Hippy Holidays Sale at Avalon Beyond Orlando

It’s the time of year for craft fairs and gift giving! My next fair will be at Avalon’s Hippy Holidays Festival! Not to be confused with the previous show located in the residential community of Avalon Park, Avalon is a charming metaphysical store located behind the corner of Mills and Hwy 50 near downtown Orlando. I really love this festival for it’s friendly people, local artisans, and magick! The Hippy Holidays Sale is a great place to find some unique gifts for the holidays! Blessings!

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A Self-Portrait

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It’s been some time since I’ve done a self-portrait. There is just so much else out there begging to be drawn! In my eagerness to push my drawing skills further, I decided studying faces would be a wonderful challenge. And what better place to start than a self-portrait. So here it is! I find it rather odd and unnerving to draw myself, but luckily recognition of the person gave way to focusing on shapes, angles, lights and darks.

More portraits (not of me) soon to come!


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Insight into “The Night Ride on All Hallow’s Eve”

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My Halloween illustration is complete! Here is a little insight into why I did what I did.

I was going for a classic design with this piece and wanted to include my favorite Autumn icons. I mean, what is Autumn without an abundance of pumpkins and gourds in various shapes and colors? I’m especially fond of those with the long gnarly stems. It gives the gourds an extra dose of character.

Miss Witch is rocking a vintage hair style and attire which, I agree, has nothing to do with Halloween. I simply like that style and wanted this illustration to have an early 20th century feel. In her arm she carries a Jack-o-Lantern perhaps to light her way and those of lost souls. The illuminated grin may also frighten away evil spirits. And just maybe she is bringing the Jack-o-Lantern as a gift to someone in need.

Miss Witch would never leave her black cat and cauldron at home on such a night. And cats being fond of crawling into boxes and such, slipped into the cauldron and insisted on being carried along. He’s quite interested in the bats fluttering in the evening sky.

I hope that gives you a glimpse of what was going through my head when I created this illustration. And more importantly, I hope you enjoy the artwork! Prints and greeting cards are available in my shop! Happy Halloween!


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A Night Ride on All Hallow’s Eve

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“On All Hallow’s Eve
she sails through the night,
bringing goodness to all,
guiding souls with her light.”

I’m not much of a writer, but these words came to mind to describe my latest Halloween illustration.
With the line work complete, it is now ready for color! Check back for more work in progress shots.


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Mermaid Poetry

Mermaids have long been and continue to be a symbol of fantasy as well as foreboding.
They embody the feminine mystique and are a source of inspiration for writers, artists and women of all ages.
Here are a few passages that pay tribute to these mysterious sea sirens.


“I must be a mermaid…
I have no fear of depths and a
great fear of shallow living.”

– Anaïs Nin


“A mermaid found a swimming lad,
Picked him for her own,
Pressed her body to his body,
Laughed; and plunging down
Forgot in cruel happiness
That even lovers drown.”

– William Butler Yeats, “A Man Young and Old”


“Thou rememberest
Since once I sat upon a promontory,
And heard a mermaid on a Dolphin’s back
Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath,
That the rude sea grew civil at her song;
And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,
To hear the sea-maid’s music.”

– William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”


“Slow sail’d the weary mariners and saw,
betwixt the green brink and the running foam,
Sweet faces, rounded arms, and bosoms prest
To little harps of gold; and while they mused
Whispering to each other half in fear,
Shrill music reach’d them on the middle sea.”

– Lord Alfred Tennyson, “The Sea-Fairies”


“I am the star that rises from the sea, the twilight sea
I bring men dreams that rule their destiny.
I bring the dream-tides to the souls of men;
The tides that ebb and flow and ebb again –
These are my secrets, these belong to me.”

– Dion Fortune


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A Little Macramé History

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The word macramé typically conjures up images of an era in the 1970’s filled with hippies, incense and the jute hanging planter. But when was this knotting technique really born?

Macramé is believed to have originated in the 13th century. Arab artisans often embellished the edges of fabrics with decorative knotted fringes. The art was later brought to Spain and eventually spread throughout Europe gaining popularity during the Victorian era. This art form was not limited to Victorian ladies either. British and American sailors were known to make hammocks and belts using macramé or “square knotting” and bartered their craft around the world.

Often at art shows I’ve been asked if “macramé is coming back”. It’s a question that makes me scratch my head because while the popularity of items made by macramé may ebb and flow, macramé itself is a technique that is ever present.

“This kind of fancy work is not exactly a novelty,
except in the sense that when anything becomes so old as to be forgotten,
its revival has all the effect of a first appearance.”

– Sylvia (pseudonym)

This quote is from the preface of Sylvia’s Book of Macramé Lace (1883). It’s a charming book with dozens of illustrated macramé designs including fringes for parasols and even ties! Can you imagine the time spent knotting those intricate patterns? Wow! This book is available as a free eBook on Google so be sure to check it out.

Over the years macramé has been used to create a variety of fashion and household items from jewelry and accessories to tablecloths and bedspreads. All it takes is some cord and patience!


Sylvia’s Book of Macramé Lace
Macramé on Wikipedia

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Pardon our mess…

Little Marvel Designs is in the process of converting from a portfolio site to our very own shop! In the meantime, please stop by our Etsy shop for macrame goodness and art prints.
Little Marvel Designs on Etsy

Thank you for your patience!