Monday, March 19, 2007

25th Post!!! (And a giveaway!!!!)



I am so overwhelmed, and so grateful to all of you for the beautiful, heartwarming and encouraging comments that were left about Alice. She was so much fun to create, and will be difficult to part with when she goes up for sale on Glitter and Grunge next month.




Before I leave for a short business trip this week, I'd like to share some pics of the other finished fairies....


Made in the same way that Alice was completed, these miniature scale dolls have hand sculpted heads, hands and legs. Features were sculpted in paper clay over wire and foil armatures, which were wrapped in paper tape. Before painting with acrylic washes, they were each gessoed, and then sealed and antiqued after painting. Inspired by early 20th century children's dresses, their little costumes were created from layer upon layer of cupcake liners and ribbon, and their removable hats were fashioned from scrapbook paper and ephemera. The removable wings were copied from vintage images of butterflies. After sealing and wiring for strength, the butterfly wings were also sealed and glittered for a vintage sparkle.





I wanted these little fairies to reflect the vast imagination that we all had as children. Those days when a handmade paper hat, and a wand fashioned from cardboard, tape and an old broom handle became as real to you as any fairytale princess's wand would.


I absolutely adore what collage artists are doing with vintage photographs of children, butterfly ephemera and glitter. These small pieces were thoroughly inspired by them.










The fairies various boxes were crafted from old fancy soap boxes, scrapbook paper, paint and glittery silver lettering.


These were such fun projects. Over this past weekend I have already started on a few more. The new ones will eventually become a Red Riding Hood, a Goldilocks (and 3 bears of course) and a Little Bo Peep. For inspiration, I have been raiding the Antiquarian and Collectible Book categories at Ebay, and thanks to some auction wins, will be adding some pre 1920's fairy tale, fable and Mother Goose books to my small vintage children's books collection.


The Alice doll and the "Imagine" Fairy (the redheaded one) will be offered up for sale on the Glitter and Grunge website, beginning April 1. The blond haired fairy as well as some other storybook dolls that will be in the works this weekend will be available for purchase on PFATT Marketplace starting April 10.


And as a thank you to all of the support and encouragement that you all have given me over the past few months, the wee pink one, otherwise known as "Dream" fairy, will be given away to a commenter (comments on this post) whose name I will draw next Sunday night, March 25. I do moderate comments, so don't worry if your comment doesn't pop up right away.




35 comments:

Mica said...

Okay, Okay knock it off!!! These are soooooo fun!!! sooo delightful!!!! I love them!!!!! Let's plan a swap real quick like!!! hee hee

Mica

Mica said...

Draw me, Draw me, Draw me!!!!

beth said...

Jenny - I just stumbled across your blog tonight and am in awe of your lovely work !! I too live in arizona near the cactus !! Your characters are so wonderful and its simply amazing !! Looks like it would be so fun to do - I love folk art !!! simply wonderful !!!

Beth
www.bethquinndesigns.com

Linda said...

these are absolutely adorable! they remind me of the gorgeous little fairies in Sleeping Beauty (even though those ones are much rounder and older they are real sweeties) just love these sooooo much!

wigglywourms said...

Your fairies are amazing...and Alice is just gorgeous! You have such a talent...I wanna be like you when I grow up! I'd love to be able to create such wonderful things. I can't believe you are going to give one of these beauties away!!! Oh I'd just love to win one...please add my name in the draw....oooooh....I wish I may, I wish I might....

Marie said...

Oh, I am so in love with your work. You do such beautiful things and you have such a wonderful imagination. I can just picture people hundreds of years from now coming across one of your creations as if they are discovering a great treasure...which of course they will be! I pop in every day just to see if there is anything new to discover, and joy of all joys, today there was!

Jill said...

I'd love to be in your drawing! And I have one going on, too - hope you have time to stop in and see.

deb said...

How sweet of you! Giveaways are so much fun!

carolyn said...

They are all delightful and adorable. I am in awe of your skill.

mosaic queen said...

Ooooooooohhh! I hope I win!!!!!

Clare said...

These are wonderful, such amazing looking characters! I missed your last post so have just caught up - Alice is gorgeous, you have a brilliant talent!

buttonsagain@aol.com said...

just looking at their sweet little faces....i can feel all of the love and tenderness that you pressed into their tiny beings while you were creating them....(and those secrets that you whispered to them....)....i can see them in the corners of their turned up lips.....
they are truly whimsical wonders......

