This part of my blog is all about the things I collect or the things I make myself. I love so many things, I paint and draw and want to learn oils and pastels. I knit and crochet but want to learn tatting. I embroider and can turn my hand to most things given a chance. So much still to learn and do. I live in hope of some day reading all my books, learning all I want to learn and now I am learning to blog. You will often find my original poems, poor as they are I offer them here. I also appreciate other people art and will feature things I find that I have enjoyed. That includes pictures of fairies and fantasy or maybe just anything beautiful.
I try to use my own photo's as much as possible, sometimes I borrow from the web. If I inadvertently use your picture without giving credit, please do let me know and I will either credit or remove it, I hope you will do the same with mine.
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Friday, August 30, 2013

Evening gowns.........................

I have really enjoyed looking at the beauty and the workmanship of some of these beautiful dresses. I do not covet them, I just love looking at them. I would like to see them, not own them in particular. It's not my lifestyle. I sure love that they are there though and that someone somewhere gets to enjoy them. The models are so skinny, I am not sure they would look so good on a normal size woman. Especially the height. I can't believe how homely some of the models are though and I am trying to show the more beautiful ones
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I tend to like the neutral tones. The gold and silver, grey is nice with silver.
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White and gold is royal, reminds me of Greece and Rome
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White cream, or should I say creamy cream elegant
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Black is always elegant and black with beads, well what could be better
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This next one is a lovely coffee colour with cream and its very lovely don't you think
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Metalic.......this looks harsh. It has lovely lace but does not look comfortable. Then again, neither does the model
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I thought I should show SOME colour. I love the green, although more simple gowns and the pink is very pretty too.
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How about short dresses
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Well thats it for this evening. The next post I do on clothes will be about Eastern dress. I have seen some wonderful creations. Indian and Pakistani women, Muslim women. Awesome and intricate fashions that dwell more on beauty and enhancing the female eyes and hair and painting the body. Wonderful stuff. I am jealous and I do think that they are much misunderstood when it comes to fashion. We shall see
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Monday, August 26, 2013

vintage gowns.............

Dont you just love vintage gowns? Well not just vintage but dresses from way back. They do such a great job when they make movies now. The "costumes" are so authentic and could almost be haute couture. The fabrics are exquisite and it makes me wonder what ever happens to them after the film is done. I do know some go on tour, some are on display in museums. Even the tower of London hosts costumes sometimes. I remember seeing the clothes from Elizabeth R and the Six Wives of Henry V111 but compared to what was done with "The Tudors" they were almost just not on the same level. At the time though they were so well done.It just shows the progress and the money that is spent today on movies.
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Its in the details, in the fabric and the designers. The fabrics in a lot of cases are hand embroidered as if they are made for a person in real life. I do know that the designers of the Tudors really spent a lot of time and imagination in those costumes. They really did a great job they designed for Henry knowing what he was like in real life. He was fashionable and the best dressed man in Europe so they outdid themselves. His whole court was high fashion.
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Look at the details on this one. I don't know what movies these clothes were in but I love each one of them.
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The movies Marie Antoinette and Elizabeth both had wonderful costumes. I think I saw the first one just to see the costumes but Elizabeth was one of my all time favourite films.
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This one from the Tudor times.
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Here is Kate Blanchett as Elizabeth and a beautiful dress, this one did not seem to be so constructed and didnt fit as well as some did. The fabric though is gorgeous.
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Another one from Elizabeth. Some of the fabrics in that movie were much more dramatic than these but these are what I could find for now. I will be taking another look.
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I wanted to go through the costumes from the Tudors but will leave that for another day.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

More drawings......

One day I found a pigeon with a broken wing. We named him Walter (you know, Walter Pigeon)......this reminds me of him.

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Old fashioned Ice cream.....hand made is best
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An Angel maybe
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A few more faces
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Another Mermaid
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What else do I have...........I have skipped a bunch. This one is different I suppose
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Still working on doing a good Chickadee and a good far no luck. I record them anyway.

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What can I say.............
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OK, reality check........I am drawing and painting these practice pieces, simple lines, exaggerated faces to what end? That I don't know. I have to say that I prefer realism. This experiment is hard for me. I am enjoying it but to over simplify is very hard for me.

I do know that watercolour and drawing paper do not work well together. All these need ironing and are warped (in more ways than one haha)

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Sunday, August 18, 2013

Sketch pad again........

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Lady Bug.............well, it's a name. Don't know how I came up with this but there you are......The next is an Owl
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My friendly Crow
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I am trying a different approach to faces. I am trying to get away from reality, over do the eyes and proportions.
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This one is based on someone elses picture I saw. I saw it and did it from memory. Actually it looks nothing like it but it was not intended to. I liked the pose is this is all mine.
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The flower came out OK but I was hoping to add a phrase to it, this didn't work too well.
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Thia one, I am not sure where it came from but I found a set of plates at the weekend with shoes on them. I must remember to photograph them
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I am thinking of the cartoon girls will make cards some day.
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A fairy folk
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What about this, black and white. Not at all my style but there ya go.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Celtic style.......

Do you enjoy fantasy, I mean dreaming of magical times long gone. Finding treasure that is all yours. Just for the beauty not for the selling. Well, dream of Celtic times and enjoy some Celtic Styles..........
Here are a few hair styles
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The red hair is very Celtic I think
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Kelts were an ethno-linguistic group of tribal societies in Iron Age and Medieval Europe who spoke Celtic languages and had a similar culture. We think of Ireland, Scotland and the British people of those times. It is not a nationality, its more and ethnicity I think.
They are much romanticized in movies.
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The women had to be tough. While maybe not all were warriors there had to be a fair share of them. Again, they may not have looked as Hollywood portrays them but I thing their strength and equality were much like this.
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Back in the days of Bodicea who was indeed a Warrior Queen, I am sure for survival alone in those days they had to have some fighting skills. The tribes had to share their skills so maybe (who knows) the younger unmarried women or those not having children would fight with the men. Maybe not in the extreme but I am sure that when it comes to defending hearth and home most woman will fight.

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They were an artistic people. We know that because of what they left behind made in gold. Torcs and broaches, things like that have been found in many farmers fields. This is not a genuine example but I would wear it............the ivy is Pagan and I can imagine it being a symbol found in their designs. Along with the Celtic cross photo 2e17dcd4-39f5-4c36-b260-0267712a4086_zps3b2134ac.jpg

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modern day designs with the Celtic theme are popular at Ren Fairs and things to do with Fairy followers and Fantasy clothes. They are beautiful and I think can be worn in every day life. Why not?
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More hair styles
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Well I would love to show more but its hard to find really nice legitimate pictures of clothing, so this is mainly fantasy but well, who doesn't enjoy a little fantasy.?