PinkyLouLou Party Girl

Inspiring Fun Parties Everwhere

Find Me At Found May 12, 2008

For those of you who are lucky enough to live in or near Ann Arbor, Michigan, you HAVE to visit Found Gallery in Kerrytown. You will go nuts! Mary has a really charming shop that has original altered art, unique home accents, and lots of vintage treasures to make your own creations. She also has fun events at the shop, including workshops and trunk shows.

Sally Jean herself will be teaching workshops at Found on July 20-23. Sign-up soon, as spaces fill quickly! I myself am counting the days until the Soldering for Virgins class. I learned soldering when I attempted stained-glass, but I am far from good at it. I would love to attempt a tiara like Sally Jean does, but I believe that I will need far more than just that one class!
I am lucky enough to have my designs in this fabulous shop, including my cake toppers and one-of-a-kind bobbi pins and one-of-a-kind magnets. You can also shop at Found on-line, which is where you can register for the Sally Jean workshops as well.

Party Blooms May 9, 2008

I happened to see some fun party goodies that I thought I’d try for myself. They are usually called Surprise Balls, but no one I have talked to thinks that is a good name at all, so I decided to give mine their own name. So, I call these my Party Blooms, as they are a bit flowerish.
These Party Blooms are made of yards and yards of crepe paper in different colors, and you and your party guests can unravel the crepe paper and discover confetti, little plastic vintage charms, and a hand-stamped fortune as you go, as well as a little bottle of bubbles in the center.
I finished them off with a rosette on the top made with more crepe paper, vintage sheet music, old plastic beads, and Vintage German Glass Glitter. Wouldn’t these look great on your table at each place, or even in a cupcake tower in the center of the meal? Everyone loves a little souvenier of a fun fete.

Don’t forget, you can find little plastic vintage charms and Vintage German Glass Glitter in my shop, as well as other little goodies.


Wire Mannequins and More March 18, 2008

11 inch dress forms
There is just something so appealing about these wire forms! They are nice and lightweight, yet very sturdy. I was reading last night about upcoming submission requests for Stampington Magazines such as Somerset Studio and Belle Armoire, and one or more of these could be used for any of them. They are easily altered and added to, and the possibilities are endless! I just stocked them in my store in the “Alter Me” section.

If you use any of the wire forms that you buy from me (or anything else for that matter) and credit PinkyLouLou when you get published (think positive!) I will send you a nice little thank you bag of goodies.

13 inch wire dresses
You know, I have been working so hard on my new store- photographing, listing, organizing, etc, that I haven’t actually made anything in what feels like weeks… My challenge to myself is to get back to my happily messy table and create. I mentioned Somerset and the other mags because I bought a huge whiteboard yesterday and wrote down a bunch of calls for submissions to them and others, up there in big letters, to give me a starting point. I also haven’t done ANY inchies yet, and that’s a big thing right now.

OK, I have a plan, now I just need some sleep…. 🙂 Happy Creating!

5 inch wire mesh birds

Small wire mesh flower wraps

6 inch wire mesh dress forms

Very large wire mesh bird cage (entire back opens!)

Large wire mesh flower wrap


Nearly Forgot About Becoming A Pink Artist February 5, 2008

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OK, this is a great collaborative project I’m going to tell you about!

I am a member of ZNE , and I found this through the blog of a fellow member, Shabby Cottage Studio. It is a group of artists joining together to create one art doll to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure.When the doll is complete, it will be mailed in to Art Doll Quarterly™ before finally being auctioned off on eBay at a later date, and all of the proceeds will be donated to charity.

Each artist participant will create 1 or more 2″x2″ cloth-based squares that will be made into the doll.

Please see Girl Gone Thread Wild for complete details.


Cake Toppers for Your Party!

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I’ve been busy lately, FINALLY having time to create what I’ve been dreaming of for months: Cake Toppers. They are made of mainly vintage components, and I am thrilled with how they are coming out. What do you think?

