working into the heart of the matter

Posted: July 2, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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fly-away-heartToday’s Full Moon in Capricorn made me roll up my sleeves and get back to to work, looking hard at each page making sure “The illustrated lyrics of Old Man Crow” will be ready to go to the printer next month and adding a dash of red to each song with a “ooo” Series 7 Winsor & Newton sable and gouache
gouache-and-series-7-brushstarting each day making a heart talisman bookmark
how-to-make-a-heartdried rose petals wrapped in raw red silk,
red felt cut out with a no 11 scalpel blade, stitched with Gütermann upholstery thread
process-4knotted waxed linen thread
another heartanother heart is finished
5-hearts5 talisman hearts done, 95 to go for the limited edition
key-book-continued-2the key book is also calling
key-book-continuedcontinuing the exploration, looking at patterns of lace found in nature
tax-timeand it’s tax time… the forms arrived in the mail yesterday so it’s time to start crunching the numbers
the gardening keeps our feet on the ground, a roof over the head and food in the bellies
there’s something almost satisfying about looking at all the ins and outs of the business and seeing how we have spent the year but it is a very different head space
the other good news is we met our landlady for the first time ever on Tuesday, she’s our vintage with a wicked sense of humour, a kindred spirit & feeling like we’ll be here in this beautiful old lady of a house for a good while yet, phew!

  1. dinahmow says:

    The most exciting part of this post is the news about the landlady! I know how you all (yes, you, too,Ariel!) love your nest.

  2. roz says:

    ahhh , key book love ! have just gone back to see what is going on. how beautiful ! how delicate, as usual the attention to all the detail astounds me , the intention, the remembering , the knowing, the recording ..

  3. If I hadn’t read the previous comment I would have missed the wonderful news . . . so taken was I with the images. Who would have thought that knotted linen thread could be so effective? You!

  4. handstories says:

    every tiny detail is mesmerizing…I’m not usually a red person, but I am in love with all of your hearts and crosses in these posts.

  5. Aaaaaaaaackkkkkk for TAX TIME 😦 BRAVO for Heart Talismans, Old Man Crow drawing drawing to the finish line and–just about anything your crafty hands and fingers and fertile imagination construe! BRAVO for You!

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Michelle))) in a weird way I enjoy looking at the year all lined up in columns of where we spent the pennies & what we did to get to here, the hearts make it all seem worthwhile

  6. Carol says:

    Three cheers for the news about the landlady! Very happy to hear that, Mo. The red hearts are beautiful, the Key Book is mesmerising, and what can I say about tax time? I guess it’s good that you deal with it so philosophically because we sure can’t avoid it.

    • Mo Crow says:

      had to let the accountant go back in 2007 when he was making more out of the business than we were! as my Mom said at the time, we know our business better than anyone else ever could so it’s in our best interest to get it right, it only takes a few days to knock the books into shape and fill out the forms these days.

  7. grace says:

    DEAREST and BEST mo…You yourself are a dream tied with Love and Magic….
    and i was so Surprised that you hadn’t met the
    before… amazing is That!? and how for whatever reason, so auspicious that
    it is Now…..i wonder what it really might “mean”?????

  8. deemallon says:

    those red hearts would be extraordinary at any size, but their teeny scale makes them especially so. hope the fragrance of the roses and the softness of the felt help you get through tax season — ugh! good news about the house.

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