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Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Theater of Possibilities

 Starting a new project can be very overwhelming. What do I want it to look like? How firm is my vision? Does that matter? How big? What materials, techniques should I use? What are my goals? Will I have the physical, metal and emotional strength to see it through?

The entire time I worked on the embroidered caskets I was working toward the end goal of writing a travel guide to “The World of Possibilities”. I have come to the conclusion/decision I don’t want to self publish and I won’t waste any more energy looking for a publisher. I will put my efforts into an end product that is easier to share with a greater number of people. And be free.

That product will be a collection of short video stories, travelogues if you will, produced in the “Theater of Possibilities”. The characters you’ve already met on my caskets. The scenery will be familiar too. Of course these will be ‘Janetesque’ productions which is my way of saying I haven’t a clue about what I am doing. 

That hasn’t stopped me before.

I don’t think I’ll let it stop me now.


Sunday, February 21, 2021

The StairPalace


The StairPalace drawing is complete. From small hillside huts to linked homes the Stair
Palace grew over time.

Saturday, December 26, 2020

Wrapping up 2020

The garden casket is complete. The front of the casket holds one of my first attempts at stumpwork, all worked in cotton embroidery floss, in 2013.
"Our tale begins, as...." 

The heart garden.
"......good ones do......" 

The moon garden.
"........Once upon a time......" 

The last side panel is the most recent embroidery finished in December 2020. 
The turnip patch.
"......A garden grew." 

Over it all shines the sun.


Monday, December 14, 2020

Ready For Irene To Move In!


Here is the photo from the kit box and on the right is a photo of Irene's House complete.
Irene hasn't seen it yet. Here the Princely Dragon is bringing the children of Junedale to decorate Irene's house for Christmas.
The biggest differences between the kit and my version is the cellar and the castle wall.
Here is a good view of the cellar. The figure outside the front door was placed there so all the children would be able to find the house easily.

As we come round the house we see parts of the castle wall that the house sits next to. 
The back of Irene's house.

Down in the cellar is the stair that wraps around the columns and opens next to the fireplace upstairs.
Before the house was renovated for Irene this hidden stairway was used to secret people and goods to and from various parts of the World of Possibilities.
More of the cellar.


The panel next to the fireplace is where you access the 'secret stair'!
Children playing on the other staircase, the one leading to Irene's bedroom.


Friday, November 27, 2020

Irene's House

Once the cellar was well underway I could start on the cottage above.

The piece of blue insulation foam will be the castle wall that the cottage is built against.

Here you see the castle wall taking shape as I decide how much wall to keep and how much to eliminate so you can see into the interiors.

The fireplace hearth is again a piece of foam, thinner than the castle wall, but shaped and painted into a brick surface. 


Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Kingdom of Junedale


The beauty of a project called 'The World of Possibilities' is that you never have to be finished.
The day after the US election I was looking for something to occupy my head.

I decided Irene needed a home.

Who is Irene? She is Ruthie's mother. She was banished from Oroarium, the kingdom of the Dragon Prince. She was not allowed to take her daughter. 
She was welcomed to the Kingdom of Junedale and given a grace and favor home adjoining the castle wall.

It is a Greenleaf kit I bought years ago. I will be making changes.
First off it needed a cellar.
The cellar is connected to a series of tunnels for smuggling people out of Oroarium. From the cellar a secret stair leads up to Irene's house.
 One of Irene's friends is checking out the secret stairway.

The cellar is far enough along that I can start on the house above.


Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Travel Guide To The World Of Possibilities


Finishing this map is an ending of many sorts.

The completion of the map is the end of the Journey through the World of Possibilities. 

Thank you for joining me on this trip.


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