Thursday, November 19, 2015

Glitter Market This Saturday!

I'll be vending some of my vintage wares at Glitter Market in Oklahoma City this Saturday. This event is located at Casady Square Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Penn and Britton, and runs from 10am to 3pm. 

There will be artists from Oklahoma as well as Texas selling handmade jewelry, journals, package tags, adorable dolls, yummy food items, and so much more! If you're local and like unique gifts, please come by. I promise there will be wonderful things! 

You can view previews of some of the vendors by visiting the Paper Crown blog and scrolling through the most recent posts. Hope to see you there!

Free Admission. Saturday, November 21, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Casady Square Shopping Center, southwest corner of Penn & Britton, next door to Paper Crown.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Paper Marbling With Chris

My friend Chris taught her first class at Paper Crown last week, and it was a great one - paper marbling! I've always wanted to try this but it seemed like a big investment of time for someone with my short attention span, and it requires lots of supplies. Chris provided all the prep work and supplies for the class, making it so very easy. 

Of course I didn't take any photos during the class so am borrowing a few. Here are a couple from Cindy at Paper Crown showing Jackie and I splattering our paint on the water - not the proper terminology, I'm sure!

You can see Chris (barely!) between us explaining the process and overseeing our work.

This last photo from Cindy shows Jeanne prepping paint, and someone else's paint tray ready for paper.

This next photo, from Jeanne, shows Leann prepping her paint for one of her prints. Jackie and Leann both experimented with heart patterns.

Jeanne also captured this shot of one of Leann's heart prints right after she pulled it from the water.

The paint tray below reminded us of that candy that's popular at Christmas - some kind of divinity with chunks of fruit flavored jellies - or maybe olive loaf! It made a beautiful print.

Now for my prints! This was my first attempt. I love the colors and the pattern, called peacock.

I'm not a pastel person and didn't really expect the result I got on my second print. Chris explained that a lot of the color intensity apparently depends on how much paint you use. These were all bright colors in the water, but only the blue came out at all vibrant on the paper. While not my favorite, it's still lovely. 

Next I tried for a black and white print. As above, the amount of paint you use determines intensity and I ended up with gray and white but it's wonderful.

Blue is my favorite color, especially in shades that remind me of the ocean, so that inspired my fourth print. The light colored "flare" you see toward the bottom was the result of pausing while laying the paper onto the surface of the water. The paint floats on the surface, so when you pause it disrupts the paint and causes marks. Still LOVE this one, though!

We each did four prints in class. I stayed after to help Chris clean up and snuck in a quick fifth print before we packed everything away. Jackie had done a neutral print during class and I loved it. This is my attempt with similar colors, but a totally different result than hers. 

If you ever have an opportunity to try paper marbling, by all means do! It was so exciting to see what the papers looked like when lifted from the water. There was much ooohhing and ahhhing going on, and we loved every single print. I'm fairly certain all of us are hoping there will be more classes. 

You can see more photos and read more about the class on Cindy's Paper Crown blog here. Congrats to Chris on a very successful (and sold out) first class. I think her next class is sold out as well!

Next Saturday, November 21, is Glitter Market. If you're local, you should check it out. It's a great opportunity for Christmas and holiday shopping, or to get something special for yourself. I'll be there with vintage goods. Cindy will be previewing some of the artists this week on the Paper Crown blog. Plus, Terri Brush will be here in OKC! I'm taking two of her three classes and will have creations to show after Thanksgiving.

Graphic by Jackie

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Pumpkin Class and Swap

This cute Miss Pumpkin Head was made in one of Jackie's classes at Paper Crown. She's found a home with my swap sister Terry in California, just in time for Halloween. 

There are more photos from class on Jackie's blog here.

Paper Crown hosted a pumpkin swap earlier this month. I had recently found a porcelain doll head and, as tempted as I was to keep it, once I got the idea in my head for this pumpkin queen nothing else would do. 

I learned to make the wool felt crown in a class at Paper Cowgirl several years ago. The one I made in class inspired this one, which was perfect for this project.

The pumpkin I received was made by Becky Bullard, and I absolutely love everything about it!  

All the swap pumpkins were really wonderful. You can see some of them here.

There are sooooo many great classes coming up at Paper Crown! It would be lovely to be able to take them all, but I will be taking a Boro and Sashiko stitching class with Kaari Meng from French General later this month, and my friend Chris is teaching a paper marbling class in November. Both are things I've always wanted to try. 

Also in November, Terri Brush will be here for three classes. I'll be taking two - one right before and one the day after Glitter Market. It's going to be a busy month!

