Monday, August 23, 2010

Roses & Ribbon!

I happily spent the day playing with ribbon, watercolors, sparkly buttons and rhinestones, and pretty papers as I put the finishing touches on my Frayed Roses Journal!

A little sneak peek of the blinged up pages!

Ooh! Look what I found on my doorstep this afternoon! It's a box of ribbon for my first official projects as a May Arts Blogger! I can't wait to get started! I've filled several pages of my journal with ideas and sketches for a variety of fun creations. I have something very special in mind for that yummy purple and grey velvet ribbon!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

May Arts Winner!

As soon as I woke up this morning I rushed to my computer to see who won the May Arts blogger challenge. I was thrilled to see that my Tattered Collage Lampshade had been chosen as one of the winners! I have been a huge fan of May Arts ribbons for many years, and I'm so excited to be able to share my love of their ribbons and trims with their blog readers! I am awaiting further details, but just had to share my delight with everyone! Thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to the other winners!

Monday, August 16, 2010

May Arts Silk Ribbon Snippet & Collage Coterie!

An unexpected treasure surfaced in my studio today: a little snippet of white silk ribbon from the May Arts Calling All Bloggers challenge! I decided to incorporate it into my new journal  as a bookmark. I jazzed it up a bit by stamping on it and then coloring it with a copic marker. I wasn't sure if this technique would be successful, but it worked!
I just stamped on the ribbon with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and then colored the eggs with my favorite Copic sketch marker - Robin's Egg Blue. The nest is shaded with a brown colored pencil.
Here's the cover of the journal just waiting for more embellishment! I created it using a 25 cent composition book, some gorgeous paper from the Girl's Paperie collection, and scrumptious May Arts textured ribbons!
This owl ATC is my first project for a new online class I started on Sunday: Collage Coterie. I gushed about the other class I took from the same teacher: Mary Green of Green Paper. I have a feeling I'll be gushing about this class even more! If you would like to join the class, just click on the button in the sidebar. Or check out our flickr group to see some of the amazing artwork already created for the class! 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Make Time to Create!

Dozens of punches, a wall of clear stamps, over 100 Big Shot Dies, a rainbow of ink pads, and a quiet space to spread out and create...bliss! I just discovered a new haven for crafters in Newburgh, IN called Make Time to Create. Owners Dolly LaBelle and Mary Shephard have designed an inviting, comfortable, and well stocked open studio for crafters, quilters, knitters: anyone who wants to make a little time to create. The studio is currently open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 - 4 and on Tuesday and Thursday from 5:30 - 9:30. For prices, class information, and more visit their website at or call (812) 490-4790. The retail side is still under construction, but will soon be brimming with unique supplies for scrapbooking and rubberstamping. Make Time to Create is located at 27 Sharon Place in Newburgh, IN.
Here's a little snippet of the retail side of the store.
Love the cottagey hutch housing ribbons and notions!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Nest Bookmark

What you can make when you only have a few minutes to spare? A nest bookmark of course! While cleaning up my studio this afternoon, I was distracted by all the supplies I was trying to organize. I simply had to make something, anything really, so I decided to take a little break and put together a quick project. Here's how to make one:
  1. Colorize a basic shipping tag with Broken China & Antique Linen Distress Inks. Don't forget the string!
  2. Glue a piece of patterned paper to the bottom half of the tag, and swipe with the distress inks.
  3. Add a little piece of Dresden foil or other trim along the top of the patterned paper.
  4. Tear a piece of cream cardstock into a rectangle. Distress with Antique Linen ink pad.
  5. Stamp a nest or other image onto cream cardstock. Glue to the middle of the shipping tag.
  6. Color the image with Copic Markers or your favorite markers or pencils.
  7. Stick the bookmark in your current book, start reading, and forget about organizing and cleaning!
Oops! You might want to skip step #7! No wonder my workspace is always a wreck!

September Classes

I'm so excited about my upcoming classes at the Doodlebug in Jasper IN! I'll be teaching two workshops on Saturday, September 11th. Fun with Fabric Paper at 11 am and a Frayed Roses Journal at 2 pm. These classes feature some of my favorite new finds:  fabric paper, fabric tape, baker's twine, and frayed roses! Please call the Doodlebug at 812/482-4949 or send an e-mail to to register. Click on the Classes tab above or on the pictures in the sidebar for more details. Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Eat, Shop, Read

That pretty much encapsulates our weekend excursion to St Louis, Missouri! We ate so much yummy food, shopped at all our favorite stores, and read great books while relaxing in our hotel room. First, the shopping. When we arrived on Friday we made a beeline for Webster Groves, a sweet little town just a few miles from downtown St. Louis. Here I spent a blissful couple of hours at Red Lead, one of my favorite stores in the whole world (as I've mentioned before in this post!)
Red Lead is a small store, but it's chock full of artsy/crafty inspiration! The owners, Chris and Sharon,  are a pair of incredibly creative sisters. They recently introduced their own line of rubber stamps and ink pads to accompany their already popular collage sheets. I left with a rather large stash of stamps, papers, glass lockets, charms, ribbons, and other goodies that I just couldn't resist!

