Before I fell in love with mixed media art I couldn't appreciate items that were broken, stained, frayed etc. A chipped mug, a book that was falling apart, a stained doily - everything would go into the trash. At flea markets I would only watch out for laces, linens and other things in perfect condition. I would have never even considered buying a damaged Charlotte like you see in my assemblage. Only antique furniture was "allowed" to show some signs of wear. This has changed and now I can swoon over things that are not perfect. Even better when they already have flaws, fading and imperfections. Then I don't have to make them look old.
When I bought this Charlotte doll I didn't have a special project in mind. Some weeks later I received a flower pot from a neighbor. When the flowers were faded, the pot went into my studio and all of a sudden I knew what to do with the Charlotte. The pot wouldn't stand upright because of its beveled construction but the base of a wooden box fitted perfectly to hold it. It just had to be painted the grayish color of the flower pot. I let the doll in her original dirty condition but gave her a strand of pearls. To the pot/box construction I added a piece of lace, a couple of buttons, some stamping and a soldered tag. I didn't even have to think about what the tag would say - it had to be "BEAUTY".
When I had glued the flower pot to the box, hubby came by to look what I was doing and came up with an idea. Why not put something into the box? Well, I have to admit that I wasn't too thrilled at first. When he suggested to make the assemblage a music box, I loved the idea though and willingly took it apart to add a music box mechanism. So, now it plays a little tune when it's winded up.
Have a wonderful and sunny weekend! Maybe you will go to a flea market or a goodwill store and find some lovely imperfect treasures for your next project :-).