Tuesday, September 21, 2010

2010 To be continued project almost done....

I have not posted in a very long while; this summer has been an odd one and flew by fast….

However,  I did take the end of the summer to finish up a project that I started awhile ago.

Please Meet Trinket Amelia .... 

She is a reproduction Simon and Halbig Mignonnette done
by Doll Artist Carl Armstrong and she stands five and a half inchs tall.

 Her Victorian naturalist  Presentation box  was inspired by this book….
 It is funny how inspiration works; I have had this project in the planning stage for years…. It was going to be done in pinks and silks and all outfits were going to be made by me.
Here is the mignonette-in-waiting project.
A flair up of some hand problems changed all of that and I realized that I was going to have to buy more for this project than planned so I put it on the back burner for a later date….

While working on another project I took my copy of the Beatrix Potter Journal off of the shelf to see how something in the book was done. This Beatrix Potter book is an interactive journal with envelopes with letters to read, flaps to flip up and see and hidden in the back a reprinted copy of Potter’s first Peter Rabbit book. I spent about a half of an hour flipping through this fun little book when the idea for this  presentation  box hit me. A few hours later and a little shopping online, I had my inspiration board done and I was ready to get started.... I just had to wait for the mail carrier to bring me my

paper from the Botanicabella collection by Graphic 45

And this Wool felted  Miniature Squirrel made by the
His name is Hickory in case you were wondering.

Still need to get the butterfly net from Swan House Miniatures….
I spent hours at this site…..
Some of the miniatures are thousands of dollars ….click here……

The rest I had on hand…..
I covered a matchbox with an envelope tag to hold specimen bottles…

And arranged tiny nature domes
and made tiny copies of pictures that I found on   The Graphics Fairy….

I added a tiny fairy notebook for Trinket Amelia to keep notes in and a walking stick and hat that I had left over from another project.
I cut and glued and coverd the box.
Underneath there is a drawer that  pulls out, this is where I will put her wardrobe. On the bottom of that drawer is a ledger page with all the information that includes artist names and dates.
This page will also include her story which I have not written yet.
I am not sure if I am going to leave the outside of the box as is or add lace or some other decorations…

Now that this doll project is almost done I am inspired to start
another one for my

French fashion doll whose story starts like this…..

Luna and Thomasina Wellington are sisters who live on Pearl Street, a street of lovely old homes and well kept lawns. A Street that anyone who walks down with its light breeze of sea air wishes that they too could be part. However Pearl Street does not have newcomers, a fact that as long as anyone can remember and as far back as records state each and every house on Pearl Street has been owned generation after generation by the same families. The houses all were built in the same year by settlers who arrived in the same season to the struggling sea coast town. And within a year of the arrival of the newcomers the town began to flourish. The lumber mills, stores and those that resided benefited from this stream of incomers that appeared in the spring of the same year. So no one questioned and no one asked but there were those that were curious. But as time went on things became even better and the inquiring minds became less and life was as life is in this small seaside town.

To be continued in 2011……
this is Thomasina

Saturday, September 4, 2010

in the mail......

  " Letters are expectation packaged in an envelope."
                                                                        Shana Alexander

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Steampunk Maybe.......

theme this week is steampunk....

Without the oceans there would be no life on Earth.

                                              Peter Benchley

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

EYES with the 3 muses.....

"I have looked into your eyes with my eyes.
 I have put my heart near your heart”
Pope John XXIII

It has been awhile since I have blogged; it has been awhile  since I have done a piece for

    The Three Muses.....

The theme is EYES and I do believe that the eyes can tell all....

Friday, April 16, 2010

39 years............

Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.
                                                                        ~Emily Brontë

Friday, March 26, 2010

The Country Empress



My country empress art kit  has been published in Somerset Life magazine
spring 2010 and I am as happy as can be....

It sat on their to be considered shelf for 20 months ..
but at last made it in...

If you would like to see more pictures and read the story
of the Country Empress travel box
please go

Through The Pink Gate


Monday, March 15, 2010

The Spring Ice princess

Of Penguins

(Invitation that I am working on)

Yes I know we have had enough of ice and snow but for whatever reason my granddaughter who will be six in May wants a penguin party.

