Monday, April 6, 2015

STORYBOOK MAIDENS


Storybook Maidens




A sneak peek of my latest creations.  A few years ago I purchased 15 bisque dolls at an antique fair not knowing what I would do with them or anything about their history.  Well today I have my very own Storybook Maiden collection.  After some research, with only the initials K&H - USA to go by, I have discovered the history of these little cuties.  

They were manufactured in the 1940's by the Kerr and Hinz (Dollcraft) company located in Santa Clara, Ca.  K&S made the bisque dolls for Nancy Ann Storybook Co from their molds.  Then Nancy Ann Storybook Co painted and dressed the dolls which were known as Nancy Ann's Storybook Dolls.  The bisque dolls I found were from the old/new stock from the 1940's.  


These were the dolls as I found them....little foundlings.

I have been busy during the last few weeks painting and dressing  these little orphans with snippets of antique and vintage fabrics, laces, trims, millinery, and jewelry bits. 


Now each doll has her own story to tell, each one unique, dressed in their couture finery ready to go to their forever homes.

I will have 12 of my Storybook Maidens available for adoption when I am teaching at Art Is You in Petaluma, Ca April 24-26.  If you are there, I would be happy to introduce you to these sweeties.





Tuesday, February 3, 2015

ART IS YOU PETALUMA 2015


For those of you who don't know, Art Is You in Petaluma, Ca will be held in April this year....yep just about 10 weeks away.  And guess what, I have the pleasure of teaching there this year.  Art Is You is one of my all-time favorite mixed media art retreats. The location in the charming town of Petaluma, the antique fair that will be held this year during the retreat, the wonderful Sheraton Hotel, great food, like-minded creative souls and the loving touches that the event organizers (Sal and Ellen) infuse into every facet are just a few reasons to not miss this retreat.

I will be teaching two classes.....here are some of the details.

Mata Hari Doll
Saturday, April 25th


Garbo Beaded Bracelet
Sunday, April 26th



Visit the Art Is You website for all the details on classes and registration.  Registration should be open by this Friday, Feb. 6th.  

Won't you join me!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Joanna Love Giveaway WINNER




And the winner of the Joanna Love Giveaway is............. Aimee Wheaton!!!!!!! 
Congratulations Aimee.  May you be blessed with "Joanna Love" through this heartfelt piece of art.

Thank you all for participating in this giveaway and sending Joanna love and prayers.


Monday, January 19, 2015

Joanna Love - Giveaway






Do you have those pieces of art that tug at your heartstrings?  That each creation contains a bit of the artist's soul and talented gift. Joanna Pierotti's art speaks to me in this way.  


I have been collecting Joanna's art for several years.... I just can't get enough of it.  Here are a few of my pieces that hopefully you will enjoy.








Those of you familiar with Joanna, know that she is living with stage 4 cancer.  She is in need of support, prayers and healing thoughts.  I invite you to visit her Facebook page (Joanna Pierotti) and leave her a kind message and/or if you happen to own one of Joanna's creations, post a photo of it and tell Joanna what that piece means to you.  She needs all the up lifting she can get right now.

In celebration of Joanna and the special place she holds in my heart, I would like to GIVE AWAY one of her dolls out of my collection.  
To qualify for the give away, please visit Joanna's Facebook page and leave her a kind thought and leave a comment here on this post.  I will draw the lucky recipient of the piece below February 1st.  Good luck.
Spread the LOVE!













Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Joyeux Noel


Two spots left in my Joyeux Noel 2-day workshop  held in the lovely home of Kim Caldwell in Culver City, Ca.  See below for details.  If interested in joining us, please contact Kim at kimallistair@aol.com







Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Diana




Diana Salvucci-Smith

I just had to share some exciting news regarding my dear friend, Diana.  After designing jewelry for Ambiance, a local clothing boutique here in San Luis Obispo, Ca, for several years, I have decided to retire.   With me leaving, Ambiance wanted to fill the mixed media jewelry niche in their store and asked me if I knew of anyone I could refer.  Diana S. was the first person I thought of.  I have had the pleasure of witnessing Diana's amazing work and talent as a student in several of my classes.  I have also been the recipient of many of Diana's lovely, romantic creations as gifts over the years....such beautiful keepsakes.  
Diana's beauty, both inside and out, is clearly expressed in her creations.  Her meticulous attention to detail and love for the Renaissance era truly speaks to my heart.








If any of you should sojourn to San Luis Obispo, Ca and would like to check out some of Diana's creations, drop into Ambiance on Higuera Street (our downtown's main street) for some eye candy.   Just ask to see Diana's display case.....







Friday, July 25, 2014

TEARS


TEARS

Tears of joy overwhelm me as I watch this video of a celebration that took place in a gorgeous West Seattle park overlooking the city scape just about one month ago.  Two people stand hand-in-hand, heart-to-heart, with tears in their eyes as they recite their poetic vows to one another.   Such a historic event was celebrated as my son, Jeremy, and his beloved, Phillip, of 17 years were joined in holy matrimony.  The love expressed that day between these two souls embraced and blessed all who were in attendance. 

     The photographers, Erik and Marissa were phenomenal in capturing the tender moments of the day.  Click on the link that follows to go to the video. (My son, Jeremy, is the person on the left in the photo below.....but truth be told...both of these men are "my boys".)

Phillip and Jeremy Wedding Video