Tis’ the season for being thankful and making presents for those you love! I’m very thankful that my lovely customers keep me busy doing what I love and to prove it, I’ve made this wonderful little gift pattern for you. The pattern below makes a 2-3/4″ long owl that you can put on a barrette, add to a package, or make into a pin. It’s all hand sewn and goes together in about 10 minutes, so it makes a great small gift item. I’ve also got kits in my Etsy store if you need the materials. Happy creating!
Magick, Come to Life!
What do you do when you’re the village’s tiniest resident, and all odds seemed stacked like a tower of trolls against you? Call on your friends…and a little magick!
Fans of New Hampshire author Jennifer Carson’s charming adventure story, Hapenny Magick, will soon be able to be a part of Maewyn’s world! The New Hampshire premiere production of Hapenny Magick, the musical, has been scheduled! Join us for a wild ride through the Wedge with Maewyn, her wizard friends Callum and Aletta, as they try to save Mae’s best friend, Leif, from becoming dinner for a couple of nasty trolls. Full of whimsy and a gentle humor, Hapenny Magick is a delightful story of joy, wonder, courage, and perfect for the whole family!
Performances will be held at the Warner Town Hall, Warner, NH on April 1st and 2nd 2016. Audition dates are December 12 and 13, 2015 from 1-4pm at the meeting room at the Pillsbury Library in Warner, NH. Have a song prepared to sing and expect to read some scenes from the script. We are looking for actors, singers, dancers, and puppeteers from age 8-88!! We have parts for everyone. Rehearsals will be held at the Warner Town Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays starting in late January.
Hapenny Magick is being produced in conjunction with SKIT, the Sunapee Kearsarge Intercommunity Theater.
For previews of the show music visit this page.
To contact the composer, William Ogmundson, visit http://www.williamogmundson.com/.
Rue the Reindeer is 19″ long and stuffed full of winter love. Sewing pattern includes full size patterns and illustrated directions plus a list of awesome suppliers.
Rue is not jointed. Safe for children. Eyes and nose are needle felted. You may make finished animals for sale.
You can find this pattern in my Etsy shop!
This listing is for the pattern to sew a beautiful 14″ fox!
Frankfurt Fox has safety lock jointed …
This is the premier issue of The Hapenny Herald and includes stories about Wedge residents, classifieds, birth announcements, obituaries, advertisements, and even a crossword puzzle. It also contains a brand new illustration from the fabulous illustrator of the novels, Pat Ann Lewis MacDougall.
The Hapenny Herald is 8 pages and is a perfect gift for any Hapenny lover!
Encourages imagination and builds reading skills for young readers. You can even write to the editor for a signed bookplate, offer tips and hints for piskie free living, or earn a chance at winning the next issue of the Hapenny Herald for free!
Buy your copy in my Etsy store!
Just in time for gift making, I’ve added kits for the very popular Tidbit Faerie dolls. These fairies are the perfect size for dollhouses, ornaments or pins. You’ve got the choice of 4 different skin colors (in a pre-sewn tube!), lots of felt colors, and 6 different hair colors. Check out the listing here.
I’ve also listed again my felt kits to needle felt perfect eyes. It contains merino roving for the whites of eyes and highlights, dark brown down for pupils and (llama) guard hairs for eyelashes. Plus, you can’t beat the price! ($2.50 for the kit!) You can check out that listing here.
We’ve been traveling a lot these past few months (visiting the parental units in Texas, my son’s army graduation in Georgia, and a family funeral in Michigan) and I started a new job(!), but finally we are home and everything is settling into a half-way normal routine. I’ll be working on getting that fox pattern out.Yes, that cute little guy to the right, and I have a sea dragon pattern all drawn up and a reindeer too! Chat soon and Happy Creating!
Last weekend was the Warner Fall Foliage Festival. We have gone to this festival every year since we’ve lived in New Hampshire, but this year we missed it.
Both of my husband’s grandparent’s passed away recently and we made the 14 hour drive back to Michigan for their memorial service this past weekend. Fortunately, you guys will benefit from our loss, as I had made a bunch of new journals for the show.
Most of them are made from vintage children’s books, but others are made from some of my original art, and some really neat New England greeting cards I had picked up at the local antique shop that my family frequents.
Check out my listings on Etsy and save 15% off your order with the coupon code FALLFEST.
My writing process for Tangled Magick, the second book in the Hapenny Magick series, was much different than writing the first. For one thing, I already knew my characters through and through, so there would be no surprises, right? Wrong! My characters threw me curveballs while I was writing—especially Leif. I do plan for surprises when I outline my books—well, my writing friends wouldn’t really call it outlining—it’s more of a loosey-goosey synopsis. I know how I want to open the story, I know what the significant problem is and I know where I want to end. All the smaller conflicts and relationships build themselves through the character’s efforts to get to their goal and though I may know some of those scenes and actions before I start writing, but I don’t know all of them—most usually come to me while I’m writing, but are informed by the personality traits of the characters involved and their goals.
In Hapenny Magick the plot line I was sure of was Maewyn’s adventure, and I had to discover how Gelbane, her guardian, was going to foil her plans of escape. For Tangled Magick, I actually plotted around the misadventure of the villain, Huldfrejya, and worked out how my heroes, Maewyn and Leif, were going to play into her plans.
In order to foil Huldfrejya’s plans really well, I had to know how she would react to things—especially when busy-body hapennies were snooping around her chamber! I also had to know how she would retaliate, discover what would throw her over the edge or bring her into the fold—like I said, characters are always full of surprises, and the character you thought was going to be the villain, may turn out not to be. (Oops! I believe I might have said too much!)
Tangled Magick was the first time I tried to write from two points of view. Thank goodness for my editor, Trisha! She really helped me tighten the timelines and make sure everyone was where they were supposed to be when they were suppose to be there.
A lot of writers will tell you to outline your story—the more detailed the better. I say, if that works for you and keeps you on track, great, but leave room for surprises, and don’t be so tied to your outline that you won’t consider changing it if a character surprises you. And, like the character in my new book, The Dragon and the Stag, would say, trust your gut.