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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Winner & antique pen & ink goodies!

I wanted to so something a bit different for this blog post. I would like to show you some of my small antique treasures. ( treasures to me anyway ) Recently I have started to collect some antique quill & fountain pens and inks, bottles anything old that has to do with writing or illustrating. I am having so much fun using these old finds I thought you guys might like to see them! Before I send you to picture land though I would like to announce the winner of the Edward Spoo-kins contest! What I did was basically pull the names from a hat so to speak. People who referred friends and shared the post were entered extra times. One lady actually referred 25 people to my blog and website! Of course I am going to have another contest very very soon! So...the winner of the win Edgar Spoo-kins contest is....drum roll please......
Susan WALKER From Georgia!
Susan please email me with your home addy ok? Please put contest in the subject line!
Your Edgar Spoo-kins will be haunting your home very soon!

Now let's take a tour of my dusty old farm house shall we? I'm not kidding about the dust lol!
I meant to post the old pen and ink photos first but as usual while making this blog I didn't think to post them in the right order lol!

This is a shot of the living room area with my old black forest clock I love. I hope to get it fixed one day so I can watch the tiny little Germans go round and round hehe.

This is a VERY old post card album. It belonged to my grandmothers mother!

Just a pic of the dinning area....notice my chairs don't match lol!

I took this photo because the lights you see are ones I WON last week! I entered a blog contest and won these beautiful St. Patricks Day silicone covered lights! Here is where they came from please tell them Carmen Sent ya! Silicone Bulb Shoppe!

Just a few antique toys including my fave little doll, game pieces my Oma ( German for Grandma ) called Piddlechens hehe and some antique marbles.
These are my fave stuffed antiques! The big bear is an old Steiff. I think her name is Molly. We actually saw her on Antiques road show once! The dog is also Steiff and her name is Zoty? I might have the names reversed lol! The bear with the chain is an old Herman Bear. I don't know much about him yet. All I know is that my Oma brought these over from Germany in the late 1940's.

The magazine is an 1875 Cosmopolitan. It only cost 10 cents back then! The little Titanic box holds a piece of coal from the Titanic wreckage. My ghost hunting friend Bob sent me this. It is rumored to be haunted even!
These are 2 antique postcards I found in an old album that was my Oma's
Now we are finally getting to the ink and pens lol!
The white Feather quill is real and you can write with it if you like! I also have antique ink and quill pens.

This pen is the PRIZE of my collection. It is a Grieshaber From the Chicago Pen Co. I am still learning about this pen but I think it is worth over 200 dollars. I am still investigating and If I am right I will be for sale in my Ebay shop lol

You know I am not even sure what all these are for yet! I use the long yellow one all the time. The little black one gives beautiful fine lines. I also have some fountain quill nib pens that are not pictures and I am trying to get them cleaned up and working. So this is my new love....old ink, pens and or anything to do with illustration! I am hoping to add some vintage wax seal stamps, ornate pen holder with the cooll built in ink wells and things like that. Some of these go for 100s on ebay so I don't see me owning one of those for a long time lol!

I hope you had fun peeking at some of myh old stuff! Also please watch this week for a new mixed media painting I will be listing and Wizard bunny!

God bless and have a wonderful weekend! Oh and hey...I might start the new contest as early as tomorrow!

Carmen Ellis

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tribute to Alice & Finished Spoo-kins!

Hi everyone! I have lots to show you today! First off I have been working on some Alice in Wonderland illustrations, Spooky Hollow style! I bought this wonderful hand made paper journal and am filling it up with all kind of pen and ink illustrations, little watercolor paintings and so on. On the very first
page of this book are my little ink & watercolor doodles of Alice in Wonderland characters as I see them anyway! I posted a picture of Grimmy Reaper as the mad hatter on my facebook page and he got some laughs so I thought I need to post him here at my blog too! One thing I am working on is turning these illustrations into vintage style Easter ornaments and as soon as they are complete I will list them and post photos for you.
I also finished my new Spoo-kins! Each Spoo-kin is made of clay, hand painted and sealed. I will have them listed very soon in one of my shops either Ebay or Etsy I am not really sure which one yet lol.
Now the orange guy is Edgar. He is the only Spooky Hollow character besides the scared little art doll I made that has skin hehe! Edgar and the illustration behind him are the prize to the win Edar Spoo-kins contest. If you scroll down to my last post you can see how to win. Basically tell your friends about my blog or just post a comment and you will be entered to win Edgar, the illustration and a print of Grimmy Hatter!
Oh a real quick funny story before I list the photos. This morning my husbands dog B.B. ( He named him Beatle Baum...don't ask hehe ) was outside chasing around a deer. Well what B. B. didn't know was that deer had friends. I saw 3-4 pop out of the cornfield and then 2 more from the woods on the other side of the property. Before you knew it the deer were chasing B. B.! It was a sight and I so wish I would have grabbed the camera! Basically about 7 deer were very ticked off at one not very bright dog. Maybe you had to be there but it was like watching an Abott and Costello routine looool! are the photos and have a greaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat day!
Don't make the deer angry at our house because apparently they are short tempered and run in packs!

My version of the classic Alice in Wonderland characters!

The evil queen!


The mad Grimmy um I mean Hatter!

How cool is this journal? All the pages are hand made paper! Very thick and wonderful to illustrate on!
I am so into drawing my characters with pen and ink only! I love the look!

Now onto finished Spoo-kins!

There is a story behind the spider guy. His head was a bead I had made last year and I forgot to put a hole in it! So I thought why not add a clay butt and make it a spider like thingy ma bob!

I think I will call the blue guy Nemrac.....psst that is my name spelled backwards bahahahaha!

Have you hugged your Mummy today??? ( sorry bad joke hehe)

Gaze into my are feeling sleepy very sleepy.....Muhahahahahahaha!

I just like how this photo turned out lool!

How my doodles look in Sepia! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

I've had 5 cups of coffee today can you tell???

Now start postin if you want to win an Edgar Spoo-kins of your very own...Don't forget the winner also gets the illustration of the Spoo-kins and a print of Mad Grimmy Hatter!

I'm off to work on my Alice in wonderland ornies now! BUH BYE!!

Carmen Ellis


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