In the spirit of the day - and in lieu of any real project, as I can't seem to find anything "St. Patrick-y" (note to self, must make St. Patrick diorama!), a blessing upon your house:
- May the road rise up to meet you,
- may the wind be always at your back,
- May the sun shine warm upon your face,
- and the rain fall soft upon your fields,
- and until we meet again,
- May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
*sniff*. Well. Yes. On with it, shall we?
This week was the week of the dead (how is that for an abrupt shift in topic?). My friend came back from Mexico, and brought me this!
Next, I find out Ruell and Judy were coming up from Penticton. Ruell kindly went shopping for me on the coast for some more goodies.
This is my beautiful Katrina - one of the more popular DDLM figurines. Strangely enough, Katrina was the nick name for my nick name when I was a child (did you follow that?). Told you I had a strange childhood.
|Frida Kahlo Figurine|
|Mother And Child|
This figurine is smaller in stature, but isn't she gorgeous. Her dress and bouquet are glittered, and there is quite a lot of warmth in this figurine.
These are some great earrings. They would be far too heavy to wear, but oh such magnificent wall hangings.
I also made some tiny 1/144 scale dioramas of my own, that I have since gifted to good homes, with the DDLM theme. They started out as a tiny nursery pattern in one of my American Miniaturist magazines, authored by Nertha Gaal(a most fantastically talented micro-miniaturist) . This is from a fairly old issue, March 2006.
|Micro nursery AM March 2006|
|Not So Glamorous Beginnings|
|The Box without the Base|
I whipped up some micro paper from an image I found in a internet search.
|Ready To Glue!|
Like your fingers. Okay, I know you want to sing , I will wait....
CLAPCLAPCLAP! WOOO! Fabulous. A little gold paint on the finger won't hurt, but I wouldn't suggest 'golding' your entire self - if you remember from the movie above, that didn't end well for the young lady. Anyway, where were we? Oh yes. The gold base and the box are glued together. I trimmed out the top with thinnish wood, which I had painted before I applied (the gold paint pen is great, but it does have its "whoopsie" moments and if you spill a little in this scale, it is generally on the scale of environmental disaster, so it is better to paint before applying so as to avoid tears later on.) On the back, I painted some folkart-sy flowers and borders. I did very simple daisies, several brush strokes not quite meeting in the middle, and dit dots of paint for the border.
|Back Of Box|
|Box with Bride And Groom|
Then you know what I did, right? You see this coming, right??
Yes ladies and gentlemen, the glitter treatment. I glittered up Senor's jacket in white glitter with a purple glitter tie, and the Senora has a white glitter dress, and red glitter flowers.
I also made a second box, in which I put some different themed figurines in.
|Flamenco dancer, Katrina, Katrin|
Finally, work continues at the cabinet maker's for the Washtub Cottage order. Just completed, a lovely little "classic" wardrobe. I discovered something about not letting water colours dry thoroughly - it tends to be very soluble in water based varnish. Who knew? Anyway, after saving the varnish from a fate worse than burnt umber, the final piece looks pretty good.
May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland's faith and pride.
May God bless us with happiness
May love and faith abide.
(oh, and if you meet a leprechaun wannabe who thinks they should be pinching you today because you aren't wearing o' the green, feel free to kick'em in the lucky charms).
...just seeing if you are still reading.
A little project for your St. Patrick's Day house ....
Blessings, travellers of all roads - and a special wish for luck for my friend G, get well soon.