Friday, April 11, 2014

Welcome Spring & Vintage Easter Image Freebies!

Welcome Spring
was the theme for our recent altered matchbox swap.
 Here's what I made for my partner.
 The challenge was to create a
mini side by side
 matchbox chest,
filling the drawers
 with spring and Easter goodies and..
 3 miniature artist trading cards.
 This swap was sent to
my lovely partner
And for you dear friends,
some Easter images
to enjoy!


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Spreading My Wings

I've admired them on blogs and Pinterest..
even purchased a couple on etsy..
told myself probably a hundred times..
"you really need to try making one yourself."
I've had a love affair with fabric books
for some time now.
Told myself for a couple of years now
that I'm not a seamstress.
(And that part is true. I can't tell you how many
times I stuck myself with the needle
and how many attempts it took
just to thread it!!!)
So when I saw a needle book swap posted in the
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group
I knew it was time to
spread my wings and work out of
my comfort zone.
Plus it was a great opportunity to
use the "good stuff".
I had some amazing vintage textiles in my stash..
and it was an enjoyable process
layering and putting them all together
to create this one of a kind gift.
Ta da!
Here is my finished needle book. 
 exterior of opened book
front cover
back cover 

inside cover
interior view

interior pocket page
interior view
This book is en route to my swap partner.
 Now that it's not so scary after all
the next one is for me!
I hope you've been inspired to
spread your wings.

I am linked to
Blissful White Wednesdays.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Springtime Fantasy

A sweet little winged Charlotte
pokes her flower capped head
through a forest of
feathers, pearls, tulle, flowers & butterflies..
 ..hoping to capture her first glimpse of spring.
 Her pretty little peat pot home
is painted with gesso
and covered in mini fabric white roses.
 This little altered peat pot
will find a new home in Kansas
with my swap partner
I must admit
this was one of those creations that was difficult to give away.
But if it brings Tami even
half the joy it brought to me while creating it,
it's a gift I'm happy to give!
Happy Spring!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today is the final day
to sign up for both
the altered peat pot and matchbox swaps.
The links are at the top of
the sidebar.
Partners announced tomorrow!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Two New Swaps Announced!!!

 Aren't they lovely?
All of the images below are from pinterest.
Search using "altered peat pot"
to see all and for artist credits.

And we can't welcome spring without a matchbox swap!
Details and sign-ups for both swaps

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vintage...and I Mean VINTAGE! ATC Swap

hosted a
Vintage Paper ATC swap.
You couldn't use faux vintage or vintage inspired papers...
this was the real deal.
What a great challenge and great fun
searching through my
vintage stash.
 Background: flocked wallpaper
Image and text: birthday card
Dresden trim
and a public bus ticket
 (the fare is 5 cents-doesn't get more vintage than that!)
 Background: bingo card
Image and text: needle packet
dictionary definition
section of hook and eye card
Background: wallpaper
Image and text: magazine ads
celluloid flowers
Can't wait to see my vintage returns!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Swapping Val Pals

This has been a wonderful Valentine season
sharing the love with
my artsy swapping friends.
Just look at what they've shared with me!
Charming domino book....

Beautiful altered tart tin...
Gorgeous altered matchbox....
Romantic fabric tag....
This wonderful altered journal cover
was technically not a valentine
but definitely tugs at my heartstrings.
My talented friend
surprised me with it
(she knew I adored it!)
after being chosen as one of her giveaway winners.

Valentine's Day
isn't only for lovers..
I can't imagine my life
without the love of friends.
Happy Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Playing Valentine Tag & Bingo

I made this fabric tag
for a swap in our
Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group...
using very old
textiles, laces and trims.
The only element that is faux vintage
is the brass heart charm.
All pieces are hand-sewn.
Over at
we swapped altered vintage bingo cards
for Valentine's Day. 
I made this valentine
by lightly streaking the bingo card with gesso,
then layering a paper heart doily
and that sweet image.
I highlighted with liquid pearls
and created a head piece of
lace, pearls and a flower.
Two absolutely gorgeous lace trims
are layered to complete the piece.
It has a vintage seam binding hanger.
Here are some vintage image freebies for you
 to take and use
as we officially begin Valentine's week.

 Will return with more soon.
Have a wonderful week!