Tuesday, March 9

Comings & goings

Finally sent off my Alice tags for Karla's  swap.
Oh, the stress of my first swap ever.

Here's a close up of each one. Starting with the Queen herself,

and my Mad Hatter. I chose to do my tags in a sepia Victorian style.

Late,  & I almost was.  Had to fed-ex these to Karla so she'd get them on time. I used a lot of old images from books & cabinet cards.  This bunny is from an old 'reader' I have.

There's the bunny again.  Also, all of my backgrounds were from Batya of Art Cult.  She's so amazing & a sweetie too, she created these specially for me.
I found a way to sneak a bottle in...& this cool image has Nothing to do with Alice.  I just have a thing for anthropomorphic (thanks, Angela) graphics.

The mushroom is from Anna Griffin's collection, I combined it with my favorite stamp of all time.

And lastly sweet Alice, copied from an antique photo. Bling'd up & ready for a party! 
 I had a lot of fun doing this swap, so much that I've signed up for another with Heather

Lily joined me in the studio, while the boys fought 'evil forces' outside.  She is my best crafting buddy & even lets me steal her ideas.

We did our own little tag swap. 
Something really wonderful came in the mail today. Something I've been expecting & couldn't wait to see.
My dear friend Karen of My Desert Cottage, & I have admired each others work for a long time now.  A few weeks ago we decided to exchange art.  I made her a bottle & look at what she sent me!

The detail is amazing, can you see the book page on the back?  Tiny birds & nests..and the pup looks a lot like my Izzy.  I love the watering can in the foreground, surrounded by delicate white flowers, dusted with mica flakes.

It will look perfect in my bedroom, thank you so very much Karen!
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
One last thing before you go...

okay, two things.

The postman was really working over-time today. Along with Karen's package, he delivered these! I love them so much!  I ordered them from Michelle Palmer after I read about them on Diane's blog.  They take my breath away.  I had big plans to create with them, but I don't think I can take them out of the package.  They are just too precious.

Have a great day!


Julie said...

Oh, what fun, Lisa! Such gorgeous tags you created--love them all!

I understand what you said about the stress of the first swap--I'm experiencing it right now! I'm definitely procrastinating finishing, as I'm so intimidated by it--but I'm stressed out to get it done on time--yikes!

Your daughter is adorable--mine are my best helpers, too!

Hope your day is wonderful!

Minky Magic said...

These are adorable! I have just done an Alice in Wonderland inspired blog post and just had to add these in it! Hope that's ok!
Cheers Marie x

Minky Magic said...

Oops! Forgot to say you can find that post at www.mariezvezda.blogspot.com

Jennifer@3sonsandadaughter said...

Your tags are just beautiful. I would have loved to be your swap partner. However, you would not have loved to be mine... Lily did a better job than I could...

What great loot in the mail! I love when Fernando, our mailman, rings my doorbell!!!

Have a super day!


JAN said...

your tags are too beautiful for words..and i adored all the things you got

Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

Well girl friend you out did yourself again. Those tags are to die 4. And I can see that the little one is following in mommies foot steps. Tell her she did a wonderful job, I love her work. I won't be long before she will have to have a blog too.
You two have a GREAT day!!!
Hugs, Pat

Claudia said...

Well, one would never know this was your first swap! Those tags are gorgeous!

Your daughter is just lovely - I love the sweet smile on her face while she is creating.

Janet Ghio said...

Wow! Your tags are wonderful! The book you got from your friend Karen is beautiful as well as the little bird--love him--and your daughter is adorable!! Loved looking at your blog this morning!!

alice said...

Oh my! Your creations are beautiful!!! Lily is just the bestest helper ever!
smiles, alice

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Well just show me up why don't ya!!!!!

LOL Your tags are fantastic Lisa...absolutely incredible. I am in awe that you created so many, w/ so many ideas...where does it all come from, girlfriend?

Lily is too cute! I have recently decided to nurture my granddaughter's artistic talent & spend her sleepover nights crafting. Tell her I said her tags are beautiful.

Grace said...

What beautiful Tags! Great job. First swap stress? haha honey I feel stress for all swaps and been in so many. Hugs Grace

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Lisa, Your tags are very beautiful and how sweet that Lily joined you in your studio. Karen's artwork is fabulous! I'm sure she will love to hear that you will hang it in your bedroom.
Have a great day too!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Ohhh Lisa ~ those came out just beautiful !!! I also love the treasures you got in the mail ~
Thank you for sharing with us !

Beth Leintz said...

Love your Alice tags- I'm going to have to talk to Karla about making sure I get one in my tag book. They're awesome- I'm going back to your blog to check out the details one more time.

Charlene said...

Your tags turned out GREAT!!!! LOVE each one. It would be hard to choose just one as a favorite. Didn't it just kill you to ship them off? I know what you mean about the swaps though. I am signed up in 3 right now & I am stressing out big time! I have NO TIME! Hugs & see ya Friday!

Debra@Common Ground said...

I would love to sit with you for an afternoon like your darling daughter and let just a little of your "magic" drift my direction. Your tags are amazing!


Lisa, your tags are fantastic! It was fun to watch you work on them at Craft Night and see them all in completed form here. I'm so impressed. Sweet Lily just made me smile today! Thanks for that!! And you know....she's quite the gifted creator like her momma! ~ Angela

Sherry Goodloe said...

Wooooahhh so much eye-candy here this morning! Your tags are simply fab-u-lous and the mail-call you received? Well, it sure was a good day wasn't it?! *smiles*

Diva Kreszl said...

