Sunday, October 16, 2016

Drawing and Inspiration (Part 2)

Hello and Happy Sunday Again to you, My Dear Friends!

Welcome to the second week of catching up with my drawings for Mab Graves' Drawlloween Club.

As I wrote in my last post her at The Tearoom Blog, I'm doing her challenge by making a drawing based on her prompt for each day of the month!  Whew!  I haven't drawn this much in a long, long time, but I'm still having fun!

When you are creating, do you like to watch something on TV or listen to music, perhaps?  This week, I'm including a list of the movies that I have been or plan to watch while working on my spooky drawings this month.  Of course, because this is the Spookliest Month of the Year, we have our stacks of Halloween-themed movies and TV shows all lined up.  Some of them are not strictly Halloween movies, but some just have a definite "creep factor".  Here are some of them (in alphabetical order):

- 9
- Addams Family (boxed set of original series)
- Addams Family and Addams Family movies
- Attack the Block (actually set on Guy Faukes Day, but lots of scariness anyway!)
- Beauty and the Beast (original Jean Cocteau film)
- Beetlejuice
- City of Lost Children
- Corpse Bride
- Crimson Peak
- Delicatessen
- Fantastic Fear of Everything
- Frankenweenie (both the original and the animated versions)
- Hotel Splendide
- Hotel Transylvania
- Lost City
- Munsters
- Nightmare Before Christmas
- Only Lovers Left Alive
- Paranorman
- Penny Dreadful (we're watching all 3 seasons again, but I love season 1 the best!)
- Phantom Museums - The Short Films of The Quay Brothers
- Revenge of the Were-Rabbit
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Shadow of the Vampire
- Shawn of the Dead
- Sleepy Hollow
- Super 8
- This is What We Do In the Shadows

And, here are my drawings for the week!

(As always, click images to see them larger.)

To see what I have written about each piece, please check out my Instagram feed.

And please check back next week when I post my favorite musical inspirations when I'm working and my Drawlloween creations for the week!!

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Drawing and Inspiration (Part 1)...

Hello to you, Dear Friends and Welcome to The Spookliest Month of the Year!

Some of my blogging friends celebrate Halloween and some do not.  For those who do, I hope you will find yourself suitably spookily inspired!  And for those who don't I would still encourage you to at least read the interview I've linked below.  I just love a lot of what Mab Graves had to say there about inspiration and the origins of creativity!

This year is the first year I have decided to do something a bit different with my October, creatively. This month, I am participating in Mab Graves' Drawlloween Club!

Mab provides us with the prompt for each day's drawing!  So many fun Halloween topics to draw!  She's such an inspiration!  I've followed her on Etsy for a long time and now I follow her on Twitter and Instagram as well.  

Here's a link to a great interview with Mab in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine from May of this year (very inspirational)!

And in my on-going quest to actually use all of the beautiful things I have managed to accumulate in my world, I am using a very special notebook for my Drawlloween drawings!  This notebook is special to me for a few different reasons.  First of all, it was a gift to me from a shop owner where Mr. V and I had shopped a couple of times.  We had bought quite a few cards from him and other items and got to chat with him.  On one of our visits, he gave me this notebook!  So super sweet!  The other thing that makes it special is that this shop was located on the rue Dauphine in Paris, just up the street from our hotel when we visited there in 2008!  But the other thing that makes it special is that this is when I discovered the work of another great artist who continues to inspire me: Nicoletta Ceccoli!  It is her illustrations which decorate this wonderful notebook I was given:

This is the front cover of the notebook...

...and this is the back!

One of my favorite of her pieces.
This image is on one of the cards I bought
from the shop in Paris!

You can find more of Nicolletta's work here!

And so, I'll be doing a weekly blog post for the month of October, showing the drawings I have done for the Drawlloween Club challenge.  I really haven't drawn everyday since art class in high school, but on the whole, I'm pretty happy with how things have turned out and I'm having lots of fun.  Here's the first nine days of work:

(As always, click to see the images larger.)

