Saturday, December 20, 2014

White Christmas Button Book Swap--Part II

Last month I participated in the White Christmas Button Book Swap with the Button Floozies.  Yesterday I posted the book I made, but it's so much fun when a package arrives from a swap partner!

I always want to make sure I can steal away somewhere to really savor opening the package and looking at what's inside...

This very pretty little bag was filled with fun buttons.  Some of them were brass-type buttons with crests on them.  I found them especially interesting.  

These lovely Christmas tags were also in the package.  Can't wait to use them--or maybe hoard them all to myself!
Now for the book itself.  Michele made such a beautiful button book for me!

I will be the first to admit I am a terrible photographer!  I'm afraid my pictures really don't do justice to all the detail in this book.  The front cover has an actual frame with a vintage church scene.  Michele used lots of lace and ribbons including this little spool tied on the side.

I will just let you look at all the pages.  There are so many pretty images and embellishments!  There are even pockets in most of the pages with little button cards or tags and images tucked inside.

What I love about participating in swap projects is meeting someone new and receiving a piece of another's artists creativity.
Merry Christmas to Michele!  
Thank you for this lovely White Christmas Button Book!  And thank you to the Button Floozies for letting me play along!

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Little Christmas Crafting

Lately I've been neglecting my crafty needs.
Sure there are always plenty of things that need to be done everyday, but there really isn't a good reason for me not to take a bit of time during the week to do some creating!

I was at JoAnne Fabrics this week and found a little foam Christmas house kit.

At 60% off, I thought it would be a great project to do with my 9yr. old!

He is quite the Lego expert and had no problem figuring out how to assemble this house.

Here is a little close-up of our fun project...

My son used the scraps from the house to make this Elf and Santa chair, Minecraft style!

White Christmas Button Book Swap--Part I

What fun to have snow while working on this swap project!

I barely had the Halloween decorations put away, and it's on to Christmas crafting...

The Button Floozies are hosting a White Christmas Button Book Swap, and my friend Laurie invited me to join!  My partner is Michele at Nook and Cranny.
Here is the finished book I made for Michele.

I love the theme White Christmas so I used vintage laces and fabrics that I have collected in shades of white and cream.  This page has a vintage Father Christmas with a sparkly snowflake button.  The opposite page is a wreath made from vintage buttons.

I love using vintage photos and these are accented with more vintage buttons.

The page on the left was a fun challenge to get the buttons lined up just right!  On the right, I stitched a piece of vintage Christmas sheet music under a vintage photo and added little pearl buttons.

The back page is kept in the simple White Christmas theme with lace and vintage buttons.

This was such a fun project to get me in the Christmas spirit!
I can't wait to see what Michele has made for me!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Button Floozies

I'm going to be in a Button Floozie swap!

So happy Laurie invited to me to join!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Bloggers Create 2014

Welcome to my craft room!

View as you come in the room
Thank you for stopping by my link for Where Bloggers Create and a BIG thank you to Karen Valentine for hosting once again!

Fabric Storage Cabinet

 If you've been here before, not a lot has changed, except that I have more fabric, more supplies, and more clutter!

The laundry side of the room
My craft room is also the laundry room.  We did a remodel about five years ago adding on to our laundry room.  We have five children so yes, I have three laundry machines.  The folding counter above the machines is also very handy for spreading out projects--when the laundry is done... 
My favorite part about this room is how huge it makes my laundry room!

The door to the room with ironing board behind the door
My least favorite is that it is a shared space so I am limited to where I can put all my creative stuff--and there is a lot of it!

My sewing machine in front of a  nice big window overlooking trees--love!
These photos show the room in absolute pristine condition about three years ago.
It hasn't been like this since!!

I didn't get this stuff hidden before hubby saw it--he just shakes his head at this point. ;)
 Here is a recent photo of what a mess I made when I attended two workshops this spring.  I went to Handmade U in May and then Birdsong in June.
Naturally I had to participate in all the swaps offered at each workshop.  This meant lots of last minute mad crafting, emptying cupboards, things strewn everywhere...
I loved every minute of it!!

Storage for ribbons, vintage ribbons, vintage millinery, art papers, and journals

 Now both of these workshops included vendor nights with so much awesome stuff--I did a lot of hoarding shopping!

