Hallow’s Eve Top 10, No 1 Sugar Scull ( Suzy Taylor – Folk Art Papercuts)

Greetings dear tree friends
Hallow’s Eve or Samhain or Day of The Dead is coming close. This Wednesday to be precise. As nature starts her rest it is time for all of us to honor our ancestors and past. A time to look back and think of all the things we ve gained, all the lessons we learned from our experiences and all of the people that have been an inspiration to our lives.
All cultures have their own traditions and today we will be talking about one, since the opportunity arises with today’s featured item.

The Day Of The Dead is a holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico during the chilly days of November 1 & 2. It is believed that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

In most villages, beautiful altars (ofrendas) are made in each home. They are decorated with candles, buckets of flowers (wild marigolds called cempasuchil & bright red cock’s combs) mounds of fruit, peanuts, plates of turkey mole, stacks of tortillas and big Day-of-the-Dead breads called pan de muerto. The altar needs to have lots of food, bottles of soda, hot cocoa and water for the weary spirits. Toys and candies are left for the angelitos, and on Nov. 2, cigarettes and shots of mezcal are offered to the adult spirits. Little folk art skeletons and sugar skulls, purchased at open-air markets, provide the final touches.

Sugar art was brought to the New World by Italian missionaries in the 17th century. The first Church mention of sugar art was from Palermo at Easter time when little sugar lambs and angels were made to adorn the side altars in the Catholic Church.

Mexico, abundant in sugar production and too poor to buy fancy imported European church decorations, learned quickly from the friars how to make sugar art for their religious festivals. Clay molded sugar figures of angels, sheep and sugar skulls go back to the Colonial Period 18th century. Sugar skulls represented a departed soul, had the name written on the forehead and was placed on the home ofrenda or gravestone to honor the return of a particular spirit. Sugar skull art reflects the folk art style of big happy smiles, colorful icing and sparkly tin and glittery adornments. Sugar skulls are labor intensive and made in very small batches in the homes of sugar skull makers. These wonderful artisans are disappearing as fabricated and imported candy skulls take their place.

Today’s feature as you might have guessed is a sugar scull. The artist behind it is Suzy Taylor, a very talented woman, who makes amazing things with the paper cutting technique. She is a self taught artist living in Hertfordshire, UK. Her work is inspired by by traditional Folk Art themes, such as rural life, people and nature.

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Her sugar scull as well as the rest of her items is totally handmade and hand cut from a single piece of paper.

You can check Suzy’s work at:

A big thanks to you all that keep visiting this place 🙂 A big thanks to Suzy for letting me feature her work on my blog.

This is the grand finale of the Halloween top 10. I enjoyed writing about the work of fellow crafters so much and I hope  you enjoyed reading and getting to know these wonderful people and their work 🙂

For the previous entries please click here

Have a wonderful day

Many hugs to all of you xx

 

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Hallow’s Eve Top 10, No 2 Halloween Girl ( Myriam Powell – Myriam Powell Designs)

Greetings Dear Tree Friends

I hope you are all well in this beautiful autumn day. Leaves have started falling around here. The grass is filled with gorgeous shades of brown, yellow and gold. The weather is colder, some birds are preparing to leave for warmer places and it is time for warm beverages and cozy evenings. I must admit I love the colors of autumn. I love the feeling of warm coffee and of soft blankets.

And on the other hand we have the dark theme of Hallow’s Eve. There is a balance between the coziness and the the dark theme of the season. Time to light up some candles and enjoy their shadows.. Time to let our minds wander free into the night. And off course it is time to share with you the work of a wonderful artist. 🙂

I am very happy that today Myriam Powell from Myriam Powell Designs is visiting the blog of the Grove. I recently discovered her page on Facebook and I loved her work. She designs and creates beautiful art dolls. Her style reminds me at first glance Tim Burton’s Nightmare before Christmas. I find it dark and whimsical at the same time. Myriam combines clay and needle felting technique for her unique creations.

