Monday, September 15, 2014

Punking a Prima Cowgirl

 I like to play around with the stamps in my collection. Recently I nabbed this one from the 'little green machine' when I was at the 'Airdrie Farmer's Market'
Check out the links to find out how you can shop there too. Grab the 'scrapendipity app' for your phone.
I always start by assembling what I think I am going to use in the project. The stamp, several stamping sheets, one for full body to work on as well as several scraps in different colors,
Choose elements of your stamp to emboss. Cut them out and do a dry fit on your stamped doll pattern.
I chose to do the vest and shoes. I extended the edges of the vest with an embossing pen, then emboss with a metallic powder and cut it out.  You can see in this frame, I have marked off the cowboy hat and will trim skirt, shoulders and such in the following photos. This will help you manipulate her into something other than her original intended form.
You can see where to trim, hat, hair, shoulders, skirt
Now to add a bit of interest to her skin parts. Grab any mesh you have laying around. I believe this is from a garlic sack. It had a small pattern. Next place your doll inside and ink over top, gently keeping the mesh in place.
If you wanted to detail her face with markers that would work too. For this sample it is just a quick inking. Now you can glue your decorative parts on. The skirt is fashioned form a paper doily and trim from the ephemera bag. Be sure to fashion the skirt before you add the vest. Secure them all in place. Trim the lines on her arms and neck with jewels. {this helps disguise the lines} A jewel on her forehead, wings from a Cheery Lynn die, a real peacock feather behind her head and you have a fun piece for a layout or a card.
Many of the items you see used for embellishment are from the 'Ephemera Pack' Each pack is unique, full of one of a kind individual pieces for your mixed media art projects and creations.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Hi Olde or Bye Silver

Sunday mornings are slow for me. I like to take some time and blog about. Today I ran up on an article about dyeing the grey out. Read the funny, real post about that at Beets + Birch. I encourage you to read it. It did key some thoughts in me I commented as follows:

"Interesting post. I think it is a personal choice, do what you feel keeps you true to You. ' You' my dear have a glorious head of silver, flaunt it!!"
that was my reply to Tracie with a link here to continue so as not to jack her wonderful post. {If you pop by Tracie, know that dyed or not dyed, we are kindred silver sisters}
So On With my thoughts on this:
I haven't committed to doing the natural yet. I will get there, I do so love the look of an all silver crown. Of course, it has to be wispy and Fae like.
 {I am not sure mine will ever go entirely to that} I remember vividly the first silver I spotted . I was fascinated for about 2 minutes and promptly took care of it with a yank. By the time I found the second I knew they were with me to embrace. So, I learned to love something about them. I love that when they do show up, they are a real shimmery glittery silver. They seem to appear magically multiplied nightly {this may or may not coincide with having had two more children later in life} Or maybe I was a silver Rapunzel in a past life
 I lived with the occasional silver shimmering through for about five years. Then I bought a box of dye I started dyeing at home. {I never go to a salon....see lower part of this post as to Why}  I have learned that having been born as my mother puts it with 'mousy brown hair***' {my hair was a dark brown, that would show golden highlights from the sun for most of my life}  I prefer to stay in the lighter brown shades. I don't want red, auburn. or black. I think when older women go too dark, unless their hair is very short, it gives them a scary look. {Disclaimer, if you are older and love it dark, then don't let my opinion stop you} The roots, like my teeth grow long, mostly salt and pepper. No glorious strips of white for me, just intertwining layers like an old chocolate and vanilla checkerboard cake.
  Truth be told I want fairy blue hair.
But, alas my youngest daughter sports it so well. I would not do that to her. I could rant a bit here about how gorgeous young women are going white. Really? You take away the one glorious thing unique to older women ?, but, I won't.
   My personal hair dresser woes deal more with the cutting {I avoid it like vampires avoid a garlic festival} One time I specifically told the hair dresser, "no bangs" and you got it, and so did I...A full fringe of bang. I went shopping after, ran into a lady I had not seen in years...she just sort of stared at me and kept mumbling...'you look so different'...I went home, looked in the mirror and cried. I did not look like my self at all. It was 15 years till I went to a hair dresser again. Then another 7..the last cut was done on the deck by my Romeo, who snipped 4 inches off the bottom for me.
I like my hair long, and it is long and has been that way for the majority of my years. I may never cut it, but, I am perpetually ready for Halloween. {Took the motor out of my broom last year, and will shop for a new one soon}
This is a recent photo that's right I cropped off the 'shot in the ass effect' because we are talking about older hair...not older other parts.
***About the Mousy brown hair~ I never thought of my hair as pretty, ever!! My mother was hyper critical during my formative years. 'cutting it all off when I was a child' Doing it up in this really horrid {funny now} fountain for one of the school photos. 'during the teen years, the rebellious ones, she never hesitated to mention how messy it always looked, and I should braid it' That was until recently.... I have been taking her to her eye operation appointments. Long gruelling days spent waiting in close crowded rooms with other elderly folk. It was during one of these visits after she had had a light sedative, that she told me..."Your hair sure looks pretty" well I nearly fell over. She went on to say how "I have never noticed how it shines and such a pretty shade, and was I using a new shampoo?" At this point I feel an unexpected little lift inside, but put it off to the drugs talking. I think it was about 3 day's later when I was mulling over the compliment and its origins, that I realized....She was complimenting my 'DYED' hair....not my real mousy brown hair. LOL and such is the circle of life.

