Sunday, December 6, 2009

Ohhh Say Can You See...Lady America Fiber Art Elfin Stocking

Introducing Lady America Fiber Art Elfin Stocking. This is another of my large stockings. Limited design of 4. I am attracted to our nations colors for two reasons: Due to the assault on this nations people through mass imports and what seems to be a cracking in some of her foundations on various levels; and artistically, red white and blue is a challenge for me to combine with other elements to bring them to a creative and opulent level.

Created from reclaimed and upcycled wool, satin, red velvet, specially designed clay hearts, and other fibers.When I crafted the little stars from clay, I pressed a texture into them and slightly distressed them for a vintage look. They're held on by little golden beads.
The main color is a sort of water blue... one of my favorite colors. I attach signature labels to the back.
I originally had a different weave pattern in mind but while talking to my son about Faberge Eggs, I noticed on the cover of my Faberge Egg book, this pattern would work better. Each satin weave is hand stitched.
Now...the driving thought behind this design is this: This nation sprang forth from the wilderness due to the efforts of very brave men and women that had a vision for freedom. The Forget-Me-Not flowers are created for this design also for a very specific remind us NOT to forget our heritage.

Enjoy your season!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New Elfin Stockings! Fa la la la la - la la la la

Garnets & Filigree Fiber Art Elfin Stockings! This little number was fun to do. I definitely had to fashion a leather thimble for all the hand thought it would never end seeing that I made 4 large ones and 2 small stockings. Lovely shades of garnet to pink reclaimed and upcycled wool is used. the French still have it on some of the most established beautiful quality in this ribbon! I collected and studied vintage apparel when I was younger and what astounds me is that the French ribbon created today is so very similar to that of so long ago! A truly wonderful find!
The bow is constructed from French and altered bows.
I fashioned a rolled edge stitched with gold on this shimmery pleated collar.
I mixed vintage and new iridescent sew on crystals for the random twinkle...yeh...gotta have that right?
This little sweety is a lovely accent for a smaller display or as a drop pocket for goodies from a gift. I did that one year for my children. I have themes every year. This year will be an ephemera year...paper..paper..paper, everything paper.

Happy season's preparations to you all!...have fun!... I am!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Great Quote!

If you hear a voice within you say "you cannot paint," then by all means paint, and that voice will
be silenced.
--Vincent Van Gogh

Friday, October 30, 2009

Mimi & Musette Bureau Trinket Trunk Assembalge

This was a special order for a special little person but I wanted to share it with you. I'm so pleased with the way it turned out.
It's a 2 compartment trunk with several techniques used. I even found an antique Punch and Judy Theater ad clipping from an antique magazine I added inside...the cost was 10 cents...really!
The bottom trunk is waxed and painted book print encased in bees wax. I love the soft feature of bees wax. This item is more like a collage assemblage.
I also added Swarovski crystals in 2 sizes here and there for a bit of magical twinkle.
The tiny cherries are clay created just for this trunk with a butchered bow.
I do have a question for anyone dropping by; I can't find any more of this style box anywhere! Does anyone know where I might find them? I love the rolled rim.
Better many things to work on!
Have a wonderful day everybody!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pepper Berry Love Potion #16 Bureau Trinket Trunk

Oh soo fun to create are my Bureau Trinket Trunks! This one is called Love Potion #16.

This petite trunk is created from a lovely variety of items including: hard wood turned compartments, hand crafted Pepper Berries on copper wires (by me), vintage photo copy, antique golden cuff link, painted vintage lace, porcelain knob, wooden disc with the number 16, cotton leaves, wooden pedestal and marble base. The whole creation is gently encased in fragrant beeswax for a soft artful display.
This trunk will be added to the windlewood collection tomorrow.

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Enjoy, my friends!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

My Sunny Work Space

Welcome to my sunny work spaces! I love being able to peek out the window and see the out door activity!
Here's just a small display of things that I enjoy, a fun little tin toy iron.
This is just one of my curvy inspirational items and a comfy rest when needed.
I've been accused of having a ribbon thing...uhh...yeh..I think you could say that. :)
I'm pleased to say that I've added the lovely Midori ribbon to my collection! Wait till you see that! I'm planning stockings around it.

