Monday, November 22, 2010


I finally finished a few journals! Everything seems to be taking me forever now for some reason and I hate it, but at least I'm back to doing art stuff again. You should see my studio though. I'm embarrassed to post photos of it but I guess I really should. I had some help moving a couple things around tonight to give myself a bit more room to organize. Ainyhow, here are a few of the completed journals.

This is how they all are finished inside.

I know I posted a photo of this one already but this is a better shot.
You still can't see the glitter but it really is there.

I think this is my favorite. The cover is fabric from a drapery sample book.

This one is vintage wallpaper with all kinds of goodies.

Another one with drapery fabric.

Now I just have to figure out where to list them...ebay or Etsy.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

More for my nest!

Here is my latest thrift store find and I'm just tickled pink!!! I recently got a book about embellishments and it mentioned using a typewriter on vintage page margins and since I love vintage looking stuff, I had to have one! I've used the computer up until now but I waste quite a bit of paper, plus I have to ink and age it for it to look old. Why not just start with old paper and be done with it. I spotted this little cutie and only had to pay $4.99! Yep, that's right! I couldn't believe the price. It also helps that I LOVE the color and size and portability. I was even able to get a new ribbon on line...with correction tape on it. LOL Cool beans!!

I'm sitting here grinning like an idiot! Guess I'll go play with my new toy. And it doesn't even need electric!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Journals, journals and more journals...

I'm doing what I said!! I actually got my tush upstairs and worked on some journals! How often do I say I'm gonna do something and then just procrastinate??? Of course, I AM the Grand Poobah of Procrastinators Anonymous so what do you expect? Anyhow, here's what I accomplished. This first one has German glass glitter that you really can't see on all the pink areas. The ribbons on the right are to tie it closed with a pretty bow. The photo is kind of washed out but that is due to my poor photographic abilities.

This is my stack of waiting journals. I am finding it hard reconciling the fact that they are for sale and they're not even finished yet. I love the paper and how it feels in my hands and, when that happens, I find it hard to part with things. Do any of you have that problem? I really don't even keep a journal but I love the books.

The one on top here is my favorite.

Well, off now to accomplish more while I prowl the area for more vintage wallpaper. Poor man at our local wallpaper store just can't understand the run on people wanting his old sample books. He can't keep them in the store! I was promised a phone call when he has any so there is hope.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

This is Lexi, my granddaughter. She's a hard player! When she's done, she just drops to the floor and goes to sleep. That is her pit bull friend, Sarge...we call them the dynanic duo because they are always together. So many people say pit bulls are mean but all you have to do is look in those golden eyes. They both had a great nap and were rejuvinated when they got up. In other words they took up where they left off in their crazy cavorting.

This is what I used to do to Lexi when I tried to feed her. As long as she got her sweet potatoes, she was patient with me. Course she didn't have a clue what she looked like and even if she did, she wouldn't give a fig.

Maybe I should have let Sarge clean up her puss. He would have enjoyed every single lick of that little face.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

I guess you can see it's been a loooooooong time since my last entry. Slight understatement! A lot has happened in my life since then. A few major things are that I had open heart surgery, I have a new granddaughter and another grandchild on the way VERY soon. I can't wait to meet #4! One of my sons is now living in Florida and another is living in a new house. goes on.

Since my surgery in February 2010, I haven't done much crafting and I sorely miss it! It's what kept me reasonably sane. I've gotten a lot of inspiration from a blog named "Creative Chaos" and I have been trekking up to my third floor "studio" to do some creating. I have been working on a stack of vintage wallpapered journals that I would like to sell before Christmas. I'll be posting some photos tomorrow. Right now they are works in progress but I'm loving it. If I can muster up enough ambition, I might actually list a couple in my empty and dusty Etsy shop that has never been used. Boy would that ever be an accomplishment!!!

Another thing I HAVE to work on is cleaning up and organizing my studio so I can work up there. It really is Packrat's Nest up there! Hubby got me a little fridge last year, Mom donated a small microwave, #2 son left a T.V. for me, there is a coffee maker and most importantly.....a 1/2 bath! What is my problem?! I'm afraid if I start going up there on a regular basis, I won't want to come downstairs to the real world. I desperately need more workspace and #3 son has volunteered to make a work table for me. My neighbor across the street (she's a major scrapbooker!) came up to take a gander and loved it mess and all. Only thing she said was to add a "big ass table" right in the middle of the room and get going. That's what I'm gonna do! I'll start with a 4' by 8' piece of MDF and go from there.

Well, I guess it's time to roll my tired bones to bed. I'm actually looking forward to getting moving in the AM. Hey already is the AM. 2:45 to be exact. Guess I need to rethink that. Oh well, I really am off to bed!