Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Slow Progress on my Inside Lid Casket Panels

Here Fishy Fishy Fishy.....

  I am slowly making progress on the panels for inside my flat top casket lid.  This is the 'Water' side, with lower mound and small grotto. My plan was to work the inside panels in all long and short stitch, keeping them as flat as possible....but then, it happened. The coral told me it wanted to be raised.....
 And then things snowballed from there....I had planned to edge the water and mounds in silk gimp, with silk gimp waves....but then I found myself making real silver striped silk gimp for the waters falling from her jug and the mound....and well, falling water must have drizzle stitch splashes....so do you think I could leave the lil fish flat? No. Of coarse not!

  Ahhhh lil fishy. I spent the entire day trying to capture what my mind was seeing. Here he is before adding the little drizzle stitch water splashes. The majority of the 17th c stumpwork fish I have studied, all have coral color fins, so he got the same.

  After adding real fish scales to his belly and the water splashes. something was bugging me ~ I kept thinking it looked like he had a big bow on the top of his head...something was awry but it wasn't until I took this picture that I realized what it was~ his tail! If he has coral fins, he must have a coral tail, so off it came.
 This picture gives a good idea of how tiny he is. I don't think I can stitch any smaller than this, at this scale, I am literally all thumbs. I don't have enough fingers to hold all the tweezers I need!  This is the second  coral tail we tried, the first one was just hideous!  I like this one, but it was just laying there, I couldn't pose it, so off it came again too.....
Turns out, as tails go, the fourth one is the keeper. I worked woven picots over a wire edge to match the picots of his top fin, and now his tail curls and splashes just how I like it too.  I'm on next to Earth's basket of fruit~ I prefer to work both lid panels together, so they get finished at the same time....whenever that will be~ I can't wait to see them finished and in the lid!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

New Dollys in Print & on eBay~

Prims Summer Issue~ in stores May 1st~

  Moira & Penny Poppet would be pleased to meet you in the next issue of  Prims, available for order now from Stampington.com and available in stores starting the 1st of May. I am so humbled and honored to have been mentioned on the cover!  To Celebrate and go along with my story in the new issue, I have made some new little poppets, the first of which is currently on eBay~

 If you would like to say hello to little Lady Bird , just click on the link to my eBay specials in the sidebar~

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Pretty Casket Scent Bottles!

Always Keeping Ones Eyes Peeled......

  Because you just never know what you may find one day!  I wasn't looking for them...they kind of found me...  Arent they wonderful!????  I think first decade 1900, but they could be a little earlier, their caps have several hallmarks so I just need to get the time to look them up. They are a matched pair of wonderful little cut glass scent bottles
  And how could I tell the God's of Providence no, they even have my initial "K" engraved on the sterling caps!!!!!!!!
 Each cap screws off to reveal an inner ground glass stopper. Whatever was once in this one still smells absolutely devine~ which is why I didn't wash out this bottle!
 If you are looking for antique scent bottles for your casket~ do notice the difference between the flat top and double casket compartment sizes~ the flat top's are way deeper so you can fit taller bottles in that one. Here are my bottles in the double casket~
 And here are same bottles pictured in the flat top~ you can see they fit well beneath the top of the cavity.....so tho I had my flat top in mind when I bought these, I will use them in the double.
 Not only did I find a wonderful set of antique scent bottles, I have also been collecting antique trims~ I will use the gilt over silver tape on my flat top~ and when I found the trim in the very front here, I nearly fell over~ bought the entire card. Its a near exact match to our interior tape trim~ this varies between 6-7mm wide.  Its very early 18th c or before, cotton woven with 2 wide silver plate strips and to each side of that 2 narrow silver threads~ looks much like elizabethan twist. The card itself too is so full of character,  it was completely wrapped in paper and it wasnt until I had all the trim off to measure, that I realized it is a single wide slab of hand sawn wood  :::swooon:::::

Sunday, April 05, 2015

May Ye a Blessed Easter Have~

   Rejoice in life and family, and all the things that Bring Joy to your being~

Saturday, April 04, 2015

New Dollys Available

Little Petit Four Ladyes

  Oh  Happye Daye!
Some new dollys are available in the Diamond K Folk Art Blog Shop~ just follow the link to the right to meet them

Friday, April 03, 2015

Santa Fe al la Todos Santos

 Sundaye Sweet Sundaye.....

  To continue our Santa Fe weekend, we started bright and early with last day of Bead Fest~ just like their mother, my children's favorite booth was the Kabba Brothers~( you can see the hanks of antique micro beads to the left of the snake beads), Josh bought a strand of the larger ones on the left,  and after wearing them to school all this past week, he is the envy of all his friends...

 Along side the Plaza in front of the Palace of the Governors Native American Indians sell their hand made treasures~ and when I say treasures~ I mean treasures! To be able to lay one's blanket out, the sellers must be/ have certified Native American made goods, and have been hand picked from a slew of contenders to sell there that day~ so each day you will find something different.  It is a great Honor to be able to sell there, and I felt, an ever greater honor to be in the presence of such great and talented people.

