Wee Cottage Lane Christmas

Wee Cottage Lane  Christmas
by Laura Pallatin of LaBelle Mariposa

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Upcoming Line of Pendants for ETSY

original painting titled "sunshine"
original artwork titled "mended heart"
daisy picture taken in Gilroy, CA

Sunflower picture taken in McCloud California
Hey, all! I've been slaving away working on new designs to place in pendants that I plan to list on ETSY. I thought it would be fun to post a few of the art pieces here to give a preview of the jewelry to come. I just love creating iconic images. These pieces lend themselves perfectly to darling little pendants worn simply or adorned with charms and beads. Gosh, the creative process is fun!This process starts with creating original artwork, taking pictures, and collecting vintage images. Then, I use my computer to make them the right size and print them out. For fun, I like to add some glitter and extra brush or ink strokes to the images. Finally, it's off to the glass studio to create the pendants. I hope you are having fun with your process, too.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lovely blue cupboard

finished blue cabinet

When I was decorating our guest bedroom, pouring over magazines for the perfect combination of elements, I fell in love with an antique blue cupboard. The piece in the magazine was had been made from old stairs and painted many times over the years. Despite the fact that the original is a one of a kind, and way out of my budget anyway, I was dreaming of bringing such a piece into my home. So... I asked my sweetie if he could make a cabinet for me that we could turn into a similar piece. He was game so we worked on the project together. We live in a development with pretty small bedrooms, so I asked Jim to make it shallow so that it wouldn't take up too much room. He did the carpentry, and I did the painting and lined the inside with a 40's inspired fabric. I thought it would be a fun thing to share here. Art takes many forms and this little cabinet is art in my book.

a peak inside

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

TV show idea

Woo hoo! I just suggested a show to the Discovery Network. I hope it comes to life. I know many of us creative types would love it! Here's my idea:

Hi! I have an idea for a show I'd love to see. As far as I can find there is nothing like it on the air now. I'm not sure which one of your channels would fit best, but I'm sure you guys are the right place for it. My idea springs from what I love which is creating. I make quilts, paint, sew, make jewelry, stained glass, write, etc. I know that many people are like me and there is nothing on TV that shows people explaining their creative process. If we are open to many forms of creativity, we can include profiles of glass blowers, architects, artists, sculptors, artisans, musicians, writers... and many more. It would include elements from some your most popular shows including "How it's made" and even "Dirty Jobs" because we'd be interviewing people about what they do (even better, what they're passionate about) Obviously, I'd love to be a part of the show :) But, seeing it come to fruition would be a real blessing, too. Thank you for considering my idea. Please contact me if you'd like. Blessings,
Laura Pallatin

Doesn't that sound like fun! I'd love to watch a show about people realizing their creative visions. Let's keep our fingers crossed.