A Selection of Me

Michelle's LabyrinthI have had this idea in my head, since I first started my blog and Michelle’s Labyrinth, about creating a cover page with the words “Michelle’s Labyrinth” surrounded by my favourite things. I am not sure where the idea came from, maybe the last scene of the movie The Labyrinth where Sarah is back in her “real” bedroom and surrounded by all the creatures of The Labyrinth.Michelle's Labyrinth Or possibly the idea came from the print by Brian Froud where Toby (the baby in The Labyrinth) is surrounded by goblins. Well this idea has been brewing for a while, and although what I have created isn’t exactly what is in my head yet – I am happy with my first go!

I thought I better introduce you to some of the OOAK (One Of A Kind) collectibles I have and the artists behind them. I won’t expand too much on some of the artists as one day I would like to dedicate a blog post to each of them.Michelle's Labyrinth

First guy off the ranks is a gnome by by artist Girardi Mariano. I bought him in Las Vegas at the Venetian (Grand Canal Shoppe’s Venetian Resort Hotel) in a shop called Il Prato  http://www.ilpratousa.com/dolls.html).Michelle's Labyrinth This guy is quite special because I actually bought him on my wedding day – 25th March 2008! I also bought he Venetian mask at the same place. Doesn’t it look like one of the masks out of The Labyrinth!

There are a few creatures on my cover page by Conny Deylen (http://connydeylen.com/) . These snippets were written by Conny Deylen:

Michelle's Labyrinth Gauri the Female Mud Troll is not considered the most beautiful creature in Carmella’s realm. The male Mud Trolls know beauty when they see it. Whenever they see a female they are particularly attracted too they just naturally throw mud at her to get her attention. They more mud the more they are attracted. Gauri is in fact continually covered in real mud and just knows that she’s just a “Gorgeous Gal”. [March 2006]

Michelle's Labyrinth Ligeia The Mermaid is head mistress to a school of mermaids living near Wilsons Promontory. Their main job is to look after all the sea creatures in the area and to check on water pollution on behalf of FEPA (Fairy Environment Protection Authority). [March 2006]

Also by Conny Deylen is Fang the Dragon [July 2007], another mermaid and LadyHawk the fairy born the 25th Day of April 2005 in The Fairy Dell [Register of Magical Births]. I named LadyHawke after the movie Lady Hawke starring Matthew Broderick and Michelle Pfeiffer.

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Michelle's Labyrinth I bought this Steampunk doll from Supanova a couple of years ago. I believe a local Western Australia girl made her. Here is a website I found that shows how to make them!http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/steampunk-softies-marveletta.pdf

Mad Hatter is by NatashaMichelle's Labyrinth Morgan – I think I have shown a picture of him before taken by Natasha Morgan. I took this photo :) I absolutely love Natasha’s work – please check out her Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Natasha-Morgan/148807718484271?fref=ts) or her Etsy shop (https://www.etsy.com/au/shop/NatashaMorgan).

Michelle's LabyrinthSap Dancer is by the famous Wendy Froud – wife of Brian Froud. Did I say famous? Well you ALL know someone she created – Yoda for the 1980 film Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back! So yes – I am a VERY lucky girl to have Sap Dancer in my collection :)  (Photo is from AFA gallery (http://afanyc.com/ – my photo edited was quite terrible on my cover page version!)

Michelle's Labyrinth The Fairy Godmother is by Tony Rice. This is a 12 inch mixed media sculpture that was inspired by a painting by Brian Froud (http://www.elfwood.com/~scoundrel). I’ve also included Brian Froud’s print The Faery Godmother so you can see what inspired Tony Rice – how lucky was I to find this sculpture! Michelle's Labyrinth



Michelle's Labyrinth I do not want to forget Hoggle from The Labyrinth. He is a magnet made by Bronwyn Frazier – “Oh don’t act so smart. You don’t even know what an oubliette is.”  (http://www.eyefeather.com/hogglemagnet.htm)

Of course cakes are a part of my labyrinth, so I wanted to include them in the cover page too. I hope you like the ones I selected. I also snuck in a Brian Froud book – Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book. And unfortunately I cannot remember where I got the red mask from…

The rest of the characters are not OOAKs – are you able to name them? And are you able to guess who else I have in my collection?

