Thursday, July 30, 2009

August is near, and I can't believe how fast the summer is flying by...

I think I am ok with that. While I love the idea of lazy summer days, I rarely actually have them.

And, most excitingly, HALLOWEEN is coming! Yes, with the end of summer comes crisper nights, and the air feels fresher and the trees turn a blaze of scarlet and sunset yellow. I love it! I am itching to start some Halloween projects. I did a few little pretty Halloween pieces for the Trunkshow last weekend, but plan to witch it up in earnest next week. Speaking of... here is a peek at what wares I offered... Oh, and my sisters of the Traveling Trunks... I will email you the pictures I took! I still need to edit them and sort out the pictures Johnny took when he got his little hands on the camera... Lots of self portraits and still lifes involving toys and juice cups...

Hey, is your sound turned on? I got all fancy and added a gizmo-dealie-do Playlist thing, and so now my blog has music! I hope it doesn't distract you... Pretty sure you can hit pause if you don't like the music, or you can skip through the songs... My addiction to Buffy the Vampire Slayer extends to music too, so if you haven't had the pleasure of watching this fab series, you can listen to some of its lovely music. I like the softer instrumentals myself, and chose those. I almost put the theme song to the show here, but it is kind of spooky and LOUD and rocky-rolly, and I didn't want to scare any unsuspecting bloggers... There are some non-Buffy songs here too, of course. I love soundtracks, and have started re-reading the Harry Potter books, so you will find some Hogwarts tunes here. If you haven't heard of Loreena Mckennit, you must stop reading now and click to one of her songs. Simply amazing. Her music will transport you with its haunting beauty...

I was going to make a sketch for this past Tuesday, but I was just tooooo tuckered out. It weighs upon me greatly, but maybe next week I'll do a card AND scrapbook sketch. Does that sound fair? Do you still love me? I love you... I adore you! Speaking of people I adore, I want to introduce you to Dee. I metioned meeting her in previous posts. Dee rocks, plain and simple. She loves Halloween, she loves artsy stuff, and she knows Sandy Mooney, a fabulous artist that I also had the pleasure of meeting at the Trunk Show! I don't have a picture of Sandy (you shy thing!) but I caught Dee unawares and begged to let me take her picture. Isn't she sweet? She makes me smile each time I see her :)

Like I said, I had the Sisterhood of the Traveling Trunkshow last weekend, and I decided that this week was a great week to totally revamp my studio. I know, I know... Is this just a procrastination of work I need to do? Things I should photograph and list? Pages to make? Most likely...I have decided to transform the bulk of the finished basement into my studio... I can't wait! Of course, moving all my stuff isn't thrilling me to death. I'll most likely run out of steam part way through, kick myself, and have my supplies and furniture half here, half there, half everywhere... Ah, well, such is the creative process, right?

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Good morning! I have been up to my elbows in paper, fabric and ribbon! I have been getting ready for the Sisterhood of the Traveling Trunk Show, finishing up a few orders... and finishing my Tuesday sketch that I wanted to post a few days ago. I think it is worth the wait, however :) This sketch features my signature "quilt squares" that I stitch onto my scrapbook pages. Each little square is about 3x3 on this sketch, and when I make this layout I stitch the blocks together. If you aren't a sewer, or don't want to bother with a sewing machine, you could use rub-on stitches. I personally like the texture of the thread, but sometimes my machine goes on strike, and the rub-ons look quite lovely :)
Oh, and I also was able to make a treasury today! How exciting is that? I have been brewing the idea of a "time for tea" gallery, and when the treasury opened up, I jumped in and was able to make this little collection.

You will see that the last column is a little "ghosted." That is because these are my alternates, which I will be mixing in and swapping spots with the other lovely selections. The curator is usually the only one who sees the alternates, but I had to share my entire collection here; twelve spots are not enough for all the pretties I selected! Keep checking the treasury I created to see the most updated version...

Well, I am off to cut, ink and distress, layer and sew. Hope you have a great day :)

Saturday, July 18, 2009

One more week until the Traveling Trunk Show Sisterhood! My own sister and I will be there, along with several other talented artisans. I have a few new creations I can't wait to unveil... they have been dancing in my head for a while now, and finally came together. I also plan on doing some demonstrations and on-the-spot crafting, so it should be lots and lots of fun! July 25 in Swartz Creek, MI. You can click on the pretty postcard above for more information :)

I have also rediscovered the fun of digital design! I love making blog banners and etsy shop banners... these are available on etsy, and I have more in the works!

Monday, July 13, 2009

How was your weekend? I know, they go too fast, don't they? Especially if you had nice weather :) My sister and I had a little garage/antiques/handcrafted sale on Friday and Saturday. It was pretty hot (and a little too rainy Saturday morning) but other than that, it was successful! We sold some display pieces and vintage furniture (justifying future purchases, but don't tell my husband - he thinks we were cleaning the garage) and met some lovely people! My new favorite friend, Dee, stopped by and had a quick cup of lemonade and bought some pretties. She came back on Saturday, and guess what? She had a pack of pretties for me and my sister! How sweet is she? Dee adores Halloween as much, if not more, than we do! She gave us some fabulously spooky ephemera - cards and magazines, bingo sheets and more! I can't wait to play :) Thanks Dee!