Myriam shares her thoughts about her work: “I like to create dolls that unlike traditional dolls, are imperfect. They are a combination of ugly and beauty trying to find balance. They can transmit sadness, happiness, laugh or a deep melancholy feeling. They always have a story to tell with their expressions, their hair, clothes …..
They express the way I see life. A fusion of opposites looking for equilibrium to make it work.
I tend to be more attracted to gothic dolls. I am fascinated by the unknown, the dark side of things (without letting it consume me), the enigma they perpetrate….
My inspiration comes from everywhere, but especially music. Usually when I’m creating a doll, a song contributes a little bit to their soul.

Today a cute Halloween Girl chose to pop out and walk into the paths of Drømme Lund. In my opinion the colors used and this whole piece brings out one of the many faces of Hallow’s Eve.

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This little one seems like she has just been strolling on Halloween town one cold afternoon. Just love the colors and the expression on her face 🙂

To all of you who appreciate handmade art dolls that are unique and they can practically speak to you, you should visit Myriam’s page or browse her shop and see her lovely, dark dolls. I can tell you from now that she creates the most beautiful Santa I ve ever seen 🙂

Feel free to check her links that follow:

A big thank you to Myriam and her wonderful dolls who visited the Grove today. 🙂

And off course many many hugs to all of you who keep on returning to Drømme Lund to read and dream with me and all the little trees  🙂

If you wish to read and see the past entries on this top 10 please click here

May you all have a lovely magical weekend and don’t forget to dream xx

 

 

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Hallow’s Eve Top 10, No 3 Witch Flying In Front Of The Moon (Faith Spicer-Jenkins – FaithsBizzar Art Stained Glass & Decoupage)

Greetings Dear Tree Friends

I hope you are all having a wonderful autumn weekend so far. It has been a busy time here i the Grove these days. It is harvest season!! Many nature’s treasures are maturing these days.

Autumn is a season of celebration, a season when all of us should pay out respects and thank nature for her generosity 🙂

The pumpkins of the Grove are maturing and today we harvested the first one! I am so delighted that the seeds I sowed in May have now given us a lot of orange pumpkins in various sizes 🙂 I will be making pumpkin soup today and it actually fits the weather, since we are having the coldest day (so far) of autumn.

Today we will be continuing our Halloween top 10. I am happy that today we will be featuring a great artist and a lovely lady from Sheerness UK. I ve known Faith for some time now and I have worked with her on various projects of the Grove. Very helpful artist that deals with stained glass and decoupage. I particularly love her stained glass work! I ve always liked the fact that stained glass can decorate beautifully a plain window and off course when the sun is up the room can be filled with lovely shades and colors.

Faith shares with us the start of her artistic and crafting adventures: “I have always loved Art but never enjoyed fine painting and drawing which I was encouraged to as a child .Both my parents are Artists and love to paint I much prefer the hands on approach sculpture and making puppets for parades and masks.My glass and jewellery are all my own designs and are all unique and individual.
As my parents where Artist’s this exposed me to many close friends who were also creative people growing up.
One owned a workshop where he made stained glass which I visited often as a child. As a teenager I worked on a back to work scheme part of which was repairing traditional church windows in Eire (Ireland).
My husband has also influenced my life he is a great artist and a tattooist and this comes through my art and crafts.
One day I was thinking what can I do to take up my spare time as due to health reasons I m unable to work full-time.
I was going a bit mad and realized Art was making me happy as I used to dabble in decoupage a bit.Then it occurred to me to try to make stained Glass objects as I had a small amount of experience .So here I am doing what I love and making me and others happy.”

One of the first pieces that I saw and caught my eye was the stained glass Witch that Faith had on her shop. I love halloween themes and this one was just wonderful! A love witch flying in the brilliance of a full moon. It is pure magic.

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Faith shares her thoughts about this piece: “The Stained Glass Witch I love as its simple but effective design.I chose the Creamy white Translucent Glass for the moon because when you hold it to the light it glows like the moon. It gives me a feeling of power and freedom as she fly past the moon .”

