Category Archives: Marie Antoinette

‘Tea with Marie’…

Susan Godby's Tea with Mariemy talented friend Susan created her first gorgeous altered book for a round robin in our mixed media art group…

Susan Godby's Tea with Marie (2)

you can stop by her blog to see her interesting post on how her book began here

Susan Godby's Tea with Marie (1)

working on the plain French-English dictionary pages adding lots of layers and embellishments was such a delight…

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages (2)

I highlighted an old French ledger page from The Graphics Fairy with a piece of pretty German napkin that I rubbed with gold gouache

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages (3)

tiny flowers from a vintage hat I collected decorate a French cocoa label also from The Graphics Fairy

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages (1)

some French 7Gypsies tissue paper started the background for this page along with a piece of old blue velvet for the edge…

the oval portrait of Marie was from a free digital collage sheet The Graphics Fairy shared back in 2009…

 one of my golden flimmers and some delicate German scrap helped frame Marie…

Patty Szymkowicz Marie Pages

white gesso, gold gouache, bits of my favorite gold patterned tissue paper, torn napkin, scraps of embroidered netting, pink silk rose petals (on the left page edge and behind Marie’s head) and a K & Company vellum border at the bottom helped put the finishing touches on my pages…

such a fun theme and a very beautiful book to work in…

… home from her travels

in June of this year my young Marie Antoinette  (below) began her round robin journey… four special friends each have their own themes for their pages (winged things, birds, divas and heart art)

… the plan was to create a book after everyone had a chance to make something for the various themes … the sizes were to be in the 6 x 4″  (postcard) range


arriving first in Switzerland to visit Margaret in her sumptuous salon with trappings from all over Europe


next stop Texas …  for tea and delicious cake with Linda … that girl gets around!


on to see Nathalie in  Missouri who had a fete planned (Petite Trianon) decking Marie in some seriously beautious bling


last stop before heading back home to Virginia …  New Zealand … to listen to some of Marie’s favorite piano fortes with Carole …  and posing for yet another pretty portrait


finally making her way home again … full of sweet memories of her adventures with the QB5 ladies


here are the fronts … you can double click for a grand closeup of the stunning details of each postcard creation


and most of the backs … Nathalie your maison did not want to flip over, but the back can be seen in your sampler above 😉

some of the ladies will be zuttering their pages … I am not sure I can bear to punch holes in mine and think I will alter a special box for these Maries to take up residence in

I am SO thrilled with these round robin creations … hard to put into words … as soon as everyone else’s pages are returned to them you’ll be able to see those posted on the blogs above

have I mentioned how much I also Love the postal services all around the world … it’s a beautiful thing!!!


some days I just want to fly away

Gothic Arches this week is all about “Marie Antoinette”, a topic I thoroughly enjoy!


It is a challenge to come up with something that has not been done with Marie, as she is such a popular gal 🙂 ….. I enjoyed giving her tiny blue wings to help her fly.

The fluffy pink feathers at the top of my arch are part of a fishing fly (with the hook still attached).


I had picked up this package at a junk shop (I think they may be handmade, don’t know alot about fishing stuff, just that the feathers looked nice)….goes to show you just never know what might be the perfect ingredient for your mixed media creation

Oh Cette Marie

For an upcoming round robin with the QB5 ladies (see below), I chose the theme of Marie Antoinette for my book.


We each have different themes and are creating pages no larger than 6×4″ in paper, fabric or whatever our hearts desire.


My postcard will be making it’s way to Margaret in Switzerland,  she will create a page  for Marie and then mailing to Linda in Texas,  on to   Nathalie in Missouri,  then  Carole in New Zealand and back home to me in Virginia….WOW what a trip!


*click for a closeup*

Here are the front (“just a girl”) and back (“oh that Marie”) of my first page for my Marie book

I will be creating covers for my round robin book after it’s returned to me.   I’ll also decide then whether I’ll bind it on the left side or at the top.  Can’t wait for the pages to start arriving in the mail 🙂

*Monday update: late last night I decided to add some foil from a champagne label to the back of my postcard.  Mr Magpie is very observant and noticed that when I flipped Marie to look the other way, the writing at the top was backwards (it needed something there anyway LOL)*


It’s Raining Jello Jane’s

I have been excited about Jello Jane’s since the oh SO generous Janet Moss gave me one as a gift over a year ago.   I have wanted to try my hand at  creating one ever since.

