Sunday, January 1, 2017

Feeling grateful for all the very kind comments I received throughout the year.

From my family to yours, wishing you all a healthy, happy and prosperous
New Year.
May this year be especially progressive and creative for everyone.


Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Gown 2016 - Completed

Voila! The Countess Papera Ephemera is very pleased with her new gown. 

To mark the 2016 Holiday Season she is now standing outside near our entrance door.
Had she not lost her head during the French revolution, she would have most certainly met 
Napoleon Bonaparte and his Empress Josephine. 

She also shared with me her eagerness to start reading Jane Austen's novels.

Below are a few shots taken inside. 
They are a little fuzzy as daylight was low and my camera is not good with indoor lighting.

Thank you for following me in the making of this new creation.
May you all be visited by wonderful spirits that make your Holiday Season magical.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Christmas Gown, 2016 - Jane Austen's Regency Style - Part IV, The Bust

Bust of Empress Josephine by Joseph Chinard, 1805
Musée du Château, Malmaison, France
For the bodice, I used my garden sedum, previously enhanced with red sparkles. 
I used my glue gun to apply small clusters over the bust area, front and back. 

So the sleeves would be big and puffy looking, I added bunched up chicken wire where the sleeves would be. It offered support for my hydrangeas.

Side details of bodice.

I decorated the area under the bust with a central painted pinecone, beads and gilded leaves.

For the back, a huge red velvet flower and my Luna moth 
over a satin and gold thread bow.

Almost done.