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I hope you enjoy your Journey into my Creative Muse with a Vintage Flair and a few whimsical pieces in the mix. I like using Collage, Mixed Media, Clay, Paints & Embellishments with my favorite Vintage images. I like to hunt for vintage items at Antique shops and Flea Markets to collect bits and pieces to add to my work. I like the simplicity and beauty of days gone by, anything that captures that old world look. The best part of adding Vintage Flare is not only the beauty it gives but not letting the past be forgotten.
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Monday, March 21, 2011

WINNER IS......DEBI HUNTSMAN! CONGRATULATIONS! DEBI!


IT"S A TEACUP & SAUCER with TEA GOODIES! AND I"M GIVING YOU A CHANCE TO WIN IT!..... Ok, it's my Birthday and I want to Celebrate a Giveaway!...not to happy to be another year older...but so glad and thankful I'm still here! I have so many blessings and I'm not really crying...just tears of joy I've gotten this far in my life, and so grateful to have blogging friends such as YOU! here to make it happen ..thanks for all the memories and inspiration you've given me through the years!!! hugs to you all!

SO.... to be eligible to win, just add my Blog button to your blog and leave me a COMMENT THAT YOU DID!...if I'm already on your blog then you are all set. I will then add you to the random drawing for my special GIVEAWAY! "TEACUP & SAUCER" along with TEA GOODIES (Holiday Tea's by David & Son's, a little pink candle, a pretty spoon with hand painted roses, and 2 Vintage doilies for your table). The drawing will be on  Sunday April 10th...Please leave your email for me to reach you, if I don't hear back from you after 48 hrs. of announcing the Winner I will have to draw another name, so please check your emails!
 International are welcome to join too!
The teaspoon  is glass w/ hand painted roses
This is a Beautiful Vintage Teacup & saucer w/ roses... a special treasure as you can see
The Teacup is Bone China by "Old Royal" made in England
THANKS! for stopping by... :)


23 comments:

Terri Gordon said...

Happy Happy Birthday Melanie, I hope you have a wonderful Birthday. What a beautiful tea cup giveaway, so pretty. I hope your day is special my friend. Hugs, Terri

Terri Gordon said...

Hi Melanie, I added your beautiful button to my side bar, Happy Birthday Melanie. Hugs, Terri

♥ Miss Tea said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MELANIE!!! I wish you a wonderful birthday full of joy and plenty of Blessings!!

I added your blog button on my blog, would be lovely to win your giveaways!

GBU!! xx Susan (missr4in@gmail.com)

debi said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Melanie!! Hope your week is filled with beautiful things!

Your giveaway gift is gorgeous! What a wonderful and generous gift.
Your pretty button is on my blog.

Alba Linea said...

i wish you a great birthday and a many fun with all your family and friends! love the things you shared on the pic. warm wishes! di
:0)

Shabbyprimdelights said...

Happy Birthday Melanie and what a wonderful way to celebrate by offering such a gorgeous giveaway. Your button has been added also.
enjoy your special day.
PS Love your shabby blog

icitea said...

Happy birthday to you! Giving away a present on the day you recieve presents, how generous of you! Thank you for sharing the joyfulness of this special day with us. I've added your button to my blog. have a wonderful day today!

le.paradis.found at gmail dot com
http://ateacupofwhimsy.blogspot.com/

Terri said...

Happy belated Birthday Melanie! I hope that you had a lovely celebration.
Your giveaway is so kind. I know someone will be thrilled with your generous gift.
The cup Terri blessed you with is so sweet! I love the pattern and colors.
Hugs to you,
Terri

Denise said...

Yha-whoo!I'm your 100th follower.I don't know why but I always get so excited when I get to be apart of a bloggettes big # increase's.Congrats. to you and Me HEEHEE.Please include me in your charming giveaway.knuckled54@yahoo.com or of course, you can always come on over and visit my blog for a day or stay awhile and follow me.Your button is now on my blog.

Lynn-Teacupstitches said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you Melanie!
What a delicious giveaway and I'd love to have my name tossed in the hat! you are truly a generous soul!
I love all your pictures and your blog is such a pretty and restful place to visit - SO I must of course become your newest follower :-)
I'd love to have you stop by and join in my giveaway also!!
Enjoy a wonderful rest of your birthday week!!
Hugs,
Lynn

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Melanie, Wishing you a sweet birthday! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and entering my Giveaway and becoming one of my sweet followers :) I too am following your blog and would love a chance to win this scrumptiouly pink & pretty Giveaway ~ I've added your blog button on my sidebar, and I have also added your Giveaway picture to my sidebar, with it linked right back to here, to help spread the word.

