Thursday, December 8, 2011

The 4th Day of Christmas - Pilar Pollock

Brrrrr. We had our first freeze of the season last night ..waaay down here on the Texas Gulf coast. I woke up to a steaming pot of freshly brewed coffee (thanks, honey) and sat down to open Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas exchange.  

This lovely package is from the very sweet and talented Pilar Pollock of Laguna Hills, CA.  See the hand made gift wrapping paper?  Paint over crumpled up kraft paper is a wonderful thing. This paper reminds me of a lightly iced gingerbread bar...(yum..that would taste good with my morning coffee right about now!).  The ribbon is a strip of muslin with a stamped image of a milagro heart. Pilar, did you carve the stamp yourself? It's lovely!

I love milagros - they are tiny cast metal charms also known as “ex-votos” or “dijes”. Milagros are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico. They are frequently attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects found in places of worship. Milagros come in many shapes, sizes, and colors, each shape representing one or more needs or prayers. For example a heart charm may represent a wish to heal a heart condition, or a hope to find romance. A leg-shaped milagro may be a wish to fix a leg ailment, or a hope to travel the world. It is up to the petitioner to decide what the Milagro represents, so the choices are limitless.

Oh la la! Pilar's ornament is a fabulous doll! 

The doll's torso is a beautiful image transferred to a square of fabric.. Is this an original drawing Pillar?  She is amazing! "Rejoice Noel" are the sentiments she is sending this Christmas.. Look closely, her belt is a strip of vintage crystals...

..and in this photo, you can see a hint of the swirls of free-motion stitching that Pilar added to accent the fabric if my lady is meant to float and dance across my Christmas tree.

Pilar gave her a skirt of layers upon layers of torn strips of fabric...with lots of movement. So kick up  your heels and dance, my lady! Let us celebrate the season!

I love her!  Thanks so much, Pilar! Yall be sure to visit Pilar's blog to see more of her work, and hopefully she will post more about her Dancing Lady!

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