I have finally assembled my fabric journal for the Rose Bertin's Fabric Journal swap over at the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Site. I think it turned out quite lovely. The cover is made from an old piece of beaded gown and various other vintage items. The inside pages are as follows"1. By Robin Sweet of Gilded Cage Designs2. By Robin Sweet of Gilded Cage Designs and By Terri Gordon of Designs by Terri Gordon3. By Terri Gordon and by Rebecca Allinson of Sugar and Spice Art Confections (That is ME!)4. By Rebecca Allinson and by Cindy Arthur (No Known Blog or Website)5. Cindy ArthurAll of these pages are so beautiful and I love all the artists who contributed to this fabulous book! Thank you all!
My mother, Marilyn, is one of the most giving, beautiful, loving people I know. She has always sacrificed her own needs to meet those of her family and others in her sphere. She is a true testament of all that Christ calls us to be.This year for Christmas she sent me the most beautiful package of lace and a gorgeous little gumdrop of a book called Candy Land, published in 1928/1931 by McLoughlin Bros. I collect old books with the Candy Land theme and have several now. I also collect old versions of the game, but need to update them as I have let my children play with them and we all know what that leads to!The lace came in a gallon size baggie and all of it is Edwardian, except for one nylon flounce! I believe some of the pieces to be handmade bobbin lace and I know some are hand made crochet and filet crochet. They are all just stunning and I am still pinching myself over this most beautiful of gifts! And can you believe, she told me, that she found these pining away in an antique store for only $5~ Yes, you read right! That made the gift even better as we are bargain shoppers extraordinaire! I shall have great fun using these in many projects to come!Thank you Mom! You are the BEST!
I hope all of you out there are enjoying your Christmas preparations. I have been busy creating delightful things! I have made some true confections: 3 Sugar Creme Pies, Caramel, Rose Turkish Delight and Penuche Fudge. I have also made the ribbon confections, seen above. The first, all white pin is an odd color choice for me to work in, but I found it so beautiful when it was done. The last picture is of a ribbon, fabric and felt candies necklace I made for a sweet little sugar plum of a girl I know. She is all of 5 and she loved these candies when she saw them, so I knew they would have to be made into something for her! I hope it delights her as much as it did me as I made it! Have a Merry Christmas all!
Yesterday I made 15 soldered pendants, 15 crystal charms to go on them and then strung them all with some of the lovely hand dyed and other ribbons from my growing stash. The soldering is VERY bumpy and pitted. I think it was from the way I taped them and kept going over it. I had to put felt on the backs to protect the wearer's clothing. But, I LIKED the bumpy look. It reminds me of antique metal jewelry. It almost looks like hammered metal. I hope I can get it smoother though. These were too thick for the typical glass sandwiching, so I had to back the glass with copper foil. It added a pretty dimension behind the glass and saved on metal tape! I think they turned out lovely and hope their recipients enjoy them too. I am off now to buy packaging material, candy making supplies and to make some ribbon work jewelry for more Christmas giving! I love this time of year!!!!!!
Twinkling light slipped from the windows of the Petit Trianon while light-hearted music floated on the crisp February night air. Chattering and laughter could be heard faintly as she approached the gates to the back garden, an open note grasped in her silk clad hand. The gate creaked slightlty as it swung in towards the entrance to a silent Hamlet Village. She turned and took one last glance at the full moon behind the Petit Trianon before setting her foot on the pebbled path....
It is time to get ready for a fête grande in honor of St. Valentine's Day. Tokens of love, fabulous gowns, silken dancing slippers, mysterious romantic trysts in the candle light and of course, CAKE... all will be sure to take place on February 12th & 13th, 2010. There will be many wonderful giveaways and blog parties to attend. So, prepare your attire, grab your jeweled feather fans and meet me at the Petit Trianon! For Details and Blog Badge, please see below!
I have recently been honored by the request to take ownership of the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Site. I, of course, accepted! I love that site more than any other I have been a part of. As part of my new role, I decided to have a site party and a tie in blog party for Valentine's Day. If you would like to be part of the blog party fun, please be sure to post a comment with your blog link and I will add it to a blog party section or page. This is new to me, so I still have much to figure out! See the post above this one for the Blog party details! I know I will be hosting a giveaway, yet to be announced, but it will be beautiful! I hope many of my Marie site participants will as well! See you there! The blog badge for you to post on your blogs is above. Be sure to link it back to my above blog post. To do this, right click on the badge. Save it wherever you store image files. Click on the above Blog Event Post (the post directly above this one) and then copy the web address. Paste it where you can find it. Go to your blog. Click on lthe Blogger sign ( or go to wherever you blog allows you to edit your layout.) Choose Layout. Choose Add a Gadget. Choose Add a Picture. Fill in the Blanks. For Link, fill in my blog post address. That should link the badge to my site. Then click save. I will be testing this myself and update this as necessary.
I specialize in watercolor with pen and ink, mixed media and mail art, including art dolls. I love creating and sowing the fertile soil of my creative mind with new art techniques or subjects.
Some of my favorite subjects to paint include: Marie Antoinette, Alice in Wonderland, mermaids, fairies, mushrooms and Candy Land. I like to paint my own visions of these things.
I am a born again Christian. Fundamentalist Baptist, to be exact. I am serious about my faith, it is my life, which is why I include it here. As I believe one day, I will stand before the Lord and give an account of every word and every opportunity to share the Gospel, I present the Gospel on this page and possibly in any materials I send out. I do not do this to be obnoxious. I do it to obey my God and my faith. Please be as tolerant and understanding of my faith as you would want me to be of yours. Yes, I would like you to be saved, because I believe it is the only way to Heaven. But, I respect you as a person, no matter what decision, lifestyle or faith you may choose.
I believe the following about salvation:Becoming a Christian is simple. It only requires belief. It cannot be earned in any way. It is the free gift of God.1. Admit you are a sinner and that you need a savior. That is, YOU can do NOTHING to save yourself. Romans 3:23. Admit that God sent His son Jesus Christ to die on the cross in your place. John 3:16 and Romans 6:23. Believe that Jesus rose the third day, thus gaining the ultimate victory over death for all eternity! Romans 10:19. Ask God to forgive you and to give you new life in Christ. Repent of your sins before God and ask Him to make you a new creature in Christ Jesus. Romans 10:19. You can have peace and eternal securtiy in Christ! Romans 10:9 and Romans 10:13. If you still have doubts as to Jesus Christ and God's plan for salvation, please read the Gospel of John and the book of Romans carefully. Ask God to reveal His truth to you.