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


Christina Rogers said...

that project is just gorgeous! I love all the details in the whole assemblage. I have a couple of antique dolls still in the cases that were my mom's in the 50's and they look really similar to what you created! It looks really neat!

Fete et Fleur said...

Louise, I love this project. I love your thoughtfulness and tender ideas about what you have created. I'm glad you took your time with it. Your choices are perfect for this sweet little Miss. I'm not sure I would add anything to the outside. It looks so beautiful as it is.

Miss Thomasina's story is intriguing. I look forward to seeing what beauty you create for her and how her story ends.


Rebecca Ramsey said...

Louise, it's all so beautiful! What a treasure! It's obviously a work of care and heart. I just love it.

LiLi M. said...

Louise this was so well worth the wait! I scrolled up and down, up and down again and checked all links, so lovely thanks! I love what you did! The whole project is amazing. You just got the right atmosphere into it.

Like Nancy I wouldn't add anything to the outside. It is already perfect! Hugs, LiLi

Storybook Woods said...

Charming, well done. I love the whole assemblage too. Very sweet. Clarice

Janet said...

Wow! What a beautiful project. You are so talented. Everything you do seems to have such thought put into it.

rochambeau said...

WOW WOW WOW Louise!!
I DO remember your post about your your mignonette in waiting!! It is a true pleasure to see where she is now in her perfect surroundings. ADORE the presentation box. SO glad what you imagined came to be! It is truly beautiful and I bet your granddaughters are going to adore looking at her in her special box. Thank you for all the great links and ART!!
Can't wait to see what's in store for Luna and Thomasina. To see who which the French woman will be.

So happy to see your work. Hope your hands are feeling much better!


shibori girl said...

I agree with Nancy - this little treasure box is perfect as is. I'd leave the outside alone.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you do for your little French Miss. :)


rochambeau said...

Came back to take another peek at your beautiful assemblage!
Hi Louise~ Thank you for the nice birthday wish for my mom!!
Have a wonderful weekend. I'm blowing bubbles your way~

kristina said...

Oh Louise!
What a wonderful,wonderful read...i loved it...you are so talented everything looks so perfect.
I have the exact same Beatrix Potter book,we were talking yesterday about visiting her home later this year as it is only about two to three hours from our home,
Its been a long time since i posted too,
Love Kristina xxx

Betzie said...

Louise, this box is just exquisite and I love every detail! You inspire me to do one for a little French clown doll I purchased recently! I may need you to help me though as I've never covered a box before and yours are just perfection.
I love the papers you used...and your little doll's dress is just beautiful. I just love everything you make Louise!!!
Can't wait to hear more of the story...a great beginning!
You will LOVE Polluck's Toy Museum in London...it was the highlight of my trip.

rochambeau said...

Dear Louise,
It's nice to know you have been to vintage fashion shows before! This was my first!
Hope you have a wonderful night!

adrienne said...

What a beautiful project. I love all the details - especially the tiny nature dome. I hope you'll post her story when it's written.

Chrisy said...

Oh darlin what a wonderful treasure you've created here. Thank you for sharing your steps.. I'm inspired each time I visit here...ps love the outside just as it is...

rochambeau said...

Dropping by to tell you Happy Halloween Louise!! I know you will have a fun one!!


rochambeau said...

Hello Lovely,
It was great to see your pink pink shoes at my doorstep today!
How are your hands Louise and how is Thomasina?
Hope ALL is well for you and your family~~

kristina said...

Hi Louise,
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones,hope you are well and looking forward to Christmas,
Love Kristina xxx
PS Baby is on HIS way xxx

rochambeau said...

Happy Thanksgiving Louise,
Sending you and your family wonderful thoughts.
I'm so thankful for meeting you here, for all of the kindness you have shown me and especially for helping me out with advise on the insurance issue, I'm especially grateful for you taking the time to help!


Enzie Shahmiri * Portrait Artist said...

What a beautiful doll and great project idea! I am so glad I have finally found your blog! :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, very interesting post, greetings from Greece!

mary.kg said...

Tout ceci ma plait beaucoup Bravo ! Amicalement Mary.KG