Thursday, January 22, 2015

Fox in the Garden

Fox in the Garden
Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30

Fox in the Garden close up
Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30

Fox in the Garden close up
Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Liberty Carriage House in Phoenixville featuring Wearable Art by Victoria O'Neill

I am no longer selling my wearable art, etc directly. We recently moved and my new art studio is in the process of being built in part of the barn underneath our house!, so really don't have anywhere to spread out to work.

I am starting on a series of fine art acrylic paintings inspired by birds in folk art all over the world. Stay tuned for all that. :)  Once the studio is done, everything will be available directly from the studio, including art workshops for all ages! I plan to apply and hopefully be accepted into the Chester County Studio Tour when I'm ready.

In the meantime, you can go to Liberty Carriage House at 176 Bridge Street in Phoenixville PA (610-360-8080) and find a limited supply of my one of a kind wearable art hooded scarves with matching fingerless gloves, wool fingerless gloves, pin cushions and wearable collage art shoulder bags, plus bee necklaces.......

Liberty Carriage House is a beautiful store, and features comfortable elegant upscale clothes from unique, talented designers plus jewelry/accessories and unique random vintage findings for your home.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Beautiful Inspired/Inspiring Anthem for 2015

This is such a beautiful video. The internalization of the concept of the oneness of humankind is the key to our future.

Music composed and produced by Ali Youssefi 
Text from the Bahá’í Sacred writings

 “Unite and bind together the hearts, join in accord all the souls........
..........Make these faces radiant through the light of Thy Oneness........

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Gingerbread House Auction at The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville

Here is a GingerBird House for the Phoenixville charity Gingerbread House Silent Auction following "It's a Wonderful Life" at The Colonial Theater today Sunday Dec 21st.

Volunteers create one of a kind houses to benefit
The Clinic, offering health care for the area's uninsured or underinsured. Last year's auction raised $750.

So, if you are in the area, stop by and see this, and other houses. Pick your favorite and make a bid!

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.