The Rosa of Cairo

In the Round Robin on Vintage Ancestors, the next book I worked in is Teri’s book. All about this famous tailoring studio, which appears in Paris after the intervention of another RR player! Thanks Sue. 
In my pages, the Sheik of Arabia comes to the studio, meets Auntie Rosa, falls in love with her, and marries her.
Not until he orders her wedding gown to be made by the studio. Hence the introduction of ARABesques, and damasks in Paris, which became all the rage at in the 19th century.
This is how she became the Rosa of Cairo.


The left page shows the scroll that tells the story.
The scroll ‘holder’ has a story. I was browsing on the internet to find some arabic text. And I saw this scroll holder which just triggered my mind. Yesterday, a wonderful neighbor gave  me a bag of goodies. You know, broken jewelry, unloved scarves and earrings. And  this outrageous pen. We both looked at each other, wondering what I could possibly do with it.
Well, not 24 hours later, this wonderful pen has become a jewelled scroll holder! Don’t you just love synchronicity?
And here is Auntie Rosa herself, quite transformed, and quite glamorous on her wedding day…


  1. This is fabulous Sox! Love everything about it!

  2. I am totally IN LOVE with this. Love it. The colors, the arrangement, the story, the way you put it all together. Absolutely inspired. Thank you so much!!

  3. What a gorgeous gorgeous book!!

  4. Beautiful job, Sox... I like it lots. Teri - you lucky ducky! Hugs to you both. Karen

  5. Just beautifully done! What an amazing book!

  6. I'm in love with these pages! Lucky girl, Teri!
    Fab serendipitous use of the cool pen , Sox!!!

  7. Oh my goodness, what an amazing round robin project. I adore the way you repurposed the pen.

  8. Love the whole story about Auntie Rosa and a very demure looking woman adorned with the most appropriate jewellery suited to the theme. The whole look appeals to my belly dancing senses - the Arabic looking background fabric with the beautiful scripted story.
    Great work Sox and engaging your imagination so beautifully!
    Teri will LOVE it in it's beauty and richness.

  9. Wowza! The story is wonderful as is the way you have depicted it in the most appropriate fabrics and jewels. You do such amazingly gorgeous work Socrates!
    Beth P

  10. And yet another amazing piece of artwork Sox! Teri will love it!!

    Your Friend in Art***


  11. Your pages turned out devine here and the pieces used are exquisite... OH MY! That pen and that necklace that makes you think of a wedding headress is amazing.... Great repurposing.... LOVE these pages!!! Best ever!

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