Last fall I started a series of "Paper Masquerade" boxes. The first small boxes I did had spun cotton snowmen in the box ... then the holiday's were over and I still liked this small box format. So, I made some small spun cotton people with crepe paper dresses, vintage paper faces and gave them each a "mask" to hold. The boxes are about 5 x5 with glass fronts and German glass glitter backs. I have decided to put a few in the Etsy shop. Here is a sampling of the boxes.
In general I do not make much jewelry although I love the process and it is always interesting to experiment with something different. Here is a piece I made called "Tickled Pink" The idea came from a small vintage spoon from a child's play set and a tiny, tiny bisque dolly from my collection. It is sort of a play on a dollies tea party. Here is the Front..
Looking at the tiny dresses and slips of bygone days makes me wonder who wore them, where they might have traveled to and on what adventures they may have been worn. These little slips, of course, were often handmade with delicate trim and though they were carefully hidden under fancy dresses and tiny pinafores, one can only imagine they must have been cherished non the less. As they are often found folded in the truck or box with the fancy dress. This little slip caught my eye awhile back and I designed a Paris theme for it. "Evidence of Paris" a beeswaxed confection is embellished with snippets and memories of the city, tiny waxed dresses, bits of lace, fabric, buttons all adorn the slip. It sits in my house in front of a vintage sleigh (for another post) and I love looking at it...Oh and notice the lady with her glasses in the back - looking over the scene..
My Dear Friend Shirley sent this to me and I am supposed to pick five favorite bloggers to send it on to, but I love all the blogs I read, the ones listed here and the ones I just find along the way... so how could I choose just 5---you are all great bloggers so,keep writing, leaving pictures and lovely little snippets of your lives!
Last weekend when I was out looking around at shops and tag sales, I came across the most delightful child's composition book. Just so sweet and colorful and I wanted to do something with it besides just add it to my collection... So, I bought new composition books and made new covers for them using this old image, front and back. I did not "correct: any of the flaws, ink smudges or tears, just scanned it onto fabric and used it "as is". I made three and you can find them for sale at ETSY. Now this weekend I have to keep making class samples ... and maybe a bit of gardening!
Well, my excuse is the heat... it has been very not and humid here and playing with photoshop is a cool way to spend the afternoon...not that I don't have many more things I Should be doing... and I do love playing with the old pictures! Anyway, here is the piece from yesterday, it was a cabinet card of a boy in a suit, I really liked the bow at the neck, so removed his head (painlessly) and replaced it with a girl with a big bow on her head. Then I colored the outfit, background and gave the bow a plaid twist...let me know what you think. To me she seems quite avant guard for her era.
Doesn't autumn sound appealing right now in the hot days of August... and I am very much looking forward to teaching a couple of fall classes at Sew Inspired in Simsbury, Ct. On the Bird charm bracelet, note the cute handmade nest charms, a technique taught to me by Shirley McCutcheon! On September 15th from 10-4 I will be teaching sweet little charm bracelets with fabric charms... Here are some pics. And on October 13th from 12- 6 I will teach the Fabric Altered Books again!