Please check back again next week for what I've done for the week or keep up day by day by going to my Twitter or Instagram feeds!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

More Tea Treats from The World of the Digital...

Dear Friends of The Tearoom,
I love tea and tea treats in every form!  So, I've been having fun making even more treats to go along with my digital tea sets!  Of course, my favorite kind of tea treats are from the beautiful patisseries of Paris, so my newest digital collage sheet for my Etsy shop Velvet Revived includes several flavors of macarons, a millefeuille with cream and strawberries, a religieuse, an éclair and fresh fruit tarts, all perfect to use with any of the tea set sheets I also sell there.

And is it any surprise that my Little Victorienne shares my love of patisserie?  Here she is trying to decide which treat to have with her tea,  in a beautiful tea salon in Paris!

(Keep checking back here, as the collage I've made above happens to be the starting point for the very next project I'm working on for Velvet Revived...!)

Sunday, September 11, 2016

What's New (and New Again) in My Etsy Shops...

Hello Dear Friends!
I hope your summer was a good one!  As usual, it was way too short and soon, I will be hibernating back in my nest of an easy chair until springtime once again.  

We've spent as much time as possible here on our lovely front porch! I have so much fun every year taking care of the hummingbirds who come here to feed on the nectar I make for them and growing bright pansies, nasturtiums and morning glories, which make our days sitting here even happier!  This is a hard time of the year for me because I know we only have a few days or weeks left of them and I'm sad to see them go!

I love that I get to sit on my porch and work on my collage sheet shop Velvet Revived!  Isn't the Internet a wonderful thing?

I had been thinking for a long time that my digital tea sets here in my shop were missing something. And then it hit me! There needed to be tea treats!  So, I developed this collage sheet of Tea Cup Cakes!  

This sheet includes 4 festively decorated cakes, including one with a candle in case someone is having a birthday and a plate of beautiful fresh fruit as well!  My new Tea Cup Cakes are the perfect addition to any of my digital tea sets. Typical of my style, the Tea Cup Cakes do not match any of the tea sets, but instead they coordinate nicely, in my favorite lovely mismatched way!

Here are some examples of some of my tea set collage sheet images with the tea cup cakes:

Mad Tea Party with Tea Cup Cakes

French Tea Set with Tea Cup Cakes

Floral Tea Set with Tea Cup Cakes

Also new in my shop is the first of a planned-for line of mini printable coloring books!  I love coloring and it just seemed right that there should be coloring books in my shop for folk like me who love to color or to making into DIY party favors!

Hoping to have a couple more done soon, probably a Tea in Paris design and an Alice in Wonderland one too.

Also, I recently had a customer ask if I was ever going to open my Gossamer Tearoom shop again on Etsy, so she could buy one of my Anatomical Heart Brooches.  So, for now, it is open once again, but only with the red and black anatomical heart brooches available at the current time.  I'm still deciding about the future of all of my shops on Etsy, but I have had enough interest on Pinterest to think I should offer at least these two items again.

(The last time I made one of the black hearts was to sew into the chest of this little creature, Mr. Mookie.  You can read about his re-birth here.  About two weeks later, I too had to have my own heart put back together by Dr. Robaczewski.  That was 13 months ago this week.  I'm grateful to be here and still chatting with all of my Dear Friends of The Tearoom!)

As always, thank you for your visit and please
keep watch for all of my newest projects!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Mad Tea Party Carnival. . .

(As always, click images to see them larger.)

Hello Dear Friends of The Gossamer Tearoom!

Today is the day when we once again join our Dear Friend Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist for her annual Mad Tea Party!  I would like to thank her for all the hard work she puts into her wonderful blog parties, giving us all a chance to visit with each other!  Thank you, Dearest Dear Vanessa!!

