Monday, May 26, 2014

Website Complete!

*Sigh of relief*  It's been a very busy week and a lot of adjustments, but the new and improved version of my website is now completed for the most part, with the exception of a tweak or two here and there. 

My initial design concept was to create an e-commerce site and be rid of the outside sources that I have used as a store front up to this point in time.  That, and clean it up to make it less confusing. Unfortunately, I will have to wait a little while longer to go full-blown e-commerce like I wanted to since I'm not a famous artist "making bank" as my son would call it.  LOL   However, I did manage to tidy things up a bit and make it more efficient.  And, for that, I am very pleased with the end results.  So, in the meantime, until I'm "making bank", I will continue to use the Etsy store front since it is a bit more viable for my change purse than the e-commerce alternative. 

With that said, I believe you will find the changes I have made a lot less confusing and more efficient than they were before.  Now, you will see the store pages with all the items that are available.  If you want to see more information on that particular item, just click on the picture and you will go directly to that particular item in the Etsy shop!  It's that easy.  Then, just back click in your navigation to go back to the website, or at that time, you can chose to look further in the Etsy store, the option is all up to you at that time.  :-)   So, why not hop on over and take a look at the site and let me know what you think of it in the meantime!  I would love to hear your feedback.  :-)   www.thepixieknoll.com

Speaking of the Etsy shop, I finally found the time to load up all the new items that I had finished just before the Quinlan show in Philadelphia.  There are about 8+ new pieces added along with the other items I have available.  I didn't realize how many pieces I was working on at the same time until I sat down and started adding all of it to the shop! Nothing wrong with being an over-achiever.  At any rate, when you get bored, you might want to stop by and have a look at all the new items (unless you have already stopped by through the website).  Here is a direct link to the shop!   https://www.etsy.com/shop/Pixieknoll 

The only other thing that I have going on at the moment are 3 auctions on Ebay.  I started all 3 off with a super low starting bid so that everyone interested could have a little fun.  That, and it's high time I start to make room in the studio for new work!   I hope that you stop by and cheer them on, or, in the very least place a bid and be a part of the festivities!  After all, that is part of the fun.  :-D
http://www.ebay.com/itm/121349477687?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649



http://www.ebay.com/itm/121349477275?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

http://www.ebay.com/itm/121349477880?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649
After all of this work, I think it's time to take a wee break and spend some  much over-due time with the family.  Over the next few days, I will be back to work on more items for the Coven of Crones in preparation for the Spirits in Sanford event.  Be sure to stop by my other blog to catch up on all the Halloween fun stuff that will be going on over there.  www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com

As always, thank you for stopping by and following along here at The Pixie Knoll!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Website under construction but functional!

That is right!  My website is currently getting a face lift and it's long over-do if you ask me.  For quite some time I have wanted to make things easier for you, the collectors, to make your purchases.  I have despised the fact that you have had to go to Etsy to make your purchases and to see more pics of available items.  Well, all of that is about to change!  I'm excited about the changes and I hope you are too!

So, please bare with me while I make ready a new and improved shopping experience for your collecting pleasures! 

Inside the new store, you will be able to shop by category, and see more pictures and view points of the items available to you.  Not only that, but you will no longer have to follow a link to go to the Etsy site in order to make your purchases.  That's right, I'm all about simplifying it just for you, the collector! 

In the new store, you will also find the "total" price of the item.  This means, "the price" will include the price of the item, shipping fees and taxes; which I will itemize the list out for you at the bottom of the description to the item.  No hidden fees, just everything slapped into a nice, neat little pile!  :-)  

All in all, the changes will be completely wonderful, but there are a couple of fallacies to the improvements.  After all, not everything is perfect.  Like I have mentioned, I am unable to link in shipping and taxes.  :(   But, the other problem is for my beloved International Buyers.  They will have to contact me prior to making their purchase so that the shipping fees can be adjusted to their locations.  Unfortunately, there is no way around it I am afraid.  But, with all the great NEW changes, I think we can make do with a few discomforts.  :-D

It is unfortunate that I can not afford to upgrade to a full-blown commerce site at this time, but this is the next best thing to having that fancy commerce site.  Thank you for your patience on the improvement process!  I hope you will like the changes I am making.  Please feel free to email me at lori@thepixieknoll.com  with any suggestions you might have or leave your comments here at the blog!  I would love to hear your feedback!  

Friday, May 16, 2014

More new pieces from the Quinlan Show! (Picture heavy with 2 new pieces!)

Now that a few deadlines are out of the way, as promised, I am finally getting around to those pictures of the other new pieces I had promised you.  These are the additional pieces that I brought to the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show that no body has seen yet, except for those who attended the show.   Just like the "Allegory of Life: the Four Seasons", I had decided to keep these new pieces from the viewers until after the show.  The idea was to create a bit of "mystery" and encourage collectors to attend the show to see first hand what others who were not attending would not see until after the show was over.  :-)  In other words, those who attended were rewarded with being able to see the completed pieces first before any body else, there fore, they had first dibs on the purchases! 

