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"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." --Albert Einstein
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Thursday, February 4, 2010

vintage inspired

a vision has been slowly drifting though my head for quite some time ...

an idea whispered by my muse ... at first too quietly for me to hear the words ...
i was listening more closely to the pull of the blues ... but her voice became more
insistent ... "are you sure?" i said ... "yes, you can do it" she replied ...

armed with my mission to combine the elements i most dearly loved about this:




and this:




i set about my task and created these:





vintage inspired powder puff wands ...





i had some help along the way ... and i have to thank my darling husband, who
did a lot of the legwork in gathering my supplies when i was defeated by my
mood ... thank you honey for being my biggest fan ... and also i have to thank my
dear friend Nancy from Fete et Fleur who so kindly offered feedback and much
needed encouragement when i sent her photos of my prototype puff ... you are a
treasure to me Nancy and i cannot thank you enough!

the puffs will be in my shop here when i have a moment to list them ... as
always, i thank all of you for visiting with me ... have a beautiful day!





both puffs are sold ~ thank you!

68 comments:

Julie Ann said...

Oh- those are so sweet!!! I love the ruffles! Any princess would be thrilled to have one of these!

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

So pretty and even more wonderful that you have escaped from your melancholy mood and returned to creating...
Susan x

LuLu Kellogg said...

Lori, I am swooning over these...they are breathtaking.

LuLu~*xoxo

melanie's all my favorite things said...

so very very sweet!

Gail said...

Lori,
Stunningly beautiful....you manage to take the most amazing photos!
I'll be watching for them :)!

stefanie said...

they are gorgeous!!!

Fete et Fleur said...

LORI!! It is amazing in blue. I just love these!! Seriously, the attention to detail, and the ability to create something so elegant and vintagy looking have taken my breath away.

Hugs to you my dear!
Nancy

Jennifer said...

These are adorable and perfect for the romantic! I love your ideas and give you credit for packing everthing into a busy schedule! I'm a nurse in a high school health room of 2000 kids and use every spare moment on my card business and family... I get it! Now to check out your friends site. Jennifer

Diane said...

Such an Elegant Creation, The fabric is such soft colors, are you going to hang them? They sure did turn out beautiful. My husband helps me with my creations when I am at a standstill! Hugs & Kisses, Diane

Sophee-a Laroo Bijoux and Sheri too said...

They are so feminine and pretty......love the colors.

I will check your shop again later :)

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Total sweetness!!! They look like little wonderful clouds!

Household 6 said...

Lori! Those are so magical and totally fem, woohoo! Who wouldn't feel like a princess with one of those in their hands :)

Auntie Cake said...

Lori,
I so love these. I am a "wand girl" also, I seem to put everything on a stick. Your powder puffs are divine, the most delightful creations ever, so feminine and girly. Great job with them, and what a guy you have to help with the gathering and creating!
Kate

Valarie said...

Lori....these are absolutely gorgeous and amazing. I want one!! I bought a pair of amazing shoes from Nancy a few months back. You two are so talented. Have a lovely day.
xxoo Valarie

Terri Gordon said...

OMG, your wands are beautiful. Love them. They look so vintage.

Carol Mae said...

Lori, These powder puff wands are excellent, just so lovely, what a creative idea. I'll be watching for them in your Etsy shop. Have a wonderful day. smiles, Carol Mae

Karin said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Attic Charm said...

WOW Lori - those are just stunning!

the wild raspberry said...

so sweet...
i'm glad the voice of the blues did not win out!

yay for good husbands :)

Jennifer said...

These are just wonderful for any romantic - so nice of your hubby to help - I try to get my husband to cut things out for me from time to time...hmmm. I'm headed to your friends site now...stop by and visit me, Jennifer

SharDon Exclusives said...

These are so very very pretty! How clever of you. I also love the buttons in the frame. Yes, Vintage/Victorian would describe these beauties. My hubby helps me too and it is so nice to have two extra and loving hands to put things togethr.
Blessings to you and hubby,
Sharon

cindy said...

These are soooo cute! And your hubby sounds like a doll!!!! :D Glad your muse won that tug of war!

-c
yapping cat

LindaSonia said...

OMGosh... the puffs are beautiful!! Love them bunches!! LindaSonia

SharDon Exclusives said...

I went to see your baby and it put me right back here? Is that the way it works? I hadn't done that before. Your other items are precious too but this little gal is the cutest so far!!
Sharon

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Lori, I dont even know what to say!! These are absolutely stunning!! You have done such a beautiful job on these!! They look vintage, oh they are so romantic!! I love them so much. I am so happy you have been creating and I am thankful that you too have a wonderful husband that understands!!! You are such a dear friend to me and I love you!!
Amy

Celestial Charms said...

What a novel idea. These are so very beautiful and I love the muted colors.
Maureen

She'sSewPretty said...

Oh!! Those are gorgeous!! Why am I on a spending "diet" right now?!

Little Pink Studio said...

Lori! Your puffs are stunning! What visual little treats!
I love too, the framed button card and that darling spool with the vintage crocheted lace and pearl flower! Sigh...such beautiful things here!

Marianne@Songbird said...

They are beautiful! I love that ruffled silk, I am still looking for a source of that over here.
And doesn't that little frame with the button card look familiar....
Love ye, M

Sadie Lou said...

Those are stunningly beautiful and romantic. I love them! Again, your attention to details is what stands out.
You're a true artisan and an inspiration!
((hugs))
~Sadie Lou

Alisa said...

Oh, Lori! They are beautiful! Don't listen to those "blues" anymore! Your muse knows exactly what she's talking about!

