Ugh...Its coming..Winter. Can't it be Fall all year long? Well sadly we say goodbye to Halloween, the most wonderful holiday of the year, and hello to Christmas. The work pace is trying to speed up here in the Stamm House studio but unfortunately I haven't seemed to have gotten the memo yet! Maybe it's age or maybe it's well age. My brain is saying it's tired. My arthritic hands are saying they hurt and my eyeballs are saying they are strained. I have good intentions of getting up and running but seem to be easily distracted. We have a show coming up on November 28th and 29th in Boyerstown Pa. at the historical society. We better get a move on! November 30th we have late shoppers night here in Mifflinburg. The second week of December we have Mifflinburgs Christkindle Market. On top of all this we have our store open..soooo..I'd better get with it soon! Late nights, pots of coffee and my propane heater,..it's a date!
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Wow, I didn't realize how much time has passed since I wrote on this blog....It's almost the end of October and we are heading towards Christmas faster than I want to admit. Halloween work has come and almost gone at this point. I just finished sending out the last of Halloween orders this past week. Christmas work is gearing up quick. I am working on an order of 24 Santa head buckets that will be in the mail mid week. There are numerous belsnickles waiting in the wings for their finishing touches of feather tree sprigs and mica snow. The Christmas molds have been pulled and brought to the molding room. Unfortunately we are in the middle of a kitchen renovation so our time to work is pulled every which way right now. Today I realized we have to leave for a show in Boyerstown Pa on Thanksgiving day. I better have some belsnickles finished! Then there's the store...oh my store! My store needs cleaned and decorated. I need about 5 clones of me to get everything done. Well.....good luck with that! So to sum up, as in past years everything here at Stamm House is running about right on schedule....behind, behind, behind!
Saturday, August 23, 2014
Good Lord, I haven't posted since July! What have I been doing all summer? Well I'm not moving as fast as I use too. I think maybe now my age is catching up with me a little bit. A little less energy, a little more napping and a little more procrastinating! Fall is almost here and then comes the Christmas season so we are starting slowly to roll. I have spent the summer working on some new crazy Halloween pieces. The funny thing is, the first of anything is new and exciting to make. Having to make more than one is boring. The new Halloween pieces are outside my normal working medium of molding reproductions. These new pieces involve working with several mediums to create one item ....not really crazy about that. Old dog, new tricks..NO. Shortly we will be onto Belsnickles and Santa's and all things Christmas, like by next week! Guy had a promotion at work so he is busier than ever which cuts into his time to mold. So we have had a few changes to deal with lately. On top of everything else we are in a major kitchen renovation which may not be done by the holidays and I will be a psycho!Here's a picture of my crazy teapot which pretty much sums up my mood!
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Things are starting to gear up for Fall in the studio. The past few weeks have been design time for me. It feels like the rush is on and I will be out of time soon if I don't keep moving. I've been designing a new line of "creatures" for the Fall. They are made up of pumpkin men, squash, cats and witches. Right now there is a waiting list, no pressure there! I'm posting some pictures of finished pieces and pieces in the works...so have a look!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Today's picture is of the cat I just finished. He's the cats meow! Actually he is my favorite. Sometimes working on one of my creations I get so frustrated I want to take a pair of scissors and stab them but this guy was fun to make! Summertime is my down time when I have the freedom to work on anything new I want. It really is a nice change and keeps me creative. Soon enough we will be back in Belsnickle mode and complaining about the freezing cold here in central Pa. Guy is finishing up 200 small feather trees for a special order and then he's onto mold making for the upcoming season. There's molds that need to be remade and new ones waiting. I am working on these new items for Fall and then I need to turn my attention to our store for the Fall and Winter season..it's never ending!
Saturday, June 21, 2014
Well all is quiet at my house and studio this morning.The only thing I'm hearing is a rather vocal momma bird in the courtyard and an occasional car passing down Chestnut St. This all seems weird, Chestnut St is never quiet! Oh well I will enjoy it while I can. Guy has gone off to work this morning which is not his usual schedule. There is a Summer festival today which requires him to work the day schedule instead of the evening hours.Sooo quiet, quiet, quiet around here today. I have been working on more items for the new line of holiday ..?????. I'm not even sure what to call these guys yet, maybe veggie People, maybe Halloween Creeps or maybe just "Creepies". I don't know, I'll worry about that later. I've been putting in quite a bit of time on the designing of this line even though there are orders backed up waiting to be finished on our regular line of reproductions. Hey, the more the merrier, isn't that what they say! Everything will get done eventually. Right now I am just going to enjoy my quiet before I open the store today.......ahhhhhhh..silence