Tuesday, September 29

my 'doily doubting' ways...

i am busy today beavering away on something i wish to share with you next week.
(ah ha, yet another tale of intrigue and mystery to leave you 'hanging on')

however, before i get back to my 'beavering' ways i do have something else to share with you.
something i like,
but interestingly, i am quite 'hesitant' to unveil today.


usually i don't think twice, after all you are such a lovely lot when it comes to supporting me and my crafting epiphanies. this time however i'm 'hesitant' for it involves doilies
("oh blimey, Tif... what's the big fuss about? doilies are as old as the hills and you've had them in your work since time began")

you are quite right, dearest readers... but there is a difference.
this time i fear a hush will descend and then the term 'doily abuser' will start to ripple through the audience, whispered at first, then louder until a crescendo is reached and the chanting of "doily abuser" will be heard across all cyberland.

it started last week when the lovely dani emailed me with a question.
that little question prompted 'something' tucked far away in a drawer marked "for future crafting" to open, within my brain. it was like a "oh yes!" moment and so i got to work, and after the weekend i had the results of my efforts laid out before my clan.


they picked up my 'doily whatnot dishes', turned them around, inspected them closely... i might even add, marvelled somewhat as to how they were made...
then the question came
"are you going to put them in your etsy shop?" my man enquired
"i think so" i replied, still pondering, as to whether or not i had abused a doily


she is going to list them tomorrow (gulp) along with other goodies and perhaps locate some ear plugs just in case ~ Tif

33 comments:

Amanda said...

Darling these are amazing. Can you imagine them pinned to a wall in large numbers. Might be really cool. Or as a hanging light. Hmm. Might be dangerous. Abuse away I say. Lovely.

julie (jane's apron) said...

No doily doubt at all...they are beautiful (abuse? no...repurposed). I've been (nicely) accused of vintage sewing pattern abuse but I still don't believe it's true.

Stina said...

Exactly what are you worried about?? They are absolutely lovely!! ♥

Amber said...

oh my goodness - they are absolutely lovely!! I gasped (in delight - not horror) as soon as I saw them!!

Michelle (Three Men and a Lady) said...

Found your blog through SF Girl bY the Bay. Love your blog. Especially love those beautiful portraits of your kids!

Pomona said...

They look really lovely - a very imaginative idea!

Pomona x

Katherine said...

they are beautiful, tif!

i have some of these in my etsy shop, also, and so far no one has said anything about doily abuse. i, too, worry that some of my projects will meet protest, but here is how i feel about the issue:

all of the doilies and lace i used have been rescued from bins and shelves in thrift shops. which fate is worse, being reused for something useful and beautiful, or sitting in a smelly old shop?

i am not telling anyone to use their grandmother's doilies to make bowls or embellish notebooks (although a frame would be a nice tribute!), but--if after i pass away my handiwork ends up in a thrift shop, i would be honored for someone else to come along and make use of it.

keep up the beautiful work!

Francesca said...

tif these are briiiiiiillliant! i've never seen anything like them. x

Sarah said...

I don't usually do doilies myself - but those are amazing, truely!!! What a fab little idea for a funny little dust gatherer. You are so full of great ideas.

Lola Nova said...

Tif,
They are lovely! I can see them used in all sorts of delightful ways.
How ever will you package them?

I finally opened my etsy shop and I am full of trepidation.
http://lolanova.etsy.com

dottie angel said...

thank you all, for not 'doubting' me and my doily ways :)
you have given me a 'boost' when i needed it. i should never have doubted myself, silly silly me...

and lola nova... congrats!!! have been over to take a look and am so pleased to see everything looking peachy perfect :)

katherine... thanks for the doily dish thoughts. it truly is a funny thing to imagine one day our stuff will be in the thriftstore waiting patiently for someone to come along and see it's potential for 'another life' :)

Tara Diane said...

ohhh, so pretty :). I have seen doily bowls done before but they usually look kind of funny, these ones are perfect!

svelteSTUFF said...

How can using something (that is a dime a dozen)in a Beautiful way that releases it from the realms of a musty old Hope Chest be considered 'wrong'????

cindy said...

my mom used to make these ... they're wonderful.

Toni Brockliss said...

I think these are so beautiful. Wow!
You are so clever. You amaze me every day.
x

Dani said...

Did I already say that I love them?? ;-)

dottie angel said...

thank you again, dearest doily lovers :)

and dani,
thank you for emailing me, opening that little drawer inside my brain and giving me the confidence to put my 'doily doubting' ways to the test :)

pebbledash said...

Have no doily doubting fears at all, these are gorgeous! I think it's not the doilies you are doubting, but your own creative self.

Luisa @ Dance in my garden said...

Definitely doily 'enhancement'.

julie Haymaker thompson said...

Oh my these are so pretty !!! all the things I could do with them!!! so glad a found your blog

Michelle said...

Tif...
How can you doubt...
Amazing!!!
LOVE THEM...
and will be totally intrigued to work out how you are going to mail these beauty's...
But I think you will sort that out no worries...
Doily doubt "be gone"...
bring on the Doily Couture...

~ Junkyard Jennifer said...

I am long convinced that you do not know how to abuse a doily. The bowls are so pretty. I love the Dottie Angel touch to them--it adds so much.

~ Jennifer

Floss said...

Katherine put it so well. I saw similar dishes in my French mag, and went through the same doubts as you, but frankly, it's re-purposing - what's the problem? And yours look better than the ones in 'Avantages', anyway!

Kristy said...

Love them! I have seen them about before but I love the twist you have put on them with your Dottie Angel touch.
Might have to research how to!

Kylie said...

They are amazing! A bit of 'structural integrity' can be a very good thing you know :) K

Leahdis said...

I was looking to do something similar but you of course have out done what I could have ever thourght of...dose that make sence.? Anyway Love them..stunning

Elissa said...

if abuse created those, call me an enabler. seeing them all together is delightful.. great pics.

elizabeth said...

MARVELOUS!!

kat said...

doily abuser!

heeheehee - how could i be expected to resist?

they're lovely whatnot bowls :-)

Serenata said...

So many lovely posts I've had to catch on, I don't know quite where to start? Think I am just exhausted over thinking about your challenge and joining you! I've just posted about it today. Thank you for such inspiring posts and challenges.

Lorraine

Kaylovesvintage said...

very cute

Elicia said...

these are absolutely fabulous.

Debbie said...

Oh my Goodness - these are genius! I LOVE them!