Tuesday, 29 March 2011

A Busy Bee

I've been totally focused on adding to my stock for the up coming events I have in May and June. Every inch of my Studio space is covered in new card designs, summer bookmarks and as of today templates for my Lavender Sachets and Decorative Cushions. I'll be sure to re-post with finished photos of the Cushions and Sachets when they are all done. I just adore working with Burlap at the moment, it seems to be all the rage and it contrasts beautifully with my vintage images; I just need to create some decorative stitching around the edges of the images and then sew together and stuff the cushions and they'll be good to go!
I've got some lovely new fabric for my Summer Lavender Sachets, and some great new "Pin Up" images for my bookmarks, so watch this space. Of course I'll still be offering my old favourites alongside the new designs, but it's always good to have a change.
Tomorrow the sewing machine will be coming out to finish off today's creations and then it's on to Whimsical Magnets!!! The fun never ends, I'll be back again soon.....

Monday, 21 March 2011

There's Something Fishy Going On!!!!

With the sun streaming through my window I've been busy creating these "fishy" little ditties for an up coming event I'm involved with. I am very excited to have been asked to exhibit and sell some of my creations at a Lewes Open House Event this May. I was contacted by the house owner, Vanessa Mooncie, and asked if I would like to showcase my work at her home when she opens it to the public. Vanessa, is a contemporary silkscreen artist and illustrator, who also specialises in crochet jewellery design through her company Kissy Suzuki. Vanessa specifically asked for certain art pieces that I offer and my bottled mermaids were one of them. These four new designs were put together today in readiness for the Open House. Each are created on thick cardstock, the mermaid torsos are taken from vintage images that I collect and the fins are then printed onto acetate and fixed to the upper body to create the mermaid image. I tried something different with the first piece and created the mermaid inside a fish bowl, the fish is escaping and I have spelt out the phrase "I'm outta here" using vintage lettering and then giving the letters a glass domed effect using Glossy Accents Liquid by Inkssentials.
The bottles and fish bowl are also printed onto acetate and the mermaids fixed behind them to give the illusion that they are captured inside. Pretty adornments are then added to the bottles to give them a more vintage feel and a tag with the words "Bottled Mermaid, Do Not Shake!" is tied to the bottle top.
All of the above pieces will be available for sale at Vanessa's Open House Event. More information on this along with the address and opening times will follow in a later post. I am also selling again at the Wealden Mid-Summer Fair in June, information on this can be found here!

Sunday, 13 March 2011

The Flying Trapeze

This morning I have completed my assemblage shown yesterday and entitled it "The Flying Trapeze". Yes, it's a little cheeky, but I do like a bit of cheek!! I adore finding these amazing old images and transforming them into humorous pieces of art, I love nothing more than spending a lazy Saturday in my Studio creating with my kids playing around me and hubby creating his own concoctions in the kitchen, he loves to cook!! (Lucky aren't I!!)
I am writing this post with one of my gorgeous boys (Ethan), eating an apple on my lap, and he is finding it extremely funny that I refer to his Daddy as "hubby", bless him.
I am planning to create more of this style of assemblage over the next few weeks, as I have some amazing vintage trapeze images to work with so I will be sure to keep you posted on my progress. Have a super Sunday!! x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Work In Progess

I've had a lovely Saturday today; Firstly I had a potter in the Garden tidying up my flower beds, it was such a gorgeous sunny morning this morning, and then I got down to some serious creating. Above is my latest assemblage half way through it's creation. The shadowbox, which you can just see, has been covered in vintage style papers and old music sheets, and then sealed with a coat of diamond glaze. And my little vintage lady on the trapeze has had her modesty covered by way of a glitter leotard, much more appropriate for my little Shadowbox Theatre. Check back tomorrow when I'll post the finished piece.
I then finished off a couple of cards I was working on and had a good look at some ballet shoes I purchased last week, I'm going to try and cover them in vintage papers, probably music sheet paper, don't know if it'll work but I'll give it a try, and of course I'll let you know the outcome! Hope you're having a good Saturday! Will be back again tomorrow.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Guest Blog Post

I am thrilled to have been asked to write a Guest Blog Post for Marie of Vintage Inspired Lovelies. It is my first Blog Post as a Guest Writer and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. You must visit Marie's Blog to enjoy reading her many interesting posts and also peruse through her handcrafted items. Thank you once again Marie!