Thursday, 3 December 2015

It's been a busy week...

...both in the home studio and at Puffin Design. Christmas is in the air everywhere, and even in Creston we've got the snow to prove it.

I've been working on some miniatures recently, and these altered bottles have been great fun.  The tallest is five inches from the top of the cork right down, and it rather feels like a bit of fairyland when I see them together.  I can imagine them as libation crocks for elves and leprechauns, can't you?

Miniatures

Three of the four incorporate the gorgeous Kroma Crackle of which I'm so fond (those flat sides made it MUCH easier to apply than on the rounded bottles), and this one is finished with hand-crafted beads and a piece of turquoise for a floral bouquet against some complimentary ribbons.

'Bottled Blues' miniature altered bottle ©Win Dinn
That crackle is delicious, no?

'Bottled Blues' detail
The quiet colour in this joy bottle is a good reminder that joy can be strong and serene.

'Bottled Joy' miniature altered bottle ©Win Dinn
'Tis the season, definitely.

Bottled Joy detail
One can never go wrong with pink and purple, and this combination is also graced with hand-rolled flowers made from hand-painted paper.  Only an artist!
'Swag' miniature altered bottle ©Win Dinn
 I'm loving that crushed garnet texture against the bottle - thanks for that score, Meg!
Swag detail
 A lucky penny finishes this bottle, done in coppers and gold.  I'm loving the painted cheesecloth tie.
'Luck in a Bottle' miniature altered bottle ©Win Dinn

The light bounces in so many different directions on this one that it's opulent in the extreme.

Luck in a Bottle detail
What have you been up to this week?  Are you in the Christmas mode as well?  Share your link in the comment section and let everyone know!





34 comments:

  1. Such charming little bottles! It is always fun to see what you are up to!

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    1. Thanks, Val, and likewise. I'm blog-addicted at this point just trying to see (and do) it all!

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  2. Love these, Win. They remind me of Alice in Wonderland. Who knows what delights they might hold? :)

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    1. Thanks, Tracy, and the thought of all the possibilities is great fun, no?!

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  3. AMAZING bottles Win Dinn! Those textures are brilliant!!!
    No - I am not very busy with christmas preparations .. just relaxed.
    oxo Susi
    Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Thanks, Susi - glad to hear you're relaxing at this time of the year...it's definitely the way to go!

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  4. I am loving that crackle texture on the bottles. The coppery gold on is my favorite. I am busy in my studio making cards and presents. As usual wishing I had started earlier.

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    1. Thanks, Shel - me too, and like you, I'm loving the coppery one, although the blue is a close favourite! Starting earlier? Had I done so in May I might have been ready on time. :D

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  5. Love the bottles Winn. The Kroma Crackle is gorgeous, I like the way it cracks more so than some others I've used. Thanks for the visit to mine too. Take care, Angela xXx

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    1. I'm pretty much addicted to Kroma Crackle, Angela, and there is no flat surface anywhere that is safe from that wonderful stuff! xo

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  6. Oh my gosh your bottles are gorgeous! I love them very much. The colours, texture and design.. well everything really. I love glass and beads etc. I used to collect vintage bottles but stopped when I got tired of dusting them and sold them. But these are very special. Have a great weekend, xx

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    1. Thanks, Shirley - I loved making them. My mother collected the odd bottle too, and I've just rediscovered one of her favourites....it's a amethyst beauty!

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  7. The crackle is absolutely delicious, yes!!!

    Too many things--that's what's up this week. But I just want to hang out in the art room and make stuff. ***sigh***

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    1. Me too, Trisha - at this time of year, the available studio time seems pretty limited, so I'm grateful for every moment I get in there!

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  8. I LOVE THESE MINIATURES!
    Libation crocks for elves and leprechauns, indeed!
    And yes, yes, YES, the Kroma Crackle looks magnificent on them. So many delicious embellishments - the "Joy" ribbon, painted cheesecloth tie and the crushed garnet - to name a few - have me smiling.
    I can't decide which I like best - Bottled Blues - or- Luck in a Bottle!

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    1. I'm with you, Alice - I can't decide between those two either...perhaps the elves should get one and the leprechauns the other! xo

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  9. In the Christmas mode? Well you could say that. I bought a present for myself in the form of a Vintage Sewing Machine.
    That crackle finish is amazing.

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    1. LOVE it that you found your vintage sewing machine - that's been a hunt. I'll be watching your blog to see how it performs on those wonderful hand-dyed textiles!

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  10. Why does a comment like " libation crocks for elves and leprechauns" seem perfectly adorable and natural coming from you Win??? Like something I hear every day!!!!!! I am totally smiling. But yes - you are right... I can totally picture a scene in my head with them enjoying your BEAUTIFUL bottles. And yes - they are just GORGEOUS. Wow. Breathtakingly awesome. The lucky penny is my favorite one... fabulous. But the garnet one comes in second! LOVED seeing these Win. Thanks bunches. j.

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    1. Oh, I'm laughing, Joi - my grandmother used to say I was 'away with the fairies most of the time', so perhaps it's not so surprising that I'm thinking elves and leprechauns! Thanks for stopping by, my friend! xo

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  11. Oooo, I love that crackle medium, Win! Gotta get me some of that stuff! Your bottles look way too cool!

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    1. Thanks, Zsuzsa - I love it that Kroma Crackle is a Canadian product made 'just down the road in Vancouver'! Wonderful stuff, and so versatile.

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  12. Like little bottles of magic! Love the pattern in the crackle.

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    1. Thanks, Vicki - and isn't that crackle just gorgeous?!

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  13. What wonderful bottles, Win. The crackle is awesome, I particularly love the turquoise.

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    1. Thanks, Susan - that turquoise is a knockout, isn't it?

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  14. Win, I'm not sure which I love most...your gorgeous bottles with their crackle or your colorful writing!! hehee Okay I love the both equally!
    My,my you sure do have a way with that crackle Win!! You really show it to its finest!
    have a lovely weekend! xo

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    1. So many thanks, Jackie - love YOUR way with words! Lovely to see that terrific post and your gorgeous bag yesterday on your blog...still drooling! xo

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  15. I hereby dub thee QUEEN OF CRACKLE, Win! These are all absolutely gorgeous and I want to come to your house and play! Where did you find these bottles? Must have!

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    1. Oh, Kay - many thanks...I can feel my crown slipping over my left eye! I found the bottles in a local thrift store, and have been watching like crazy hoping there will be some more, to no avail! And please - come and play any time - I'll even share my crackle!! xo

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  16. What beautiful Christmas gifts these little treasures will make!

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    1. Thanks, Laura - they will do, won't they?!

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