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Your work is just soooo inspiring! It is always a joy to see what other crafters and artists do with their talents! Just like my mother and I... she paints in oils and I use watercolors... we both paint but in very different ways! I am sure your creations will sell in a millisecond! =)
Please add my name to your draw! Thank you! =)

misspvc said...

Oh my goodness! your fairies and your Alice are just fabulous!!! I'd love to win one!!! Please please please enter my name!!! oh my oh my oh my!!!! huge hugs
Patti V

Tootie said...

I'll be polishing up my magic wand tonight! POOF! Pick me! I'd love to win this little beauty!Your talent with the Paperclay is amazing!
Smiles-
Tootie

ArtsyMama said...

Wow...your work totally blows me away!!!!!!!!! These are just amazing. Thanks for the huge smile and happy spring. Love your blog and so glad that you share so much of your work. It inspires me beyond words!
Cheers
Kari

Heidi said...

The wee pink one ... right this way! I'd love to be included in your drawing!
Heidi

Sam I Am said...

awwwwwwwwwwww...i dont know if i can stand the wait til marketplace !!!
how adorable!!!!!
lovin' them jenny :)

ps. your package is on its way :)
xoxox
sam

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Oh Jenny!!! Your fairies are just sooo sweet!!! I'd love to join in your giveaway!!! Thank you so much! xo-Mel

ShoezyCakes said...

Jenny, Jenny, Jenny!!! Jaw dropping, delightful, and so well done. You are so good at what you do (WHY aren't you at Earth Angels Toys?) Please add me!!!

Tami said...

I really love this technique that you use - the antiquing. And how wonderful to use cupcake liners!

JANIS said...

Hi Jenny, I just LOVE your little
fairies. I am fortunate to
have one of your lovely
creations...The Bobble Head Chick!
I just love her!
Pleeeeeaaaase add me to your
drawing.

JANIS

JANIS said...

Hi Jenny.....ohhh I LOVE your
sweet little ones! I am
fortunate to have one of your
lovely creations....the Bobble
Head Chick and I adore it!
Pleeeaaaase add me to your
drawing.

Jan

kimberly sherrod said...

oh, wow! I am blown away by your sweet little faeries! I am swooning! Somebody get me a mint juliep , quick!!! I love your stuff and am so excited for you! I can't wait to see your next creations! (I am working on a wee something for you!) Everyone is going to want to trdae with you!!!!You'll be famous! ( as phyllis says! haha!) Charming, simply charmiong!

Susie Q said...

Okay, now I am drooling and so in love! How delighful and wonderful...there are simply not enough adjectives to express their sweetness.
You are one of the most talented people I have ever seen. I am in awe.
You are too sweet to have a giveaway...but then, you just are!

Have a wonderful Spring!
Love,
Sue

Mel said...

Absolutely wonderful! A treasure for sure that brings back childhood memories!
AWESOME WORK!

Dawn Alice Rogers said...

Hi Jenny,
I just wanted to tell you that I really enjoy your work. So sweet and has great spirit! Thanks so much for posting your blog.
:)
Dawn
www.dawnalicerogers.blogspot.com

Dawn Alice Rogers said...

Hi Jenny
I love your work, especially Alice. Thanks for sharing your world. Please keep creating.
:)
Dawn
www.dawnalicerogers.blogspot.com

TK Angels said...

You know how much I enjoy looking at your beautiful creations. One would look fabulous with my angel collection :)

They are all so beautiful and so detailed.

Happy Spring
Take care,
Love,
Terri

Frankie Kins said...

The "dolls" are just so beautiful. I love working with paperclay as well. I haven't sculpted dolls for years, but you are inspiring me to do so. Your work is lovely and I'm glad I found your blog. Have a great day.

Frankie
www.bluemoonstudio.typepad.com

Missy said...

awww Jenny! Too cute! You are brilliant! Can't wait to see them up on Glitter next month... so have I been spelling your name wrong all this time???

Shabby in the City said...

There is nothing like a giveaway to bring people out of the woodwork! I'm so glad you are getting the attention you deserve!

shirley said...

Your dolls are gorgeous. Each one is so full of personality. Love them.

Amanda Willey said...

I adore these!!! Your interpretation of what you loved about ephemera art is amazing and inspiring. Thanks!

Rebecca said...

Oh I just discovered your wonderful faires and wonder if you will make anymore to put up for sale? They are just adorable!