Thursday, July 3, 2014

Summer's Enchanted Garden

....was the theme
for a domino book swap
in my flickr group.
As my garden has been the source
of my inspiration
for several weeks now,
this project was a joy to create.
 front cover

 interior views
 back cover
The finished book is now with my
friend and swap partner Michele
in Nevada.
Wishing all my US friends
a happy and safe
4th of July!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

A Little Something for My Garden

I so enjoy taking soldering and stained glass classes
at my local studio.
Very happy with my garden dragonfly!
What is making your heart happy this summer?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

My Muse is Keeping Me Outdoors

I've always been enamored
with all things miniature
so fairy gardening is a natural fit.

 I've had great luck finding
unique containers at estate sales...
once you have a home,
the fairies will find their way!
I hope you're all playing with
whatever makes your heart sing!

Monday, June 9, 2014

A New Love....Fairy Gardening

The weather has finally turned nice here in the northeast U.S.
and taken me out of the house...
and away from the computer.
I've also stumbled upon a new creative outlet...
fairy gardening!
 It's been fun scouring garage and estate sales
in search of the perfect miniatures...
 then the trips to the nurseries
for fairy garden plants.
 Of course arranging and making
the gardens is the most fun of all...
This particular garden is in an
old birdbath I found at an estate sale.
I found some other unique and interesting containers
and will show you what I did with them very soon.
When there's rain in the forecast again....

Thursday, May 8, 2014

New Swap! Summer's Enchanted Garden Domino Book

Imagine the possibilities!
For details, to sign-up or
to join the group
Vintage Dragonfly's Swap Group

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Pretty as A Swan....

My friend Mercedes,
hosted a vintage pincushion and stickpin swap
and I was fortunate to have her as my partner.
So I had to first find a container
pretty enough
(Mercedes truly is the Queen of Pretty!)
and then transform it into something even prettier.
As luck would have it
I stumbled upon a swan at
one of my junkin' expeditions.
I made her a fleur de lis crown
embellished with tiny white pearls
to wear atop her headpiece/veil of light pink tulle
and white feathers.
She has little pink pearl eyes
and wears a soft, tattered ribbon around her neck.
 A heart shaped rhinestone slider
and teeny pink rose embellish her ribbon scarf.
And that vintage "M" medallion?
Acquired at an estate sale last week...serendipity.
I used pretty pink material for the cushion
and edged it in white lace and pearls.
Three coordinating stickpins
and this swan
is sailing off to Mercedes.
Enjoy your weekend!
I'm off in search of more swans...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Wishing you all
joyous and blessed Easter!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Welcome Spring & Vintage Easter Image Freebies!

Welcome Spring
was the theme for our recent altered matchbox swap.
 Here's what I made for my partner.
 The challenge was to create a
mini side by side
 matchbox chest,
filling the drawers
 with spring and Easter goodies and..
 3 miniature artist trading cards.
 This swap was sent to
my lovely partner
And for you dear friends,
some Easter images
to enjoy!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spreading My Wings

I've admired them on blogs and Pinterest..
even purchased a couple on etsy..
told myself probably a hundred times..
"you really need to try making one yourself."
I've had a love affair with fabric books
for some time now.
Told myself for a couple of years now
that I'm not a seamstress.
(And that part is true. I can't tell you how many
times I stuck myself with the needle
and how many attempts it took
just to thread it!!!)
So when I saw a needle book swap posted in the
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group
I knew it was time to
spread my wings and work out of
my comfort zone.
Plus it was a great opportunity to
use the "good stuff".
I had some amazing vintage textiles in my stash..
and it was an enjoyable process
layering and putting them all together
to create this one of a kind gift.
Ta da!
Here is my finished needle book. 
 exterior of opened book
front cover
back cover 

inside cover
interior view

interior pocket page
interior view
This book is en route to my swap partner.
 Now that it's not so scary after all
the next one is for me!
I hope you've been inspired to
spread your wings.

I am linked to
Blissful White Wednesdays.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Springtime Fantasy

A sweet little winged Charlotte
pokes her flower capped head
through a forest of
feathers, pearls, tulle, flowers & butterflies..
 ..hoping to capture her first glimpse of spring.
 Her pretty little peat pot home
is painted with gesso
and covered in mini fabric white roses.
 This little altered peat pot
will find a new home in Kansas
with my swap partner
I must admit
this was one of those creations that was difficult to give away.
But if it brings Tami even
half the joy it brought to me while creating it,
it's a gift I'm happy to give!
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is the final day
to sign up for both
the altered peat pot and matchbox swaps.
The links are at the top of
the sidebar.
Partners announced tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Two New Swaps Announced!!!

 Aren't they lovely?
All of the images below are from pinterest.
Search using "altered peat pot"
to see all and for artist credits.

And we can't welcome spring without a matchbox swap!
Details and sign-ups for both swaps