May the long time sun shine upon you, all love surround you and the pure light within you, guide your way on "~Incredible String Band

Monday, August 24, 2009

Home On The Range...

We are STILL here on the farm in Oregon...going on almost a year now since we parked our bus in the lower meadow. There is still so much to do as far as renovations go, but I think we are finally beginning to find our rhythm and learn all about settled life.



Our business is comming along nicely ! Recently we vended at our beloved Faerie worlds Festival, which we do every year. I spent months working on my new piece to debut at the festival, a giant, life sized banshee puppet, that is as of yet still not completed. She is the first puppet in series that is being made for our production of the Grimm's tale, The Nixie of The Mill Pond. Despite the 100 degree heat and no shade, we did well and the festival was incredible. We did not sell many boots, most likely due to the 100+ degree heat, but our hats sold out quickly as well as some small dolls and yarn.


It is interesting to me to look back to the beginning of this blog, when I first started it, it seems so long ago now and I looked so much younger. We began with the intention to make a rolling home and to make a living off our art. The rolling home we DID create but making a living off our art was never really that easy in the bus, but then our expenses were so much less as well. It seems like now we are finally fulfilling the second part of our original intention. It will be intresting to see where this all goes and weather or not we will eventually merge our new found business success back with the bus again and take it on the road. I often get the feeling with this blog, and with life in general, that I am reading a story of someone else's life, wondering how it will all turn out....





This is the 4.5 foot tall banshee puppet I have been working on..


Firming up a doll at Faerieworlds Fest. This one just sold ! Finally !


Helping Sage adjust her wings..


Me in another of our new hats..



Sage giving her apple to Pan....




Helping out in the garden...


Looking very vouge in this pic..







43 comments:

tansy said...

the hats are great!

sounds like you have found a rhythm, that's great!

beadbabe49 said...

Lovely photos, but I'm confused? I thought you said the fairie world gathering was on aug. 31st?

Kelli said...

In love with your life, your stories, your pictures and your strength. Keep the posts coming, I'm all caught up with the others, running low on reading material! ;) Keep On! ~Kelli
St. Peters, MO

mummybear said...

Your feltwork truly is amazing!!!

Adopt-a-Critter said...

You all are such wonderful souls. Congrats on having a good time at the festival. :) I love the Banshee! And you daughter is, as always, breathtaking. :)

5windsOfvenus said...

I love it!

Nicole said...

Just saw you added me back on Twitter, and I realized I had not added your blog to my Google Reader!

Wanted to also say I came across your blog a few months back while I was researching simple living in small places :) It all really helped me in the push to decide to sell our home and live on a boat! So, we're currently trying to get our house cleaned up, and on the market.

I'm glad to hear your enjoying your home. It's been a beautiful summer here in Oregon. I'm in Newberg - whereabouts are you guys?

Nicole

Monica of the Masks said...

So nice to see you three at Faerieworlds! I wish we could have had more chance to chat, but we both know that it can be a challenge when being there to work as well as each trying to keep up with an active toddler! (I think next year it will be easier in both cases). And I'm glad we had the little chance for conversation we did. I'm so eager for in-person conversations with other artist-parents working on that delicate balance between crafting at home and trying to raise a child in a manner that minimizes commercialism and connects with creativity and nature. Than you again for sharing the little snippets of that journey with us.

Sycamore Moon Studios said...

I have loved your work for a long while. Glad to have stumbled across your blog. What a beautiful life!

organic tribe said...

I love your honesty! We also created a "rolling house" and tried to make a living off our art on the road, but could not survive that way. We still live in our bus, but we are parked back in Asheville. Steve is still selling his art & I am going to school. We have also inspired many friends to try this lifestyle, but I always tell them it is much harder then it looks! I'm glad you are finally making it on your beautiful art!

PEACE!!!
Bryce

Lizz said...

We too work with the rhythm that is life. 5 children, animals, garden, homeschool, business, life...

I wish you all prosperity and joy!

Blessings~

Hip Mountain Mama said...

Love your photos! You are very talented!

Melinda said...

I love reading your blog and I know just what you mean about reading your blog and feeling as though you are reading about someone else's life. I do the same with mine.

Love the Banshee!!

Paula McGee said...

Lovely photos... It's so nice to see Sage growing as beautifully as she is... you both are gorgeous souls.... glad to hear you three are working and playing so nicely together.... you have the best of the best my darlin'....

BIKY said...

i love your work you are a great artist

jiorji said...

sigh..i love your blog. I want to live in a bus one day ♥

ruthie said...

just had to stop by & say every so often i dip in and out of your blog & i admire you so, having the strenght & belief to live the life you choose is a wonderful thing. best wishes to you all *ruthie* ps i do adore your felting too!

greencocoon said...

