark your calendars for the Spirits in Sanford event coming up too!  

Friday, July 22, 2016

Don't you just hate that when THAT happens!

Don't you hate when you explore "buttons" and other "templates" on your blog only to discover that at some point along the way you must have clicked the "save" button?  

I swear, I thought I was in the "preview" mode.  HAHA  I guess, some how, I must have saved my
"changes" along the way.  *sigh*  What a mess!

This is the kind of thing where the old adage is "curiosity killed the cat".  LOL   Stumbling blindly through the buttons and exploring what "other" templates there are to choose from is probably not a good idea to do when you really should be going to bed.  HAHA     Have you ever noticed how these types of things always happen when you really do not have the time to fix them?  I swear, someone should kick Murphy square in the seat of his pants..... him and his "law".....who needs him anyway?

Long story short....this will not be like this for long because I absolutely despise everything sitting off to one side of my page.  If it is bothering me....it just HAS to be bothering you too.  :-P   I can assure you, this "mess" will be cleared up as soon as I can make heads and tails of what it is I "broke".  HAHA

Anyway folks, bare with me while I do a little house cleaning.  Thank you all for your patience!




Thursday, July 14, 2016

Monster Mash!

This is just a quick post to show all of you wonderful people out there the current progress of the 2 monsters I have been working on for the Spirits in Sanford show coming up.  If you follow me on Face Book, then you have already seen these last night.  But, for those of you who do not follow me there, well, no need to fret because you can see it all here too!

I am curious what you people out there think of them?  Like, Dislike?  Should I make more of these kind of creepy monsters or what?  These 2 are a good size like I mentioned before.  The tall one is about 19 inches tall, the short one is about 16 inches tall.  I do plan on making a few smaller ones around 12 inches.   I still have a wee bit more sculpting to do on the 2nd one, but for the most part he is "finished" for the sculpting phase.  So, let me know what you think of them so far.  I would LOVE to hear your opinions.  More to the point, am I wasting my time creating them?  or.... are they something you would like to buy for your super cool Halloween decor?   Let me know!    Feed back is important!
Monster 1

Monster 1 close-up

Monster 2
Monster 2 close-up
Once I get a few more things made up, I'll head into the painting process.  You know me, I like to group things together, kind of like an assembly line.  LOL  Anyway, stay tuned for more "monsters" and other goodies coming your way.

Thanks for stopping by and joining my journey here at The Pixie Knoll!  I look forward to reading your comments!



Monday, July 11, 2016

Another Monday, another project.....

Here we are on Monday once again.  Blah, blah, Monday.  This day of the week is definitely not the favorite day of the week...understandably.  Who wants to crawl out of their comfortable bed after a long, fun-filled weekend of outdoor fun and tending to our beautiful lawns to have to head off to the work place?  Not many peeps I'm sure.

No matter, I have goofed off enough over the last week and it's time to get back to work for me too.  Actually, I haven't been completely laying about and eating bon bons as my posterior would have you believe because I HAVE been putting in a few hours here and there when time allowed for it, but admittedly, I did have a little fun in the sun a couple of weekends ago.   On the July 4th weekend, I had the opportunity to go to the East Coast of Florida to Sebastian and get in a full day of fishing with my husband and brother-in-law.  I haven't done any salt water fishing since I was a kid!  We were fishing in the inner-coastal....the water is brackish there, so you never know what you will pull out of the water.  To my amazement, between the 3 of us, we had a good day of fishing from the pier: 8 red snappers, 3 puffer fish, a sting ray, a shark, a yellow jack and about 10 catfish.  Everything was tossed back except for 2 red snappers, which we brought home and threw on the grill.  I was lucky enough to catch a red snapper, a yellow jack, a cat fish and a bonnet head shark.  We had a great time spending the day together and are looking forward to our next trip out when my brother-in-law visits again from Tennessee in the fall.   And, as you might imagine, I'm one of those crazy nuts who like to get their picture taken with their "catch of the day".  LOL   Funny, cause I HATE to have my picture taken...but I will sure pucker up to the camera with my itty bitty fishy on the line. HAHAHA   I have to say, this is the most God-awful pic of me ever, but hey, look at that bonnet head shark!!!!  Yeah, it's a baby, but still, pretty cool huh?  That is my brother-in-law in the back ground.  Looks like he was dealing with his own catch at the time.  :-)   Good times for sure.

