Saturday, October 15, 2016
Monday, September 5, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
I know I've been busy, distracted, even overwhelmed at times
I apologize for my absence and I must confess that what helped lure me back
is the waning of summer
and before you know it the arrival of
So my dear fellow swappers in the flickr group, if you're still out there
and still interested
I'd like to host a Halloween swap or two.
Our past Halloween swaps have been wonderfully wicked
Matchbox swaps. We've done a few.
The paper bag book swap was one of my favorites.
We swapped twinchies
and domino books.
I enjoyed making large tag books
of your beautiful witches.
Altering cartes de visites
created amazing books!
We could repeat a favorite or try something new..
dolls, banners, pocket letters...
the list is endless.
So if you are interested in swapping this season;
what would YOU like to do?
Monday, April 18, 2016
My home is filled with so
many lovely handmade creations.
If you've swapped with me
the treasure I received is most
certainly displayed somewhere in my home.
While rearranging and reorganizing
these beautiful art pieces recently I realized
I have kept very little of what I've made for myself.
I LOVE swapping
but that being said
I needed to complete something that was a piece of me
to be kept by me.
I finally finished an altered vintage family album
that's been in the making for about a year.
And what better to hold onto
than a piece of my family!
The book "pages" are
Tim Holtz cabinet cards.
They're sturdy, a good palette for collaging and layering.
Mom and her best and lifelong friend..
Dad and his WWII army buddy..
Dad working on our first family home...
Mom & Dad on their wedding day...
A 1958 family photo.
Mom, Dad and brother John are all gone now.
I'm the little one looking at my baby sister
in the bassinet.
The cards were so beautifully made
that I chose to leave the backs as is.
I made removable tags
that slide into the top opening
of the pages.
I'll share a little something else
I did for me..
Nothing brightens a home
or your spirits
more than a $3.99 Trader Joe's bouquet!
Sometimes we neglect to do that!
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Friday, March 25, 2016
Saturday, February 13, 2016
Saturday, February 6, 2016
Sometimes I think the romance and beauty
is wasted on romantic couples.
At least when it comes to the crafting
of frilly, soft, Victorian style valentines.
That is best saved for exchanging
I recently hosted a swap in my flickr group
where we each created a decorative box,
ribbon doll, tag
and other assorted goodies for our partner.
I simply adore working with these images and materials!
The image is a beautifully embossed
German scrap die cut.
After covering the box with gesso,
I embellished with all kinds of floral trims,
a battenberg lace heart
more flowers and more hearts.
I used a German scrap lady for the body of
my ribbon doll.
The paper lace doily backdrop
is enhanced with copper ink
for a rosy glow.
It's all about the details
and adding a paper flower,
velvet leaf and tiny puffy heart
finished off her ensemble perfectly.
Her dress is made of sari silk, laces, seam binding,
leaf trim and torn fabric.
I added some extra goodies to the package.
(The heart pincushion
was a great
last minute find at an estate sale.)
No Valentine is complete
without a personal message.
I hope all of you
are able to share some Valentines
Sunday, January 24, 2016
I've always admired that
bohemian, funky look of Spirit Dolls.
A recent swap motivated me to
make my first.
I started with a piece of driftwood
I picked this last summer
along the Niagara River,
then adorned her in layers of
vintage textiles, fibers, laces and embellishments.
I made her face from polymer clay.
She's my first
but certainly not my last!