October 22, 2009

It's All About Me

Today is a day that is All About Me, the swap event with the wonderful and amazing Natasha Burns. A day for finding some creative bliss that is just for me. Thank you Natasha for hosting this event and reminding us all to do a little something for ourselves as well.

I have had some items that I have been wanting to use in my art for some time now. But I always get so involved in the other things I am doing, being artistic or family related, that I often just have these wonderful finds piling up in my studio gathering dust. Well, it's time to use some of them for me.

I love frozen Charlotte dolls and old German glass doll heads. I had also found this fabulous post office box cover at a favorite shop many months ago. Here is what I created.

I used some vintage ledger pages, some Golden Gel Medium and some other images, ink and paint to create my background along with these flowers by Cassandra at Cassi's Creations.

I mounted the other items to the canvas using wire and holes that I had punched into the canvas. I measured them exactly so that these old spools could support the post office box and act as a stand.

Turn the dials to the correct combination and the door opens to reveal this tiny, tiny frozen Charlotte doll along with letter tiles from an old Ipswich game spelling out the word LOVE.

I really love how this piece came out and hope to send it in to a Somerset publication one of these days when I make the time FOR ME. For now, it will rest along with my Great Grandmother's doll and my other glass heads in my studio.

Hope you like my art and thanks again to Natasha! May all of your creations be perfect in your eyes and a success in your heart!


Terri Gordon said...

Rhonda, I love your new artwork, it is truly wonderful. You are soooo creative. Love the colors.

Lori said...

Rhonda, that is such a darling creation!!! i love all of the elements that you used...SO cute!!!

LiLi M. said...

I love your creation! I'm fond of those doll heads too and I even used one in the 'it's all about me' challenge too!

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Rhonda, I absolutely LOVE your creations!! You are so talented and I love your style. I am such a huge fan of the china head dolls!!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

How unique, how artistic, how clever & how beautiful! You should have included submitting it to Somerset as part of your "It's All About Me!" swap to yourself. ;o)

Jeanne said...

I like frozen Charlotte dolls too. I only a couple, which I cherish. Love this piece you made.

Queen of Dreamsz said...

This turned out so fabulous! I love, love the old po box door..yes, you really should submit this. :0) Thanks for sharing..

I'm just getting in this afternoon and don't know if you have visited me yet...if not please drop by to see what I've made.


Connie said...

You are very clever, sugar! I, too, am addicted to blogging and making beautiful things for my home and, actually, just making my home a celestial place on earth. Nice to meet you...

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hey Rhonda,

Yes, it's a small world!! I've met another lady in Knoxville (via her blog)...she is an Art Doll artist.

I'm so glad to have met you...I just moved into our home in May of this year and started remodeling that took 4 months..so now I'm finally unpacking and putting together my studio and the rest of the house.

I'm about 6 miles from Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge...in the wilderness but close to all the action and shopping.

At some point we must meet!! and have lunch and share our love for blogging, Etsy and swapping. ;0) Blogland rocks!! I've met so many lovely ladies.

Here's my website that will be stocked very soon..it will give you an idea of my passions. :0) And I love to hand sew functional mixed media stuff.

Do drop by often and I'll do the same. :0)


Vintage Blue Studio said...

That's really cool. I love that when you open it up a tiny doll is inside of it.

Natasha Burns said...

Wow this is so amazing! I love it! I adore the teeny tiny doll inside too, it's so sweet! So glad you joined in, thanks a million :)

Marie Antionette said...

First...I love your banner.
What you did with the post box was fantasic.A great creation.XXOO Marie Antionette

Cola's Cottage said...

Rhonda~ I love your mixed media art! You are so talented. I hope to see it in Somerset soon! Someday I hope to submit my art too. Like you I have to make the time for ME! Beautiful work honey!

Hugs ~ Nichole

Abbie said...

Hi Lady!! Oh! It is perfect! (I love the way the combo knobs make her look very shapely) the fact that it opens is even more great! Love it! Love it!

Dogwood said...

Oh, my what darlings. So sweet. Very creative. Love what you have done to add to this fun party that Natasha has offered to us. Enjoy!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

That's a gorgeous creation! The post office box is a wonderful piece for such an art work!

sweetscarlett said...

Your work is fab, Rhonda! I love the use of the old post office box and how you have your finished project displayed, too.
Love those Charlottes!

The Rose Room said...

That.....is......just.......incredible!!! Rachael:)

Gerry said...

Your creation is wonderful - thanks to Natasha we've been able to take time for ourselves.
I've joined your FOLLOWERS

Couture de Papier said...

Wow love your blog banner too!

Becs said...

Oh Rhonda, that is so creative! You amaze me girl! I just love how the combo dials are stratgeically placed...LOL
Please send it in for review in Somerset....I know it will get published...Becs

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

This is absolutely exquisite!!!!

What wonderful imagination and creativity...I love the way you re-envisioned each item.


Patti said...

Wow, love this piece - too cool. I love old German doll parts too, but haven't experimented with them - yet! Your assemblage is inspiring!

Jan (J.T.) Thomason said...

you are brilliant!!!
i have four vintage post office boxes that are still sitting in MY studio collecting dust because I couldn't figure out what you DID figure out - how to stand them up!!

may i use you as my inspiration??? let me know and be honest.
i don't want to step on your toes, but i do so want to use my boxes! your idea is just what I need to get my creative juices flowing!

xoxo, jan

Kathy said...

be still my heart!!!!!!