Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Creative Spaces & a Fabulous Friday Giveaway!

I love peeking into other people's studios or creative spaces! From the tiniest corner in the dining room to an expansive loft dedicated to artsy/crafty pursuits, I'm equally intrigued by them all! Imagine my delight when I discovered the party taking place over at My Desert Cottage - Where Bloggers Create II! As indicated by the II, this is the second year that the intrepid Karen Valentine has hosted this event, and you don't want to miss it! Hundreds of bloggers have posted links to their blogs and photos of their personal art spaces. I was too late to add my own artsy/crafty chaos to the fray, but I'm thrilled to be able to join in by visiting all the amazing bloggers who attended the party! Just click on the link above or in the sidebar to get a gander at all the gorgeousness!

The party was featured in one of my very favorite magazines ever Where Women Create, a publication dedicated to sharing the wide variety of places where women find time and space to nourish their creativity. The magazine is published quarterly, and when it arrives on my doorstep I can't wait to peruse every page again and again! I'm so inspired by the beautiful photos of each and every space, whether large or small, and by the stories of each and every amazing woman who recognizes the need to express herself in a tangible way. I was delighted to discover that some of my favorite artists create wonderful works of art in their living rooms! No fancy studio required! Where Women Create celebrates the creative life and the women who pursue their passions while balancing family life, work, and everyday obligations. Want the latest copy for yourself? Well, I'm giving one away! Just leave a comment on this post, now through June 30th. On Friday, July 2nd, I'll anounce the winner! Only one post person please!
In the meantime, enjoy checking out all the fabulous spaces where bloggers & women create!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tuesday Tutorial: Paper Garland

Paper Garlands are popping up everywhere! Here's a quick and easy tutorial for making your own!

The ingredients are simple:
1) 2 inch paper punch
2) Map or other paper
3) Glue Stick
4) Baker's Twine (about 2 yards)

Punch out several circles. I used 7 per sphere. For a garland that is 2 yards long, you'll need 10-12 spheres depending on your spacing.

Fold the circles in half with the patterned side facing inward.

Glue seven circles back to back into a stack.

Insert the twine into the middle of the folded spheres, then glue closed. For the first sphere, leave about two inches of twine on the left to create a tail, then space the remaining spheres about 2 inches apart, leaving about 2 inches on the other end for a tail.

Hang the garland and enjoy your creation!

This project is so versatile, and is perfect for kids! Garlands make a fun accent for your creative space, for a kid's room, or as a party decoration.  Simply vary the paper choices, use any size circle, or choose a different base for the garland, like ribbon, jute, or even fabric to make it uniquely your own! Upcycle those old atlases, brochures, junk mail, and newspapers for an eco friendly project. The possibilities are endless!

Friday, June 11, 2010


I recently stumbled across a vintage inspired boutique called Ruche, and fell hard for this flirty little dress! The ruffles, the tiny prints, and the fresh color palette are quintessentially spring. Making my own paper ruffles suddenly seemed irresistible, so I raided my stash and found the perfect papers to create a card for my sweet daughter Megan. The sentiment inside, "You are so beautiful to me" are song lyrics that I often sang to her when she was a baby. This card was so much fun to make, and the pleats are surprisingly easy to fashion using crumpled paper and Scor-Tape. I used pretty little papers from the Quite Contary collection by My Minds Eye.

I printed out the sentiment inside the card on cardstock and then ran it through my Accucut. To a dash of sparkle, I used scor-tape and glitter for the belt, and a little glitter in random sprinkles around the edges of the sentiment. I wanted the card to swivel open, so I used a tiny little pink clothespin adorned with a rhinestone on the left strap. I would love to wear a dress like this, but my motto is, "If you can't wear it, make it into a greeting card!"

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Destination: Springfield TN!

The final stop on our antiques road show was one of my favorite spots - Springfield, TN! This small city is about 24 miles north of Nashville. We only visit one store here, the Springfield Antique Barn, but it is so worth the trip! The Antique Barn is huge, and there are always lots of bargains to be found! It's very dealer friendly, and many of the booths offer discounts frequently. The Barn is packed with furniture, glassware, collectibles, and lots more. Some of my most unique finds have come from this store!
And right around the corner is one of my favorite spots for lunch, Burdett's Tea Shop. Located in an historic building, Burdett's exudes charm and ambience. The menu includes many delicious sandwiches, and my favorite, a full tea service for one or two! Mini sandwiches, bite sized desserts, and scones with clotted cream all served on a tiered tray just make me smile! The custom house blended Fruit Tea is wonderful, and the ham and cheese scones are amazing! I often get a dozen or so to take home!
My aunt and I spent a happy few hours in Springfield, and then finished out our trip with a visit to Franklin, KY, another favorite destination. Our road trip was a wonderful experience, and I can't wait to map out another one!

