Sunday, March 15, 2015

Snippet Roll

I have officially joined the Snippet Roll craze ~ they are so much fun to make!! This one is about 90% finished, I just want to add some hand stitching around the girls, and embellish a bit more. 
That's the fun of these, it's very spontaneous; I just glued and stitched stuff down as I went.
There's a wooden roll at the top, which in theory I could roll it all up on, but in reality it got wider and wider as I went, oops.   I may roll it eventually, but it will squish some stuff for sure.
 Most of the girls I just found on the web and printed on fabric sheets, easy peasy.   Some of it was from etsy or Flights of Fancy boutique (on the web).

 Sooooo long!! So much longer that I started out thinking it would be!!  I had to get from the deep hunter green at the top to the deep purple at the bottom, though.   I wish the details came through better on these pics, because some of the bits and bobs are just amaaazing vintage stuff.   Like, up by the "Mother" pin (which itself is from the 50's) is a handpainted Victorian china button.  Yes, this is the kind of stuff I collect and go absolutely nuts over, and then hoard for years.   But look, look, I used some of it here!   ( I still have about 5 china buttons, shhhhh, don't tell.)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dress Form Ribbon Storage

I have a new friend/helper for my art room! Isn't she lovely??!

This is nearly my entire ribbon stash, now easier to sift through and lovingly displayed.   I admit, I had to bribe my daughter to help me hang ribbons on her.  The jewels she sports are my various rosary chains waiting to be used.   I was inspired by a photo on Pinterest; if you want to make one, leave a comment and I'll share some hard-won tips.








 I've nicknamed her "Elsa", to inspire me to "let it goooooo" and use that ribbon up!


Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Wreath


This was such a quick and easy one; it's literally just a bunch of lace pinned onto a styrofoam wreath!   Thanks goes to The Gilded Girls Stash Society for the inspiration!




My holiday mantle was a point of pride this year, as everything there was made recently-ish...although maybe I should have traded out the usual framed print for something festive.  There are tiny lights under the snow at night, which is nice when the (timer) candles go on.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Glass Flower Jewelry Party

Recently I got together with my girlfreinds to make jewelry with gorgeous glass floral beads.   This is the necklace, it's very long....

The beads are pretty hard to source; some are from French General, some from etsy.   Most of them are vintage.  The lucite (and fake lucite) ones are from those places, plus Michaels had some briefly.
The bracelets came out so wonderfully!   They took a couple of hours each, and it was fun to put together while we all chatted.   Somewhere I have a pic of theirs too, if I find it I'll post it   >.<

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Santos Love

One of my new (somewhat guilty) pleasures is Santos cage dolls; so called because most of them have cages for legs.

I find them so evocative and mysterious...as though they have hidden worlds inside, as do we all.  They were originally Spanish saint carvings, but these are all inexpensive reproduction ones.


Adding new bits and bobs to them is part of the fun, and a convenient place to put things I've made recently.  They genially watch over my art room from the fireplace mantle. 


Saturday, March 1, 2014

Swaggity Swag

Last month I got swag-making fever and churned out a few.  This one started with some goodies from the last Spellbound Art Retreat -

-and this one was lots of lace and fabric I had around (some of which is from the wonderful Gilded Girls Stash Society: it's pricey, but I'm never disappointed in what I get.  Plus they always have great craft tutorials for the month's supplies, which inspired this swag).


They were so fun, fast, and easy to make!   Here they are swaggin' it up on a mantle, altho they've already been moved tbh.   Maybe pics of the current location next time   =)


Friday, February 28, 2014

Lovely Ladies

There has been a flurry of attention lately to one of my fave subject, which is the lovely ladies of the Victorian/Art Nouveau/Art Deco periods; probably a Gatsby/Downton Abbey effect.   I made this the other day featuring one....


...and the best part is that it's dual purpose ~  next time I piss off my mom, I can circle "apologetic" at the top and give it to her, or if  I make it to Mother's Day without being a fail daughter, I can circle "appreciation"!