Warmest hugs, Brenda

La said...

Happy Birthday!

This is a beautiful giveaway. I added your button to my sidebar.

amusingpotpourri@gmail.com

Mandy @ Angel Baby Design said...

What a lovely giveaway and happy birthday!!! I love your blog. I'm a new follower and I added your button to my blog! Thanks for having this fun giveaway :D

Mary Ann said...

Hello,

What a sweet giveaway. I have added your blog button to my blog side bar!

I also am having a giveaway and would welcome you to also enter!! Here is the direct link to the giveaway.

Handcrafted by Mary Ann Miller's $50.00 giveaway!

Here is a link to my blog:
Handcrafted by Mary Ann Miller

cmoh said...

Happy Birthday! Did you know blogging turns back the clock, so technically you are now a day younger ;)

What a fabulous giveaway! I've added your button to my sidebar and placed your giveaway on my sidebar.

But secretly I hope this isn't detroying my chances at this fabulous tea cup and goodies.

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.

jennifer said...

happy birthday! may you have many more. wonderful candy, I have added your button http://insanedaze.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Happy Belated Brithday, dear Melanie! May I join? You know I love your art! Love, Britt

Awishdream said...

Hi Britt...YES! of course!! so glad to have you in my Giveaway! Hugs!

sonya said...

Happy belated birthday, Melanie. Such a lovely giveaway. Hope your birthday was special.
Blessings,
Sonya

Suzann said...

Happy Birthday!!!
I just found your blog today and wanted to say hello!
Love your blog and I will be back to visit!!!
Suzann ~xoxo~

Tara said...

Another year,that's fab..Happy birthday..What a gorgeous giveaway..Thank you so much for the chance.I've added your button to my blog and I'm now a new and happy follower as well..xx

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Happy Birthday, Melanie! I just found your wonderful blog! I collect teacups so of course, I love your Giveaway! New follower. Hope you have a fabulous weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I'm back to let you know that I've added your blog button linking back to you on my sidebar. Have a wonderful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Pink "Tussie Mussie

Pink "Tussie Mussie
Making "Tussie Mussies" for spring....it's right around the corner!

~Happy Valentines Day~

~Happy Valentines Day~
Valentines Day is only 2 weeks away...these are my sweetheart charms in Cottage rose designs with rhinetones that adorn the frames in vintage brass

My Sweetheart charms

My Sweetheart charms
Coming soon to my Etsy shop!

Dress Form Swap

Dress Form Swap
We had a "Dress Form Swap" in the Mama group, these dress forms are what I rec'd from Laura, Kris and Lillian..thank you ladies I love them ! :)

Suppy swap

Suppy  swap

Inside journal

Inside journal
We recieve a host of beautiful fabrics and lace to create our own French Fabric Journal.

Marie Fabric journal

Marie Fabric journal

Marie's Tissu Che'rit Le Journal

Marie's Tissu Che'rit Le Journal
Here is another one of my fabric Journal's for our Marie group there are 6 pages made of all fabrics, the photo of Marie Antoinette is also fabric sewn onto the cover...I enjoyed making these fun journals :)

~ Teacup Tuesday ~

~ Teacup Tuesday ~
Today is our 25th Anniversary and I wanted to share this little teapot and teacup I found... we went to a wonderful little ~Tea Parlor~ that was decorated with the most beautiful teacups and teapots, it was like being in another world, lots of wonderful things to eat and of course the most delicious Tea! I fell in love with this little treasure and had to have it! .....hope you like it too :)

Red charms

Red charms
Red charm swap.... my bracelet put together with the charms we swapped

My Marie Christmas Book!

My Marie Christmas Book!
I rec'd a wonderful surprise in the mail today...some of the ladies in my Marie Antoinette Group made this wonderful Marie Christmas book each one added their work of art to a page then put it all together to make a book, their art work is fabulous!

Thank you ladies!...

Thank you ladies!...
Thank you!...Rhonda, Terri, Debi, Lisa, Holly and Mary! you made me feel so Special! Love you all!

My Victorian Christmas Stocking

My Victorian  Christmas Stocking
We did a Secret Santa ~ Victorian Stocking ~ surprises inside for our partners, I made mine with lots of lace and embroidery and some vintage jewelry pieces... I hope my partner likes it as much as I loved creating it!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
Puegeot is Santa this year! ...and he says Merry Christmas to all!...Ho Ho!

Faux Chocolate Cake

Faux Chocolate Cake
Today was a Special Friends Birthday, I made her a Chocolate Faux Cake with a surprise inside....Happy B-day Susan!... the Yellow Roses are special for TEXAS! and all wrapped up for you! :)

Happy B-day!

