I’m writing this post so that I will feel accountable for my next sentence. I am NOT going to BUY any new craft supplies in 2017 unless they fit the two specific criteria I have laid out here. First, I am ALLOWED to buy the NECESSITIES if I run out. By necessities, I mean things like paint, glue, artist pens and pencils, gesso, etc… Second, I CAN BUY art supplies if I find them ridiculously CHEAP at thrift shops, yard sales or flea markets. That’s it! I am not going to go to Tuesday Morning, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s or any other store just to browse and see what they have. Browsing usually ends up costing me a lot of money!
So why am I making this bold statement? When I was crafting for Christmas, I found I had so many Christmas items in my stash that I didn’t need to go out any buy anything. I made lots of December Dailies, cards, tags and embellishments without purchasing a thing. The amazing thing is, I still don’t need to buy anything for next year either. I have so many supplies I’m drowning in them. Ditto for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Summer, Fall and you get the idea.
Now here’s where it hurts. I’m going to expose my shame and show you all the stuff I have to craft and make mixed media with. Ready?
Sadly, this is not all. There are some drawers in my studio and other places all over the house that have craft supplies in them. Now you can see why I don’t need to go shopping anytime soon. Everything I have I liked enough to purchase or save, so now it’s time to use it all up. I’m excited about the thought of actually having room to breathe in my studio.
Okay, so it’s confession time. I already did buy something this year. This is what I bought.
My justification is that they were cheap (only $1.00 each) and….
They are filled with pages and pages of these beautiful nature graphics! I can use these for so many projects.
So there you have it. I feel better after this photographic confession and goal for 2017. Hopefully you will be seeing a lot of posts showing the stuff I have been making.
If you feel like you’re suffocating in your supplies, or you want to save some money, craft from your stash and have fun with the supplies you already have on hand. Good Luck!
A lot of people ask me where I find such cute Christmas graphics for my December Dailies. I tell them, “Anywhere I can”. I don’t say that to be evasive or cryptic, I say it because it’s the truth. When you work on December Dailies and junk journals, you learn to look at the things that pass through your hands carefully. You want great graphics for your journals, however, most people don’t really even look at the papers that pass through their hands.
Here are a few cute Christmas graphics that may make it into my December Daily this year and the place where I found them. Hopefully this will give you some ideas for collecting great graphics for whatever project you are working on.
These are just a few examples of what types of graphics are good to use for journals and where you can find them. But don’t forget to look at napkins, coasters, food bags, labels, newspapers, magazines, flyers, food boxes and shopping bags. Great graphics are all around, you just have to slow down and look for them.
I hope you take your time this Christmas to see all the wonderful images marketing professionals put out there for us to enjoy!
Today was a beautiful fall day. The perfect day for yard sales, however, I had to drive Adam quite a distance to work for a friends dad. I was on the road with him driving for 45 minutes just watching all the yard sales go by. As I am going rafting in West Virginia tomorrow, I was resolute NOT to spend my money at yard sales anyway. After I dropped Adam off I was going to drive straight home and get some crafting projects finished before I leave. But oh, the Siren song of the yard sales. I couldn’t resist. So I stopped at a few. Okay, I stopped at a lot, but some were real duds. So here are some quick pictures of the treasures I found today.
Okay, so I don’t have a back bone when it comes to yard sales. And I really don’t have one when it comes to craft supplies from yard sales. Well, the good news is that I only spent $22.00 on the whole lot. That still leaves me plenty of cash NOT to spend at any flea markets I pass on my way to West Virginia tomorrow!
I think everyone should make some form of art every day. There are many forms including drawing, collage, painting, coloring, stamping and even doodling. Making a little piece of art is very satisfactory as it provides a visual finished product. But who has time to finish a 9 x 12 canvas everyday? Not me, that’s for sure. So I needed to come up with a way to make daily art that doesn’t take a big time commitment. Hmmmm, what to do, what to do?
Pinterest to the rescue (again). Check out what I found on this website.
It’s an altered rolodex! What a brilliant idea. I wanted to get one for myself and start making my own miniature masterpieces (or just doodles). On my first thrift shop outing after seeing this great idea, I was lucky enough to find this.
A couple of cards done and it looks like this.
As you can see I have a loooong way to go to even begin filling this baby up. And I also have the backs of the cards to do. I’m thinking this one rolodex will keep me busy for the rest of my life. I have no idea how many cards are in it, all I know is there are a lot. Here are some close-ups of the cards I have actually done.
So maybe the next time you are at that yard-sale, thrift shop or flea market and you see an old rolodex, you will look at it as a new form of art instead of an out dated office supply. Now if you will excuse me, I have to start working on 1538 more pieces of miniature art!
Happy Labor Day everyone! Wow, has the summer ever blown by fast. I have had a very busy summer which included a cruise and a white-water rafting and zip-line trip to West Virginia. I also went to many flea markets, yard sales, estate sales and thrift shops. It was at one of these venues that I found this….
It is a sad little suitcase, probably for doll clothes. It is an old one, and certainly one that has seen better days, but then again, haven’t we all? If you look at the top right corner of the case it even looks like a mouse might have sharpened his teeth on it!
Why would I even consider spending good money on this? I had three reasons. First, it is sturdy and the hardware is all intact. Second, it only cost $1.00. And lastly, it is so sad I just couldn’t leave it to a fate of ever being tossed in the trash can, unused and unloved. Yes, I really do get emotional about inanimate objects! But I could not leave it in this miserable state. I decided since I will never be able to afford a face-lift, this sad little case would get one instead.
First, a coat of white paint around the edges and hardware. Sometimes you have to get ugly (or in this case uglier) before you get pretty. If you’ve ever had foil highlights put in your hair you know what I’m talking about.
