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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Old Things ~

I finished a project today for Cindy of Wisteria Place. I've made these simple collages before and she has always wanted one ~ I'll share with you how I assemble this one.

I print the poem out from the computer and let the ink dry. Next I spray with instant coffee (you can refrigerate this for later use!), blot with a paper towel slightly, until I get the look I'm wanting.

I place the sheet of paper on a microwave safe plate on top of a paper towl and microwave it for about a minute, checking for dryness. I sometimes have to do it for a few more seconds but be sure to keep checking it or it could burn!

Next, I find the elements that I like that represent old things to me. Lace, a woman's photo, old ribbon and millinery flowers. I ironed the flowers so they would be as flat as possible. I ironed the ribbon in the folded position, too. And I ironed the lace so it would be nice and flat. I simply used a glue stick to hold everything in place.

Slip it into a frame that you love and you're finished ~ I hope you like yours, Cindy!


Don't you love pretty packaging?

I have a repeat customer for my artwork, sweet Denise, and she purchased one of my altered watches yesterday. Well, she lives here in McDonough and just picks up her purchases from me at the store. I needed to bag up her watch and I wanted to do something a little special.

I shredded up a page of sheet of music, crunched it up with my hands and stuffed it inside the band of the watch. It had kind of sunk down in the bag a little by the time I took the photo but you can see what I was trying to do. I decided to give her a little thank you gift bookmark for being such a good customer! I just slipped it all down inside a clear cello bag folded the top over then stamped and folded a piece of cream scrapbook paper, punched holes for a ribbon tie and voila! A tiny watch and bookmark looking pretty important all wrapped up ~


Thank you, Denise!



Another great giveaway! Can you believe the blogging goodness?

I just found this wonderful book on Amazon.com today and lo and behold the author, Catherine Matthews-Scanlon, has a blog and is having a giveaway! She's giving away two copies of her book so rush on over to visit her to sign up ~ one for me, one for you!

Giveway goodness ~ Best hurry, today's the last day to enter!

Sylvia Anderson creates the most wonderful artwork and today is the last day for you to enter to win her Valentine's contest.
She's so very talented and I just had to spread the giveaway love! So go now and visit her blog to be entered to win!

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

A sweet Easter giveaway ~


I had to let you know about a wonderful giveaway ~ Visit Nancy's blog and enter to win a wonderful Easter basket full of goodies and a piece of her incredible artwork! Can you believe it? Easter. Whew. Time is whizzing by at a high rate of speed!



Love these!

Ok, so I'm not a fashionista, but have you ever had something in your mind, not quite knowing how to make it happen but when I saw these beauties, I realized THIS is the look I love! What a cool way to achieve it too. I've always thought, "Wouldn't it be wonderful to alter normal shirts to incorporate pretty ruffles and lace around the edge of the sleeves, the bottom and collar?"
These are detachable cuffs that romanticize a simple sweater or longsleeve T. What do you think?
Romantic, feminine and beautiful!
Here's where you can find them: Cuff Luv Stuff ~


A gift for you ~

Click to enlarge then right click to save it to your computer!



Thank you sweet readers!

I had to show you what I received in the mail today! These beautiful Paris stamps by Cavallini that I have wanted forever but just never broke down to buy. Well, my Amazon Associates book store in my side bar shows my favorite books and if someone chooses to purchase one of the books I have listed, I get a little percentage. I just received my first gift certificate for 10.00 on Amazon.com and used it to go towards these lovelies! You can get a check too but I love books and also these stamps, so it was great to receive the gift certificate. I used them to make three bookmarks this evening and had the best fun doing it. So if you purchased a book through my little store, thank you so much!










Another Cavallini goodie, a small journal or idea book that I fell in love with. I want to keep it in my purse but it's such a danger zone I may have to make a little fabric pouch to protect it!







Also, today I met Karin (meadering travels of mindless thoughts) at The Plum Tree and she brought some of the neatest things in to sell. I'm sharing my room with her and already I'm so enjoying it. She's such a sweet soul and very creative too! She made the most wonderful chalkboard tags to sell and several other neat goodies. If you live in the area you'll have to drop by and see.

Anyway, she brought me one of her handmade roses ~ made from coffee filters (instructions on Martha Stewart's site). Karin's are absolutely gorgeous to me! Plus she made me the most adorable tote bag. I love bags and she knew it! Thank you so very much, Karin, you know I love it all ~ I'm so glad to call you my friend.





Lastly, here's a project I'm beginning to put together for a sweet friend, Cindy of Wisteria Place . . . I just had to let you know I'm thinking of you Cindy!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Miller Campbell Designs ~

I wanted to share a wonderful folk artist with you, Rebecca Miller Campbell. Her work is just beautiful!! When I saw this doll, her name is Ava, and her holding her bluebird's nest, I fell in love! The painting is exquisite and I love her hair tied loosely back. Details are so descriptive to me and she and her bluebird have so many. If you'd like to see her other work, visit her here.
Thank you, Becky for letting me feature you!!

Monday, January 28, 2008

A few more things I found this weekend ~

Can you believe this cool bread box and cannister set? I cleaned it all up and it's ready for the store. The old fan too, and believe it or not, it works! And you know I just can't get enough buttons. There's some little goodies in this bunch. And wonderful old books for artwork. The last photo is of the few items I bought at Paris on Ponce. Don't you love the photos of the ladies ~ I'm thinking they would look great in a collage about friends!








Field Trip - Part Two!

I hope this isn't like looking at family vacation slides . . . but I just love the beauty in a cemetery. It may seem creepy to a lot of people but they are filled with peacefulness and such beauty and history!

I took a few shots yesterday in a very old cemetery in Atlanta, the Oakland Cemetery. Margaret Mitchell the author of Gone With The Wind rests there. Anyway, my husband and son loved the history and I love the gorgeous blue sky and elegant statuary ~












Can you see the city of Atanta skyline peeking above the trees?



Look at the name of this restaurant across the street ~ what a hoot! I've heard the food is really good, too . . .

Thanks so much for always looking in on me and seeing what I'm up to! I'd better get busy getting some goods together to go to The Plum Tree tomorrow. I'll show a few more photos of some other items I found at the estate sale Saturday as soon as I get them cleaned up!

It was a great day for a field trip!

Well, this afternoon we all jumped in the car and headed to Atlanta! I was finally going to get to see Paris on Ponce ~
a wonderful antique/eclectic/all-kinds-of-good-stuff shop. When I say shop, that makes it sound small
and small it is not!

I tried to take plenty of photos for you to get an idea of what they have to offer. I've seen the store mentioned in magazines and my husband has stopped in before. But I've just never been able to go until today.

It truly is an incredible store, a lot of newer furniture blended with antique furniture, antique accessories mixed in with new as well. The atmosphere was wonderful. I didn't buy much to speak of, as I look for items that are priced for me to resell. The prices were quite good if I were buying for my own home though. I did find a few old photos for artwork that I want to share with you later! Click on the photos to enlarge so you can get an idea of what they have:








I love this dress form!



I should have bought this one, only 45.00!



The picture is quite dark but don't you just love these cabinets? I would love to have one to keep my thread in!






Look at the garden section and the light pouring down from above!




And this was just incredible. A wonderful mannequin, dressed as a Winter Queen!!!



Well, I hope you've enjoyed the field trip through Paris on Ponce. I have few photos I'll show tomorrow on a different post from the beautiful Oakland Cemetery we visited today, too!



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