Sunday, March 25, 2007
Thanks to everyone who left such sweet comments! I have printed them all out, and tomorrow, I'll have my daughter draw a name. I'll announce the prize winner tomorrow night.
I also would like to encourage everyone to check in and visit the lovely and talented Debra Schoch from Hop Hop Jingle Boo, who has recently started a new blog !!! Her work is just awe inspiring! Please join me in wishing her a warm welcome to blog land!
Monday, March 19, 2007
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.
The fairies various boxes were crafted from old fancy soap boxes, scrapbook paper, paint and glittery silver lettering.
Friday, March 16, 2007
I came across the wooden "book box" at Michael's. They were having a 50% off sale, so I picked up a few that will eventually become homes for other storybook miniatures. I started by gessoing the box, painting it with acrylics, and then applied a few layers of scrapbook paper and cardstock preprinted with the title. The whole piece was then sealed, stained and embellished with glass glitter. That stuff is so much fun to use, but ouch! Be careful with those sharp little shards!!! As for the inside.....
Pages of the story itself were decoupaged to the inside of the book. You can see how comfortably she fits in there !
I hope everyone enjoys looking at my finished Alice! I had so much fun with this one. My full time job has been so crazy lately...but I find creating and crafting, especially doll making, to be so therapeutic. I truly believe that it's one of the best stress busters and mood lifters out there! I think it's important to set aside time for yourself each day nurturing your creativity and pursuing your dreams. Even if it's only a 1/2 hour. It's like a workout for the mind. And we all need more exercise, right?
Next post I will be sharing pictures of more finished dolls. Thank you so much for all of your encouragement and comments!
Monday, March 12, 2007
This post will mostly be all about the pictures! My mailbox has been overflowing with goodness from the talented hands of fellow bloggers and friends! Some was purchased, some was swapped. All of it is WONDERFUL!!!
First of all...if you have never had the privilege of purchasing the fabulous cake art available over at Everyday is a Holiday ...then you are missing out!!! Jenny and Aaron are so talented, and so sweet! Check out the cool wrapping..complete with bakery string...
My good friend (another Jenni who lives on Vashon Island in Washington and is an awesome cake baker) will be the lucky recipient of this gorgeous personalized piece. She will love it!!! I am so tempted to keep it for myself.. but I do spell my name with a "y"! This cake looks so real... you can practically take it off the plate! Incredible!!!! You MUST check out all the goodness in their Ebay shop. Your jaw will drop! Your mouth will water! You will want to get one of everything they make!!!
Next I had the pleasure of purchasing the lovely jug and bowl set below from Clare at her newly opened Vintage Home webshop. It traveled safely here all the way from her home in England (and so quickly too!) . It's so pretty resting on the window sill of my shabby chic inspired bedroom. I'll take some pics of that soon!
After seeing the sweet creations onLittle Lovelies blog, I had to have this awesomely cute brooch from her Etsy shop. Just looking at this piece makes me smile..
And another gorgeous brooch, from the hands of the talentedArtsy Mama . I was lucky enough to acquire this hand crafted beauty in a swap. So pretty!!!!
Speaking of talented hands... can you believe how gorgeous these watercolor print cards fromBeachy's Cape Card Cupboard's Esty shop are! My favorite flowers... Violets and Roses, rendered so beautifully.
I am amazed, and am so blessed to be in the company of such talented women. You all really inspire me!
You have all been so sweet to leave so many encouraging comments about the mini dolls posted last week. You may be wondering what ever happened to them... pics are coming soon! In a meanwhile.. here's a hint....stay tuned!!!
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Monday, March 5, 2007
I snapped the shot below on a walk through our "neighborhood". I thought it the perfect example of a storybook Irish cottage...
In Dublin, we stayed in Bewley's Hotel. Such a lovely old building located in the residential Dublin neighborhood of Ballsbridge. Converted into a hotel from an old masonic school, you'd never guess that the interior decor was sparse, modern, and light. At only 99 euro per night (for all four of us!) , we didn't care what the style of furnishing was!
Another view of the holiday cottage we stayed in County Galway... this pic really makes me homesick for the place. After breakfast in the mornings there, the weather was usually fine, so I'd take a short, happy walk through the area, and sigh and sigh at all the moss and ivy growing like mad over anything standing still .
No trip to Dublin is complete without a trip to Guinness! Below, a pic of my husband (the dark one) having a pint with a local on the observation level of that famous brewery.
Since we don't want to let our passports get too dusty, we're beginning to talk about where to head next. My sunshine loving husband would love to head south to Brazil or Argentina. If I have my way, we'll be heading north to Canada (to see Nova Scotia and P.E.I. of course!) , or crossing the pond yet again to take in Scotland, England and Wales. I am sure there must be a compromise in there somewhere right?