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. Thanks for stopping by.
New Orleans Louisiana!...and here we go.What a wonderful experience to be in this beautiful place, the people were so nice and hospitable. what a time we had. We rode on the street cars the whole time we went around the town.
This is our window view from the Hilton Hotel,we were on the 24th floor. You could see for miles! I was glad to know that Louisiana is not known for earthquakes!
This was lunch in the Garden District and seafood was on the menu.
Bourbon street is where all the action is at night down in the French Quarter. Lots of music,celebrating and of course eating!I had my first bowl of gumbo...and...well I was told I did not have good gumbo and I had to agree and I did not want to venture into another bowl of gumbo some where's else! This girl is Gumbo-ed out! thank you!!
City at dusk, was so pretty. I could not get enough of the old architect buildings. Fortunately Katrina that hit in 2005 did not touch the French Quarter.
Some of the places on Bourbon St. were all decorated for Halloween.
Coming out of one of the oldest Bars in the city Pat O'Brian's and a spooky ghoul hanging above us.
Old Catholic Church in Jackson Square at dusk.
Lots of Horse & Carriages strolling the town streets.
We took a tour of the Old "Oak Alley Plantation" that rests along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Built in 1837-39 and famous for it's evenly spaced giant live oak trees that are 300-400 yrs old. This Historic Landmark is recognized for having one of the most popular, spectacular settings in the entire Deep South!
This house reminded me of "Gone with the Wind" plantation house.
If you ever go to New Orleans don't miss this lovely place to visit!
Lil' ole me, never felt so small. I love these old trees!
The front porch and a photo of my good friend Susan. This house is so dreamy and surreal.
We took a trip down to the Garden District where all the Victorian homes are and they are so BIG! and Beautiful!
I could of walked all day in this wonderful neighborhood, no matter how tired my feet felt, it was a beautiful day cool and not to hot and you could feel that fall was in the air.
This house right here is just so gorgeous...and could you guess who's house this is?! well.... we were told it's Sandra Bullock's house! doesn't she have excellent taste?!
Sandra Bullock's house.
I just couldn't wait to high tail out to the old Cemetery, and New Orleans has lots of them. I love the old rod iron fences in this one....and so many Crypts.
I was walking slowly down this path ...just wishing and hoping a spirit would pat me on the shoulder and say Hi! well...
These Crypts are so old the writing is all washed off so couldn't read any of the history on them.
I thought this was so beautiful like an old Church. One of the ground keepers gave us some interesting info as sometimes a large family would fit in one of these Crypt's. He said there is a large pit in the bottom ground and above the pit has shelves they stack the caskets ground up over the pit when a new member is buried they dump the bottom member's remains in the pit, which gives the room above the shelves for the newest members, it's a method of rotation disposal and that's why so many can be buried in such small quarters. This is the law of Louisiana...don't know if the other southern States do the same.
Don't I look happy to be alive!!!!
This Crypt was made of all marble. I'm singing that song "Staying alive, I'm staying alive"!
Something about this
looks so lonely and sad. and a bit eerie.
I took zellon photos but didn't want to make my blog a book
so this was just some of my adventures.....
I Hope you enjoyed your journey to New Orleans, if you ever get the chance to go. you must not leave until you try their Beignets! They are to die for! A wonderful light flaky pastry covered with powdered sugar and served warm!
I've seen a lot, ate a lot, spent a lot and... had fun a lot!
Thanks for visiting me today friends! :)
Some Custom fun!... customizing these dolls that come stock is now my latest art addiction!
My sweet little cupcake!....Brandy is Pretty in pink and is custom #5
Baylee darling is posing for you with her pink poodle she is custom #9
Bekah was my very 1st custom girl dressed in her favorite color lavender
Bevin Leigh is custom #10 and she is a handful!....always fooling around!
Making "Tussie Mussies" for spring....it's right around the corner!
~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
Coming soon to my Etsy shop!
