I built most of this curious contraption, but the text / ‘Devinette’ embroidery was outsourced. Hot-glue gunnery is problematic enough for me… it seems like operating a needle would really have been pressing my luck. Happy Mardi Gras, everyone!

About this image: digital photograph moderately modified and mounted in 12″x12″ framework with found objects


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    • I can’t believe everything she puts up with…
      the words, “Hey, Annabelle…” have to make her shudder at this point!
      Thank you, S.E.! You should have seen me wielding that hot-glue gun… cursing up a storm… I imagine it was a very humorous sight!

      • Maybe a suitable (i.e. cloth friendly) spray adhesive for the fabric next time?
        I’ve never tried that hot glue stuff, myself.
        (I’ve made the occasional assemblage, but used a variety of glues. And I make good use of spray adhesive with plenty of newspaper beneath and around for a multitude of collages and my scrapbook.)

        • Now THAT seems appropriate! I wish I would have asked for your advice pre-assembly! What I wound up attempting here was tightly wrapping fabric(s) around a piece of thick mat board and then gluing them on the back side… seemed like a good idea at the time, I thought, but I like the sound of your solution much, much better, S.E.!

  1. I’m guessing she’s a mystery. And what a mystery she is wrapped in purple. I like her.

    “Seriously… how many times can I accidentally subscribe (and then unsubscribe) to/from my own blog?” And I was certain I was the only one. I love it! You made me laugh.

    • Thank you so much! That is very kind of you! And thank you for stopping by, as well! I really appreciate that!
      Hahaha… I was sure it was just me… I’m fairly certain that button (or whoever put it there) hates me!

    • Hahaha… that is very kind of you, F.S… but I’m not so sure…
      I am fond of telling people I couldn’t figure out which end of a needle the thread is supposed to go through (but only because that’s true)!
      Many thanks, FS!

    • That framework was more complicated to put together than I anticipated…
      fabric + hot glue doesn’t always = an easy build (that’s what I took from the whole experience, anyway)!
      Thank you so much, Ms. A! I hope you have a wonderful week, too!

    • Thank you very much, sir!
      I’ve made a few of things similar to this over the years…
      an image framed within a frame…
      they can be a bit frustrating to work on, but a lot of fun at the same time!

  2. Excellent piece.
    How many artists does it take to thread a needle ?
    Let’s see, ………. Your wife , ……My wife, ……… forget either of us (and I am just a hobby artist), ……. there was a punch line here, but i must have dropped it in haystack.

  3. I wish I was going to be home for Mardi Gras 😦 Alas, I am stuck here with photos of my baby brother at all the balls. Worm.

    She is lovely. I love the lashings on the sides. Just harkens corset to me. I must have it on the brain after my appearance in Two Pan at Barb’s.

    • Sorry to hear that, Red!
      If it makes you feel any better I won’t be attending any festivities, either. Always sounds like a lot of fun, but wow… those crowds! Maybe some year… I’m working up to it, I think. Maybe.

      • It is a gas. I am not so keen on NOLA on Fat Tuesday (and even less on Monday), but the parades in the burbs are the greatest. What I miss most are the balls. They are such fabulous parties. *sigh* I want to go home.

  4. Strangely, I think the most complicated part of this build was making the mask… which he then cut out of the shot for the most part! 😛 Oh the silliness of my boy! The effort and details do make the piece though. That attention to detail is what makes him so great, and so unique. 🙂

    • I had forgotten how long it took to make that mask! Hahaha… yeah, I know. I just wanted the image to feel upstaged, and I thought a perfectly centered pose would fight with that. And I think excluding eye contact adds to a bit of mystery, too. Er, I hope so, anyway.
      Thank you very much, Annabelle… that is very kind of you to say… not sure about that, though…

  5. Delightfully and Erotically Delivered SIG
    you have created the deliciousness within
    on this fine offering and guess what?

    I Like It 🙂 😉

    Have a wondrously entertaining Tuesday 🙂


    • Thank you so much, sir!
      This is another one of those pieces I was afraid might be too over the top…
      well, much of my stuff is, I guess. Half the fun is seeing what people think… I try to predict how certain folks might react to certain things… and usually I’m in the ballpark, but sometimes I’m way off. Always interesting!

      Have a wonderful Fat Tuesday, A.G.!

      • I forgot to do my pancakes 😦 lol
        Never mind I will treat myself at
        the weekend…

        This one is definitely not OTT 🙂

        Have a wicked Hump Day next SIG 😉


    • Thank you very much, Ms. D! I’m so happy to hear you liked this one! In my mind it was much easier to assemble than it turned out to be… but, as always, it was a lot of fun (despite the frustration), too!

  6. Amazing change of style from the previous Baby Bella – you are eclectic, that’s for sure 🙂 Love the way the colours have leapt out in this one!

    Happy Mardi Gras to you too Bob 🙂

    • Thank you so much – that is very kind of you to say!
      Hahaha… and very polite! Crazy *beep* might be accurate as well!
      Thank you very much, Martin! I hope you have a wonderful Fat Tuesday!

    • Thank you so much, Peg!
      Now THAT sounds like a plan!
      (I might have to look around for something, too… although I have many Fat Tuesdays, so… here’s hoping there’s a bit of chocolate left in these parts!)

    • Thanks so much, Ms. B!
      It’s very nice to hear you liked this one – it was a bit of a challenge for me to put it all together (not the kind of materials I normally work with), but all in all I think it turned out okay…

    • Thanks, Mr. B! That’s the structure I had in mind when I was building this thing… I think. Well, to tell you the truth I’m never really sure what I am / was thinking, but… you know.

    • That’s very kind of you to say, Lynn, thank you!
      I did sell my ‘A Second Hand Travel Log’ series back when Annabelle and I had our store…
      I really hadn’t expected that would happen…

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