If you think that Faith’s portfolio is small, you are sadly mistaken. She creates a lot of personalized stained glass pieces and you might want to check her decoupage items as well 🙂 From lovely ornaments for your windows or your christmas tree, to gorgeous tealight holders and jewelry, Faith’s work will definitely enchant you! Just visit her Facebook page, blog or shop and browse her collection. If you wish for a more personalized item, (for instance your pet captured in stained glass), feel free to contact her and see what she can do for you 🙂

A big thanks to Faith for taking the time to visit The Grove’s Blog and a big thanks to all of you who keep on visiting 🙂

For past entries of the top ten please click here

Have a lovely day dear tree friends and stay warm 🙂

Many hugs to all of you xx

 

 

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Announcing Winner Of Harvest Competition

Apple Harvest

I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all dear friends who commented or share this competition. You ve all been wonderful as always 🙂

The apples were 10.7kg

So the winner is…..

Christina Lank!!

~~~~~~~~~~CONGRATULATIONS~~~~~~~~~~

Dear Christina, please take some time to contact me at DrommeLund@hotmail.com to claim your prize. You will have 2 weeks to redeem your 30% discount voucher. Please bear in mind that it is valid for any items in my shop besides those that are already on discount. The voucher will be given to you as a coupon code which you will be able to use in my etsy shop. This code will expire in 2 weeks. Along with your order you will receive one small decoration as shown in photo. For any questions please do not hesitate to ask. We will discuss more details when you ve send me an email.

Thank you all so much for your support 🙂

Have a lovely afternoon

Eirini xx

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Hallow’s Eve Top 10, No 4 Lady of the Night Choker ( Deidre Gubbels – Deidre Dreams)

Greetings dear tree friends

Today we continue our journey to autumn/Hallow’s Eve land. In today’s post I am going to share with you two things. First of all the work of a really talented woman. It is very original and perfect for dreamers 🙂 second I am going to share with you a dark short story I wrote a long time ago.

I myself being a person who loves fantasy, I was very interested i fantasy stories and games. My favorite was a role playing game called DnD. Some of you might know it. It is really interesting really. To those who dont know, DnD is a game in fantasy worlds where there is a story teller and players who can act and play fictional characters. I was instantly hooked and of course almost always I had the role of the storyteller. So, I was able to create the story and a lot of interesting characters.

I loved writing and recently I discovered a small story I had written some time ago. The reason I will be writing it on this post is that it is a dark story and it fits the theme of Hallow’s Eve. Since Deidre loves fantasy stories as well, I think it is a nice idea as well 🙂

So have a warm cuppa, relax and dream with us:

Silence all  around.. It could be a calm site, but it wasn’t. She stood on a scorched  rock that gave her good view of the border. Her golden eyes were accustomed to the never ending  darkness. Nothing could hide from her sight apart from her own kind and she knew that they would never be a threat to her.

In the distance she saw something. A person who did not belong to the dark realm. Beside her a creature with lifeless eyes stirred with anticipation.

‘’Not yet.. ‘’she said. ‘’Let him come to us, then you will feed’’

She smiled as she looked up, the Dark Guardian was soaring the sky. She screamed into the darkness, a scream not meant to scare but to lure. It sounded like the cry of a defenseless child in dire need of help.

She rested her hand on top of her pet’s head . It was a fearsome beast. Its eyes were grey, its body full of spikes made of onyx, the same material as its master’s armor. Beneath the spikes its body was a deep red color. It seemed  as if the creature was skinned underneath those pitch black spikes.

The wind shifted and her hair brushed against her armor. She laughed softly. ‘’Its time’’

Her servant rushed forward….

 

‘’Alright.. I think I m officially lost’’, he said with a hint of annoyance and fear in his voice. ‘’Maybe I should have stayed home’’

But that would make him like everyone else, he thought. He wished to reach a higher rank, after all ambition was allowed within certain limits, among the elves. He wanted to prove himself and he could, if he ever found the way back to his fair land.

He looked up at the sky looking for a sign of the Guardian of Light but it was nowhere to be seen.. suddenly he realized that he was getting closer to danger. At this point though, curiosity and the feeling of danger kept him going. He had found the border of the Dark Realm. Maybe with some luck, he thought, he could make one of these hateful creatures cross over and if he managed to kill one he ‘d be a hero.