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Sisters are Blossoms

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Sisters are blossoms in the garden in life ~Author Unknown; and I am lucky enough to have two younger ones :-) So I thought I would share the birthday cakes I have made them. There are only three cakes, which doesn’t seem a lot, so it is something (the number of cakes!) I will have to improve upon :-)



August 2010

My youngest sister loves mushrooms. I loveMichelle's Labyrinth mushrooms too, but not as much as her. When I think of mushrooms I think of fairy rings; fairies or goblins sitting on them; or them popping up in clearings in forests. I rang my sister to see why she loved them so much and she said they are just magical, it is amazing how they grow and survive underground and then just pop up over night. She loves how there are so many varieties and how some can grow on the side of trees. And of course she agrees she thinks of fairies and all sorts of magical creatures when she thinks of mushrooms. Here is a print by Brian Froud (our favourite artist). I think this encapsulates exactly how we see mushrooms!

I have fed my sisters love of mushrooms by wherever we travel I take pictures of mushrooms for her. For her birthday in 2010 I made her a botany scrapbook of flowers and mushrooms from all over the world. My favourite mushroom has to be the red one with white dots. I saw this type of mushroom in New Zealand and here is a photo I took. Michelle's Labyrinth

And here are two pages of the scrapbook I made her. One the left are photos from Margaret River, Western Australia and on the right are photos from Algonquin Provincial Park, Canada.

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And to go with her scrapbook I made her a mushroom cake!

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December 2011

My middle sister is the one with the two kids – my niece and nephew!! With her birthday being in December it is always hard catching up, with all the Christmas functions. So I have only made her one cake :( So I tried to make it as special as possible!

My sister loves Twilight (as do I!) and has devoured the books more than once! I was heading to the UK for Christmas that year, so we caught up with my family for Christmas right before my sisters birthday. So I decided she was getting a cake! Unfortunately I was working 7 days a week at that time – just so I could get 2.5 weeks off! So I wasn’t able to make the cake as well as I think I could have and my pawn is a bit cracked :( So here is my Twilight cake!

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Inspiration of the cake came from the book covers (especially Book 1 – Twilight and Book 4 – Breaking Dawn).

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Here is my nephew with his seal of approval of his Mum’s cake! And also a scary look with a black mouth from the icing of the chess board!

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August 2012

Back to my youngest sister who not onlyMichelle's Labyrinth loves mushrooms and flowers, but has a degree in Botany! She has her honours and is currently doing her PhD in the restoration of banksia woodland. She actually did put in a little request this year for a willy wagtail (after seeing a bird I made for my mother-in-law), so I thought about what else I could do and of course I came up with a banksia flower! (Willy wagtail photo source: http://purpliciouspassionpath.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/williewagtail.jpg)

I’m not sure how many of my readers are overseas and know what a banksia flower looks like, but here are a couple of photos I took in Bold Park in Mt Claremont. So I hadn’t set myself an easy task!

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But I was pretty happy with how the cake turned out and my sister seemed happy too! Michelle's Labyrinth

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Actually my nephew seemed pretty happy with the cake too! And from memory it was a fruit cake and he actually tried it and liked it! Although he hasn’t told me that I make the best cakes in the world like his sister has, actions speak louder than words! I better do a blog on the cakes I have made him!!

So I’ll end my blog with some more sister quotes!

If you don’t understand how a woman could both love her sister dearly and want
to wring her neck at the same time, then you were probably an only child. 
~Linda Sunshine

Sisters never quite forgive each other for what happened when they were five. 
~Pam Brown

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.  ~Author Unknown

It was nice growing up with someone like you – someone to lean on, someone to
count on… someone to tell on!  ~Author Unknown

In the cookies of life, sisters are the chocolate chips.  ~Author Unknown


I hope you are lucky enough to have a sister :-)




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