P.S. the movies aren't as good as the books, but if you love the books, it doesn't matter one little bit.
;)

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

Your powder puffs are...simply g.o.r.g.e.o.u.s.

Gail said...

Lori,
Simply stunning!!!!

Melissa Lobdell, Little Melfred's Studio said...

Oh Lori! Your puffs are absolutely magical! As always, your creative mind and hands never cease to amaze me! xoxo-Mel

Beth Leintz said...

Your ruffly puffs are just beautiful- I can just imagine a few of them in a vase like pretty puffy satiny flowers.

Jeanne said...

Lori, your "puffs" are divine! I'm happy that your muse was so persistent. You create the most beautiful things!
xo
jeanne

LiLi M. said...

When two of my favorite and most talented bloggers cooperate...sheer beauty is the result of course! I love these, they look so delicate! I love the color and the fabric, I think you have turned something beautiful into something gorgeous!

The Feathered Nest said...

They are gorgeous sweet Lori!!!!! Such vintage beauty!!!! You always make the most beautiful things! I do hope that you're feeling better dear friend, I fight depression daily, take a little medication for it and it helps me TREMENDOUSLY...if not I'm either bawling my eyes out or I want to scratch your eyes out! So I understand the blues...creating is amazing therapy!!! love and hugs, Dawn

Elyse said...

so beautiful, lori! love the photo that includes the framed button card. just lovely.

hang in there, little one. spring will be here before we know it. until then, how's 'bout a nice hot cocoa?

xo
elyse

sandra said...

Heavenly days Lori, these are just 2die4 beautiful!!!! I'm just speechless...all those gorgeous ruffles!~!~!~ How on earth could someone who can create this much beauty, be having a "dry spell"??? No way! Kudos to hubby for his encouragement and assistance....;) I'll be watching for them too.
xoxo,
Sandra

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Oh my goodness Lori! You are so clever and creative and I just adore your latest creations! Absolutely stunning and if I saw a picture of it outside of your blog I would know it was from you. You have such a signature style that is uniquely you!

Can't wait to get my greedy little hands on one! Okay...I'm off to wipe the drool off my face!

Love and hugs,
Karyn

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

you my dear are amazing!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Wow, think of all the wishes you could grant with a wand like that!

debi said...

Lori!! Your powder puff wands are STUNNING! I love the dreamy colors, and the ruffles!

Keep listening to that little voice!

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

oh my GOSH! So beautiful! and ORIGINAL! Lori your work is always stunning!
So sweet of your husband to lift you up and encourage you!
Thanks for stopping by! Your friendship is so special to me Lori!

June said...

Lori I think your muse must be an angel. These are heavenly. I'm so glad you listened to the whisper. Your pictures are always works of art as well. Whenever I come over here I always feel that I have spent my time in a beautiful place.
hugs

TinyBear said...

ooohhh - they are sooo wonderful Lori - a dream for every princess

Natasha Burns said...

OMG is there anything you ever touch that is not totally divine? you are seriously amazing!

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Lori, how clever and delightful! Your new creations are stunning, my friend. Aren't you lucky to have such a helpful and supportive husband. p.s. thank goodness it's February - isn't January the most depressing month of the year (we had half the normal amount of sunlight this year in Montreal for January!)

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi lori

Those powder puffs are stunning! Have you listed them yet and they've already gone?
It's a beautiful wallpaper and it is with reluctance that I am changing it. Hoping my makeover will be just right for the room!
Have a lovely weekend
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

shabbyscraps said...

stunning!!
xoxo, Tiffany

Wren Cottage said...

Whoa!!! Wow Lori!! These are so beautiful!! That is amazing, you made them!! I can't get over it, GORGEOUS!!!
And sounds like you have a really great guy :) and well, we can't get by without a little help from our friends ;)
Hope you are feeling better!
Have a wonderful weekend!
xox Madai

dollybelle said...

So totally gorgeous and amazing!
You made faerie enchantment!
ox
Dollybelle

KarenHarveyCox said...

These are so lovely. I love your creations, and these are so pretty.
Karen

cheryl kuhn said...

oh my goodness, how wonderfully whimiscal and dainty they are. I love them!!!

Zuzu said...

I love that little muse that whispers in our heads just as we're falling asleep. Happy, colorful dreams filled with inspiration and unique creative thoughts!
These are so very sweet, Lori!!!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Such beautiful creativity going on. Thanks for stopping and hope you have a great weekend too!

Secondhandrose said...

Lori, these are so luscious. Is that silk? I so love the fabric whatever it is. I have time to visit blogs today because we got 14 ins. of snow. That's not alot for you I know, but was a surprise to us.

karen

The French Bear said...

Love them, so delightful! They are so pretty!!!!
Hugs,
Margaret B

Andrea said...

Those are just darling Lori!Everything you make is very pretty!

tarnishedandtattered.blogsot.com said...

Those are AMAZING! Glad I came over to see you, I'm off to read more. Lisa

Linda said...

Hi Lori- I just discovered your beautiful blog when I was leaving a comment at Tarnished and Tattered. I absolutely love your blog, your creations are so lovely- I can't wait to read more!!

Tami said...

These are so adorable!!

Elly said...

Ohhhh Lori, you did it again!!!!! This is EYE CANDY!!!!! Beautiful pics and gorgeous powder puffs! I enjoyed this post very much, thank you!

gabrielle said...

Wow! these are beautiful! Great idea!

Vintage Blue Studio said...

Wow! I don't even know what to say. They are soooooo pretty!

The Rose Room said...

honestly I can't get enough of looking at them! Rachaelxo

Melanie said...

What an absolutely beautiful blog and in my favourite colour palette. I could sit here and look at the photo's all night. Thankyou so much for sharing.

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