Deep in the darkness he walked being alert and careful of his footing. Suddenly he heard a child’s cry coming from the scorched land. Without thinking twice he run towards that call. Too late he realized that he had made a grave mistake.

Nothing in the Dark Realm was alive..

And it was coming…

As I said today we are having a lovely dark visit from Deidre Gubbels, the artist behind Deidre Dreams. I don’t actually remember how and when exactly I met Deidre’s work, but I am glad that I did. Her work is very original and she combines yarn and polymer clay into beautiful creations. I am very impressed with the combination of colors which actually proves that gothic is not always black.

Deidre shares with us her first steps on the handmade world: ” A little under 2 years ago I discovered polymer clay. A girl at work brought some clay, and I loved it right away!
I bought some packs of fimo right that day and started playing with it.
Not long after I realised it would make me so happy to able to make pretty things with polymer clay for a living, and that’s when I started dreaming of having my own shop online. I’m a huge dreamer, so Deidre Dreams was the most logical name for my shop that popped right into my head.

A few months after that, I asked my grandmother and mum to re-teach me crochet. I was instantly hooked wink
I have a huge yarn addiction and colour addiction by now. I love crocheting and combining the crochet pieces with a pretty clay ornament.
I love that I can mix any colour with my clay to get the right piece for my crochet works.

My style and taste is quite broad. I love anything dreamy, romantic, fairy tale and mythical. I love stories, really. And apart from books and movies, my work is where I can express all my tastes, which like, I said is quite broad.
I love darker romantic stories, I love gothic, Halloween pieces, always have. But I also love fairies, myths, witches and Wicca.
My inspiration comes from all over the place. It can be from a song, the snow outside, my vacations to Scotland and Ireland, or from people.
But lately, it really often comes from my materials as well.That’s how the yarn addiction got started.
I ordered my first hand dyed and hand spun yarn about half a year ago from Wool Wench, and the textures and colours are so unlike factory spun yarn.
They vibrate with energy. And they sing to me to make something with them, and then the piece comes out of my hands just like that.

With my clay, it’s the details I love. I love making little scenes with a story in my hand and kind of making a sculpted painting with my clay.”

The item that I chose to show you today is a very elegant choker all handmade of course 🙂 I think this piece is wonderful. Dark but with color at the same time and with a stunning setting that embraces beautifully the stunning fimo piece.

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Deidre share with us her thoughts on this piece: “The inspiration for the Lady of the Night choker, is kind of a combination of the material inspiring me and having a feeling or an atmosphere surround me.
It was crocheted with a yarn that came from my very first batch of hand dyed hand spun yarn. I was in a very gothic mood. Listening to Nightmare before Christmas songs and Vic Anselmo a lot.
That’s how the bat came to be on the cameo I made on the filigree.”

To everyone that loves original and unusual jewelry and accessories that are handmade with love you must check Deidre’s work. You can find her in:

A big thank you to Deidre for visiting Drømme Lund today and sharing her work with me and you. A big thank you to all of you who visited and joining us in this wonderful dark journey in this beautiful autumn day 🙂

If you wish to read the previous entries of the Hallow’s Eve Top 10 please click here

If you wish to enter in the Grove’s competition for a chance to win a voucher plus a small decoration please click here Entries end on the first of October

Have a lovely afternoon and see you soon 🙂

Many warm hugs to you all xx

 

 

 

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Hallow’s Eve Top 10, No 5 Zelda The Cute Little Witch ( Anna Forrest – Wonderful World of Forrestfairy )

Autumn Greetings Dear Tree Friends!

I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. In this week autumn has officially started! Exciting times for everyone. As the days grow darker we are all prepairing for the upcoming winter. Here in the Grove we have harvested the apple and I have now a fridge filled with them 🙂 I also baked some of them into pies. The house smelled of apple and cinammon. What great magic that is 🙂

We are getting really close now to Halloween so we continue with our top 10. This time the theme is witchy 😛 I ve always loved witches and the word never gave me the impression of something evil and bad. I ve always found witches mysterious and powerful beings.

