Wednesday, May 24, 2017

A Night in The Dragonfly Heart Hotel...

Hello to you Dear Friends,
I have been in the middle of several projects since I posted here last.  While we finish up with the last details of the first Teeny Tea, here is something just a bit different...

I gather my inspiration for my art from lots of different places.  One of the biggest places I draw my inspiration from are my dreams!  Oh boy, do I dream big some nights!  Amazing things happen to me in my dreams, things that could not ever really happen in real life.

I have had many dreams about some sort of retro/noir/futuristic/rococco urban landscape.  These collages are inspired by some of my dreams!

(As usual, please click on the images to see them larger.)

A crackle of neon
on the top of The Dragonfly Heart Hotel
lights up the night.

I won't resist the urge to stay up all night,
watching the city below,
from one of these windows...

Another guest arrives...

This room is a romantic confection...

...and this one as well.

What mysterious, clandestine situations
could we find ourselves in here?

Time spent at The Dragonfly Heart Hotel
will not be soon forgotten.

(Images used in my collages today from the following sources:

as well as several images from the public domain)

Be certain to check back again soon.
The time for the first Teeny Tea is nearly here!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Ready For a Fight

Hello Dear Friends,
Today is International Women's Day and even though I haven't really been inspired to work on much artwork lately, I decided that today was a good day to try to make something.

I cannot possibly tell you how much I hate speaking about politics here, but the current state of what is calling itself our government will have to be rebelled against in a variety of ways.  Some of the folks I know are very vocal.  Some folks like myself will be the quieter fighters.  And just like the rest of life, it just might be the quiet ones you will have to watch out for.

The evil person who, for the time being, calls himself our president is a friend of no one.  He is obviously against anyone who is not like himself and is clearly against women, children, the poor, people who struggle to just be accepted for who they are, who should not have to struggle with their gender or their gender identity or their sexuality, their ethnic background, the ill and disabled and so many other folks who struggle with just living and being OK.

The father of our country should be just that.  He is allowed to not agree with all of us and our agendas, but he is not allowed to harm us.

I believe that art will be taking a lot of interesting directions in vocal protest of our currently very frightening state of affairs.  And this could be just the first piece I will do that will speak to my objection to the evil people who clearly lack empathy and basic human decency, who are currently in charge of our country.

(For my collage today, I used images from Tumble Fish Studios and itKuPiLLi on Mischief Circus.)

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Thursday is The Doe Princess...

Hello Dear Friends of The Tearoom,
I hope your New Year is splendid so far!  As usual, I have so many projects going, but this was the first one I wanted to finish for the year.

Some Friends of The Gossamer Tearoom already know that my doll Thursday came to live with me sometime in the late 1970's, when I bought her in pieces, in a shoebox, at a flea market where I lived in Casper, Wyoming, but I am happy to tell her story again today.  At the point I found her, I was not able to figure out how to put her together and so, she was stored away for many years and it was not until the spring of 2011 that I found her again in my mother's basement after we moved here to Maine, when I was looking for a project to work on.  I needed a project to distract myself from the things going on around me and finally concentrated on how I would put this doll back together that I had owned for so many years.  After doing some research online, I found some elastic in the sewing materials my mother had had and was able to re-assemble her!  She still has no hair, her head is cracked and still has some slight damage to her face that she had when I bought her, but to my eyes, she is beautiful.

I have spent a few years now making dresses and outfits for her from scratch, using no patterns, but mostly using repurposed clothes that belonged to my mother and myself and some fabrics that my mother had stashed away.  She truly is the super-model of my Doll & Animal Family!

But I have felt that she has been asking for one particular outfit all this time that I had not gotten around to making for her, a deer costume.  I have no idea why this is what she has wanted, but it was an idea I have had since she was reassembled almost 6 years ago now.

Finally, I sat down and created this outfit she has asked for from a pair of brown velvet jeans I found in my mother's closet that will never fit me (and honestly, didn't fit her, so I have no idea why she had them).  I ordered some Tim Holtz fabric from an Etsy seller to use for the ears on her hat and for the blouse under the jacket, but everything else I used was something I had stashed away.  I made her crown from a faux branch of pussy willow I had.  She has a couple of different kinds of vintage buttons at the closure of her jacket, on her cuffs and on her booties

And so, finally, my Thursday is The Doe Princess...

 (As always, please click the images in order to see them larger.)

Holding a sprig of violets.

Taking a short nap.

Here she is with Eggsy!

Mr. Mookie, Teddy, Eggsy, Brownie McNutt & Thursday,
all happy members of my Doll & Animal Family!

Brownie McNutt gives Eggsy a hug!

Thank you so much for visiting The Gossamer Tearoom today!

(I had fun editing all of my photos for this blog post today with Afterlight on my iPhone.)

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Eve Movie Night...

Hello and Wishing a Merry Christmas Eve to All Dear Friends of The Tearoom,

I usually plan some sort of extravaganza here on the blog for Christmas, but this year's festivities are quieter and closer to home.

The Doll and Animal Family has wanted to have a movie a night downstairs and so the night that was planned for it was Christmas Eve!  But what movie to watch?  They finally all agreed they wanted to see "The Boxtrolls"!  I knew they would want some popcorn as a treat, so I designed some tiny treat boxes to use, which I also decided to sell in my Etsy shop Velvet Revived.  I had fun making several designs.  Click here to see them!