Your post today just made me gasp! what beautiful things, so much eye candy!!! thank you for this visual delight!

Lori said...

oh, there is the little cutie who wants an Easter basket...you just had to post that didn't you...now, i shall have to make some more...i love the tags you made for Karla's tag book, they are gorgeous...that piece you got from Karen is really gorgeous...and how sweet are those pieces of stamped linen...adorable!!!

sweetpea said...

Lisa, your talent just blows me away, as does Karen's. Your tags will be the hit of the swap. Lily is adorable.



Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your tags are gorgeous and I don't even like Alice in Wonderland.
I laughed...I am the same way with beautiful packaging..I can understand why you need to enjoy them as is for a while!!

Petite Michelle Louise said...

oh my..i am going to LOVE getting a petite box of inspiration from YOU! I am so happy to be one of your swap partnerts for this petite swap. your work is stunning and i will enjoy following your sweet blog from now on!
warm regards,
PS your lily is adorable!

Madison said...

Thats so funny my mom just yesterday ordered some of those Michelle Palmer stamped thingys! Their so pretty!

Home's Where My Heart Is said...

These are simply beautiful, Lisa! And your daughter is so, so cute!!

Have a wonderful day :)


Dorthe said...

Lisa, what a fantastic post.
Everything so beautifull,
love your tags, and that you used all kind of other images ,than the "real" ones, they are so full of gorgeus details.
And your svap -gift- is absolutely wonderfull, whitch goes for the handdrawn items ,too, I love that little bird.
And dear friend, your time spend with your so sweet daughter, is precius, and sweet. I so understand that you enjoyes that.

Hugs, Dorthe

A Cottage Muse said...

Your work is so beautiful, thoughtful, creative and just plain fun! Thank you for sharing!!

DeeDee said...

you did a great job...and I love the swaps your both exchanged..what a great idea....

and you have the best little helper. crafting buddy ever...hehehe! have fun with her.

Erica@ZunkyChic said...

What beautiful treasures. I hope I get one of your gorgeous tags in this swap. I didn't know you were doing it, too! I can't wait to see what I get back.

Bunty said...

I love your Alice tags - they are beautiful! I hope I get one of your tags in my book when it comes back to me.

Barbara :)

Michelle Palmer said...

Your tags are AMAZING! Love the story each one tells!! A lot of planning and work~
I love my sweet studio/crafting buddy, too... your daughter is dear!
Thank you for mentioning my little sketches~ I'm so glad you like them!
Looking forward to what you make for Heather's swap~
Best wishes...

June said...

The girls in your swap are gonna love 'em!!! The tags are enchanting.
Miss Lily pretty much melted my heart. Oh to have such a crafting buddy....
Your win from Karen is beautiful. I think she is the dearest person ever. Those little extras, make it extra special.

icandy... said...

Everything looks just PERFECT... and dreamy!! What lovely goodies you have shown and CONGRATS on the art retreat!!

Dee said...

Wow, Wow, Wow! I love those tags! Then I looked around your blog and Wow! Wow! Wow! beautiful work, and so inspirational! Thanks for sharing.

Maggey and Jim said...

Wow, everything was awesome.. Love the tags and the theme.. And the owl and nest are just precious.. The picture is just a work of art to the inth degree.

Linda said...

Lisa- your Alice tags are just wonderful! It was fun to see your sweet daughter working with you- reminds me of when my daughter was little- she is 25 and we still enjoy working together!

Mimi Sue said...

Gorgeous tags. Beautiful daughter. Mimi

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Girl, I couldn't love your blog any more if it were mine! ;-)

I swear, I come over here just to swoon and oooh and aaah, and you know what else? I study your tags like they were some sort of college textbook! I am learning so much just from observing your wonderful techniques....thank you! :-)


Jackie said...

Your tags are absolutely stunning!! I am now following you :)

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

You know you're killing me here. I can't even find time to make one tag and your apoligizing for being late! haha!
You are soooo talented!
so happy to be able to stop by for a visit!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I'll be waiting impatiently for your tags, they are SO COOL!

Alisa said...

Your tags are fabulous!

Ticking and Toile said...

You are so funny! Your comment about my own line of linens cracked me up!! I'll make you a deal.....I'll show you how to make the pillows (so easy, really...) if you show me how to do all that gorgeous stuff you do!!! And I know I'm getting the better end of the bargain here! Oh but...we need to do it in Texas so you can show me Fredericksberg & all the fabulous shops down there!!


p.s. thanks on the sconce advice...I agree, I think it'll be a nice contrast to the white.

Faded Charm said...

These tags are so awesome. You are very good girl! What inspiration you share.



fireythreads said...

lisa loved your tags made mine look dreary but I think they will all look so fantstic cant imagine what karals mail box looks like at present imagine opening her mail each day as they all come in what joy i will look forward to doing another swap soon somewhere i need it to keep on top and creating otherwise I dont make the time.

The Feathered Nest said...

The Alice tags are all so gorgeous!!!! And your precious Lily ~ such an adorable artist! I've been drooling over Michelle's sweet snippets of artwork...yours are wonderful Lisa ~ so much goodness in one post, I love it!! hugs and love, Dawn

Peridots Garden Blog said...

Hi Lisa,

Check my post for today, I have a surprise for you!


Hanne said...

I really like your art! Your blog is beautiful and I would like to link to your blog from mine. Hope that is OK!


Picture That said...

I have been busy with taxes and just got a chance to check your blog. Love it! Sweet Lily looks so old!