Megan loves to collect vinyl albums, so she and Randy hit a great record store just a few blocks over called Euclid Records, where she found several albums on her wish list. All that shopping made us hungry, so we headed over to the Cheesecake Factory at the St. Louis Galleria. Yum!!! I adore the stuffed chicken torillas with grilled corn cakes, so I always order them, and they're always delicious! And lo and behold, Friday was National Cheesecake Day! All cheesecakes were 1/2 price! I thought about just buying a whole cheesecake, but reason prevailed, and I got one scrumptious piece of original cheesecake to savor at the hotel later. (In my opinion, reason is overrated! I really wanted another slice of that deliciousness!) While we were munching away, Megan mentioned that she had seen an Anthropologie store on her way in to the restaurant. ANTHROPOLOGIE! The heavens parted, light shone down, and I swooned with joy! I absolutely love Anthropologie, and I didn't know St. Louis even had one! After dinner, we happily browsed through the store, admiring all the amazing displays. I took lots of photos, and bought Megan some unusual colored pencils from Thailand. I wanted to buy the entire store, but that was just a tiny bit beyond my budget!

On a side note, I've been DVRing Man Shops Globe, and watching Anthropologie buyer, Keith Johnson, jet around the world finding fabulous stuff for the store. I watch every episode over and over again, but my favorite so far is the Australia episode with stylist Sibella Court. Last year on our way back from the beach, we stopped at the Anthropologie in Birmingham, AL, and I purchased her book, Etcetara etc. It's full of incredible photos, vintage treasures, textures, paints, and inspiration on every page! It's a bit spendy, but my sweet MIL had given me money for our trip, and I blew most of it on this great read.
But I digress...Back to St. Louis! Tired but happy, we snuggled down at our hotel, ate cheesecake, read, watched TV, and generally lounged about - our favorite vacation activities!
Bright and early the next day, (around noonish in our case) we headed out for St. Charles and a delicious breakfast at a local favorite, Gingham's Homestyle Restaurant. Did I mention that it was delicious? It was SO good! I even had to embarass my family and take a picture of my plate before I demolished every single bit, and gobbled down one of Randy's pancakes as well! We loved it so much, we returned the next day for another midday breakfast feast!

St Charles has a gorgeous historic district alongside the Missouri River. Shops and restaurants abound on the thirteen linear blocks of brick lined streets. We visited Main Street Books and of course I had to pop in at Rock Paper Scissors, a little gem of a papercrafts shop in an adorable cottage. The owner graciously allowed me to take some photos of this sweet find.

Two more stops rounded out our shopping spree: For Keeps Sake a great scrapbook store, and Artmart. Ah...Artmart. Gleaming rows of pristine art supplies, colored pencil scented air, rack upon rack of luxurious handmade papers...25,000 sqaure feet of bliss. Enough said.
We ended our evening at BARcelona, a wonderful tapas restaurant in the trendy Clayton area. If you've never had tapas, you need to get some! They're basically little plates of delectable morsels like grilled beef tenderloin with blue cheese and a succulent sauce, or chicken and serrano ham croquettes with cumin alioli. My mouth is watering even as I type the names! Here's how it works: you peruse the menu, choose 3 or 4 tempting dishes, and they're delivered one by one to your table along with loaves of crusty bread, to share with your tablemates. Then you order 2 or 3 more dishes and so on until you are so stuffed you can't move pleasantly sated. Megan had a delicious warm brownie with spanish bittersweet chocolate for dessert, but I was too full for one more bite (after I had a bite of her brownie of course!) I knew I would want something sweet to nosh on later though, so we stopped at Trader Joe's in search of French Macarons.
I keep seeing these luscious treats on other blogs, and I read that someone had found them at TJs. I was thrilled to find them myself in the freezer section! They are nothing like the more familiar coconut macaroons. They are heavenly little pillows of vanilla or chocolate meringue cookies, filled with vanilla buttercream or chocolate ganache, that melt in your mouth leaving only a sweet memory behind. I am waxing a bit lyrical, but they are heavenly! A perfectly sweet ending to our busy day.
On Sunday morning (actually noon again!) after the aforementioned feast at Gingham's, we trekked back to the St. Louis Galleria, and the emporium of delight that is Teavana. If you love tea, this is a must see destination! We were greeted at the store entry with little cups of hot tea, and then ushered to the counter to have large tins of fragant tea blends wafted into our faces. I left with way more than I meant to purchase, but we've already sipped a dozen cups of Haute Chocolate, and custom blends of Precious White Peach/Zingiber Ginger Coconut, and White Ayrvedic Chai/Saurai Chai Mate just since yesterday! These teas smell wonderful and are gorgeous to look at with chunky bits and pieces of leaves and seed pods, and tiny slivers of chocolate. A feast for the eyes as well as the palate!

We rounded out the day with a stop at Whole Foods for Kona coffee to brew at home, Borders for more reading material, and then sailed on home for dinner at Greek's, one of our favorite local pizzerias in Evansville, IN.
Our weekend in St. Louis was so fun and relaxing! Can't wait to eat, shop, and read there again soon!