After a wonderful weekend workshop in the studio, I often think about a comment my Mom typically makes when my family and I head home after a visit ~ "the house is so quiet when you leave". With my son off at college these days, going from 18 wonderful ladies to 3 of us definitely quiets things down! I do love the peacefulness of alone time but I LOVE the excitement and creativity of having a house full of lovely ladies!
I was lucky enough to host another workshop with Colleen Moody in the studio where lucky girls created their own Treasure Keeper doll assemblage.
Here we are all ready to go! Excuse the iPhone pictures ~ I need a sign on my forehead that reminds me to use my big girl camera! I do love this too dark shot though because a. We look still fresh before she started teaching and I was running around plating lunch and washing dishes and b. It's a nice look at my pinky pretty studio in the background.
Here are our alien dolls basking in the sun! Not to mock our creations but seriously without paint, clothes and hair they do sort of resemble something other worldly! It was a great lesson in hanging in for the journey and not immediate satisfaction. These dolls needed time to blossom!
See what I mean! Better! Phew! Colleen in her wonderful patient teaching style, walked us through designing, sculpting, painting, costuming, bonnet making, antiquing, modeling paste and all sorts of techniques to make these beautiful dolls and their customized drawers. In just TWO days!
Here's my finished girl and some close ups!
She just makes me smile! Thank you again to Colleen and all the ladies for gracing my home once again! What's next?? There's much art still to be created! Stay tuned!!
Join us for a lovely day visiting our favorite Southern California flea market and antique spots Roaring Twenties style! Travel by luxury motor coach and enjoy an exclusive reception, goodies and bargains planned just for our flappers. There can't be a better way to shop than sitting back and letting our fabulous buggy driver figure out the driving and parking at each stop! Our tour will include the incredible Long Beach flea market, home to over 800 vendors, the Orange Circle, filled with more antique shops, retail treasures and eateries than one can count and an end to our day at my favorite bargain lace shop! Don't be surprised if there are bus games and all sorts of frivolity in store! You won't want to miss this incredible day of touring!
You can register to join us HERE!
I don't know about you but I've had a slow start this year and feel as though January has been my month to ease into 2015. I recently sealed the last box of holiday decor and jumped right into springtime around the house. There really isn't much winter in Southern California! Between making lists and focusing on what is in store for this year, I took out some time to create in the studio.
This mixed media collage is from an online mini-project by Christy Tomlinson. I love watching her messy fabulous get down art style! Of course, if you know me, you know I'm more of a lacy vintage art girl so I mixed it up a bit, skipped the tin foil and masking tape steps and came up with my own version of this pretty project.
What's an art piece without millenary, lace snippets, seam binding and old book paper quotes, right? The wings were such fun to make too ~ paperclay, stamps for some texture and then paint and glaze. I chose to hang my dress from an old vintage spool wrapped with the loveliest blush pink thread. I just knew I'd need it for something!
I found this old quote in a sweet vintage book from 1818 called Love and Friendship, A Little Book of Thoughts arranged by J. Ellis. I am a total sap when it comes to the people I love. There are always ups and downs, as with everything in life, but if a friend is "in" so am I! The passage reads ~
The Love of a Friend
Like music heard on the still water;
Like pines that the wind passeth by;
Like pearls in the depth of the ocean;
Like stars that enamel the sky;
Like dreams of Arcadian pleasures;
Like colors that gratefully blend;
Like everything breathing of pureness ~
Like these is the love of a friend.
Every year around this time I tend to get a bit introspective. Thinking about the year. Remembering the good and the not so good. One might say that 2014 was not on my top 10 list. It began with some personal health issues for me, placing my elderly father in the hospital and later into assisted living and helping our oldest navigate a difficult decision to come home from his first year of college. You could say we started out in crisis mode vs sailing into the new year with an inspirational exercise and diet plan.
Quite honestly, there have been many challenges this last year and there were moments I felt somewhat lost. However, in between all those moments, there has always been much to be grateful for ~ a beautiful new day, a roof over my head, food in our refrigerator, my supportive husband, my amazing children, my parents, many dear friends and, of course, art! Creatively speaking, 2014 was amazing ~ I created more than in year's past, remodeled our garage into a studio, hosted some wonderful events, attended several fabulous classes and workshops and even redid my website and this blog. Art definately was there for me many, many times this year!
And while many of the stressors that began my year still exist ~ I am here! I am grateful! I am hopeful!
Ironically, over the last several years I began collecting vintage mary statues. This lovely madonna above is my newest find. Not being raised religiously, I began buying these spiritual relics more from a sense of awe and some sort of connection ~ I just went with it and trusted there was a reason. As I type this post today, I feel in my heart that right now they are reminders to have faith. Faith in myself. Faith during the challenges that will surely come. Faith that something spiritual is watching over me and those I love so dearly. Faith to just let go.
I wish much the same for you ~ my much cherished family of bloggers, FB friends, and IG inspirers! Whether you are near or far, much magic is in my heart for you this 2015! Let's hold on tight and see where this crazy adventure called life takes us! I am ready!
I couldn't be more excited to be hosting a Colleen Moody workshop here again this March! This is our third time collaborating together and each time just gets sweeter! Hope you can come and join the fun!
