Some of the vintage things I'll be working with over the next few weeks ...
bottles for decorating ....
buttons for adorning ....
valves for punking ...
and huge skeleton keys for hanging .... just as long as I can get to a DIY store for a new dremel bit .....
Monday 31 January 2011
Friday 28 January 2011
When I was making this piece I had those beautiful old European buildings in mind - like the ones I saw in Budapest - with the loft rooms windows edged in stained glass, dust mots floating around and a jeweller / watchmaker sitting at a table in the corner.....
I used 15 colours of glass in blues, teals, rich greens, mauves and topaz and 24 different glass beads ranging from Swarovski to vintage european and contemporary beads.
It moves very softly in a gentle breeze from a window - the feel is very light and dreamy I think ..
You can find it in my Etsy shop here
Thursday 27 January 2011
Isn't it romantic ? !! :) because the glass is rippled it catches the light really well, even Aaron noticed that and he's usually devoid of any opinions regarding garlands (something about them being too girly ...... )
available to order from my Etsy shop
THANK YOU !!!! THANK YOU !!!!
The 'Let Then Eat Cake' bunting was featured on Hundy & Undy last weekend :D Thank you so much Sam!! you can see the post here
Friday 21 January 2011
It's been awhile but I just made another Marie Antoinette inspired garland (yes yes I know she probably never said "Let them eat cake" but we're all allowed some artistic license especially when we can't think of anything else ....)
This is a slightly deeper seafoam colour than the Waiting For Fersen I made a few years ago (sadly I've only the tiniest little piece of that glass left and this is the closest we could find to replace it ) but saying that this glass is very gorgeous and delicate - it's hand blown and has loads of sweet little air bubbles.
The faceted golden glass beads I bought whilst in Florence last year, I think they were waiting for this garland :) The shabby pink millinery roses are the same sweet flowers that I used in the Fersen garland.
very tempted to make some stars to match this bunting ... I wish I'd stop getting distracted to make new stuff before I've finished everything else that's sitting on my bench!!
Tuesday 18 January 2011
This is the first garland I've made using this rippled, coppery mirrored glass and I have to say I love it ! It gives off a lovely mellow, warm glow and works great with these seafoam greeny blue velvet millinery leaves and the tea stained flowers :)
the ribbons are seafoam satin and a hand dyed rayon ribbon in pinks and taupes
The beads are 3 shades of blue glass 'tulip flowers'
available in my Etsy shop here
Friday 14 January 2011
After a slow few days at the start of the year, I'm busy busy busy in my atelier again.
I've listed a few new garlands in my Etsy shop this week, including a totally new design - The French Deco Garland, unlike most of my other garlands, this is 'open edition' so you can have as many as you like :)
So far it's just available in mirrored glass but I'll be listing it in a super copper mirrored glass and a gun metal grey mirrored glass too in the coming week. Then I'll think about some coloured stained glass ones (although I'm leaning towards textured colourless glass first ) ...
The other new pieces are "Magical Realism" - In amethyst, magenta, purple and cinnamon glass, each with different textures/patterns for ethereal shadows.
and "Miss Austen's Lawn Dress" - in the in the palest peachy pink and light rosaline coloured glass.
you can find my Etsy shop here
Wednesday 5 January 2011
Tuesday 4 January 2011
I have been given the Stylish Blogger Award by sweet Ayça @ Aya Wedding
MERCI Ayça !!
Here's how it goes
- Thank and link back to the person that awarded me.
- Share 7 things about myself.
- Pay it forward to 3 (or 15 if you have time!) recently discovered bloggers.
- Contact those bloggers about the award!
7 things you really should know ....
1. I dream of living and working in Venice for 6 months
2. I barely understand a word French people say to me
3. I'm addicted to vampire romances
4. I've seen 2 ghosts
5. Last week I mistook a pile of snow-capped horse manure to be a shetland pony. (this fact may or may not influence your acceptance of point 4 )
6. I like eating sausage rolls squashed in bread baps
7. When I rule the world, hair straighteners, over-plucked eyebrows and tweets about Justin Bieber will all be banned. oh yes.
(want more? here are 7 things for a few years back ! )
3 stylish blogs I chose ...
Sunday 2 January 2011
It's nice to get the decorations put away again - the tree (complete with it's droopy rigamortis that set in week 2) is in the garden waiting to get recycled into firewood poor thing.
I'm hoping to get stuck into some work again on Monday (over the holidays I managed to grind a few token pieces of a panel I've been trying to finish for quite literally years ) Anyway I feel as enthusiastic as these girls look which is pretty sad for day 2 of 2011.
All images by the fantabulous Tim Walker for Vogue