Then I applied a bunch of scrap papers around the whole case. This is a view of the top.
And here is the front. As an afterthought I decided to cover up any white paint around the edges and hardware with some distress ink.
It gives it a little more vintage flair.
I wiped out the inside, which was not so bad, but it needed a little upgrade too.
I just put some paper in the lid and in the bottom, but left the sides in their original state. I love how this sad little case ended up. Not so sad anymore! I am mainly going to use this case to carry art supplies when I go out (can anyone say, Donna Downey class in October!!!!). I was going to stamp some “arty” words inside the lid but decided I may also use it for displaying lace and such at vintage shows. I’m sorry my pictures do not do this little $1.00 beauty justice. She actually is quite pretty now.
So my challenge to you is to take a chance and spend that whole dollar on the sad little object nobody else will buy. You never know, it could be a diamond in the rough!
Guess what I did today. No really, guess. I’ll give you a hint. It’s Friday so I have to go to my shop in Fredericksburg to put some stuff in and straighten it up. We have a potential hurricane about to hit and I need to get “D” batteries for our lanterns. We are out of soy milk and cat food so I have to go to the grocery store. It’s the end of a very looong month and I don’t have any money left. I have a whole bunch of linens that need ironing and pricing. I have to dust and vacuum the downstairs of the house. Oh, and Adam has a DAC playoff soccer game this afternoon. So, did you guess what I did today? This is what I did…
I went to a great big church yard sale in FredVegas. This is all the great stuff I got. I ended up spending money I had saved for something else. Don’t worry Adam, you can always go to “Bob’s School of Forensic Biology” instead of VCU!
This cute vintage piggy bank for tithes says, “For this I am thankful” on the side and, “My Blue Box” on the top.
I also got a pretty white-on-white baby gown with a slip and some vintage party noise makers.
This unopened box of Chanel No. 5 powder is staying at home with me!!!! The rosy linen towel has never been used. There is also a sparkly gold evening bag and a tiny silver plated urn. The lacy thing is like a crocheted egg cozy, however, I’m thinking it would make a great pocket on one of my upcoming homemade aprons!
Because our house doesn’t already look like the North Pole exploded, I had to get more Christmas stuff. Check out the compete box of cookie cutters and the 1950’s print cloth. How could I just leave them there? But the cream in this lot is this..
This 1950’s print hanky has all the reindeer’s names on it but it has a picture of Dancer. You can’t really tell from my award winning photograph, however, Dancer has actual googly eyes! You know, the ones that move around when you shake them. This is sooooo darn cute.
I had to display my rosy tea towel with the hamper so it didn’t look so lonely! So now you know what I did today. And by the way, the shop has been tidied, the lanterns have batteries, I got the soy milk and the FCS Eagles won the first game in the DAC playoffs. Go Eagles!!! Not such a bad day after all. So what will I be doing tomorrow? Ironing, pricing, dusting, vacuuming and going to the store to get the cat food I forgot!!!! Well, I never said I was perfect.
On Tuesday Martin and I went to Front Royal to see Adam play in a soccer game. The game wasn’t until 4:30PM, so we spent the early afternoon junking. As you know from a previous post, I think soccer and junking go together like wine and cheese. We hit a couple thrift shops and I scored some treasures, but it never ceases to amaze me how great everything looks at a distance and how down right awful it looks up close! We had a blast wading through the flotsam and jetsam anyway.
Usually on Thursdays I stay around Bowling Green and work at home. You can find me washing, ironing, pricing or making stuff for my shops. I also throw in some mundane housework like laundry or cleaning. Ho Hum right? Well not today people!!! Two days ago I noticed a yard sale sign a couple blocks up the street from me. It said the yard sale would be on THURSDAY, Friday and Saturday. Did you get that? Thursday!!! That was today! Did I go? Not only did I go, I went too early and they weren’t even open yet. Okay, I know, I have to chill a little. I went back at 8:15 and they were ready for me. I got some really cute stuff. So do you want to see what I got this week?
Two cute felt stockings with GLITTER accents. Two sets of plastic light up bells with tacky plastic pointsettas on top. Please note that the pointsettas have GLITTER on them. It’s hard to see in my amazing picture (I know, I should work for National Geographic, right?) but there is also a cute little plastic ornament with plastic fruit in it and half a roll of dark pink plastic tinsel cord. The operative words for what I love to sell at Christmas are plastic and glitter as long as they are
Next we have an awesome cake stand with top. I can’t leave these alone. I will add a decoupaged hang tag to the nob on top. Maybe I’ll show you in a later blog post. The pretty tin is staying in my studio. It’s hard to tell from my picture, but it is designed to look like needlepoint and is covered with roses. Need I say more? There is a little white birdhouse which will get the “Helen” touch too. A cute set of green doilies, needlepoint napkins, 2 vintage pill boxes and 2 small old powder boxes finish off this set. Nice.
Now we have a little child’s suitcase. No, I am not selling it. EVER!!! It will be a great display piece for shows. There are two vintage baby sweaters, two vintage plastic (there we go again) reindeer and the cutest “Made in Japan” vase with a mouse and a cheese wedge. I love these fun old vases, especially the ones with baby themes. I guess this would count as one of those if you were a mouse.
Lastly we have this awesome set of four 1950’s metal (not plastic) tray tables. How cute are these? The tables are black with pink and blue leaves. My heart almost stopped when I saw them at the yard sale. I had to have them. They will be going to my Fredericksburg location tomorrow!!!
All in all I had a really blessed week as far as shopping for Mossy Cottage went and I got to enjoy some of the most beautiful fall days to boot. Not bad, eh?