I've been feeling a little void of magic these days. I don't know why exactly, but I did know that I needed to inject some into my life. And thus, 'Witchy Woman' was born.
She makes me smile. I like to imagine that her crystal ball really does have magical powers, and that it can make all my dreams come true if I wish hard enough...
When I was little, all I wanted was a Cinderella dress. I dreamed about it all day long. My little fingers and toes were crossed for two weeks straight, hoping that, on my birthday, a beautiful rectangular box would be placed before me. I would tug on the shiny ribbon wrapped around the box and it would slide gently away (perhaps if I was lucky, some little blue birds would swoop in and grab the ends in their tiny little beaks and chirp as they pulled the ribbon open). I would gingerly lift the lid off of this box to find some crisp white tissue paper folded perfectly, concealing the most magical dress I would ever lay my eyes on.
Well, that never happened. I mean, my step-mom tried her best to find me that perfect baby blue dress with loads of crinoline to make it flounce out, just so, but I don't think the technology was around just yet. It was, after all, only 1982. I was happy with the dress I got, nevertheless.
Now that I have a little girl, I'm always trying to recreate those moments and items that every little girl dreams of. I love making toys, hair accessories, and special, one of a kind clothing. I found this beautiful shop on etsy named lilygiggle who sells the most imaginative, whimsical clothing patterns for little girls. I couldn't resist. I bought a three pack of patterns, and here's the first item I made. Ruffle pants. Because what little girl doesn't like ruffles?
I found this beautiful bonnet pattern on etsy the other day after my friend came over and put a bonnet on her little girl. Oh did I covet that hat. I just knew I had to make one! I'm so glad I did! The pattern is beautiful and wonderfully easy and ranges in size from newborn to adult! Isn't that great? It's also reversible :) Be sure to check out one little kiwi's etsy shop if you want this pattern! She also gives the right to sell the bonnets that you make. Isn't that kind?
I woke up this morning with an incredible urge to paint. That happens a lot with me. This girl came to life. I've called this painting 'Lucid'. To me, she is very Zen and happy. I love my art to make you feel good. There's so much darkness in the world, and I don't want to add to it. I want to make you smile. I hope Lucid makes you smile.
I was told that Lucid bears a striking resemblance to me. I found that really interesting. Interesting in that I had not noticed that until someone else mentioned it to me. I wonder if there's a message there? Something to think about, anyway...
She's a mixed media and watercolour on 5x7 canvas paper. Free shipping anywhere in the world and can be found in my etsy shop :)
Thanks for looking!
There once was a girl named Olivia and she had a birthday. Well, her momma loved her so much that she decided that she needed a doppleganger, so she contacted me. This is Mini-Olivia. I had such fun creating this little girl and I do hope that little Miss Olivia loves her Mini-Me :)
I've been *dying* to create and have finally found some time to do so! I'm so excited to introduce Pinky to you! I designed her yesterday after having returned from my friend's trailer. She stands just over two feet tall and and completely huggable! I made her with safety eyes and buttons, but she could easily be made baby-friendly with embroidered accents. I am currently deigning the pattern and will have it for sale in my etsy store very soon! Wish me luck ironing out all the details!
I've had a bit of a creative dry spell lately, but decided that I was going to overcome it last night by doing a painting! And I can't tell you how happy I am with how she turned out! I've called her 'Starlight'. She's acrylic on 18x24" canvasette! I've already scanned her into the computer and will be testing her out on t-shirts some time tomorrow! I can't wait!
Thanks for looking!
Oh my goodness! Have I been a busy little beaver! So sorry I haven't posted in so long and neglected all of my blogging buddies!! But I'll try and post more often! I've been busy toiling away! I have made so many creations, and I just got back from traveling overseas! Barcelona to be exact! So many adventures! Anyhow, here's one of the things that have kept me busy! A Labyrinth movie swap! I had so much fun creating all of this stuff! Labyrinth is one of my three very favourite movies (the other two being Princess Bride and The Neverending Story!).
Firstly, here's a drawing I made of Sir Didymus! He's actually an unfinished drawing because I forgot to take a pic of the finished result. Anyhow, once he was finished, I printed him onto a t-shirt for my partner! It turned out AWESOME
Secondly - a drawing of one of Jareth's Goblins! "I wish the goblins would come and take you away...RIGHT NOW!"
