Thursday, November 10, 2011

Christmas Bottle Angel and a new look for me!

The inspiration for Christmas in Blogland is abundant and I have been very excited about getting back in the studio and creating for the season. I love Christmas time and decorating for the holiday is one of my favorite things to! Because I have been having fun altering bottles recently I decided to make an altered bottle angel. The bottle is covered with lace and encaustic wax. The wings were made from an old cork coaster that I cut in half and then scalloped the edges. Then I covered it with glue and mica flakes and finally added the pearl embellishments. The head is an old round drawer pull with 2 glittered snowflake ornaments attached to back. A little "vintage" tinsel, some buttons and an old ornament and preso! bottle angel!! I think she needs a few friends now.

On another note... After much consideration, I finally decided to give my blog the makeover I have been wanting to do for a long time.  I had my old header for several years now and although I liked it, it did not represent who I have become. I needed a lighter fresher look so that's the direction I went.  I hope you like it!!

50 comments:

Nancy said...

Adore your new blog look!! I agree, much brighter and lighter. Love your posts and all your creativeness. Wish you would consider hosting another craft class!!
XO Nancy

Rosa Lily (Pen) said...

Yes I like the new look blog very much :) The bottle Angel is glorious!! x

bobbie said...

I love your new blog look ~ clean & fresh, but still charming!!

MaryAnn said...

Your angel is beautiful. She needs a whole choir of angels =)
MaryAnn

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

Your bottle angel is so pretty! What a great idea for altering a bottle.

Danielle

Sandra Kaye said...

She turned out great!! Love the new blog look too! But you know...it doesn't matter what you (wear), we followers in blog land are ALWAYS going to LOVE you :) You are too talented and sweet not to. :) Hugs

BucksCountyFolkArt said...

It's all so beautiful and reminds me of a store in NY, Tinsel Trading Company!

Hel said...

Love your new look. I'm always so inspired by your creations.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

your xmas angel is oh-so-sweet but your new look is...oh my...DIVINE! I sooo love it! it's pretty..refreshing....calming...LOVE...love!

artistamyjo said...

Love your new look,soft but elegant.
The bottle angel is adorable!
Hugs

Marilyn said...

Your angel is divine. Reading about things people make teaches me new things all the time. Now I need to learn about that wax! Beautiful.♥♫

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Karen ~ I love your new look and I love the bottle!!

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Karen
I like the new look of your blog, the colours are lighter but it still says you.
The angel is really sweet, I was surprised that you used a drawer pull for the head - very creative.
Judith

artbywendy said...

the new look for your blog is great,and I love your bottle angel! I have seen so many projects on blogs that I want to do. If only I could quit my job and craft all day I would be in heaven!

Jo said...

oh how very very pretty! What a beautiful project!

gracie said...

Very nice make-over....and the angel is so pretty

Creative Grammie said...

Aloha Karen,
Your bottle angel is gorgeous! She's very vintage, so perfect.
I love your new banner, though I always loved your other one! It's still very you. I've yet to learn how to create beautiful frames. Your frames are amazing.
Thanks for sharing your creations with all of us.
Hugs from Hawaii.

Amy@HomeRemediesRX said...

Cute bottle angel, and I love the new look!

Sharon said...

Lovely header! That bottle angel is very pretty!

Romeo said...

Well I suppose by now, you've created an entire angelic choir, yes? But the real question is.....have you made a dog choir angel? How about a cat choir angel?! You know how we love to sing, so I think purrhaps you should include a few of us too!

As for the new blog look......yep we are both loving it!!!! This does seem a better representation of who you are now! Kudos on a job well done - you did have one of the best designers and that was critical ;) Keep creating - it's what you do best!

Have a great weekend!

Purrs,

Romeo and "her"

Teresa said...

I love this kind of artistic expression, taking simple things like a bottle and turning it into something so elegant and decorative.

You have explosive talent! (I hope that made sense ;} )

Abby's Paperie Garden said...

Love your bottle doll and your new look!

xo,

Abby

Marilou of Lulu's Lovlies and Heartful Creations said...

Love your new blog dress, and love your bottle, what fun! I agree your angel could grow into a choir of angels! Glad you have had some time to create and enjoy! Love the new Valentine Design buttons, I noticed and they look great my friend. As usual you have outdone yourself and I can't wait to see what you create next. Hugs and love, Marilou xoxo

A Scrap-a-Teeny Girl said...

