Monday, December 29, 2008

I love Alice in Wonderland (especially the Mad Hatter)!

Sir John Tenniel's Alice in Wonderland illustrations are so insanely popular, and it's easy to see why. They have such great detail, and they bring the story to life. I was really excited recently when I tracked down some of the full color ones, and I could hardly wait to make something from them. After doing some cleanup to them (removing speckles, cleaning up the backgrounds a bit, etc.), I decided to make some vintage looking tags and some notecards from them. Aren't these beautiful?

There are lots of Alice lovers out there in Etsy land. One of them is my buddy Beth (aka bethtastic). She recently asked me about getting copies of the black and white Alice images I've used in my other tags, so we worked out a deal... I'd send her the images, and she'd make me a pendant with my favorite character - The Mad Hatter. Shortly after I sent her the images, I was looking at Pounce (one of the cool Etsy features) and saw one of her Alice pendants go by. It's no wonder it sold so quickly!!! Just look how great these are.

No beadweaving to show off today... I finished a couple of new pieces, but I didn't get a chance for photos yet.

I did have one adventure this morning. And I have to tell you. In a battle between a utility knife and a thumb, chances are very good that the utility knife is going to win. My husband always tells me to be careful, and I really do try. But it doesn't always work. So this morning, as I was slicing matboard into ACEO-sized blanks, my thumb slipped. Right into the path of the utility knife. Ouch. The bleeding stopped about 20 minutes after the cut. I actually debated whether to go get stitches in it, but I opted to tough it out with just a big bandage (you probably won't be surprised to learn that we have lots of those around - my favorite brand is the 3M Nexcare because it stays on forever, even when saturated with water, and it's made of a kind of foam material that lets me grip things).

And the next time I use the utility knife, I will be more careful. Wonder if I could work in chainmaille gloves?


Melody Marie Murray said...

Ow! I'm sorry about your thumb!

Duni said...

Those cards and tags are fantastic! Love them! Hope your thumb heals quickly...ouch.

Hannah Fanna said...

Wow those are cool. I was amazed when I saw those! I hope your thumb gets better.

MySweetThree said...

Those are really beautiful!!! and take care of that thumb!! =)

Deb DiSalvo said...

Love your Alice cards! I, too, have MANY bandaids about the house! I am notorius for cutting myself, even before getting into glass! Just cut myself today with the glass - god, I'm so used to it, it doesn't even bother me any more! I told you we were long lost sisters! A while back, I came down the stairs to find my son with a box of band-aids and he had one on every finger - he looked at me and said, "look mommy, I'm just like you!" My hubby gave up on feeling bad for me sooooo long ago! LOL!

Have a great new year!


Wow!!!! These are beautiful and remind me of my nana! Happy New Year to you!!!

GraceBeading said...

Hi MaryLou... I didn't know you had a blog, I was so happy to discover that today!

The Alice images are exquisite, they really transferred beautifully. The pendants are neat too - great trade!

Sorry to hear you lost the battle with the utility knife, that has happened to the DH a year or so back. You know what he did? (he won't go in for stitches), he superglued it shut. I was mortified at the time, but I have to say... it healed up quite nicely, didn't even leave a scar and I thought it was going to be rather ugly. I hope yours heals up nicely and doesn't give you any grief.

The Fitness Diva said...

Just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year!

Health and much prosperity to you in 2009!

Fitness Diva

Carol Dean said...

It's official, MaryLou--you wouldn't survive as a quilter :O Those rotary cutters would do you in, my friend. I hope you heal extraordinarily fast!

beth said...

ML! Thanks for posting those...I'm sending some pendants out to you today. It's been SUCH a sucky past few days in flickrland and etsy w/ customers. argh. But I'll talk with you abut that later. I love that champagne bracelet.



Crystal Raen said...

Alice in Wonderland is the BEST, and I LOVE these items!

Sorry about your thumb :-(

Little-Z said...

very lovely!