Friday, July 9


 I have a beautiful Victorian autograph book that once belonged to a girl named Neelie. 
 It's filled with the most exquisite flouncy script! 
While reading the messages written by her friends I imagined what her life may have been like.
The pages to this book became the base for this bottle.
Her name is Miss Neelie Crane.
She is a pretty girl, with long blond hair.
I imagine she liked flowers & loved dancing in pink satin slippers.
And buttons & bows.
I'm dedicating this bottle to Joanna Pierotti,
a teacher, friend & inspiration to me. 
She has a tender heart & enormous talent
Joanna has contributed to many books about mixed media art & her workshops at Moss Hill Studio are amazing!
(It's on my side-bar) 
Her altered bottle workshop opened my eyes to so much!
If you aren't already a fan, please check out her blog!


Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Lisa ~
Oh my gosh ! That is gorgeous and so awesome !!
Girl you are so talented !!


Andrea said...

Your bottle is so very great - love the vintage look and all of it!
Hugs and have a nice weekend

Theresa said...

So beautiful and soulful! I love it! Theresa

Lovey said...


Kathy said...

Oh my, that's a beautiful bottle! Thanks for sharing your work.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Lisa, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!! The bottle is so sweet and all the embellishments are adorable. This book must be a treasure and it's wonderful that it had inspired you to create this gorgeous bottle!
Lots of hugs,

Petite Michelle Louise said...

beautiful post....beautiful creation..."beautiful" how you brought back to life a little girl..sigh...

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Gorgeous bottle! I've been following JoAnna's blog for a long time now. She's a very sweet person. I love her artwork, and even though I can see some of her influence in this piece I can also see that you have made it your own. Hope you have a great day!

Kari said...

Wow!! That is absolutely beautiful!

TinyBear said...

Your bootle is SO beautiful Lisa - a wonderful creation as always
xo Tina


Beautiful creation, Lisa! And a sweet dedication to the talented Joanna! ~ Angela

marie said...

The bottle is beautiful ! I love the tiny frame with the sweet slipper. The story behind the bottle makes it even more special.

I have never visited JoAnna blog but I will now. I can use a bit more inspiration in my life!

Netty said...

This is gorgeous Lisa, you are a beautiful crafter, love your work.
Annette x


Beautiful bottle. XO MARY

Jessica at Kids Napping? I'm Scrapping! said...

Oh how beautiful. You make the most gorgeous things!

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Oh Lisa Marie,

You shouldn't have!
You made this bottle for me?
For ME? are too sa-weet!!!!
You KNOW I LOVE your bottles and now I can add this one to my "Lisa Collection".

The bottle is not for ME?
You didn't make it for ME?
You are joking right?

okay...I understand (pout pout)
You HAVE to share with everyone...
I thought I was your favorite.


Storybook Woods said...

Okay every time you post something you make I think that is my favorite thing, then you go and post again. Akk, I am seriously coveting this bottle xoxox Clarice

sweetpea said...

Lisa, that is surely one of the prettiest things I have ever seen. I can't stop looking at it.



Beth Leintz said...

I would have thought your art couldn't get any better- but when you start giving it a story, its even more fun.

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

This bottle is incredible Lisa! So many fabulous details!!!!

I love Joanna's blog too!

Amy said...

Your bottles are just so beautiful the talent in making one of these is mind boggling.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

How beautiful!!! I love it!!!

Erica said...

This is beautiful! What a wonderful life you've imagined for her.
BTW - I was shopping in Waxahachie last week and guess who's name I saw at the top of the antique store's email list...

The French Bear said...

That is just the most exquisite thing I have ever seen!!!!
What a beautiful piece!!! I went over to Joanna's blog, OMG, what beautiful art work, such talent and so inspiring!!!!
I love the little slipper on the top!!!
Margaret B

Karen Valentine said...

Are you going to add this bottle to your shop??? Cause I WANT IT!!!! It is gorgeous. I think I may need to add to my collection of art bottles by one of my favorite artists, Lisa McIlvain. Perhaps you've heard of her? She is recently published in Somerset Studio and is going to be very famous!!!

Lanette of Cottage Elements said...



sissie said...

Hi Lisa,
What a beautiful bottle and your inspiration behind the design. I imagine that Neelie was very popular and pretty and I bet that she liked laces and jewels and was a very girlie, girl. That's how lovely and inspiring your work is to me. It causes my imagination to wonder.

