Sunday, May 31, 2009

A circus parade!

I had signed up for Lisa Kettells circus cart swap and I have to admit I was a little worried after I did, because I had never made anything remotely like a circus cart before. But I thought it would be fun to try anyways.

I was a little worried though for my partners sake, because I really had no idea what she might end up with.

So I went online and found some vintagey circus pictures and printed them out, dug through my junk and found an old tin and a couple wooden thread spools and the little bear. I went through my little pile of scrap book papers, and then started cutting and glueing things together.. with no clue what I was doing!

And this is what I came up with. I had so much fun making it! However, I took the pictures thinking I was done, wrapped it and boxed it up and had it ready to mail, then realized it those polar bears needed to be dressed up! so I opened it back up and glittered them with clear glitter gave them each a tiny crepe paper ruffle and a party hat. then I added bright red glitter to the wheels.. let it dry and wrapped it back up to go... with out taking another picture of it! (duh!)

So this is what I sent to my partner for the circus cart swap! I hope she likes it. I'm thinking she may have recieved it yesterday, if not then hopefully tomorrow!

In other news.. I gave you a little sneak peek of my raggedy ann that I made for Aunt PittyPats annie swap. Aunt pittypat herself was my partner (Marcel) and she recieved her yesterday and loves her. Im so glad she did! I was really liking her myself too. she had on the cutest little dress! I'm looking forward to seeing what Marcel sends me.

I'm expecting a few things in the mail. Sometimes I forget what I have coming and then its a surprise when they get here. Well, if its a swap, its always a surprise, because you dont know what wonderful thing someone might make for you!

So whats everyone doing today? Im still on call and have to do a home visit this morning, then I might go to michaels, I need something. I dont know what i need, but I'll know when I see it!
I need to do laundry...
I need to clean the bathroom...
run the vacuum...
and do some general picking up..
and I took pork nibblers (country style ribs) out of the freezer to cook on the grill and I'll probably make a potato salad..
Look how sweet these kittens are! can you barely stand it??? I cant. dont mind me.. this was taken at 7:00 am, right after rolling out of bed.. Eiy yie yie! I'm looking older and older all the time!
Have a purrfectly delightful day girls!!


AwtemNymf said...

You are beautiful Viv- even after a few minutes of waking up {HUGS}. That smile... those cats... sweet! I saw your circus cart on Flickr (& commented) and I have to say- that swap partner is one lucky gal! The cart is ADORABLE and so creative! I love it! And the Annie..... OHMYWINGS- too precious for words! I love it! I love your work!!
Hugs & Faerie Dust!

Carla said...

Your partner should be very happy. You are so creative!! Your Annie is adorable. And those kittens!!! TOooooo cute.

Thimbleprims Studio said...

I wish I looked as lovely as you do when I've just gotten up! Especially with those wonderful kittens.
I LOVE your circus cart!! You did a fantastic job. I love everything about it. Your partner is a very lucky person.
And, your Raggedy is such a little sweetie.
You do such incredible things, Viv. I am so lucky to know you.
Lots of love,

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zoe said...

Such a incredible circus cart swap, the image you are using was beautiful and socheerful to me. Happy looking it and you look great with you cute kittens.

I'm going to plant something tomorrow hehe.


Mica said...

I love how your circus cart turned out !! You did a great job sweety. Hi little kitties !!! Hugs, Mica

Sandy Michelle said...

Anyone who has you as a partner is SOOOO lucky. Your cart is so magical and your Annie is too cute! You look great along side your babies!

Have a great week!

BlackCrow said...

What a great idea with the circus cart, I've been thinking about buying something like that to add to my props for my art doll photo's...I can make it myself!!.....Now you've given me even more ideas!!!
yes how do you do it, it's not fair to look that good first thing in the morning!!
Kittens are looking bigger!!
And Annie is wonderful, parting with her must have been a sad affair?
Once they are gone though there is an empty space that needs re filling and another little doll is born!
Yes it's Monday today and thank you for all the comments about my bears and the others.

Gina2424 said...

Your circus cart is perfect and outstanding! Someone will be thrilled.

Danita said...

Hi Vivian!
Please send me the details of the doll you won (unless you don't want it anymore :P )
my email is

Have a great day!

bojojoti said...

The circus cart is adorable, but the kittens are the sweetest!

ryliej said...

you're very creative!

Joops said...

those are gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

hey chickadee! I lOVE the cart! its to cute and so are those little kitties!! Now that your finished with that swap come on over and sign up for the one I am hosting! hehe BIG mermaid hugs


Valarie said...

Oh Viv, your cart is wonderful!! I love the little bear!! I was digging through an old box of things from when I was little, and found the raggedy ann and andy dolls that my Grandma made me when I was 6 or 7. They are now in my craft room watching over me. Seeing the doll you made, made me smile. Have a lovely day, oh and I am painting the bathroom and making curtains on this rainy Colorado day.
xxoo Valarie

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Hey girl, spread some of that talent my way. You are amazing. IS there any medium you can't work with?! The Ann doll is so cute and the circus cart, amaazing!

natalea said...

I just LOVE your circus cart Viv- it is perfect! xo natalea

Anonymous said...

Your circus cart came out wonderful! I'm sure your partner will love it! Your new babies look so cute!

Kai said...

Gracious, Viv! I don't look that good HOURS after I am up. You are a BEAUTY! And those lil' kitty-people couldn't BE any more darling! Now! Your swap partner is LUCKY to get that amazing circus wagon! I admit I've never been a circus person, but I SWEAR that is cute enough to convert me! And your raggedy? LOVE HER! (Love YOU, too!)

Melissa said...

Hey Viv! Your circus cart is FABULOUS!!!! Such detail! Thanks for stopping by my blog. I know you are a flower lover too!
Melissa said...

That is such a fun piece!! Wow, that is so cool, I really like the trick bears!!!

Natasha Burns said...

oh gosh your raggedy ann is gorgeous!
That cart! oh my!!! you've never done one? what are you worried about?!! you're a pro! It's absolutely adorable, so precious! Well done Viv!

Julie said...

Oh Vivian...I love your circus creation!!! You should make a whole train and theme it for Christmas or something! Your blog is always so inspiring to me.

kathy said...

HOw delightful =- TOO cute for words -- everyone loves a circus !!! The pics is cute too - don't know which one is cuter --you or the kitty --
HUGS , Kathy -ga ♥♥

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Fran said...

LOVE the Circus Cart. I love your blog. It always makes me smile. Raggedy is a cutie.

creative breathing said...

Oh Vivian, I wish I had been following your posts all along. Your circus swap is amazing! I need to give paper a try. These swaps look like such fun! Elizabeth