Monday, September 15, 2014

Pink Themed Fabric Book No. 2

Earlier this year I finished a pink-themed fabric book for my friend Laurie (see it here) who had made me a fabric book a couple of years ago. This second pink book is for my friend Terry, who gifted me last year with with a beautiful satin glove box full of lovely pink vintage trim, buttons, and other pink pretties. I wanted to share something I created with the trims Terry gave me, but she isn't really a pink kind of girl. She loves all things black with some white and cream thrown in, so I added a few touches of black to the mix to make it more appealing for her. She got it last week and didn't go into shock over all the pink, so maybe that worked!

Here's the cover with a bit of black and cream striped ribbon, some black tapestry ribbon and a black and gold filigree buckle. The base is a embroidered pink organdy dresser scarf with net ruffles attached.

The inside front cover has a pretty flourish I found at a fabric store in the clearance bin years ago. I knew I'd find a place for it someday!

This page is probably my favorite.  I think the image came from The Graphics Fairy, but it's been so long since I started the book that I'm not really sure.

I wanted to use the crocheted flower, and like it with this stripe and the bit of old pink quilt.

The base of this page is a beautiful lace hankie with an embroidered center. I added trim, buttons and ribbon. 

I added this page after we both attended Birdsong in June.

The base of this page is fabric I purchased at French General when Terry and I met for the first time. The image was given to me as part of a swap. I copied it to fabric for the book.

This was an old pillowcase. I added some of the pink trim at the top of the page and on the dress.

This page is a mix of old linens and a bit of organza trim, a vintage millinery flower and pretty black glass buttons.

One more bird, with a friendship quote printed on a bit of old glove leather.

This page is made with a vintage embroidered silk scarf. I included the "Top Hit Fashion by Baar & Beards" tag as part of the page. I used several trims on this page and a bit of hankie across the top.

Somehow I managed to not get individual photos for the last page and inside back cover. Here they are together. More lovely French General fabric for the last page with some of the pretty pink trim from Terry, and a organza pocket on the inside back cover, accented with more of the pink and black trim used on the inside front cover. I included a note to Terry in the pocket.

Hope you enjoyed seeing this. I have one more pink book I'm working on - one for me. I might finish it in the next year or two!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Nature's Blessings Journal Swap Pages

Advance notice - LOTS of photos in this post! Click on any of them for a slightly larger view.

Karla Nathan is hosting a Nature's Blessings journal swap. The fact that there are 78 participants in this swap is testament to how wonderful Karla and her projects are. She drew the artwork for the front and is individually creating a cover for each of the 78 books, plus additional blank books that were available for purchase. She's also making some journal pages. I don't know how she does it all! You can see her post about the swap here.

Anyway, participants are to make six journal "pages" with four sides each (each is a folded 8-1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock.) We send our pages to Karla and she'll send each of us a book with pages from six others, three blank pages, and a pretty doodled sheet she's created.  She's also done a tutorial for those who want to make their own journals (does she ever sleep???) You can get more information on the tutorial here.

My pages are, as always, not what I intended to create but I do like them. Since we have no idea whose pages we'll end up with, I'll share mine now. Here are the fronts of my six pages.

We were supposed to leave at least fifty percent of the space for the recipients to fill in with words or photos or whatever. I'm afraid I fudged a bit on that, although most of my "open" space is on the insides and backs. There are a couple of notecards, too, that open up for space to write.

Here are the inside layouts.

I did all the backs the same except one, which actually turned out to be my favorite. This page was on "Beauty" paper from Authentique's Harmony collection. Of course I only had one sheet, but if I'd had the patience to wait until I could get to Paper Crown I'd have made all my pages on this paper. I'm hoping they have more when I go Thursday (fun class, more on that in a later post.)
The others were very similar to the page below.
I found some really lovely washi tape on Etsy from WashiTapeManiac. I got the nature-themed tape in the photo above and also the pretty blue rose print with the background wording and the metallic gold dot shown in some of the earlier photos. WashiTapeManiac has die cut tapes, cute labels and lots more. I'm only passing this along because I feel they have a great selection and thought some of you might be interested (no benefit to me.)

So there you have it. I can hardly wait to get my book back from Karla and see the pages created by six others - I'll share when I do - but I have a feeling it may be a bit before she gets all those 78 books together and mailed. Gotta love her!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Thrift Store and Estate Sale Finds

This past Wednesday I checked out a nearby thrift store that I'd not visited before. The shop was loaded with the usual non-vintage clothing and decor items, but a bit of digging in the sewing and craft section turned up a plastic bag of treasure - a batch of beautiful handmade lace!

I almost teared up! It's all so intricate and delicate. Just think of all the time and patience that goes into pieces like these, and then they end up in a plastic bin underneath a lot of cheap ribbon and trim. I'm so glad I found them!
These cuff pieces are my favorites, I think. The upper cuffs were made in sections and then sewn together. The single cuff has tiny seed beads sewn along the edges.

A friend messaged me Thursday morning about a sale but I was still asleep. By the time I saw her message she was leaving the sale (I'm a night owl, what can I say?) I wouldn't have gone to this sale based on the photos on Craigslist because it was mostly vintage toys and I'm not really into those. BUT, she said it was a great sale with a lot to dig through (magic words!) I did wait until Friday to go, and still found wonderful things. Thanks, Becky!
I love these hats! The one with white lace is a baby bonnet. It's a bit damaged but I'm hoping to be able to clean it. The tiny row of flowers along the bottom of the photo are on a organza baby bonnet. They're on the inside so they frame the face. Cute!

