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This week: I need a do-over

Not feeling very crafty or chipper.

Room still a wreck and finding it difficult to reorganize, yet again. 😦  Maybe I will just let it be for a bit; see if inspiration strikes me..or lightening.

There REALLY is a desk under here..I think,







Any-who I was visiting my favorite Swedish Blogger IHanna, and cannot help but be inspired! She is always in the creative zone and has a

wonderful shabby-chic affinity for all things creative, from art to collage. I remembered a piece of pink floral material that I had and decided to

recreate some of the £1.00 journals ‘I had purchased last year (aka as the “RACH” journal) These were A4 which was too big to fill, especially doodling;

so I trimmed them in half. ,made signatures out of them and coptic stitched them together:ANOTHER journal, lol

I used waxed light green binding thread, and the inside is lined with denimI have a pocket rescued from a pair of jeans that will be mounted on the inside.

Lastly, I have a thing for pearls.  When I find strands at the flea market or something, I save them hoping for that proverbial “one day” to use them. Last night, I was inspired to un thread them.

I put them into some little jars I had been saving, but when they looked really..un-glamorous,  I decided to spiff up the lids.  No flowers, ribbons or the likes, just a better looking top than the ones that

were visible.  The paper is from Crafty Individuals  pad of 6×6 called Background Papers, Book 1. I used my secret mixture of medium (ok, it is really all of the bottoms of the containers I did not want to toss out!) 🙂My trusty compass to encircle the paper (place point of compass in the center of the lid, extend and mark circle 1/2 inch outside the rim, cut fringe every 1/4 inch apply glue and fold over lids, VOILA! 😉


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Works in progress

I have so many things in the works, sometimes they get relegated to a “later”box or a”see-you-later” trash bin.  Somethings I managed to start, but not quite sure where to go with. These Tim Holtz boxes were not the best purchase for me because I like my things in containers or canning jars on the shelves.

I tried to put a little decoration on them, here is the second.The paper is Basic Grey  Urban Couture and  Motifica,the trim is SweetPea Jack collection: Carmella Sky.








The  gear image (and the others you cannot see) are are by Debrina Pratt who has them for sale on Etsy. If nothing else since beginning my training in mixed media, it was to learn and document who my products are by/from. Since they are only for personal usage, I just tossed the packaging..then came the questions: “who’s stamp/paper/image/sprays/ brushes are those”?Sorry about the photo staging. I have only one window and the lighting is not so great because of the weather. This is a jar and stopper that I bought from the flea market ions ago. Painted it with regular white glue then applied crackle glaze that I bought from Panduro Hobby Love the crackle effect and now to find a suitable color. I saw the idea at Kristen’s blog. Her link is in the sidebar.

There was a challenge to modify a can of your choice,but I was not able to water proof the fabric which meant mold after it got wet, so I removed the hanging chains, replaced the bottom in the #10 can and it became a brush holder.  Another recycle project in use.

Last, but not least. …need suggestions on sorting paper. This is how I store the 12×12 and the bottom left has a box with 6×6 and 8×8 pads.  Any tips would be appreciated!  Have a great and creative week. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Any ideas for sorting paper? Started with colors and types, but too confusing.


Filed under crafts, loppis, Mixed media art, organized smorganized, recycling

Starting new chapters in creativity.

I love reading. The only thing that keeps me from reading all of the time are my family, housework: stuff like that.

In September one of my favorite events of the year happens: The American Women’s Club book swap.

This is my door buster, must be at event of the year. This is where I go with my LARGE Coach tote filled with empty canvas bags and clean up like a bandit. Most people try to skulk out without taking their unswapped books with them. Not me…I lie in wait like a seasoned ninja and pounce on them as well as the flipped through mags like Oprah and National Geographic… Fabulous collage materials and FREE!? All it costs me is a box of chilled white wine ( no good bookswap attendee would EVER bring red to a hostesses house with moving bags and books) 🙂

I love the smell of newsprint in the morning.

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