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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

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If you don't already have this book, TRUST ME, buy it! Delicious images of exotic jewels and flawless craftsmanship. Crowns and Tiaras (speaking of which, just happens to be the title of a fabulous new book I've participated in, coming soon. More later) encrusted in the biggest rocks and most exquisite pearls you have ever seen. They are literally dripping in gems, the stones were actually sewn right onto the gowns themselves! Think " Hmm, Let me see, shall I wear the Rubies and Opals or the Emeralds and Sapphire gown tonight"?




We Named More Koi

Monday, July 30, 2007

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Hey Pals,
We finally have 4 koi that passed the quarantine stage and so Mama finally released them into our large ponds yesterday. So we picked 4 names from our list of pals that were waiting to have a koi named after them. So here are the four:
This is Koi Lorenza:
This is Koi Ruby:
This is Koi Ume Tyan:
This is Koi Stanley (in the center):
We still have more to name but Mama is waiting for them to grow bigger. Plus there are some koi babies in the big pond that are almost large enough to name now too.

Our weather has turned very hot & muggy again. We don't like it one bit. The water in our doggie pool doesn't even stay cool for us, it's almost like getting into hot bath water. Does someone want to trade 20 degrees of hot weather for 20 degrees of cool weather??? hehehehe. That would be just right, about 70 some degrees.

On Saturday, Mama & Papa took us to Dairy Queen for ice cream to help us cool off. Boy was that good. Sorry no pictures though. Mama can't take pictures while she's feeding us & herself at the same time. Of course we finish way before her & then we beg for some of her ice cream. Snickers will lick the side of Mama's container hoping Mama will give in, but nope, she didn't. Oh and for the record, Gus, Snickers finished her ice cream before me Butchy AGAIN!!!

We hope everyone has a great week!
Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

Solder fever!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

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So what did I do for the last 2 weeks, while being such a bad blogging friend? Well apart from office working, gardening, house chores, taking photos, petting the cat, meeting friends and family, working on German supply packs for my Etsy shop, reading books about Australia etc.pp I have finally figured out the secrets of soldering jewelry yeah! It took me a few starts, but now I have the feeling like having found a whole new creating world and it's wonderful! I'm in a real solder fever and there is no stopping me at the moment, so of course I have to show you some of my works.



This was my first ever try month ago lol I had a wrong technique and took much too much solder ha ha! I did a few more tries from time to time and got better every time, but it wasn't really the fun I thought it would be after studying "Pretty little things" by Sally Jean and admiring all of Ulla's fabulous pieces and classes. I so wanted to be able to solder that I never really gave up the hope that I can do it. Then suddenly after a little help from my sister who once attended a Tiffany class I made this Marie-Antoinette piece and from that moment on to solder jewelry was and is really big fun for me!




I watch out for pieces which I can solder literally every where I go now lol:










Then last week I also found round glass circles (unfortunately the only glass circles I could find here in Bremen are 7 cm diameter, I'd like to find smaller ones and oval ones too) and made these:















Can you possibly feel my excitement? I always loved jewelry and now to have found a whole new medium to express my creativity is just such an awesome feeling!


I'd be even more glad if you'd like my works too!


Oh and talking about jewelry I wanted to share with you these gorgeous earrings that I have recently found in my fave shop "Rosenrot", aren't they just so pretty?



Dear Gardenfriends, don't worry, it's back to the latest garden photos in my next post!

Thanks a lot for all the good wishes for my sprained ankle, it's not swollen anymore and not hurting anymore so I think it is healed :D

Have a fabulous and creative new week everyone!

Hugs Carol(a) xox

Suggestions?

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Any suggestions on a good, easy to use digital camera with a Zoom lens?
I would love to know what works well !
And again, Thank You to everyone for the warm blogland welcome!

A Tin Ear and a Ballerina

Saturday, July 28, 2007

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Isn't art a funny thing? It's how I express myself, how I communicate the beautiful things I imagine. I have always admired my sisters beautiful singing voice, in 3rd grade choir (which I LOVED, by the way, and sang as loud and proud as I possibly could) my teacher (who's name fails me now) said I had a Tin Ear. I didn't even know what that meant! After all I was only in 3rd grade. So any way, back to the point, I feel that my ART is the way I SING.
My schedule has been pretty hectic the last few years, especially after my first book was released. Sometimes I get so busy making projects and meeting deadlines that I don't work on anything simply JUST FOR ME. Well this puppet was one of those "for me" projects. I started making exacting porcelain reproductions of antique dolls (did I mention I collect antique dolls?) a few years back. Acquiring repro molds cast directly from the antique dolls themselves, as this is a very delicate process and sometimes the actual dolls themselves are broken during this process and only so many pourings can be had from each mold( they lose definition quickly) these molds tend to be very expensive. Some times I would buy the head and shoulder plate first and then the body and limbs molds later. I learned how to cast, clean and fire a doll. Then to paint it in the appropriate colors, making sure the eye brows and eyelashes are correctly angled, the correct type of glass eye is used for the type of doll, German, blown glass or French paperweight. How to insert and attach the eyes, then how to make" period" correct hair styles out of a batch of undyed lambs wool or mohair. Since I love the history of dolls this is the purest of pleasures for me.

