Creative Confessions: Love’s Greeting

Wings of Whimsy is my creative outlet. And I have learned the hard way I need to have one! Designing and crafting are not my only creative passions, I like to take pictures and I like to write. In fact I like to apply my creativity to everything I do, including work! I regard creativity as a highly positive trait.

Although I try my best to share some of my creative results with the world, I have to confess creativity is often a solitary process. With everything you see here on WoW, there are countless hours behind it, sometimes testing and grooming the ideas and products for weeks, or some times the intense day&night weekend-projects.

I often wish I could work with others more, but other times I need my time alone to create. When life is taking a toll on me, I need to balance it with more creativity. In short, this means that my social life ends up at the bottom of the list when things are busy… Not so different from everyone else, I suppose, but maybe difficult to understand how I can choose creating over social happenings… I hope other creative people are able to recognize this conundrum.

I have come to realize that most of the people I regard as friends are more than average creative! And some of them are truly artists and widely recognized for it too. 

So today I would like to share the works of two of them, who both have crossed my life path in mysterious ways!

A few days ago, I got a surprise package by snail-mail from my friend Ana i Zaragoza, Spain. She was an exchange student at the Volda University College a few years ago, at the same time as I was taking design classes to satisfy my creative cravings. We did not take any of the same courses, but we met through mutual friends. As with most of my friends, I’m unable to explain why we became friends, you may say “we clicked”, “we had chemistry”, “our hearts spoke to each other” or what other expressions one would use. Meeting a new friend bears a close resemblance to falling in love…. I believe in many ways it IS to fall in love, only not the romantic kind you would share with a lover, but another kind of love, just as strong, possibly even more pure.

What about the package, you are probably asking by now… yes let’s stay on track: the package! 

Wings of Whimsy: Ana's Surprise Package

Ana’s surprise package included numerous hearts! I love hearts. I try to keep it a secret, but the people close to me know I have hearts everywhere. I love them even more than cherubs and roses… that should tell you how much I love hearts! Cookie-cutters, cupcake forms, little chocholate casings… a brand new heart-mug, I’m going to take that one to the office, where I’ll use it every single day! And for the girls: pictures Ana took when she was here, in frames she has embellished with handmade decorations. Even the box itself was a wonder, I’m still puzzled by how she was able to make it (not in the picture).

Maybe the most wondrous thing in the package was the little handmade figures she sent me:

Wings of Whimsy: Ana's Little Figures

Wings of Whimsy: Ana's Little Figures

Can you believe she made replicas of me and the girls wearing our rain gear?

Wings of Whimsy: Martin's Picture of us

This image is taken by my friend Martin, who is a wonderful photographer! His daytime job however, is as a professor at the top notch Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), so I know he is busy&beyond with his chemistry students, his family and his passion for learning. Still, he is one of the most productive photographers I know! He lives in Trondheim, about 8 hours away. Every time he drives by Volda, he stops by to meet up and have a photoshoot with the girls, and although I prefer being behind the camera, I sometimes end up in his pictures too.

You can see more of his pictures with us HERE.

This particular picture has been one of my long time favorites, and I’ve been using it as a profile picture around the Internet for a while. Ana’s figures are adding another dimension to the story, I actually have a hard time explaining how much it all means to me!

What I can say for sure is: I am now planning a 3D collage, with both the picture and the figures together! To me it all symbolizes the strength of friendship across time and space, and how strong the creative connections are sometimes!

To Ana and Martin: Thank you for sharing your talent and creativity with me and the girls! Thank you for being you! Thank you for being there even when I’m “only” creative and not social.

And to all my other friends: may these creative confessions illustrate an important point: I love you all! My life is too busy, almost crazy at times, and I need to be creative to stay sane. It does not mean I love you less, or think of you less, or wish we could not spend more time together, it just means my core is creative, and sometimes that’s all there is room for.

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Guest Post: The Art of Home Management

I’ve been up to whimsical mischief again, brewing on Victorian organizational magic with my new friend Sheri! When she started following WoW, I had to visit her site, and I found much spiritual inspiration, as well as some fun freebies.

I was bold enough to ask her to do a guest blog post right here, and present one of her absolutely fabulous freebies, and she said yes!

Please welcome: Sheri – The Word Whisperer

Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages - Sample page: Cover Page

From the Victorian age we see very romantic images, beautiful poetry, art and an age of innocense that quickly became the  mass industrialization.  During this time there were numerous books and articles regarding social etiquette’s, proper dress, the art of flirting using a fan and once you caught the perfect husband, the discerning mistress purchased and followed Mrs. Beeton’s Guide to Household Management.

This book contained everything from when to rise and start your day to recipes for “invalids”.  You can still read the book online or purchase a copy for your collection.  Its a wonderful historical view of how the middle to upper classes ran their households.

Some of the book is irrelevant now but there is no reason why we can’t develop habits that will help make our lives easier and have a complete back up to all of our electronic devices.  All it takes is a printer, binder, dividers, tabs, a few free printables and an afternoon.  

On my blog, I developed a couple free printables to get you started, feel free to use what makes the most sense for you. Approach it creatively, involve your kids, once you have all the information transfered , find a good place to keep it and keep it accessible for the entire family.  

Here are some sample pages:

Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages - Sample page: Be A Dear Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages - Sample page: Password Log Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages - Sample page: Restaurant & Takeout Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages - Sample page: Important Dates Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages - Sample page: Monthly Ledger

Download the entire set of printables HERE.

