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Finished 2017 December Daily

Just a quick post to give you a glimpse at my finished December Daily for 2017. I must say I wasn’t really loving the bare book before December.

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Now that it’s finished, however, I really love how it turned out. 

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It’s a big, chunky monkey!

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I didn’t add any charms or ribbon to the rings before December, but was able to get some cute things on during the month. The bells on the red elastic was a jingle bracelet I wore to Zumba for two weeks!

Here are some random pages from my December Daily.

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As you can see, I do not use photos in my journals. This is partly due to the fact that I don’t take a lot of pictures and partly because there is already so much cute ephemera out there to fill the pages. 

I have been doing December Dailies for quite a few years now, and I must say that this year it was a real pleasure to work on it. I took a few minutes out of each day and recorded the events of the previous day. I was completely finished by New Year’s Day. 

If you have never kept a December Daily before, I urge you to give it a try in 2018. There is nothing quite as fun as pulling journals out from previous years and reliving the wonderful Christmas memories!

 

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So Busy, But Having Fun In A Manic Kind Of Way!

This time of year always makes me somewhat frantic. I have two big Christmas shows, The Vintage Home Market and the Holiday Craft Fair at the Fredericksburg Expo Center. At the Vintage Home Market I can bring vintage Christmas items as well as handmade items with a vintage flair. I don’t feel so stressed about stocking my booth there because I always have a lot of vintage Christmas items I bought throughout the year and squirreled away. The Holiday Craft Fair is another story. Everything in my 10 x 10 booth for this THREE day show has to be handmade! That is quite intimidating. I helped a friend do this show last year and she practically sold out on the first day!

So this is the reason I have not been able to blog as frequently as usual. Every waking hour I seem to be making stuff, thinking of stuff to make, pricing stuff I made, packing stuff I made and generally freaking out in the mess my house has become. 

Here are some pictures of the chaos which has become my life.

Large tote filled with handmade books of all kinds.

Large tote filled with handmade books of all kinds.

This tote is absolutely stuffed with handmade December Dailies, Gratitude journals, altered mini compo books, junk journals and up-cycled denim and cashmere flower pins.

Some of the finished arrangements.

Some of the finished arrangements.

This is just a sampling of the arrangements I will be selling. As you can see, they are mostly finished. 

Empty arrangement containers.

Empty arrangement containers.

These containers are patiently waiting for me to make their arrangements.

Empty containers.

Empty containers.

These are waiting too.

More empty containers.

More empty containers.

Yep, these are too.

My magic workshop, aka our dining room table.

My magic workshop, aka our dining room table.

This is where I will be spending the good part of the next two weeks. I hope to have all the container arrangements done and the totes that are full of supplies emptied, or mostly emptied. 

So now you can see the glitz and glamour that is the life of a crafter! If you would like information about either of these shows, please see my upcoming events page.

 

 

Crafting With A Cause, Part 1

For any of you who don’t already know this, I LOVE CRAFTING! So how can you take something you already love to do and make it better?  You can craft for a cause!

I spend way too much a little time each day watching crafting videos on Youtube. I do this so I can learn new techniques, see what other crafters are making and see what new crafting products are out there. Youtube is like Pinterest because I can start with one video and end up ten videos later on  someone else’s channel about an entirely different craft. It was through this wonderful web of videos I stumbled upon craft challenges with a cause.

One Youtube channel that really got my attention is Bethsscrrapbookroom. Beth is so funny and her sense of humor is so much like mine. Anyway, I came upon a video where she was asking crafters to make cards, or other items, for people who are currently undergoing breast cancer treatments as October is breast cancer awareness month. She is going to mail the submissions to patients in five of the top cancer research hospitals in the United States.

Since I am not a card maker, I decided to enter her challenge by submitting some small junk journals so patients could document their journeys. I also sent Beth an ATC (artist trading card) because she collects them. I am not an ATC maker, so this part of the challenge really scared me.

Here are some pictures of the items I sent her.

 

Three mini junk journals for cancer patients.

Three mini junk journals for cancer patients.

 

Note to journal recipients.

Note to journal recipients.

ATC for Beth's collection.

ATC for Beth’s collection.

Package of Christmas goodies for Beth to craft with.

Package of Christmas goodies for Beth to craft with.

Everything packaged and ready to go!

Everything packaged and ready to go!

