Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bermuda Triangle, Moleskines, & Glitter!

I'm sort of like the Bermuda Triangle when it comes to office and crafting supplies! I can pick up a pair of scissors, make a few snips, lay them down, and poof! They disappear, never to be seen again. Pens and markers vanish into the ether, and tape goes missing with alarming frequency when I am near. But for some reason, I can usually keep track of my moleskine notebooks. Is it their compact size, or the fact that they fit perfectly into my pocket? It's a mystery, but I'm glad they stick around. These small  wonders are perfect for jotting down random thoughts, making sketches and lists, or recording incoherent ramblings at 3 a.m. that might hold some crucial kernel of inspiration. I usually purchase moleskines at Barnes & Noble, but lo and behold, I came across this tutorial from Michelle Wooderson of Mish Mash fame, who stitches her own cute little sketch books! I'm a little bit afraid of my sewing machine, so I may never actually make my own, but I love the idea! However, I don't fear my other crafting supplies (when I can locate them)  so I use them liberally to embellish my moleskines, and make them uniquely my own.

Remember the vintage glass glitter I discovered during my serendipitous crafting hunt? I bedazzled a little belt for this adorable dress using only the glitter and Scor-Tape. Magic! A shipping tag, stickers from the Antique Cream Narratives collection, paper from the Bella Bella Flea Market line by My Mind's Eye, and an adorable pair of stamps by Art Impressions complete the ensemble. For now, my precious notebook is safely ensconced in my bedside table, but if you ever visit the Bermuda Triangle, you may just find it there!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Robin's Egg Blue - Rescued!

Megan rescued a robin's egg from the playground at school yesterday. She found it lying far from its nest, and brought it home, hoping to coax it to hatch. After much consultation with a friend, and extensive research on Wikipedia, she crafted a little nest for the egg using a discarded soap box, some grass, and, for purely aesthetic reasons, a few posies plucked from the garden.
Clucking over the egg like any fretful mother bird, she decided the little creature needed some music to soothe and comfort it. The precious egg is now tucked up under a square of felt with a desk lamp for an incubator. If wishes count, we'll soon have a little birdie to nurture!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Booth #77 @ the Owensboro Antique Mall

Here's a picture of my new booth at the Owensboro Antique Mall. I've loaded in the bigger pieces, and now I am working on packaging all the yummy, artsy goodies that will add sparkle and pizazz!

Notice the magazine spinner on the table? It's full of lots of Romantic Homes magazines, including the latest issues, for only $2 each! I have nearly every issue of Romantic Homes ever printed, even way back when it was called Victorian Sampler! It's pages are always brimming over with gorgeous photos and inspiration for home decor, crafts, gardening, and vintage treasures. I hope to bring a bit of its essence to my booth for you to enjoy! If you can bear to cut them up, these magazines are perfect for mixed media and collage projects, and for art journals too.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Where, you might rightfully inquire, are the promised photos of the magically transformed covers of my Serendipity art journal? Great question! They are still in my head cause I got sidetracked by a train! Last weekend, my daughter and I joined some aunts and cousins and one grandmother for a fun weekend in Bardstown, KY. We visited the nearby Kentucky Railway Museum, and went for a 90 minute joyride on a restored passenger train. We had a wonderful time exploring the charming little historic district of Bardstown, and of course we loved chugging along the tracks through the valley, but alas, no time for creative endeavours! I even took a stuffed-to-the-brim bag of supplies with me, but they never saw the light of day. We were too busy eating, talking, laughing, poking around in antique stores, and riding the rails!
During occasional lulls in the action, I pondered over the cover art and came up with some fun ideas. When they are out of my head and onto the book, I'll share them with you for real! Here's a little sneak peek of some elements inside the book that will soon grace the outside: