Monday, March 29, 2010
It's a lot easier than I thought it would be too. I am not mechanically inclined but was able to pick up the technique fairly easily...though it was probably more of a testament to Charlene's teaching skills than my soldering ability. ;o) Now all I need is practice, practice, practice. And a soldering iron, stand, glass casings etc. LOL
After, doing teh above beveled piece, I created the little cherub inchie below. Not bad for a beginner if I do say so myself.
Isn't her cake beautiful? She's a very talented cake decorator! Looks real doesn't it?
Look at how perfect her tiny roses are!
As you can see...she packaged the contents beautifully.
Look at all she managed to pack in that little box! Vintage book pages, vintage sheet music, little vintage greeting cards, wish tickets (been wanting some!), silk roses, lots of lace & trims, wallpaper scraps & vintage hankie...
See the little Queen Bee card she sent. My grands call me Honey so how appropriate, huh?
She sent a bag of what she called "mermaid trinkets". Not knowing that I have plans to make an altered mermaid doll. These baubles will the perfect adornment for it!
She also sent a bag of miscellaneous "bits". Love the empty watch face...it'll be really cool as a minitaure shadow box, won't it? And the little crystal charms are destined for the necklace I am making out of the metal roses Karen Valentine sent. And notice that tiny little bottle?
It's full of the teensiest, tiniest little rhinestones you have ever seen! Aren't they too cool? They'll never leave this bottle. I'll probably use the bottle in some altered art project but the rhinestones will stay inside...LOVE it!
But the Pièce de résistance was this absolutely charming charm bracelet she made out of vintage buttons. I adore it Bry!!!! Absolutely adore it!
Look at how she layered buttons & beads...tres' chic!
Bry also didn't know that I collect cameos but included this cameo button on my charm bracelet. I'm telling ya... the girl gets me!
Our contents were similiar also. I sent vintage seam bindings, blingy cross, an old baby shoe, paper roses, lace scraps, vintage button cards, chocolates, etc. And notice that I lined it w/ a vintage hankie? It's really weird how much our boxes looked alike & how similiar most of the contents were.
I included this fairy paper doll, I made from Sandra Evertson's book Fanciful Paper Projects. If you like paper crafts...you'll love this book! It doesn't show in the picture very well, but the body is made of lace, I glued onto card stock. Although Sandra's book includes all the elements needed (except glue) to complete each project, I like to use real accents to add a bit of dimension.
You know I'm only kidding w/ ya Bry (sorta!)...I LOVED having you for a swap partner!!
Friday, March 26, 2010
Isn't this tag book awesome! I am so proud of it!!! Thanks too all the contributors & especially to Karla @ Karla's Cottage, for all her hard work.
This is the cover, made by Karla. She hand drew the Alice & then photo-copied it for our tags. Check out all the wonderful details! The book page ruffle at the bottom, the rose out of vintage wallpaper....
the tiny, tiny, tiny "drink me" bottle, full of glitter....
And the wonderful door into Wonderland. LOVE it!!!
Isn't this next tag by The Gypsy Magpie sweet w/ all the flowers...it's like a bouquet!
I almost went w/ a design much like this one by Suzanne Crowley (I don't think she has a blog). Too cute!
Jessica Rodarte @ Kids napping? I'm Scrapping! paid such attention to the details! Look at the stamped Alice ribbon & notice the tiny little A of hearts charm?
A friend & her teen age son recently came over & I was showing his mom some of my recent creations & he asked "are you an artist?" I answered, "yes, I guess I am." Pinch me, I'm dreaming!!!! ;o)
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Anyway, the By The Dozen egg carton exchange was a whole lot of fun to put together & I think Christine did very well in pairing me w/ Jane from Mamie Jane's....we seem to have similiar tastes & style . Here's a little peek at the egg carton I decorated... I hope it's not too froufrou for her.
And I'm also in Cassandra's cake box swap from her Pretty Spring Things ezine. And she also did VERY well in partnering me up. Bry @ The Canary's Cupcake is my partner. She & I have already become friends & I look forward to getting to know her better. Here's a preview of the cake I sent her. Hope she's happy w/ it...I'm afraid my cake decorating skills don't compare w/ hers. :o(
Hope everyone is doing well. I've had a shoulder injury for some time now that I'm finally seeing a Dr for (ultrasound, deep tissue massage, exercises ARGGGH!) but unpacking Easter decorations threw my back outta whack & I've been laid up for 3 days. It really sucks...I'm overwhelmed w/ things on my to-do list & Easter is almost upon us. Since I didn't do Valentine's I feel compelled to decorate for Easter. But I think it's much better today so I maybe I'll get something done. I could always go low-key this year.
Nahhhh...not my style. It's either all or nothing. ;o)
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Caralyn dressed appropriately for the occasion & wore one her many butterfly shirts. If isn't pink or has a crown or a butterfly on it, then she ain't wearing it. ;o) She really is crazy about butterflies. For Christmas this past year, I gave her a beautiful children's tea set...it's covered in butterflies.
This next butterfly is incredibly large...w/ a wing span probably of about 8". This side of it is interesting looking w/ the eye spots but the top sides of the wings are a beautiful iridescent blue.
I tried to capture a pic of the blue sides but never really could. This is as good as I could get...sorry!
Here's the cocoon house.
Lots of cocoons!
We got to see them release the "new" butterflies but this picture didn't capture them. Many of them dropped immdediately at our feet & we had to stay still until the butterfly guy picked them up. You are not allowed to touch any of the plants or butterflies in this exhibit...good thing we left Coleson AKA Mr Grabby @ home.
This woman was pregnant & must have been releasing some pheromones that made the butterflies want to land on her.