Friday, August 18, 2017

Flow Blue Sugarbowl, Antique with Floral Arrangement

This beautiful, antique flow blue sugar bowl lost its lid, and so, I elected to make it into a permanent flower arrangement along with a lovely sepia toned photo of a little girl with her pet bird.

I used to create make-do pincushions from this sort of thing. It has been very gratifying for me to make them into little floral/picture arrangements for a change. My charge for one as a pincushion was very high, due to the work as well as the value of the antique piece. These days people do not feel they can afford such a thing, and the early dishes are also no longer much appreciated, hence they are practically given away. This one only cost my client $36.00. A few years ago, as a pincushion, I commanded and received sometimes up to $450.00!

When out and about shopping amongst antiques stores and estate sales or wherever, I cannot pass up these dear, rejected and gorgeous remnants of the past. Most of them I keep, but as space itself is a commodity, I must part with a few from time-to-time. I am so happy that this beauty is en route to beautiful New Mexico.





Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Tillie in White and Sold to a Friend in Utah

This Tillie is on her way to her new home in Utah. For whatever reason, she has turned out to be one of my all time favorites. I suppose it's because I took no special details in order requests other than not to make a dress in robin's egg blue, as this friend already has a Tillie in that color of a dress. She decided that her existing Tillie needed a sister. Maybe this one will receive a new name. 

Also on the docket for the same friend was a Marie under her glass dome. I am so happy that the dolls are on their way. I am also glad that I will not accept special orders anymore. Alas, there are SO many art forms I long to try. I am fortunate in that every day is a new adventure for me to either design or just to play in my art room. Now that I have no more pending orders, I am on my way!













Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tillie in Red ~ Dwells in Merry Olde England ~ One of my Last Special Orders ~

This Tillie doll of mine was special ordered by a dear friend in England. It took me a very long time to get the doll ready and alas, I feel as though I did not do my very best work, but that is because I am always nervous when working on "an order", which is why I really do not, as a rule accept orders. It's the hair. I did not give it my best shot. My apology to you dear Grace. 😓 But I thank you so much for loving your Tillie just the same.

Meanwhile I'm just finishing up two more special orders for another friend here in the United States. The same deal. I'm not 100% thrilled with the two dolls yet. And so, I am taking this opportunity to swear that I no longer take orders. If someone wants something of mine, it has to be something I have put onto my Etsy shop. Even if people end up loving what I've created, the pain and angst accompanying "an order" is never worth my while. I hope I don't sound too spoiled. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, for I am indeed grateful, but I know my potential is seldom, if ever, met while creating a special order. Thank you for listening.  ~






Friday, June 16, 2017

My Little Book of Whispers ~



I just finished this dear little book that I learned how to make from Laly Mille. Laly is a wonderful teacher. Every step is clearly explained and her love of nature and spirit comes through perfectly. Laly is a delightful, young French artist. Her class is online which means you own it! Click here to visit Laly.


































The Front and the Back Covers
This time with the added scratched and antiqued marks.