Monday, February 24, 2014


One of my favorite things to come across is a vintage watercolor paint box or tin. There is something fascinating about holding an old vintage watercolor paint tin and wondering who held it before you. One thing I know for sure is that it was once owned by an aspiring artist. Someone who had a desire to paint their dreams and their visions. I am always searching for these. I love giving them new life. Each paint tin has it's own character.  Sometimes, the older the tin and the worst condition makes the best altered tins. I love that no matter how old the tin is, the paints are almost always still usable and just a little water brings them back to life. 

These are two of my newest altered tins below.

                She was doing what she loved, she loved what she was doing

                                                             CAPTURED DREAMS

The Bird Cage Doll kit can be found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery, who has some very cool Doll Kits and supplies. The glass bezel over the word "BEGIN" is a found jewelry piece that I altered to fit.

                                        The voice said, "Surrender" and she did
                                         HAPPY ARTIST

The doll head is a antique broken doll head found in the ruins of an old doll factory in Germany. I also added a vintage metal drawer pull. The artist can actually place their business card there. The wooden hands and larger wooden heart, I found at Retro Cafe Art Gallery.

The glass hearts were found at Shadow Mix on Etsy.

This watercolor paint tin came from England. It is one of the older ones. The back side had two attached rings that the artists can put their fingers through to hold the tin like a paint palette. 

 I have spent many hours altering this vintage watercolor paint tin. I love that the rings on the back will now serve as a hanger if someone wishes to hang it up and display it. All paint and embellishments are attached and secured.

What I love about this particular tin is that it is a tri-fold watercolor tin.These tins are a little harder to find.

Opened completely up, she is a beauty!
This has been one of my favorite paint boxes so far.

All my other altered paint tins have been sold. These two will be available in my Etsy shop shortly.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Sunday, February 9, 2014



She is the guardian of the Nests
She sweetly sings their songs so when they arrive,
they will find their way.

I made this from one of Retro Cafe Art Galleries Santos Cage Shrine Doll Kits.
The possibilities are endless. She stands 10 1/2" tall.

Each piece was primed, sanded, painted, sanded again and then hand rubbed with Turquoise Inka and polished for a nice smooth silky finish. That is before the pieces are put together.

I love bird nests, they are all so beautiful and unique, just like the birds that inhabit them. I also have a bit of Spring fever, so this one really brighten my day to make.

I love the flaming heart (found at Retro Cafe) and the little glass bezel (found in my art stash) I thought was perfect added touch.
I had so much fun making the nest. Weaving the ribbons were a bit tricky, those little birds are really creative.

You don't have to do the back side, but I like the look of the entire piece back and front. I have to tell this is so much prettier in person. The blue in the photos looks like a robin egg blue, but the color is a gorgeous more aqua turquoise with a beautiful sheen to it. I just couldn't capture it all, my camera is still teaching me.

I think one of my favorite pieces on this doll is her breast piece, a little antique brass knocker with the little blue birds at the top. The glitter on her crown, wings and nest does not show up either, but hopefully you can see the best parts of her and imagine the final touches.

I spent a lot of (enjoyable) hours on her and you can find her in my Etsy shop if you are interested. You might want to grab a cup of coffee and stroll over to Retro Cafe Art Gallery and check them out.. oh and bring your wallet, you will fill your cart!

Thursday, February 6, 2014


3-D Articulated Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kit - Medium
from Retro Cafe Art Galley

I fell in love with this Santos Cage Doll Shrine Kit from Retro Cafe Art Gallery. She stands 10 1/2 inches tall. The possibilities are wonderful and endless. I am also about to try my hand at their Scalloped Dome Bird Cage Art Doll Shrine Kit. If you like what you see here, be sure to visit their online store and their Facebook page to see a variety of designs created with this kit. You are sure to be inspired to the Moon and back!

Made with Angel wing Cut-outs, Fairy Art Doll Head Paper Cuts, 
Valentine Day Tag Charms, Mini Paper Roses,
Heart Skeleton Key charms, Collage Word Paper Cuts, 
Inka Gold, & Whimsey Brass Crowns

You can order the supplies you need from Retro Cafe Art Gallery and you can add your own supplies. If you are like me, I have a lot of this and that on hand from broken jewelry pieces, found items etc. Like the scalloped frame in the front with the dangling charms (from my stash) and the heart in the center is from Retro Cafe with some Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue and a added collage typewriter key.

The Queen of Hearts Mini Card is from Retro Cafe and I placed it inside a Vintage metal slide holder, painting it with Inka Gold ( Love Inka products) and attached it to silver ball chain that I also rubbed with Inka Gold. The Heart word cut out is also from Retro Cafe.

You don't have to decorate the back side, but I had so much fun with this, I couldn't resist.
The cut out heart is from Retro Cafe (and the skeleton key heart) I attached one of their winged metal heart charms to it with a word cut out in the center. I learned a lot making this first doll kit and I decided a few things that I will do different on the next.. and now I can't wait to make another one! I am pretty sure this could be addicting!

I added this cute little mini gold box mirror I had forever and since her arms move, she can hold it or put it in the cage below her. Oh, and the little tag hearts hanging also have words on the backs of them. There is a lot to LOVE here. If you are interested in my Queen of Hearts, she will be available in my Etsy shop shortly, OR you can visit 
Retro Cafe Art Gallery (click below)  and make your own!

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon to see my next Art Doll Shrine Creation!