“And above all,
watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you,
because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places.
Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”
― Roald Dahl





Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gypsy Dreams

when I was a little girl my dad made me a playhouse...

I remember it had a toy stove, a cot and a big trunk for all sorts of magical things.. a bitty tea set with dragons painted on it, thick stacks of paper, cigar boxes full of crayons and paints, two rag dolls named Lilly and Polly that just knew I was their mommy, and the gypsy bag!
The gypsy bag was a huge beaded bag that held ribbons, make-up, bits of costume jewelry and an ever-changing supply of clothing that looked very much like my mother's and sister's old things.

I would spend hours in my make believe world,(dressed as a glamorous gypsy queen of course) on a pirate ship, in a haunted house or just having tea in a gypsy tent with my two girls.

I was separate from everyone,on my own, so to speak(sigh).
As I grew older my playhouse began to fill up with 'stuff'. It sort of became a catch all area for things that weren't even mine.
It was very sad to watch this amazing place turn into storage.

Our home is very small, my studio is tiny! And while I appreciate what I have, I still yearn for a place of my own, a place of dreams, to imagine and create.


Guess what???? My husband has gifted me with the most adorable amazing little haven!
It's a 1958 vintage westerner camper!!!!!
this is it here....

It's painted an icky black right now as it was used for hauling ghost hunting equipment at one point:) but now it's mine and I'm all set to turn it into a gypsy wagon/studio!!!!!
I'm over the moon!!!
I'll be posting my progress in converting this camper and maybe asking your advice on decor if you don't mind.
When I'm finished I will have a place to dream, create, nap, lol... It can be whatever I want it to be, a pirate ship, a haunted house or a gypsy tent where I can have tea with my two girls:)

Now I have a gift for you...I will be giving away this painting on June 22nd, just leave a comment so I know you stopped by:)

Have a beautiful night!

PS the winner of the Sugar Queen give away is Jill from Bucks County Folk Art
**update**
the give-away is over:)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Sugar Queen

You know what you get when you combine this:

And this....

And this....

And this....

With this???

you get a candy crown!

Perfect for your sweetie, or yourself...
There's instructions on how to make one of these and so so many other styles in this book!
I made most of the candy with paper clay or artificial fruit, there's even some "fake" jelly babies on it:)
I was pretty inspired to make some of these too..

But sadly they were gone before the camera could flash:)
If you want to try out these cupcakes, leave me a comment and I'll send you your own 'sweet' package, and maybe some other goodies too.
Have a great weekend.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Wings only



I was sitting outside the other morning and about a thousand butterflies were swarming all over the citrus trees..OK, OK, maybe there were 5 or 6, but it looked like a lot more. I don't know about you but aside from the wings they creep me out a little. Either way they inspired me to paint these two butterfly winged fairies.

So something pretty cool has been gifted to me and I am going to share the news with you in the next post, also a giveaway for you lovely bloggers is coming up soon!
Hope you have a great week.
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