Tuesday 26 July 2011

Wedding Book pages for the bride and groom

Hi All

Did you like my Frozen Charlotte Dolls - scroll down to the previous post if you haven't seen them yet.

A big welcome to Debbi who has joined in this creative journey with me - welcome Debbi hope you like my eclectic styles.

I have made another 2 pages for the wedding book I am making. If you have seen the other pages you will know that this is a wooden book and the idea is to make lots of tags for the wedding guests to sign and for the bride and groom to add some photos and journalling later. I am using Graphic 45 Le Romantique papers and Hampton Art stamps to match.

This page is specifically for Helen and Jamie as the B&G to write something to each other on the special day. They have a tag each and a mini tag for them to write something to each other on. These will be tied together with some ribbon when they have been completed.

The images were downloaded from the internet and cut out and stuck to tags on which I had used distress stains, starburst stains and perfect pearls, then stamped over the top with a TH stamp.

The flower was made by Suzanne Klezcar and I used the butterfly wings from the fanciful flight die and embossed it with glittery embossing powder.

Do you like the idea of the mini tags to match the larger ones - I thought that was quite neat?

The second page is very simple - A sheet from the Le Romantique paper pad.

I hope you can see some subtle colouring.

I used white pencil, coloured watercolour pencils, pearl pen and inka gold. I think it lifts it a bit and maintains that vintage look.

Inside are two blank pages for photographs to be added.

Slotted behind the pages are 2 tags.

One for the parents of the bride to write something and one for the parents of the groom.

Off to get some more of this done, still only about half way through it.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Frozen Charlotte Dolls

Hi All

I have been bitten by the bug. I have totally fallen in love with the little Frozen Charlotte Dolls. Tim Holtz calls them Fractured Dolls. I have used a couple lately, made by myself from a mould - but guess what????


I have been and bought myself some real ones, all the way from Germany where they have been dug up from the grounds of an old factory - you can see some still have dirt on them. Aren't they amazing?

The largest is 3 1/4 ins and the smallest is 1 1/4 ins tall.

Wikipaedia describes them as -

Frozen Charlotte is a name used to describe a specific form of china doll made from ca. 1850 to ca. 1920. The name comes from the American folk ballad Fair Charlotte, which tells of a young girl called Charlotte who refused to wrap up warmly to go on a sleigh ride and froze to death during the journey.

The Frozen Charlotte doll is made in the form of a standing, naked figure moulded all in one piece. These dolls may also be seen described as pillar dolls, solid chinas or bathing babies. The dolls ranged in size from under an inch to 18 inches plus. The smallest dolls were sometimes used as charms in Christmas puddings. Smaller sizes were very popular for putting in doll's houses. Occasionally versions are seen with a glazed china front and an unglazed stoneware back. This enabled the doll to float on its back when placed in a bath.
They are also made in bisque, and can come in white, pink-tinted, or, more rarely, painted black. Some rare examples have moulded chemises. Male dolls (identified by their boyish hairstyles) are called Frozen Charlies.

Other places describe the dolls being used by ladies to stir and cool their hot tea and after they would be given to little girls to play with. Some historical articles say they are called 'frozen' because they are unjointed, with no moving parts to them.

So there is a real history to these little things. Of course the painted and unbroken ones are worth quite alot of money but these ones have not been sold before and would have been thrown away at the factory, so probably were classed as seconds, but even so I think the fact that they are broken adds to their character. (My husband thinks I am mad!!!)

I have also purchased some vintage pen nibs and I am waiting for some little glass bottles to arrive - I think my altered art is going to increase don't you.

Hope you are having a good day. I will be back later with another wedding book page.


luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox