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Posted 10/1/2012 by looser in General Stamping

The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 10/1/2012 10:28:12 AM
Back in '07, I wrote a poem & used it with one of my favorite stamps to create a piece. I shared both with a dear friend who asked if she could use the poem as a challenge-inspiration for her dollmakers group. 'Course I said yes. And the friend shared pix of the dolls.

Imagine my surprise when I got an email (yesterday) whose subject was 'permission to use your poem'. Seems one of the original dollmakers is displaying during a 'First Friday' Art Event & wants to display my poem along with her doll. 'Course I said, "Yes!". Even sent her a link to the stamped project... Cobweb Contessa

Like many of my early gallery uploads, I was sparse on details. I believe I put them mostly on a thread--I've learned to include them on the upload a bit more...

Anyhoo & FWIW... The base of the piece is wallpaper. The 'Contessa' is a fussy cut shipping label. I 'think' the coloring is marker & crayon. The actual poem is an 'homage' to the (late) Edward Gorey. I remain a huge fan of both his drawings & writings.

The lady who asked permission included a jpeg of the doll she made. I am downloading it & will link it to this post...

Here's the Contessa Doll

Daniel R. Boone

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Posted: 10/1/2012 11:45:17 AM
How wonderful!



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Posted: 10/1/2012 1:04:24 PM
Congratulations! That is very cool!


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Posted: 10/1/2012 1:11:39 PM
WTG Looser! What a wonderful surprise. Your poem is well written, so descriptive,I can visualize her. TFS

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Posted: 10/1/2012 1:16:31 PM
What a cool story!

I've read your poem a few times, but I can't make out one word: ----- of gallstones. My trusty magnifying glass didn't help. Neither did the dictionary. perure? pierure? . . . ?


The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 10/1/2012 1:51:11 PM
Daria. The word is 'parure'. It refers to a set of matching jewelry--often quite elaborate. Parures can include lavelieres, collars, tiras, earbobs, brooches, etc.

The Contessa's parure of gallstones is particularly fine. The stones havee been 'in the family' for many years... (Yes, Marshia, I am a strange unit)

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 10/1/2012 4:04:39 PM
Great poem and piece! Congrats on your poem being used.



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Posted: 10/1/2012 4:06:34 PM
What a great poem and a nice surprise! Thanks for sharing this with all of us. I liked your contessa you did too. The coloring looks great and who would've thought to stamp onto a shipping label.

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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:19:11 PM
How cool Daniel, both your poem and the doll.

The stones havee been 'in the family' for many years...

In any particular family member? Perhaps one with a lot of gall?


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Posted: 10/1/2012 5:24:10 PM
Congratulations Daniel! That is great! I really like the words you use to paint us a picture of the Cobweb Contessa. And it is really neat to get to see what the poem inspired someone to create!



The Craft Curmudgeon

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Posted: 10/2/2012 9:46:50 AM
Tanx All! You just never know what will inspire someone when they see something we've made & shared. It's why I always urge all fellow StamPeas to share visuals of their work--the good, the 'bad' & the 'fugly'.

I'm proof positive that not being able to do one's own scan/photo doesn't prevent us from sharing directly.

PUG. I was fortunate in having access to large shipping labels. They were a 'natural' for me to use for crafting.

I still like the original project. The lady stamp (The Moon Rose) remains a fave. I've used her on lots of projects in my gallery. The only thing I would do differently is make the 'cobweb drape' more pronounced. And... Now that I have a spiderweb EF, I'd play with that for the BG. Hmmm... Might just consider adding another SOF challenge. We'll see.

Daniel R. Boone


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Posted: 10/2/2012 8:25:39 PM
I'm impressed! It's wonderful to see your poem and stamped piece interpreted this way! Thanks for sharing.


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