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Sunday, November 19, 2017

A whimsical fairy house ~

A few weeks ago I was commissioned by a dear friend of mine
to transform a simple night light into a woodland fairy house!
Creating these is so much fun because you can gather elements
from your yard and even buy some neat things at craft stores.

The house started off solid white with some type of sheer fabric
glued into the openings to soften the small light that inserts into the back.
I removed it all.
The sheer material was backed with acetate I imagine for safety's sake
with their being a bulb inside.

Next I spray painted a dark brown to have a more woodsy background.

Then I found an amazing image online of the inside of a fairy house
someone had made, sized it appropriately and printed it out onto vellum.
I also had acetate sheets and cut them to size for each opening as well.
After I glued all the sheets on each window it was time for embellishing!

What I started with:

After it had been spray painted and images glued inside ~
You can see my stash of supplies I had to pull from!

The first thing I worked on was the moss around the base of the roof.
Next I made a "stone" fireplace using little pebbles and moss as well.

I had this incredible thick paper with straw and fibers that I used to cover the sides.
This added such a great contrast to the dark brown!
I cut sticks to wedge onto each corner and then
continued to add feathers, moss and small woodcuts around the base.

The finished fairy house ~
I so hope my customer is pleased and
I think I may need to make more of these!!!

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm up to!!!

Hugs and love,

Friday, November 10, 2017

Make something's soothing to the soul!

Creating beautiful things can be such wonderful therapy!

I've made a few pretty things lately and creating always soothes my soul.
A bird's nest assemblage on a tray and I'm making sweet
dried roses test tube ornaments!

Here are a few photos:

And this is the condition of my work table today!
So many different elements but I'm filling glass test tubes with
gorgeous dried roses.

This one is listed in the store...but I'm working on more.
Why does everything look so much more beautiful under glass???

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm doing!
hugs and love,

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Hello November!!!

It seems that this time of year ALWAYS gets my creative juices flowing!
The cooler temperatures and the changing of the seasons
makes my mind spin with all kinds of ideas.

Here are a few of the things that I've made lately.
It seems all of them are under glass for some reason!

Please be sure to check my Etsy store as a few things have
been listed in there and some of these items have already sold.

Does fall inspire you to create too???

Two altered apothecary jars with French labels
and other pretty embellishments!

This one is in my shop!!!

These have all sold but I just LOVED making these bird-inspired jars.
Nests, eggs and pieces of nature all captured under glass ~

And lastly, I've been making ornaments using 6" glass test tubes!
They are approximately 1" in diameter. I've added glitter snow,
a tiny bottle brush tree and other goodies to make a pretty Christmas ornament.
They can hang on a knob or on the Christmas tree!

And of course, loving natural elements, I had to try to make a few botanical test tubes.
They are my very favorites! I love drying flowers and other greenery
so I've made little gatherings for each test tube.

It's so nice to be able to use the things that you've been gathering and collecting.
I have dried flowers everywhere, stems from pretty bushes,
feathers and other fragments of nature to use.
But it seems when you place them under glass
it gives them a special kind of importance!

Thank you always for stopping by to see what I'm doing and
I hope that I can inspire you to make something beautiful ~

hugs and love,

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Welcome back sweet muse!

It's funny how our creative muse works (or doesn't!)
Seems mine's been on break for quite awhile but
is slowing returning!

I think it may be the changing of the seasons.
Fall is my very favorite and it always brings creativity!

So, in returning to blogging a little more often,
I thought I'd share a few projects that I've recently finished.

First, I've altered a beautiful bottle that I've had for years.
Yes, years.
It has beautiful lines and I finally decided it was time
to give it a facelift!

I've used wonderful wedding lace and even a piece of the back
of a vintage wedding dress to feature the gorgeous satin buttons.
Of course I had to add my favorite seam binding and
even a vintage rhinestone pin.

The French label is a favorite of mine and suited it perfectly!
The small ruffle under the satin button section is actually
the wrist section from a vintage sheer glove.

Yes, I cut it to pieces. But I only had one and now it looks
so pretty on the neck of the bottle.

It would look beautiful displayed in a bathroom or on someone's dresser.
I've added it to my Etsy store if you'd like to take a peek!!

I also finished a few pressed flower bookmarks!
These have already sold but I plan on making more.
I have a huge phone book FULL of pressed flowers!

I'm sharing the photos below because I simply love drying flowers.
They are beautiful to me alive or as they dry!

And lastly, this girl.
Thelma seems to love my new throw and has claimed it as hers!

Next up?
I'm going to alter a few apothecary jars!
I'll be sure to share as soon as I'm finished ~

Thank you always for visiting me here!!!
hugs and love,


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