So, here we are, Quinlan has come and gone, and it's time for the great reveal!  If you see something you like, please do not hesitate to contact me, as I do ship world wide and I also take payment plans too.

The first piece is called "Faegan the Pixie King".  As you know there are many pixie kings in the land of the knoll, and good 'ole Faegan here is a spritely and wise little fella.  In fact, his name has a Celtic base and means "little fiery one".  As you can see, he sits upon his throne of fiery colored branches and his wild fiery hair mimics what his personality portrays of his character.  He is made out of polymer clay and wire armature, sports glass eyes, red mohair, and hand painted with acrylic paints.  He is dressed in stocking net trousers, cotton blouse and a fuax suede jacket with tiny buttons.  He has a brass crown with a faux gem stone, and his staff is a real piece of wood, with a faux crystal and bits of carnelian stone and brass findings.  His woodland throne base is made out of a wire armature, aluminum foil and paper clay, then painted with acrylic paints and sealed for protection.  The mushrooms are also made from paper clay.  The total piece measures about 15 inches tall.  I hope you like him! 
 
"Faegan the Pixie King"

"Faegan the Pixie King" side view




"Faegan the Pixie King" back view


"Faegan the Pixie King"

"Faegan the Pixie King" close-up.

"Faegan the Pixie King" measurement.
The 2nd piece that I wanted to show you  is of a little pixie that loves to play with rocks, thus, is why he is named "Mason" which means, "stone worker".  As you can see, this clever little fella loves to do tricks that most mortal mankind would feel impossible to do.  But, for "Mason" this is just a small trick and requires very little effort on his part.  He just likes to amaze the common-folk with his wonderful gift and talent of manipulating stones to his liking!  "Mason" complete height measures about 21-22 inches tall in total piece.  He is made from polymer clay over a wire armature, chocolate mohair and glass eyes.  He is painted with acrylic paints, and has mulberry paper clothing.  The stone formation is made from aluminum and paper clay, then painted with acrylic paints and sealed for protection, and it has faux moss greenery.  The stones are not removable from "Mason's" head, but he is removable from the bottom rock formation for shipping purposes.  Again, this freckled face little pixie is available for purchase and I do ship world wide and accept payment plans.  If you like this little fella, please don't hesitate to drop me a line!  lori@thepixieknoll.com 

"Mason" front view

"Mason" close-up

"Mason" close-up with thumb comparison

"Mason" side view

"Mason" back view

"Mason" side view

"Mason" ruler measurement

"Mason" close-up with ruler.

 

 
Aside from these 2 new pieces, I also have a few more paper clay dolls that I have finished up as well.  I will post those up in a few days.  In the meantime, I just wanted to mention that my sister blog, the darker side of The Pixie Knoll is up and running.   You can reach it here www.covenofcrones.blogspot.com  or by clicking on the picture link at the top of this blog.    The Every Witch Way Lane store is now open and you can see where I have just completed a new Halloween Witch named "Matilda's Flight"!  She is available ONLY in the EWWL store at the moment.  They have the exclusive debut rights to sell her.  Here is the link to the EWWL shop! http://ewwlartgallery.blogspot.com/   So, please, jump on your broomsticks and head on over to the Coven of Crones blog and the Every Witch Way Lane store and see what it is all about! 

As always, thank you for following along here at The Pixie Knoll!   See you in a few days!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Finally back from Philly and the Quinlan Show.....now it's SHOW and TELL time!!!!

I realize that there has been a slight time gap since my last posting here, but I have had good reason for my absence and soon, I think you will agree that it was indeed necessary.   In the short time I have been away,  I have managed to complete 1 MAJOR piece, 2 lesser pieces of work, along with 4 more cute paper clay dolls as well. 

If you can recall back to one of my last post, I tried to leave little hints here and there as to what was on the work bench in the studio. I mentioned briefly that my MAJOR piece had to do with Celtic symbols and nature.  I have to say, I think I accomplished what I set out to do and much, much more.  In fact, the final piece probably really belongs in a museum, as my husband has playfully suggested with his approval.  I seriously poured my heart and soul into this entire piece of work because the message was so important for me to share with the viewer.  Once the process of creating this one had began, it encompassed my life to the point I could not get a descent night sleep until it's completion!  Which in fact, ended up being just a few short days prior to me leaving for the Quinlan Doll and Teddy Bear show in Philadelphia!  Of course, I admit, I was also working on the other 2 lesser pieces along the way too, so it took me a little longer than I had expected to get them all completed at the same time for the show. 

For this posting, I only want to share the one major piece because it is deep in symbolism and it's story takes a bit to mull over.  Along side the story about the meaning of the piece, I will also share photos of the completed piece.  I hope you like the finished piece and the message behind it.  I would love your feed back on what you think about it...for good or for bad.  :-D  So don't be shy!   In a few days, I will share photos of the other pieces that I completed so you can enjoy those as well.