We talked about a Fancy Nancy party and she loved that idea and then she saw a pink poodle cake in the Family Fun magazine and thought for a moment about that idea as well. But as we talked more there was a word I kept hearing and that word was PENGUINS….I finally looked at her and said “Sage, do you want a Penguin party?” Her little eyes lit up like stars in the sky….

So I spent a day looking online and for the life of me could not find any penguin party supplies.

 Jan Brett has this cute penguin holding the ice cube packages on her site and from that I came up with this inspiration board….
I sent an email to my granddaughter with this Inspiration board attached and added that her job as Ice Princess is to teach all the new penguins how to waddle…. I got a big thumbs up….

The party plates have a silver hologram design that will give the table an icy feel and a white table cloth will work for a snowy look.

A parade of tissue paper penguins will march in the center of the table with a few silver shiny packages scattered in their path. White paper pom pom flowers like the one from  Martha Stewart's seen above and silver snowflakes will hang overhead.  Snowflake balloons will round out the look. And if time allows I will make a window snowflakes curtain like seen  on Bugs and Fishes by Lupin, take a look HERE...
or maybe a snowstorm from HERE...

And just because I need to feel like it is spring and warm I added penguin beach balls to the mix ...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

gift giving....

I have a fascination for Pierrots and mimes….

So when planning my gift giving packaging for this year, this

little guy looked me right in the eye and said it is about time.

I find it a challenge to come up with ideas to hold monetary gifts, sticking green in a card is just not my style.

A nest of curled shredded music sheets is in the bottom of the box.

In the lid I put some polka dotted paper, a die cut letter x and bubblegum pink ribbon.

A small gold Dresden paper cone topped with vintage English lace beading and black silk ribbon hangs from the pink ribbon. The money is rolled very tight and placed in the middle of the black silk ribbon and lace. A tiny paper crown around the money tops off the gift.

Next week when I can get better pictures I will post my Pierrot cone gift box.

think spring.....

Friday, February 19, 2010

I am back..........

I was not planning on going into hibernation and away from blogging, it just kind of happened.
 Constance of Rochambeau sent me a wonderful surprise that lured me
out of my winter time cave.

Who would not emerge from hibernation for such wonderful sweet treats?

Thank you Constance for this thoughtful gift and yes it was a Happy Day!

Winter is getting ever so tiresome here with the cold and snow.
But as I look at the calendar I see that we are more than half way through the month.
I am delighted that February has only 28 days and not 30 or 31.
I look forward to March and a few wonderful things….

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland opens on March 5th; our tickets have been purchased for the 6th at an IMAX theater that is about an hour and half away from us. Not only am I excited to see yet another Wonderland story I am also a fan of…… Mia Wasikowska………who plays the part of Alice.

Jenny Doh’s  Crescendoh  will make its appearance in March; I am intrigued and can’t wait to see what this is all about.

I am also thinking about Easter, my very favorite of all the holidays. I am not sure what my theme will be this year but if you have a few seconds hop on over  to the  Fairy's Gate  to see a few ideas ...

I am also busy working on a large presentation box for dear little Esme,
I just love her sweet little face.
(Color that I will be using for this project….)

Think Spring....

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Laugh ….

“A laugh is a smile that bursts.”
Mary H. Waldrip

My New Year's resolution this year is to LAUGH more.
I did not make this resolution because I didn’t laugh before but because I
find that if I am aware of laughter I laugh more.
Laughter is good for both the body and the soul.
I plan to seek out things to make me laugh just like I seek out beauty and inspiration.
I want to take more time for silly things, silly movies, I wish I was clever enough to say
things to make others laugh.

I have found that some of the strongest people I know are those that face life’s ups and downs with a smile on their face.
I don’t think it is because their heart hurts less, I think it is because their
choose a different path to get through the bumpy parts.

( My daughter Allie (on the right) and her friend Amanda enjoying
life in Boston.)

"A smile starts on the lips, A grin spreads to the eyes, A chuckle comes
from the belly; But a good laugh bursts forth from the soul, overflows,
and bubbles all around" Carolyn Birmingham

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. "
Victor Hugo