Friday, 17 September 2010

I'm Moving

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

She Believed in Celebrations!



I started painting this little one yesterday, but I didn't like the way the dress turned out. I decided to cover it with some scrap book paper and I love how it turned out.




At first I wasn't quite sure and then I covered her hat with some more paper and added a few scrappy butterflies.



And then I gave her scrappy stockings and some little pansy flowers on her shoes and . . .




I fell completely and totally in love! She has a bit of an art deco feel to her don't you think?




Someone on Facebook suggested that my drawings would make excellent cards. The good news is that I already to make some lovely cards with them . . . now if only one of the card companies would get on the bandwagon and discover them! That would be great! I can see them as unique little figurines as well. I have vision . . . it is only a matter of making them see the same vision I guess!

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Some Cause Happiness Wherever They Go . . .




I just love this quote of Oscar Wilde's. When I sat down to paint this little girl, it immediately sprang into my mind!




I'm sure that you would know someone who makes you smile! I know lots of people who make me smile, and who bring happiness to all who know them.





People like my oldest daughter. There is nothing spectacular about her when you look at her, but she just makes you smile and brings joy to everyone who knows her.





I think it's an extra special spiritual gift, don't you? Prints are available. Just message me to find out more.


Thursday, 9 September 2010

Personality



I found this quote the other day and I really fell in love with it. I could hardly wait to put a picture to the words.





This little lady has plenty of personality!




But, I think she also has plenty of character! I just adore her!




She has a sweet little face and is a little bit demure . . . but at the same time . . . you know she knows what she wants and just how to get it.




Plus I just love her dress and stockings. Sigh . . . I wonder if I could get away with it myself?

Sunflowers and polka dots are two of my absolute favourite things, along with cheeky little girls!

Monday, 6 September 2010

Nobody Can Be Uncheered with a Balloon



So Winnie-the-Pooh went round to his friend Christopher
Robin, who lived behind a green door in another part of the Forest.
"Good morning, Christopher Robin," he said.
"Good morning, Winnie-the-Pooh," said you.
"I wonder if you've got such a thing as a balloon about you?"
"A balloon?"
"Yes, I just said to myself coming along: 'I wonder if Christopher Robin has such a thing as a balloon about him?' I just said it to myself, thinking of balloons, and wondering."
"What do you want a balloon for?" you said.
Winnie-the-Pooh looked round to see that nobody was listening, put his paw to his mouth, and said in a deep whisper: "Honey!"
"But you don't get honey with balloons!"
"I do," said Pooh.
~A.A. Milne



I am finally working my way around to painting some of the sketches I did when I was on holidays in Canada in July. I just love this little girl and her balloon. It seemed to go perfectly with this Winnie the Pooh story don't you think?





I find balloons quite cheery myself! They do make me happy.



Prints available. E-mail me to find out how you can get one for yourself at MarieAliceJoan at aol dot com. She looks rather lovely framed if I don't say so myself!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

No matter where I serve my guests . . .



This little lady is the first completed painting from the sketches that I did when I was away on holidays in July. I think she turned out really sweet.



As you know food and cooking are both things that are very dear to my heart. I like to think that when I cook for someone else I am sharing a big piece of my heart with them actually, and I hope that when they eat something I have prepared for them, they can feel the love that I have for them!




I was really pleased with how she turned out. She is available as a print or as a card. Just send me a message and I'll see what I can do for you! I can see her hanging in the kitchen somewhere! What do you think??

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Miss Florrie Brighteyes



There's a party down at the village Manse today and Miss Florrie Brighteyes is so excited to be invited. It's always such a special occasion . . . with lots of garden flowers bedecking little red and white toadstool tables . . . and pretty little fairy cakes.



Miss Florrie loves fairy cakes and has been known to consume more than a few in her lifetime. How much better they taste in a pretty hat, covered in flowers and wearing a pretty pink pinafore edged in pink embroidery . . .



Her cute little bustle hides a multitude of sins . . . extra poundage no doubt, a minor result from the consumption of a bit too many fairy cakes . . . but then again . . . can a mouse ever be too plump? Can there ever be such a thing as too many fairy cakes???



