Tuesday, November 13, 2012

don't mess with the tinkering mojo














I'm supposed to be tidying-up and styling the Girlie Office for a photo shoot to promote my book but keep getting struck with tinkering mojo and making messes instead. {You can't refuse the mojo!}













I suppose that making messes and creating go hand in hand.














It all started when I was figuring out where to store some gathered acorn caps -- which turned into making a clothespin doll. And the thing about making clothespin dolls is that you can't make just one.















So, I made a few.














Then I made a few more.















Okay, then two more. I put away all of my supplies and then ...














felt like tinkering a bit more. Making things is so pleasurable!














Once the room was reassembled I began to think how it would be nice to have something on the blank wall. I searched around a bit online and offline but came up empty-handed and then somehow mysteriously ended up at Michaels where I purchased embroidery hoops and blank canvases (canvasi?).


















I once saw the reverse of "canvasi" used as frames in a display at Anthropologie and decided to put my own spin on the idea so I painted the exposed pine, mounted decorative paper and attached two to a wide length of satin ribbon.














I also framed paper using the outer pieces of the embroidery hoops and attached the trio to the wall using masking tape (because I am way too fickle to commit to nails or screws).


















Now, I just have to keep this room neat for a few more days until the photo shoot.

{FYI clothespin dolls, clothespins and even the decorative paper I use are included among the over 35 projects in Tinkered Treasures!}

xo
elyse

21 comments:

Katy Noelle said...

I say, don't mess with the mojo! Those are ADORABLE!!!

I always worry that everyone else in the world goes in a straight line - just like they're supposed to - without creative fits that take them way out on loops.... =/ So glad I'm not alone! =D

But, it looks like you got there in the end. Very exciting!!! =]

xxo

myletterstoemily said...

your mojo is way better than anyone
else's mojo!

stefanie said...

hahahaha....good luck!!!!

Lucille said...

Those little clothespin dolls are adorable! Nice to know they are included in your book!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I just love your girly office, elyse! And your mojo of course! :)

Mary Ellen said...

Oh those little acorn berets are the cutest!!! Love all your tinkering Elyse! I have been working on Christmas at the Antique stores and made some adorable little snowflake garland for the windows- it was fun doing a bit of tinkering myself!

bee blessed
mary

NanaDiana said...

What sweet and beautiful things your mojo produces. I love them all- perfectly adorable. xo Diana

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello Elyse,

Those dolls are adorable! Love them!


Gabriela

Katsui Jewelry said...

Very nice tinkering today. Bridesmaids. Those little dolls look like bridesmaids!

The Polka Dot Closet said...

All of your little creations are adorable! And your office is truly photo worthy. I love the hoops!

Carol

Theresa said...

I have some of those clothespins, must get busy making them pretty:) Have a blessed day dear Elyse, HUGS!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/From Harvest To Table said...

You creations are so pretty Elyse! Love your clothespin dolls...

I spy a mosaic birdhouse :-).
Hugs,
Penny

Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale said...

You can never resist the mojo, because you never know when it might take a hiatus and you're left with zero creativity!! ;)
I've got the mojo lately and am making messes everywhere! Love your clothespin dolls...so darling! Brilliant ideas with the framing as well. I wish your book was out, like today!

Cindy Soto said...

I love your work!! Its so beautiful

Cindy
http://www.sweetservings.com

Jessica Rodarte said...

Gotta go where the muse takes you. :) I love how you get things done, Elyse. Your dolls are so cute with their acorn caps.

bigfootchildhavediabetes.com said...

acorn berets!

Dawn said...

What wonderful quick ideas to make lovely changes ;0)

Jeanne said...

Elyse, your girlie office cleans up nicely! Mine looks more like your "before" pictures. Need to work on it soon.
xo
jeanne

lugarandcompany said...

How clever! Thanks for sharing! You might enjoy my rcent post on a fun project with vintage hankies! Keep up th lovely work!

boomerang jane said...

Canvasi, tee hee. And we are so twins with the decorative commitment thing. Most of my house is held together with blu tac or thumb tacks. :-)

Lucille said...

I love your little dolls! Looking forward to ordering your book but only when it's released!