Happy B-day!
Hope you enjoyed your day....Yellow Roses for the Texas Girl !...what's inside?

Pendant and Earring set

Pendant and Earring set
Turquiose & Teal Necklace in Antique Brass with earrings to match

Marie Antoinette Paperdoll

Marie Antoinette Paperdoll
My paper doll for Debi, Marie Antoinette is dressed in her finiest for the Christmas Holiday Party!

Christmas Ornament swap

Christmas Ornament swap
Joined the ~ 3rd annual Witchel Gift Exchange ~ we are to make one Victorian Ornament surprise gift for our Secret Santa in the Millande Art group, so I decided to sew a small Victorian Stocking Ornament, with lots of lace & beads, it's about 5" tall....on the left side I made a beaded Angel with ribbons and lace that hang below.

HAPPY ~ BIRTHDAY ~ PUEGEOT! Nov.20th

HAPPY ~  BIRTHDAY  ~  PUEGEOT!    Nov.20th
"The Bear Skin Pose" ~ Today my boy is 2 years old....and he thinks he knows it all!.....well he is so smart!..... John and I have to be careful what we say around him!...... so we've decided if we don't want him to know something we spell words ...I know it won't be long till he figures that out !

Puegeot

Puegeot
His special day turned out with lots of rain....so today it was in doors with extra treats!

Halloween Gala Event...coming to the Marie Antoinette group soon!...I'm getting ready!

Halloween Gala Event...coming to the Marie Antoinette group soon!...I'm getting ready!
We are having a Halloween party in our art group (MAMA) we are hosting games and these are the prizes I made to be given away to some of the lucky Winners!......Shhhhhh.....inside are little surprises

Halloween Prizes

Halloween Prizes
Some little gift prizes tucked away in little pouch bags too!

A Special surprise!

A Special surprise!
This Mini Tile Mixed Media book I love making!.... I gave a Class on this project in my local ~ Stampin Post ~ store one year.... it is a creation of mine I thought up when picking out some sample tiles to bring home!......I'm always thinking of things to create! ....lol

Halloween themed Mini Book

Halloween themed Mini Book
Open to see all Marie's Halloween Costumes

Marie Masquerade Dollies

Marie Masquerade Dollies
Marie Bottle Cap Dollies...dancing their way to the Halloween Gala Event!...some lucky winner will win these dollies too! ;)

Hallowween Gala Event

Hallowween Gala Event
Someone will win this Halloween bracelet I made

Our Halloween Event is not to far way

Our Halloween Event is not to far way
In our ~Marie Antoinette Art ~ group... we are having a Halloween Gala with lots of fun prizes and games for our members...this is a Halloween Treat box swap. I'm hosting giving this one to my partner. We are to decorate our box in a Halloween theme and inside lots of treats and surprises!

Shadow Box - By Kris Dickerson

Shadow Box - By Kris Dickerson
In the last swap I hosted we did a Themed Shadow Box's, this is what I rec'd from Kris in our Marie group.... the front of the Box Kris did her colors all in back,white & Beige... I love the combination and all the wonderful details, You can find Kris's art work on her blog at www.nostalgiccollage.blogspot.com/ ... She has also been published in lots of the Somerset art Magazines...Beautiful work Kris!

Inside shadow Box - By Kris Dickerson

Inside shadow Box - By Kris Dickerson
Thank You Kris! I love it!!! :)

Marie Antoinette Mail Art

Marie Antoinette Mail Art
We had a green charm swap in our MAMA group, Rhonda was our gracious Hostess, here is what I created with the beautiful charms I rec'd from everyone, a gorgeous bracelet!....thanks Rhonda for hosting, looking forward to the next one!!

Vintage Button Brooch ~ SOLD

Vintage Button Brooch ~ SOLD
I've enjoying making Button Brooch's, since I have lots of vintage buttons, here is what I've been up to, I really like creating Collage Jewelry

Button Brooch ~ SOLD

Button Brooch ~ SOLD
Here is another Button Brooch ..I think this will be my next addiction!

~ New Teapot Charms ~

~ New Teapot  Charms ~
New Teapots Charms!...I love Teapots, now I can make Teapots in charm sizes! from Perfume Bottle Charms to Teapot charms! You can find these at my Etsy shop, come on over and check them out.

