Monday, September 13, 2010


My weekends, this time of year especially, are divided between work and play. On Saturday we went to Peddler's Village to check out the annual scarecrow competition and see what Halloween goodies we could find in the shops. If you've never been there, it's a gorgeous little shopping village in Bucks County, PA, near New Hope. This time of year the grounds are decorated with handmade scarecrows and gorgeous flowers. It's one of my favorite places to go shopping (even if I can rarely afford the things I want there).

One of my favorite scarecrows, the Headless Horseman, of course!

Another favorite, created by Pumpkin Rot.
I LOVE their website and blog

The Grand Carousel is not to be missed! Fully restored in 1998, this 1922 Philadelphia Toboggan Company carousel has forty six hand-carved wood figures, by Master Carver Ed Roth from Long Beach, CA.

This dapple grey with  celtic saddlery was by far my favorite. I want a real horse just like this one!
I love the ear placement and expression..

I managed to come home with one awesome raven on a pumpkin repro sculpture.
He'll make a nice addition to my halloween decorations.

And on Sunday I worked. One giraffe halloween painting on a long board.
I love giraffes and have been wanting to paint one for ages.

I also painted this paper mache mask with a Day of the Dead sugar skull design. Zoe likes it so much she's decided I cannot sell it. Guess who's going to have the kid with the weirdest costume in preschool?

Also started a Day of the Dead horse painting on canvas, a Sleepy Hollow Painted Pony, a pumpkin sculpture on a gourd and several Halloween pendants for a local gallery's October show. I love this time of year, never a shortage of fun ideas. Now to find the time to accomplish them all!


Laura said...

You. Are. Awesome! :)

Zan Asha said...

I second what Laura wrote! AND, once again, you are making it VERY hard to not move to PA!! I LOVE IT ALL!

Hehee, and I think Zoe will be the best costumed kid in preschool, no doubt! :)

Marydon said...

Jennifer, your artwork is exquisite, love the giraffe.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN~ Hugs, Marydon

Kath said...

Oh I got very confused there for a moment,as I used to live in Bucks county, then I realised I was in America for my visit, not back in England. Lovely photos, I particulary liked the carousel horses.

Heart of a Cowgirl said...

Adorable giraffe! I love the pic of your Raven with your kitty in the background, eyeing it suspiciously...

Lin said...

I think Pumpkin is gonna get that raven!!

Your photos of the carousel are incredible!

Jennifer Rose said...

thats not the weirdest costume, probably one of the more original ones that isn't store bought tho. love all the colours on the mask :)

Walk in the Woods said...

Wow! What a great weekend, filled with so much! And as one who has started her own Day of Dead doodles I must say - I love the mask -AND I'm especially looking forward to seeing your horse painting!

Keep enjoying!

Jessie McCandless said...

You do such beautiful work!

I love the dapple gray, too. That celtic saddle just sets him off....

Jeni said...

Hi Jen !! Gorgeous work as usual. Your daughter cracks me up with that mask! What does she plan on wearing with it?

Anonymous said...

Well, even if you don't usually find anything you want there, it's always good to just have fun at a gorgeous place that inspires you and nothing more. Life can't always be for a purpose, right? The little one looks great in her skull. Don't let the title of "weirdest costume in preschool" deter her!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

So many fabulous goodies in just one post! We stopped by Peddler's Village last year on our vacation. Loved it there. The display of scarecrows was awesome! I simply cannot believe that AMAZING raven figurine you picked up. It's gorgeous! I love your new painting as well. It's sweet and fun. The giraffe's face is so adorable...and I'm totally digging his hat! Loving that mask - how cool that Zoe has commandeered it. She'll looking amazing for Halloween! :) Take care! Theresa

Blackfeatherfarm said...

Well my fav is the dapple guy too... LOVE him !!!
The giraffe is just so charming and brimming with life like all of your marvelous things !!!!

jinxxxygirl said...

Just came across your blog. LOVE your artwork and just had to tell you! I think the fact you are from the same area of Pennsylvania that i grew up had something to do with it! LOL!

I have family in Easton. I was born in Phillipsburg, NJ aahhh... memories. I now live in Texas and this past summer was my first trip back to PA in over 20 years!

Love your giraffe. And the raven you found is awesome!