Sunday, May 25, 2008

A Muse

Think, unexpected, unstructured in every minute detail.
What is it, can you guess?

What will it be? A very special gift made from nothing, nothing at all, save for some very lovely, very old set paste stones,

and a few dressmakers pins. Now did I mention who it was for, well it will be a present for the invisible clown to wear! Yes, I said invisible clown!

What, you say you can't see him, is there really such a thing?! Yes there is!

When I was younger and would hear others speak of finding their muse, I always thought, when I find mine she (thought it would be a girl, for one) will be a beautiful siren type with flowing hair and a draped grecian gown and the air surrounding

her would have the faint smell of jasmine and lilac! So with that said, imagine my astonishment when I discovered that MY muse was actually an invisible clown, who's favorite treat in the whole wide world was Chicklets and who carries with him
the lingering aroma of day old popcorn! I even have a drawing of him, would you like to see?

I caught him one day, sneaking around the corner, I don't know who was more surprised, him or me! Mostly me!
But I suppose things aren't always as we expect or hoped them to be. I have grown to love and appreciate his antics and silly sense of humor over the years. Now he hangs around and helps me work! Once in a while he will whisper ideas in my ear,

sometimes really great ones and some kind of harebrained, but don't tell him I said that because I'll just deny it! Why it was just yesterday he was jabbering on and on about how he saw a lady who wore a most ravishing diamond necklace, he said

he couldn't bare to take his eyes off of it! And then he confided, it was all he could do to keep from slipping it right off her neck!

And by the way, his invisible eyes sparkled like precious jewels when he told me of this and since he's done so much for me without asking anything in return,

I thought I would create a shiny little bobble for his very own. So I got busy, while he curled up and took a nap, as he

usually does when the work begins! I gathered a few things I needed, first on my list of supplies is always a small bottle

(about 2 oz.) of magic. I use it for just about everything and highly recommend it!

Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to get a hold of,

and sometimes it is temporarily out of stock,

but trust me,

if you just stick with it,

and don't give up,

you will certainly find all that you need (which again, is just one small bottle, as a little goes a long, long way!)

So have you guessed what it is?

Why it's an invisible necklace!

And so here it is,

a necklace made especially for my dear little muse!

He liked it too, he really did!

I think I saw a slow smile curl up on his face,

good thing too,

because he can be so hard to please sometimes!


VISUALS DETAILS: 18th century georgian kid leather gloves with teal ruffled embroidered cuffs.
Victorian perfume bottles, found in the flea markets of France.
Plaster dipped dressmakers pins circa 1900.
Antique hemp linen with a turquoise and chocolate brown double dot pattern.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Smitten I Say!

"Fun is the most conservative element of society, and it ought to be cherished and encouraged by all lawful means. People never plot mischief when they are merry. Laughter is an enemy to malice, a foe to scandal and a friend to every virtue. It promotes good temper, enlivens the heart and brightens the intellect." taken from a favorite book : Out of the Hurly Burly published in 1874. All good things stand the test of time!

And with that in mind, I cannot say enough good things about Stampington & Company's Somerset Life magazine!

Once you open this periodical your adventure begins!

You will travel thru layer upon layer of wondrous inspiration and delight!
I know I shouldn't be telling you this but,

when I was a kid I would sneak a flashlight into bed with me at night, and when I was sure everyone was asleep I would sit up, toss the covers over my head to create a tent and read my comic books and chew gum! Always lots of gum!

I find myself doing the same thing with this sweet treat, only now its my husband and a mini book light, oh, and I don't wake up to find a wad of Double Bubble stuck in my hair! Good thing!

Each issue is a keeper, you know how with some magazines I wind up just tearing out my favorite photos and articles to put

into an inspirations scrap book, but oh no, not with these gems which are packed cover to cover with yummy deliciousness!

And as if that weren't enough be sure to check out the fabulous free down loadable included with this issue!

It is indeed a matter for rejoicing!

Sunday, May 11, 2008

La plume parle pour l'esprit

Drop by drop,

drip by drip,

La plume parles pour l'esprit!

My Dear,

may I ask,

why your slippers are hanging from the ceiling?!

What's this?!

What have we here?!

A very small and very lovely

pair of slippers standing all alone with no one in them!

The pen speaks for the mind... a message quickly scribbled on a small bit of paper, rolled up and tucked neatly into a shoe.

Only to be found all these long years later, perfectly preserved in the most delicate pair of what surely were once glorious
silver lame' shoes! In a slight petite size 3! Magical slippers no doubt, and a sweet little mystery that will never be solved, only deeply enjoyed by me, and now by you!

Sometimes, yes sometimes, my spirit gets out and goes soaring!

And now for those of you Romantic Homes magazine readers, there was a little snafu with the We Love/Make it (page 16) in the upcoming June 2008 issue. A couple of my projects accidentally got cross pollinated, and with many thanks to the wonderful editors, I am publishing the free downloadable elements sheet right here on my blog, along with complete instructions to create your very own "Note Worthy" tablette!

Be sure to pick up a copy, it's one of the loveliest issues yet!

Click on the image to down load a beautiful copy of this engraving No. 62 Les Vapeurs from my private collection of vintage fashion plates. Le Bon Genre was a colorful costumes book originally published in 1817.
Materials needed: cardstock, decoupage medium, decorative edge scissors, ribbon and a hole punch.
To assemble: Make a copy of the image. Cut out your copy with decorative edge scissors. Adhere it to a piece of cardstock using decoupage medium. Cut as many pieces of cardstock as you desire for your tablette. Punch two holes in the top of each sheet. Slip a piece of ribbon up through the bottom of each hole. Tie in a bow at the top.
And as always, for personal use only.
It makes me very happy to be able to share this antiquated Beauty with you!