20 March 2015

Happy Spring!

My favorite time of year, isn't it yours too?


Especially in the South...after a cold winter and before the hot and humid summer.  A perfect time of year - that in between time when we do not need to turn on our furnace, nor our air conditioner and we can throw open the windows and let the breeze blow in!


The blooms are bursting everywhere.  Our garden is full of daffodils from butter cream to bright sunshine yellow, tiny white narcissus, snow drops, blush coloured Yoshino cherry blossoms, magnolia and tulip tree blooms, and the hibiscus and dogwoods are just ready to pop.

I captured these gorgeous cut stems of hot pink tulips, boldly placed against a pale dove grey wall.  Pure simplicity.


Some of these photographs may end up in my Society6, Zazzle, and Etsy shops.  I'm thinking that they would be fabulous as over-sized canvas or poster prints, don't you?


May you all enjoy this first weekend of Spring...even though some of you still may be in snow.


As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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Sharing these tulips with An Oregon Cottage Garden Party and friends.

09 March 2015

Meet Alice's White Rabbit

Spring has sprung for this bun!


Meet Alice's White Rabbit.


This mischievous bun {who started out like this} got into a little mess, forgot about the time, never looked back...and look what happened to him - forever preserved!



Using layered vintage frames, beautiful creamy white matelassé wallpaper and tailored hounds tooth paper, vintage pearls and rhinestones, a bow tie, and a crown fit for a prince, this stuffed bunny who fell into some ink {with a little help} was never the same. 


I had to rescue him.  So I assembled the collection of artifacts as homage to Alice's White Rabbit.


These one of a kind mixed media rabbit taxidermy art pieces are made to order.  {I will also happily consider the preservation of other critters.}


 While this one is currently taking residence and hanging in the Design House in Macon, Georgia, it is for sale.  Contact me directly for details.  


Stay out of mischief and have a wonderful week.

As always, thank you for your visit.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

02 March 2015

Charmed

Vintage style.


A belated thank you to the creative talent behind the lovely publication, 
Creating Vintage Charm.




For the third time in as many issues, I have been fortunate to have my work shared on the pages of these journals.  Here's a peek...



A tutorial on how to create my vintage sheet music papier machè bowls and kissing balls...but if you do not want to make these yourself, they are available in my Etsy shop or by custom order.



And another tutorial on how to fashion your very own glamour girl letter openers.  The one of a kind pieces shown above have been sold, however I do accept special orders for these, as well.


The February issue was full of love and my HeART kits were featured.



Thank you Sonia Crouse, creator, editor, and friend, for the opportunity to share my work in your magazines.  It's always a joy to work with you!


Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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PS

 I have enjoyed all of your comments and conversation throughout the years, however I feel that it is time for me to simply use this as a platform to share my work, photography, creations, and stories without the obligation for my readers to leave a comment.  Therefore, I have decided to disable comments on my blog {at least for now}.  If any of you would like to "talk" to me or share your thoughts, feel free to e-mail me at ItalianGirlinGeorgia{at}gmail{dot}com.  I will write back!

You all are fabulous and I have enjoyed getting to know you through our comments on each other's blogs. I hope that we will continue our cyber friendships through personal e-mails occasionally.

Ciao, ciao!

19 February 2015

Chinese New Year

It is the year of the sheep according to the Chinese lunar calendar.




Or as the United States Postal Service has decided, the year of the ram.


In any case, stay warm these last few winter weeks.


It's cold outside!


Wooly says so.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

14 February 2015

The Angels Have Landed

...in a bed of velvet roses surrounded by bouquets fresh tulips!


The sun's rays shine through the window panes, casting seductive shadows on the cherubs, while they ponder the mysteries of love.


Giant pink rosebuds tickle their feet and hearts sparkle.


Secrets are kept in a special box and tiny cups are ready to be filled with love potion.


Cupid is wondering whose heart he will capture next.


During this month of  L O V E, I have filled our home with pink tulips, vintage Valentine's tucked here and there...



...petite wreaths made of white paper roses,


...tiny hand painted antique porcelain dishes large enough for a single chocolate truffle,


...French novels and love stories,


...and pink polka dot paper lanterns dangling from our wrought iron chandelier.


{Special delivery from the statuesque rabbits in the background who happily tote a lavender topiary tree.}



A peek through the paper lanterns and hanging roses for a glimpse of the winter sunshine on our terrace.



Pink tulips, pink hearts, pink cabbage roses, pink candles, pink Valentines...my husband said to me that he had never seen so much  P I N K.


This is the one time of year I indulge in every shade of this beautiful hue...


...and do not worry if the boys in the house get a little blue.


Mr. Pig seems perfectly happy dressed in his pink velvet bow.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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Sharing the LOVE with some of these friends this Valentine's week.

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Ciao amici,
Suzanne

03 February 2015

Winter Berries

Winter kissed strawberries.


For two.


Enjoy.

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

26 January 2015

Moody Pink

Delicate, bold, vibrant, glorious.


Oriental pink poppies.*


Inspired by Walasse Ting and with some digital manipulation, I love how these flowers have transformed since I first photographed them several years ago with my Canon G10.  I am planning to use these in the Design House I am participating in this Spring and will print them on large scale gallery wrapped canvases.  {I will share the photos of the space when it's complete.}

As soon as I see the artist's proofs, I will be offering them for sale in my Etsy, Society6, and Zazzle shops.

 A lesson...never delete practice photos.  You never know what may come of them.

By the way, what do you think of my new logo and banner?  I thought after six and a half years it was time for an update and change.

Enjoy!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

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*These hibiscus remind me so much of Oriental poppies with their colour and delicate petals that I decided to take artistic license with my photos and re-name the blooms!
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