I have so many finds piled all over my house. I'll try to get some photographed soon. My Etsy shop needs new listings desperately, and some things will go to Glitter Market. More on that soon!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Vacation Finds

After a looooong dry spell, the past two weekends pretty much made up for it by rewarding me with lots of great finds.  But first, now that the PC is working again and I've finally reloaded all my software, music, and other necessities, here are a few photos from vacation!

We try to go to Florida every other year - so relaxing! Day 1 was all about the beach - morning to night.

On Day 2 we drove to Apalachicola for lunch at Boss Oyster. We like sitting on the back deck and watching the fishing boats go by. 

The rest of the trip was basically the same every day - beach by 10am, up to our room for lunch, and back to the beach until mid to late afternoon. Then we clean up, go shop a bit or just drive around, and then go out for a nice dinner. It's our idea of a great vacation!

The Florida panhandle is not a haven for great vintage finds but I did manage to gather a few things on the way home. 

The black buttons are newer but made in Italy and I like the shape, and I'll always grab any buttons with rhinestones.

The needlepoint bird is particularly appealing. There's only about a yard of the pom pom trim, so I'll be keeping it for a project. 

We were sad to find that one of our favorite places - Mr. Bill's Antiques in Mobile, Alabama - has closed permanently. We've been stopping there for years and will miss visiting with them. 

I have more finds for future posts, as well as a class and a fun swap. Happy fall! I'm a little late, but my pumpkins and mums will be going out tomorrow.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

I'm Still Here!

Sorry to have been away so long. There haven't been many great finds to share lately and I was busy prepping to go here.

After a wonderful and relaxing week in Florida, I'm home again and having problems with my always troublesome PC. Hopefully the PC will be repaired, there will be some great sales in the next couple of weeks, and I'll have some fun posts to share soon!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Crafting - Altered Muslin Bags

I don't do much creating these days, but give me some great inspiration and I jump right in. Jackie recently inspired me with her samples for an upcoming Bags and Tags class (see a tiny little peek here.) The class was postponed, but I couldn't wait and had to make a few sets. 

Here are my bags and tags, made from bits and pieces within easy reach on my worktable. The two above are my favorites. Low tones are usually much easier for me to work with.

But I do love the brights, too. The little aqua print hexagon is one I saved from a batch of quilt pieces I sold recently - just couldn't let it go! The tag in the bluebird bag will probably be changed out or added to as I'm not totally pleased with it yet. 

Have you tried altering some of these little bags? They're a great size for a quick project and a fun way to use a few favorite bits and paper scraps. 

I'm looking forward to Jackie's class because I love her style, and she provides such a unique stash of embellishments for classes. She always shares new techniques, as well as her fun-loving personality and amazing homemade goodies! If you're local and would like to join in on a class, watch Jackie's blog or the Paper Crown blog for upcoming dates.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Thrifting Finds

I seldom go thrifting unless I'm traveling. The thrift stores nearby rarely have vintage items so I eventually gave up on them. When my friend Kay invited me to visit some of her favorite thrifts on the other side of town, I was hopeful but not totally confident that I'd find anything. What I did know is that I'd enjoy her company regardless, so I gladly accepted.

One of the best parts of the day was seeing her amazing collection of vintage. I could have stayed all day just looking at every little thing in her house. No pics - sorry, didn't even ask - but it was fabulous! Imagine pink and aqua everything, amazing creations, wonderful old photos, and more. It was really beyond description in the best possible way. 

But...we did find things! At the end of the day the back of my car was packed. Here are just a few things I found, mixed in with bits from a couple of estate sales.

I have my aunt's McCoy wishing well so this one will be going to Glitter Market or Etsy. The mosaic-topped box will probably stay with me because I like the colors.

I'm wondering if the cowbell could be Swiss (need to do a bit more research.) 

I spotted this cake topper as I was checking out at the first store. Love it!

The box is a bit battered but interesting. The decals are from the 50s, as are the cute New Orleans "Souvenir Views." These were all thrift items.

The buttons are from an estate sale this past weekend. I haven't found a button stash in quite a while. The large silver pieces are a belt buckle. In case you're looking closely, yes, there are two wing nuts in the mix. Oops! Missed those during the sorting.
These are some of my favorites. The navy button attached to the tag isn't terribly old - probably 1960s or 70s - but would be fun pasted into a journal. 
Plastic 1950s nut cups, a tiny celluloid couple, and vintage invitations - all from different stores.

There was much more - including a box of 1920s and 1930s sewing patterns that we split. All in all, it was a truly enjoyable day. Thank you, Kay! Hope we can do it again soon!

Saturday, August 8, 2015

The Lace Trend

In the midst of all my recent lace sorting I found this blog post from Stampington and Co. about the current trend to use lace in fashion. This is a look I've long loved but haven't embraced as I usually dress to deflect rather than draw attention. 

