Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Anniversary Gift Set

Aren't those two love birds adorable? I think so because they are my sweet parents-in-law Dorothy & Shelby Jones! Tomorrow they'll be celebrating 49 years of wedded bliss. We're having a family dinner tonight to mark the occasion, and I thought it would be fun to create a special gift set just for them. My mother-in-law LOVES chocolate covered pecans, so some yummy double dipped chocolates from Stephen Libs will be the perfect treat! Chocolate covered peanuts are a favorite of the groom, so I got a bag of each.

I decided to create a custom gift bag using one of their wedding photos. I simply uploaded the photo to picnik to add the text, printed it out on A Muse shimmer cardstock, matted the trimmed photo with black shimmer cardstock and adhered it to the center of a red gift bag. Gorgeous metallic gold mesh and gold elastic fringed ribbon from May Arts add a touch of glitz!

I'm sure they'll share the candy, but just in case I printed out a little individual photo of each of them, matted them in shimmery red cardstock, and used double sided tape to attach them to the fronts of the candy bags. Do you know how hard it is not to tear into those yummy chocolates? VERY! But since I really love them both, and think they are the best parents ever I will resist the siren call of candy and let them enjoy!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Findings: Doodle Stitching

I'm so smitten with this recent addition to my artsy/crafty bookshelf:  Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray! It's brimming over with adorable little patterns to stitch and includes a CD so that the patterns can be resized to suit your project. My daughter and I have taken up embroidery recently, and I think this will be a fun resource for us to share! I have tons of ideas swirling around in my head, so I'll be sharing those in future posts. Check out Aimee's blog little dear tracks for embroidery tutorials, free patterns and projects, and lots more! You'll also enjoy Sublime Stitching and Feeling Stitchy for more whimsical embroidery inspiration!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Kettle Corn Day

All I did today was make a batch of kettle corn in my beloved red Whirley Pop stovetop popcorn maker. Wait! I also ate the entire batch! It was scrumptious and so easy to do. Just fill the Whirley Pop (or whatever pan you use for stovetop popcorn) with 1/3 cup of unpopped kernels, 2 tbsp. of oil ( I prefer peanut oil) and 1/4 cup of sugar. Place on medium heat and stir constantly for about 3 minutes or so until most of the kernels have popped. Pour into a bowl, allow to cool for about a minute, then sprinkle with kosher salt. Yum! This was my only accomplishment today, so I felt compelled to share it. Hopefully tomorrow will be more productive, but if not I have more popcorn just waiting to be popped and devoured!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Vintage Vignettes

Laundry is calling, stacks of paperwork are tottering on my desk, dust bunnies are multiplying as we speak, so naturally I decided to forget all that and do a mini photo shoot instead! I love to incorporate vintage finds into my home, and this metal recipe box is my latest treasure.

Look! Each little book opens up and swivels forward revealing a hidden cache for recipes!
I found this during a late-night-couldn't-sleep-couldn't-read-but-must-be-distracted ebay frenzy! Just type in a search for vintage metal and see what irresistible goodies pop up for you.

Like these vintage flower frogs...

and of course there are books...

lots of books!

A green glass cake plate and a lovely tray...

and milk glass everywhere!

There's lots more to share, but even a professional procrastinator like me has to get to work sooner or later!
Hmm..maybe later would be best...

Monday, December 6, 2010

May Arts Monday

Want some of this sparkly ribbon for your stash? Just click on this link and leave a comment for your chance to win a set of silver and gold gorgeousness! It's part of May Arts Winter 2011 sneak peek now through Friday, December 10, 2010.

Dreaming of Spring? I love this new collection of pastel plaids!

Lovely lace adds the perfect delicate accent!

I love all these ribbons, but the snowflakes are my favorite right now! I have them in the white shown above.

And this glitzy silver!

Snowflakes always make me think of hot cocoa and marshmallow cream. Since the flurries are flying on this chilly December day I'm off to stir up a warm mug of chocolate to sip while I dream away the day. Warm winter wishes to you!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

May Arts/Jenni Bowlin Week!

Two of my very favorite companies are teaming up this week for inspiration and lots of great prizes! May Arts and Jenni Bowlin are the perfect match! I love Jenni Bowlin's fresh vintage style and of course May Arts is my go to place for the most luxurious yet affordable ribbons. Visit the May Arts blog and the Jenni Bowlin blog all week long for your chance to win some great giveaways, and for some amazing projects and ideas. Happy crafting!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Where Women Cook Winner!

It's time to choose the winner for the premiere issue of Where Women Cook
Thanks to everyone who left a comment for this giveaway! The winning comment according to random.org is #7 Dolly LaBelle!
Congratulations Dolly! Enjoy your new copy of this great magazine!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday Findings: Where Women Cook

Where Women Cook, the newest magazine from Stampington & Company, landed on my doorstep yesterday afternoon! I've been anxiously awaiting this new publication for months now and I was so happy to receive the premier issue. That's Ree Drummond of Pioneer Woman fame gracing the cover with her trademark sassy style. If you haven't checked out her blog you're missing on out on tons of amazing recipes, gorgeous step by step photos, giveaways, and so much more! You'll also want to stop by her other site Tasty Kitchen, a cooking community featuring recipes from real kitchens everywhere - as the tagline states!
My husband, a.k.a. Chef Jones, does just about all the cooking around here, but I love the magazine for the same reason that I love its sister publication Where Women Create, because I'm nosy curious! I love to see the places where people follow their dreams, read about their creative journeys and inspirational stories, and just get a glimpse of their real lives.
I actually have two copies of Where Women Cook so...

