Ok…so many of you readers realize I am a little obsessed with my new Jon Copeland-Childers Poppy Parker repaint right? Another thing I was recently obsessed with was this pink chinoiserie backdrop I did. The apple green eyes of this lovely model inspired this setting and the chance to use this amazing backdrop. Hope you enjoy!
Model: Lash Out Poppy Parker repainted by Jon Copeland-Childers
* Poppy Parker has been re-bodied on an FR2 “FR White” body*’
Gown: Joe Tai
Jewelry: Integrity Toys Rare Appearance Dania
Backdrop: Chinoiserie wrapping paper I found ages ago
Chaise Lounge: Petit Luxury Couch ( repainted in silver/gold)
Flooring: marble contact paper
Miniature Maltese: AnnaRyasnova on Etsy
For those of you following my Instagram, you have seen a little taste of this shoot. If you don’t follow, here is a little backstory. It all started with this amazing dress which I found on Etsy by the talented duo AquatalisBoutique . You may have seen some of their work over on Rogier’s Blog this week. It took a while for this gown to get to me because the first one was lost in the vast quagmire of postal services between Vietnam and my home. Aquatalis was great about it and after we waited a reasonable time without the dress showing up, they promptly made and mailed another one. Excellent customer service and kept me informed the whole time. When I saw this gown I immediately thought of Dolce & Gabbana and their 2012 and 2013 collections. Such vibrant color and opulence. I needed an appropriate backdrop. Nothing I had was doing it for me. So….time for a new one and I went to the Dutch still life masters to find inspiration. I had seen a wall covering recently that I was obsessed with and wanted to do something similar…this set was what came from all that brainstorming.
Inspiration room photo…
The beginnings of a new background
The headdress is the necklace from Fiorella Silkstone Barbie. The flowers have been digitally altered to match the dress.
The detail on this dress is really something!
The minis in these shots are Orcara miniatures. These items are from their red wine set. Above are miniature paper sunflowers found at local craft store.
And the perfect photo to express the Agnes attitude.
…is now available at BarbieCollector.com. She has been available at dealers for about a month now but finally BFC members can collect on that quarterly reward and order this baby at a discount.
A new promo photo showed up on the Barbie Collector sight as well. I am always amazed by Lars Auvinen’s work. He is the model and set builder for the BFMC ( Barbie Fashion Model Collection or in another word…Silkstones) promotional photos. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak and chatting personally with him at the last National Barbie Convention. He puts 100% into his craft and it never fails to inspire me. The detail he goes into on these sets just boggles the mind. My dream would be to sit in the corner and just watch while he creates. My other dream is to sit in the corner and watch the photographer , Paul Jordan, as he photographs the set.
(Photo credit: Mattel, Inc.)
(Photo credit: Mattel, Inc.)
If you want to know more about her story, visit www.Barbiecollector.com
So what is Rebecca doing this week? She is having WAY too much fun with the glue, florist foam and needle and thread is what. I decided to do a little pictorial tutorial ( Hey!! it rhymes!) on the daffodils and tulips I did for the previous photo shoot.
I found the little clay pots at my favorite garden store but I think you can get them at Michaels or JoAnne’s as well. Tangential thought…are all craft stores someone’s name?…Michael, JoAnne, Ben Franklin…Anyone know? Anywhooo…onward… Take your pot, fill it with something to hold the flowers. I use florist wet oasis/ foam because it is easy to cut and it molds to any shape. I usually have it on hand to do floral arrangements but you can use whatever you have on hand. Many people use clay as well. I cover the foam with black paint and while the paint is still wet, I sprinkle coffee grounds on the foam allow it to adhere then shake off excess. Yes, this floral arrangement will smell like coffee for a while. You can use loose packed tea as well for a different look and smell. You may need to send the tea leaves through a sifter to get them to a small enough scale.
I cut pieces off of a random piece of greenery I had purchased at a craft store for the daffodils. For the tulips, I used leaves I had purchased at a craft store ( usually in the wedding section with boutonniere supplies). The pink paper tulips were sent to me by a friend from Holland ( love ya!) and the daffodils are another story. They are fabric flowers and not paper. I found them in a bundle at Ben Franklins(yet another craft store named after a person) about a year ago. Originally, the orange part was a full flower. I decided to sew the flower closed to get a trumpet and voila!…daffodil. I think it was just plain luck that it was in the right scale.
I am currently in LOVE with an Etsy shop called miniCHAIR ( http://www.etsy.com/shop/miniCHAIR?ref=top_trail). I purchased a shabby chic table with two chairs a week ago and loved it so much I had to get the hutch to go with it. The prices are reasonable ,in my opinion, for the 1/6 scale market. They ship super fast and pack things well.
I have also been busy with more paper minis. LOVE the Laduree boxes.