Thursday, January 22, 2009

Seeing Red

RED. I cannot remember exactly when red became my favorite color, but it is one I do not want to live without. No matter how packed a store may be, or how many different items are at a show, it's always the red that jumps out at me. Here are a few of my favorite red pieces at home.

Antique Italian Chest

Vintage English Plate
Sweet lamb with a red bow.

And of course, my passion for red shows up in my work:

Cardinal Items - my favorite bird next to a robin

Dog Plate and Tissue Box Cover
Rooster on large wooden tray

Sunflower Wastepaper Basket and Tissue Box cover set

It is believed that red is the color of power. You have probably heard that for meetings you should wear a “red power tie” or “red power suit”. Maybe red gives us little extra courage. A few years ago, I read an article about a woman’s great aunt who would say “red lips for courage”. Whenever her aunt had a challenge ahead of her, she would always make sure she had on her red lipstick. I love that story and have been known to wear red lipstick myself just for a little dab of courage. So go ahead, add that red accent piece. Soon you may be be seeing red, too.
Toile Tissue Box Cover based on an antique French fabric

Monday, January 12, 2009

First Blog

Hello and welcome to my first blog entry. Please check back for new products, new ideas, special events and upcoming show dates. Also, I will include beautiful things that inspire me. The early 1900s tapestry pictured below was hung in the living room of my childhood home. This was my first inspiration piece. It now hangs in my living room. As a child, I would stare at it for hours. I use to be an avid needlepointer. I was especially fond of needlework that featured Victorian-inspired animals. This led to researching Victorian imagery and finally to Victorian papers. Much of my antique paper collection consists of images from the pages of Victorian-era scrapbooks that have been safely tucked away in family attics and bookcases until they find their way to an estate sale, antique store or eBay. These images are so beautiful and I wanted to find a way to share these with others. Then one day I was looking through a decoupage book by a British artist and I knew exactly how to keep these beautiful images alive. Decoupage. With the help of technology, I make prints of the original images. Below is one of my creations featuring various Victorian images from my collection.
I have developed a special process to age each piece. With this technique, no two pieces are exactly alike. My goal is to age each piece in a consistently inconsistent way. I love the result.

More decoupage to come.