I'm just finishing up a fun necklace to help me get back into the groove of things. I've been working on paperwork and a few custom items. But those projects are coming to a close so I can get back to making some new fun necklaces. This is an adorable little cicada necklace with a steampunk Victorian noir flair. I think I will call it the entomologist's delight.
One of my wishes is to one day be able to visit several of the Inari shrines across Japan. For some reason that little fox spirit has always held a special place in my heart. I would dearly love to see all it’s varing reginal incarnations. Inari Shrine
Japan guide- Inari Shrines
Sacren Destinations- Inari shrine
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I want to visit The Sedlec Ossuary so bad! My sister went there a few years ago, and was just amazed by the artistry of the bones arrangements. Here is a little of the history from the website, "In 1870, a local woodcarver, Frantisek Rindt was given the task to decorate the chapel with the bones. And the amazing result speak for itself. 40,000 human bodies are now arranged and the place is now popularly known as the Church of Bones." So eerie and amazing! I would love to see it in person.
The Sedlec Ossuary
For the last few days I have been working on a distressed antique gold version of this tiara called, " Her Indiscretion in the Parlor." It's made out of clock hands of course. And the gold color just makes it extra steampunk -y. Netflix horror movies have been my constant companion while I've been working on it. So I have a feeling I will be in the Halloween spirit much earlier than usual this year. Yeaaaaaaaaaa!
Mystical, and romantic, and beautiful, and wondrous those are the thoughts that whirl around my head when I see Krista Hout's paintings. Her use of fairytale themes coupled with her unique use of color, and painting style makes images that warm the heart. Can I just live in one of her paintings please, please, please! I could make myself very comfortable in one of the little homes in the forest talking to deer and birds all day. I think i'm going to contact her and see if we can work something out.
Where has EJP been? Has she been on some amazing vacation? Is she having tons of fun frolicking about going to museums and such. Sadly no I've been trying to motivate myself to do my sales tax paperwork. Every six months its the same thing. It takes me so long to get in the mood to do it. Just like a little kid I have to promise myself all kinds of goodies to actually sit down and start. Then it only takes me a few days to finish. But I'm half way through now then ill get back to making fun things.
The other day my sister and I were discussing our fantasy houses. Where we would live anywhere, anytime, or any dimension if we could. From my childhood, it has always been the same. Inside Jeannie’s bottle from the TV show, “I dream of Jeannie”. It was just so pretty, and sparkly, and filled with magic and puffy ottomans. So girlie and Turkish filtered through that 1960’s design ascetic that I love. Not to mention it’s compact and mobile.
Tonight I am trying to finish up this little beauty. It's an elegant little steampunk tiara made out of small clock hands. I have painted it a yummy warm distressed gold color. The original idea from this little tiara came from pictures I was looking at of Big Ben in London. I had the pleasure of seeing it several times as a child and always loved the gold filigree work on the face of it. With all those lovely images running around my head my hands got to work and made this. A tiara perfect for afternoon tea.
For years, I have been obsessed with all forms of Dia De Los Muertos items. So when I found the artist CarmelaJay, and her shop Mi Vida Creations, I was taken aback by the amazing twist that her and her partner had put on the holiday. I was thrilled! I want every last one of them. Here are a few of my favorites. I just love their re-purposed pez dispensers, and their twist on Christmas reindeer.
A huge influence on the things I make is my love of German ironwork jewelry ( can also be called Berlin or French ironwork jewelry). The story goes that in 1806, Napoleon stole iron molds
from Germany to take back to France, and demanded that his jewelers start producing iron jewelry. The war had depleted the treasuries of France and of Germany. Both nations asked their wealthy to turn in their gold jewels for iron. Berlin iron was proudly worn by the upper classes as a sign of their patriotism. Later during the War of Liberation, to assist the struggling economy and to finance the uprising against Napoleon, the Prussian royal family urged women to donate their gold jewelry to the State. In return, the donors were given replacement jewelry made of iron, often bearing the inscription Gold gab ich für Eisen …"I gave gold for iron". Such a great story!!!
EJPcreations is a mad scientist of a woman specializing in creating tiaras, necklaces, and fascinators, with a noir, and gothic flair. All adornments have a hint of vampire elegance, a dash of Steampunk bravado, and plenty of Neo-Victorian sensibilities.
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