Thursday, March 29, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
I discovered these paper mache dress forms at Michael's a few weeks ago and had to try something with them. Similar to my pattern-gal collages, but I love the 3-D aspect of them. And it's so much fun to get glue and paint all over my hands. I used a couple of my favorite quotes from Marilyn Monroe:
And a "new" quote, sent to me via facebook by my good friend Katie, who said she thought of me when she saw it. It is absolutely perfect for a dress form:
I think these would be perfect on a dressing table.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Here are a few journals that I finished up yesterday. I think these are some of my very favorites ever:
More Better Homes & Gardens. Taking these apart and binding them takes some serious muscle.
Love this vintage social studies book. Love the yellow and green.
This 1962 reader might be my very favorite of the bunch. I finally got to use a new paper that I am in love with for the inside covers of this one:
I like pink. And I love this pretty pattern so, so much.
Yesterday, I waited very patiently and only checked my email a few dozen times to find out if I got in to Market Day this year. I'm happy to say that I did! I am so excited to be part of this awesome event again this year. We will be located at the Kirkwood for the second year in a row, but instead of happening on the last Saturday of each month, Market Day will be the FIRST Saturday of each month, May through October. And then in November, of course, the super-fabulous Market Day Black Friday event. Go ahead and mark your calendars now for Saturday, May 5. That's also the first day for the Des Moines Farmers' Market. Come down and see us at the Kirkwood. You can find Market Day Iowa on facebook to get updates and news and also at: www.marketdayiowa.com. I am just so happy that I get to be a part of Market Day. Because it is seriously awesome.
Friday, March 16, 2012
We have been very busy all week. Busy enjoying temperatures in the 70s and even the 80s (!). Busy running. Busy climbing. Busy walking up hills and running down them (three-year-old boys make great personal trainers, by the way. ) Busy hanging laundry on the clothesline. Busy painting stuff outside on the patio, which is great when I've got multiple projects going at once. Just busy enjoying spring. At the end of the day, we are very tired. And it feels great. Happy spring!
Friday, March 9, 2012
I've had this old suitcase for a long time and have used it for storage. Quite a while back (like nearly two years ago, I think) I had the brilliant idea to decoupage it with old book pages. Of course, once I started it, I got a little bored with it and so it sat unfinished for a long time. A couple of weeks ago I made up my mind to finish it.
And so finish it, I did. This was a great exercise in patience. I'm pretty pleased with it. Getting around the locks and latches and corners was a bit of a challenge, but I got it done. The plan is to use this baby to haul journals to craft shows and it will probably even become part of my display. I'm not sure exactly how old this old Samsonite is; I'm guessing from the 50s or 60s. It seems to be virtually indestructible.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
The older I get, the more I love the work of Dr. Seuss. His books are brilliant. And apparently he said a lot of brilliant things as well. I'm a collector of quotes and a few of his rank among my very favorites. So in honor of his birthday, I thought I would do my first-ever giveaway on this blog. All you have to do is leave a comment telling me your favorite Dr. Seuss title or quote. I'll randomly pick a winner and announce it on Monday. The winner gets to choose one of these two quote collages:
Have a great weekend and good luck!
Have a great weekend and good luck!
Thursday, March 1, 2012
I always get optimistic that spring will actually start in March. Living in Iowa, this is definitely not always the case. Many years, we get big blizzards in March. But I was in a springtime frame of mind when I put together the calendar layout for this month: