Saturday, November 22, 2008

Goodbye, my very first vintage collage

Hi all,
About a month ago, I hung my collages at a local salon.
Since then, I have talked to the owner of the shop and she has just had great responses to my collages but no sells yet.
But, yesterday I received an email from her saying "Congratulations, you have sold one of your collages!"
So I went in and lo and behold one of my collages (the one that had won me a first place ribbon at the fair), sold to one of her customers!
This has just thrilled me beyond measure!
I've sold my creations at art fairs, and auctions etc. in the past, but this was my first venture in hanging a collection of my collages in a shop setting.
So, it was pretty scary and a vulnerable position to be in.
I mean, wonder if people look at my art and hate it? or criticize it?
But, then there was also excitement and pride on being able to share my art with the public too.
And hoping they would say good things about it, and hey maybe I would even sell a piece.
And it happened!

This collage was my very first venture into collage making.
I wanted to create a series of art that used vintage materials but also had some kind of message with it, so I came upon the idea of using quotes by women along with collage elements.
I had found this wonderful quote by Emily Dickinson " Unable are the loved to die, for love is immortality", which just touched my heart so deeply and I had also found this wonderful vintage postcard in black and white that just seemed to fit the whole feel of the piece and viola! my very first vintage collage came into being!
And now it has found a new home....
So, farewell my lovely collage, and I hope that your new owner will enjoy and be inspired by you as much as I have enjoyed and been inspired by creating you.

Talk to you soon,

Friday, November 21, 2008

My latest Paris creation!

Hi all,
Here's my latest Paris creation.
I just can't seem to get enough of all things french, lol.

Last night on the telly a quick shot of someone strolling through
Paris with the Eiffel tower in the background just made me gasp with envy!
I know some people think I'm a little obsessed with this gorgeous city (well, I am, lol). But, there could be worse obsessions, right?
Someday I will go back again (for a fourth time) and I know without a doubt I will be as enamored as all the times previous.
My advice to you all, if you ever get a chance to go to Paris, even if it's a quick trip, please go!!
It will fill your senses and your heart full of romance, awe, hope and so much more that I can't even put into words!
So, with that word of advice, here's a few more Paris photos!

Talk to you soon,

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Hi all, Here are a few more photos from my Paris trip.

The top left photo is the view from inside the entry way of the Louvre, isn't that a great view?
And the other two photos are from inside the Louvre.
On the day before our return home, we decided to go hang out in the Louvre for one last time and as we entered the huge Ruebens hall we came upon this young man painting a reproduction of one of the paintings! We were sooo enthralled with the whole idea that someone was even allowed to do this, that we just stood for quite awhile obeserving him! I don't think he even noticed we were there. He was so intent with every stroke he put on that canvas, he was definetely in the "artists zone".
I could kick myself though because I didn't get a photo of the Ruebens masterpiece that he was copying!
As we proceeded on our way into the other rooms we would see even more artists copying the masters but all the rest of them had "no photos" signs on their easels.
So we just looked and ohhhed and ahhhhed over their talent.

Can you imagine having an opportunity to paint in the Louvre, amongst all the great masterpieces? It would totally be an honor.
Of course, we felt totally honored too, as we
gazed upon each painting and sculpture. A true adventure and an experience we will never forget.

talk to you soon,

Thursday, November 13, 2008

You're invited to my virtual tea party!

Hello, to you all.
I am officially inviting all you blogger friends to my virtual tea party!
Come join me for a fun event filled with whimsy and laughter.
I will be sending out party favors to all of you, so if you would like to join me
all you have to do is leave me a comment, letting me know what your fav
tea is (mine is french vanilla) .
I'll then add you to my list of invites.
I will officially launch the tea after thanksgiving.

Hope to see you all at my tea party, it just wouldn't be fun without you!

PS. Don't forget to RSVP

Monday, November 10, 2008

Last Paris shabby chic winner!

Congratulations to:
theseasonalcottage !!!!
The seasonalcottage has a wonderful shop on etsy, full of items that will inspire you to create beautiful art creations of your own and also don't miss out on their other shop on etsy simplyfrenchdesigns.
If you are looking for gorgeous jewelry, french inspired ribbon or collage materials then these two shops are the place for you to visit.

I can't believe that my Paris Shabby Chic giveaway has come to an end!
Over these last 6 months I have so enjoyed creating collages for this giveaway and hope that all the recipients have enjoyed receiving them.
And for those who entered, thank you so much for all of your lovely comments while this whole giveaway adventure was happening.

My next blog adventure is a virtual tea party!
I will be giving out real party favors to whoever would like to join us for tea and there will be a
grand finale gift at the end of the party.
I'll be blogging about it all in a few days so stay tuned for more info.

Here's a few more of my Paris photos, hope you have been enjoying them as much as I enjoyed taking them!

talk to you soon,

Friday, November 7, 2008

More Paris......

Hi all,
I wanted to show you some of the ceiling art from the Louvre, and let me tell you that these
photos do not do them justice! I stood in awe when I saw these in person!
The exquisite detail and coloring is magnificent.
I also wanted you to see some of the stained glass from a couple of the churches we went to.
St. Chapelle and the Notre Dame.
I never even knew St. Chapelle existed until the first time I went to Paris with my hubby and someone we were having a conversation with asked us if we had gone to St. Chapelle yet and we asked where it was. The person who told us about it said it was their most favorite place in Paris and I think I might agree with them.
It is a stunning site to see all the stained glass windows in the upper room of the church. Each window represents all the books of the bible and the rosette window just boggled our eyes and minds.
Another amazing fact is that not one pane was damaged during the war!
So enjoy and be inspired.

talk to you soon,