Next is an old gold Estee Lauder gift box that I thrifted. I just painted the top with the owl and the saying 'It's only forever'. I love that quote!
And last but not least, the worm. "Would you like to come inside and meet the Missus?" I had so much fun creating him. This crochet pattern comes straight from my imagination and I had so very much fun making him!! I hope you all enjoy! And perhaps you can take some time to watch the movie with your kids some time soon, and introduce them to one of the best fantasy movies EVAH!! And don't forget the popcorn!
I've been so busy with my art lately. I just can't stop. The creativity is flowing beautifully. I'm so happy when I'm creating. When I'm not, it feels like something's missing. It's a part of who I am. Actually, it IS who I am. My art is my soul.
Anyhow, this is a sketch I did the other night while watching tv. She kept on morphing and taking a life of her own. I just love how she turned out. I love the swirls and the colours. And in real life, you would see glitter...because glitter makes everything better :)
I then took the drawing, scanned it, went into Illustrator and gave it some digital filigree and printed it onto a t-shirt! I love how it turned out! I'm actually contemplating starting a line of t-shirts because I love how it turned out!
I've been a busy little beaver as of late creating these ZOMBIE straps!! I work for my dad as a graphic artist at Levy's Leathers. We are the largest manufacturer of guitar straps worldwide :) Anyhow, I've been incredibly busy at work making these zombies come to life. What makes these straps super unique is that they have matching end pieces! Check 'em out! If you feel that you absolutely MUST have one, you can order here!
Thanks for looking!!
I've been so delayed on writing this post because my life has been so chaotic and busy lately. A full time job, three kids, and a two story house make for a very busy life these days. I wake up at 6 am, leave at 7 am, drop my eldest son off at school, head to work, work straight until 4:30 pm, get home at 5 pm, make dinner, clean up, get the kids ready for bed and CRASH. I try and squeeze in some creativity into that small evening window, but it's so hard! Anyhow, without any further ado, I wanted to show you this amazing swap I took part in! Cameron from Paint Myself Pretty made me the most AMAZING mermaid ever. I LOVE her SO MUCH. You absolutely must check out her blog and see what she's up to. She's wonderfully kind and talented! As soon as I opened up the envelope and saw this beautiful creature staring up at me, I rushed out and bought her a lovely frame so that she can be displayed with another lovely treasure of mine. Isn't she wonderful?
I've had a kind of lousy past couple of days and I really needed something to lift my spirits...another swap! Yay! This mermaid is my half of the swap and I'm so looking forward to receiving my item! A gorgeous mermaid painting done by Cameron! You must check out her blog because she does some really beautiful work and I'm SO HONOURED to be receiving one of her pieces!
Anyhow, without further ado, here's my mermaid.
Her name is Nerissa.
Earthy and pure. That's what I think of when I look at this painting I just finished. Mother Nature smiles back at me and it makes me happy. This particular piece has been sitting, unfinished, in my studio for around three months now, screaming at me to come to life! So at 5:30 this morning, when my middle child woke up with croup (after years of not getting it anymore argh) I decided to embrace the ungodly hour and take advantage of the peace and quiet and start to paint. It was so lovely! And after around 7 hours of work, I finished it! She's 12 x 36 inches and FULL of mixed media goodness. The bird is made up of a page from an old children's book I found at an estate sale in Australia in October. This whole painting makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too...
I'm so thrilled to have received an AMAZING painting from an AMAZING artist all the way from New Zealand!! Her name is Joyce Van der Lely and she has a fantastic blog full of beautiful eye candy to gaze at! I won this painting this year in the OWOH blog giveaway and I can't tell you how happy I am. I fell in love with this painting the moment I laid eyes on it! I'll be buying a frame for her this weekend and hanging her on my wonderful art wall full of all my favourite things!
Isn't she wonderful? Please take a moment to visit Joyce! It's definitely worth it!!
I am so very lucky. Around two months ago, a great lady invited me to be her partner for an art swap at my favourite site Craftster. Of course I said yes! I love swaps so much! It's such a great feeling when you get a parcel of amazing, handmade goodness in the mail. And will you look what I found waiting for me when I got home yesterday? This amazing fairy poppet made by Bobbie. She's so gorgeous that I can't even believe my eyes. My heart was beating out of my chest as I opened my parcel and saw her for the first time. She's a million times better than I could have ever imagined and I am so proud to be able to give her a home.
