Monday, December 26, 2011
When I was small.. it wasn't Christmas that was my favorite day..It was always the "Day-After"..There were always lots of left-overs, so there was No cooking, no cleaning, no chores of any kind, so I was left-alone to play with my new presents. Well that still holds true today. These are my presents from my family, who knows me so well. (not the kitty, Otis just came-by to check things out) lol..
My favorite things have always been vintage kitchen and sewing things. I'm so excited, I cant' wait to try-out my new antique chocolate mold with paper mache!
Also today, I'm looking thru vintage embroidery transfers for a New Year Challenge on the Flickr Group "New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns". a vintage embroidery design must be used to make something to convey a New Year's Resolution. I think I've thought of just the thing..I need a Attitude Adjustment!!..this past year (Or 2) have been full of Time-management, and financial challenges.
My resolution is to start seeing the Glass as Half-Full..Rather than Half-Empty..or make Lemons from Lemonade...anyways, you get the idea..lol. Here's one idea, from Hoop-Love-Transfer-Finds I've found so far for my theme..
I'm still looking for other lemony images for my over-all project, which will incorporate some thrify recycling too! So stay tuned!!This one won't take long! :)
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.
Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more."-the Grinch
I do love a handmade Christmas! sometimes its really hard to come up with a handmade gift idea for someone you love,..someone you WANT to take the extra time and care for.., so I would like give my thanks to everyone who posts a tutorial or shares an idea, whether it be digital, online or in-print. even though the ideas are shared to the masses, every creator puts a piece of themselves in their own creation. that said, I'm sharing my latest hand-mand Christmas Gift for giving..Its a art-form called Scherenschnitte or Paper-cutting. Plus it's something you can do that's nearly FREE and make lovely gifts for gift-giving. This was my first attempt at Scherenschnitte. This one is for my parents, and made me think of the song "I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus". I cut my chosen design from paper I printed with sheet music of the song, and mounted it onto Christmas paper and board. The design is freely offered by the very talented and generous Cindy Ferguson
She has several beginner designs to choose from on her blog. Go check her out! her work is amazing. I am in awe of anyone who has mastered this art-form. Mine pales in comparison to hers..I'm wondering...How on Earth do they get such smooth cutting-lines in the tiniest of spaces??? You can bet I'll be giving this another try.
till next time!!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
A couple weeks ago, I found this planter in a local thrift shop. I thought he was adorable with his mid-century spaghetti trim. No matter to me that his paint was flaking, I fixed him up, and sprayed him with a fixative to prevent further paint loss. I then Gessoed one of my plain green bottle brush trees from that store I wont mention..lol and added lots and lots of mica and glitter. Perhaps I need a few more balls, still I Love my new/old addition to my holiday collectibles.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
I thought it would be a good idea to share my progress here. It gives me motivation and accountability. I'm seriously AADD(for real) and I have a habit of not finishing my projects..(ummm-hmmm)..I know I'm not alone!..lol..
Anyways, this vintage embroidery design is way too great to fall by the way-side. Ive already been working on it 3 weeks.(+ or -) HOLD ON!..before you scoff at my lack of progress, take a closer look...
the snow is made-up of HUNDREDS of tiny french knots, piggy-backed to give a textured surface effect. Am I insane for choosing to fill-in this design, rather than the MUCH quicker outlining methods I could have chosen??...YES! LOL..Especially given the fact that I'm easily bored or distracted. Not to mention I have very little free time in the evenings.
Still, I'm really quite proud with how this is coming along. :) So if anyone reads this, please help keep me focused. I really want to see this one finished. If you would like to stitch this design along with me..My Friend Barb of Vintage Spice and Everything nice, puts out a wonderful little FREE ezine.(yes, I said FREE..lol ) You will find this design in her Christmas edition found at the top left of her blog. Please go check it out and be sure to thank her for finding and sharing her vintage treasures. that's all for now! till next time..