This is just a small portion of the linens, all with handmade lace edging. Some of these look like they were stored in Oklahoma red dirt, but that just adds to their charm. I especially like the sailboat lace.
These little shoes are very rough but I couldn't resist those button tops. The fabric is just a small piece but cute, and the child's cat and mouse hankie is sweet.
I bought several small boxes of sewing items. I love all of these pieces. The red and cream silk ribbon rosette was attached to an old powder puff.

And there were buttons! These were overpriced so I went back on Saturday to see if I could get them for half. I was able to negotiate a fairly good price because I bought all they had, and while I still probably paid too much based on the condition of the cards, I do love them.
These are my favorites. The berries and tiny green rhinestone buttons are particularly wonderful and, oh, those Mermaid Pearls! Fabulous!

I just love weeks with lots of treasures!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

A Couple of Birdsong Bits

At Birdsong in June I won a lovely door prize and realized I didn't include it in any of my earlier posts. Karen Hillman of Ancient Queen Designs handmade these beautiful candles with matching glass trays. They smell wonderful! Karen suggested burning them down a bit and then placing battery operated tea lights inside.

The candles were packaged in a lovely matching box. Thank you, Karen!

The night before Birdsong started, Karla's friend Angie opened her antique store, My Father's Daughter, for our group in honor of her birthday. There was food and fun, including an opportunity to make a little art. Beth Leintz of Gathering Dust brought tons of amazing supplies and we made collages on old file dividers.

I may add a few millinery flowers to mine. I'm still studying it. I would never have thought to use these dividers in this way, but they make a sturdy background and the metal tabs add lots of interest. Thanks, Beth and Angie!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Banner, a Book and Boxes

Back in July we had a family reunion. As a way to generate funds to pay for future reunions and as a fun activity, we have a silent auction. Many of us like to make things for the auction, creating a "family heirloom," so to speak. The auction usually leans heavily toward things for adults, so I decided to make this little banner that might appeal to the young ladies in the group.

Everything I needed was already in my craft room so it went together pretty quickly. I used papers I love from a 6x6 pad, and couldn't resist using four layers of trim at the bottom. More is more, right?

A couple of weekends ago some friends and I got together to make cute books from a single sheet of 12x12 paper. I'm not sure what I'll do with this particular one, but I like the format and may use it with other papers. There are eight pockets that can hold tags, photos, gift cards, etc. It closes with a covered hair band that's attached to the back. 

We also copied templates for matchboxes and made a few of those. I have no plans at all for these right now and haven't bothered to dress them up, but I'm sure they'll come in handy at some point. I know I'll use the template again. It could be enlarged slightly so the box would hold a giftcard. I started a Pinterest board of altered matchbox ideas here. I've just pinned a few so far, but there are thousands out there along with various templates.

That's it for now, but I'm working on a couple of other projects I'll share soon including pages for Karla Nathan's Nature's Blessings Journal Swap (read about it or join in here.) I'm also going to a Birthday Soiree at Paper Crown next Saturday. There will be two classes, lunch and lots of fun. I'll try to remember to take pictures!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Birdsong Peeps and Swaps

One of the best things about Birdsong is the "peeps" as Karla calls us. Here's a group shot of most of us.

I was thrilled that my sister-in-art Terry came all the way from California to attend this year. This is our second time to attend a creative event together. If you're new to my blog, you can read about our initial meeting here.
Below is a pic of our table group at Karla's - me, Laurie, Tamatha, and Terry. Lisa was also at our table. She's busy in the background shooting photos. That's Hope Wallace Karney at the next table behind Laurie. So excited to meet her, and to have a chance to look through her current journal!
(Thanks to Karla for this photo and the group photo.)

There were three swaps this year at Birdsong. I joined two - the altered bottle swap and the banner swap. You can see the altered bottle I made here. For the swap the bottles were numbered and each participant drew to see which bottle she'd take home.

I received the bottle made by Lee. It's sweet, simple, and filled with vintage pearl buttons from Muscatine, Iowa. You can read about Muscatine's button factory history here. The front of the bottle has a pretty translucent bird, bits of lace, and charms. Lee handmade tiny paper and button flowers. The bottle is bigger than it looks in the photo. I'm not sure if I'll leave it as is or use some of the buttons, but I do love it!

I was partnered with Tami for the banner swap. The word choices for the banners were either Birdsong or Fly Away, and each banner was to have eight panels. We both chose Birdsong and a neutral palette with pink and/or aqua.

Each of the eight pennants of Tami's banner for me are completely unique and wonderful. I love all of the beautiful details she incorporated.

(Sadly, I somehow tore the crepe paper on this one before getting it home,
but I've since replaced it with some from one of Karla's project kits.)

Tami wasn't aware of it, but she incorporated a line from one of my very favorite songs.

Isn't it all so amazing? I am truly honored to be the recipient of all this creativity and hard work. It is now hanging so that it's the first thing you notice when you walk into my craft room.

The banner I made for Tami is simpler (typical for me!) I used sheet music for the base and adhered lace using Glitter Mod Podge. I surrounded the pale aqua ovals with vintage millinery and lace bits. At the bottom of each pennant I attached lace, tattered tulle and vintage tassel trim. I won't show an individual photo of every pennant as all are in the same style, but each one has different lace as a background and a different arrangement of vintage millinery and lace bits around the letters.

I'll be sharing some recent projects in my next post, but I may sneak in another Birdsong mention or two when I finish my last class project or run across something I've left out that I think you might like to see.