July 2011

Crafty Boutique

Jessica Marin

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Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

One of the most beloved aspects of Wonderland is the Tea Party. It is the infamous setting where we see the mad hatters true madness or genius (which ever way we choose to spin it) and we are privy to the special rendition of “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat.” Personally, I always dreamed of having a wedding inspired by this setting and based on all the internet posts and pictures, I know I am not alone.

While scouring the internet, I came across an Alice filled blog inspired by everything Wonderland. They celebrate year round all the themes that can be found in Underland. For the month of June, they are celebrating the mad genius behind the mad tea party, the mad hatter himself. As it turns out, the numbers found on hatter’s hat represent his birthday. Now because the story was originated in England where the date comes first and the month comes second, it is said that his birthday in on June 6. However, here in the states it is the opposite and many choose to celebrate Hatter’s birthday in October therefore the Altered Alice gals decided to celebrate both days. Now, of course, there is more to the story than I am telling you but in order to find it out, you must visit The Altered Alice, a Non-Calendrical Compendium of Alice in Wonderland Artwork. This is a blog that you do not want to miss. If you are even the smallest fan of Wonderland, you will be completely won over and amazed by the various projects you can find there and celebrations that occur. And like I said, you can’t miss the Twisted Tea Party that is happening in June. All the girls were in charge of bringing Wonderland objects such as hats, croquet mallets, flamingos, etc. Won’t you join them for some tea and tarts?

As I'm ending this article, I want to leave you with this… Alice in Wonderland was written almost a hundred and fifty years ago. It has been researched, pulled apart, examined from every aspect, angle or view possible and yet we still don’t fully understand it. We will always wonder why is a raven like a writing desk but that is the beauty of it. I, along with the rest of the Alice fans, will never fully know the meaning behind Wonderland/Underland but rest assure that we will enjoy our time down the rabbit hole and you should too.

2 For Tea by Dora Phillips

Supplies: Paper, Die Cut, Twine: Pink Paislee, Doily: My Little Yellow Bicycle, Alphabet: American Crafts, BasicGrey, Markers: Copic, Other: pin. Digital Supplies: Digital Stamp: Spesch Designer Stamps.

Design Notes: I fell in love with this darling stamp and could not wait to color it. Using digital stamps is simple and fun--you can make them any size and can use them again and again. Editor’s Notes: Dora creates the most adorable, colorful cards. They are always clean with the just the right amount of embellishments. She inspires me to step out of my comfort zone and use colors like yellow. To see Dora’s beautiful work, please visit her at Life with a Twist.

Hatter’s Hat by Jessica Marin

Supplies: Paper: Recollections, Cardstock: Die Cuts With a View, Ink: Distress Inks Ranger, Adhesive: Tombo Mono Aqua, Stamp: The Greeting Farm, Other: ribbon. Tools: Electronic Die Cutter: Cricut Expression (Provo Craft), Cartridge: Disney Classics (Provo Craft), Gypsy (Provo Craft).

Design Notes: Late last year, Provo Craft released a Cricut cartridge that features the Disney Classics. I literally fell over from the excitement of it. Lol! I knew I instantly needed it. I must warn you that it does feature the cartoon version, but there are a lot of symbols and images that can be altered and used. My hat is a perfect example of that. I altered the sizes, welded the shapes together and introduced it to Mr. Timmy (Holtz that is). I also used a special edition Alice stamp from The Greeting Farm to stamp on his hat. To see more of my distressed hatter’s hat and various other projects featuring the mad characters please visit me at My Scrap Diary.

Mad Hatter Tea Party Lamp by Natalie Shaw

Supplies: Vinyl: Die Cuts With a View, Spray Primer, Spray Paint: Krylon, Rustoleum, Other: ceramic, china, glass dishes, found objects, diamond bit and drill, DIY lamp kit, threaded tube/rod, lamp shade. Tools: Electronic Cutter: Silhouette SD Machine.

Design Notes (Edited): I came across the Alice in Wonderland inspired lamps on Anthropologies website and I instantly fell in love with them. However their lamps retail for $198 therefore my frugal DIY mother side took over. I knew that I could recreate the Anthropologie lamps for much less. I used specific colors and a vinyl swirl to give it more of my personality and flare. I truly enjoyed myself working on this project and since I like to make things in bulk, this will be number one of six. I just love how it turned out!

Editor’s Note: I cant wait to see how the rest of her Wonderland inspired lamps turn out. However, lamps aren’t the only items Natalie likes to repurpose. Aside from being a paper crafter she likes to give new life to unwanted items. To see the rest of Natalie’s Wonderland lamps and other DIY projects, please visit her at Doodle Craft.

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