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 ! :)
We recieve a host of beautiful fabrics and lace to create our own French Fabric Journal.
Marie Fabric 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 ~
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 charm swap.... my bracelet put together with the charms we swapped
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!...Rhonda, Terri, Debi, Lisa, Holly and Mary! you made me feel so Special! Love you all!
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!
Puegeot is Santa this year! ...and he says Merry Christmas to all!...Ho Ho!
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! :)
Hope you enjoyed your day....Yellow Roses for the Texas Girl !...what's inside?
Pendant and Earring set
Turquiose & Teal Necklace in Antique Brass with earrings to match
Marie Antoinette Paperdoll
My paper doll for Debi, Marie Antoinette is dressed in her finiest for the Christmas Holiday Party!
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
"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 !
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!
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
Some little gift prizes tucked away in little pouch bags too!
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
Open to see all Marie's Halloween Costumes
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
Someone will win this Halloween bracelet I made
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
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
Thank You Kris! I love it!!! :)
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
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
Here is another Button Brooch ..I think this will be my next addiction!
~ 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 ~
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 ~
~Patisserie shoppe ~
~ 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 ~
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)
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 ~
Cupcake Cottage.. is what I named this....still baking up those faux cupcakes for display.
~ Faux Cakes ~
Faux Cake boxes
~ Faux Deserts ~
~The Queens Tea Party~ today I made faux Cupcakes and Sweet Petites, fit for a queen
~ French mini pastries Smorgasbord style ~
Miniature Polymer clay pastry charms
~ 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 ~
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 ~
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 ~
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 roses are coming to life!... soon there will be lots!
~ 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 ~
Hosting a swap on the Marie group called " Le Ventilateur Elegant de Marie" I created this fan for the first time, and enjoyed it!
~ Paper Shoe swap ~
~ Marie's Cupcake Shoe ~ My entry for the 'Marie Let them eat cake' swap.
~ Peugeot's Mug Shot ~
Funny Peugeot, checking out my camera! lol!
~ 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~
~ 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 ~
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 pendant ~
~ M.A Swap ~
Pink Chic Chatelaine
~ M.A Birdhouse swap ~
"Marie's Secret Garden Birdhouse"
~ 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 ~
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
Birdcage designed with Marie, inside the cage is 2 love birds and a nest of eggs
~ 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 ~
"Christmas Snow Angel " paper doll
~ 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 ~
Marie Antoinette soldered ornament w/ crystals
~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 ~
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 ~
Another Soldered Ornament
~ Marie Paper doll swap ~
Marie Fairy Paper doll, Made for a swap in the Marie Antoinette group
~ 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 ~
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 ~
A Domino piece I altered into a mini book necklace using alcohol inks and image
~ 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 ~
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 ~
I altered a formica tile with PID image and a message in a bottle hanging ornament for a group challenge
~ 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)
Made for the Marie swap in October, made on a paper Mache torso .
~ Marie's Masquerade Mask (Marie Antoinette Art Group)
I enjoyed making this for my swap group, what a great challenge !
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My escape into the lovely world of art. - my Inspiration - "Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the gardeners who make our souls blossom" ~ Marcel Proust
Where I create...
My little space for creating, I'm constantly organizing, I find myself buying more stash which defeats the whole purpose to size down, in my world that is impossible. I guess I will continue to reorganize.
Another area to my small space
Hey, it's small, but it's my space!...lol!
May, 2009 - Somerset Studios
Inspiring Work Spaces
I Promise myself....
to be to large for worry, to noble for anger, to strong for fear and to happy to permit the presence of trouble
Somerset Studio Mar/April - 09
I was Published! March - 09
My Fairy Name
Your fairy is called Columbine Elffrost
She is a cheerful sprite.
She lives in mushroom fields and quiet meadows.
She is only seen during the first snow of winter.
She wears lilac and purple like columbine flowers. She has delicate green wings