Anyway, back to the reality that is Monday.  Aside from taking a day to go fishing, I finally managed to get that last monster finished with his sculpting.  I don't have a pic of his finished sculpted state.  Mainly because, well....I don't know why, honestly.  HAHA  Lazy I guess.  Either way, I set him aside to be painted at a later time.  And, then, I started the armature for the next monster.  He is another tall piece, a bit taller than the other monster.  The first one measures about 16 inches tall, this 2nd monster is about 20 inches tall.  So, they are both pretty good sizes I suppose.  What would you expect if these things were lurking under your bed?  Micro monsters?  So, I wanted them to be a bit larger for the sake of bringing imagination to life.  Just imagine if that thing was lurking in your closet or under the bed....you surely wouldn't imagine it as a tiny little thing slithering around now would you?  HAHA    So, anyway, here is a quick snap shot of the 2nd monster.  I have not started sculpting him just yet.  I will start to work on that phase today.  Like I said....it's back to work Monday....which includes me too.  :-P   At any rate, here he is in all of his naked monsterly goodness! Soon, he will actually start to look like something.  LOL  But for now, I think you get a pretty good idea of what he might look like in the future.  You will have to stay tuned to see how he comes out.

2nd monster WIP
Now that I am back from the shows, it's time to start loading up my Etsy store and eBay with all of the items I have returned with.  Last week, I had "Sweet Dreams Stardust" on eBay.  She didn't sell there so now she is in the land of Etsy.  Hopefully not lost there forever.  I'm sure someone will come along at some point that will like to take her home.  In the meantime, while we wait for that to happen, I have a new eBay auction this week.  "Brock" is now looking for a new forever home.  He's a super cute little pixie boy and as usual, pictures do not do him any justice at all!  Why not pop on over to his auction to check him out!  His auction runs until Sunday about 7 pm Eastern time.  If he doesn't sell, he will be in my Etsy store as well.  Remember, I do work with lay-a-way plans too if this should be of interest to anyone out there.  :-)   Here is his eBay link to read more about him:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/122041768858?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
"Brock"
At any rate, as you all know, I have just created a Patreon page for reasons you are all aware of if you have been reading along with my blog.  I finally found a "Patreon button" and have now placed that on my website and blog page here.  It will make it easier for you to find should you want to become a patron.  :-)   I'm still keeping the faith and feeling hopeful that there are at least a few people out there that might want to help me along.  And, if you do NOT want to be a patron on Patreon, but you want to help out with a one-time donation, that is ok too,  I have a PayPal button on my blog (upper right hand corner) and also on my website too, that was built specifically for those wanting to make ONLY a one-time donation.  Of course, there is always the other option, which is my preferred choice, and that is to BUY MY WORK!!   That would be my preferred way.  :-D  I appreciate all of the assistance I can get.  So far, I have had a couple of people help with one-time donations.  And to you....I am very grateful.  Thank you for your donations! (you know who you are ;-D)

And, with that, I'm off to get some work done.  As always, thanks for stopping by and reading all about my latest adventures here at The Pixie Knoll.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Follow me to.....

Yes, to The Pixie Knoll as the saying goes, but the pixies have also built a new home at Patreon.com.  Why?  Well, the pixies and I are in need of a few things to watch our Knoll grow bigger.  So, we decided to turn to Patreon to find patrons to help us along with our journey.   Not only that, I think the visit to my page there is at least worth one visit.  It makes for a good read...and maybe a laugh or two.  So why not go and read all about it at the very least?   We will be there waiting for your visit!

What is Patreon?

Patreon is basically a crowd-funding organization that allows artist to receive funding from their patrons, collectors and fans on a monthly basis or per work of art, depending on how the artist has their funding page set-up.  In return for your steady patronage, the artist comes up with "perks" as a reward system for different levels of pledged patronage.  This way, at the end of the day, every body wins....and the pixies are HAPPY!!

As you might have guessed, I have set-up a Patreon page.  Yes, there are perks....but you have to pledge at certain levels in order to gain certain privileges.  So, why not head on over to see if there is something there that might be of interest to you.  In the meantime, thank you for your continued support.....and patronage!

You can find me on patreon.com by either searching Lori Platt, The Pixie Knoll  or by direct link:
www.patreon.com/thepixieknoll 

Also, if you do not want to set up a "monthly" pledge and prefer to make a one-time contribution (or as many one-time contributions you would like to make), you can still use the "DONATE" button on the side of my blog here or on my website.    If you decide to make a one-time donation, be sure that I have your address so I can send you a special "thank-you" from the pixies here at The Pixie Knoll!



Sunday, June 26, 2016

It's official!

Now that the doll conventions have passed, I can finally start to have some "fun" in the studio.  As you might have guessed, it's that time of year when I start to get my creepy on.  Yeah, that's right, it's time to prepare for HALLOWEEN and the rest of the Holiday seasons here at The Pixie Knoll.  

You wouldn't believe the ruckus that is going on inside my studio as we speak!  All you have to do is mention Halloween and those crazy pixies went helter skelter.  They were busy trying on their favorite Halloween costumes, discussing where they wanted to go trick-or-treating, and of course they are excited to see their dark cousins....the dark pixies, witches, and other magical beings that will be coming to visit us here at The Pixie Knoll during the fall months.  What a grand party it will be when everyone arrives for Halloween.  A spooktacular event they say, none like none other in all these parts!