As usual, I interpret this in my own way and, like the last few years, that little sweetheart Victorienne and her friend Purple Kitty are back to take you on another adventure!  Are you ready?

Here is Victorienne, in a fun purple toy car, on her way to The Mad Tea Party Carnival!!  Any moment now, she is going to pick up Purple Kitty and they will be on their way to go have fun riding on the rides, having some snacks and enjoying the beautiful summer evening!  Do you have some fun memories of going to a carnival on a warm summer evening like I do?  This time of year always brings those memories back to me in a flood.  

Here comes Victorienne in her little car!
This is where Purple Kitty lives!
I'd love to live there too!

Kitty waves to tell Victorienne she will be right down!

Yay!  Their adventure is about to begin!

And away they go!

That Dear Friend of Ours, The Mad Hatter is the host
of the Mad Tea Party Carnival and he warmly
welcomes you all!

Which ones will they pick?

There's a large looking glass to use when trying on your hats!

How about these?  Very regal, indeed!

Or these?
Very appropriate for a Mad Tea Party Carnival!!
Look!  Purple Kitty is wearing a tea-tray hat!
She even starts to sing that famous song, 
"Twinkle, twinkle little bat,
How I wonder what you're at?
Up above the world so high...
Like a tea-tray in the sky..."
Victorienne listens politely, but then
reminds her they still have more hats to try on!

OH!  So festive!
Victorienne thinks she has made her decision...

But Purple Kitty must try them ALL on!

Until she finally decides that regal is the way to go!

Victorienne decides she would like to wear a crown as well
and chooses this one with the big yellow stars!!

Oh looky!
It's that nice Mad Hatter again!
And we see that he has changed his hat!
He has standards of madness to uphold, after all!
He waves warmly at Victorienne and Purple Kitty
and lets them know that he approves of their choice of hats!

He reminds them to be sure and stop and get a pansy
corsage to wear on their way to the rides!
Kitty is up to her old tricks and takes a large one
to put in the top of her crown!
The Hatter sees that she is a kindred spirit with him!

Several people are lining up for the first ride!

Victorienne and Purple Kitty line up politely behind
these nice boys.

Such excitement to ride The Black Swan Ride!

On to the next ride!
Purple Kitty can't wait to be a bug!! pretty!

On this ride, you put on some brightly-colored wings and
you can fly over the large flowers!
A true bug's-eye-view!!

"Look, Kitty!"

So twinkle-y!

And fun!

The ferris wheel is always lots of fun too!

The last ride of the evening...

...but we've saved the best for last!

Victorienne and Purple Kitty ride in their tea cup,
down the tea river,
into a dark cave...

...and come out here,
amidst twinkling lights!

Victorienne whispers,
"It's so quiet and peaceful here,
I wish we could spend all night just floating along."
"Yes, please." replies Purple Kitty.

But, truth be told, riding on all of these beautiful
rides has made us hungry and we are more than ready for tea!

We wait patiently for our treats.
The Mad Hatter greets us warmly again and
hopes we have had fun!

He takes his seat as well and these nice ladies
bring around the first tea cart,
filled with bottles of Iced Twizzleberry Tea!

It's a favorite of the Hatter's and he hopes you enjoy
it as well!

Next is the tray containing the beautiful desserts,
on sticks, like big, ornate lollypops!

There are desserts made of sprinkleberries, twinkleberries,
twizzleberries, squinkles, tweezles and chocolate.

(You can't have thought they wouldn't have chocolate??)

Which one would you pick?
They all look nice to me!

And here are Victorienne and Purple Kitty,
enjoying their Twizzleberry Tea!

They would like to thank you for visiting here
with us today and hope you will make a visit
to our lovely Mad Tea Party hostess,
Vanessa of A Fanciful Twist
and all of the other participants!!

Images used in my blog post today:
Tumble Fish Studios on Mischief Circus,
itKuPiLLi Imaginarium on Mischief Circus,
and my own personal collection
and digital collage sheets.