Thursday, May 29, 2008

Vintage Rose Garden Bracelet

While strolling in the gardens at Wonderland, I discovered this gorgeous beaded rose and the companion vintage buttons in the Queen's Rose Garden. I had to pluck them and make them into this fairy tale bracelet fit for the Queen herself. But, too bad for her! I fell in love with this piece and kept it all for myself!

Sea Monsters Be Here! Bracelet

This little guy is basking in the sea of flowers, far away from our known earthly cares. He is made of free form beading with fire opal swarkovski eyes.

Marie Antoinette Necklace

This little art doll graces a luxurious ribbon necklace studded with beads and satin ribbon roses. The art doll is made of French ombre ribbon and wool roving hair with a wool needle felted face. Isn't she delectable?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My Latest Journey to Wonderland

On this visit to Wonderland, I made acquaintance with the Cheshire Cat and the White Rabbit. Both were quite mad, but glorious to behold! Their bodies were made of quilting cottons and their sweet faces were sculpted of needle felting. They have lovely silk strings from which to hang on trees or doorknobs.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Rose Queen's Crown Jewels Necklace

Well, if you are going to be a Rose Queen, you MUST have some crown jewels. I created a ribbon flower label pin (not pictured) and this beauty. The rose is a french beaded flower, the ribbons are beaded with freshwater pearls dyed a luscious pale peach. The leaves are ribbonwork. This necklace is just right to adorn the neck of a noble queen!

Queen of Roses Art Crown

As promised....a beautiful art crown for you to feast your eyes upon! This was made for my secret pal at church. Her birthday is in June, the month of roses. She is getting a Rose party in a bag and lots of art goodies. This crown is made from a disassembled candle ring, hand dyed and sewn ribbon roses and leaves and vintage millinery leaves and the icing on the cake is loads of sparkly glitter tulle! This crown is fit for a queen!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

April Rains Amulet Necklace Bag

Here is my first ever amulet necklace bag. I have titled it "April Rains" because of the spring-like blues and pinks. It is made of wool felt, a vintage, hand dyed velvet millinery leaf appliqued, embroidered and bordered in beads; glass bead and shell fringe; hand dyed vintage cotton lace trim; a delicious vintage glass button; pink silk lining and a gorgeous hand dyed rayon ribbon neckband. It is just large enough to hold credit cards and cash or a tiny cell phone or mp3 player. It is all hand sewn.

My next project is an art Birthday Queen crown for my secret pal at church. I give her a "planned party in a bag" each month, as a gift for her and her family. It has brought me so much joy to share my art in a way that is meant to encourage another sister in Christ!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Native American Earthy Lady Dolls

These little beauties are made of buttery soft leather with wool needle felted faces and soft wool roving hair. They are: Creek, Mojave and Hopi ladies. Each has beautiful glass, gemstone and shell bead hangers and hand painted symbols unique to each tribal group. The spiral symbol is universal to all 3 groups, and for the Hopis (at least) symbolised the journey of the people. You will also see a Bighorn Sheep (Mojave) and a Univeral Sun (Creek). The Universal Sun symbolizes the four wind directions, the earth, the sun and the solar system. Each hairstyle is reflective of the tribe represented. I did these three babies for a Wild West Dottie swap on my website, Christian Friendly ATCS and Mail Art. I was inspired after watching several documentaries on the Anasazi. Aren't they beautiful?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Rainbow Weaver

I have been obsessed with dyeing fibers lately, especially lucsious ribbons in tantalizing colors. For the examples here, I used Dylon and Rit dyes. I feel like a weaver of rainbows whenever I create new ribbons in such gorgeous colors! Also pictured here are vintage cotton pipe cleaners and velvet millinery leaves that entered the dye vat with the ribbons. Not pictured are the beautiful silk fabrics I crumpled up and dyed with the ribbons. Now to just get around to using my beautiful rainbow streamers!

Vintage Floss in Sorbet Colors

On a recent trip to visit my mother, I collected many beautiful items for my altered art/fiber arts addiction! This is probably one of my favorite items! Vintage perle cotton embroidery flosses in gorgeous sorbet colors. Maybe I should stitch some French ice cream flavored cones with these? Like Violette, Mile de Lavande or Rose...mmmm sounds yummy!