I'm giving one away!

Just leave a comment on this post before midnight central time on Friday, 11/26/10.
The winner will be announced Saturday, 11/27/10
Best wishes to all the entrants!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Vintage Tin Nest Garland Tutorial

Do you love vintage glass glitter, old tin molds, gorgeous ribbon, and garlands as much as I do? If so, don't miss the Vintage Tin Nest Garland tutorial I created for the May Arts Ribbon blog! Click here to visit the blog, or here for a printable PDF of the project. Have a glittery day!

Monday, November 15, 2010

The one that got away...

If you're a junker like me, you know there's always that one find that you can't believe you left behind. For me it's this rusty hunk of green metal goodness I saw at the Country Living Fair in Columbus, OH. The moment our eyes {or rather my eyes and its gorgeous green patina} met across the crowded fields of the fair, I knew we were destined to be together...but alas my pocketbook thought otherwise and we were torn apart forever.

But we'll always have the fair...

Friday, November 12, 2010

Friday Findings: Free Vintage Images!

I've already proclaimed my love for the Graphics Fairy many times on this blog! With over 1,500 images to choose from, it's a goldmine for anyone seeking graphics to use for projects of all sorts. I love the Brag Monday feature on this blog: a linky party where you can share the creations you've made with the Graphics Fairy images. It's a great source of inspiration! I thought it would be fun to share some of the other wonderful sites I've discovered for vintage images for this week's Friday Findings.

Green Paper is another favorite source of images both free and for purchase. There are also wonderful online classes offered this site that teach the basics and more of collage art. The classes are jam packed with free images, tons of great instructions, and a flickr group to share your classwork. I've taken two classes that are offered on this site, Your Vintage Gluebook, and Collage Coterie and learned so much from both. Your Vintage Gluebook class is still available online, and a new class Collage Basics begins this week.

Karen's Whimsy offers a huge selection of public domain images ranging from vintage fashions to science clipart, paper dolls, coloring sheets, and more! Karen also creates gorgeous altered books and collage art.

Here are a few more sites you may wish to explore:
The Vintage Moth
Antique Images
Altered Bits
Old Photo Album

Please note that every site has varying terms of use for their images, so it's important to read the fine print before you use them! A big thanks to all the generous owners of these sites for sharing their amazing graphics with us!
What can you do with all these fabulous images? Cards, journals, collage, home decor, decoupage...the list is endless! I hope you enjoyed today's finding, and wish you a creative and happy day!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Artful Transfers Tutorial

I am hooked on sticky back canvas transfers! This technique is so fun and easy, and it allows you create fabric from your favorite patterened paper or printed clip art. I downloaded this scrolly french chair from the Graphics Fairy website and tossed in some May Arts silver chain cord and vintage glass glitter to make my own little wall art using the transfer method. Ribbon Adhesive from GlueArts made it so simple to add the ribbon and glitter. Want to make some artful transfers of your own? Check the complete tutorial on the May Arts blog! Happy crafting!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Ladies who lunch...and stamp...and eat macarons...

Yesterday was a day filled with many good things! My sweet friend Michelle and I took a class from Dolly LaBelle at Make Time to Create. We made this set of 4 pretty cards using Poppy stamps from Flourishes. Crafting with a friend adds an extra dollop of sweetness to an already fun activity. It's like the cherry on top of a hot fudge sundae!

After the class Michelle and I had a yummy lunch at new-to-us cafe in Newburgh, IN called Cafe Arazu. Scrumptious! The cafe bills itself as "world cuisine with a neighborhood feel" and it lives up to its claim! We shared our entrees and gabbed in between bites. (Okay, maybe sometimes we talked DURING bites, but that's what happens when two old friends get together!)

We finished our gab and grub fest and then we strolled around downtown Newburgh, peeked in shop windows, rummaged through an antique store, and then topped off our day with macarons at Vecchio's Italian Market. Just the thought of those macarons makes me swoon! Pistaschio, lemon, and strawberry...bliss! I have to admit I also munched on chocolate ganache sandwiched between two chocolate chip cookies! I intended to share that cookie with my daughter, but nary a crumb survived. Through sheer strength of will I did manage to bring her three delectable macarons, and she made short work of them! Like mother like daughter!
It was a lovely day filled with fun and friendship, and the memory will linger on even if the macarons didn't!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Glitz, Glitter, Glue, & Giveaways!

May Arts and GlueArts are teaming up this week for lots of inspiration and giveaways! Check out the May Arts Blog or the GlueArts Blog for details on how to win the sparkly ribbon pictured above, or the GlueArts goodies pictured below!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Studio Calico Documentary Folio

I love to travel, and when I do I like to document the places I visit by collecting brochures, business cards, maps, tickets, and other mementos. I decided to plan ahead and create a travel folio to take with me on  my next trip to corral the piles of memorabilia that usually end up in a crumpled heap in the bottom of my purse!

