Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Down the Rabbit Hole: Part II

So I was called long ago by my inner artist to revisit this piece and it seems the moon and the stars aligned to make this happen.  Alpha Stamps is the sponsor this month for the challenge over on The Altered Alice blog, which is a really fun place to explore. Everyone who enters in the monthly challenge will get a free collage sheet too!   

Have you ever made a project and called it complete, only to keep fantasizing about what else needed to be done to it?  That was the situation with this assemblage.  It was one of my earlier pieces and it was intended as a swap, but it never left my possession as I fell in love with it, and with the story.  You can read more about the first version here.

It was a good exercise to look back at this post and this piece and evaluate my growth.  I think the quality of my pictures has vastly improved.  

Quite a nice pick me up, if I do say so.  First off the color reflects the vibrancy of the Alice story so much more now.  I added dozens of red paper roses and used the mini playing cards to hide my glue and wire.  My old shrine was missing a nod to the Cheshire Cat.  Using the Red Queen Collage Sheet took care of that and added a good bit of that color with new imagery in other areas too.  


A few new trinkets were added to the project as well.  I have been wanting this tiny tiny teapot with hinged lid ever since I laid eyes on it.  I absolutely adore it. Notice too that the tiny door opens.  I just adore movement in my work.   

The gold rabbit bead was a nice addition to the area with the mushroom.  In the first run, there was a spot open where the bunny was that I thought needed to be filled.  Unfortunately I had run out of the particular color of mossy stuff that I used. The rabbit covered this issue up nicely.  

You may also notice the change in the wood color.  I used vintage photo distress stain and stained the whole thing.  I do not recommend doing this after an assemblage is complete, by the way, it was a bit challenging.  A few roses are now a bit aged! The stain warms up the piece considerably and goes well with the new vibrant tones.  

Thanks for joining me on my re-do.  I hope this post inspires you to revisit that piece that you often look at thinking it needs just one more...





  1. Those red roses add soooo much to the piece. It's really wonderful!

  2. I love All things Alice and this is delightful.

  3. WOW WOW WOW! Your eye for color and detail is amazing. You did an amazing job. Love it!

  4. Rhea this is such a beautiful piece! A lot of times when you walk away from a project and revisit it at a later date is when the true creative magic takes place! I love every little detail you have put into this. The spirit of Alice shines through with each embellishment, paper, and charm. I hope you will enter this at The Altered Alice...the challenge is anything goes...I know for a fact that the girls over there will go ga-ga for this fabulous creation!


  5. Fabulous! Simply Fabulous!

  6. Great additions Rhea and Love the splash of Red!
    hugs Lynn

  7. Your work is oustanding!!! What a unique style you have.
    I love it!!!!

  8. Pat Sayre McCoy--I saw your link to this piece on the Alpha Stamps email list and had to visit. Lovely redo on this. I'd love to see it in person, there's so much detail that even the best camera can't capture. I like the newer, brighter colors and it's great that you were able to have a second chance to update your work.

  9. I like the first one, but I love the second. Especially love how you did the 'ceilings' of each cubby. It's so gratifying seeing how we evolve, isn't it? There's so much to this crafting thing and then to learn the ins and outs of blogging, photographing finished pieces, etc... it's a lot to take on!

  10. Thanks for joining us at The Altered Alice! I love all the red energy you added, the piece really speaks to the Queen of Hearts now with all her red roses! So much to look at, such a fun display!

  11. Gorgeous! The red roses add so much and lead your eye around the piece so you can drink in all the glorious detail. Fabulous! xxD

  12. You nailed the re-do! I love the splash of the red.
    Great job! Well done!

  13. Gee, both are great. Fun to see the progression. Now you can sleep at night knowing the piece is complete!


All the comments and feedback you leave affirms my creative spirit on a very deep level. I am grateful for your time and readership!