What a day we had yesterday! The Wedding Chair Class at the CASTLE was quite a hit! Six lovely women, friends all, joined me in creating one of a kind French Style Wedding Chairs. TRULY GLORIOUS little chairs were fashioned of a gold mine of Dresden, that the CASTLE is known for, hand dyed velvets from my own stash, various gold colored wires, and the ever present Hot Glue Gun! It was such a treat for me to see the chairs take on the personality of the makers! I think we need to change this classes name to 'Golden Fairy Chairs' - Don't you? Enjoy!!!
Last but not least, Amy Dean of San Francisco's Crown and Crumpet, (photo directly above) brought in this wonderful vintage photo of a French Photographers shop window, shown below. Just look at the top shelf in the window, filled with glorious old 'Globe de Mariee', in glass domes! Wow oh Wow! If only we could go back in time...
I will be teaching my 'Victorian Paper Folly' class this saturday at the CASTLE! There is still plenty of room. Here is the description:
Victorians loved to create elaborate 'tableaux' for holidays and other special occasions. Often these tableaux mimicked architectural follies popular at the time, which were miniature, nonfunctional buildings designed to enhance the natural landscape. You'll create your own romantic structure from a concoction of small paper boxes, paper tubes, antique printed paper, crepe paper, and Dresden. Yours will look charming as a picturesque centerpiece or under a glass dome as part of your collections.
Fee: $115.00, includes all materials
Saturday May 23, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Please call (510) 204-9801 to reserve your spot.
My inspiration for this class came from a lovely paper folly owned by a dear friend of mine - whose taste is exceptional! I loved the simplicity and charm of her piece and knew instantly it would make a fabulous class! This antique was possibly used at a wedding, but I like to imagine it being created just for the pleasure of having something beautiful around...
My good friend and fellow blogger Florizel featured this delightful 17th Century Dutch - handpainted on copper - miniature in a leather locket recently, and I just had to share it here. What makes this locket extra special is that inside are numerous hand painted 'disguises' on Mica, so that the fashionable young lady can be shown 'transformed' as the wearer desires! I think this piece is amazingly inspirational and would love to try something similar as a reliquary!
And you my dear readers have twirled and spun me with so many wonderful comments - my head is dizzy with the attention! I cannot begin to tell you how grateful I am for your input, ideas and suggestions! I am soaking it all in, making lists, and beginning to take some baby steps... Please keep the conversation going, as I hope others can benefit from the wealth of shared experience and creative ideas given so far!
I was reminded beautifully by fellow blogger Fleur"I'm sure your blog does create wealth for you in unseen ways."YES, YES, YES! I have been truly gifted with amazing new friendships both near and far, wonderful personal treasures sent from all over the world, and and many truly inspiring comments and conversations that money could never buy! Not to mention a few personal '5 minutes of fame' that still tickle me when I think of them... My post was not done purely for financial reasons, more a question on how can I improve what I have already created!
We are truly a blogging family, holding hands across the globe and dancing into creative idea success! I am humbled and so grateful!!!
Sometimes we find beauty in the most unexpected places... This is an amazing Surgical suture sampler, circa 18th century, from the Zurich Medical History Museum in Switzerland. Just look at the variety of stitch techniques and detail, all appropriate for different anatomical regions and types of injury. If you put aside the use, and look at it purely for design, it's quite stunning! Link via Bioephemera.