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Monday, November 29, 2010

Found items!

I want to share some of the items that I picked up while shopping at the flea markets. 

Here is an old vintage wagon I found at the Salvation Army for $6.00.  I painted it red and added some Christmas vintage ephemera and modge podged it. Then I took strips of Christmas fabric and tied it around the wagon pulley and added a few little gold bells.  I will display and sell  my scrapbook trends magazines at the Eisenhower taste of our town vendor show on Friday. After the show I will place the wagon under my Christmas tree and place small presents in it!.

The next photo below is a wooden sleigh that I purchased again at the Salvation Army that I paid $2.75. It was very plain.  It was covered with old red velvet ribbon so I removed it and added green satin ribbon.  Then I swiped red and green pain added paper from Daisy D's collection on the inside of the sleigh and sprayed glimmer mist on it.
I will display the SEI Winter Wonderland 1 hour albums at the show and later place it under my tree!
Below I found this wonder old vintage bottle at the Salvation Army.  I paid $7.00 for it but just had to add it to my collection. I love the crackly look and I'm not sure if someone made it or it was originally purchased  like that.

I love little trinket boxes, miniature curio cabinets and shelves. 
The one below I purchased from a resale shop. I did pay $11.00 for it but it was already altered and hooks were added in to hang jewelry. It is so romantic. 
 The little units below I purchased at the St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.
This unit below I purchased at St. Vincent de Paul for $3.00. I loved it because of the shape and trim around the bottom and the glass door in the front.  It reminds me of  an armoire. 

This one below I found just the other day at The Salvation Army for 75 cents! What a steal! I really can't wait to alter this one!

 I've also been busy cleaning my basement. I think I've pursuaded my husband into finishing the basement.  (We'll see!) I've also been busy making altered industrial bracelets that I'm going to sell at the vendor show. Here is one of my creations.

Now here  is a project my daughter Christina made several years ago.She used a canvas and added hooks on the bottom to hang keys and such
Below is a project I made two years ago. It's okay. Not one of my best creations.

That's all for tonight.  Tomorrow I'll be busy adding handles to my granite lazy suzans and cutting boards. Will upload pictures when I'm finished.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Don't Forget to Attend!!


Eisenhower Women's Expo

Sponsored by the Eisenhower Instrumental Music Boosters

Come on out and experience the “BEST” of our town!

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

6 – 9 p.m.

Eisenhower High School

6500 25 Mile Rd Shelby Township

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Recycle, recycle, recycle

Here is a wonderful site that I just found. Check it out!!

I love

What is Collaging?

The History Behind Collaging

Collaging is a form of art that was first used in China with the invention of paper.  Collaging was limited in 200 BC, it wasn't until the 10th century the Japanese caligraphers began experimenting with glue and writing their poems on different surfaces. 13th century European painters and architects began usng collage in a gothic form and religious icons were composed of precious gemstones and metals upon paintings. This form of art has made its way into the 20th century and paper artists and scrapbookers have incorporated collaging, decoupaging and mixed media art in scrapbooks and reinventing the use of  memorabilia and found objects. There are many forms of collage: paper collage, wood, architecture,jewelry and music (hip-hop). The collage form does not dictate a form of style rather how the artist's view is perceived, and no two collage artists will perceive the same thing or use the same materials.It is a great medium for the beginners as well as the experienced artist. There are many blogs and tutorials that share examples of their collage and or mixed media art.  One of my favorites that I have run across is:

I am still new at collaging  but I wanted to a few of items I have collaged.

Here is a hard cover readers digest book.

Here is a fram that I collaged.

Lucky me I have a few days off for the holiday and plan on uploading more of my art and mixed media creations.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Check out the deals at your local craft shop!

Travel Destination of the Day


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Saturday, November 13, 2010


Independence, Missouri

"An American Original"

Independence is best known as the place where thousands of pioneers began their journey west and the city President Harry S. Truman called home. Just east of Kansas City, it features sixteen heritage attractions including the Truman Presidential Library and Truman Home, Victorian mansions, pioneer and Civil war sites, the nation's largest public genealogy library and world renowned religious attractions. The Square offers specialty shops and unique restaurants. Enjoy great contemporary shopping, antiques, golf, walking trails, a family water park and nearly 200 restaurants. The new Independence Events Center hosts the Missouri Mavericks pro hockey team and blockbuster concerts.

