Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Giving Thanks...

As we Americans celebrate Thanksgiving,
Grateful for today.
Grateful for motherhood.
Grateful for life & love & all those things that make existence worthwhile.
Grateful for delicious food (stuffing, potatoes, cream cheese broccoli, dixie salad, veggies with dip, and pecan bars are my favorites!)
Grateful to be a part of this process of craft creation & life documentation.
Grateful for all of you! :-)

Here are my November Gratitude projects for Vintage Street Market:

As we celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday, this retro decor piece adds a fun family element to the room.
The paper dolls, each representing one of our family-of-four, can be taken out & played with, then tucked back into the doily pocket.  Thankful for a sweet, thoughtful Dad, who bought me these vintage clothespins while on vacation. :-)  I glued them to an old mason metal/ceramic jar lid, as a base.

One last Gratitude project, a card that expresses Daily Thanks for someone special:

I'm sure each of us can easily think of someone we are thankful for daily.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

LBD, A Very Fond Farewell...

Oh, how I have enjoyed creating each month with the uniquely vintage-tastic gorgeousness that is the kit club at Little Black Dress!  I enjoyed each kit of my 6-month DT term, but now it is time to bid a fond farewell.
These final projects are from the October Kit, Just For Today:

Nothin' but MME, vintage paper, and buttons on this one...and the cool vintage-style paper clip! 

Love how this paper shows through the long tear/folds...and packaging serves as a title!

And another favorite:

Love this Unlearn quote, and the artsy way it all came together, with the cardboard, paint, and Zen bed-jumping photos. *smile*

October's Challenge was to use vintage's one of me in all my retro, I wish I still had that sweet ride!

Lots of paint, distressing, paper-piecing, and vintage ephemera here.

Fourth & Final, here is yet another Sushi layout from just tickles me how much my kids love it.

LOVE this BG Konnichiwa paper...and went back to the old stand-by technique of printing journaling on that vellum's making a comeback.

Thank you THANK YOU, to the entire Little Black Dress team for the great fun & friendship I've enjoyed with you for these past 6 months!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Counting Down to Creative Spaces Vol. 2!

Yes, it's true, I am thrilled to be part of the upcoming Creative Spaces Vol. 2, to be released by Creating Keepsakes in January!

Check out Megan's sneak peek here!

This awesome publication is another great tour of all types of fabulous craft spaces, and I'm honored that my little space has the chance to be among them!  So, if you like to be inspired by looking at clever & beautiful craft areas, be sure to check out the wonderful organization and decorating tips in Creative Spaces Vol.2.

As we countdown to the release of this publication, I'll be sharing a few tiny peeks along the way, so be sure to stay tuned.

And to leave you with some images, here's a layout I created with all types of doo-dads from October Afternoon...all those types of little products we're all looking for ways to creatively store:  buttons, twine, chipboard, stickers.

I just love this busy background paper, and decided to match the odds&ends scattered around it, with matching embellishments layered right over the top of each flat image.

A little "organized chaos" always brings a smile to my face, as do these photos I snapped on a day I was trying to "find art" in the everyday little details that are my life. :-)