So I went and bought a life-time supply of chicken wire... getting ready to think about making those bracelets.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
was the bracelet I bought made from chicken wire and old ties - and a bead. Are you familiar with the People articles titled [something like] "She really loves her..."? They are articles about clothing or accessories of celebrities - and they like them so much they wear them all the time. I felt that way about this bracelet! It is so comfortable, light weight, bendable, easy to wear.... and made from chicken wire and old ties.
Friday, September 28, 2012
I was working on projects and was pleasantly surprised when I pulled out two Christmas mini books and found that they were basically done. I just needed to add a few embellishments to the books.
The second book taught us a different book binding technique. The cover was a piece of vinyl or plastic wallpaper. We glued it on and then heated it to make it nice and snug to the cover of the book - kind of like shrink wrap.
You can see that we have something like booklets in the book - we had to sew each booklet into place through the spine of the book.
This class was taught by Dana Edwards at Paper Vineyard. She does beautiful design work. I think I will keep one book and give one away as a Christmas gift.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
I took a class at Scrapfest in either 2009 or 2010 - I think 2010 - by Little Yellow Bicycle. Those classes are only 45 minutes long so almost all projects don't get finished in class. I pulled it out and completed it.
It is an envelope book, but I personally don't like those. I don't like that you need to open an envelope, and pull out the sheet inside. So I taped the envelopes closed and made the card inserts just separate pages in the book. I really do like it. Here are a few of the pages:
They gave us so many embellishments - it was amazing. I thought it turned out very cute. I probably have enough to do a second book - and I just might do it.
Do you have any unfinished projects? I have drawers full of them, but I would love to hear about anything you might be working on.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
for myself. Christmas came early for me this year - at least my present to myself. During my recent trip to Minnesota, we stayed with Nicole parents. Guess what they had? A Keurig! I obviously knew about them, but had never used one. I thought they were pretty slick and thought maybe I would get one for Christmas. Well... Christmas came early. I ordered a coffee machine, but not a Keurig. I ended up buying a Tassimo by Bosch. Bed Bath & Beyond had a special on Tassimo products, so I took advantage of it. Happily, it came today! I am so excited about using it. I came home, opened it up and immediately started brewing.
I'm ready for company!
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
To complete some projects BEFORE I start new ones - that is so hard! I love walking through stores and selecting new paper. I definitely have an addition to paper. Not long ago, I started a beach book, fashioned after Debby Schuh's "Recipe of Me Book." I used a line put out by My Mind's Eye. I am always drawn to the beach and grew up going to the beach almost every summer. I burn easily, so it is hard to believe I like the beach. Anyway, I finished that book on Friday night, crafting with Cindy. Here are photos of some of the pages...
I haven't used Glossy Accents in a long time, but it really adds a lot of dimension to any project.
I used Stickles on the cover to brighten up the palm trees.
A lot of folded pages...
My sister and her family live near the beach in Florida, and her son absolutely LOVES to surf.
So I am thinking this would make a great gift for his family.
Monday, September 24, 2012
I stayed home most of Saturday and worked on the card samples for my Christmas card class set for November 10, 2012 at Paper Vineyard. I haven't taught for about a year, so it will be a lot of fun to be back in the class room. I already have people who have signed up - so that's exciting!
I selected 5 different product lines. The first one/snowman card is from Echo Park's Christmas line selection.
These two "tree" cards are from Authentique (on the left) and Bazzill (on the right).
This "gift" card was made with the Creative Imaginations line. It could be easily converted into a holder for gift cards.
I used Graphic45's Christmas line for the last card. I just love the "visions of sugar plums" sheet - so beautiful and bright.
Here are the five different designs we will be making in class - 10 cards today with two of each.
Maybe you can join us.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
One of Kate's friends, Jackie, is getting married to Michael today! Jackie wanted a little help with putting a tag book together, in which she plans to have her guests write down "advice" - I think this is a wonderful idea. Once all the tags are done, she will be able to keep them on a ring in a tag book. I thought it turned out well...
Happy Wedding Day to you, Jackie and Michael...
and wishing you a life time of wonderful memories!
Friday, September 21, 2012
There are so many things seen at Junk Bonanza - the creativity is amazing. I will show more pictures in a couple of days, but I want to show you these today. I am always mesmerized by what people come up with. One of my purchases was a pair of gloves/mittens, whatever you want to call them. The vendor took the sleeve of a wool sweater and made a pair of mittens, with the fingers and thumb exposed. I was so excited! I told her I was from Phoenix but my hands get so cold at work that they actually hurt. So here they are...
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
My friend, Jean Barabe, stopped by our office today - she used to work with us and we miss her terribly. She took up quilting and she wanted to show us a few of her finished quilts. When I saw them, I knew I wanted to share them with you. They are amazing!
Friday, September 14, 2012
was a lot of fun. I don't think it seemed as crowded as the first day. It seemed difficult to walk down the rows during the first day. Before I show photos of "junk," let me share that we went to the Pannekoeken House for breakfast. We met Nicole's Aunt Carmel and Uncle East. On the menu was an item called Mettwurst.
I believe this dress skirt was made with a newspaper/book paper.
I then met my friend, Denise, at the Mall of America, but totally forgot to take a picture of her. She has not changed - she is sweet and beautiful, a wonderful friend. We talked for 3 hours and then it was time to go home. I am so tired as I write this blog that I can hardly keep my eyes open, but tomorrow is not busy in the morning. Thank goodness - no plans until tomorrow afternoon, when I see my friend, Shelly. Won't that be nice?!