Thursday, March 29, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
I am making some progress on my altered board book, although it is still a work in progress. It has come a long way since this post. I am using papers from Basic Grey's Stella Ruby collection as well as catalog pages (my favorite) and the paper napkins that I wrote about here. The rectangular embellishment on the cover is made using alcohol inks on a game piece and attaching a charm to the top. I intend to hang something from the charm eventually. I applied the papers using Golden's soft gel medium. I am finding that I prefer it to the regular gel medium (as it is a thinner consistency) or Mod Podge (which seems to make the papers wrinkle more). As I said, it still needs work, but thought you'd enjoy seeing it evolve. Hope you all are having a happy Monday!
Thursday, March 22, 2007
I had such a fun time yesterday visiting everyone's "tea parties," (see previous post). Artsymama was nice enough to make all the arrangements and we were able to have tea with people all over the world. It was great fun. Thanks so much Kari!
Still not feeling 100% yet. How long does this yukkiness last anyway? I feel like my head is in a cloud. I haven't taken any meds for it - trying to shake it off on my own. So far it's not working too well.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Here is another of my Mary Engelbreit tea pots, but this one is particularly special. It is signed by the "Queen of Everything" herself. I stood in line for hours to meet her at her shop and she signed the bottom of my teapot!
This teapot is a favorite of mine because of the little bird on the top of the lid. He is so sweet and I love the soft blue color of the pot.
And finally, my Ode to France. . .those of you who read my blog know that I long to visit Paris someday and until that time my family room is decorated in shades of cream with black and white toile and little French touches throughout. So of course this tea set fits right in!I am so happy you stopped by and if you want to experience more tea party goodies, be sure to visit Artsymama's blog to see what the other party guests are up to.
Sunday, March 18, 2007
Friday, March 16, 2007
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
1. Recollections: Tapestry blues, muted blue greens, elegant champagne and warm peach.
2. High Profile: Pristine white, ebony black, rich browns, silvery grays, accented by fushia, purple, gold and silver.
3. Ethnic Chic: Deep purple, misted yellow, stone gray, burnt orange, vibrant blue and brunette browns.
4. Chinoiserie: Violet, muted lime, cameo pink, hushed greens, and antique Chinese red.
5. Agrestic: Bruschetta browns, tender greens, golden yellows, accented with vibrant pink.
6. Wellspring: Blues, aquas, undersea green, violet, indigo, mother of pearl, and sandy tones.
7. Savories: Chocolate brown, daiquiri greens paired with bright colors.
8. Nuances: Rose, earthy browns, reddish plums, and green tinged bronze.
After the show, I checked out a sweet little store called POSH that I read about in the current issue of Romantic Homes magazine. It was a fantastic shop (it reminded me a little of Anthropologie) with interesting new and vintage merchandise similar to what you might find at a Paris flea market. It was all I could do to not buy out the entire store. I did manage to exhibit some restraint and in the end only bought an old French novel and a map of Paris. to use in my collages.
In other news, I got an e-mail from Betz White, the gal who made the darling little cupcake pincushion pictured above, and found out she has a new book called, Warm Fuzzies, which is due out at the end of the year. It has 30 felted wool projects to create. In addition to her website, Betz also has a little shop at Etsy here where you can buy her pincushions.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
I went to Homegoods and found these Anna Griffin 12"x12" file folders along with the smaller divider folders. Oh and they also had regular size Cavallini file folders for only $7.99 and a tin of Paris labels for $4.99. Then I found these spools of tiny pom-pon trim in various colors. . .of course I bought pink! There is an Archiver's in the same shopping center so I ran in to see what's new since I haven't been there in a while. I picked up a couple packs of fresh new Basic Grey papers in the Blush and Stella Ruby designs. Both are yummy! The chipboard divided album is from Maya Road and was only $4.99. . .I got the last one they had on the shelf.
Back at Homegoods, I found this shabby chic looking frame on the clearance shelf. It has peely paint and pale touches of aqua. Bought it purely for the color. The paper napkins have a leaf pattern with a sort of script/ledger paper background. . .they will be great to use in a collage. I have a weakness for paper napkins. When I get a new package I usually save a few for my artwork and then use the rest for entertaining.
While at the bookstore looking for this magazine, (which I couldn't find, by the way) I spied the latest issue of Romantic Homes and fell in love with all the luscious photos inside. The whole issue is about Paris style. Think I'll take a little break, make a pot of tea, and get lost in it's pages.