Saturday, May 1, 2010

Frozen Charlottes

I've been on a Frozen Charlotte kick lately. I can't seem to get enough of the little porcelain cuties! I finally won a bid on EBAY this winter and have a few cuties to create with.
I had a few tarnished silver spoons around and decided to pair the Charlottes with them.
I made a special one for my friend Patty's bday, but will have to get a pix of that one. She was a beauty wearing a crown and standing in a gravy spoon. The colors were shades of purple, one of Patty's favs. I listed the rest of the Charlotte's on my ETSY site so please take a peek.
My mind is racing a million miles an hour to create more Charlotte goodies.
Just FYI:
Frozen Charlotte History
Frozen Charlottes are a type of unjointed china doll popular during the late 19th century and early 20th century. The name came from Fair Charlotte, a well-known American folk ballad attributed to William Lorenzo Carter. It is believed to have been composed some time between 1833 and 1860. The ballad tells the tale of a beautiful young woman, Charlotte, who set out in a sleigh with her lover, Charles, on a bittery cold night to attend a ball fifteen miles away. Her mother warned her to wrap herself in a blanket to keep warm, but, she didn't want to be seen muffled up. The couple rode off into the cold and, after traveling a mere five miles, Charles remarked it was so bitterly cold he could hardly hold the reins. When they reached the ballroom, Charles reached for Charlotte's hand, but she was frozen into a stiffened corpse.
Most Frozen Charlottes ranged in height from one to four inches.The one-inch-sized dolls, were commonly known as "penny dolls" because they generally sold for one cent.The popularity of Frozen Charlottes can be attributed, in part, to the fact that their relatively low price allowed children to accumulate a collection of dolls to which to play.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

What Can I Give?

I just received in the mail today, the newest Where Women Create. As soon as my friend Jen of Earth Angels sent out the announcement it was available, I couldn't wait to get my hands and eyes on it! Featured in this issue are artist pals of Earth Angels and artists that I have had the pleasure to rub elbows and work for, Stacey Bear and Nicole Heller. These women and many others who have been featured in WWC are so talented and inspiring. They give you the energy, enthusiasm, inspiration and motivation to create and interpret whatever art is in your mind and soul. The artists of Earth Angels and WWC remind me of a passage I found on Sage Creek Ltd's blog. I copied it for friends and family. I also framed "What Can I Give" and hung it on the door to my studio. You'll want to share this with friends and loved ones. It's a KEEPER!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

TaG SaLe TrEaTs!

This Saturday turned out to be a wonderful day out with my friend Jeanne. The last Saturday in April is the annual Sheep and Wool Festival in Tolland, CT. Jeanne and I have been going to the Festival for the last few years. The morning was a bit chilly but the afternoon turned out to be gorgeous. Last year we froze our toes off! On our way, we stop at all of the tag sales in Vernon and Tolland. Two of the local churches have a huge tag sale as well as many of the neighborhoods. Jeanne and I scored BIG this year with BARGAINS! I found vintage sewing notions for $1.00, a mohair bunny puppet for $1.00 (looks like a Steiff, no label though), candle holders and vintage costume jewelry for $5.00, paper Halloween goodies for 50 cents and a singing cow for $5.00 (my big splurge). The singing cow will join his fellow crooners in the kitchen cabinet...yet another one of my collections! Jeanne found a thread spool holder for 25 cents ($8.00 retail), a few books for 50 cents, some frames for $1.00, a griddle for the stove top for $1.00 and a cast iron door stop for $1.00. SUCH BARGAINS! After the tag sales, we headed to the Festival. Jeanne is a textile "expert/fanatic". She starts with the fleece from a sheep or alpaca and works her magic all the way to spinning her own yarn! AMAZING! She knits, crochets and felts. Her favorite wool is from Cormo Sheep. It is SOOOOOOO soft. At the Festival she bought some Cormo wool roving to dye herself as well as some dyed teal colored and pink fiber. We walked around for a few hours, made some purchases and pet the sheep. Jeanne's so funny. She is so comfortable being around all the animals, she's a Dr Doolittle of sorts. To top off a perfect day, we had Rita's custard for lunch and Cinco de Mayo Mexican for dinner. YUMMY! Everything a Girl could want!