When it comes to making the clothes, well thats another story, fortunately for me I have a friend who makes the most amazing "period correct" doll clothes! She even uses rare antique fabrics salvaged from old ball gowns and such! Now, my artisic style is kind of ALL over the place, I like SO many different things, I love to use the basis of the dicipline I've learned and make my imagination dolls. So here one is, Hyacinth, 54" tall. Many different materials went into the construction of this puppet. Chicken wire, batting, paper mache, and porcelain to name a few. The 1920's style cornet crown was made from an 1890's ivory silk wedding gown that had seen better days, I used vintage millenery and wax flowers to embellish it. The choker was a notebook spiral I rubbed with paint and added pearls to. The puppeteer cross was a broken accordian clothes drying rack, cut to fit. She has big brown, blown German glass eyes. Covering the seal between the breast plate and the body is a blue silk garter. The bodice of the tutu was a mutton sleeve from a 1910 blouse, and the tutu itself is 3 layers of lace and tulle. I added a few metal grommets for interest. And her toe shoes were antique baby shoes embellished with silver foil flowers. And just for a bit of spice I gave her a floral band "tattoo" on her right forearm. She sits in a chair at the foot of my bed, and everyday when I see her it just makes me smile!





Bye for now.

We Love You Oscar

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Rest In Peace Oscar....


Luv Always,
Butchy & Snickers

Over the Rainbow

Friday, July 27, 2007

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This is a new piece done by Maggie Taylor, one of my favorite artists, I just love her works! SHE CREATES IMAGERY ONLY PREVIOUSLY SEEN IN DREAMS...

Oops!

Thursday, July 26, 2007

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Ok, who knew? I guess you can only post so many pictures at once. Any way, here are the dressed forms!
Over and Out!






Rain drops keep fallin' on my head

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It has been raining here for the last 6 months straight! But as for me, I love it! It's very condusive to creating. You see, when the sun is out and the birds are singing and the sky is a bright cornflower blue, I feel riddled with guilt not being out in it. So rain, rain stay today, and I won't have to go out and play!
And now on to more serious business...


I found this book at a thrift store (my second home) and let me tell you, BUY it if you come across it! It is published by Flammarion in Paris, 1994, written by Mary Trasko, titled: Daring Do's, A History of Extraordinary Hair and it is, so fun and full of inspiration!










And now a fun little project. Did I mention I collect vintage clothes, and shoes and dolls and well, I'll get into more of that later...
My beautiful sister gave me this Glamourous Barbie, isn't she lovely,

any way I also collect doll clothes (ok, you got me, the list goes on and on) vintage and new. I just bought a new outfit for her, since you see she is dressed in only her lingerie. In the package is a plastic dress form sort of thing. You can use this as a mold, I used plaster of paris, but you can also try a product called Rock Hard Putty (from the hardware store). Cut a very small square out of the bottom edge of the "mold", set the dowel in, mix your chosen medium according to the directions on the container, pour into mold, fill to almost level (leave a bit of room for it to "rise"),

let dry completely and pop your tiny new dress form out of it's mold. Paint any color you desire. Use old jewelry findings, beads, keys, buttons, etc. to make the finial on top, I use a product called GOOP to attach it.

Then for a stable base you can use those large vintage spools of thread, I've used old broken candle cups or other wooden parts found at your local hobby store, here again use Goop to glue the dowel to the base.

Then, and this is the FUNNEST part! Dress as desired, I used bits and pieces of old lace and tiny millenery flowers, vintage ribbon, even a pouffy little scrap of a feather boa (also available at the hobby store). Just stitch or glue (white glue) your " Haute Couture " fashion directly onto the dress form and Volia! Make a whole fall collection! And let me end with this... Signing off : Over and Out my new friends

We heard from Liberty!

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Hey Pals,
Just wanted to give you an update. We know some of you were wondering where Liberty is & how she is doing. Well Mama got a hold of her & her Mama and they are just fine. Liberty says her Mama's work is keeping her super busy & she just hasn't been able to help Liberty post. Liberty told us they will be back blogging soon & wanted to thank everyone for worrying about them.
Wirey Hugs!
Butchy & Snickers

MORE BIRFDAY FUN!

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

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Hey Pals,
It's me Snickers again. Guess what? I have received more wonderful birfday cards & prezzies in the mail. I can hardly believe it. First this is my bootiful card from Precious:

Can you see the little lamb after my name? That is so cute cause my last name is Lamb, hehehe.
Thank you so very much Precious, this is a wonderful special card!!
Next I received a package from the greatest girl hamsterrier, GirlGirl!
Oh my gosh, look at this cute bear card....
Can you see the cute wire fox terrier dog?? Such a cute card!
Gee, I can't seem to get my snout down into the envelope far enough to grab out the contents...
Mama had to help me, tee hee! Hmmmmmm, this smells paw lickin' good....
Some yummylicious bacon treats just for me! Thanks again GirlGirl! You're the best little hamsterrier!!
Next I received a package from the one & only Miss Sunshade!
Oh boy, my snout fits into this envelope better...
Hehehehe, look at this funny fox terrier card....the dog is so cute....
Ooooooh, Miss Sunshade secretly told me to grab this next item & run with it so my Mama can't have it....
Ok I got it, better run....
Darn, Mama caught me. See the cute plush wire fox terrier doggy?? and the little wire fox terrier standing?? Well those are Mama's now. I thought they were for me??? But I get the yellow ring & bone, just like Miss Sunshade has. She told me that Butchy & I now belong to her famous Ring Club!
These kong toys are cool & they even float too. We tried them out in our doggie pool & they really do float!
Thank you so very much Miss Sunshade!!
A big thank you to everyone for all of the additional birfday wishes that I keep receiving. You pals are all awesome pawsome!!
Wirey Hugs!
Snickers
 

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