Monday, 21 May 2018

Today! Canvas for Calico Craft Parts.

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I hope that today you will be able to join me at Calico Craft Parts, where I'm thinking of all the possibilities that Today offers with a mini mixed media canvas!

A  Happy and Creative Week to Everyone!

Monday, 7 May 2018

The Magpie's Nest - Tag for Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! Today I'm over at Calico Craft Parts Blog with an MDF tag with a difference.

I do hope that you'll be able to join me there. Have a lovely creative week.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Take Flight - Canvas at Calico Craft Parts.

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I hope you will be able to join me over at Calico Craft Parts here.

I have a little canvas I would love to tell you about. I hope you're enjoying the birds'songs and the springtime. Have a creative week.

Monday, 9 April 2018

Magic House Hanging at Calico Craft Parts Blog

Welcome to Magpiehaven. Do you know anyone who has recently moved house? If so you might like to cut across to Calico Craft Parts Blog where I have a little house-themed hanging today.

Thank you for stopping by today. See you again very soon.

Monday, 26 March 2018

Persephone's White Rabbit at Calico Craft Parts

Welcome to springtime at Magpieheaven! Today I have an MDF tag over at Calico Craft Parts blog.

 If you would like to see how I made Persephone, please hop across to Calico Craft Parts Blog. Have a lovely week wherever you are and whatever you're doing.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Queen Among Cats at Calico Craft Parts

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. I've been having fun with a little boat kit over at Calico Craft Parts today. Please join me here if you would like to see more.

Enjoy your day and Happy Creating!

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Doll Swap - Take Your Partners!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven. As I write this the wind is howling outside and blowing the snow here and there! The temperatures have been struggling to get above freezing and it's taking quite an effort to convince myself that spring will come! Nevertheless, our trusty postie made it through the bad weather yesterday with a very exciting package indeed! I've been involved in several craft swaps since I began creating a few years back, but at present I'm part of my first paper doll swap - thanks to Jackie PN of Creatingwithoutcrayons. In the midst of swirling snow and glittering ice this exquisite little being fluttered into my life! I think she is an absolute master-piece of paper doll making and receiving her had me dancing for joy all around my breakfast table! 

She is the creation of my first partner in the swap - the incredibly gifted artist, Theresa Martin. If you click here you can see her beautiful blog.

I love the detail, the hair, the wonderful colours: she is truly magical! And what a great idea to provide her with a magic slipper for a home. It looks as if it might have belonged to one of the twelve dancing princesses from the fairy tale.

Now let me introduce you to her her swap partner - Venetia, all ready to perform a galliard or a pavanne! She danced all the way to the USA in her wise owl carnival costume. She may not have seen Venice, but she was created in my little Edwardian cottage surrounded by my collection of Venetian masks, which were my inspiration.

Although Venetia is not the first Art Doll I have created, she is my first paper doll and I had a lot to learn as I went along. She includes some of my own art work along with scraps from my designer paper scrap box.

Do you recognise the owl chick trim on her gown? The golden panels on her skirt are skeleton leaves and the tiny brads mean that her arms and legs can be posed.

I had great fun creating Venetia and learned so much that I can't wait to start on another doll and try out some new challenges and ideas.

I think, for example, I might introduce a flap around the back of the doll next time, so that it can be lifted if you want a glimpse of the underwear or left in place in the interests of modesty! 

Thank you so much for stopping by Magpieheaven today. I hope you are not in the grip of cruel winter where you are, but if you are, stay safe and warm and maybe dance a little yourself - it's a great way to keep warm.