It started off as a plain, unpainted , cheap wooden box. Then after two coats of primer and three coats of red and a few white dots it was ready. To be a home to......? a gnome? a fairy? oh, an Alice.... when you find the perfect image and it all clicks together...that's the joy....
ahhh. hello Alice!
I used my beautiful Hp Photosmart 8250 to print some copies from Diary of an Edwardian Lady. They were perfect for the background and the mushrooms in the foreground.
The Alice is illustrated by Mabel Lucie Attwell and is from a childrens bookcover published in 1910. I don't have the actual book, I got the image from a book of Children's Bookcovers. I love the style very much and something about it reminds me of Bessie Pease Gutmann and Jessie Willcox Smith. That whole Howard Pyle era was wonderful. Anyway, the Alice stands up and the mushrooms in front are also free standing. I had to put a little glitter around for some sparkle... I am still not finished- it needs a tiny butterfly or bee on a wire flying around....I am putting it in the Etsy shop when it's I am finally done. I started this weeks ago.
I have been painting several things red and will be getting them done soon.
I found a cork board at Goodwill for 1.99 and have painted it with primer and 3 coats of red also. I am going to make it into a message board- for the sewing room/sweatshop/sanctuary.
I always am happy in there.
Everytime I walk in I sigh.
I am content.
Please don't make me leave..what? laundry? dishes? dog?...aw, man, I was havin' such a good time!
We had salad and sauteed chicken tonight. Then we walked! Go Freddie! Go Freddie!! Hahaha! Just around the neighborhood this time, but anywhere is fine!
The beach was so cold and windy when we went back to walk on Sunday- it was like Dune and we were walking into the wind, watching for sandworms! aw, sorry, I used to read Frank Herbert ....anyway, I have to finish a few more of the giveaways...so gotta run...I just wanted to share the Alice with ya. ( hey, didya see the Crown & Tiara book over at Ulla's place? I cannot wait!!!)