Saturday, March 19, 2011

The Magic Garden

My Grandmother had a magic garden.
No, really.
It was filled with pansies, daisies,
Pink Lady Slippers, hollyhocks and
the most gorgeous apricot-colored climbing roses
you've ever seen.

It was the same garden my mother grew up in.  Even though she
was more inclined to be swinging in the trees playing Tarzan
when she was a child,
it is here that she and my grandmother taught me to
make flower ladies. 
Flower Ladies with big Pink Lady Slipper dresses and
hollyhock hats.  And they could dance and dance
and dance.

My latest designs were inspired by "The Garden."
I spent hours and hours there in the shade
of a great big tree creating my
"magic" friends, wearing my
daisy chain crown that my mother taught me how to make.
I can't tell you how many daisy chains wilted
on my head in the warm California summer sun.

I created this design with a nod to my french grandmother
in whose garden I spent so many
enchanted hours.


Thursday, March 3, 2011

Beading Bliss

One of my favorite ways to create is to take a piece of ribbon and turn it into something even more beautiful.  I'm inspired by the beautiful work of Helen Gibb, ribbon work designer extraordinaire!
  This one has a base of vintage ribbon, silk trims, vintage button, glass leaves and lots and lots of beads.
 In my next post I'll share my creative process. 
Have a lovely, creative day.