Last Sunday, October 19th, Beth made the videos that showed my entries. I say “videos” because as she was showing my entries her video time ran out so she had to start another one to finish. If you would like to see my 15 minutes of fame you can check out Beth showing my entries at these addresses:

First video

My items start around 17:20 minutes into this video

Second video

My items finish about 6:55 minutes into this video

Like I said before, Beth is very funny and has such a good heart I think you would enjoy watching both videos in their entirety. You will also get to see some wonderful entries by other crafters.

So if crafting is your passion too, see if you can find a craft challenge with a cause and spread your talent and love to others who need it right now!

 

The Cardboard File Box

I couldn’t think of a better way to title this blog post but I realize it might be somewhat confusing. On glancing at the title one might assume this post is about a file box that is made of cardboard. Okay, I can see that. But you have to remember who is writing this post. I am a mixed media artist maker so nothing is going to be as it seems. This post is actually came about because of this….

Big stash of cardboard. All kinds of cardboard!

Big stash of cardboard.
All kinds of cardboard!

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All of this wonderful cardboard was haphazardly stuffed onto a shelf in my craft room. It was really stored rather willy-nilly and it was hard to find just the right piece for my projects. So in my quest to get my craft room more functional and organized I purchased this at a thrift store….

Cheapo Michael's file box.

Cheapo Michael’s file box.

 

This is a file box from Michael’s and it only cost $4.00. Personally, it is so cheaply made it’s not worth more than $4.00, however, it is perfect for filing my cardboard. Here is what it looks like now that it’s finished….

Corrugated cardboard

Corrugated cardboard

 

File folder cardboard

File folder cardboard

 

Game board cardboard

Game board cardboard

 

Packaging cardboard

Packaging cardboard

 

White cardboard

White cardboard

 

Okay, I know some of you are scratching your head at this time asking why any sane person would keep so much cardboard, never mind filing it. I repeat. I am a mixed media artist maker. This cardboard can be used in so many ways. It is as precious to me as the ring was to Gollum.  For all you non-mixed media makers here is just a short list of the uses of cardboard.

Substrate for mixed media pictures

Substrate for mixed media bookmarks

Substrate for mixed media ornaments

Journal Covers

Pages in junk journals

Pages in art journals

Substrate for mixed media tags

Embellishments

And the list could go on and on, however, I’ve had a super tiring day and I can’t go on. So before you heartlessly just toss cardboard into the trash can, ask yourself, “What wonderful, kind, mixed media artist maker could I gift this to instead?”

 

 

So Ready to Get Out!

I don’t say I’m tired of the snow anymore because everyone is tired of the snow this winter. This has been the winter that just won’t end. The kids have missed over 2 weeks of school so far and even Martin has had a couple of days off work due to the weather. Don’t get me wrong, there are good things about snow days such as sleeping in, spending time with the family, hot chocolate, etc.

A week and a half ago I hurt my back pretty badly and it has kept me home bound most of this time. Now I am ready to get out! I have slept way too much, I have eaten way to much, I have watched YouTube way too much and I have finished the projects that were bugging me the most. This is what I got done during my snow days and back recovery days….

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Do you remember this hideously messy box of lace from one of my recent posts?

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Some of the lace was wound on vintage clothes pegs and stored in a jar so I can see it.

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Bigger laces were wound on old spools neatly so they can be found quickly.

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And the largest lace pieces were folded or wrapped nicely and placed back in the box. (Just a hint, you can look for projects with lace coming from Mossy Cottage soon!)

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This table was supposed to  be my over flow table for mixed media projects that are drying. Instead it became a heinous stack of paper and old books.

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Now that disaster has been made into 11 junk journals that I will be selling at the Vintage Home Market in Richmond.

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This cabinet got a complete makeover, inside and out. The inside shelves were organized by holiday. The display shelf now holds a lot of my vintage jewelry, small lace spools, buttons, embellishments and other assorted bling. I put them out like this so I will use them instead of just hoarding them.

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Here’s a close up of some of my bling.

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Some more bling and some laces.

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Here are the cans I use to hold my supplies on my desk. Yeah, you would think someone who loves to craft could do better than this right?

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So they all got covered with old book pages.

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Then they got dressed up with some pretty rosy die cuts.

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And now they sit on my newly organized desk.

So you see, there are benefits to being forced to stay home. Lots of projects got finished. I had time with my boys. I drank hot chocolate.  But I still have to admit that now that my back is feeling better, and the snow has melted, I am SO READY TO GET OUT!