Ohhh by the way...I'm planning on starting giveaways and will be contacting everybody on my mailing list to let them know when and for what. Be sure to sign up for it in the black box if you haven't already! I will also be sending occasional special offers and coupons so don't miss any of it!
Take care!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Here's a couple of new Witches of West Windlewood, Izzy and Ella, dropping by to cast a spell or two!
This was a fun vintage photo to stumble upon. As most of my projects finish...I started out with somewhat of a foggy idea how this witch duo would go.
Sometimes there ends up too much void space that must be filled so. In Izzy and Ella's case a space was filled with a twisted and decorated message of the season...Boo!
Boo...such a curious word...I love it! I just discovered ribbon in orange and black with the little word on it. wheels are turning where I can put that.
I have a few of these sitting on my table and they make me smile... :) Working with vintage photos is becoming a great pleasure for me. I will be adding these little girls to the windlewood collection later today.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

New Witches of West Windlewood! Meet Tabithinia.

I had a ball creating these little witches! I've been collecting just the right characters from vintage photos, that's why it's been a little timely to finish. Some just seem to pull off the witchy look don't they! I will be adding to this collection throughout the year. The Beeswax moon assemblage is created entirely from plain old stuff! The moon is my pattern design cut from foam, carved and paper mached with book print. The finish is painted and rubbed off to expose the book, covered with a soft fragrant beeswax with just a touch of mica and glitter. Tabithinia is fastened to the moon with wire and a vintage button. Her original designed pumpkin ribbon banner's message is Happy Haunting...of course. Special features also include hand crafted tall button paper clay shoes on wire legs, silk primitive ruffled petticoat, cotton hat, hand butchered bow, and wooden disc marking the festive day all resting atop a wooden pedestal.
See other Witches of West Windlewood on my website here.
I'm Just experimenting with paypal buttons on my blog. Let's see how this work!
The cost of this piece is $69.00 + $8.99 shipping.

Saturday, August 8, 2009


Well...while playing with blogger, I lost almost everything. Any of you following me are lost...all my back!

If you drop in and see you are gone, please post your link so I might add it again!

I'm devastated!

Ohhh goodness. :(

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Great American Suffragettes!

Friday, March 20, 2009

NEW Suffragettes!

My new Great American Suffragettes! I can't wait to do more!! I'm presently looking for more cabinet cards for just the right images.
This one I call Hester...she is created a little different with little arms and slightly taller than the others.
Her very flowery hat is spectacular! I used 100% organdy, vintage lace and pure silk ribbon for the Votes for Women ribbon.
Lilly is a smart little character with her fancy feathered hat. Her dress is a embellished with Victorian lace.

Tiny high button shoes are crafted from paper clay.

Minnie is dressed in a vintage WOMAN'S police uniform complete with Billy Club...hum. I touched all the buttons with an old gold color for a shiny brass button look. This police officer carries a banner that reads about the Great Scourge and what to do about it! ( Women's suffrage)

This very zealous and sweet Prudence has her message all over her pinafore! I reduced an actual Women's Suffrage Rosette from a picture in the cause colors of purple, green and white. The center reads: Votes For Women but it's so small you can't read it. I added a drop of clear glaze for an official button look.

Vivian has her hands full with literature and her large banner about the Great Scourge.

Winifred is a dainty thing in her solid white pure organdy and vintage lace dress. I made her boots lace up. Under the pure silk ribbon, Winifred actually wears a women's suffrage ribbon.
Winifred all has slender arm with a vintage lace cuff and paper clay hands. The great American Suffragettes stand at various heights on patriotically painted and distressed wooden blocks. The small wooden discs are covered with 1911 print and touched with a golden edge.
I hope you enjoy them. The more I work on this project...the deeper I think about this period in our!
These little ladies will be available on ebay starting this Sunday.