Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Passion is everything


Another massive gap between blog posts, but here I am, back again.  We have recently moved house yet again and now that the dust is starting to settle from the upheaval of moving again, my thoughts are starting to turn to miniatures again.  Yesterday I just felt like making something.....so I had a fossick around in my box of stuff, and found a little lamp that was crying out for some love and attention .... and here it is....all embellished with pretty little polymer clay blossoms with tiny little no-hole beads in the centre of each flower, and some more little flowers that began life as nail art stickers.  It looks really pretty in the little cottage and I couldn't resist taking lots of photos of it:



Above you can see the arty version of the photo - on the table with the lamp is a little resin "biscuit tin" I made ages ago.  It's one of my all-time favourite miniatures, with its crackle paint finish and old time rose decals.  And I also found a little box of chocolate truffles I made a while ago - tiny little dark and white chocolate truffles in a box with a pretty silk bow. 
 
 
Here's another photo which tries to show the texture on the truffles.....
 
 
 
Getting back to the title for my post, I think I'm ready to admit that nothing is worth doing without passion....there's been a huge gap in my passion for blogging for ages, and occasionally I've had a half-hearted attempt at making things, but if your heart's not completely involved in the creative process, it never seems to go quite right.  But lately, that creative drive seems to have come back and PASSION IS EVERYTHING!  And now I have some things that I am proud to show you, because I really enjoyed making them and am happy with the result.  I love this little lamp - it is so pretty!
 

Here's another  photo of the lamp, which of course has my favourite miniature plate set on the wall in the background... violets are still my favourite....and I just love the plate in the centre of the display!  You can also see the pretty bead curtain on the left and the gorgeous hand-painted picture on the wall is one I purchased from Sandie Coe - another of my favourite purchases!

https://www.etsy.com/nz/listing/61105596/stunning-vintage-plate-set-for-your?ref=shop_home_feat_1


Of course there is rarely a post made on this blog where I don't share a some new plates I have made, so here is my most recent new set .... so pretty.  I wish I could display them all in my little cottage, but there just isn't room!  Anyway, thought you might like to see these!  I am really proud of them - they are beautiful, I think.



This is where we live now....we have bought a very small house in Turangi, which is in the central North Island.   This is a gorgeous photo a friend of our took - we live at the far end of the street that you can see in the middle of the photograph.... our little town is awash with autumn colours and full of fallen leaves at the moment - very pretty if you are not the person in charge of leaf removal!


This is what the lamp looks like when it isn't lit.  Sorry there are so many photos of it - you can probably tell that I'm all excited about it.

I feel some more miniatures coming on, so hopefully you will see a bit more of me around here in the next little while!   xxxxx



16 comments:

minwks said...

Hi Caroline,
How nice to see you back in blogland. There is a time for everything and everyday life sometimes takes over from our miniature passion, Be confident that its time will come and now you are settled it seems to have found its place once again.
You have set a wonderful scene.
regards Janine

Merja said...

Beautiful! Your work is always so great.

Susan@minicrochetmad said...

Haere mai and welcome back. Love your new plates and the lamp is divine, no wonder you're excited when you achieve something so pretty and unique!

PILAR6373 said...

Has creado un rincón de lo más agradable,todo combina perfectamente,la lámpara preciosa,los bombones,esos preciosos libros,los platos...todo es maravilloso!!!
Besos.

Wanda said...

Beautiful job Carolyn!

Flora said...

I fully understand everything you say, I found myself (and I am) to live the same kind of emotions, without even having moved house ...
There are moments where inspiration and creativity go down the drain!
Fortunately, then they come back ;-)
Your lamp is adorable, as all your stuff, and the dishes made by you are among my most precious treasures, so I can share all your enthusiasm about ;-)
Love from Italy,
Flora

jayne c said...

I love your lamp, very creative. The chocolates look good enough to eat.

Jayne c

Isabel Ruiz Alonso said...

Me encanta la lámpara.Una escena preciosa

Frederica said...

Dear Caroline , so good to see you on blogworld again , would love to see you in real , are you going to the next convention in Tauranga?
I love the lamp you made , it is absolutely gorgeous !
love from Frederica

Daydreamer said...

It is so nice to see a post from you again! Your lampshade is so pretty and the chocolates look good enough to eat! And your violet plates are very beautiful! I agree that Passion is a necessary part... especially for a hobby... it needs to be fun or it shouldn't be done!

janet said...

Your work is beautiful!

Johanna @ Villa Honey said...

The lampshade is so pretty, and I just love the cookie tin!

Norma said...

I'm a bit late catching up with your ever so welcome post Caroline, the lampshade is adorable! I hope we'll see more of your projects again soon.

the9thwaveguesthouse said...

Beautiful work!!

lulaby homeplace said...

Gorgeous lamp ! I love it !

amy fletcher said...

Hello Carolyn,
So nice to see a new post from you! The lamp is lovely. I like the combination of textures you have used for the flowers. I think that gives it that little something extra. Also, the new plates are very sweet. I hope you continue to be inspired to make your creations so that we can see some more of them! And that you enjoy your new home.
xo Amy