Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Soft Flowers

"Every flower is a soul
blossoming in nature."
                 ~Gerard de Nerval

   I bought a beautiful large antique picture frame near the beginning of the year. It had a very old floral still life in it and I couldn't decide whether I wanted to buy a new piece of art for it or have it measured for a mirror. Well I finally made a decision last week and had a mirror cut for it. I think it looks wonderful! I love grand mirrors (and small mirrors, medium-sized, ornate, simple, gilt, painted, round, etc. etc. *giggle*). What is special about this frame is that it has an original weathered cream finish. Sooooo lovely! 
   I have probably said before that my Mum is my biggest fan. Every new idea that I come up with she has to have at least 2-3 made just for her. :) She has quite a few Gillyflowers, two fairy ball gowns, a ribbon heart, and recently she made a special order for two ribbon flower wreaths. She had very specific colours and details in mind so it took me quite awhile to finish them. Here are a few photos of them. I gave them to her for Mother's Day :) It was very exciting watching her open them. Her eyes got very wide and she was speechless for a few minutes just staring with her mouth in a little round "O". 
   This post is kind of a 'mix-up' of things  - I found a pretty miniature wrought iron dress form and painted it cream not too long ago. This week I finally got around to "dressing" it. :) I made a tulle skirt and bodice and even fashioned a little necklace out of pearls and pink jewelry wire. This dress form is just my size at the moment. I would love to have a full sized wrought iron dress form - one day when I have room! 
   I hope you enjoy these random bits of loveliness! 

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Vintage Romance

"The world's favourite season
is the spring. All things seem
possible in May."
        ~Edwin Way Teale

    I have a few very lovely antique acquisitions which I found back in April on a little trip I took with my family. I have only just got the chance to photograph them! The first is a little antique iron bench which has been reupholstered in a soft floral fabric. I painted it cream to match my vanity and I am so happy with how it turned out! I also found a beautiful Limoges demitasse cup and saucer with a very intricate pattern of roses and filigree gold. It is so rare that I find pretty china lately! The little Limoges plate was also a find - I gave it to my Mum for Mother's Day but I knew she wouldn't mind me photographing it first. :) Probably my most exciting find was the small French antique ormolu gilt clock which I have sat on my dresser. I saw it tucked in the back of a shop and my first thought was "That looks like something that would be on Marie Antoinette's dressing table!" --so of course it had to come home with me. The ormolu box with the bevelled glass was an antique show find and I recently listed it in my Etsy shop along with the little handmade Fairy Ballgown with the blush sparkly skirt, and the vintage pearl and rhinestone tiara! I discovered the oval gold gesso frame at a show as well. It had a dark petit point in it and I changed it for a vintage floral that is one of my favourites. I bought the little salt shaker because I knew it would hold my small hat pins - I love the tiny vintage ones with pearls and beads. It is always so exciting when I happen upon antiques with that little bit of romance! 

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

"Why sometimes I've believed
as many as six impossible things
before breakfast."
         ~Lewis Carroll
             Alice in Wonderland

   It's been a very busy week - I meant to do this post days ago I'm afraid. It was my sister's birthday and she decided (weeks ago) that she wanted to have an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. I have had Valentine's and Easter tea parties this year and she enjoyed them so much she wanted one for her birthday! We spent a lot of time making decorations - she made the two beautiful signs, rabbit ears and tags, painted keys and beautiful invitations. I made the centrepiece with the Mad Hatter's hat, the tissue paper flowers, and playing card garlands. Emma wanted the table to look "mad" with stacked tea cups, flowers, and tons of goodies everywhere. There were sugar cookies in the shape of diamonds, hearts, and clubs, raspberry tarts with whipping cream and chocolate, cupcakes, chocolate dipped strawberries, savouries and more! It was lots of fun! She even dressed up like Alice! I haven't had time before now to edit all of the pictures. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse into Wonderland!