Friday, December 12, 2014

Template to Make Articulated Winter Gnome Paper Puppets

Making gnomes is a fun project for all ages.  Download the template then print on card stock. Color, cut out, add paper fasteners, tape or use staples to attach the arms and legs. Then tape a popsicle stick to the back, and Ta Da!

Small paper fasteners can be found in the scrapbooking aisle at Michaels. There are 100 in a box for around two dollars.  Note: JoAnn's does not seem to carry them any more.

Click on the link below to download the template from Google Documents 

 (Directions are on the template too.)

The gnomes pictured below on the left, in front of the template were created by elementary aged kids. 
The gnome on the right was made by a preschooler.

The gnomes in these photographs were made using the full size 8 1/2 x 11" paper. 
If you want to make smaller gnomes just select two images to a page when you print.
Please feel free to share this with whoever you think may enjoy it. 


Bring some magic into your school, library, party etc  with the delightful Going on a Sleigh Ride Interactive Theatrical Storytelling Event. It's the cutest show ever! Children dress up as winter animals and climb into the expanding sleigh. The sleigh won't move until everyone is in!

Afterwards they make a cardinal puppet to take home.

Call 610-644-8088 or email Victoria at

Monday, December 8, 2014

Taking a Walk in Our New Neighborhood

We bought a carriage house to live in and just moved in the day before Thanksgiving.  The house is on top of 8 horse stalls and a large three car garage. The stalls will be made into a giant art studio/living space. The garage will be a wood and metal workshop. It's a wonderful adventure for our creative family. The property is a bit over two acres and zoned agricultural so we are thinking about what we might grow in addition to our own vegetable garden.

I am learning all about chickens at the moment! We have plenty of room for them to roam free. I do love birds. I actually found a magazine about chickens called "Chickens" !

One of the reasons we chose this place, aside from it being ideal for living and working, was the location location location. It's in the country but literally a ten minute drive into town. Today I took a walk around the block, and here are some pictures. There  are only a few houses along the way, most down or up long driveways. Due to respect of the privacy of our neighbors I didn't photograph the houses. But oh my, here we go. This was about a mile all together. It was the middle of the day. Saw a total of two cars.

This was coming out of our driveway and heading down the road a piece

glancing to the right as I go down the street.

turning to go down this long lane, to get to the "main" road.

 After going down that beautiful road I made it to the "main" road" and turned

got down the road a ways and turned again,
there's a huge pond on the corner, often filled with geese/ducks. 
Note: Yesterday while walking by there, hundreds of them took off at once,
and flew overhead. The sound was like twenty 747's taking off.
One of them pooped on my hand.

now heading back up the hill towards home.

moving right along.

and turning back down our driveway!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Free Bird Wands by Victoria O'Neill for The Phoenixville Firebird Festival 2014

Today is the day of 11th Annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival. A beautiful wooden bird was built by devoted volunteers to burn tonight, to culminate a day of arts and culture throughout the town of Phoenixville. Here is an ariel view of this year's bird, waiting in the field for the big night.

In a bizarre twist of fate, the bird was lit and burnt to the ground at 4:00 a.m. At this point nobody seems to know who set it on fire or why. Last year we had a major snowstorm that put somewhat of a damper on the event. Steady rain is forecast for today and tonight. I cancelled my bird wand making workshop this morning.

The community is determined to rise above all these odds, and today a bonfire is being burned literally on top of the ashes of the Phoenix that already burned. The fire will burn all day and into the night. The festival is still scheduled to go on, and the bonfire will be the focus instead of the ceremonial lighting and burning of the bird.

I am donating all my bird wands for this year to the evening. There are about 200 of them, and they will be available this evening for FREE to whoever gets there first.

UPDATE on festival.....a new bird was made and burned!  Here are a couple of shots of the wands in action.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

ArtyPantz Schedule Fall/Winter 2014

I have been busy lately trying to get things made for the coming fall and winter markets, because we are moving on November 19th into our new place. My entire studio is now completely packed and almost 100% moved into storage.

 Nov 8th and 29th. 
December 6th*, 13th and the 20th.

I will be offering 
one of a kind wearable art hooded scarves 
with matching fingerless gloves 
that I create with sweaters......

ranging in prices from $75 to $150

six pack sets of birdie ornaments
$12. per set

 One of a kind wearable art shoulder bags
many made from my original collages printed on fabric and appliqu├ęd to the purse.
ranging from $45 to $65

Fairy Angel Paper Dolls
$22. each

 plus more fun unique items 

* On December 6th I will have supplies for people to stop by and make their own bird wands for the Phoenxiville Firebird Festival which is happening that day, starting at 4:00.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Beautiful Angel Paper Dolls by Artist Victoria O'Neill

 I designed many paper dolls, all mermaid themed, many years ago and sold them on Ebay.  I had an idea yesterday to create some angel paper dolls for the upcoming holiday shows, including Oct  10, 11th and 12th at Home Eclectic, plus many dates at The Phoenixville Farmer's Market.

The dolls are created with my original collages,
professionally printed, glued onto cardboard, then hand cut and assembled. This cardboard on the back really gives them heft and dimension.
The arms and legs and birdie are attached with tiny paper fasteners.

The wings are cut from heavy glittered paper and attached at the very end. I drew the birdies, then laminated and cut them out, added rhinestone eyes for some extra va va boom.
Here they are!

These dolls are now available for purchase in my store on Etsy.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Queen Bee Necklaces from Artist Victoria O'Neill


           Come and get your Bee Necklaces in my store.........

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Queen Bee Wands at the Philadelphia Honey Festival


I will be at the Philadelphia Honey Festival on Saturday only

with my Queen Bee Wands.....

and necklaces.

Hope to see you there.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shopping Mermaid

Just found a CD with collages from years past.....This is one of them. perfect for summertime.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Melton Center CommUnity Day

It was fun today making Unity Wands with kiddos at Melton CommUnity Day in West Chester.

Today was the unveiling of a beautiful mural there by Carrie Kingsbury of Promised Land Murals

The highlight of the day was seeing Mr. Spiderman up close and personal.