It's so nice of you to dedicate it to one of your mentors. I know she will be surprised and honored.

Beautiful job my sweet friend.


JoAnnA Pierotti said...

Dearest Lisa,
You are such a sweetie to dedicate this bottle to me. Thank you so much. I love it. When I first started to create bottle art, mine were very plain and simple, way back when. I'll have to share a picture sometime, might make you laugh. But as time went by, I added more and more detail. Like you, I love vintage laces mixed with metal. That is what I think is so much fun creating these bottles. I LOVED soldering in the "unconventional way". I remember thinking, I can't do that, I'm breaking the rules. But then I realized, who made the rules anyway??? I LOVE how you tell stories with your bottles. My stories usually come later, after I create something. I love your very vintage feminine touch you put to your bottles. And to think I inspired you blesses me so much. I love you as a person Lisa. I feel blessed that we have crossed paths and I know one day we will meet. Your work is top notch!!!!

Oh, and I have to add what really touched me about this bottle is this. As you, I am also now a "motherless" woman. This bottle made me reflect on good memories of my mom. She loved little tiny shoes, glass, cloth, you name it. I use to hunt for them in antique shops to send her on special occasions (not an easy task). Now that she is gone, I would have loved to have had her collection, but sadly she had married someone who preferred to sell her stuff rather than pass it on to her daughters. One thing though, he couldn't take my memories. So this little shoe made me smile and think of the good thoughts of me and my mom. My mom's name was Millie. So hearing Neelie, reminded me a little of Millie :)

Sorry this is so long. Just wanted to share from my heart and thank you for thinking of me. I am so proud of you Lisa for so many reasons, I really am.

Love you sweetie,

The Feathered Nest said...!!!!! Your bottle is absolutely breathtaking!!! The photos I saw of this creation pale in comparison to these gorgeous pics! I love the beautiful story of Neelie and how your art can touch so many hearts ~ THAT is what art is all about to are blessed precious friend ~
hugs and love,

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

I've decorated bottles... and seen other bottles decorated, but that is the most BEAUTIFUL bottle I have ever seen!!! hugs~~~ Daphne

Charlene said...

I'm sure Joanna Pierotti & Miss Nellie are both busting buttons proud of this bottle made in their honor. It is amazing sweetie! Thank you so much for the sweet words of support, love, prayers & friendship during this scary time. HUGS! Charlene

MosaicMagpie said...

I too am an admirer of JoAnnA's. I found her blog a long time ago and have been a follower since. I am a student in one of her workshops. Her workshops make all the steps that go into making something you can be proud of doable. She is an interesting lady with a big heart. Thank you for paying tribute to her.

June said...

Lisa I love this bottle! No wonder you are being published in every magazine out there. Whenever I see one of your pieces of artwork I wonder about what it is that makes someone so creative? What it is that keeps the ideas coming? And can I catch it from you? I sure hope I can!

Anonymous said...

Lisa, this is wonderful and thoughtful and I totally agree about Joanna! YOU, my friend, are also an inspiration to many. Bless both of you very talented women!

kaniki's said...

Lisa, I have had a blast visiting your blog!! What fun and wonderful treasures, creations, and talent you have... I love your studio- and the tour was awesome.. Got you added to my "blog roll" now- so I can try and keep up!! :)

Thanks for sharing

Many Blessings
Kaniki's Prims & Whims....

Lynn Richards said...

Gorgeous bottle! The details are fabulous and so fun to look at. Thanks for the link to the blog!

Miss Sandy said...

I too love Joanna's work. Your bottle is amazing, like everything you create, love the tiny slipper!

The Tin Rabbit said...

This is the most gorgeous creation I've ever seen! So many beautiful details...the lace,the frame and that precious little shoe! Lisa..YOU are sooo talented!!! I am a follower of Joanna as well and I know she is very honored with this tribute~xo, Ann said...

I love inspirational art. Things that are created through pure passion. You are a very passionet person and I'm glad that you are my friend. Have a great week and come viit.

big hugs

Catharina Maria said...

You have made a beautiful bottle !
Love ♥RINI♥

Catharina Maria said...

You have made a beautiful bottle !
Love ♥RINI♥

The Rustic Victorian said...

Totally, totally, totally, beautiful!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Lisa,
Your bottle takes my breath away.