I love the Banshee.. Your creations are wonderful!!
much love to you and your family! xox

NatureDudeME said...

I just found your site, and do not want to close the window. What a great life, to live. It takes great souls to do so. It is my dream, it will happen, just slower than yours.
If your ever on the East Coast, or in New England, Keep us in mind up here in Maine.
Your Blog and life, is wonderful, inspirational, and fills a person full of hope, love, and purpose.
Thank you!!!
Peace,
David
Portland, ME

andrew said...

cool puppet. stay warm in orgeon. love that state.

Celticlass said...

I am impressed with what you are doing. Hope you post more about the vegetable fuel for the bus.
Many Blessings,
Erin

Tan Family said...

Love your blog! I've seen your items on Etsy, I think. Beautiful! I'm going to start following this. Love your kids' names!

Queen Of Småland said...

I love your blog, your spirit, and your way of living this earthly life. I live in the deep forest in sweden making my glass art, and I wouldnt change it for anything! I will get back to this blog now and then.
I just love those felt boots and the fairy hat! You are so talanted!
Peace and Magic
Stina/Queen of småland

Annie Oakleaves said...

where have you been? its been months..........hope things are good.

Jenn said...

please update your blog...it's been forever. i am worried about you but see you still have your etsy shop running. i hope everything is well. i think of your sweet family often.

jenn (from TN)

Transit Antenna Home said...

We are in the process of converting our bus to our new home. The interior of yours is lovely and has been an inspiration for us. Can you decribe how the wood burning stove was installed?

Thanks

Ivy and Haley said...

It looks like you live such a beautiful life.


http://ivyandhaley.blogspot.com

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Awesome felting! And I envy your garden...

Anonymous said...

Hello!
I just finished reading your blog - incredible! I notice you haven't updated it in a while. I'm looking forward to your next post.
Hey, just curious, whatever happened to that antique Indonesian wooden door you looked at at the beginning? It's not in any of the pictures of the bus.
As for your sense of imminent change, try taking some flower essence of walnut. Just let walnut blossoms soak in well water in the sunlight for a few hours. Drinking it is meant to help restore harmony to a heart in a changing environment. Maybe it will help you clear your mind. If you return to your nomadic way of life, you may want to consider giving walnut essence to Sage (beautiful name, by the way)... although walnut blossoms may be a bit hard to come by on the road.
Sending healing thoughts,
Your personal herbalist,
Ell.

enion said...

Hi, I only just discovered your blog (and started reading it "from cover to cover").

It's been a long while since the last post and I checked your etsy shop and saw you're not currently selling any of your wonderful stuff.

Hope you guys are ok and just too busy with life to put updates here?

One love,
enion

platform bed said...

Wow! It is my first time to visit your blog and I was so surprised. Your blog is one of the best blog I ever saw. I love this post. You look so gorgeous and the little girl is so cute.

Freely Living Life said...

Your artwork, lifestyle and love for life is breathtaking. Thank you for sharing this with us! =)

WifeOfSeth said...

I wish you were still keeping this blog current. Your story is so inspirational. Your wife is what my husband and I want for us, though we're 5 months pregnant now as we plan it. We do plan to head for Oregon and just see what happens on the way there. Additionally, your dolls (forgive me if calling them 'dolls' is offensive) are so amazing, and we want one! And boots!

Lorrie78 said...

Hello. Just discovered your blog --and went back to read all the former posts. What a wonderful journey! But it ends in 09-- am wondering where you are and what's happening. Hope you will start to post again soon. Best wishes.

Annie Bananie said...

I am so happy to have found your blog. Living out of a bus is something I have always wanted to do. I am 40 now and yet the dream is still there. You go girl!

ayladakora said...

I really adore your pictures. They give me a sort of peace really. Odd.. yes I know. :) I <3 the Banshee!

bohemianbramble said...

I love your blog, too! I'm enchanted by your adventures and hope that you will post again, soon!

WaldorfFamilie said...

I recently found your wonderful blog.
I hope all of you do well!
Elisabetha

Theater Seats said...

What a cool looking banshee puppet.

PL said...

Lovely Photos!

Bus Booking said...

d pix are really wonderfull... she is very cute...god bless you all..

Joy said...

It's January 2012, and I check your blog for updates every few months. I keep wondering how you are doing, and if you are still settled, or traveling again. I've so enjoyed your blog, that I hate to think it will end. Please update soon. :)

Anonymous said...

I love your art work amazing and filled with so much life your amazing