Not only did she send me this amazing handmade doll (and according to my specifications, no less), but she also sent me a box full of amazing, thoughtful craft and art supplies. She turned what started out as an awful day into an AMAZING one! Thank you Roberta ...from the bottom of my heart...
Oh how I LOVE swaps!! I just finished my end of the swap on the weekend! This one was an Invite Your Partner swap at Craftster (oh how I love that website! It's chock full of imagination and inspiration!) and a fellow craftster (er?) invited me along with her and she's making me a fairy poppet! Both of us should be receiving our items by the end of the week and I can't WAIT! Swaps are the BEST!!! It's so much fun doing the trades and knowing that the art you lovingly create is going to a good home! And man...is it fun getting that parcel in the mail! Anyhow, I invite you all to join Craftster. It is SO MUCH FUN!!! My handle on that site is FoxyBlue (go figure, huh?) so come and seek me out and let's talk about swapping!
All the best,
So...something new! I've started tweeting today!! I wanted to try something new yesterday and figured this was just the perfect thing to do! I think it's going to be fun! So please follow me on my artistic journey! The twitter widget is in my side panel :)
I have this thing. I love buying old things. I love to pick them up and feel the history they possess. I wonder who used to own them and I wonder where they've traveled from. Then, after I've imagined all there is to imagine, I take them and make them into something new and wonderful (at least to me!). This is what I've done with this glorious little 8 track from who knows where and who knows when. I love 8-track art because it stands on its own and is perfect for being a shelf-sitter, and some of them have a little hole on either corner at the back...perfect for hanging. I buy them up by the dozens for normally twenty five cents each. The paper in the background is from a vintage book I found at an Estate Sale in Australia!
This little lovely is called A Message from Flo. Full of mixed media goodness and antiquity!
My sweet niece Echo turned 15 yesterday. Wow, time flies!! We live in different provinces, so I wanted to make her something special, something that can kind of take my place when I'm not around. So I decided to make her a talisman. I wanted to give her love and protection from afar. She's made with lots of awesome, found things. I made a 'love' pendant to hang from her belt. She has tonnes of vintage jewellery that has been passed down. I also added a shell I found in Italy and beautiful vintage buttons. She has sweet grass arms and darling little wrist cuffs made of leather. I LOVED making this little talisman for my gorgeous niece. As it turns out, she loved it, which made me really happy.
Happy Birthday, Echo!!!
Wow! This year has gone by FAST!! It's time once again for the One World One Heart blog giveaway! I loved this so much last year, so there was no question as to whether or not I would do it again! A wonderful blogger at A Whimsical Bohemian started this a few years ago and has decided to run it again! Yay!
My name's Deedra and I live in Canada. My giveaway is this little Fairy Gnome that I've made with paper clay and mixed media. All you have to do is leave a little comment on this post and he coould be yours! It all starts tonight at Midnight and the winner will be notified on February 17th. The winner will be chosen by way of random number generator. Please join in the fun and run a giveaway of your own! You meet so many fun, creative people from around the world! Thanks for visiting!
I start work tomorrow...that means less time for art. Much less time. So, I'm trying to squeeze it all in today. Even though I'm in the art department at work, I won't be able to paint what I choose, so I just wanted to do one more little painting before work started :)
This is an 8x8 acrylic and mixed media on board, titled WISH!!!
I found this little nymph shivering at my back door this morning. When I slid it open, she scurried around the corner and hid. I coaxed her out gently and told her that I meant her no harm. After about an hour of building trust, she slowly made her way toward me. I put my hand out and she climbed on, very cautiously. I brought her in the house and sat her on the biggest greenest leaf my plant had to offer. She smiled, and said thank you. I made her some tea and served it to her in one of my daughter's Barbie tea cups. She sipped slowly, drinking in the warmth, and soon fell asleep. I placed a tiny blanket on her and let her dream in peace.
When I came back an hour later, I found my plant bursting with flowers in all the colours of the rainbow. The little fairy looked up, reached out her hand and said, 'Pleased to meet you. I'm Delilah'.