Friday, March 23, 2012

Birds Notecards

I'm up much too early this morning but my mind wouldn't shut off.  At 3:00 a.m. I turned on Pandora and started stamping.  I love this birds image from Artistic Outpost which I've stamped with Black StazOn.  I've stamped more this week than I have in ages though I'd prefer it during daylight hours!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Handmade Cards

I'm having a great time working on card sets this week.  On April 01, I'll have a selection of handmade items at The Spring Hill Antique Mall in Spring Hill, Tennessee so I'm working overtime to get prepared.  Wish me luck!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Altered Train Case

 It seems that everyone is altering train cases these days.  I met with a group of art friends this past weekend and brought along this great vintage train case that I purchased on eBay. 

I had a great time using acrylic paint with stencils and decorative paper.  StazOn black worked great for stamping a Magenta image onto the metal. 

I made a fabric cover for the handle using a tutorial found at Little Birdie Secrets.  It's a super simple and quick way to coordinate your handle and add a little something extra.  Be sure and adjust the measurements for your particular handle.  I then added a felt flower in taupe.  


The completed case was finished with a taupe glaze and several coats of water-based polyurethane.  This is a fun and functional piece!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Caboodle Sewing Case

I like the idea of organization.  Unfortunately, it seems I spend more time trying to be organized than actually being organized.  Having an amble inventory of supplies to create with is a blessing.  There is a flip-side to that blessing:  I can no longer lay my hands on some supplies without searching...and searching.  Valuable creating time is being wasted and something has to change.

Do I give something up?  Paper, fabric, metal, wood, paint, beads...what?  What can I do without?  My mind is too full from being frustrated with this workspace and I'm paralyzed with indecision. 

What's a girl to do?  This week I took time out and visited Goodwill a few times.  Here's one of my finds for the week.

I've always had a thing for Caboodles.  I can't remember how old I was when I bought my first one but I'm sure I was a teenager.  I used that first one for its intended purpose of storing makeup.  After I had moved on to a more mature makeup bag, I couldn't let that first Caboodle go and it now holds bookbinding supplies.

These photos are of a Caboodle I picked up this week for $2.99.  I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price.  I thought I was dreaming when I saw the condition of this jewel.  It could pass for brand new.   I traded in the metal lunch box that I was using for a sewing kit and now sport a portable sewing kit in my newest Caboodle.

 Check out how perfectly these Sulky spools fit into the slots.  Perfect or what?

Here's a shot of the supply tin I've posted on my blog before.  This organizer is so roomy and perfect for the job.  After all, it's a Caboodle! 

My organization 'problem' is not fixed but I feel better!