Just GORGEOUS! Hard to believe there's a bottle under there! :D

debi huntsman said...

Love your bottle angel Karen. She's gorgeous!!!

And your new blog look is beautiful. Love the new banner...so fresh.

sweet violets said...

Love the little angel and your new blog look, brighter and neater....everything you do is wonderful!! hugs...cleo

Cindy Craine said...

K it looks great, the new blog look and the angel. You should do a tutorial on it! It looks simple and fun, perfect for a fun afternoon project! I still haven't talked to you, are all the palm trees lit up for Christmas yet? Oh how I want to come shopping with you! Well off to bed, nite sweet friend-oxo-cin

Incipient Wings said...

it's gorgeous!
i love it! great job:)
your new blog look is very pretty.

mon-coin-joli said...

superbe l'idée, ton ange est vraiment très beau
ta nouvelle banière est très réussie
bisous
Nicolette

MaygreenFairies said...

Ohh Karen your new look is stunning, really elegant! It is always such a joy visiting your blog, beautiful photos and inspiring and interesting posts, keep 'em coming girl! Hugs, Mandy x

MosaicMagpie said...

Love the new look, you are so busy giving everyone else a fresh looking blog you had no time left for yourself. Like the cobbler's children without shoes. The bottle angel is beautiful and so interesting to look at!
Deb

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

I love the new look! It feels good to change things up every once in a while! Your angel is darling!~Hugs, Patti

"Create Beauty" said...

Beautiful! Your new blog header AND the bottle angel!!! Your creativity is inspiring!!!
~ Violet

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Your Angel is beautiful and I love your new blog header. Both very nice. Have a great weekend

sonya said...

Hi Karen,
Your bottle angel is beautiful!
Your new blog look is gorgeous-it fits you perfectly!
Have a happy day!
xo, Sonya

craftymarta said...

Love the new look and the Christmas angel is up my alley kind of thing, precious. Blessings, Marta.

Vicki said...

Karen, I love your new look and the angel too. She definitely needs a friend. I bet you have another in the works.

Robin said...

Gorgeous bottle and blog! Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Robin

Vintage Begonia said...

Your blog looks fabulous!! We tell so many of our customers about your beautiful work!!
Happy holidays,
Jackie

Blessings from Cindy said...

Love your new look to your blog. It is beautiful! I also love the angel; it is really pretty!!
Blessings,
Cindy

Daphne Nicole & Lynda Cade said...

Karen, your art work is beautiful and I just love your new blog look. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!!
hugs~~~ Daphne

The English Romantic said...

Hi Karen,
A new look, Wow, I love it.
That little angel is so beautiful, she's just waiting to herald the festive season.
Have a great weekend,
Hugs, Angela.

Cheryl said...

I like your new look a lot - it really is bright! Love the bottle Angel!
Hugs
Cxxx

Lynn Richards said...

Oh, Karen, that angel is cute as pie!!!
The blog header is fabulous. You are right, it reflects your look so much more. Just got caught up on the photos of the launch party. How exciting!
xo
lynn

Lynn said...

Ah yes, we do change don't we, and hopefully grow creatively by doing so. I love your new look, could use one myself but don't know what I want.
You bottle Angel is delightful Karen, you are so creative and talented. It's hard to tell she is made from a bottle :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

I am loving the new look of your blog. Much brighter, very elegant (like the last look), and still inviting.

Paula

Gebreidesjaals: Knitted Scarfs or Scarves said...

Very beatiful blog ! nice photos and the homes photos are stunning. have a nice day! mieke www.gebreidesjaals.blogspot.com

Terri said...

Hello Karen,
Your new header is indeed fresh, and so gorgeous! I love it! As is your bottle angel. I have never done any bottle art before. I love how you have made this one here, just lovely!
I also love the white detail edging on your photo, I have not seen any that gorgeous.
Hugs,
Terri

Monica said...

Dear Karen,
... I thought I'd see your new hairdo! HA! :)
Your blog look is fabulous, so 'you'! Change is good every now and then, isn't it?
Your new creations are simply stunning! Will take a spare moment to come back and see the rest! Must go and walk Kim now :)
Big hugs,
Monica xo

Kelly_Deal said...

Gorgeous bottle! Love the new look!
Kelly

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