Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Inspired by Jeanne D'Arc Living

I know so many of you share the enjoyment of the beloved Jeanne D'Arc Living magazines.  I often find myself poring over issues again and again.  I mark the pages with a "someday I'll do that" type of excitement. 
One of this year's spring issues had a gorgeous pair of angel wings adorning a vintage dress form.  It definitely appeared handmade, so I thought "I'll try that some day".  Here is the result:

They were simple to make, but a bit tedious.  I reshaped two old wire hangers to make the wing forms and tied them together with twine.  Next I cut some lace netting to fit each form, then sewed the lace around the wire.  (That's the tedious part).  I love how they turned out and am having fun finding places to hang them.  Here they adorn our rustic old barn window in a corner of our living room:

And what are the odds I'd find some vintage towels with my blog initials 'E + R' on them?  Not good.  So Jeanne D'Arc Living also inspired me to cross-stitch some initials on vintage white towels.  
I've been pondering the idea of opening an Etsy shop with these kind of handmade items.  Plus I love to make pillows.  Hmmm...much to consider.  Any advice from you dear talented friends would be much appreciated. 

And I have to tell you about these cutest miniature jars I found at JoAnn's craft store last week.  They were only $1 each!

Sharing this JDL inspiration with Kathleen's White Wednesday.  I always find much inspiration there as well!
Also linking to Cindy's Show and Tell Friday and Jami's Textile Party.


Unknown said...

...LOVE the wings!!
these have been on my "to do" list for 2 years!!
Jeanne d'Arc living has completely washed over me and my design eye too:)
and yes!! please open an etsy shop!!!

xo, Rosemary

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Wow you did a great job! Is there a certain way you came up with the form. I'd sure love to know. Thanks for sharing your beautiful wings!

Alaina said...

Your wings are adorable. I am so glad your tried as I have thought of and hesitated. I have seen some that are vintage sheet music and I would love to make a pair of them.

Ido said...

Love those wings! At the time of my son's baptism, I wanted to take his picture with wings, like an angel, the photography place didn't have any for boys, just butterfly wings for girls, it never occurred to me that I could make them! That was 8 years ago, but now I know. For the etsy shop, most places sell just the pillow coverings and not the inserts, I say go for it, my pillows sell well at local stores and craft shows. Good luck if you decide to do it.

Unknown said...

i have been adoring these lace wings in Jeanne Darc for quite some time and i have seen them on so many nordic blogs! yours are DIVINE susan! simply divine! You KNOW what i think about you and your creative talent. Your ETSY shop would be a smashing success! Go for it mon amie! :)

Pamela said...

I love these wings Susan and i bet so do your girls!!!
I have only seen this magazine in blog land and it looks so beautiful!!!

Donna said...

Your angel wings are just heavenly! (Sorry, couldn't resist the pun!) Love how you have displayed them, and the embroidered towels, as well. I wish that you would open an Etsy shop, you would be a huge hit! Your photographs are awesome, which is oh so important as an Etsy seller. And your creations are gorgeous, too! I love having an Etsy shop, it's so much fun. I think you would love it, too. So, I say go for it!

Unknown said...

Very beautiful, Susan. I've had Jeanne d'Arc inspired wings on my list since November. Far too long. Yours turned out great. Thank you so much for your sweet words on my hallway makeover too! To answer your question, I purchased the fabric here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovefromhollywood?ref=seller_info

Cindy Jo doesn't have it listed but I'd email her. She recently went through a big move and so much of her stock went into storage. She just may not have relisted it yet.



Oh Susan, I'm so glad you took the plunge and did it. I too have had the wings on the to do list and haven't yet "gotten around to it". Maybe now that I've seen yours and how cute they are, I'll be inspired.


Marilyn said...

Nice work on the towels, as you did on my heart with my initials with my late husband's.♥♫

Sweet wings, too.

Anonymous said...

Your handmade wings are stunning!!! I will have to give a try too...you've inspired me:)



Anonymous said...

SOOO Beautiful Susan!! What a great idea!
Hope you have a lovely night.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Oh Susan you must open an Etsy shop!! I would love to have some of your creations! These wings are heavenly!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

The wings are beautiful, as well as everything else. You have a great eye.

Anonymous said...

I think it's possibly the most beautiful publication available! I only wish it were a little more affordable(LOL) I made some angel wings a couple years ago that I saw in Jeanne d' Arc. They were similar to yours, but made from cardboard and vintage sheet music. I love them!
Your photo's are gorgeous, Marcia

Sandi said...

Yep on my to do list as well, but nice to see that you actually got them made. They are just beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

Town and Country Gals said...

your wings are adorable! I've seen that magazine on blogs but never in person. It looks fabulous! Those little jars are sweet too.
Thanks for visiting.

mercedes scott said...

Truly lovely post! Those angel wings look fabulous - don't you think they were worth all the tedious work? I might have to try my hand at these - on a smaller scale... thanks for sharing!

Andrea said...

Wow very elegant! I love the unbalanced wings most.

Heaven's Walk said...

LUV LUV LUV those sweet wings, Susan! You did a magnificent job on them! And the mix of sweet and rustic is beautiful!!! YES! You should open an Etsy shop specializing in JDA knockoffs!!!! I'll be the first one in line....! lol!

xoxo laurie

Herman Grans ♥ said...

Love the wings :)

d e l i g h t said...

These are marvelous! They look just like the ones I've seen in the magazine. Just like you I love to browse in back issues over and over and have post it notes on the pages that have things I want to make. This has definately inspired me to try wings!

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