Friday, April 27, 2012

Does Anyone Else Do This?

(just a pic, cause I can't do a post without one!)

So, once again it has been two months since I have posted anything - and this will be very short and sweet.  I have actually started several entries to post, not finished them, and then they become so outdated that I just forget about them.  I also like to have pics (love visuals!) and it is usually leaving  selecting the images that holds my post back. 

Only one pic this time... just a message to say that things are going well, I've been
busy with creating and will definitely be posting a proper (with pics LOL) post
within the next few days.  I will also
be catching up on all my fave blogs.

I'm hoping that some of you are the same as me, starting something and
then not finishing........and then pressing repeat!  Please say you are!


Friday, February 10, 2012

Time Flies and A Giveaway

How neat is this bug?  I wanted an image to dress up this post and illustrate the title, and found this on Google Images.  I love it!  If anyone knows the artist, please let me know.

It has been a busy couple of weeks.  I've been working on several commissions and when I did have some spare minutes,  I was checking out Facebook, or Pinterest.  And, I was feeling very, very guilty AGAIN for ignoring my blog.

I also have not been following any blogs - again, I blame my fickleness in spending those spare moments checking out Pinterest.  The novelty of the site is wearing off though, and I'm not getting lost for hours anymore on it.  Hours which I could ill afford to lose!  

I hope to have some pics of finished pieces in the next week or so to post, but in the meantime, I wanted to mention a wonderful Valentine's Giveaway on 

 Click Here to check out the amazing offerings from a number of artists of the PFATT Marketplace and for your chance to win!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Cool Pendants and a Friend In Need

Tree of Life and Owl Pendants

These very cool pendants are now mine.  I purchased them for an insanely low price from my friend, Moriah Betterly an extremely talented doll artist who is now also creating wonderful ceramic jewelry.  She offers these for sale in her Blu Mudd Etsy shop.

Moriah, is also the friend in need that I refer to in the title of this post.   Some serious financial problems have recently befallen her family and she is desperately trying to raise some money.  Along with her Etsy shop, she is also selling off craft and art supplies and books in her Piperblus shop on Ebay.  Check it out - some great deals with more being listed every day.

Unfortunately Moriah realized this was not going to be enough, and has been forced on going public with her plea.   Asking for assistance is tough and Moriah is including a self-crafted thankyou gift for each donation received (see blog for details)

 The "About Joel" section of the blog that Moriah has just started, explains in great detail the circumstances that this young family has found themselves in.

 Please visit and read this blog

I know that times are tight for many of us - but every little bit helps.  $10 here, $15 adds up!
People helping one and it forward
Your heart will thank you.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Pages and Pins them!  Bless my two daughters because they know that books are high on my wish list whenever gifts are called for.  This year I received several wonderful books - a large tome on contemporary fashion/designers; a beautiful coffee table book on historical gowns - all made of paper;  and...
... my favorite, hands down is Savage Beauty, which was published by the MET in conjunction with their Alexander McQueen exhibit.

The book grabs you from the cover, which is a holographic image of a skull, which morphs into McQueen's face.  In light of his tragic passing last year, I find this cover poignant, and just a touch creepy.
above image courtesy of (I could NOT capture this with my camera last night)

Tilt the book slightly and Alexander's face appears
 I find this image haunting, perhaps because of his death by suicide, but the pain and conflict he must have been going through seems so apparent.
The body of this large (240 pages) book is packed with stunning images of his genius in design.  There is also text, however I confess that I have not read any of it yet.  Here  is just a tiny sampling:

The second book that I wanted to mention was given to me this weekend by my daughter Keara.  She and her bf just returned from a week in Vegas where they took in a Cirque du Soleil show.  If you have never seen one of C du S's shows, do yourself a favour and go!  And, if you do go to one, pick up this book as it is packed full of inspiration for figures and costumes...
25 Years of Costumes ...152 pages profiling the extravagant costuming in their various shows over the past 25 years.  Eye candy!

 My passion for books like this is two fold.  They feed my love of fashion (particularly vintage which influences so much of contemporary fashion) and they also provide so much inspiration for my dolls.

As to the "Pins" part of my blog title.  Yesterday I joined Pinterest.  Amazing, amazing site!  There is so much to see and be warned that time will quickly slip away from you.  It is addicting.  The great thing is that if you see an image or idea on the internet, you can 'pin' it to your own personal virtual bulletin board(s) so that you have instant access to it.  I often see things that I bookmark, and then have trouble finding since my list is so long (and NOT very organized).  You can also view 1,000's of other members Pins from everything from food to art to decorating to crafts,  and repin to your own board if you wish.  Very, very cool!  Check it out.  :)

Thursday, January 12, 2012

I'm Having Fun.....However.......

At this rate, I will be purging, tossing, sorting and shifting my 'new' studio space for the next couple of months.
I'm stumbling on items that I had totally forgotten about.  Just in one basket tucked at the side of a closet yesterday, I found...
this beautiful beaded antique bag.  It was packed in an old stationary box that I was about to turf, when I realized that there was something in the box.  I don't even remember when I got this bag, but am sure glad I found it! LOL

A ziploc baggie with these hanks of antique bugle beads and seed beads.  Such a pretty bronze colour!  Not sure why I got these or what I will do with them, but they certainly do appeal to my 'magpie' eye!

This tiny fabric covered matchbox sized box (again, I had no recollection what if anything was inside it).  Opened it up, and ....

nestled inside was an antique minature china doll's head.  So cute.

I'm totally surprised this was not in pieces.  Part of a wasp's nest that I (at some point in time) stuck in a baggie and then for some reason placed it in this basket - and promptly forgot about it.  I know at the time I found it, I had plans to do a woodland faerie piece and I will definitely have to revisit that!

I keep finding things that I totally forgot I had - an old 50s wedding gown, packed in a bag at the back of the closet; a bag of antique baby gowns that are basically trashed, but fabric and trims can be salvaged.  Some old bags of lace ...and this is all just from the bottom of the closet in the room I want to move into.
Has my self-created mess decreased at all?  No, not really, but I sure am having fun finding all this 'new' stuff!