Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Bohemian Violet Rhapsody

Annie gives this one FIVE HEAD BUTTS UP!

A custom Christmas gift for a couple. I was told that she loves violets and is a bit of a bohemian. Color requests were purple, green and a bit of magenta.

The swan brooch kills me. I could only bear to part with it for a very special piece deserving of it!

Tasteful little purple and pearl brooches, pretty green aventurine beads, antique white grout and metallic amethyst paint.
My (newest) favorite wine carafe EVER!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Another day, another carafe

This one is for the brown transferware fans. I love the sparkly copper beads with the metallic copper paint!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Fruits of the Day

I thought I was too burned out to post three words, let alone, four, witty, title words.
No -- really.
Here are the two newest. (Holding the third in reserve for tomorrow.)
Please visit my etsy store for the details on materials and patterns.

Doesn't this wine carafe just make you want to go:

I would eat and drink color if I could, but they would probably just make me even fatter.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Wherein I steal my own idea. From myself.

Welp, I said I wanted to do a dozen more just like this one that I did for a friend last summer. This is pretty close, but I left off the flying insects and fuzzy little four-legged darlings. And all references to Elton and Liberace. But I'm HAPPY to add them if it makes a buyer HAPPY!

The green grout, china florals (lots of Homer Laughlin Rhythm patterns), and metallic, rose pink paint combo just...well...make me HAPPY, let's just say.

I'm really struggling to get decent photos lately, shooting them in three different spots outside on the decks just to end up with five acceptable submissions that are not shadowed, glaring, too light, too dark. Time to get some indoor sewing lamps and some flat, monochromatic backdrops. I'm sure you are as weary as I of the wrinkled, tacky tablecloths. Tres gauche.

Obviously, I would use this as a wine carafe. It would also make a loverly utensil crock, paintbrush holder, drumstick repository?

Monday, November 5, 2007

Bow Bells & Blue Willow

Uncharacteristically understated, here are two recently-completed pieces from my backlog of groutables.
Bow Bells is a very popular, and pricey, brown and white transferware pattern made by Masons in England. If you can find it on eBay, you will pay for it. It makes a nice lazy susan paired with powder blue shards, antique white grout, and metallic copper paint on the edge and bottom.

I'm not a big fan of Blue Willow (blame the saturated market), but many people are. I will say that this vase is quite striking, especially when viewed from a distance, due to the nice contrast and symmetry in the shape.

I'd never used a teacup around a vase neck before, but this works. The blue aventurine beads look perfect with the china pattern, and the cobalt blue teapot was so cooperative, breaking in all the right places for perfect attaching.

The abalone butterfly brooch was a "making lemonade" addition.
As I went to grout the vase, I saw that a tiny "v"-shaped chip had come off the top. The crack did not run, luckily, and it was a very clean break, confined to just the rim.
After all the time and materials put into this thing, I was so not going to chuck it.

So I grouted it, silver leafed the inside top, and went through my accoutrement stash to find something suitable for hiding the chip.
It totally works!