~ Marie Antoinette Mail Art group ~

~ Marie Antoinette Mail Art group ~
My newest project a Shadow box, made from a wooden cigar box ~ Shoppe Patisserie de Marie ~ a bakery shoppe filled with lots of dreamy Cakes, Tarts and Cupcakes to tantalize you, the deserts are made with Polymer clay, with a little table and chairs to sit and enjoy your deserts with a cup of tea!

~ Cupcakes ~

~ Cupcakes ~

~Patisserie shoppe ~

~Patisserie shoppe ~

~ Miniature Matchbox ~ Sold

~ Miniature Matchbox ~ Sold
~ Tea Time ~ Mini altered Matchbox....dancing girl is dancing her way to the tea party, she's made of shrink plastic and her legs move, she's holding a cupcake in hand and a tiny teacup is nestled between 3 roses, A new addition to my Etsy Shoppe, stop by and see what's inside the matchbox.

~ Rhonda's charm swap ~

~ Rhonda's charm swap ~
Here are my charms that will be swapped out in our Pink charm swap group. What a great swap Rhonda hosted! you can visit her on her blog @ http://rhondamum.blogspot.com/

Puegeot & Poncho ( new buddies)

Puegeot & Poncho ( new buddies)
A new additon to our family, we adopted my Mom's dog Poncho (right) it's Puegeot (left) & Poncho from now on. They are both posing for the camera.

~Faux Cupcake ~

~Faux Cupcake ~
Cupcake Cottage.. is what I named this....still baking up those faux cupcakes for display.

~ Faux Cakes ~

~ Faux Cakes ~
Faux Cake boxes

~ Faux Deserts ~

~ Faux Deserts ~
~The Queens Tea Party~ today I made faux Cupcakes and Sweet Petites, fit for a queen

~ French mini pastries Smorgasbord style ~

~ French mini pastries Smorgasbord style ~
Miniature Polymer clay pastry charms

~ French Cache Swap ~

~ French Cache  Swap ~
A lovely Cache pouch that Debi Huntman sewed with lace and soft fabric,adorned with ribbon roses, filled with gorgeous goodies . I hosted this swap and Debi was my partner, what a delightful surprise it was to receive this. Thank you Debi I love it! :)

~ Marie's Blue Closet ~

~ Marie's Blue Closet ~
I'm so addicted to these small room boxes, this is my Blue Marie Closet..... I made this for Terri in my swap group

~ Marie's Pink Closet ~

~ Marie's Pink Closet ~
I been busy making a altered closet for my MAMA group the theme is "Marie's Closet I used a wooden cigar box and altered it, this is the front of Marie's Armoire.

~Marie's Armoire ~

~Marie's Armoire ~
This is the inside of her closet ,left to right is a photo of Marie a small handbag, hat, fan, crown, and shoes and her hat boxes are below. Right side her Vanity table with chair, her wig, picture hanging, Chandelier and her dress is hanging in the corner.

~ My Pink Roses ~

~ My Pink Roses ~
My roses are coming to life!... soon there will be lots!

~ Paper Whimsey Swap ~

~ Paper Whimsey Swap ~
I have participated in Paper Whimsy's Enchanted fairytale room swap, Mine is "Lost in Wonderland" paperwhimsy images and clay mushroom and flowers. I loved this swap!

~ Marie's Fan ~

~ Marie's Fan ~
Hosting a swap on the Marie group called " Le Ventilateur Elegant de Marie" I created this fan for the first time, and enjoyed it!

Fan closed

Fan closed

~ Paper Shoe swap ~

~ Paper Shoe swap ~
~ Marie's Cupcake Shoe ~ My entry for the 'Marie Let them eat cake' swap.

~ Peugeot's Mug Shot ~

~ Peugeot's Mug Shot ~
Funny Peugeot, checking out my camera! lol!

~ Soldered Cottage Rose Charm Bracelet ~ SOLD

~ Soldered Cottage Rose Charm Bracelet ~ SOLD
My Newest Etsy additon ..... " Cottage rose soldered charm bracelet" this lovely spring time charm bracelet is now featured in my Etsy shop. Made with my favorite flower in mind "Roses"

Cottage Rose Charm Bracelet ~ SOLD~

Cottage Rose Charm Bracelet  ~ SOLD~

~ Easter Eggs ~

~ Easter Eggs ~
Easter is coming, and I've been making Vintage Easter eggs, I found some reproduction scraps from the mid - 20th century. I used metalic paints to give them a sheen then varnish. I'm filling them up with little goodies!

~ Ronda's soldered charm swap ~

~ Ronda's soldered charm swap ~
My Teeny tiny soldered fancy charms for Rhonda's Charm swap....these small tiny charms are delightful to make with little soldered scrolls and beads.