The Documentary collection from Studio Calico was just the ticket for a Destinations Travel Folio.

The collection includes 6 travel-themed pieces of 12 X 12 cardstock. I wanted the dimensions of the folio to be 8 1/2  X 11, so I started the project by cutting one inch off the bottom of each piece of cardstock. I wanted to have lots of pockets, so I scored each piece of cardstock at 8 1/2 X 11 on the right side of each piece, except for the cover. That's scored on the left so that the pocket is in on the inside. I also scored each piece at one inch from the left side to make it easier to open the folio once it's bound.

Fold each piece of scored cardstock and add adhesive only on the very top and very bottom edges of the folds to create a pocket. I used the GlueArts Glue Glider Pro, my favorite tape runner, to assure a strong bond.

Next, I used rub ons and some small paper bags to create extra pockets for the folio. Quick tip: I wanted to use several of the phrases in a cluster, so I cut them out together and applied them to the bag as a group. Much easier than trying to place them individually!

I punched a hole in the left side of the paper bag and threaded the binding string through it when I bound all the pages together.

I used May Arts Brown/Copper/Gold satin string (SY73) to bind the folio together. I  punched two evenly spaced holes on the left side of each page, and then threaded the sating string through and tied in a double knot on the front.

Quick Tip: I wanted to add a button to the binding string, but it was too thick to go through the shank. So I just added a jump ring to the button shank, threaded the string through it and tied it in a knot to secure.

I jazzed up the cover and the inner pages with the stickers, rub ons, and FabRips (sticky back adhesive fabric strips) that are included in the Documentary collection. The Destinations title was made with the packaging from the rub ons and some letter stickers. I made the flower by punching out 9 circles (2 inch) from paper bags, stacking them together, stapling in the center, and then scrunching all the layers to form a blossom.
I can't wait to hit the road and stuff my new folio full of travel memories!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Two Butterflies Velvet Bracelet

I received the sweetest email from Jennifer Brasher of Two Butterlies this morning! Jennifer made her own version of the Velvet Ribbon Slide Bracelet based on my tutorial. I was so excited to see Jennifer's creation! You can read the entire post on her blog, and see the other jewelry confections she makes using recycled vintage pieces. Thanks for sharing Jennifer!

Friday, October 29, 2010

May Arts Ribbon Pocket Mood Board Tutorial

Like a bird feathering its nest, I gather bits and pieces of shiny objects for my artwork wherever I go. It's easy to forget what I've collected along the way, so a mood board is the perfect way to gather items for visual inspiration. A mood board can be based around a theme, a color scheme, a project, or whatever makes your creative juices flow. I created this quick and easy mood board to stash some of my favorite bird, nest, and egg elements. You can read the full tutorial on the May Arts Blog, or click here for a printable PDF of the entire project. Have fun creating your own mood board! 

Friday Findings: Inspired Ideas Magazine

You may have noticed the colorful magazine image fluttering its pages on the left side of my blog. If you clicked on the picture, you will have discovered my latest Friday Finding: Inspired Ideas Magazine. The magazine is a quirky, whimsical, and fun compilation of ideas gathered by Amy Powers of inspire co. Amy's charming blog has been a favorite of mine for many years, and her bright and cheerful perspective always make me smile. So I was thrilled to find her new monthly online magazine chock full of wonderful inspiration! Fabulous projects like rick rack flowers, decorated sugar cubes, embroidered blocks, and a cigar box theater make it hard to believe this publication is free! But it is, and you can read it all for yourself by clicking here or on the fluttering magazine in the sidebar. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Vagabond Vintage

My booth at the Owensboro Antique Mall has wandered up the aisle to a prime spot by the front desk! I had so much fun yesterday setting up the displays and unpacking forgotten treasures.
Here's a close up of that shabby pink coffee table! Love the handpainted roses!
Everytime I visit the booth, I have to resist taking this French Metal Bed home with me! It would be so sweet in a little girl's room or a cottage chic guest room. But my daughter prefers a modern style of decor, and my guest room is brimming over with my crafty chaos, so I'll have to let it journey to someone else's home.

A pink and green vanity to complete the ensemble.

Need some inspiration? Snag a copy of my favorite home decor magazine for just $2 per issue!

This side of the booth looks a bit empty. Hmm...time to hit the road and find some more vintage treasures to share!

Monday, October 25, 2010

For the Love of Pink

I love pink! If someone asks me to name my favorite color, pink is invariably the answer. Robin's Egg Blue runs a very close second, but pink reigns supreme!

What prompted this ode to pink? It's this adorable little pink fridge I found on my latest foray to the Springfield Antique Barn!

Here's the so-cute-I can-hardly-stand-it interior of the fridge.

I collect pink buttons.

Pink clocks.

Pink Bowls

I love my kitschy pink ice bucket

And I dream of owning a pink typewriter just like this one.

Pink is the color of the sky in my world!