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Junk on My Desk

I tend to be a really tidy person and like to keep my work surfaces somewhat clean. However, I seem to have a problem throwing out the little bits and pieces left over from my projects. I think I must have a crow, hoarder, good steward gene that keeps me from wasting even the tiniest scraps.

As June is on the horizon, I have to get everything ready to start making my items for the Fall. A quick tidy up was called for. When most of my work table was cleared off, however, I was left with this….

A pile of scraps and left-over supplies my hoarder self could not throw out.

A pile of scraps and left-over supplies my hoarder self could not throw out.


I am a professional at making something out of nothing, however, even this pile did not have enough in it to make any decent projects. So I went to my trusty suitcase of scrap paper to supplement “the pile”.

Little suitcase stuffed with scraps of every kind of paper imaginable.

Little suitcase stuffed with scraps of every kind of paper imaginable.


I used these papers to cover the writing on the tags and  provide a nice solid background.

Scraps of paper to make backgrounds for my scrappy project.

Scraps of paper to make backgrounds for the tags.


Even though the background scraps didn’t fit perfectly, I was able to hide them with pictures cut from a calendar and the bits and bobs from my scrap pile.



I had fun decoupaging. cutting. gluing and snipping for an hour. And at the end of it all, my scrap pile had shrunk down to this…



Now this little pile can just be thrown away, right? Maybe if you are sane. I, however, have squirreled this little pile into a bowl on my desk in  hopes to use it another day!

If anybody would like me to send them the little tags I made, I would be more than happy to pop them in the mail. The first person who lets me know they want them, by leaving a comment ON MY BLOG PAGE, can have them. See, I am able to get rid of some things after all!!!!


Mixed Media Fun

As you may know from reading some of my latest blogs, I am getting ready to do the Vintage Home Market Show in Richmond. I have been very busy making jewelry, aprons and home decor items for this show as well as planning which antiques to bring. All I can say is that I have not had a lot of time to “play art”.  I have managed to snatch a few  minutes here and there to make a couple of pieces. Three of these are in one of my art journals and the other was made on 3 magazine pages that were glued together and then covered with gesso. So without further ado, and because I’m still working on last-minute details for the show, here is a quick look at my most current mixed media pieces. Enjoy!



Joshua 24:15

Joshua 24:15



I choose you!

I choose you!

Job 12:10. This piece is considerably lighter in person.

Job 12:10. This piece is considerably lighter in person.

A Christmas Sneak Peek

I am sorry I have not been blogging as regularly as usual, however I have an excuse (don’t I always?). This little elf has been really busy buying, making, cleaning, ironing, pricing and packing for the Christmas season. Today I finished setting up the shop for this weekend’s Christmas Open House. Then I have two shows, back to back, November 21-24 (see upcoming events menu on top of this page). I may be adding another local show at the beginning of December. Why do I do all this? Because I love it! I absolutely delight in making Christmas crafts and gift items. So to get all of you normal people non-shop owners ready for the Christmas season, I am giving you a little sneak peek at some goodies I have made for my shows. Keep in mind that this is just a sampling, as a lot of stuff was already packed up before I decided to give you a peek.



Little decorated tart tin ornaments with retro pictures, figurines and foliage (a 10 cent word for plastic flowers and ivy).



Decorated tin star ornaments with all kinds of layered goodness.



My own design of cross-body bags. Some are covered with pieced together vintage lace and some are made from vintage Christmas linens. I still have a couple more of these to make.



Here is just a close-up of the front of one of the bags. I really loved how these turned out.



Tons of old yardstick and charm necklaces. I even made some fancier ones with beaded necklaces. These are super fun to make and no two are alike!



And here are some “good intention” cones. I had good intentions of finishing them today. Oh well, it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen does it?



And here are some “good intention” altered bottles. They still need a lot of embellishment and I need a lot of motivation time to finish them.

Well, there you have it. My excuse for not blogging as faithfully as I wanted. I really hope some of you dear readers will be able to come to “Ladies Night Out” in Bowling Green on the evening of November 21rst or to the Vintage Home Market in Richmond on November 23-24th. I would love to see my old friends and I always have time to make new ones!