Thursday, 28 March 2013

Asian corner

The Asian corner is officially open in the Curiosities Cabinet.

I recently added a nicely made statuette in my personnal collection of Buddhist/Hindu artefacts. The beginning of a new corner in my Cabinet, only consisting of religious statues for the moment. The left one (the new one) comes from Seribatu, Patrick Duclou's new Etsy shop. It's a Guanyin, the female bodhisattva of compassion, venerated by East Asian Buddhists. She's riding on a turtle supporting the world on its carapace. The right one represents the same bodhisattva. The one with the elephant head is a Ganesh, a widely worshipped Hindu deity. He is the "Remover of Obstacles". The last one sitting on the right is Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of knowledge, music, arts and science.
I placed them on top of the display cabinet in order to study them.

And now, back in the shelves ! Here's a picture of the latest arrangements.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Those shoes are not made for walking

I made tiny shoes for a friend. The big ones belong to Clara, her two years old daughter.

And, because I'm in the middle of a "shoe day," I also began a new range of silk shoes. The flowers are made of silk ribbon embroidery and the rest is made of silk thread embroidery. It's a different adornment, but it still fits the XVIII-XIXth century syle.

Saturday, 16 March 2013


I did some interior decoration in my gypsy vardo. It turns out to be more and more the wagon of a French gypsy not far from the Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer.
Come in, I will show you...

Some pieces of lace were added around the windows and on the furnitures. I made the lampshade following the tutorial by "1 inch Minis", it looks really nice and kitsch in that corner.
I have used only LED on batteries in the wagon, I found it easier for a small moving stuff.

The crystal ball is ready : the owner is a fortune teller. I will add later other accessories regarding her work. HER, it seems obvious that this is a girl's dwelling !
The very fine lace on the chest of drawers was made some years ago by an IGMA Artisan, and I forgot her name...If someone can help ! I bought it in Philadelphia Miniaturia, probably in 2008 or 2009 and, if I remember well, she was from The Netherlands. All the other pieces of lace came from my great-grandmother and are in pretty bad state.

There are some "bondieuseries"as they say , kind of religious knick-knack : holy picture of Mary, crucifix. I will make more of these... And still my beautiful painting by Catherine from Ninette and Co and my little needlepoint cushion : a kit by Nicola Mascall.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

A bunch of shoes

New Versailles shoes

I was working on a new model of shoes. Silk shoes, only silk : body and heel, with leather sole. I will call them Versailles, they look like the Louis XIV's shoes in the paintings, except for the colour ! I guess they also fit Madame de Pompadour or Marie-Antoinette, any queen or king in the Palace and the courtiers as well....