Soldered Charm

Soldered Charm

~Soldered Charm pendant ~

~Soldered Charm pendant ~

~ M.A Swap ~

~ M.A Swap ~
Pink Chic Chatelaine

~ M.A Birdhouse swap ~

~ M.A Birdhouse swap ~
"Marie's Secret Garden Birdhouse"

~ Felt Easter Eggs ~

~ Felt Easter Eggs ~
Getting ready!... it will be Easter soon!......I made some little felted Easter eggs to hang on a Easter tree, they are stuffed and added a light scent.... I'm hosting these for a swap in the M.A group. These little eggs were fast, simple and fun to make.

~ Marie's Birdcage ~

~ Marie's Birdcage ~
I'm hosting a swap in the Marie Group..." Marie's Mini Birdcage" this is a fun project using a 6" shabby chic Birdcage, and decorating with lots of pretties, and a Marie Antoinette image inside the cage.

Elegant Marie & her Love Birds

Elegant Marie & her Love Birds
Birdcage designed with Marie, inside the cage is 2 love birds and a nest of eggs

~ Shabby Chic Chatelaine~

~ Shabby Chic Chatelaine~
My first try, making this " Chatelaine" for a group swap, the little crochet pocket holds your scissors & needles, the little felt heart is a pin cushion, it hangs like a necklace so everything is at your finger tips.

~ My paper doll Angel swap ~

~ My paper doll Angel swap ~
"Christmas Snow Angel " paper doll

~ Fairy Paper doll swap ~

~ Fairy Paper doll swap ~
"Snow Fairy" Paper doll, for ~Fantastic flat paper doll's art group, she is ready to dance home to someone.

~ Soldered Ornament ~

~ Soldered Ornament ~
Marie Antoinette soldered ornament w/ crystals

~Happy Birthday Puegeot! ~

~Happy Birthday Puegeot! ~
Today is Puegeot"s first B-day, he knows something is going on he got special treats and TOYS! he's happy today HAPPY B-DAY Big Boy!

~ Christmas Ornament exchange ~

~ Christmas Ornament exchange ~
I've been invited to a Christmas Ornament exchange, I've been doing lots of soldering lately, so I made some angels, with crystals, steering away from the traditional Christmas colors, I decided to go with lavender and blue, this ornament will be pretty hanging on a tree.

~ Angel Ornament ~

~ Angel Ornament  ~
Another Soldered Ornament

~ Marie Paper doll swap ~

~ Marie Paper doll swap ~
Marie Fairy Paper doll, Made for a swap in the Marie Antoinette group

~ My Itty Bitty Christmas charm swap~

~  My Itty Bitty Christmas charm swap~
I'm doing a charm swap for one of the art groups, and made these Itty Bitty soldered charms for a Christmas charm bracelet swap, the Vinatge Christmas theme is on the front and back with a crystal bead that dangles from the bottom.

~ Inchie Houses ~

~ Inchie Houses ~
Christmas Inchie House Ornaments, hosting this swap in one of the Art groups, I love making these little inchie cube houses!

~ Altered Domino game piece ~

~ Altered Domino game piece ~
A Domino piece I altered into a mini book necklace using alcohol inks and image

~ Altered Formica Tile ~

~ Altered Formica Tile ~
"A rose for Marie" Today I finished a Marie ornament for someone, with a vintage appearance, a locket dangles from the bottom that opens with a rose inside

~ Soldered Halloween & Dolly Ornaments ~

~ Soldered Halloween & Dolly Ornaments ~
I love to solder!... it's one of my favorite pass times for relaxing, Fall is upon us and I did these projects today for Halloween, 2 soldered hanging slides and my movable soldered dolly with lots of hair!... I'm back to the soldering mill once again!

~ Altered Formica Tile ~

~ Altered Formica Tile ~
I altered a formica tile with PID image and a message in a bottle hanging ornament for a group challenge

~ Queen's Shoe ~

~ Queen's Shoe ~
I love shoes! yesterday I found some extra stash I forgot I had and made this Queen's shoe, I used a vintage paper and embellished it with flowers,pearls,lace, rhinestones and a small butterfly. I added a small heel, The shoe measures in lenth 7"

~ Marie's Masquerade Ball Gown ~ (Marie Antoinette Art Group)

~ Marie's  Masquerade Ball Gown ~   (Marie Antoinette Art Group)
Made for the Marie swap in October, made on a paper Mache torso .

~ Marie's Masquerade Mask (Marie Antoinette Art Group)

~ Marie's Masquerade Mask (Marie Antoinette Art Group)
I enjoyed making this for my swap group, what a great challenge !

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