I’ve also been stocking lots more vintage treasures and supplies in my Esty store, as there’s no way I could ever use everything I find and just have to have! Check it out for newly added vintage printing stamps.


Women’s Caucus for Art Postcard Project for the UN January 3, 2008

I had a great afternoon on Sunday, and I can’t believe I forgot my camera… I just joined the Women’s Caucus for Art, and the Michigan group is also part of the Feminist Art Project. We (about 9 women) met at Tootsy’s house in Ann Arbor, drank champagne, at chocolate, laugh, and make altered postcards. Sounds like heaven doesn’t it?! It was.

The postcards are for a wonderful project by the WCA & an NGO of the UN- International Committee for the WCA- making altered postcards with the United Nations’ Millenium Goal, “Sustaining Our Environment.” They must be 4″x6″ postcards made of recycled materials, and received by January 15th. OK, sorry, not much notice, but it’s a very cool project.

On the back of the postcard, provide your name, address and materials used to make the card. Submissions will be exhibited during the February, 2008 WCA and College Art Association (CAA) annual conferences at Ft. Worth-Dallas, Texas. At the exhibition, works will be auctioned to benefit the United Nations.

Mail postcards to P. Otani, Curator, Sustaining Our Environment, 263 Laidley Street, San Francisco, CA 94131 USA

Women’s Caucus for ArtThe Women’s Caucus for Art, founded in 1972 in connection with the College Art Association (CAA), is a national member organization unique in its multi-disciplinary, multicultural membership of artists, art historians, students /educators, and museum professionals.We are committed to:….education about the contributions of women…..opportunities for the exhibition of women’s work…..publication of women’s writing about art…..inclusion of women in the history of art…..professional equity for all…..respect for all individuals without discrimination… for legislation relevant to our goals.

As an NGO of the United Nations, The International Committee of the Women’s Caucus for Art supports the UN Millenium Goals: 1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger 2. Achieve universal primary education 3. Promote gender equity and empower women 4. Reduce child mortality 5. Improve maternal health 6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases 7. Ensure environmental sustainability 8. Develop a global partnership for development.

Women’s Caucus for Art
UN Millenium Development Goals
UN Development Fund for Women

I’m going to make some more postcards for this and will post pics here later.


Wow, I’m embarressed at the long silence… December 29, 2007

Filed under: altered art,altered book,New Year,pop-up book — Our Studio with olive m'lou @ 9:30 pm

I cannot believe that you haven’t heard from me since September…
Most of the problem was a heel fracture from June that didn’t heal, so back on crutches I went, so I didn’t feel like doing much that I didnt’ have to do. I had a couple of art fairs/events that were crazy busy (luckily had help from a good friend), and orders kept me busy until the last minute before Christmas.
One of my New Year’s goals is to regularly post here with on-going projects and new fun products.

I am actually changing the name from MLou Is Pink to Pinky LouLou, so after my new web-store is up and running the name of this blog will be Pinky LouLou, as will my web-store. I am using DIYestores to build my store, and I really like their set-up. The biggest hold-up is taking pictures of all of the wonderful vintage treasures I’ve found for creating altered art and altered books. I think those will be listed first, then I’ll list the books, etc, that I’ve made to sell. Lots to do, gotta clean that studio first! I have only been off of crutches for a few weeks, so I’m still catching-up on my life.

I am very excited about pop-up books, and that’s a direction that I’ve meant to go in for a while. I have recovered from the holidays and my heel, and it’s time to get organized to start 2008 well. I have some great resources on making pop-up books, and I’ve had fun playing. I made my first p-u book for my friend Audrey who helped my with a huge event while I was using a walker for my heel, and while it’s not technically difficult, I am so happy about how it turned out. Unfortunately, the pictures aren’t the best, because while I got an amazing SLR for my birthday, it was only a couple days later that I took the pics, and I hadn’t experimented enough. You’ll get the general idea, and I’ll just have to make more and take better pictures.
Have a fabulous and fun New Year’s, and happy altering!