Monday, July 28, 2014

After My Own Heart... a W.I.P.

With paper clay applied to the head and a rusty heart hung
inside an old bed spring... sitting inside his cigar box body;
 this guy is taking on a life of his own!

He has some wood finials and bead for his arms 
and an inverted vintage metal pastry tin for a collar.
I have shortened his neck, changed the position and angle of the wings
as well as added a new door pull and vintage keyhole.
(he has a "twin brother" in the works... making use of both cigar boxes!)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Cherub is Born... (sort of!)

Chubby Cherub... chubby legs!
I have a stash of wood finials from Lancaster County...
perfect primitive legs!  I applied hand-torn pieces of brown butcher block paper to the entire exterior of the cigar box, using Mod-Podge as a medium.

I cut wings out of 1/8 craft plywood and used canvas duck cloth for the armature of the head (to be covered with paper clay).
Plan: Add a vintage metal key hole and wood door pull to the front;
perhaps wood finials for shoulders too!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Winter's... Cigar Box Cherubs!

"Cigar Box Cherubs"... it just sort of rolls off the tongue!
I found two wooden cigar boxes with lids at the Cow Town Flea Market 
on Tuesday... they spoke to me! 
I have lightly sanded them and had on-hand several pairs of reclaimed cabinet hinges that will serve their purpose well on these new doll bodies. Two boxes... two cherubs! "Winter?"... you ask!  My plan is to run with a wintery white look with these guys... fun, Huh?  
Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Stars & Stamps!

With his rusty star crown and vintage special delivery stamp
in place... I'm ready to base coat his head and attach
his wooden legs. (I decided to remove the hardware cloth).

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A Kindred Spirit...Emerges!

I just knew there was a "kindred spirit" in that lump of paper clay
over cloth... it just took him a few days to emerge!
I'm crazy happy about the Tim Holtz stencil that I used on 
the body book cover; it is called: "burlap"

I need to attach these wood finial legs, paint his head...
and I'm planning on adding seven little rusty stars around his head!
(I'm thinking he just may need a "special delivery" vintage 
postage stamp on his belly too)  Hmmmmm!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Day Lilies at Eventide

When all is said and done... at the end of the day,
there is something to be said about simply enjoying one's gardens.
Untouched colors from the foreground back:
 geranium, day lilies, rose campion, echinacea, hosta
Wishing you much joy in this new week!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My Rusty Ol' Heart...

I've added my rusty ol' heart to the body of the doll...
So now the question becomes: 
Should I go ahead and put some hardware cloth over the opening as well?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Window to My Heart!

No parades for us...
I haven't touched (or cleaned) my work table in over a month...Ugh!
So... after sorting, filing, tossing and cleaning;
I had some fun working on my newest angel.
I decided to cut out a "window" and flip the book box
on its side!  (this opens the "body" so you can look inside!)
I'm thinking this will be the prefect spot for a rusty heart to hang!
Next... cover that fabric head with paper clay,
paint the wood finial legs and beads which extend the drawer pulls,
and then cut out the wee wooden wings and attach them!
Thank you for taking a peek!