Monday, October 31, 2011

Blog Award

    Hello everyone! I had an exciting surprise today! The lovely and wonderful Irina at Witty and Wise has given me a blog award! Irina is the author/creator of more than one blog and always has the most enchanting posts to share with everyone! I am incredibly touched by her kindness and her sweet words. Thankyou so much Irina! I hope you will visit Witty and Wise to see her! The Blog On Fire Award has the added excitement of being one that I can pass along to five other blogs that I think are spectacular! Also I get to tell you five things about myself and in turn the five blogs I give the award to can tell everyone five things about themselves and pass the award along again to five people that they think are wonderful! So much fun! Here goes:

1. I love love love the color pink, all things French, and beautiful old-fashioned things. I never go on a holiday that doesn't involve some treasure hunting and I even work in an antique store!

2. I am an artist who has always dreamed of illustrating or in some way sharing my artwork - which is unabashedly girly! Like me!

3. I graduated University a year ago and have dreams to be a writer one day. I write poetry in my spare time, when I'm happy, or feeling blue. I have about a dozen stories on the go and can't seem to finish one before I am struck with an idea for another! Not very efficient but sometimes characters and worlds just come out of nowhere and you have to grab hold of them or they disappear!

4. I have never been to Europe and it is my heart's desire to go there! One day I will make it there and when I do my camera will be glued to my hand. :)

5. I love music. I play the piano and sing. My family thinks I'm crazy sometimes because the oddest melodies get stuck in my head and then I sing them for months. Example: Oklahoma, Some Enchanted Evening, and currently Thriller. :)

And now for my five brilliant bloggers! (Click on the titles above the pictures to go to these blogs)

Helen is an incredibly talented artist who lives in France. Her paintings are absolutely stunning and her home is the picture of old world elegance.

Glenda is a former designer who lives in an Elizabethan Farmhouse in England. Her blog is an inspiring collection of design and decorating ideas featuring truly gorgeous photos and color palettes.

Vanna's blog is a tribute to her absolutely beautiful home filled with fabulous antiques and unique objects. Her humor coupled with an eye for beautiful flea market finds makes reading her blog a joy!

Catherine's blog houses a collection of beautiful photos, poetry, and her fabulous artistic creations. It is dreamy and refined with glimpses of times past and the beauty of old ideals.

Lovely Reveries is the first blog I discovered by the wonderful Irina and it is completely magical! The photographs you will find here are lovingly collected and every post has that special touch of the extraordinary.

I hope you will visit these wonderful blogs! I honestly have so many favorites and will be adding new blogs to my blog list in the next few days. Thankyou so much everyone for the beauty you display! Take care!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Witchful Thinking

"Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite,
All are on their rounds tonight;
In the wan moon's silver ray,
Thrives their helter-skelter play."
         ~Joel Benton

    It seems like this week has passed by quickly with very few spare moments for posting! Last night I danced until well after midnight in a Pirate costume with my friends - not something I do often! Very fun and well-worth the sore feet today. I feel like I have been in Halloween mode for quite awhile now what with all of the costume drawings, posts, and so on. It isn't even here yet! I just wanted to share a blog with you that I discovered through one of the blog parties I participated in last week. It is called All Things Pretty and has some truly fantastic Halloween things right now! I have included some photos of creations from All Things Pretty and I hope that you will visit the blog to see more! Also I am posting a set of drawings I did last Halloween. They are part of a series I created called The Darkling Dolls. Enjoy!


                         Drawings by Jennelise

Monday, October 24, 2011

Black Heirlooms

"There are nights when the wolves are silent
and only the moon howls."
                   ~George Carlin

    When I was looking through Heirlooms Antiques in search of appropriately dark or halloweeny items for this set of photos I discovered how many fairly ordinary items can be transformed with the right setting into something spooky! My boss kept bringing me things that I would never have thought of and told me which angle would be best and what to put behind them. We had an interesting afternoon collecting these unusual and mysterious items for you to see! I have also included a video of Dolce and Gabbana's ad for the Jalou phone and a doodle I did in my sketchbook. I hope you enjoy them and remember that all it takes is a little atmosphere and the right mood to make even the ordinary a little straaaaange...

Drawing by Jennelise