 We walked thru so many of the shops~ I wont even get into the 2,000.00 fur coat Emma wanted to try on.....a real favorite of the children was "Mama's Minerals". We have arrowheads and fossils on our property, so I knew the children would like this store when Janice took me in it on Saturday~ but they absolutely were in awe~ we probably spent over an hour in here, and even then I was nearly dragging them out....
  See the look on Josh's face~ every two seconds he was gasping and saying "WOW~ look at THIS...WOW~ look at THAT!"
  My babes are getting so big~ don't know where the time has gone. Don't you love the street side? As far down as you can see, is this wonderful long covered corridor, and every now and then a doorway to break up the solid adobe
 Here it is from across the street, a few doors down. It reminds me of a plain brown paper wrapped package....so plain on the outside, but holding some wonderful surprise inside!
 Taking a left thru one of those plain doors, one is transported into a beautiful hidden courtyard, or Plaza~ around which there are fabulous fabulous shops! Who knew Willy Wonka lived in Santa Fe...and went by the name of Hayward Simoneaux, the owner of Todos Santos!

  What is Todos Santos? The most wonderful little hole in the wall Chocolate shop ever!
  Just looking at the door, one cant really tell its a candy shop...but it looks Santa Fe Festive, and kind of reminds me of a fancy pinata~ a little peek beyond the door and the most marvelous surprises await you!

  He carries chocolates and candies from around the world~ and makes his own fantastic gourmet confections~
  everything is wrapped so pretty~ its just the most fabulous place!
 When I went with Janice I brought home these sweeties~ the chocolate sardines a gift to the children from her~ the other two I admit I bought without knowing what was inside them~ you know how I love a pretty package!
  The green paper wrapped metal tea canister was full of chocolate covered orange peel (oh my~ must. get. again.)...this is what was in the little box. We had to have a lottery and draw names to see who got what as no one could decide~ Josh got the mushroom that was filled with caramel in the stem, with a hard toffee cap...Tressa got the peanut butter egg with real edible gold leaf....Pip got the little chocolate nest and Emma drew the coveted bunny~ it was so cute she didn't want to eat it at first....he didn't last long after the first nibble tho.  Husband got the silver Jordan almond in the center.

 Of coarse Josh had to bring home something from Mama's Minerals~ its a Selenite Tower~ I think it looks like the Cryptonite from planet Crypton in the original Superman movie!
What a wonderful day we had~ can't wait to go back again and visit the Museums...and shops of coarse!  I love this picture...some would say they look wore out...but in our family, this is exactly what is looks like to be "Poop Tucker'd" as Pip says! 

Sunday, March 29, 2015

New Life for an Olde Girl


26"  C1850 Kloster V Glass Eye China


When we parted last, as you recall, Olly was merrily trying out eyes. Not shown in my post before, was a set of early pupiless black pinch backs, what she would have originally had most likely.  She does look happy in them doesn't she.

   Both of us really liked these blues ones~ so we decided to give them a try. If set in correctly, eyes can be removed quite easily~ no big deal. Problems arise when dolly has been to Hospital previously, and her Dr. did not know to use plain plaster ~ and instead, used any one of a number of permanent fixatives~ I have seen a mache head filled to the brim with....construction adhesive of all things! There is no getting that out~ not ever~ and it makes an otherwise light head so heavy it endangers its own self, making the doll top heavy and more likely to fall over and break the head or other parts of the doll.
 I use plain ol Plaster of Paris~ not much is needed~ after setting the eyes, plaster is placed over the back of them just enough to hold them firmly in place~
  I use a spoon and puddle the plaster over the back of the eyes, picking up dolly many many times to check and be sure the eyes have not moved. When all is well, she will sit and dry for several days. Now the plaster sets quite rapidly~ within 30 minutes one can pick her up and have no fear of anything moving....but it does stay damp~ so I be sure to let the head set face down on a pillow, with neck open to get as much air flow over the plaster as possible. Before the head is put back on the body,  the cavity is stuffed with tissue paper~ not super hard, but quite firm.
  Here is Olly with her new, olde blue eyes, on her body that she came to me on~ a vintage body~ very nicely made, but quite new. No character what so ever. Above her you will see a wonderful olde all original body that is perfect for her~
  Her replaced china arms are very nice~ quite quite nice actually~ she could have once had china arms and legs, but I dont think I have ever seen a glass eye china with original china arms/legs. The leather ones show years of holding hands and having tea~ they are worn but so full of life still~ I adore them!
  I guess the only thing that really bugged me about her vintage replacement body was the legs~ what can I say, I am a Virgo and little things can drive me absolutely insane!  One can immediately tell the legs are new by the fact there is no wear on the bottom of the feet...no wear on the back of the heels from years of sitting. If you look at the arrows, you will see a tiny bit of wear....on the outside of the shoes~ well...at one point in time they were correctly to the outside~ whoever used them for this body put them on the wrong leg! That is amazing to me and just drives me crazy!  So no question~ this body is history! Out with the new, in with the olde!
  Olly got her new olde eyes, and her new olde body and had a wonderful time chatting it up with the girls for a week or so....but ultimately in the end, she really liked the early pupiless eyes best, so thats what Mommy gave her
  Her delightful little smile is ever so much brighter now, having her olde self back as it should be~