Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Vintage Market Finds

Made a few pretty finds at the vintage market last weekend.  One booth especially had great prices.  The weather was warm but at least we had a nice breeze blowing.  The fair was held outside under trees.  Great venue and great fun.

I love depression era and before glass.

Here are this weeks finds.

This three footed bowl is so pretty.  I have been collecting this pattern for quite some time.  Hoping to  collect enough to set a pretty soon.

 These smaller dishes would be perfect for olives or pickles.

This plate is different, flat with the center divider.  And I love the little bone china boot from Europe.

But my favorite find of the weekend was this bowl to match my grandmother's punch bowl she received as a wedding present around 1900.  Best if all it was only $12.00.

Found one more item.  Last week we bought a beautiful trundle bed from Pottery Barns Kids on Craigslist for our guest room.  It is painted white which was perfect for my decor.  But I didn't have a night table to put along side the bed.  Found the perfect one, except for the color, which will be easy to fix.  Stay tuned for the transformation coming soon.

Happy Hunting!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pretty in Purple Necklace

A few months ago I went to a craft fair.  One gal was selling handmade beads.  She had buckets of each color.  I picked through the container and found 13 purple and black beads with the intention of making a necklace and a pair of coordinating earrings.

That was last Fall.  They just sat in my studio, I couldn't decide on a design until the other day I printed out a sheet of inchies and saw the corset design.  I thought it would be perfect for a focal point on this necklace.

Then I went through my stash of beads and found a few crystals, some chain, some Czech glass beads, and some metallic type square seed beads.  Below you can see the layout for my design.

These beads are so pretty and vary in size.  I love the colors, too.

And here are the beads I set aside for the earrings.

The metallic square seed beads.  Depending on how the light hits them you can see purple in the gold finish.

Focal point bead assemblage. 

Purple corset from the inch designs coated with Glossy accents and a crystal for a little bling on an antiqued brass setting, also from my stash of bead making supplies.

This was the first thing I printed on our new laser printer.  The detail is amazing compared to an inkjet printer.  And this was on just plain piece of copy paper.

Here I have the main part of the necklace strung on beading wire.  I planned to add a jump ring to each end to attach to a long piece of the chain.

Focal piece added and chain.

 Earrings completed.

The completed set.  I really love the square beads with the larger purple round beads.

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Week in Review

Here's a review of this week's posts.


Water Lily and Dragonfly Vase Redo


Golden Honey Bears


Trip up the Coast


My Crystal Forest Fairy Earrings


Digital Journal

Happy Weekend!

Friday, May 27, 2016

Digital Joural

Today was such a beautiful day.  I washed laundry and hung it outside to dry in the sun.  I only use the dryer if we have long periods of rain.  Usually I can hang my laundry outside almost the entire year here in California.

Today's post is VERY long.  We recently bought a new laser printer.  I love to make journals but have never bought a digital version online.  So I found a really nice one on Etsy and printed it with our new printer.  It printed out with gorgeous colors and great detail.

I ended up using about a 2' spine and 4 signatures.


Here is a selection of the pages I printed.  First thing I did was cut out all the pages and extras.

The digital kit I downloaded was from "The Covered Chipboard" store on Etsy.  This kit is called "Analise Printable 5 x 7 Journal.  I love the colors, muted greens and dusty rose.

I chose an assortment of chipboard cutouts from my stash.

Printed a few photos from my files. Dug through my ephemera bits and put the journal together.

Measured the pages and cut my cardstock to measure 5 x7 when folded.  I measured the cover to be about 1/2" larger than the pages.

I aged the pages with distress ink and adhered them to my binding and glued the pages in pace.

Next came the embellishments.  I ran the chipboard pieces through my Xyron and added silver glitter then ran through again to make the chipboard into stickers that I adhered throughout the journal.

For the cover I used 3 piece of black chipboard, two for the covers and one for the spine.
Below you can see the pages.  Some are single others have pockets with tags.

page with pocket and tag

 There are lots of tuck spots and tags.

 I cut out trim for the single pages that I punched with Martha Stewart punch.

Lots of journaling spots and places for photos. The two long tasseled cords can be used for bookmarks.


Happy Crafting!