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.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Birdsong Sponsor Gifts and Vendor Night Purchases

I know Birdsong is long past (well, a couple of months) but there's so much to share and I've lost a month due to my @%*$ PC issues. I'll have at least one more post to talk about swaps and friends, but I'm posting in the order I edit photos so today will be a quick post just to show some lovely sponsor gifts and vendor night purchases.

We each received a bag stuffed full of goodies from sponsors plus a few other things that wouldn't fit in the bags. So much swag - this isn't even all of it! These are mostly sponsor gifts but a couple of things are little gifts from table mates and friends. A lot of this will go into my Birdsong journal if I ever make one, but that may happen sooner rather than later (more on that below.) Click on any photo for a better view.

On Saturday night Karla, Lori Oles and Andrea Singarella set up tables loaded with wonderful items we could purchase. I didn't get a lot as my craft room is overflowing already but I couldn't resist a few things.

Aren't these bits perfect to make something beautiful for fall?

I couldn't resist all this pink and green vintage loveliness.

A bit more paper for my stash. It's always nice to have a variety.

Speaking of journals and paper, I signed up for Mary Ann Moss's Full Tilt Boogie class last November and finally watched the videos for the first of three types of bound journals. Have a feeling I'm going to LOVE making journals using the techniques she teaches. Lovely old albums and book covers, tons of papers - new, vintage, whatever - and pretty fabric scraps and ribbons. What's not to love, I ask you???

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

PC Hell

Just a quick post to say that I'm in PC hell! My new (April 2014) PC keeps crashing and HP won't replace it so I've spent hours and hours on the phone with them trying to restore it. Fortunately I had backed up my business files a few weeks ago to disks along with some of my photos as it appears everything on our hard drive AND our external hard drive has disappeared.

The PC is now headed back to HP for repair. I hope to have this issue resolved and be posting with lots of lovely photos again soon. Hope you'll stop by!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Birdsong Projects

On to the Birdsong projects! Lori Oles got us started on Saturday morning. We were each provided a granola bar/nutrition bar box and lots of vintage paper, lace, twigs and trinkets to transform our humble cardboard containers into beautiful shadow boxes. As always, the finished pieces were each unique and lovely.
I kept mine fairly simple. Hope Wallace Karney of Besottment by Paper Relics was there and gave us all a wonderful bird-themed collage sheet. I used the "fly" letters from that sheet. My tiny bird came from a piece of paper my friend Laurie had in her stash, and the lace and ribbon rosebud on the front were from my personal cache of best bits. I love the mossy wood-look paper Lori had for us to wrap around the outside, and the little twig-and-roses collage on top.

Lori provided enough items in her kit to complete at least one more shadow box, so I need to do that.

Class two on Saturday afternoon was Karla's Peat Pot Fairies. Most of our table opted for feline or canine fairies, as Karla had sheets of Dresden animal faces as well as pretty fairy and angel girls. Here's my little hound.
I love her ruffled crepe paper pantaloons and her glittery fairy dress.
Isn't this flower lovely? The perfect shade of aqua.

Sunday morning's project was Andrea Singarella's bracelet. I LOVE this bracelet! The blue beads, bling and bird charm are all lovely. Andrea and Karla had additional supplies for us to make earrings if we had time - and I did. Love those, too!

We had one more project with Karla - a lace and vintage paper mobile - which I didn't complete. I'm still working on it and hope to have it ready for viewing soon, but I'll be sharing swap photos in my next post.

For more Birdsong photos, check Karla's recent posts here, here and here.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pre-Birdsong Shopping

On the Friday prior to Birdsong, many of us shopped in Kansas City's West Bottoms district. This area of old warehouses comes alive one weekend a month with vintage and antique shops and thousands of happy shoppers. Bad blogger that I am, I didn't carry my camera and my usually reliable iPhone produced some blurry shots (nothing to do with the photographer, I'm sure!)

Our favorite shop was the first one we visited, Good JuJu. Lots of fun things here. 

Blurry, but you get the idea. This was the display just inside the door. 
Laurie wanted a pic with the sign. Loved the name. Loved the shop.

I was really drawn to the color of this buffet. We saw it in the building behind Laurie in the photo above. I have my grandmother's buffet and have wanted to paint it for years, but have never been able to commit to a color. I'll have to think about this one.

Most people took photos of the shop signs. I took photos of a few buildings. These aren't overly special, but I love the look of old architecture. Someone said this one serves as a haunted warehouse for Halloween.

Almost forgot to include my purchases! I didn't get a lot - a music theory book, receipt book, vintage trim, a metal number 2, seals, a Victorian scrapbook page, and a jar of vintage stickers. Just a few of the stickers are shown here.

I'll be posting about Birdsong 4 Day One projects next. Hope you'll check back!