I almost did three blog posts, one for each art doll, but decided to just post it as one longggg post instead 🙂

Janet lead our local Wednesday altered arts group using old metal jello molds, wire, wooden spools along with bits of this and that to create fanciful art doll creations


The molds come in many great shapes and sizes.  My collection of these began in the late 90’s, when Mr Magpie 🙂 drilled holes in them for me to make votive candle holders out of them.  Some turned up again quite by chance recently; isn’t that the way it goes when you are looking for something else *gg*

I have a collection of Dutch things (including some great postcards) and was thrilled a while back to come across a goodie bag at a junk shop that had a handful of  wooden shoe key chains…they say Port of Rotterdam on the side!  These inspired me to create this

Little Dutch Girl using bits of gorgeous lace

DutchGirl sampler

that Carmen Dyson shared with our group…. amongst other wonderful vintage items.    She is the Auction Queen and always SO very generous!  The bottle cap head (I like that it’s kinda small for the body making you take a closer look) was a gift from a talented teacher, Gail Russakov.  She made lots of these and said she wore them while traveling.  People would of course comment on them (no two were alike); she would kindly gift  them with one.  She had one for each of her students in the collage class I took a couple of years ago

Mr Magpie says my Dutch Girl could use a bouquet of tulips in her hand

next is my long necked Barefoot Girl

her collar is made from champagne foil and a chocolate paper frill…..ummm two of our favorite food groups, a large button behind her head (thank you for that image too Janet)

not being fond of the smell of E600, it stinks to high heaven for a very long time, I have found with a little patience, Heavy Gel Medium works beautifully adhering wooden spools to metal jello molds and so on…works like a charm if left to dry

bare foot girl sampler copy

22 gauge wire is doubled and twisted to make a hanging loop, then threaded through the large button and wooden spool, continuing through a hole put in the center of the jello tin.  Janet suggested twisting a button underneath the jello mold to tighten and secure things, then I added the legs by twisting the wire and tucking it up to finish

Michelle Lum Ho inspired me to use doll arms instead of some keys I had intended for arms and I, of course, did not want the doll legs to go to waste… should see her art doll!!!

My third doll was the first idea I had for my jello molds….I have had Marie Antoinette on my mind lately…..she measures 10 inches  (25,4 cm) from the top of her head to the beads at the tips of her ball point pen legs

Marie A sampler

I used two larger molds that I gessoed and lightly painted, hung on 12 gauge copper wire, that lovely bit of bling is from the Queen of Bling, Janet (thank you)!  Marie’s arms are tied with seam binding onto white cup hooks (thank you Janet!).   Finding the right head for Marie was a bit of a challenge 🙂 along with sizing it.    I glued it on a piece of corrugated cardboard (Mr Magpie is so helpful and full of great ideas, he is a detail guy and I just Love that about him).   Marie’s head slid over the copper wire perfectly; still want to add a couple more white feathers and maybe a tiny string of pearls even!

Photographing the art dolls was a bit challenging, since they are best viewed hanging.  You can see by the shadows why I prefer natural light, but this plate hanger in our dining room gave a nice chance to see the three art dolls together and as with the other photos, you can click (or double click) for a closer look


So much creativity under one roof certainly was exhilarating at our Wednesday gathering, inspiring and such fun…Thanks again Janet, you made a lot of people very happy!!!     I did find I had to come home to finish mine….guess I just need my “stuff” around me……it’s hard to know what to bring along, for me at least, you should see the mess this made here!!!  Creative chaos reigns!

wish I had photos of the other gals dolls, each one was just so unique and fantastic in every detail!



Belinda’s theme for this week’s Wednesday Stamper is “Fashion”

I used two rubber stamps…the arch is by Impression Obsession and Vision is by Stampers Anonymous


Not sure where I got the lady, but I have wanted to cut her skirt  and put an image there for some time now

The curly gate is a photo I took in San Francisco last year.  It is printed onto a transparency and I adhered it to the gold dotted decorative paper with the Xyron

FashionCloseupI was hoping  that the closeup would show the shine of the transparency, which is a nice feature in person

I had more ideas for this theme, but  I have been slowed down by a cranky computer….problems going on and off for a week now

Queen of Fashion

Seven different papers went into my Marie Antoinette collage for the challenge at Dans ma maison il y a…..this week.  Be sure and visit the challenge blog for wonderful eye candy and inspiration.dansmamaidsonmarieant

“There is nothing new except what has been forgotten.” ~Marie Antoinette