Friday, September 23, 2011

Art-Is YOU!

Been a busy week here in The Rabbit Hole.

Creating, sorting and our very favorite part before a show...

PRICING!  Woohoo!

Tomorrow is the Trunk show and TRUNKS are just what I am bringing...Almost!

I rented 3 tables for this event...THREE Tables?
What was I thinking?
Thank goodness  "Mister ROB" is being a good chap and coming with on the 7.5 hour drive.
LOTS fit into his Giant SUV that I always give him crap for driving
a gas guzzler.
(Though it will come in handy this fine weekend, indeed!!!)

Was about time I cleaned the studio of odds and ends that I am not going to use,
so 1 table will be my art, blah, blah blah and the other two
tables will be overflowing with Vintage Mixed Media Odds & Ends Supply Goodness!!!

Here are some samples...

Message Babies and a gaggle of Bling Babies too!

~Sculpted Eyeball Spiders~

~Helping Hands~
(Cause we all need one now and again)

~This and That~
(more doll parts, I see a theme here.  Dolly eyeballs too, but the pic came out blurry~)

LOVE old Viewmasters!
Before electronic hand held devices, this was our entertainment
on long car rides!
( still have 3 with several disks, my kids & visitors love them)

Lots of GOODIES!
Two suitcases of Vintage Lace, too!

Doll heads!!
(So, I couldn't resist putting some in the Ferris Wheel!)

Have a great weekend Peeps 
and hope to see you at 


Friday, September 16, 2011

NEW Class for November

My Great Friend Rita Reade and I are teaming up together to teach 
a Bling Baby Bottle and Tealight Crown class.


Lisa’s Home Studio in Alta Loma, CA
Saturday, November 19th  10 am - 4 pm
Class is $160

These little cuties are only a few of the types of bisque dolls that 
you will get to choose from.  
Other darlings are on their way via The Doll Stork to me as we speak.

All supplies are included, please bring your own soldering Iron.
You will learn how to create your own Bling Baby bottle and make one tiny crown.
For either the baby’s head or for a tea light.
 If you are super proficient and time allows, you can even make two crowns.
Call Lisa Loria to sign up (909) 921-2976 or email

Happy Friday!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Dia de Los Muertos Cross

I adore Dia de Los Muertos and what it symbolizes.
Some of my favorite pieces are of this subject matter.

A few months back, I acquired these really cool wooden
crosses.  They were plain and ready to be re-created.

Figured I would do some sort of Mexican Folk art on them.
Mojo hit and away I went.
First a base color.
Red or Turquoise, went with the later.

Had these baby heads that arrived broken due to poor packing
on the part of the shipper.
The heads were cracked leaving just the front part of the head.
They sat on my shelf for several months waiting for inspiration.
Then it finally came to me.
Dia De Los Muertos Babies...How FUN!

I thoroughly enjoyed creating this and have
the other to finish.

One for me and one for sale.
Going to submit it to an the DA Art Gallery in Pomona
for display in a collective exhibition featuring Day of the Dead
art for the months of October and November.

Have to get to work on my signature skull earrings!
Oooh, I am such a Gringa-Latina!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Pink AND Cream

So, I had a lot of fun creating this piece yesterday and 
a GREAT BIG....THANK YOU to my friends who gave me advice on the colors.

It has been "Lisa-fied"

Started with the Antique White base and went on from there.

I love old Barbola roses, so decided to colorize
the little rose swags that surround the base.

Then it was 2 layers of browns, rubs of that pink and then rubs of gold.

I was seriously at an impasse as to what to do with the 
ovals that had the word "Spiegel" in them.

Thought about just doing my name as that is what I do business under, but bleck.

Branding is one thing, but my name in four places around the tops seems so pretentious.

Since a lot of my other displays have random letters and most of my new jewelry line has words
and phrases of inspiration, I went with the words in the ovals with of a base of sweet scrapbook paper.

The same scrapbook paper used in the ovals was placed at the interior bottom.

It creates a cohesive design and is not obtrusive enough to compete with whatever is placed on top.

Then, since I was on a roll, took this fun cup holder
purchased at a thrift store years ago.
Dang, I forgot to take a before of this, but it was bright white with decoupaged butterflies on it.
Had stuck a doll head on top of it for the past two years.
So, it also got re-done and so continues the unification
of my display pieces.

Painted the background of this frame on the original little canvas that was inside.
Loosely mimicking the scrapbook paper pattern and colors used on the case.

Now, onto a few more pieces to re-do today.

Happy Creating Friends!!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Pink or Cream?

Okay Girls...Opinion Poll here...

Last Month in Phoenix at Art Unraveled, my pal Tricia
took me to Zinnia's, this fabulous Antique store that she has two spaces in.

I found this case and no brainer, had to buy it.
It was the only thing I bought on my trip and it was $62.00.
It is a vintage counter display for Spiegel Watches.
My son Brandon cut the inside bottom from me as it had those
slot thingys for watched to slide into.
It is perfect for shows as it is Plastic and the windows are clear acrylic.

But I want to repaint it and antique it...SOOO.

Pink or Cream?

Then it will be antiqued with a rub of gold.

I await your replies...XOXO

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Soldering Insanity...

or is it Soldering, Insanely???
It is a LOVE/HATE relationship for me.
Just like when I use to do mosaic work.

LOVE the outcome and design portions.
In soldering, copper foil taping hundreds of crystals and baubles sucks,
but I LOOOOVE melting the solder and assembling the pieces.
In mosaic work, I LOVE cutting with the Tile saw and creating the assemblage...but
it is the last process I dislike, grouting.

Anyway, I digress.

Finally got to some projects that have been sitting on my shelf and 
wandering around my head for some time.

I have on the past year collected some soldered pieces from some artists I truly respect
and have now added to my collection.

LOVE my Bling Baby Bottle.
Will make more of these to sell.

The bottle with the Pink Tulip was made by Darlah Mulloy of Le Muse.
Her work can be found at The Urban Barn.

The cute "Vintage" bauble was made by my Best Amica Rita Reade
The French dancing girl is one of the first pendants I soldered.

Rita also made this darling Amore bottle that she gifted to me.
I LOVE her!

This Amazing "Artist" Frida Cloche was made by my friend 
Robin taught me how to solder, was it 2 or  years ago, I am not sure!
All I know is I had to have this Frida.

Another talented fellow Artist Friend Lori Gutierrez of
Made the Sacred Heart bottle. 

I soldered the Lady Bust, but the bottle was purchased from another good friend
of mine Tara Wilson of
I instantly knew I wanted to solder on this piece, it was full of wine
and NO I did not drink was poured into my Dia De Los Muerte Skull.

I made two of these crowns and 6 of the ones below.
These are small and will be for sale at my upcoming shows.
They are FABULOUS with a tealight inside them

The Mermaid crown is just lovely
Sea glass, crystals and baubles...with a tiny vintage mermaid 
encased in a shadow box up front.

The "State of Grace" crown is an assemblage
of lots of metal and crystals.
It too looks great with a candle in the middle as does the mermaid crown.

The above crown I made with my friend Rita at a class we taught together.

My Dia de los Muerte skull is a Vodka Bottle I bought just so
I could have the bottle...we had fun drinking the vodka too!

Love my Quan Yin statues, she is on a really pretty etched bottle
with a torch soldered and hammered pendant
which says "Be the Change".

This was the Crown Rita and I just taught a couple weeks ago at my home studio.

Look for more soldering classes from Rita and I in a few months.

After my hands heal from soldering hundreds of crystals!