Monday, September 26, 2011

Aunt {iques}

In my mind, a rainy Saturday lends itself best to either snuggling up with a good book or hunting for vintage treasures at an antique store. I had plans for the former, but when my sweet Aunt Marie asked me to go antiquing with her this past Saturday, I happily tossed my book aside and we hit the road! Our destination was the Princeton Antique Mall in Princeton, Indiana: 3 floors of fabulous finds.

I didn't buy this amazing herb cabinet...

or these cameras...

or this store display case...but I really, really wanted to bring them home with me!

I was intrigued and a bit mystified by this piece. There were lots of little glass lenses in the top drawer. Is it an optician's cabinet perhaps? If you know...please tell me!

I deeply regret leaving this beauty behind...

and I want to turn this floor of the antique mall into a loft apartment and live there basking in the incredible light spilling from that wall of windows. Bliss!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Ode to Autumn

Autumn...I love ye.
Ok, so I'm not a poet, but I really do love the fall! I love the brisk feel of cool breezes, the colorful leaves, and the scent of pumpkin bread baking in the oven. It's such a warm and cozy, yet inspiring season. A few mornings ago, I opened my front door and found these beautiful mums on my porch! My sweet husband had snuck them home the night before because he heard me say I wanted some yellow mums this year! We are celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary next Friday, and that's another reason I love the fall! So I just wanted to wish everyone a happy first day of autumn and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This mum was ready for its close-up! So pretty!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

{Workshop} Designing with May Arts Ribbon

Make Time to Create in Newburgh, IN is celebrating its one-year anniversary next weekend, and I'm teaching a workshop to kick off the festivities! Here are the details:

Designing with May Arts Ribbon at Make Time to Create
Thursday, September 29th, 2011 6 p.m.
Class Fee: $18

In this technique-packed workshop we'll create a variety of blooms with luxurious May Arts Ribbon, create 2 types of faux polaroids for a scrapbook layout, transform a plain canvas mini tote into a stylish accessory, and make a versatile mini book using a simple binding method with silk ribbon. Please call Make Time to Create at (812) 490-4790 to register. Hope to see you there! Happy anniversary MTTC!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Blooming Twinkle Garland Tutorial

Sparkly is my middle name, so I loved this week's blog swap between May Arts and Tattered Angels! I added lots of glimmer and glam to handcrafted ribbon flowers and then attached them to a set of lights to create a blooming twinkle garland. Visit the May Arts blog for a step-by-step tutorial, or click this link to download and/or print instructions for this project. Don't forget to visit the May Arts and Tattered Angels blogs all week for fabulous prizes and projects!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Handmade & Bound

If you love handmade books, letterpress, zines, or book arts of any kind, you don't want to miss Handmade & Bound Nashville! Workshops, demonstrations, vendors, and even food trucks will make it a fun day for people of all ages. This is the first year for this event which is to be held at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film in Nashville, TN. You can get all the details about the festival on the website. The event will kick off on Friday, September 30th with a juried gallery show of artist's book and zines and a screening of the award winning documentary $100 and T-Shirt.

I am so excited to announce that I will be teaching a workshop at Handmade & Bound! The workshop is called Findings & Bindings. Here's the class description:

Our world is awash with papers of all sorts: tattered books with missing pages, junk mail, old maps, brochures, magazines, and so much more. Why not take the flotsam and jetsam of everyday life and turn it into something useful? In the Findings & Bindings workshop we’ll use a discarded book, found papers both old and new, and a simple no-sew binding technique to create a one-of-a-kind handmade journal to house your creative notions. {Ages 8 and up}
All workshops at the event are FREE and all supplies will be provided. The Findings & Bindings workshop will be held at 10 a.m. at the Watkins College of Art, Design, & Film. Hope to see you there!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Easily Distracted by Shiny Objects

That's my motto! A shiny object can be anything that interests me, catches my eye, or inspires me. I'm always on the hunt for pretty things, beautiful blogs, great reads, fun products, and sparkly bits and pieces! I love to share the shiny objects that I discover, and I will randomly post my finds as they come along. Something new is coming to Serendipity Vintage Studio on Fridays {stayed tuned for updates!} so Shiny Objects will replace Friday Findings as a regular feature. Here's a hint for the new Friday feature:
Can you guess what it is?