I love a good story, and welcome Your silver musings? Maybe I should have titled this post "To Dye or Not to Dye? that is the question"

Monday, September 1, 2014

'Cinder' the Ash Fairy

Its been a hot summer. Most day's I worked non stop outside. Lately I have been feeling like I got very little accomplished...well, until today! Look what I caught playing in the fireplace, This is Cinder.
I think I have caught her twice this year, however, she put a glamour spell on me and I thought she was a little black bird and released her.
Not this time little Cinder the Ash Fairy.
I have you now, be as cranky as you like,
 you won't get away again.
Your book of spells, can't help you
 its tied to the bottle. The bell will
alert me if you get to tampering.
Got you locked up tight

Caught you in the act of turning the cinders into faux silver and black diamonds.
You blew the bottle open once
 But with a little work, I fixed it.
I am sure you will be quite comfortable here.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Where the Fae Folk Play

A little bit of rain...
and the Fae Folk houses pop up
 You just never know when
 you will catch a glimpse of them

The old witch steals the shoes and
 keeps them enticement
from the blacks on left Old Witch-Irelyn-Rhi-Rhi

 From the far left..Rhi'-Grandpa C-Horse hoof cover-Grandpa C-baby Taryn-Jazzy-Baby Gabe-Taryn below and beside-Jazzy-Rhi-Old Witch's
 The mate to the little pink shoe on the right of Gabe's shoe disappeared
 almost as soon as it was planted...
 Irelyn's old favorites hide
the entrance to the fairy door.
Incidentally there is a family of foxes that disturb these in their attempt to catch the fairies that frolic in the moon light. The old witch sprinkled them with cayenne pepper, chilli and black ground. I am sure with the sneezing spell that was cast, it will deter them. It will also enable her to hear the fairies sneeze.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Paverpol with Joanne

 Meet 'Willow-Witch'
and Beautiful-'Sunday'
 She is the newest Fae addition
Joanne took me to a Paverpol class for my birthday
 I did a beginner, Joanne did a more advanced class. This is her working on her elegant lady.
Once they are dry they can go in the garden in all seasons.
Faces are tricky, but it is the overall effect, kind of whimsical, fantasy. Very artsy stuff. Loved the class, thank you my BFF

Joanne's original

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Summer In The Rockie's

Peony in bloom
 Carpet of Snow
 More Peony
Red Poppy
Coral Poppy~ I love these
And its all good right up until driving home, I spot this... as If I could miss it. That looks like a 'naider' cloud to me.
Just nicely get the groceries in the house and it hits
 Hmmm the photos need no description. They were taken about 1/2 hour after the first wave.
Carnage everywhere
Extensive Expensive Damage
So happy I took the photos before.
And that my friends is
'Summer In the Rockies'
 as I know it.