I have always loved small packages. It seems they contain the best surprises. So when I saw the idea of a snippet roll on Pinterest, I was IN! AND when I saw that Heidi hosted a snippet swap, I was double IN! After chatting a little with her about the details another swap was born. I knew the Joyeux girls would love to play. We all created for different girls and the rules were simple ~ creams and neutral tones, vintage children theme and at least 18" long. I picked my friend,Vickie's name, out of the hat (it was really just a mess of little pieces of paper with names on it but you get the picture).
My favorite thing about this project is you are really meant to dip into your stash of vintage goodies. You only need small pieces of this and that little pretty ~ hence the name snippet.
After you snip, sew and glue, the whole roll is tucked around an old vintage spool. I thought it would be pretty for Vickie to be able to hang her roll if she wanted so I added an old vintage key to the top with silk ribbon.
All my favorite elements went into this pretty ~ laces, vintage pins, millenary, mops. The options are endless. . .
I do believe the new year will bring some more creative time making these! Only 6 more days until Christmas! Hope you are all taking a little time to enjoy the spirit of the holidays
Seems I've been hosting creative holiday events for many years now. There have been several of these special get togethers in hotels and I believe this year was my fourth here at home. The home workshops are really my most favorite. Having ladies come to my home and create in my little world feels the most special.
I was over the top thrilled when Diana Frey agreed to come teach for me. I met Diana and saw her amazing home on my 50th birthday celebration weekend. She was part of the stops because my friends just knew how I would adore her and her estestic. She loves all things vintage, shabby and in a beautiful muted tone that just makes me so very happy. I felt an instant connection with her as do many due to her calm and understanding nature. And I haven't even mentioned her mad artistic skills which are off the charts!
I had such fun getting the tables ready for the girls in my new studio space here at the house. Pinks, creams, whites and soft hues. Sweet little gifts because it's the holidays right?
Just a few sweet things to say how much I appreciate all the support all year from these wonderful women. I covered mason jars (seriously, will we ever get over the mason jar craze?) with lace doillies and turned them into candle holders. The light peeks through the lace at night, oh my. Of course, there had to be a darling reindeer at each spot too.
Somerset & Company were most kind to me once again and donated their new magazine, Bella Grace, to each of the girls too.
Diana created a beautiful lace and embellishment holiday tree for the workshop and as with all pictures we had no idea what was in store. We embellished, we ironed, we plastered, we molded, we glued, we sewed, we GLITTERED (a lot), and learned so many fun techniques. And we laughed A LOT too! Diana demonstrated all the techniques on another tree she was creating in all pinks. I do believe someone had to lift me off the floor at this point!
Most of us went the cream route but boy I was tempted to start pulling out all my pink loveliness! Here's Cheryl's delicious shingles in process. . .
and Marsi's amazing dollie topper all glittered and sparkly. . .
Some of us even ran off for an hour or so on an impromptu field trip for more ruffled tulle!
I finished my tree (seems silly to call it just that though) yesterday and I am quite pleased. As I look at each layer of pretties, I realize there are a lot of memories contained in each shingle. A lacy something bought on a special trip or piece of bling gifted by a friend. I do think I will keep her up all year cause if I can spread out the holiday feeling all year why not?
I am so thankful for the memories that were created this beautiful holiday season and to Diana most of all for bringing us all together to create such splendor.
In case you hadn't heard (insert sarcastic giggle), I have mad love for dollies. I don't discriminate ~ I love them all. Chipped, bodyless, armless, naked and even in perfect condition. So when I started designing my vision for this new website, I knew that my dollie fascination was going to be at the forefront.
I searched through my many images of vintage dolls and found one of my most cherished images ~ isn't she just devine from her dirty legs to cracked skin? I found her on Pinterest (if only I actually owned her, sigh) but she was the inspiration for my website dollie. Of course, I had to hook up with one of my most favorite artists, Lisa Loria. Lisa has mad dollie love too just like me and I knew she could create a painting that I could use that would be original but based on my crazy obsession with this little girl.
Working with Lisa was a dream! We communicated mostly via texts! Here are a couple of pics from my iPhone of the beginning stages. We talked color, positioning, and all the details bearing in mind that Hope would be using her amazing graphics skills to use the painting on my new site.
Isn't it amazing to see her transformation? If you look along the right side of my sidebar, you'll see how she came out digitally too once Hope got her turn to play. And just a dollie is never enough, so on we went with a vintage dollhouse. . .
I just couldn't be more thrilled with how my new brand has evolved. It was such a pleasure working with these two amazing artists to create all the pretty! If you are looking for an original painting and art for your site or home on any level, I couldn't recommend Lisa any more highly. And let me just say that Hope can create anything your heart desires. Her favorite question to me through the entire process was ~ What would you like? And then she made it magically happen!
It is always an exciting and nervewracking day to open up regisitration for an event. It takes months of planning and creating to make sure what you are offering is special and will create interest. Every year, I feel like these are the most amazing projects yet and this year isn't any different. I love the beautiful tones and colors the instructors have selected and our Lola makes me just want to smile every time I see her.
There are a couple of changes this year too! A new website for our Affaire that allows you to play and see all the details in a beautiful format ~ bigger pictures of the workshop projects so you get a great view. We are also offering three different options for payments so it isn't so tricky on the crafty wallet. This is the first year you can sign up for just $200! You spoke and I listened. I get it ~ there is much to save money for this time of year!
Please take some time to check out all the details by clicking on EVENTS above to enter the event website and join us! Much fun awaits! I couldn't be more honored to share such a wonderful team of artists and their amazing talents!
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