went to this really sweet but crammed museum of brands and packaging here in London...they had some fab vintage packs, dolls, and advertising ephemera...saw these gorgeous dolls and immediately thought of Becky....think what you could do with these!
Carol and I were recently at a textile trade fair in Paris and we came across a wonderful stall that was selling all the sorts of antique textile collectables that we just know you pantry violets would go crazy about.
Sadly they are based near Lyon (about as far away from us in France as is possible and they don't have a website yet!), but we thought you might enjoy looking at a few of their sewing and knitting accessories (and yes! we did buy some). If you want to see other items we fell for at the fair check out Carol's posting at LSA's blog.
I looked outside and saw this daffodil trying to grow up through an empty pot....
Through the snow and cold, it was finding its way up to the sunshine..
Now, THAT is determination and drive!
A couple a of days later, it has grown! I was tempted to take the pot off, but I am fascinated by this phenomenon. Is it cruel to restrict it like this? Maybe I will relieve it this afternoon...
And, Oolie, this one is for YOU!
My friend, Anna (Queen of Flat Rate) had this wonderful little 'Shroom guy out at Christmastime and I fell in love with him. She brought him over so I could take a photo for you, and maybe figure out how to make one! A big smile to all of you......
Check out "polkadotponie" to see the amazing gift that came from Sweden!!!
I don't usually post my work on both blog spots but I really like this page I did in my journal so I wanted to share it. I have gone a bit rabbity these days. Maybe because they are always hopping around in a hurry.
The next picture is of an apron I am making for a friend. I will see her at Artfest (a cool art retreat outside of Seattle) at the end of March and hope I can finish it in time. The fabric is an old sack I found at an antique mall. The flour was from an old mill in Louisville, KY where she lives so I am excited about the project. I still have to embroider, apply applique pieces, attach a tie and pocket(what is an apron without a pocket?) and add the secret fabric inside. (Long story about that).
Have enjoyed seeing everyone's stuff. Jone and Oolie- I am mad for your paper mache pieces.
Wonderful to see Joni and Julie's papier mache creations - Julie Arkell would be proud of you!
Below is a little embroidery on Thai silk, "homage to Billie Spille", that I did whilst we were travelling in the Far East - usually whilst we were hanging around in airports waiting for transfers, and in the hotels. Those of you who visited Billie's studio last summer will be pleased to hear she is still painting away, is in moderately good health and surviving this continual cold spell we are having in northern Europe this year (snowed again here last week!) despite the freezing conditions of her little studio. Brrghh.
I so enjoyed doing the little embroidery - not something I would normally attempt anymore as it was very time consuming. I filled it with the last of last year's lavender from our garden.
Hope all you gals are beavering away with your sitiching, knitting and general creating - just love catching up regularly with your latest creations on this blog! Very inspiring.
So, I was torn about this photo - I do not think it is the best of Oolie, but sooooo DARN CUTE and really captures our "mood" in the studio. We were having a wonderful time and got soooo much done. I am in awe of her focus and drive.
Below, Oolie is holding the hanger that she used as a "mold" to make a couple of papier mache hangers. They turned out sooo cute!
She is incredible....
Here, Oolie is painting the little cup and saucer. She used the most wonderful raspberry red paint - yummy! Below is the finished tea cup and saucer ................wow..... polkadots! The little pram. Oolie chose a French blue (hmmm, wonder why)
The top was made separately from the bottom and attached later with little mother of pearl brads. The wheels really roll - with wire axels.
And, here is the hanger holding a beautiful little crocheted dollie dress. I find all of this sooo inspiring.
So, does it make you want to go do something creative?
You have seen the real thing (see previous post) and now you can go through the process!
I was in awe as I watched her wrap the shoes with Saran Wrap and then papier mache on top. I do not know how she got any courage from ME...neither one of us thought it would work as well as it did.
She only did the front half of one shoe and the back of the other. After getting through the whole thing, though, she figures it might be better to do the entire shoe and cut the paper off down the middle. Then, she could "put it back together" with more papier mache along the seam.....can't wait to try it!
I will post the final of this little treasure later, but here is the teacup and saucer that Oolie has wanted to try for a long time. You can see the plastic wrap on the inside of the cup.
I tend to make things up as I go along, so I was fascinated by the process Oolie chose - using real objects as the base. I do not know that I would have the patience, but it certainly makes anything possible...
Love this little "wagon" which is actually the bottom of a pram. Oolie took the top off to make a separate mold of it to attach later.
I was sooooo impressed with her ability to cut this darn hanger from foam core board! The handle was a major challenge, I bet. She worked so methodically and consistently ....sigh.... wonder what that feels like (!) Here you can see the papier mache in process.
Oolie's whole group together. We had the heater on in the studio cause it was sooo chilly outside. It came in handy, though, to dry the pieces along the way.
I was so impressed that she came with her ideas intact and stuck with ALL of them to the finish. I do not know what that feels like, either. I am soooo all over the place.
See, Oolie, we both learned something from each other!
Thanks for the visit and the fun and the laughter, the chatter, the secrets, the plans .....sigh....
Have a great time in Hawaii (YES! She leaves this week!!) See you when you get back!
My heart is still in Santa Fe in Jone's studio!!!! We have great plans for a workshop there someday.....you will be thrilled with the unique scenery, the food, the shopping and Jone's wonderful studio! I have been yearning to make some papier mache objects for a very long time, but needed the self-confidence boost that comes for me, with creating with a friend.....
especially being in the presence of such a talented and generous artist named Jone!!!!! I just put the "frosting touches" on this little 5" girl's shoe which was made by wrapping a real, live shoe in cling wrap and then papier mache-ing a few layers around the cling wrap; after I had a solid "mold" of the shoe, I cut it down the middle and extracted the papier mache object from the real shoe; then I closed the seam with masking tape and continued adding layers of papier mache. That was the method for the tea cup & saucer and the baby carriage. The doll clothes hangers were cut out of foam core board and then papier mached. I brought a few children's books that had lovely images to use on the objects. We experimented with filling the color copier with cut down newsprint paper rather than regular copy paper which would have given the images I was printing a too starkly white backround. It worked perfectly and was easy to glue on with matte Mod Podge....a glue that is often used for decoupage. I also watered down the acrylic paints so that the newsprint underneath would show through. I need to come up with some foreign language newspapers to use on the top layer for a more interesting effect. Jone has offered to post the other objects we made and hopefully the Valentine mushroom that she made for me...it is adorable!!!!! Love to all- Julie/Oolie