But for now here is the MAJOR piece!  

"Allegory of Life: The Four Seasons"


"Allegory of Life: The Four Seasons"  is a story telling piece that holds a lot of symbolism in it's details. The story is told by the dryads that represent the four different seasons and it is about the cycle of life that we all must live. 

The center tree is the "tree of life" which stretches above to the heavens to remind us that we must have some form of spirituality in our lives.  The leaves on the tree of life are shaped into the "trinity knot" to represent the “father, the son and the holy spirit" or from a pagan perspective, the father, the mother and the earth.  The leaves are grouped into sets of three to emphasize how important spirituality is to us as we grow.  It doesn't matter what branch or form of religion we chose, what matters is that we find spirituality in our lives some place. 

There are 12 trunks on the tree; these represent the 12 calendar months, the 12 tribes,  and the 12 apostles.  The acorns represent the male aspect of nature, they are the seeds of life, and also the members of our family in our own family trees. 

As we go down the trunk of the tree, we see many spirals.  These spirals represent spiritual awareness and expansion of thought, which is necessary in order to grow in our lives.  This information is constantly changing and ever flowing, so these details are painted in blue, because it is an element of water, which, like water, it is always moving.  

The roots of the tree reach deep into the earth because it is how it brings forth life to those above and also remind us that we too, will eventually be returned to the earth to replenish the ground; ashes to ashes and dust to dust. 

Our seasons on earth begin in the Spring with the acorn that falls to the ground where it spreads out it's roots into the ground and starts to grow.  Hopefully growing strong as an oak. 

Then, we move toward Summer, which is our teenage years in life.  We have fun in the summer sun!  We are not well rooted in the ground, our hair is wild and flowing in the wind and we are carefree.  No worries and no direction and our knowledge of life is just starting to sprout (as indicated by the trunk on top of her head).  But, even still, there are stepping stones behind the Summer dryad, and she knows that this is her path she must take in life and that one day she must follow them toward her future. 

Which now our story brings us to Fall.  Here, we find a very pregnant dryad, a mature woman who is ready to reap the full harvest of her life.  She is an apple tree and reaches upward to pluck an apple from her very branches, since the apple represents knowledge,  this tells us that she is very aware of where she is in her life and she is ready to reap the rewards of her hard work in her life.

Then, we move onward to our Winter months in life where you find a very dear and lonely elderly dryad woman.  She is alone and her surroundings are cold.  This is the time of our lives where perhaps our spouse has left us behind or our children have grown up and left the nest.  We are alone in our world with only the pillars of our community to lean on, we might find some comfort in them, but still, they are not the family we prefer and so, we are still alone.  But the elder dryad knows that all is not lost.  As she falls apart, and her branches fall to the ground around her in the snow covered earth, she knows that her death will replenish the earth's soil and will revive it so that Spring can once again flourish.  Her family tree will continue to grow in her memory.  She knows this to be true because the stone she leans toward is a very ancient stone.  It is the Hag stone, the Witches stone, or the Fairy stone.   Legend has it, that if you find a stone with a hole in it, if you peer through it, you can see into the future.  So, this ancient stone is turned towards Spring and it is here that the wise and elder dryad can peer into the future and see that Spring is only around the corner and the earth will be as it once was when she was just a small acorn her self. 

The very base of the entire piece is also significant and symbolic.  It is encompassed by a Celtic knot work circle, the “circle of life”.  This tells us that there is no ending and no beginning to the circle of life, that it is ever flowing.  The entire piece has been placed on a lazy susan (spinning wheel) so that the piece can spin continuously in a circle.  This is to remind us that we live on a world that is constantly spinning and that even though we all take a different path in life and may experience different types of lives, that we will all live through the same cycles just as the four seasons, we have a beginning and ending, but the cycle will always continue, never stopping and never changing. 

 And now, the photos!  (click on the pictures for a larger view)


Entire tree of life, "Spring" side view.
 

Entire tree of life, "Summer" side view.

Entire tree of life, "Fall" side view.

Entire tree of life, "Winter" side view.

Details of the acorns seeds and trinity knot leaves.

"Spring" view.

"Spring" view.

"Summer" view.

"Summer" view.

"Fall" view.

"Fall" view.

"Fall" view.

"Winter" view.

"Winter" view.

"Winter" view.

Yard stick showing size.

Total pieces measures about 31" tall.

Another measurement picture.


Another measurement of the piece and a little detail of the wood burned Celtic knot work for the Circle of Life on the base.
I hope you have all enjoyed "Allegory of Life: The Four Seasons".  I would love to read your comments and what you think about this piece.  So please, don't be shy....leave me some feedback! 

As always, thank you for following along here at The Pixie Knoll.  Check back again soon for more pictures of the other completed pieces and some from the trip to Philly and back again! 

Have a great day folks!