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Friday, June 27, 2008

Romantic Arrangements...

Sweet Carnations
I couldn't resist posting one more time before I go away this weekend. Lately I have been getting a lot of fresh flowers, to dry and use in my artwork, but in the meantime, I have enjoyed putting them in arrangements around the house. Like these little carnations in shades of pink and peach...
Sweet Carnations
I put a small bouquet in an antique creamer....
Sweet Carnations

Pretty Sugar Bowl & Creamer
I am in love with this china so much! My mom just gave it to me a couple of weeks ago and I love the details on it...
Pretty Creamer

Pretty Sugar Bowl

Sweet Carnations
This is another small bouquet in a tiny off white pitcher of only the peachy-fuchsia carnations...
Sweet Carnations
I am typically not a "Carnation girl" but I do love how they look when dried...and these ones with the dark pink edge will be quite beautiful I think!
Sweet Carnations
A larger arrangement was placed in this old porcelain vase between my new cherub lamps...
Cherub Lamps

Carnation Bouquet

Carnation Bouquet
I also love to take the ones that fall off and place them around...these old keys were in an old trunk we have (filled with treasures!)...I pulled them out to enjoy...
Vintage Keys
Although not flowers...Josh brought me home the tiniest strawberries yesterday, that he found while on an outing with Renoir...
Petite Strawberries in a Teacup
How cute are these?
Petite Strawberries

Petite Strawberry
He also picked me a bouquet of Sweet Peas...even though they are wild, I have always loved them...
Picked Just for Me

Picked Just for Me

Picked Just for Me
I have been very busy getting my living room redecorated and found the prettiest bouquet of Esperance roses at the supermarket last night...I knew they would look gorgeous on our dining table! I couldn't even wait till the next day to photograph them, so I got out the camera last night at 11pm to shoot these...
Esperance Roses

Esperance Roses
I took more this afternoon, so you could seem in normal lighting...
Dining Room
(I will show the full dining room sometime soon!)
Dining Room

Esperance Roses

Esperance Roses
They are really the prettiest roses I have ever seen!
Esperance Roses

Esperance Roses

Esperance Roses
I put them in my most favorite old Ironstone pitcher...it has cracks, stains and crazing...which is why I love it soooo much!
Esperance Roses
Well this really is the last post until I get back from New Jersey. Hope that my little "arrangements" serve to inspire and beautify your day!
Till next time...
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Victorian Ladies...

Victorian Lady Tussie Mussies
Meet my latest creations...these lovely "Victorian Lady" tussie mussies! I have worked meticulously on these little beauties...embellishing and adorning with lots of vintage loveliness!
Victorian Lady Tussie Mussies
Each one is covered with a different illustration, of a fashionable Victorian woman, from antique magazines dating back to 1905...
Victorian Lady Tussie Mussies

Victorian Lady Tussie Mussies
"Romantic Rhinestone" Lady...
Romantic Rhinestone Victorian Lady

Romantic Rhinestone Victorian Lady
"Blue & White" Lady...
Blue & White Victorian Lady

Blue & White Victorian Lady
"Buttons & Lace" Lady...
Buttons & Lace Victorian Lady

Buttons & Lace Victorian Lady

and "Pink & Aqua" Lady...
Aqua & Pink Victorian Lady

Aqua & Pink Victorian Lady

To purchase any of these click on the link below:

Victorian Lady Tussie Mussies
The art pieces that I posted about yesterday, that were available for purchase, have all sold out...so if you want one of these lovely ladies, I encourage you to head over asap!
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Josh and I will be going away this weekend for his brother's 30th birthday...heading out to New Jersey...so I won't be posting until next week. Hope that you all have a fabulous weekend and will catch up when I return!
Thanks for all your wonderful comments and thoughts...I love hearing them!
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Romantic Notions...

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I have been sooo busy lately which is why I haven't posted for over a week! I have had lots of orders for website and graphic design work which has consumed much of my time...but Josh and I did take time this weekend to go to the flea market...which I am so thankful for! As we were nearing the end of the vendor booths, a woman had a few things still out and in a large laundry basket were several rolls of embossed wallpaper. It looked like tin ceiling tile designs and I was immediately drawn to it. The paper wasn't old...but still has an antique/Victorian look about it. She offered the entire basket of rolls for quite a deal, so I couldn't say no!
The Little Flower Collage
When I came home, I immediately went to work...cutting, finding bits and pieces to create into beautiful collages...and a new line of art was born! I have been referring to them as "Romantic Notions"...I love that they coordinate so well with romantic decor and each one has vintage sewing notions incorporated into the design.
The Little Flower Collage
I have been busy tying together tiny bundles of dried pink roses and flowers with twine...and finding the perfect old buttons to coordinate with each collage.
The Little Flower Collage
I have also included vintage text pages from French books and bits of old lace and crocheted trim to some...
Romantic Beauty Collage

Romantic Beauty Collage

Romantic Beauty Collage
One even has a little nest with three small eggs...this one is called "Ethereal Equations"...
Ethereal Equations Collage

Ethereal Equations Collage

Ethereal Equations Collage
I have listed a couple of them for sale on my website. The above ones are not as of yet, but the ones below are....this one is called "Heavenly Heart."
Heavenly Heart Collage
And the one below, I am especially in love with because I incorporated one of my own photos printed on recycled brown paper and a quote by J. M. Barrie...
December Roses Collage
"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December"...
December Roses Collage
To purchase either of these you can find them listed here. I have so many ideas swimming in my head for more of these "romantic notions"...so look for them in the future!
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100th Birthday Card for Caroline
I also finally got my card for Karla's Great Aunt Caroline done! I have been so busy lately that I completely forgot I said I would make one...but really wanted to, so even though it will be late, I made one with my new wallpaper. I hope she likes it!
100th Birthday Card for Caroline
I am so in love with this wallpaper! When I own a home I think I will cover all of the walls with different styles of it...lol! And it's even paintable! So fabulous!
100th Birthday Card for Caroline
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Some other new art pieces I have been working on are these altered bottles. I have wanted to make some of these for several months, just never found the time to do it...and then this weekend I finally sat down and altered and adorned these two...
Romantic Bottles
One has a transferred image of an antique baby photo and the other has an illustrated clipping from a Victorian magazine dating back to 1905...
Romantic Bottles
My mother recently gave me a ton of vintage clip-on earrings which I love to embellish with...
Figure No 158D Altered Bottle
I usually remove the backs before adhering them...it's amazing how many beautiful clip-on earrings you can find at sales and vintage shops...
Figure No 158D Altered Bottle
I added this text to the bottle...
Figure No 158D Altered Bottle

Figure No 158D Altered Bottle
The bottles each have a smattering of vintage buttons in coordinating colors...
Figure No 158D Altered Bottle
I have always loved this "Little Boy Blue" bottle and was waiting for the perfect way to adorn it...
Little Boy Blue Altered Bottle
I purchased these little blue clay flowers recently and knew they would be perfect on this one...
Little Boy Blue Altered Bottle

Little Boy Blue Altered Bottle

Little Boy Blue Altered Bottle

Little Boy Blue Altered Bottle

Little Boy Blue Altered Bottle
Both bottles with be available for sale on my site asap, so look for them coming soon!
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***UPDATE***
The two available collages and altered bottles have sold...but look for more creations to come soon!
I hope that you enjoy my latest creations...your comments and feedback are always welcome and very much appreciated!!!

Till next time...
alicesignature