Oh! And I have to tell you to stop by The Queen of Re's blog, because she is hosting this fabulous giveaway. An amazing set of business cards/calling cards by Vintage Bella could be yours! I am drooling over the Edwardian actresses myself, but also adore the children, the Halloween cards... Entering is easy - picking a favorite set will be the hard part! Just head over to Queen's blog to learn more :)

Another lovely thing happened today too! I have been included in a cutie treasury :) This one was created by betsybensen. I feel so fancy!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Tree Hugger...

I am loving making these little little trees! Maybe because in real life I am not so green with my thumb... In fact, the only time my thumb is really green is after inking these little pretties! I have several different varieties listed on Etsy :) I like to group these together on cards and scrapbook layouts, and when I pair them with little houses, the result is pretty cute! I love rolling landscapes...

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Sketchy Template Tues.....Wednesday?

Now hold on just one cotton-pickin' minute! Is it really Wednesday? I knew I was a little behind with my Tuesday sketch (having been unable to post this morning, I had to do it this afternoon) but seriously didn't know I was an entire day behind.

That's upsetting.

What is it about summer that makes it hard for me to keep track of my days? I still can't fathom that it is July. Sheesh, I still have to be reminded to write "2009" on my checks... Maybe I am befuddled because I caught the ending of "Somewhere in Time" last night. I tried to explain the premise to my husband, about the whole time traveling thing, but I ended up just confusing us both. If you haven't seen this pretty little flick, I recommend it. Quaint and romantic, it was also filmed in the upper peninsula of my home state, Michigan. There's a little bit of trivia for you :)

Well, now that we have established it is Wednesday, not Tuesday, I am still going to post this week's sketch. I was on a real roll, too! Will you all pretend it's Tuesday, that I am not late, and that I was super on the ball?

Yay! I feel much better :)

The ink blot looking thing on the upper right is a stamp/chipboard flourish. Or it could be an ink blot. Whatever makes you happy...
I like this layout for several reasons. One, the paper gets to be the "embellishment". Pick pretty papers, and they will really shine on this layout. Two, the mats are fun because they are so flexible. You can journal on a small mat, or use all four little mats for pics and journal on the big mat. OR, you could have a big ole color photo in the largest mat, and several black and white "variation" type pics in the wallet sized mats. OR, you could have a family photo in the big mat, and each wallet sized mat could be a journaling spot about each member of the family. Of course, if you have more or less than four people, that may not work out, but you could include the family dog or cat! You're smart - you'll figure it out.

Friday, July 3, 2009


I have been tagged by Lindsey to share 6 fabulously uninteresting things about myself...

1. I love to work with vintage photographs of strangers. I have no old photos of my "real" ancestors, so I adopt random antique ancestors to create art with. The picture to the left is from Luna Girl, a great source for awesome pictures :)

2. I love, love, love Buffy the Vampire Slayer television series. If I am ever alone with the house to myself to scrap, I turn on the DVD player and watch as many episodes as I can, volume up super high (I usually watch Noggin all day long with my kids, so this arse-kicking clever heroine is a treat for me).

3. My paper cutter is actually named "Buffy". Hey, it's pink and slays some serious paper...

4. Halloween is my most favorite holiday. I wish it were a week-long extravaganza with at least a three-month lead of celebration. And every town should have a Halloween parade and a town hall party with apple bobbing. Seriously. Maybe I should plan one for my town.... hmmm...

5. My personal scrapbooks almost always use black and white photographs. That way I can use whatever paper I like, plus I like the timelessness to the photos...

6. In my pre-stay-at-home-mama-days, I used to teach English. Before that, I worked at the library at Central Michigan University. I have at least one bookshelf in every room and hallway. I am a complete word nerd, and am proud of it. I also like to make up words and treat them like real words.

Now I get to tag 6 people! Yay!

vintage bella who, by the way, is planning the most fabulous trunk show...
the Queen of Re, the founding sister to vintage bella's trunk show :)
Andrea whose darling angels are as puuurty as can be...
Jessica a sweetie I met on eBay who makes pretty scrapbooks too!
Janny who is one of the most talented paper piecers and paper artists I have ever encountered...
Megan whose Shabby Blogs is one of the prettiest places to go for pretty blog needs, with freebies galore and tutorials

Thursday, July 2, 2009

So my babies turned 4 years old today. I baked two dinosaur birthday cakes, hung one birthday banner, cooked a dozen hamburgers on the grill, wrapped two giant presents, cleaned one dirty house, washed dozens of dishes, and ate three fudgcicles.

I am exhausted. I'll have pictures of the cakes tomorrow. Let's just say that after this stint at cake making, I now know why I scrapbook and play with paper and don't delve into the culinary arts...

Here is a picture of my babies many moons ago... Seriously, weren't they just this big? Who gave them permission to grow?


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