Her dainty skirt rustles as she prances through the grass on her way to the party . . . oh how lovely those pretty pink embroidered French Knot rosebuds look at the border . . . dainty ministrations from her adept needle and thread . . . perfect with her lace trimmed underdress . . . Perhaps a special *mouse* will take note . . . She's been hoping that he would for a long time now . . .



She can't help but smile a secret smile as she makes her way . . . she can hear the joyful sound of laughter beyond the hedge . . . and smell the sweet sugared fairy cakes . . . the bluebells tinkle amidst a faint spring breeze, announcing her arrival . . . all is well with the world.



With flowered caps, tinkling bluebells, pink polka dotted bustles and frosted sugar fairy cakes, how can it be anything else?

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

My Newest Doll Creations!

I've made a few dolls lately since I moved up here to the North West. Enforced computer outage is good for your creative bent I have found. You get way more done!



This one is a primitive style Gingerbread Lady. I think she's really pretty with her red check gingham dress, beautifully trimmed underskirt, lovely pinafore and black Mary Jane Shoes.



A lot of love, time and effort has gone into her every step of the way.



Is this a face only a mother could love??? Or could you love it too??? Check her out in my Etsy Shop.



This little pair of raggamuffins is also for sale in my Etsy Shop. I just love Raggedy Dolls don't you???



A lot of detail and love has gone into these two as well. They are being sold as a pair.



Also listed in my Etsy Shop.

Thanks for sticking with me. I should be back soon with some artwork for you to enjoy!

Sunday, 28 February 2010

Two New Stamps



Little Mother

A cute Digital Stamp, ready for download and perfect for all your crafting needs, Please see Terms of Use Here .










Walk in the Light

Please see terms of use HERE.





Thursday, 25 February 2010

Digital Stamps

I have decided to sell my images as Digital Stamps and am in the process of converting them all
to black and white outline images, and creating some new ones.

Here is what I have done so far:











































I think Digital Stamps are the wave of the future. Not only are they easy to use (you simply print out which ones you want and then colour them in) but they're a great alternative, especially when you are short on cash and can't afford to fork out a lot of money on a rubber stamp. They are easy to store and you get instant gratification in that you don't have to leave the comfort of your home to buy one, or wait for the postman to deliver. They are right there in your e-mail box and ready to use as soon as you buy them.

Look for more from me real soon. And if you are interested in these ones, just click the button. Easy to use, easy to resize and easy to print.

Please note: The copyright will not be present on your purchased image!!



My friend Jen of Tater Tots and Jello hosts a weekly round of up various crafters and what they've been up to this past week. I've been digital stamping. Do take a trip over to her page by clicking on the button to see what other creative people have been up to as well!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Be Yourself!



I saw this quote from Oscar Wilde the other day and immediately fell in love with it. Being myself is something that I have tried to be my whole life. It meant that I wasn't always popular with other people, but it also meant that I was always true to myself and my own ideals.



This latest piece is available as an A4 size print or as a greeting card. The original work is done in a mixture of water colours, prisma markers, prisma coloured pencils and inks. It is also available as a download printable image file, just perfect for your mixed media, card making and artist trading card projects. You will receive the image as shown, as well as a black & white version. This image file can be printed as many times as you wish. Please see my terms of use in the side column. The image file will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of payment. The watermark will not be present on the purchased image.




Prints are £10.00 plus £2.00 postage to anywhere in the world. Print will be mailed out priority mail within 3 days of your payment clearing.



Downloads are available at £5.00 with no postage. Please read my terms of use before purchase. Download will be e-mailed to you within 24 hours of your payment clearing. This will include a good quality colour image of the above piece of work, plus a black and white image for you to play with and use as you wish within the boundaries of my terms of use. Please note that I retain all copyrights and rights to this image as the original artist, and you are not allowed to sell this image on to others or share it with others except as a piece of your own creative work. Digital files may be printed as many times as you wish. Files may be used as is or altered for your handmade craft and art projects. Please do not distribute or sell the digital file or the printed sheet as is. These images may not be used to create collage sheets or digital scrapbooking kits for sale. Small quantities of your finished project may be sold.

If you are interested, contact me on MarieAliceJoan at aol dot com. Thanks!