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!

09 January 2015

New Year's Wishes

Wishing all of you out there, who stop by every once in a while and especially those of you who stop by all the time {I so appreciate your loyalty}, a very Happy New Year.


I always enjoy the start of a new year - it's a fresh start, a time to forget what got messed up last year, and begin again.

What creative plans do you have for the year?  I have several which I will share with you as the months pass in 2015.  In the meantime, for those of you in the frosty weather, stay warm, and for everyone else...

Happy New Year to YOU!

Ciao amici,
Suzanne

25 December 2014

A Snow Kissed Winter Wonderland

...Southern Style.


Earlier this season I had the opportunity to design a Christmas tree for our local Museum of Arts and Sciences.


Every year, local businesses, non-profit organizations, and designers donate their time and creativity for this project, the Festival of Trees.  

While I design and decorate custom trees for many of my clients in their place of business and in their homes, this year I also participated once again in the Festival of Trees and my Christmas story is shown here.


When the snow falls here in the South, it does not last long.  But it is wonderful and I say that we are...


 "snow kissed" when it falls.



My vignette began with two potted topiary trees and an ornate antique wrought iron gate, circa 1870...



...which I adorned with crystal snowflakes, plaid bows, big red jingle bells, and white fuzzy boots tied with mint coloured organza bows.


Peach blossom twinkle lights were entwined within the gate and glowed.  When you walk through the gate you find...


...two stovepipe hats, the colour of coal, crowing each tree {my son's clever idea}...a powdery snow covered path lined with snow filled jars and candy canes, glittery snowballs, and twinkle lights guiding your way.



Frosted pine cones {winter snow cones} hang on the topiary trees with red satin bows...




...while crimson pomegranates poke through the evergreens.


Peppermint candy canes tied with ribbons, snowy greenery, and juniper berries and...




...melted snowman ornaments were also some of the hand crafted decorations I made.


The urns were filled with ruby red hydrangeas at the base of each tree and the retro inspired palette of red and aquamarine created a timeless Christmas story.


Even my chubby little snow guy twinkled with Christmas delight.

Hoping all of you have had a wonderful Christmas season, whether you are in a snow kissed winter wonderland or someplace else.


HO, HO, HO!

Buon Natale Amici,
Suzanne
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