Even so, I recently found a piece of vintage lace that may work with a tee from last year that I've yet to wear. The two pieces are not exactly the same shade, but seem like they might work together. The lace is made in a circle and is about the right size to fit the bottom of the tee.

I'll let you know how it goes. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

A New Model and Some Vintage Lace

A few weeks ago I decided a doll was needed to model the vintage baby things that I frequently find and sell on Etsy. Just a few days after making that decision, this little charmer was waiting at an estate sale.

She's the perfect size and came with this pretty dress that was worth the purchase itself. I haven't given her her first assignment yet but will soon. Another bonus is that she isn't too girly to model boys' clothing thanks to her molded hair. I haven't named her yet but I do love her!

Probably my favorite thing to do with vintage finds is putting together inspiration kits like this yellow one. I'll be doing lots of these in various colors over the next few weeks for Etsy and for Glitter Market in November. I know someone will be able to create something beautiful with all the bits and pieces.

I've been sorting through my lace lately, finding little stashes I had forgotten and making an effort to put together some fun lots for Etsy and Glitter Market. I rarely have white lace, but a recent find at an estate sale gave me enough for the lot above. The cream-color lots have been selling quickly (thank you to my great customers!) so I'll be listing more of those soon.

What do you love to create with lace?

There's Been Gifting Going On

Some fun gifts have come my way lately from family and from artsy friends.

One of my sweet sisters-in-law brought me the cute little hat. My friend Chris made the planner, and my sister-in-art Terry sent the beautiful pin cushion doll she made at Kim Caldwell's Roaring Twenties Affaire earlier this year.

Here's a close-up of the little flapper girl. She's a beauty!

Chris took one of Debby Schuh's planner classes recently and immediately went home to make more. Love that about her, especially when I'm the recipient!

Chris used some of her amazing gelli prints in the journal. There's a  2016 calendar and plenty of pages for notes, journaling and sketching.

It's hard to see, but there are clear overlay pages for sticky notes, etc. The edges are bound with my new fav, washi tape. 

If you have a chance to take one of Debby Schuh's classes, do! Her kits are packed with supplies as well as detailed instructions. She gives loads of tips on fun and fast ways to create interesting journals.

Terry and I exchange gifts fairly often so I haven't blogged lately about it, but I loved the look of the latest package I sent her. I knew as soon as I saw the sweet Bon Bon Bunny for Lesa Dailey's class at Glitter Retreat earlier this year that I'd be sending my creation to Terry.

The darling bunny with her black and white polka dot dress was perfect for Terry. She loves black and white so I collect little things to send her. The cute notebooks ending up being removed from this shipment as I was afraid they'd smash Bon Bon, but they'll be going in my next package. 

Vintage and art gifts - wonderful!

(click on any photo to see a larger image)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Relics and Art Journal Classes

Earlier this month Jackie taught a class at Paper Crown using Sandra Evertson's Relics and Artifacts line. As is always the case with Jackie's classes, it was a lot of fun. We made some lovely pieces and learned techniques to use on other elements from the line. I think most every one of us had either already purchased some for future projects or did that night.

In class we embellished this reverse canvas to hold a beautiful velvet-covered sacred heart. 

We also made a smaller sacred heart to use as we wish - on a journal cover, in a frame, to hang on the wall, or however. Mine came home like this...

with a tiny rose at the top. I've been playing with it and trying out some of my vintage embellishments. I think it's going to end up as pictured below.

Jackie always features class pics on her blog, but as an added bonus, Sandra featured  Jackie's class on her blog here. You can also see Sandra's gallery on her site and get more inspiration for using the Relics and Artifacts line in your creations. I love her painted hearts here.

Last Saturday my friend Chris and I took a class called "Art Journaling with Birds" at Paper Arts in Edmond. Each participant received a hand made fabric journal cover with several pages inserted. More pages can be added.

During class we mainly prepared our backgrounds using water colors, and used the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds stamps and other bird stamps. None of my pages are completely finished, but if I wait to blog about them when they're finished it could be years! are a few of the pages that I actually got paint/stamps/cutouts onto.

This one will have painted birds added over the stamps, words, borders, etc.

The page above is almost done, but still needs a few little flourishes. My stamping skills are far from professional!

I've not really used water colors since I was a child. The set I took to class included lovely glittery colors, but they were very pale and probably not the best for this particular project. 

This last page is probably my favorite, although it's barely begun. You can sort of see the glow of the background paint. I love dots - even messy ones - especially in green and aqua.

This journal will be fun to play in on a winter day!