Friday 18 December 2015

Show Your Face on Friday with Kim Dellow - A Last Few Faces!

Hello and Welcome to Magpieheaven! I think this is going to be my last link up with Kim Dellow's fabulous Show Your Face here! This is such a busy time, but Kim has created a great, last face for 2015, full of texture with a touch of gold, so please do take a look, even if you don't have time to create a face yourself. She's keeping the link open for the rest of this month, so if you do have time over the Holidays, why not pop across and add a face of your own? I've working on lots of projects - some completed and some still WIP, but all of them feature hand-drawn faces. If you have a moment to take a break for maybe a cuppa or a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie, I'll show you what I've been busy with!
Please meet The Owl Princess! She is a mixture of my own artwork and collage with wood, sequin and copper foil embellishment. She is part of a commission to create a brooch especially for a lady's niece who lives in Bogotá and who will be with her for Christmas.
And this Tiger Woman is for the lady herself. The brooches are now on their way. I added a little gilding around the edges with Treasure Gold to complete them. If - after the Holiday Season - you feel you would like to commission a brooch, ornament or canvas on a theme or story that means something special to you, please convo me at my Etsy shop, Magpiehaven. There's a link at the top of this blog. I've also been making some brooches for gifts, to list in the shop, or just because I really love creating these little face houses!
These 2 are wood-burned works in progress, waiting to be completed and then sent to a friend in Kenya and one in the US.
A little minstrel work in progress, which I hope to list in the New Year.
A young wizard is almost ready to ride to new and undiscovered lands!
This Christmas I've thought a great deal about all those who set out in search of peace, freedom from persecution or the right to life itself. I'm keeping this face to remind me to spare a thought and a gift for the homeless - those who are cold and hungry this winter - and those who have lost all that they had.
I hope that this Christmas will provide the 'Happy Ever After' for young and old who might have felt lost, frightened and alone in 2015 and that the doors of new homes and new opportunities will be opened to them...
Thank you so much if you've stayed with this post when you have so much to prepare! This will probably be my last 'link up' to Show Your Face on Friday until January 2016! It comes with Every Good Wish to you for a wonderful Christmas with - I hope - some time to create!


  1. Wonderful creations, and a great post with a true Christmas spirit, there are so many people who need our help. Happy Christmas to you and yours, hugs, Valerie

  2. Beautiful brooches Julie Ann! And ever so wonderful to see your own face designs on them!! Best wishes to you and yours as well dear friend! Sending love and hugs,Jackie xo

  3. These are gorgeous! I'm not surprised your sales for them are doing so well all over the world. Happy Holidays, my friend!

  4. Amazing pieces Julie-Ann --so so artsy!
    A Very Merry Christmas to you!

  5. Just stunning pieces!! Such heart in each one! I am with you on keeping in mind and thought the homeless and displaced! My favourite is the second to last one...blissful!Powerful and loving post! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous artwork and have a Christmas filled with love and laughter!

    Hugs Giggles

  6. It's been a joy and a privilege to witness your journey this year with your beautiful faces. The characters, the stories, the ideas which infuse all your work are such a delight - and these final ornaments and brooches and gifts will wing your magic on around the world - it's a wonderful thing! Hope you have a lovely time over Christmas.
    Alison xx

  7. Thank you for always sharing your heART so sweetly dear Julie Ann ♥
    Your post is lovely on so many levels.
    It makes me smile to think of your beautiful creations traveling around the globe bringing joy to so many.
    Wishing you and your family a Christmas that is Merry and Bright.
    I look forward to 2016 with more sharing and friendship.
    Sending Peace L♥VE and Light to all oxoxoxo

  8. This has been an amazing Fall for you, wonderful work coming from your hands. Spread outwards. xox

  9. These pieces are stunning Julie Ann, such wonderful details, and each one so unique!
    Alison xxx

  10. These are amazing, Julie Ann. I love the minstrel,

    Lucy x

  11. A fabulous post and some gorgeous brooches - I do so love my visits to your blog. . even if they are few and far between at times! Hoping I am catching up now! Hugs, Chrisx

  12. Stunning work of art, the stories behind the brooches are touching. All the best for you and your family 2016!

    Love and hugs


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