This was a seriously messy cupboard before I put everything in containers!
A couple weeks ago I finally organized all the vintage ephemera I've been hoarding collecting.  I used 12x12 plastic containers that I got at the hobby store and labeled them by type.  I now have music sheets separated from book pages.  The new papers are separated from the old and there is even a container for cool recycled papers such as pretty napkins and envelopes. (I'm that weird lady at parties who steals the pretty napkins)

Yeah, I love do-dads.
These divided containers are great for holding little bits and pieces of ephemera.  I have five of these containers filled with beads and little treasures.

Periwinkle (Perry) my daughter's cat
I also share the room with this little lady who happens to love fresh, clean laundry laying out to dry on the counter.  She didn't seem to mind that it was wet!

That was a short tour, but you can certainly check out my previous posts for Where Women Create here, here and here. :)
Next year I'm hoping to show some big changes in my studio space.
We are building a house!
As much as I love my laundry/craft room now, it will be so much fun to have a room just for creating.  My new studio will be the attic room above the garage.  We haven't started just yet so hopefully there will be photos to share next summer.

A little view from last fall of the acreage property we will build on--there is a small pond and so many trees!
Thank you for stopping by!  It's so much fun meeting new people through Karen's event!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

3-Inchey Heart Swap

What could be a better lift on a cold winter day than receiving a package filled with this?!

I know it's March 1st, but as usual, I'm late posting about a swap.  Still, I had to share the loveliness that arrived in my mailbox a couple weeks ago!

Swap hostess Laurie Jackson made this beautiful layered heart with lots of vintage pieces.

Lisa Hajda, known for her beautiful embroidery, made this pretty heart.

This very lovely, soft heart--even the backing was soft--was made by Lisa Stanton.

I knew right away that this colorful inchey was made by Linda Postma!  It's as fun as she is!

This lovely vintage inspired heart is from Janealle Ricca.

The "thinking outside the box" award goes to Hope Ellington for her three-dimensional inchey with a vintage frozen Charlotte captured inside.  She even included a gift for each of us, one of her lovely jewelry pieces!  I've already been wearing mine--thanks, Hope!

Laurie also included a vintage rose postcard as a special treat with her inchey.  I certainly do love roses!

Thank you again, Laurie, for hosting this fun swap!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day!

Image from the Graphics Fairy
Happy Valentine's Day!
We have sunshine where I am and it's slightly warmer than it's been for weeks and weeks!
Here's a little  hope for anyone who can't wait for the spring thaw:  we are halfway through February.  March usually means more mild days and fewer bitter cold ones--we just have to hang on a little longer!  

Image from The Graphics Fairy
I filled a tray with all my project supplies, and naturally Perry thought the tray was just for her.
To pass the time on the cold days these past couple weeks, I've been working on a Valentine's Day Inchey swap hosted by Laurie at Indulge Yourshelf.
Spoiler alert if you are a participant eagerly awaiting your swap!

Here are all my little squares ready to go.  For inspiration, I wanted to do something in the style of a sampler but in miniature since our squares are just 3 inches by 3 inches.  Working in miniature makes it more fun, but also a bit more challenging to stitch tiny little hearts.

The first thing I did was divide the square into nine equal mini squares.  Then it was time to pull out all the buttons and laces to decide where to put them.  The little pink rhinestone flower button in the center is vintage.  I made tiny yo-yo's with leftover fabric from a baby quilt I made for one of my nieces who is now 15 years old.  I've kept that fabric for a loooong time!

I added stitching and tiny beads here and there and tiny french knots on the heart image from The Graphics Fairy.  The little heart charm in the lower corner came from the craft store, and I used Martha Stewart's jewelry paint to give it patina.  I used both rose and gold.
My favorite thing about these little squares is all the pink!  
That will turn a cold winter day happy!

I couldn't resist making a little something for our swap hostess.  We just realized this week we've known each other for about seven years.  We met at the last Silver Bella in 2009 when Laurie was so kind to let me sit with her.  I didn't know a soul there until I met Laurie and she introduced me to lots of lovely art ladies!! Now I'm having so much fun sharing swaps with some of these ladies and even meeting them again at various workshops.

The lace around the edge is a lovely vintage tulle that was just waiting for the right project.  The back is cut from a vintage dresser scarf that had been ruined with rust stains and candle wax.  

Valentine's Day is usually intended for sweethearts, but I think it's also an appropriate day to remember friends near and far.
Enjoy your day blog friends!