Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Natascha's Inspirations

I must say, I am having the best time purchasing art from artists and friends this year. It's nice to know who actually made the piece and think of them every time I look at it instead of seeing a label that says, "made in China."

Natascha Rieper, is a friend, artist and critter lover. She is yet another person I wish I lived close to. Recently, I purchased a white, plaster, fruit swag from a thrift store for $10.00. The minute I saw it, Natasha's face popped in my head. I knew she could use her magic brush strokes and transform it into something perfect for me.

Well, this is what she did! Hellooooooooooooo fabulous!! Perfect for my Dining Room!!! Isn't it gorgeous?! I'll show you how it looks in the Dining Room tomorrow as I continue my before's and after series.

Now, ding dong me forgot to take a before picture, but I found this one to give you and idea of how booooring it looked before. (yes, it would have matched my all white decor back then, but you know I've moved on and added color. hee,hee,hee).

Then, Natascha created these!  She asked me what I thought of them and I said, "Sold!"

They are handmade paper that she puts in a mold and then carefully paints all the beautiful details. Each one takes over 2 hours to complete! Well, I just had to have them being this is the year of the rabbit! I'm on the lookout for something perfect to display my collection of bunny ornaments. I want to enjoy them all year, not just at Christmas.

Natascha has more of these beautiful ornaments for sale in her Etsy shop. She also does pet portraits and special orders. Check out her Blog for more details and tell her Shell and the bunnies said hi!

I truly am enjoying seeing these kinds of labels this year. :)
Have a fun day and visit me tomorrow for the Dining Room reveal.
xx, shell, sugie and harrington


Barb said...

You did find a talent....can't wait to see it in your dining room.

Lois Evensen said...

I love the fruit molding. We have a fruit theme in our kitchen. It would look great over the sink.

JCnNC said...

Beautiful items you got yourself there. Love what she did to the fruit swag. Judy C


I am not sure which is more 'shocking'--the beautiful painting by your friend==or the fact that you are going 'color' on me!!??????lol
Hugs, Di and miss gracie

DebbieM said...

Awesome bunnies!!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

Hi Shell,

So glad to see you!! Oh I love bunnies!!
I will try to come tomorrow and see the after!!!!!!!!
We are eating our home grown strawberries everyday now. If you want to see them, they are in the post, we have strawberries!!
xx, Bambi & Fern

Natascha said...

I'm glad you like it Shell! Thank you for all your complements. It's makes me happy when I can do or make something that will brighten someone's day!

oxoxo Natascha

Jillayne said...

They are beautiful Shell - true treasures. Natasch is an awesome artist amn dthose rabbits are just stunning - can see why you love them so much!

Mandy Saile of Bijou's Whimsy said...

Those ornaments are awesome...great job Natascha:D XO.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Shell:
LOVE the plaster swag. The colors are gorgeous! I also love Natascha's bunny ornaments. Hmmmm, I wonder if she'd do a corgi?
Hope you have a fun week.

Crafty Green Poet said...

those bunnies are adorable!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

I just love it when people get so creative...such as molding hand made paper. Very neat!

Lisa said...

I Love these with the little fluff tail!!!

Allie said...

Beautiful pieces Shell!

Marj Talbot said...

So sorry about your bunny - I too am an animal lover - have a small lap dog that we cherish and some say spoil but who are we???