Just in case it's not enough that I have a gorgeous new blog banner from Kris Hurst http://krislhurst.blogspot.com/ in my favorite shades of Marie Antoinette, I also have a multi-book review of Marie A biographies that premiered here http://vintageindie.typepad.com/vintage_indie/2008/07/summer-reads--.html Friday on Vintage Indie http://www.vintageindie.typepad.com/. I decided I might as well write reviews of all the biographies I have just finished in my research for an article for Mary Ann McKeating's http://firstborn.wordpress.com/ new zine coming out this fall. My article for that explores why Marie Antoinette serves as a muse for so many artists. Not me, of course. No. Not me.
Hmmm....maybe that's why I just completed two more Marie Antoinette paper mache art dolls. I had enough supplies left over from my other blue toile version (Marie is credited with starting the whole toile fabric craze), and I had been wanting to make one with the famous icons of a ship or cake, which she was said to have worn in her hair as one of many elaborate poufs or hats she had created. Angela Hoffman http://geminiangelsart.blogspot.com/ came to the rescue with not only a ship but also a cake. A little spray paint, and voila! They were Marie-ready. Meanwhile, Sherry Smyth, http://espritdart.blogspot.com/another Shabby Sister design team member http://www.shabbycottagestudio.com/ came to the rescue during Etsy's Trading Tuesdays with another paper mache bust. We swapped for a pair of my glass tulip bead earrings from my etsy shop http://www.hpsgsmith.etsy.com/, and everyone is happy! Now, which one to send to Mary Ann for our Marie swap??
Mary Ann's sister Jo http://labouroflovex3.blogspot.com/ is now hosting a Marie-themed itty bitty book page swap, so of course I am up for that. And, of course I will need some cool Marie stamps from Catherine Moore of Character Constructions http://www.characterconstructions.com/. So do you!
The paper-covered box with the vintage china doll head is for china-doll-head-box swap with Mica of Garboodles Soup http://garboodles.blogspot.com/ who makes the sweetest paper mache boxes, pinkeeps, figurines and also sock monkeys. I can't wait to see what she has made for me!
Don't forget to dial your internet to blogtalk radio Wednesday to hear my interview on Diva Craft Lounge http://www.divacraftlounge.com/. I'm very excited to chat with 'The Diva'!