Thursday, April 29, 2010

A big thank you....

Just a note of appreciation to all those who came out to see us for the trunk show and to get your magazines signed last weekend.  Iva and I were overwhelmed by your sweet comments and wonderful enthusiasm about our work.  I loved hearing your stories about your own doll making experiences and how it brings you such happiness.  I especially loved the mother/daughters that came to know who you are...and if you could email me a copy of that picture I would love it!

Saturday evening after the trunk show we were treated to a gourmet feast at Nancy's warm and charming home.  Her husband...a real gem (and they are the cutest couple)...cooked for us and WOW!!  can he cook!  I'm still dreaming of his creamy polenta and his cheesecake with biscotti crust and sweet basil sauce.  YUM!  Thanks is an evening I won't forget...just magical.

 Nancy, Iva, Dede and Linda Lou!

A big thank you to Nancy and Dede, for all their hard work and long hours to make last weekend so wonderful.  Love you guys...

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bluebird Making

Last Saturday a lovely group of women met me at Gilding the Lily to learn how to make a sweet...not so little... bluebird.

They the very early hour of 9:30.  They had smiling faces and an eagerness to play and learn.  We started the day by creating clay sculptures...went on to paint...and then got right to the sewing.

These gals didn't mess around.  They brought loads of wonderful fabrics, vintage trims and fantastic imaginations.

I didn't provide any patterns.  We laid out different combinations of fabrics and trims until they got the look they wanted.  Then they would stitch away.

There were all levels of sewing skills....from somewhat of beginners to quite advanced (much more talented with the machine than I) and they all turned out beautiful little birds.

 Kim's bird in the making

 Kim's bird all dressed to the 9's!

Cheryl's bird in progress...

Cheryl's finished piece...Stella is her name!

Valerie....working on her top hat.

This little tweet tweet...I have to say....her momma had me a bit concerned when she started to paint.  She was much darker than I would have thought would be nice.  But  Momma Terrie, knew EXACTLY what she was doing.  She pulled out some gorgeously rich Moda fabrics that we all oohed and aah ed over.  Smashing!!  Her coloring was perfection for those fabrics.

Grandma Nancy....I want her to be MY Grandma.  So special and sweet.  She decided to make a chick and she had some lovely fabrics to help make that happen...

And brave Ada....she brought this fantastic fabric covered in pearls.  Have you ever sewn with fabric covered in pearls?  Let me tell ain't easy!!!  She stuck with it and ended up with quite the "uptown" bluebird.

I missed snapping the pictures of the three little birds of quiet Cynthia, funny Dede and studious Sylvia.

All in all....a gorgeous Spring day with 10 gorgeously talented women.  What could be better?

Monday, April 26, 2010

Can I just tell you....

I love Old Towne Orange.  It is so quaint...tons of antique stores and restaurants with a great little circle in the middle of it all.  But spending time in Old Towne just got a little sweeter....

Ah-Mazing Cupcakes!

Banana, Snickerdoodle, Red Velvet, Tuxedo, Vanilla (my personal favorite), The King and more!!

And check out their shop....

Does it get any better??

Breakfast at Tiffany's playing in the background there....and Iva urging me to "hurry up and snap the picture so we can eat"!!

Stop in for a little cake when you are in the won't be sorry.

Thanks Cheryl...for the tip on this place.  I am dreaming of my next trip there.

Heaven on Earth

Yes...believe it.  
There is such a place.  

A little slice of ART heaven that is here on earth.  It is known as the Stampington headquarters in Laguna Hills, California.  Day one of our Southern California adventure included a trip to Stampington to retrieve my girls that were in the Prim's magazine.  Jenn Jackson gave us a tour of their headquarters and all I can say is that it is ART HEAVEN! Everywhere you look...everywhere you turn...every breath you take is filled with amazing art.  It was so fun to walk the offices and see artwork from people I know and artists I so admire.  We were able to see how they lay the art out to make decisions on which pieces will require an article, color schemes that they are working on and so on.  It all is really quite a process and these ladies have it down to a science. 

Iva Wilcox, Jenn Jackson, Christen Olivarez and myself.

Thank you to all the Stampington staff for showing us your incredible little world.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Celebrating Spring

Spring Trunk Show

April 24 and 25th

Gilding the Lily
305 N. Harbor Blvd. Suite 101
Fullerton, CA 92832

Saturday 11:00~6:00
Sunday ~ 10:00~3:00
A Springtime collection of Bluebirds, Chicks, Spring girls dressed in old milllinery and vintage trims.  There will also be some of the pieces from the Prim's magazine offered.  

Come visit!!

Friday, April 2, 2010

It has arrived....

and it is WONDERFUL.

Wonderfully Gorgeous!

Stampington has done it again.  A lovely new publication...gorgeous photography, fantastic artwork and articles.  
One of the things I love about this publication is the variety of styles of work in it.  From very~very primitive to fancy work...and just about everything in between. You will find work from Jane DesRosier, Sharon Stevens, Kathy Hunka, Daryle Cook and more.  Plus a wonderful story written by Nicol Sayre.

Sweet little creatures by Susan Pilotto.

A unique painting by Heather Sleightholm.
(love her work)

Even some of my girls!

I don't want to give too much away.  So just hop on down to your local bookstore or you can find it on the Stampington website.  You won't want to miss this one.

Hats off to Jennifer Jackson and her crew at Stampington. 
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