We all know in the past witches were all around us.. The oldest religion and I m guessing the first one was paganism that worshiped the powers of nature that surrounds us. Back then people had pure hearts and payed more attention to the changes of nature. They were very dependent on it and since they were not advanced technologically, the awe and mysteries still remained. People had a simpler life but as seasons change so did the times. In order for a new religion to be stable and pass on into the people’s mind, they had to ”borrow” some of the old holidays. One of them was the autumn equinox which of course turned to be Hallow’s Eve. So the symbol of the witch changed into something evil.. Back then of course times were hard for everyone who believed in the old ways, but I think today we can joke a bit about the ridiculousness and at how outrageous the reactions of people were. I think most people have more respect about what they believe, which of course is an encouraging thought 🙂

 

So today a very special woman and a very special creation have come in the Grove. I met Anna Forrest’s work a year ago. I was so enamored with her creations! They are so cure and cuddly 🙂 After some time I saw her first gnomes and I knew I had to have one :)I contacted Anna and we had a little chat. After a while I had a little package in my hand and saw Ed 🙂 The cutest gnome I ve ever seen 🙂

I am delighted to hear Anna’s story and how she started expressing her creativity. She shares her thoughts with us: “I’ve always loved fairies and anything magical. My Nana use to live near a hollow tree and use to take me there to press my ear agenst the trunk to hear the fairies whispering, to this day I swear I could hear them. When I stayed with my Nana  she told me if I drank all my milk at breakfast, ate all my crusts on my sandwiches at lunch and ate all my vegtables at dinner a fairy would be born and in return a fairy would leave me 50p under my dinner plate. I used to check before I ate my dinner and no pennies would be there, yet after I finished and my Nana lifted my plate a 50p would always be there!
I started as a bear artist so my fairies are made out of mini bear fabrics and in a similar style to bears rather than dolls.
I love making woodland earthy fairies and creature more than pink sparkly ones, tho they are very fun to make, as i think they have more magical charm and I could imagine one peeping out from under a leaf or fern.”

Now that Halloween is close, Anna has introduced her magic Halloween creatures. That includes Zelda. A little witch with a lot of powers like turning you to a toad is you keep on saying to her that she is cute 😛 Me thinks her greatest power is that she can melt your heart after you get one small glimpse at her 🙂

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All of Anna’s wonderful creations are 100% handmade. All her designs are made from her own patterns and completely hand sewn. You can go check Anna’s work and enter her magical, special, wonderful world:

A big thanks to Anna for visiting the Dreamy Grove and a big thanks to all of you for staying with us this afternoon. Please click here if you wish to read the other entries of the top 10

And the Grove is having a small competition. You can check it here if you wish

May you all have a lovely afternoon and stay tuned for more enchanting creations 🙂

Many warm hugs to you all

 

 

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Harvest & Competition Time!

The time of the year has come, or is approaching.. The time to harvest and receive mother nature’s gifts. The Grove is rejoicing and embraces this beautiful season with a lot of enthusiasm and I feel the same 🙂

Last year I didn’t have much time to plant anything, so this year I started to plant pumpkins. I ve always wanted to have Jack O’ Lanterns for Hallow’s Eve and at first I was a bit scared that my plants wouldn’t grow. How wrong I was 🙂 We ve given them a lot of nutritious stuff from the compost and they have flourished!

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This year our apple trees have been very generous as well. I ve already made some apple butter from our trees and now we have more apples which will probably become pies. It is hard work, but in the end we all enjoy the fruits of our labor (in this case literally 😛 )

I took a photo for all of you to see the colors and I thought to myself why not make a competition out of it? I give you all enough time to think this and share with friends and family 🙂 The winner will be only one and he/she will win a 30% discount voucher on any tree (apart from those that are already on sale) plus this small enchanted leaf: Enchanted Leaf

The winner will have 2 weeks to redeem his/her prize after the winner is announced

All dear tree friends that wish to enter are kindly reminded that I m organizing and hosting this competition on my blog and not on FB. All the answers should be written here and nowhere else. The entries will end on October 1st at 08:00 GMT +1

How to enter? Easy just write a comment here and guess the weight of these apples:

Apple HarvestThe first answer who will guess right will win. If there is no right answer, then the first answer who is closest will win 🙂 You are kindly requested to add your full name to your comment. The winner will be announced here and on my FB page 🙂
Good luck everyone 🙂

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