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Continuing with the tradition I started on my 40th birthday, I bought myself a birthday gift. Jewelry, of course. And continuing with tradition I chose to support an artist on Etsy. When I saw this beautiful necklace by Danita, featuring her drawing of Marie Antoinette, I knew I had to have it. I am very familiar with Danita’s work, since she is a regular in the Stampington magazines I obsess over. Her lovely figures are simple, yet alluring and mysterious. And the eyes! Amazing.

I just adore my new necklace!

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too busy.
The first two weeks of April are very busy for me at work – I have to put in a lot of overtime, with the result that I get very little accomplished at home. I’m still trying to get back on track! I’ll try to get caught up here…

chocolate beyond belief.
Marc and I celebrated our 6th anniversary a few weeks ago. He bought me a box of John & Kira chocolates. Or, I should say, a box of heavenly deliciousness.

heavenly chocolates

Have you ever had John & Kira chocolates? If not, I highly recommend them. They are utterly divine. On the surface they appear ordinary – squares of chocolate filled with flavored ganache. Raspberry, mint, anise, bergamot, coffee, strawberry – simple flavors. But – oh my! Words fail to describe the experience of eating one. The flavors are delicate yet intense; the chocolates are light, yet creamy and decadent.

The garden mint is to die for. I think it is the most delicious chocolate I’ve ever eaten.

And lucky for me, because the chocolates are freshly made with no preservatives, it is recommended to eat them within a few days. And that, my friends, is a recommendation I am most happy to oblige.

marie paper!
I was in Michael’s the other day searching for some antique silver jump rings to finish my Polyshrink jewelry (my never-ending Polyshrink jewelry project!) and of course I had to look around a bit. And guess what I found?

Marie Antoinette paper!
marie antoinette paper!

I know it’s hard to see in this photo – Lily was assisting me with my photo shoot – but the papers are gorgeous! It’s called the Mademoiselle stack, by DCWV. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to have it. At first I wasn’t going to buy it because it was $20 and I didn’t have a coupon and I refuse to buy something at a craft store that’s more than $10 without a coupon. But then, I noticed the sale sign – all paper stacks 40% off! yay!

And this one was the last one they had. Obviously it was meant to be mine.

a plethora of supplies
I realized the other day that I have purchased quite a few art supplies so far this year. What I am going to do with them all, I am not yet sure.

Aside from the Marie paper, here are a few other items I’ve purchased recently.


From lower left we have Tim Holtz keyhole thingies (that’s the technical term), the Tim Holtz mini attacher, Liquitex paints, and Tim Holtz typewriter letter charm kit. ok, I can explain all the Tim Holtz stuff. See, AC Moore just recently got in all this cool TH stuff. How could I resist? umm, I couldn’t.

Some other items I’ve purchased – TH sanding block, charcoal pencils, canvases, and a couple other TH products.

Now if I could just find the time to use all of these wonderful things….

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somerset holiday, here i come
I have some exciting news to share – the vintage Halloween party favor sacks that I submitted to Somerset Studio have been chosen as a how-to article for Somerset Holiday! I’m so happy about it – it’s my first real article and something that I’ve dreamed of for years. I am so grateful that I have such wonderful magazines that I can submit my work to, and that they think my work is something worth publishing.

My article is slated for the September 2009 issue. I started writing it yesterday – I’ve never written an actual article before, so I’m a little nervous about it. I’m sure it will turn out ok, though.

I had a lot of faith in my Halloween party favor sacks – I never like to brag, but I know when I make something that’s really good, and they turned out really good. I’m so happy they get to have a turn in the spotlight.

in other news
I have several magazines that I’ve finished reading in the past few weeks. I’ll start with my favorites from Marie:

Antoinette, Garden des Secrets, by Lonnie Bullington – Miss Bullington created a Marie paper doll using a technique called paper tole. This technique involves creating a 3-d paper doll by cutting out various layers of the attire. It’s a really neat technique that I’d like to try out sometime.

Antoinette, Garden des Secrets, by Lonnie Bullington
Antoinette, Garden des Secrets, by Lonnie Bullington

Paper Shoes, article by Connie Govea Stuart, artwork by Sherry Murphy, Rebecca Stohlman, and Connie Govea Stuart – simply exquisite paper shoes.

Paper Shoes, by Connie Govea Stuart and Sherry Murphy
Paper Shoes, Marie, article by Connie Govea Stuart

Queen Marie, by Margaret Field
Miss Field created two beautiful collages. I love her generous use of
lace and other trims.

In the Dessert Garden, by Betty Parker Knowles
This piece is simply fabulous and so original. I love the figure, and the flowers blooming with desserts, and the subtle yet intricate background. Just perfectly done.

In the Dessert Garden, by Betty Parker Knowles
In the Dessert Garden, by Betty Parker Knowles

Vintage Bling Cuff, by Nerissa Alford
This bracelet is so awesome. I love how Miss Alford colored the metal, and the crystals and the cameo add the perfect touch. Totally cool.

Under the Spell, by Nancy Gene Armstrong
Miss Armstrong used four different techniques on the same portrait of Marie to create her collages. Each one is so gorgeous and really cool looking.

Madame’s Portrait Book, by Nancy Piper
This idea is so wonderful – Miss Piper used portraits of Marie and her children and created a simple yet oh-so-elegant “photo album” of sorts. I really love this idea, and I’m thinking of doing something similiar, although I’d like to use portraits of everyone who was important in Marie’s flife. Miss Piper’s book is so beautifully done and such an original idea. Very cool.

