Wednesday, June 30, 2010

TBAI Gallery Piece Progression

These photos  make me think of those cooking shows where they put the dish in the oven and POOF!  A second later it’s ready.  So I think I should begin by saying these photos were taken over several days.

Let’s start here:


Adding the paper images to the inside


and shutters to the window.


Contemplating the next steps (I did a lot of this!)


Adding more images and a ledge to the back. (Teddy bear overseer in the back there!)


Deciding on the details


A close-up of a few of the details in place


and some more.


Painting some charms for the box.

The theme for this year’s TBAI is Children’s Classics.  Of the choices I submitted, I was given the opportunity to create a piece inspired by Madeline.  Remember that one?

Here’s my finished piece – I think I will call it:

An Old House in Paris


The first line of the story reads “In an old house in Paris that was covered with vines”.  The above photo is the front of the piece and


this is the back of it.

Now to the inside -


A view of the left side of the box opened and

tgpp_12a view of the right inside of the box.

It is missing something though, right?  A bit of a tribute to the main character from the story?  Ah, here we go.


I did wonder if I would ever get her coat right.


Here’s the entire piece – bear & box together.

Then I found an excellent hard cover version of the book at the flea market just the exact right size.  How often does that happen?  Here’s a view of the back with the book in place.


As they say in the book –

that’s all there is -

there isn’t any more.


  1. AHHHH! Madeline!!!! What an amazing job!!!

    Everything you do amazes me. (well, ok, not *everything*... that's a bit much... brushing your teeth isn't that amazing... I think... but everything creative is!!!)

    I LOVE this one, excellent work!!!
    (and I love the bear overseer)

  2. Oh this is absolutely precious. I love every inch. The little coat is so cute. I shall now try to curb my enthusiasm! No I can't... love it, love it, love it.

  3. WOW outstanding Ginger, I can't wait to see it in the "fur" x

  4. Ginger,

    Beautiful, precious, charming...and Madeline with her adorable little coat is the icing on the cake, or should I say "box"?

    Teddy Hugs,

  5. Oh how fabulous, you've done an excellent job, and her coat came out just right

  6. GENIAL!!!!
    Una preciosa escena, con unos maravilloso detalles.
    La protagonista guapisima con ese abrigo.
    Que medidas tiene la caja? y la osita?
    Es una escena en miniatura 1/12?
    Enhorabuena todos los detalles me gustan.
    besitos ascension

  7. How precious! A beautiful work of art my friend! ♥

  8. wonderful! And it started life as a cigar box, right? I just love what you did with it.
    Mama Bear

  9. I LOVE IT! Perfect in every detail. And Madeline herself is darling. Thank you for sharing--I love seeing your process and the superb outcome.

  10. Oh, it's PERFECT!!! I can't wait to see it in August! I just LOVE everything about it!

  11. Wow! I love it, and her. What a wonderful idea.

  12. what a fabulous piece Ginger - such a great idea. Just perfect.
    ~ Tina

  13. WOAh!! wonderful! beutiful! guapaa!! is amazing, your new creation look wonderful,the box and the litle cute bear.


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