Here they are, all settled in, waiting for the lights to dim and the movie to begin!

They are just getting settled in now!
Of course you will recognize Thursday, 
Baby Hoobert, Mr. Bear, Hyacinthe, 
Teddy, Brownie McNutt, 
and Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.  
We welcome with hugs and kisses
the newest member of the family,
Eggsy the Dog, sitting right in front!
Everyone is very excited for the movie to begin!

Now the lights are off and the room is lit
only by the candles in the windows,
the Christmas tree light and,
of course, the light from the TV!

Here are Parsnip, Mr. Mookie & Teddy!

Teddy is excited about the movie, but really,
he's here for the popcorn!

Here are Baby Hoobert, Hyacinthe,
Brownie McNutt and Thursday!!
(Hyacinthe rests her head on Baby Hoobert,
who is distracted, as babies sometimes are.)

And here are Brownie, Thursday, Mr. Bear,
Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle and Eggsy!
They have been looking forward to this
movie and popcorn treat for a while now!

Eggsy is looking forward to trying popcorn for
the first time.  We are happy to welcome him
to our little happy family!!

(If you look carefully, you can just see
Mr. Bear's furry head in the lower-right corner.)

Fish, the Boxtroll!

The Doll and Animal Family had such a fun time
watching movies tonight and eating popcorn!!!

We all hope that your Christmas Eve has been
just as nice!

For more Christmas Eve fun, please take a peek at Christmases past here at The Tearoom by clicking on the links below the pictures!

Mr. V & I, Victorienne and all of
The Doll & Animal Family 
wish A Happy Christmas to All
and To All a Good Night!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

The Symbolism of Our Tree...

Hello Dear Friends!
We hope that your holiday plans are going well, whatever they may be.  Our Christmas traditions tend to be quiet ones and ones we have developed on our own, revolving around our memories of wonderful times in our past.  Our Christmas tree reflects much of the first few years of Victor's and my life together.

All of the ornaments, except for two, were handmade by me with paper, glue, rubber stamps, ink, Stickles, ribbons and glitter twine.  They were made for the 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 Christmas seasons.

This is the star that I use for the top of the tree.  It's an ornament that I altered with a picture of Marie Antoinette and a piece of ribbon.  It represents our first day in Paris, when we went to see an exhibit of paintings and personal items that were owned by Marie Antoinette at the Grand Palais.

This little fan is one that I made to be a replica of the fans that I made for the guests at our wedding. The week we were married ended up being 10 degrees hotter than had originally predicted and so I thought I should make something to help guests feel a bit cooler.

The star in the upper left is one I made from paper and was the original star for the tree when I bought the tree many years before.  The ornament at the top is made from a stamp for that first Christmas that Victor lived in Washington.  The Eiffel Tower on the upper right obviously symbolizes Paris and I decorated it with Stickles to show how it looks at night.  The ornament at the bottom right symbolizes desserts, the ones we had at our tea party wedding reception, as well as the ones we got from jewel-box patisseries in Paris.  The ornament at the bottom left is the final scene from the movie "Amelie", our favorite movie.  We were married during the full moon and the ornament in the middle is my interpretation of it.

Here are more desserts and tea cup, decorated with inks and Stickles.  The lady with the festive hat is from my Chapeaux de Gateaux project, also decorated with Black Diamond Stickles (which has twinkles of purple, green and orange in it.  See the enlarged photos below.)  Ornament on right is an image of the brooch that I wore on my wedding dress.

The ornament on the top left was made using rubber stamps and the stamp with the birds was the one we used on the menus and the CDs of music I made for the wedding.  The ornament on the top right includes a picture that was taken of us in front of the huge mirror in the hallway of The Woodrow Wilson House, just before we were married in the garden there.  The ornament in the lower left includes another image from the movie "Amelie".

The flowers on the ornament on the left were the ones that we used on the wedding invitations and wedding programs we made.  The ornament on the right contains an envelope from one of the kinds of tea that we served at the wedding, covered in the same ribbon that I used to tie my bridal bouquet.

The stamp used on this ornament is the one I used on the envelopes of the music CDs we gave as favors at the wedding.

The same year we were married (in 2007), there was a Joseph Cornell exhibit at The National Portrait Gallery in Washington.  We attended the exhibit and I copied this quote of his from one of the collages.

The first Christmas we were married, the White House ornament from The White House Historical Association for that year was this one.  It depicts another Washington wedding on a warm summer evening, the only time a President was married there.  This was the wedding of Grover Cleveland and Frances Folsom, on June 2, 1886.  It is another interesting coincidence that Grover Cleveland is an ancestor of mine and Frances Folsom is an ancestor of my brother-in-law Mike.

This picture and the two that follow are ones that I took one morning recently, with the sunlight making everything on the tree twinkle.

And the final two photos are ones I took today, just as we were losing the light on this cold and snowy day, the week before Christmas.

The tree is lit with red, amber and purple lights, a set I bought many years ago at a shop in Union Station in Washington.

I'm hoping that your Christmas holiday is as filled with light and wonderful memories as ours is.

Please check back here soon, as the next post will be about a very special Christmas Eve treat for the members of the Doll and Animal Family!