Madame’s Portrait Book, by Nancy Piper
Madame's Portrait Book, by Nancy Piper

Marie Antoinette & the Fashion of 18th Century France by Barbara Dunford
I love this book because it is one of the few pieces in this magazine that address the actual history and life of Marie Antoinette. Don’t let the title fool you! The first several pages do showcase fashion, and beauty, but the last two pages….Miss Dunford has taken some time to learn about the end of Marie Antoinette. No More Pain and Solitude conclude the tragic story of Marie. Coming at the very end of the magazine, I think they are most appropriate.

Marie Antoinette & the Fashion of 18th Century France by Barbara Dunford
Marie Antoinette & the Fashion of 18th Century France

I was a Queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains; take it, but do not make me suffer long. Marie Antoinette

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la reine
Look what I got in the mail yesterday…


…featuring page after page of beautiful, extravagant, delightful Marie Antoinette-inspired eye candy.

And on page 42…

Marie, page 42

My little collages.

I’m thrilled and grateful to have my work appear in a publication along with fabulous work by artists I admire, like Connie Govea Stuart, Rachel Emilie Jackson, Deryn Mentock, Sandra Evertson…I could name a bunch more, but I’ll stop there for the sake of time.

who doesn’t want a little inner peace?

I have a little Artella freebie for anyone who is interested – Peace by Piece: Collage Your Way to Inner Peace and Harmony. This 27-page workshop/booklet (a few of the pages are ads for other Artella items) shows how to use collage as a means of exploring your inner self and your dreams and desires and bringing them to fruition in your life. Peace by Piece contains three projects as well as poems, quotes, and questions to prompt self-reflection. The supplies and materials used are basic ones you probably already have lying around the house. Enjoy!
Download your copy here!

~dreaming in blue~

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The most wonderful news! My two Marie Antoinette canvases have been selected to appear in Stampington’s special MA publication! I’m very happy and excited. So that $20 it cost to send them overnight has turned out to be money well-spent. The publication is due to come out on April 1.

On the Christmas gift-making front, I have an additional gift completed. I have pictures to post but not until Christmas! I also started working on a gift for my mom. I hope she likes it. It’s not jewelry, for once.

In other exciting news, for the first time in two-and-a-half years I am caught up on my magazine reading. I’m not quite sure how that happened. But I recently finished the December 2008 issue of Bead & Button, and I’m almost done the November/December 2008 issue of Somerset Studio. I have one Artful Blogging and one old issue of Somerset Studio left. Whatever will I do? Buy more magazines, of course! There are new issues of Sew Somerset, Belle Armoire Jewelry, and I think Somerset Workshop. Plus there’s Stuffed coming out in January. Thank goodness. I’d be lost without my magazines. They help keep me sane!

This is the cover of the current Somerset Studio. I just love this star by Rachel Killpack – it’s beautiful.

Somerset Studio Nov/Dec 2008

And here are Hearts, by Sharon Martin. I adore these!

Somerset Studio, Nov/Dec 2008, p103

Also in this issue – notice of the April 15 submission deadline for next year’s Vintage Halloween issue. I’m planning on making two pieces – one with the same photo I used last time, and something else. I’ll have to look through my old family photos. I think I scanned one of some scary-looking women specifically for use in a Halloween creation.

I’m not sure what I’m going to make yet. I’m not actively thinking about it, just keeping it in the back of my mind.

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I’ve been watching the new season of Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. Can I just say that a woman wearing the correct bra size is a sight to behold? It is truly amazing – the difference in the way a woman carries herself when the girls are properly supported. She stands up straighter and her face beams with a new-found confidence. It’s magic!

Here is Possession. I finished this on Saturday night.

Possession - Marie Antoinette canvas

Pretty much the same as the other one. I was going to use a different trim, but the pattern on it was strong, and it detracted from the picture.

Here is what I wrote as my inspiration for each piece:

Goddess – The portrait depicts Marie Antoinette at the age of 12, and was painted by Martin van Meytens the Younger in 1768. The quote is from Virgil, and originally used the word “gait” rather than “smile”. Because she is seated and has a sweet, subtle smile on her face, I decided the word “smile” was more appropriate. I wanted to capture the time in her life when she was beloved and celebrated by the French people – when in her youth her charm, grace, and love of life elevated her to a goddess-like status.

Possession – The portrait was painted by Elisabeth Vigee Le Brun, and was completed in 1783. Marie Antoinette was used repeatedly throughout her life as a mere pawn on the European chessboard. Her mother, Maria Teresa, viewed her daughter as a political means to an end. Her brother constantly pushed her to put her home country’s concerns first. The French monarchy was concerned with her son-bearing abilities, and the French people themselves eventually used her as a scapegoat for all their ills. Against all this, Marie Antoinette maintained her dignity, her charm, and her wits.

They will be in the mail tomorrow, off on a journey to distant lands.

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You know, I don’t think I could take a mellow evening because I don’t respond well to mellow. You know what I mean? I have a tendency to – if I get too mellow – I ripen and then rot, you know. – Annie Hall, by Woody Allen

Last night I happened to catch Annie Hall on tv. I’m not much of a movie person, but I absolutely love this movie. It’s one of my few favorites. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton are so wonderful together.

And while I was watching this great movie, I finished the first of my two MA canvases.

Goddess - Marie Antoinette mixed-media canvas

It turned out beautifully – I love it. I feel like I should put more crystals on it, but I don’t want to overwhelm it, and the picture needs to be the first thing the eye falls on, so I think I will leave it as is.

I also started the second canvas. I guess I should come up with a real name for them. How about Goddess and Possession? I like those. So here is Possession so far.

Possession - Marie Antoinette mixed-media canvas

I am doing both pretty much the same – they are intended to be placed together. I think I’ll be able to finish this one tonight. I’m so excited to be done early – I didn’t have to stay up until 1am! Of course I still have to type up the sample instructions, but I’ve been writing those as I go along, so they are almost done.

Ok, I’m off to straighten up the chaos in my studio!

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