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Thursday, February 04, 2016

fairy dust

Been playing with some new fairy stamps from Faerie Song--I feel a Shakespeare something coming on . . .
You can see more in my share today at Altered Pages.  Happy Thursday, everyone!  :)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #348

Trying out some new fairy stamps, on watercolor backgrounds.

And a couple more atcs for the 52 card swap Jessica Brogan is hostessing:

These are tempera and Pitt pen, with a little bit of crayon.

Maybe I'll see you WOYWWing this week?  (If you aren't familiar with What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesdays, you are welcome to stop by Julia's to find out more information, and join in, as well.)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #347 (Thirty-seven atcs)

A couple of weeks ago, another WOYWW desker posted about a swap they were participating in--I can't recall who it was, but perhaps I'll find her again this week!  Anyway, it sounded like fun, so I joined, and have been making lots of atcs.  We have to have 52. 

Here is my stack of 37n so far.  These are all similar, but different colors and slightly different backgrounds.  Here are a couple of them, the general theme of the swap is Nature:

Happy WOYWW!  Many thanks as always to Julia for hosting!  (PS, she says you're welcome to join,  just check the link and drop in for details.)

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A few how-to tips on making buntings . . .

I like making buntings, but I also have a life, and don't necessarily want to spend hours and hours creating them.  So here are a few tips from someone who has made a LOT of buntings, along with a lot of mistakes in the process!

1.  Rectangular panels = the fastest way to go
2.  Stitching the panels to the hanging ribbon or strip of fabric with a sewing machine = faster and easier than gluing.
3.  Colored staples look cute, too, and are even easier than stitching or gluing.
4.  Clothespins win for the easiest way to hang!
5.  If you're doing stuff like inks/paints around the edges of the panels, do that BEFORE sewing.
6.  3D elements are fun, but if you're planning on storing the bunting, they're a huge pain.  (Says the woman who added a million ribbon roses to the cutest little baby girl bunting ever, and then tried to fold it up . . .)

That's it.  That's my words of wisdom ***snorts with laughter*** for the day. 

Heed them, my friends.

More Valentine info today at my Altered Pages post.  Happy Thursday to you!  :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

What's on Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #346--piles of little buntings

So last week all I had to show were the bunnies, but this week I've been a busy crafter--
Piles of little buntings, five of them, and they're all finished.  One bottom center was going to be a panel for one of the buntings, but now it's going to be a Valentine.

Why so many?  I like making buntings, and saw some really sweet collage pages (it was the vintage baby images that got me), and that was that.  Here are a couple of the babies:

Happy WOYWW!  (If you aren't familiar with WOYWW, stop by dear Julia's to find out more.)

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday, #345--Moose

Today, I am cleaning the bunny room and their cages.  These are the girl child's rabbits;  here is a photo of Moose, who is somewhat wary of the camera:
He's very friendly, as rabbits go, and likes a good bunny massage.  When we first got him, years ago, along with his compatriot Isaiah, we were told by the pet shop that they were both males.

And then one day the daughter found these:
(Actually, they were all pink and pathetic looking when she found them.)
Yep.  That happened.  We're all much older and wiser now.  But since I didn't have anything new arty to share, I figured something cute would probably be even better . . .

Happy WOYWW to you!  If you aren't familiar with What's On Your Workdesk?  Wednesday, Julia is always happy for you to stop by and check out all the details, and join in the fun. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

presents on the tree--Merry Christmas!

A Very Merry Christmas to you!

Here is my present on the tree at Unruly Paper Arts, simple instructions to be found there:

Have a wonderful day, my friends, and a Happy New Year, as well!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

tiny mixed media ornaments--liquid paper mache and sparkly paints!

Short and sweet today, but wanted to share some tiny little Christmas ornaments:
More pics and details HERE  
Used Li-Qua-Che liquid paper mache in silicone candy molds for the frames,
and of course my favorite metallic and glittery paints for shine!
These are really very small.

Happy Thursday, and a very Merry Christmas to you!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

it's the most wonderful time of the year . . .

List of things for me never to do again in December:
Get new carpet.
Paint the sewing room.
Get an antique booth at the local antique mall with MIL and DIL.

Don't get me wrong, all of these things are good things, just not when one is trying to Christmas . . .

In lieu of something new, here are some of my favorite Christmas goodies from the past:

This needle felted bird's nest:
on our tree

 An ATC sized triptych:

You may remember these from last year--Christmas ornaments, all in non-traditional colors:
these were all given to friends
 And back when I still had time to do swaps, oh I love love loved this box of goodies from Lynn!
still love it, and all on our tree!!

Now if you'll excuse me, I have to finish moving stuff back into that newly carpeted and painted sewing room!

Happy Wednesday, and if I don't "see" you again beforehand, a very Merry Christmas to you!

Thursday, December 03, 2015

A Christmas Alphabetica

Are you Christmas crafting?  I've been working on a Christmas ABC book.
You can see more of it in my share today at the Altered Pages Artsociates blog, along with how I made that shiny little embellishment, but how about one more pic for good measure?
 Thank you for stopping by today, and Happy Christmas Crafting to you!