Saturday, July 20, 2019

Stash To Treasure Saturday

This little journal was another one of my
"it took forever"

For the past year,
I have been squirreling away little altered tags and collage pieces.

Not sure what they would become.

I wish I remembered to take photos of the pile I was working with.

This little rosette is more likely 2 years old.

Most of the papers are collage papers by Tim Holtz.

There are a number of tags with decoupage paper napkins.

The collage pages feature reproduced vintage images from 
Tim Holtz, Land of Nods, and my personal collection.

The right page above is coffee-dyed parchment
with paper and a floral image sandwiched in the middle.

This page is a flip with a tag tuck spot.
(I am learning the junk journal lingo,
be patient with me, please)

Old book pages, paper doilies, coffee-dyed paper fill out the journal.

One last collage, which includes bits of lace, buttons and floral trim.

The tags are treated like a book pages.

This little cutie will make it's way into my Etsy shop soon!

Thanks so much for visiting,
and wading through the long post.


Friday, June 28, 2019

July ATC Sign Up Is Now Open!


Make 3/Receive 3
ATCs Measure 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Use a sturdy base 
(ie cardboard, matboard, heavy weight cardstock)
Remember to sign and date the back
Include any contact info you like

USA artists, send $4.00 Cash For Return Postage
Use A Padded Envelope
Include A Return Address Label
Postmark By July 31st

Leave a comment on this post to sign up.
I will update the swap page as I receive your ATCs.
 or need my mailing address.

Please share the swap button on social media,
the more the merrier!


Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June's ATCs Are Heading Home!

Thank you to this talented group.
It was such fun to see the wide variety of interpretation.

If you participated in this swap,
please feel free to leave a comment on this post,
share whatever info you would like,
including social media links.

Happy Summer!

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Dreaming

Forgive me for my absence,
June has all but gone.
When I haven't been planting and fluffing outside,
I have been here, working at my desk.

This clematis vine only produced one flower this year.
Luckily it was a beautiful one which bloomed brightly for a few days.

Hoping all your summer dreams are coming true!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Help Me Choose

Should July's ATC swap theme be:
1 - Christmas in July
2 - Mermaid Lagoon

Vote by comment on this post.

thanks & hugs,

Monday, June 3, 2019

Farmhouse Kit - Making Embellishments

I am still working with my mock Farmhouse kit.
Since this is a kit that I put together myself
with bits from around my studio,
there were no cute ephemera collections to use.
So what to do?
Make some!

I purchased this adorable layering stamp set
to use for kids' cards.
I realized, horses are on farms, well duh.
I created this trio of embellishments
with scraps of paper, bling, flowers and trims from my kit;
as well as, the stamped horses.

Thanks for visiting.
Make something from nothing today!


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Back To Where It All Began

Like most of you,
I am sure,
my creative journey took me down many roads through the years.

It was just a bit over 28 years ago that I set up shop at my first craft show.
I had left corporate America 2 years earlier
to be a full time mommy,
and wanted to explore the possibility of bringing in a little extra cash
through creativity.

My first endeavor into the craft for cash world
was a table filled with floral wreaths and arrangements.

For the next few years I did craft show after craft show,
and home parties,
peddling my flowers wherever I could.

Fast forward to yesterday,
and my Mt. Everest
(see yesterday's post);
I am once again making floral wreaths.

These have been created from bits and bobs in my studio.
The roses are upcycled from a flea market find.
Believe it or not,
they came off of a pillow.
I removed about a bazillion roses
and set about coffee dying them.
They have been sitting in the fishbowl at the top of my bakers' rack
for at least 5 years.

Come back next Sunday to see the next leg of my crafting journey.

I would love to know how you began your creative life.
Please leave a comment to share.

Wishing you a beautiful Sunday,

The wreaths are available for purchase in my Etsy shop.

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