Monday, March 30, 2009

TAG~! You are it!

Ahh...tags...I have been very busy making beautiful Marie Antoinette inspired art tags. Groups 1 and 2 are for trade on the Marie Antoinette Mail Art site. Group 3, the pink set, is for sale in my Etsy shop. I love making these beauties...especially as I get to play with my vintage crepe paper stash! Just a touch of Versailles luxury can be such a joy!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Rose Bertin Pays Marie a Call

Ahh...Madame Rose Bertin, atelier de La Grand Mogul, has sent over some Poupee de Modes for The Queen to inspect! There are 4 lovely gowns displayed on mini-Marie models. Each came in its own special packet with a sumptuous tag! I believe the Queen will not be able to resist temptation and will need to order these gowns for her future fetes and soirees!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Busy as a Beehive

I have been busy making more Marie Antoinette art! Versailles was in an uproar over cake...some pamphlets were released showing the Queen with a string of cakes. And the Petit Trianon is writing a book of her memories about Marie and her Court. So far, she has told of several events...oh the secrets she will reveal! The publishers are anxiously awaiting the release of her final manuscript! Now, Rose Bertin will soon be sending paper models of the latest fashions to the Queen! So, until then enjoy the latest palace releases!

These are some examples of how you could use my beautiful collage sheets for your own altered books!

Friday, March 20, 2009

I am a Winner again!

I just love blog contests~! Now I get to say that I am a winner again! Doesn't it feel great to say such nice things about yourself?
Today I woke up to discover that I had won this GORGEOUS Spring basket from Heidi at Birds of a Feather. You can see it on this her blog. Birds of a Feather Spring Basket (click me).
Thank you to Heidi over at Birds of a Feather for her beautiful swap giveaways! Be sure to check out her site for the latest one!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Ribbon Flowers Blossom on Etsy

I love doing French Vintage-style ribbonwork and decided to share that passion with the art world today! I listed 5 new Ribbon Flower Kits on Etsy in different, delectable color palettes. I envision these gracing an art crown; icing a faux petits four; draping themselves over the top of a glorious toy theater; even topping milady's hair for an evening out! If you would like to own some of these everlasting beauties for yourself, be sure to check out my etsy store. Each kit is utterly unique and will never be produced exactly the same again! And as an added bonus, they come packaged in a vintage paper envelope, complete with my logo and cinnamon glitter; tied off with a spicy ombre ribbon!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Portraits of a Queen

Last night I sat up until the wee hours making waxen portraits of the Queen. Each tiny ATC portrait is made of manipulated, rose-scented beeswax, vintage ephemera, rubber stamps and Dresden scrap. Each of the portraits took approximately 45 minutes to create. The waxing was a very interesting, messy, sometimes exasperating process! It does lend a depth and antique feel that is hard to acheive in collage done without wax. Enjoy their beauty for yourself and I hope you go away with a brighter smile today!

Card Titles From Top To Bottom Are:
3."Waiting in the Wings"

Monday, March 9, 2009

New Fashions at Versailles

Today, new fashions arrived on the doorstep of the Petit Trianon! Marie received this lovely poppet crafted of felted wool, vintage fabrics, lace, and sequins. The dress is hand-sewn with a needle and thread. She even has tiny matching shoes with crystal rhinestone and feather buckle ornaments. Her hair is a fashionable sky blue...reminiscent of a clear and sunny day playing in the petit village. It is decorated with a gilded, pastel bird and fabulous feathers! And...the icing on the cake...she is carrying a lace, sequin spangled fan! I believe the Queen will approve this gown as her newest wardrobe addition.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

For St. Patrick's Day--A Donnybrook Fair Party

I have been so busy setting up my new etsy shop. I just love it! I am currently going through many of my paper and digital collections to make up ever new and interesting collage sheets. My goal is to delight Altered Art workers with the unusual and fabulously sublime! My next goal is to put up some groups of ribbon flowers I have been working on and to work on some luscious artist kits that I have in mind! The ribbon flowers have vintage glass or crystal rhinestone centers and are too yummy for words! I just want to create some delicious packaging for them and then will take photos and list them. My final goal will be to list some of my finished works of art. This is so much fun! For this week's party, I am giving you a St. Paddy's Day party from a 1907 book by Paul Pierce titled Parties and Entertainments. Here goes: For St. Patrick's Day--A Donnybrook Fair " A Donnybrook Fair" is an excellent entertainment for St. Patrick's day. Ask guests to come in costume and throw open the entire house. Arrange a number of stalls or stands (tables under old umbrellas), and have these presided over by market women, with short full skirts, big gingham aprons, kerchiefs and small shawls or sun-bonnets over their heads. Have a number of grey-haired women (powder the hair) sitting about knitting lace and selling knitted lace. Have one or two peddler women going about with trays suspended about their necks selling notions and cheap trinkets. Arrange live stock pens with a live pig, geese and chickens. Have a "goose girl" in charge; and have a dairy with dairy maids selling buttermilk, butter, cheese, eggs, etc. Have flower girls selling roses, violets, azaleas and shamrocks. Have a cottage with roof of turf for the Inn. Serve an Irish stew, boiled potatoes, fish, cakes and tea. Arrange the "Blarney Stone" in the midst of a "bog," the more pitfalls the better. Jaunting and low-back cars should be part of the scenery. St. Patrick's Well should be a feature. It would be great fun to see one of these parties in action wouldn't it????