Friday, February 20, 2009

Pretty Little Things

I love crosses, and have been searching for a design I like.  So peering into Sally Jean Alexander's wonderful book "Pretty Little Things"  I discovered a few I loved.  One is a more rounded gothic style which I really like so I forged ahead to create it.  Of course I picked the hardest one to make!  I discovered quickly the pattern needed to be very precise, and I couldn't just wing it.  So I created a pattern with the use of my beloved Photoshop, traced it out on glass and shaped the pieces with a glass grinder.  I bought the pretty shadowbox above from Lori at  Vintage Flair.
After much trial and error I came up with this cross.  I love that there are two sides to it, and according to what you wear it can be worn either way.
 I used small clear crystal rhinestones on the inside square, and like the way it glistens. 
Old postcards, photos and prints were used in the design.  The cross itself is about 1 3/4"x 2 1/4" 
This was a real labor of love and I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at it.  Have a wonderful weekend, and if you're in Southern CA enjoy the clear weather!
Take care,

Monday, February 2, 2009

Flowers, Angels and Rabbits

While the mourning doves are cooing outside ( I can hear them on the roof through the chimney), I thought I'd take a few photos of the mantel in my living room.  I've been influenced by the many beautiful Swedish blogs lately, and decided to bring the outdoors in.

This delightful lady head vase holds flowers.

The bunny hopped in from the garden.  I found the clip on candle from this store.
Angel pot with moss growing out of it.
A beautiful banner Madai from Wren Cottage made.  Visit her Etsy store here.

Bell jar over a nest of bird eggs.
Tea lights bring a gentle glow to the pot.
Close up of the old mirror.  I love the patina, and chippy cracks of the paint.
Thanks for swinging by my living room!   Hope you have a wonderful Monday.
Take care,
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