The important thing to remember is that you’ve saved your important information, you are not relying on technology but rather working with it, and if you feel extra industrious, pick up a few clear plastic inserts and find a home for important receipts, warranties and manuals.

Thank you to Gunnvor for hosting this post.  You’re a gem!  

Happy Home Organizing!

Sheri – The Word Whisperer

Wings of Whimsy: January Guest Post by Sheri - The Word Whisperer - The Art of Home Management - free printable Victorian journal pages

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Vintage Valentine Love Circus – DAY 14 – The Grand Finale

After 2 weeks of the Valentine Love Circus, I am very proud to present my lovely girls, modeling the last printables for ya’ll!

Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebieTorunn Pierrot & Guro Pierrette

Please tell me you think they are totally precious! They are very exited to be presented here on WoW! I’d love to be able to read some nice comments back to them 😉

They have been a large part of both the Love Circus and the previous projects, and I’m sure they will be a big part of the future creative adventures we will embark upon 😀

Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie
Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie

You can tell they had a blast performing this Pierrot and Pierrette photo shoot 😀

I made the masks by attaching each of the printed pages to a sheet of craft foam (mine came with adhesive backing), then cutting them out, mainly with scissors, but some of the tiniest details with a craft knife. I then punched a hole on each side, same height as the eyes, and looped a rubber band through each hole. Finally I used bakers twine for the band. The twine can be knotted tightly into position, as the rubber bands will provide the necessary flexibility 😀

Here is a picture of the girls from behind, showing the craft foam backing.

Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie

And my sweet Princesses without the masks, still making faces, though… 😀Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie

And finally I HAD to include this image of Torunn shooting her Cupid’s Arrows, with the little bow she made herself:

Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie

She used a little bag I crocheted for her (that is not finished…lol) as her dart casing… cute as a button!!

After all this Love Circus cuteness, can you resist making the masks yourself?

Wings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebieWings of Whimsy: Valentine Love Circus - Pierrot & Pierrette Printable Masks - free for personal use #vintage #ephemera #freebie

These files are free for your personal use and enjoyment. Go to the download folder below to grab a copy of the printable collage sheets:

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Pierrette Mask – Tuck DB

Pierrot Mask – Tuck DB

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Vintage Valentine Love Circus – DAY 13 – Mix & Match

After 2 weeks of  Valentine Crafting, we need to throw a Love Circus Party to really show off all the whimsical cuteness! So I designed a Love Circus Garland, and Paper Cup Wraps:

Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie

The paper cups are filled with yummy Valentine Chocolate & Candy, and make fabulous Party favors 🙂 Of course you can stop at wraps and actually use them for party beverages too 😉

Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Garland - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie

My Love Circus Garland was printed 2 pages per A4 sheet, but the printables are designed to go one per sheet, if you want it really big for the party:-D

Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Paper Cup Wraps - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie

Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Paper Cup Wraps - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Paper Cup Wraps - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie

These Treat Cups are really the result of my girls creativity. They started taking elements from all parts of the Valentine Love Circus, and using them together in other ways than I had started out thinking! Their favorite element is the Cupid’s Arrows and they have cut and assembled numerous sheets of those. I traded all the arrows in these pictures with them for an early taste of the Valentine candy… lol! For these Treat Cups I’ve used:

– and finally the Paper Cup Wraps that’ll cover any ugly paper cups in Love Circus cuteness 😀

Are you still looking to make the Pierrots and Pierrettes day 1-5 on pedestals, you can even use these wraps on paper cups, and turn them upside down. Ta-dah: you have pedestals 😀 If you think they are too tall, you can of course cut them a little shorter to a height you like 😉

The moral of today’s post is: Mix & Match the elements from my Valentine Love Circus series, and have fun with it!!! Both the printables I have provided, and the DIY-ideas I have shared these last two weeks. If you make something from this series, I’d love to see pictures, of how YOU combine the elements and personalize them 😀

Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Mix & Match - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie

Tomorrow will be the last post in this series, I look very much forward to showing you the final pieces!! I’ve been very careful not to catch them in my pictures until now, so they will be a final surprise for everyone 😀 😀 😀

Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Garland - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie Wings of Whimsy: Love Circus Paper Cup Wraps - free printables #vintage #valentine #freebie

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Vintage Valentine Love Circus – DAY 12

I have another Paper Doll Pierrette for you today, this one is from the Graphics Fairy. I added a pink pattern to her bodice, and adjusted the pieces so they all print on one sheet of paper. All you need to add is the skirt:

Wings of Whimsy: Pierrette Doll - free printable #vintage #valentine #freebie #pierrette #paperdoll #love #circus #ephemera

I made her skirt from a strip of peach crepe paper,  sewed a thin cotton thread with a needle down the middle and folded it in half before tightening it on the string to create ruffles. If you don’t have crepe paper, you can use tissue paper, or fabric.

She is the center piece of my Love Circus Display:

Wings of Whimsy: Pierrette Doll - free printable #vintage #valentine #freebie #pierrette #paperdoll #love #circus #ephemera

Here is my printable collage sheet to quickly make her yourself:

Wings of Whimsy: Pierrette Doll Collage Sheet - free printable #vintage #valentine #freebie #pierrette #paperdoll #love #circus #ephemera

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