Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A gift from a friend and some of my favorite things

Are you one of those "movers"?
I like to call it freshening the nest . . . moving things around for a fresh look from time to time.

When I start freshening vignettes, sometimes certain treasures become my favorite things.
Such is the case for this sweet brass frame.  I love the tarnished patina and its peaceful simplicity.
This one I keep on my kitchen window sill to bring me joy at the beginning and end of my day. 

These wintry chilly days are perfect for enjoying my tea things.
This is my adorable prayer lady who resides among my teapots and creamers.
While she was once a salt shaker, she is now the madam of my tiny tea corner.


Now peeking into the powder room, I have a silver brush, Hull planter and vintage talc tin which I am just smitten with!

Here is the detail of the top of the brush.
I know it is hard to see but it has a letter "M" engraved on it.
Every now and then I will polish it a little but not too much.
I love the tarnished look.  ;-)

I am most exctied to share a recent gift I received from my friend Karin Fulton!
Karin is a very talented artist who until now has worked with mostly oils and acrylics.
She recently began working with wax as her medium for a technique called encaustic painting.
Encaustic works, or any project I have seen lately with melted wax enchants and intrigues me.

Ok, ok, I could ramble on about encaustics all day ~ let's get to the sumptious collage of details!
This is the mixed media encaustic work Karin created.
{how did she know I love dress forms?  ;-)}

I swear I could have fainted when she first showed it to me!
The layers . . . the depth . . . the colors ~ so beautiful!!

The crochet lace and button are infused with wax onto a background of dress patterns.

A bit of vintage ledger paper
I {heart} vintage paper ~ do you?
Especially, handwriting ~ there is something about old ink and fanciful writing that makes my heart skip a beat.  I know I am weird and I am quite ok with that, tee hee hee.

Vintage snaps, mother of pearl button and old skeleton key.
{is your heart fluttering yet?}

Here is a close up of the key.
{yes, mine is fluttering!}

I adore dress forms {insert cheesy grin here}!
Karin added the right touch of bling {she knows I heart that too!}.

It is terribly hard to capture the depth wax creates in this piece.
Here is another photo which gives a little more hint of the texture ~ subtly shiny with depth.
The color is pure vintage dreamy!

Here is a pic of the fabric tape measure which was also infused as one of the borders.
What an awesome medium to combine simple and eclectic objects into something divine!

Thank you Karin!
I will adore and cherish this always!

Thanks for stopping by my sweet friends!
xo's ~ Heidi


Denise said...

Wonderful artwork. What a lovely gift.
I have that same little blue talc tin bottle. Just love the color.

Charlene said...

You have some wonderful treasures here today. Hope you are having a wonderful time preparing for Christmas. I can't believe it's so close. HUGS!

sissie said...

The dress form artwork is very pretty and unique. I love it. It would be beautiful hung in a sewing room.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I'm following your blog now and will be back often.


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

All so pretty Heidi ! love the encaustic work too.

Nancy Maxwell James said...

Heidi all your treasures are so precious! I especially love the little china creamer - so sweet! I also love your art piece. It has a wonderful vintage feel to it! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!