Friday, February 10, 2012

Some More Heart Love and a Beautiful Childrens' Book

I was so inspired when I saw the beautiful lace hearts
on Julia's
(go here to check out Julia's most beautiful lace creations
as well as her wonderful vintage repurposed items)

that I had to make just one more Shabby Chic Love Heart
before the weekend 
and this is how it turned out.

I used an image of John William Waterhouse
a favourite pre-Raphaelite artist
in sepia tones.

Embellished with vintage laces, guipure lace and
a white rose chiffon

faux pearls, a vintage button

A little gold embellishment I received from Julia herself

and some twine, thin lace, seam binding and
a maroon tassel.

This Shabby Chic Valentine Heart is for sale in
my Etsy Shop - see here or above under header for 
all the details.

I also wanted to share this vintage book I recently purchased

at a local flea market which I thought was rather special.

This book which was probably published about 1930
are Stories from Charles Dickens - born in 1812

(Great Britain is currently celebrating Dickens 200th

which have been retold by his grand daughter.

Such beautiful plates and illustrations 
like these.

Thank you all for coming to visit and for leaving your much appreciated comments
I especially welcome all my new followers.

Have a very warm and cosy weekend - even here in
the Southern part of Australia
it is quite a cool Summer too but we are never
ungrateful for the beautiful rain
to green up our very dry hills and grounds.

Love to all!
Suzy xxx


  1. A heart to melt any heart. You continually select such beautiful images to create with and the lace, etc is breathtaking.
    What a special find and the plates inside the book are beautiful.
    Wishes to you from a damp and wet Scotland (but thankfully no snow!!)

  2. dear suzy
    you have created an awesome heart with different layers and gorgeous elements.
    your work is a great inspiration for a lot of people.
    wishing you a wonderful weekend and hugs from Ann.
    it,s so cold here brrrr,,,,

  3. Lovely!!! I love the images. That children's book is has beautiful illustrations. What a treasure.

  4. Your lace heart is truly gorgeous, with all the special additions! What a dear expression of love.
    The children's book is wonderful too, with all those illustrations and such a fine cover!

  5. Good Morning!! I love your art work and blog!! Do you have a tutorial on your pictures on fabric?? I still have not found a good way to do this. Any advice would be wonderful. I am your newest follower!! Hugs to you all the over in Australia!!

  6. What a fabulous heart creation! I love how you've brought so many different elements together to create this valentine with a vintage aura. Softly feminine, but not too sweet.......

  7. I wouldn't call that heart shabby! Too gorgeous for that. What a find in that book!!!xox Corrine

  8. The Waterhouse image you used really added a lot to the gorgeous heart you created. Wow!

  9. I really like your work! I love the colours and materials you are using. Have a nice weekend!

  10. Beautiful heart Suzy, John Waterhouse is one of my favourite artists, I love the softness of his work.
    Here in England we are celebrating Dickens 200 birthday, almost every day have some of his work being mentioned on tv and radio. A truly remarkable writer and actor. So nice to see the vintage book.
    Have a peaceful weekend and enjoy your lovely weather, here it is cold and snowy, I'm looking forward to spring.
    Hugs, Angela.

  11. The heart is just beautiful and I love the children's book. What a treasure! I received my needlebook in the mail and I must tell you I just love it! Thank you so much. It's wonderful and exactly what I wanted!
    xoxo, Karen

  12. Your heart is SO beautiful Suzy - Love all the details

  13. My dear Suzy, your new heart is so stunning, and so wonderfully springlike.You are fantastic in choosing the laces and pieces to decorate with, -like the green, and golden pieces here, and it is so wonderfully photographed, sweet friend. The most beautiful heart Suzy, just like your own.
    I wish you a happy week-end, you will soon hear from me, -Love to you and many warm hugs.

  14. Oh, the Dickens book is just in time for his 200th birthday!
    Illustrations are so wonderful!

    Your heart is so romantic~and make with my favorite color green~

  15. Thanks to Pinterest I found your blog. You are a kindred spirit of mine now! I love your fabric books. They are a hobby of mine as well. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work. I am now a follower!

  16. Such a lovely heart, Suzy. Perfect for Valentine's or any day. Those Dickens images would be lovely in some of your pieces.

  17. The heart is just so elegant, love the laces!

    What a great find in that beautiful book!

  18. Such an exquisitely beautiful heart--and the children's book is a real treasure!

  19. Hi sweet Suzy, your artwork is always, ALWAYS so beautiful!!! Each component is thoughtfully placed ~ and the book you found is wonderful!!! I have a weakness for old books especially with beautiful illustrations inside. Hope you are doing so good, hugs and love, Dawn

  20. What a stunning heart Suzy! I absolutely love everything you create, your use of textures makes me want to reach out and touch my computer screen :) Have a wonderful weekend.


  21. Hello my dear sweet friend, Your heart is so fantatic and and has the wonderful and very special "Suzy look". It's no wonder that it's sold already. Thank you for linking over :-).
    The book was such a great find.
    Have a wonderful weekend, sweetie!
    Big hugs and kisses,

  22. Suzy - chiming in; finally getting to my computer. The heart is beautiful and luscious with such rich texture and your fabulous touch. Yep - no wonder you can't keep much on Etsy. Love and hugs from Alaska. Karen

  23. A gorgeous piece Suzy! Such lovely detail and the deep red tassel adds an elegant touch.
    and the beautiful illustrations in the book would make for some very handy scans to be used in mixed media work too. :)

  24. Such a wonderful find at a flea market. I need to look in the book department more often. Love your valentine heart. So very special.

  25. What a beautiful heart, dear Suzy. Really fabulous!

    Unfortunately I could not blog for a while, because I am currently on rehabilitation. Have a herniated disc ....
    But I think I fell better soon!

    Wish you a nice weekend.

  26. Hi dear Suzy,
    your heart is truly beautiful -love all the texture.Have a wonderful weekend.
    Sending hugs dear friend,

  27. Beautiful Suzy. Your hearts are so fantastic!
    Hugs Alexandra

  28. Beautiful Suzi, I always love coming for a visit, such eye candy and talent resides here, Love and Hugs Marilou, you are one of my "favorites"

  29. Dear Suzy your new heart is so wonderfully made with all the different things you have added, wonderful book, love old children books with drawings in, thanks for all your sweet comments,hope you will have a nice sunday.

    Hugs Anni

  30. Your heart is just so breathtakingly beautiful! Suzy, your work is just always gorgeous!

    Your newest old book is a wonderful find!


  31. Hi There, I came to visit via Lynne Moncrieffs blog and am so glad I did, what an amazing artist you are I was totally blown away ! I will definitely be back with a large coffee to sit and savor your stunning creations.


  32. Hi Suzy,

    Your heart is so elegant with all the lace and textures. Beautiful. Great childrens book!!
    Have a nice weekend

  33. Hello Suzy
    Yes, it is you who I would like to send a little something to for being part of my Giveaway.

  34. You`re heart is sooo stunning, dear Suzy! Such a wonderful piece!!

  35. Suzy- your shabby heart is just beautiful-- no one does lace like you do!!

    The children's book is fabulous- you have found a treasure-- such wonderful illustrations--- Lucky lucky you!

    Have a wonderful Sunday--

  36. Suzi, your lace heart is awesome and I love your vintage book...such a gorgeous find my dear!

    Hugs, Gaby

    I'm a new linky follower:)

  37. What a glorious heart, love the Adonis image, one of my favourites and it hangs (a print obviously, lol) on my upstairs landing :-) Your work is just so pretty and tactile. The Dickens book is a great find x


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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