Here's Father Christmas wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!
I sculpted this Father Christmas several years ago. His body is an antique mannequin. I made all his clothes, except for the shirt. He stands in my entry every year at Christmas behind an antique sleigh.
Kitchen Island Display
I hope everyone remembers to celebrate the birth of Jesus. Jesus is the reason for the season!
I finished "dressing" the settee in my studio/trailer. The trailer is so small that it was hard to get far enough away to get a full picture. I used linen for the dust ruffle and some of the silk velvet I dyed for the top. It's embellished with vintage, handmade French lace, vintage millinery flowers, and silk velvet flowers that I made. The pillow shams are also vintage french. Sounds like I have a thing for vintage french! You think?
Completed a purse today made of some of the silk velvet I have been dyeing. It will be part of the trunk show in October. I dyed it brick, kiwi and camel. I love the colors! I lined it with black linen. I added a french button and some other items that I bought at a Paris flea market.
Just finished my first purse. It's made out of a quilt that I over dyed. The purse measures about 12"x14". I used pieces of vintage french fabric that I bought while in France in May. I also used copies from my collection of old french postcards that I transferred on to fabric. I lined it in linen. I hope to make more for my trunk show in Oregon in October.
Received my advance copy of Patti Digh's new book, "Four Word Self Help". My artwork, shown above, was included in the book. Kind of exciting! The book is due out in Sept. I read the book last night and would highly recommend it.
I have been using the left over pieces of my silk velvet to make flowers. They are different sizes. The largest ones are about 2 1/2". Perfect size to wear on a collar. These will be at my trunk show in Oregon in October.
Finished this vest today. I am doing a trunk show to benefit the Oregon Children's Choir in October in Lake Oswego, Oregon. All the vests will be different with images taken from my collection of antique French postcards. Hand dyed silk velvet ruffle around the bottom.
The electrical box in the trailer was ugly. I had an old (small) suitcase that I painted and decorated. Covered the handle with leopard printed silk velvet. Cut the back out to fit over the panel. You would never know it's there. To get to the panel all you have to do is open the suitcase.
I have started putting things into the trailer. The upholstered wall had all kinds of wires on it. Upholstering it covered all of that up. I'm going to get a mattress for the antique baby bed. I will make a long dust ruffle for it and lots of pillows. Should be a comfy place to read or do some art projects. Lots more stuff to go into it. I'll be posting more pictures soon.
Finishing up the exterior of my trailer. Still want to do more painting on the door. The interior floor is almost laid, thanks to my son in law. Now I am going to upholster one wall in fabric and I can start moving things in. Yippee!!
Just finished painting this cabinet for my trailer. The top piece folds down to make a desk. It was UGLY before I painted it. Now I have to get the floor installed. Then I will be ready to upholster the wall. Haven't started on the flagstone patio that the trailer will sit on.
Everyone has been asking me about my trailer redo. Well, here it is. If it looks different than the first one I posted, it is because it is a different trailer! The first one just required too much work. I will be painting the outside. I have it parked in front of my house right now and have taken a lot of teasing from friends. I'm working on the inside and have painted the walls and they look almost like metal. The ceiling is whitewashed. I will be installing a floor and upholstering one wall. It will be parked out close to our lake with an arbor over it with vines growing over it and flagstone all around it. I will keep you posted! Oh, check out the one picture of the outside with yellow stuff coming out of the vent. It was open clear through to the inside of the trailer. I bought some of that foam insulation and sprayed it in the hole and then waited for a few minutes and then covered it up on the inside with a piece of wood. Well---the insulation started coming through the vent on the outside. I laughed so hard!! I cleaned it up and it still kept coming. Now I have some clean up work to do before I paint the exterior. :-)
I have started making these scarves from vintage quaker lace. They are tea dyed and then I add the copy of a vintage french postcard along with bits of silk velvet and ribbon. Listed this one on Etsy. www.etsy.com/shop/nweippert