So, to kick off the excitement here at The Pixie Knoll, I wanted to bring you the Spirits in Sanford artist badge.  It's official, I am a participating artist!  Yay!!!   So, mark the dates folks!  As you can see, I don't have a lot of time to prepare, but rest assured, I will have a HUGE assortment of new items for all the lucky trick-or-treaters who visit me at the show.   The Show dates are September 30 and October 1, 2016.  For more information go to:  
 http://spiritsinsanford.com/Spirits_In_Sanford/Home.html

Participating artist badge for Spirits in Sanford.

One of these days, I would love to branch out and participate in some of the other big Halloween events like Ghoultide Gathering and Halloween and Vine, but for now, I will be happy to show at Spirits in Sanford.  It's a great group of artist each year, wonderful patrons, and a super neat location.  So be sure to mark your calendars as it promises to be a ton of fun!

The first piece I am working on is this monster!  Yes, this year I am bringing some monsters with me!  Something new, something, spooky and something fun.  That is what it is all about!  Here is the beginning workings of the piece.  I am a lot farther along now, but I figured I would hold off on the pics until he is completed.  :-)  Nothing like torture teasing.  LOL    I would say this creepy fella is about 16 inches tall.  What a great size for a creepy display!  Don't you think?   I hope you like him so far.  I can tell you, I think he's SUPER cool and I can't wait for you to see him all finished up!

First monster of the 2016 year Halloween Kick-off!

Well, now that we have spilled the beans on the first not-so-secret project for the Halloween season Kick-off, I wanted to also share a link to an auction that I have up and running.

I listed "Sweet Dreams Stardust" last week on Ebay, but apparently people are on vacation.  O.o  I had a lot of interested "buyers" in her when I first showed her to the public, but everyone seems to have ran away or...they are on vacation.  Which, I hope that is what the reason is.  Anyway, I have re-listed her again with a lower starting price.  Her starting price is a VERY reasonable price for this very sweet OOAK fairy.  If she doesn't sell on Ebay, I will be placing her in my Etsy store until she sells there.   Here is the link to her auction.  She really is such a sweet fairy.  You will not be disappointed if you are the lucky one to give her a home.  http://www.ebay.com/itm/122026688944?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649 

Now that I have once again tossed my fairy out to you with her Ebay auction link, I wanted to share a bit with all of you...perhaps it might persuade some of you to bid to help me in my cause.  You see, I have a goal in mind.  Of course, I want to sell my work just as much as the next fellow artist, after all, we all need to put food on the table and a roof over our heads.  But, I have a specific need at this time.  Well, perhaps it's not a viable "need" per say like food, but, it is an artistic need at any rate.  I am trying to raise the funds to purchase an artist show tent, like the ones you see at out door art festivals and the likes.  I did have a tent, but it was pretty cheap I guess.  After using it a couple of times, the darn aluminum bars bent when it was being folded up during the tear down process.  NO kidding.  All 4 sides literally broke right in the middle of the aluminum bars.  Easy Up.....not so easy down.  :-P  I honestly have no idea how it happened since we followed the directions accordingly, but either way, it is no longer use-able. This was very heart breaking, but it was also a lesson learned.  In the end, you get what you pay for.  So, long story short, I am now tent-less.   At any rate, I am now in the process of trying to sell my pieces in order to raise the funds to purchase a new tent.  After having done a lot of research, I have chosen a specific tent that will last a VERY long time (if not a life-time).  As you might have guessed, along with the longevity of the product, this will bring an expense.  Again, you get what you pay for!   I am looking for something permanent, durable, and dependable.  I don't want "accident's" where the tent bars snap in two, or my tent flies away into another exhibitor's space.  I need protections from the rain and from the glare of the sun as well, not to mention, these cute pixies need a good home for protection too!   So there, you have it folks.  I am willing to work hard and create new and wonderful pieces, but I need you to help me out by giving them a home.  So, here is the deal,  if you see something in my etsy store that you would love to give a home too, let me know.  If you have a reasonable offer, let me know, I might make you a deal.  :-)  I also do lay-a-ways too.  So don't be afraid to ask.  And, if you would rather just make a donation to the tent fund, I would be forever grateful for that too.  It's not a lofty goal, but one that is important to me.  Perhaps there is a patron of the arts out there willing to help give some support?   Anyway, the tent I am looking into purchasing is the Flourish Canopy Trimline tent.   If you would like to read about it, here is the link:    http://www.flourish.com/   So, what do you folks say?  Help an artist out?  Thanks for the support ahead of time as you have no idea how much it is appreciated!

Well, since the summer days are now getting shorter, I suppose I need to head back to the studio and bring some order to all of the chaos going on in there.  There is a monster lurking to be finished!  LOL

Happy Sunday to all of you out there and again, thanks for stopping by to sit a spell at The Pixie Knoll!