Thursday, November 29, 2007

The MMP CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA is almost here.......

Well the Make Mine Pink Christmas Extravaganza is set to start Dec. 3 and run through Dec. 9. Such a wonderful time to shop all the boutiques, who all have extra special promotions and discounts going on that week ONLY!! For a list of participating boutiques click here:

Here at The Cottage Gate, I will be offering 20% off your entire order at my site, and a free handcrafted ornament with each purchase of $25.00 or more. I have just added one of a kind Victorian postcard Christmas pillows, handcrafted ornaments and charming pink Christmas stockings!

For holiday gift giving, I also have lovely cottage pillows, new purses & purse sets, pincushions (perfect gift for the stitcher in your life), and hanging pocket pillows (perfect as gift certificate holders, or other keepsakes)

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Victorian Angels and More Pink Christmas Creations....

ell, I have been hard at work and wanted to share some of my new creations, available on my site and my Ebay auctions...

Victorian Angel Pink Roses "Hope" Stocking

Victorian angel image ornaments

Victorian girls Postcard "Wonder" altered Christmas pillow

Antique postcard Snowy bird Christmas Pillow

Check back soon for more details on Make Mine Pink's upcoming Christmas Extravaganza and Blog cookie swap!!

Friday, November 2, 2007

Altered Art Fabric Collage Christmas Pillows

Well, I have been hard at work on my Christmas creations. These are a couple of my newest designs. For a while now I have been wanting to dabble in altered art fabric collage and the coming of Christmas was my inspiration, with all the wonderful antique Victorian postcard images that I use.

For the pink Christmas pillow, I used lots of vintage odds and ends - jewelry pieces, laces, Victorian ruffled sleeve remnant, pale green satin ribbon, buttons, rhinestones, hanky,beads.....The pillow has 2 vignettes - a Victorian Santa with "Merry Christmas" below and the Victorian angel holding a bell transfer appliqued to a pink rose fabric, accented with lace, tiny button and rhinestone and decoratively stitched around edge. It was then slipped into a vintage hanky pocket and has the quote "Every time a bell rings an angel gets its wings" from the classic Its a Wonderful Life. Lots of detail and HOURS of work on this unique Christmas pillow.

The next pillow has the most wonderful old World Santa - I just love his face, and I could just see him leaning down and whispering "Do you Believe?" so that was the quote I used for center of the vintage doily next to him. I also used a vintage jewelry piece with a beautiful old clasp for accent. Various buttons, lace and decorative stitching too. This is a pocket pillow and I have slipped two handmade ornaments with 2 more postcard images of little girls imagining Santa - I just love the magic of these!! They have been decoratively stitched and antique silk ribbon bows are for hanging.

I so enjoyed the creative process of these 2 pieces - I hope you enjoy them as well. Now what to do next.....I'm thinking of Victorian angels (I've got a great quote!!) or Fairies or both!

My display at Huffines Art Show - Richardson, TX

My display at Huffines Art Show - Richardson, TX

A little about my textile art.....

My vintage fabric collages combine my love of vintage textiles and my love of words. Words are powerful and a beautiful phrase can evoke such emotion. My collage designs are built around the wise words of an old poet or author, which I handstitch in a simple lettering. I use vintage fabrics, laces, buttons, etc...all handstitched in a unique way to mirror the words - there is always a little mystery with the finished product, but if you look closely you will see the simple beauty of the words reflected in the design. I collect old vintage frames throughout the year to frame each collage in. Below is a sampling of some of my pieces....

~Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul~Emily Dickinson

~Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul~Emily Dickinson