Wednesday, July 22, 2009

In the Queen's Boudoir

I have been to the Queen's Boudoir and it is a stunning place! Cheerful greens, creams and plums surface to recreate a cooling garden feel. I have even seen the Queen herself, checking out her reflection in her polished brass hand mirror!~ I have also seen her in her full majesty, as the beribboned portrait shows. These are "snapshots" of my latest visit to Versailles. They are for a Marie Antoinette altered book swap I am involved in. Enjoy!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Secrets in Versailles

Yesterday, my imagination traveled to Versailles to uncover some of the Queen's secrets. Here are my "notes". As you can see, this is an interactive page. This page and tag were done for an altered book swap I am in. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Return To Versailles

Last night, I traveled to Versailles in the company of the Queen. As we rode along in our golden carriage, I worked on stitching this lovely design page for Madame Rose Bertin's dress journal. I believe the Queen is pleased with this, my design for her! Vintage laces, art tag, vintage fabrics and beaded motifs from Edwardian gowns...gorgeous french trims...ombre ribbon and new decor fabrics make up this designer's concoction!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Dolls from Wonderland...And Their Houses Too!

I have just listed a series of 6 One of a Kind Alice in Wonderland dolls in my Etsy store. Each one is sculpted of paper clay on a clothespin body and stands about 4 inches tall. The Cheshire Cat even has two painted faces! Each is my own design and hand painted by me. They are varnished in a super glossy overcoat. Each is dressed in a variety of crepe paper, papers, vintage fabrics and glitter. Each of them comes with their own little home and hand signed tag. These little beauties will never be made or copied again! I do not use molds or patterns for my doll work. Enjoy a trip to Wonderland with me!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fresh from the Bonbonerie~!

Here are two beautiful bon bon cups, fresh from the Queen's Confectioners!~ They are constructed of vintage crepe paper and new paper flowers with delectable Ric Rack Trim and delicious vintage ribbons!~ Can't you just see some luscious, pastel petits fours resting in these?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Wonderland Delights

Last night I moseyed down the rabbit hole and stumbled upon a tea party in progress. You know that Mad Hatter is always having tea! I brought home these atc "snapshots" as souvenirs. They have a 3-d effect due to the use of pop-up dots. Thanks for the memories, March Hare!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Ribbons Galore

I have been on a 2 day ribbon dyeing binge! I have also been very busy making ribbon flowers. I love to over dye ribbons and dye my own silk ribbon to use in flower making and embroideries. Here are some of the beautiful ribbons I dyed today. There is also a picture of some ribbon flowers I made using my own hand dyed and over-dyed ribbons! Soon, I will have a whole garden of lovely flowers!

Monday, July 6, 2009

A Cuff to Adorn a Queenly Wrist

Last night, I spent some time in the atelier of Madam Rose Bertin where I was able to create a fabulous wrist confection for a most feminine Queen! The cuff was made using Edwardian lace, vintage cotton jacquard ribbon, a hand dyed silk ribbon flower, dyed fresh water pearls, glass pearls, glass bow bead, a Czechoslovakian fire polished bead and a Swarovski crystal toggle closure. The back is lined with hand-dyed, silk satin. All is hand sewn, but of course.