Monday, June 7, 2010

Road Show - Day Two

On the second day of our trip, yard sale fever was upon us, and we rose early to beat the heat. Or so we hoped! Despite the blazing sun, we stopped at several yard sales and found a few treasures. By mid morning we were wilting, dishevelled, and desperate for air conditioning!  We decided to call it a day on the yard sales, and blazed a trail to the little town of Hazel, KY.  Nestled on the KY/TN border, Hazel is a tiny little mecca for antiques lovers, with several stores lining the main street, and tons of southern charm!
Our first priority was lunch (of course!) so we were delighted to find the Magnolia Tea Room as soon as we arrived. Our server recommended the House Almond Lemon Iced Tea, and it was sheer nectar! I promptly downed two glasses, and wished I could buy it by the gallon! Lunch was a scrumptious chicken salad sandwich followed by a luscious triple layer chocolate cake for dessert. Yum! Next time, we plan to make reservations for high tea in the afternoon.
We shopped all afternoon, and still couldn't visit every store! We saved the largest store, Charlie's Antique Mall, for last. This store is HUGE! And it has a retro soda fountain inside! I was so tired that I could only make it through a fraction of the booths. So we'll definitely be returning to Hazel! Exhausted but happy, we left Hazel in the late afternoon and headed to our next destination. Tune in tomorrow for the final installment of this episode of Antique Road Show - Serendipity Style!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Antique Road Show!

Wandering the highways and byways in search of vintage treasures is my idea of sheer bliss! My aunt and I hit the road this past weekend to check out the 400 Mile Sale spanning the state of Kentucky along historic Hwy. 68. Our journey began in Paducah, KY where we spent the whole afternoon in the downtown historic district, never coming near a single yard sale! I had been itching to visit Antiques Cards and Collectibles at 203 Broadway, ever since I read this post about it on Ki Nassauer's Junk Camp blog! I was surprised when I saw the "going out of business" banner, and grateful that I made it there before the store closes for good. The store was packed to the rafters with vintage books, magazines, bric a brac, and ephemera! We spent a happy hour digging through the boxes of old bingo cards, restaurant ware, and other various bits and pieces. The entire stock was on sale for 50% off the listed price, but I managed to restrain myself from loading it all into my trunk!
Just across the street, we stepped into the Victorian Parlor, a little jewel box of a shop with lovely displays, vintage clothing, costume jewelry, purses, and other feminine frills. This shop was a treat for all the senses with soft music, sweet fragrances, and soothing lighting.
We walked around the entire block and saw lots of intriguing storefronts and art galleries. Hot and thirsty after visiting several stores, we made our way back to the Broadway General Store for a frosty glass of tea and a snack. The general store offers deli sandwiches, a daily lunch special, and row after row of perfectly arranged shelves stocked with groceries and household necessities. I sighed a sigh of happiness when I saw the charming tin ceiling, and my aunt said she felt like we were on the set of the Gilmore Girls! Paducah was a great start to our adventures!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Trigger Time!

Roni & Michelle decided to create their own "trigger" a la Moxie Fab, and I just had to join in the fun! The upholstered bed immediately made me think of canvas, so I decided to do a 6 X 6 canvas collage.
 I found a picture of a zinnia online, but it was extremely bright, so I logged onto the trusty Picnik site and converted it into a pencil sketch.
That was a little too plain, so I used Solar Gold Twinkling H2Os to add a subtle golden shimmer.
I wanted a special background paper, so I decided to create my own! I found this website with great information about Zinnias, copied the text to Microsoft Word, changed the font style to French Script, and resized the word zinnia wherever it appeared in the text. Then I printed it out on a sheet of old paper taken from a large music book. I tore it to the correct size, inked the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and viola! Fancified paper that I made myself!

I found some brown leaf trim from May Arts in my stash, and decided to use that to echo the leaves on the bedspread. I glued it all together with some Claudine Hellmuth Matte Multi-Medium, and here it is!

Thanks for the inspiration Roni and Michelle! Can't wait to see what you do next!