Plan your trip by clicking here:

Friday, November 12, 2010

Altered Art

Here is the most unique and utterly "out of the box" website I have ever come across. I found this site after being inspired by an altered art class that I took at Artful Scrapbook in Romeo Michigan.  Actually I took two classes. One with Norma Kooi That I posted earlier and another class. We  took a hardcover readers digest and altered the heck out of it.  Here is the cover of the book.

I loved tearing pages out of the book, gluing multiple pages together, stamping, etching, blinging, cutting, creating pockets, tags,  etc... 
  Some of the technique to create this awesome book looked very difficult but were actually quite easy.

Here is the website for all you altered art cravers. There are many many tutorials, vintage photos, and extreme inspiration that can be downloaded.  Enjoy!!

Travel Destination of the Day

Amelia Island, Florida USA

"Reconnecting with the things that matter."

Northeast Florida's coastal treasure, Amelia Island is a barrier island rich in colorful history and breath-taking natural beauty. Consistently ranked in the top 10 North American Islands by the readers on Conde Nast Traveler, Amelia Island offers long, beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, and pristine waters. The island is home to Fernandina Beach, once a vibrant Victorian seaport village, and now a charming downtown district of eclectic shops, attractions and eateries. Forget the everyday getaway; Come make memories on Amelia Island.


Delay at Posting recipes

Well I'll have to delay posting my scrapbooked recipe pages. Camera low on battery. Right now its charging and I will upload the photos as soon as I'm done clicking.  Off now to work out with my trainer. 

Vintage Textile Soak

Vintage Soap

As I was blogging this morning I found this wonderful product. I'll have to buy some to soak my vintage pillow cases.

Check it out.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Creating a scrapbook with family recipes

Creating a heritage scrapbook with family recipes can be a rewarding task and will be cherished for many generations. Some of the tools needed to create a recipe book are a paper cutter, archival pen,  an album, recipes, food embellishments and family photos. You can also use handwritten recipes that have been written by the cook. You can use a traditional method, digital method or hybrid method. Hybrid method is incorporating the traditional and digital way of scrapbooking together.
This afternoon I will upload photos of my recipe scrapbook which I created for a school auction.  Of course I couldn't resist bidding on it!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


The August sky appeared pure blue behind the white, giant, puffy clouds. The Yampa River, running through the 8,000 foot high ski resort at Steamboat Springs, Colorado, was surprisingly peaceful as our group, in individual plastic inner tubes, floated upon it, passing thick patches of green brush and trees lining the shoreline.

Below is a picture of another piece of jewelry I created.
I used a domino and transferred the image onto it and coated it with diamond glaze.
I then glued  two bails on the bottom of the domino with E6000 glue threaded beads onto wire and attached two charms to represent feet. I added more charms to the chain and there you go!   


Heritage Scrapbooking

Part II- Heritage Scrapbooking- Outdated Medical Terms

When searching old records especially medical documents, you may come across outdated medical terms that are unfamiliar terms to you. Below are just a few of these terms. There are reference books in the library as well as online websites where you can reference more information if you come across these terms

Outdated Term                                    New Term                      

camp fever                                           typhus

bad blood                                             syphilis

lung fever                                             pneumonia

remitting fever                                      malaria

mania                                                    insanity

quinsy                                                   tonsilitis

lock jaw                                                tetanus

dropsy                                                   congestive heart failure

  • Tomorrow I'll post about preserving and sharing family recipes.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Wow!! I Can't believe that November is already here.  Am so glad that the weather is unbelievably warm (60 degrees) great for Michigan.  I love the warm weather and would rather celebrate the  winter season with palm trees swaying and a fresh warm breeze on my face along with a citrus smell in the air. Oh well, those days are gone for me and I have to indulge in the crisp winter wind and gray skies.
Spending Thanksgiving Day with my Mom has been a tradition for the last several years that I enjoy. Especially when my Uncle Mike brings his guitar and we jam after dessert and coffee. We have a riot and relish over days gone by and those memories are so vivid and clear.  Thanksgiving has its rewards with no disadvantages!!

Let's Make Music!!

*****DESIGN 48*****: Eisenhower Women's Expo


*****DESIGN 48*****: Eisenhower Women's Expo: "Sponsored by the Eisenhower Instrumental Music Boosters Come on out and experience the “BEST” of our town! Friday, December 3rd, 2010 ..."

Heritage Albums

Tips and suggestions:

There is nothing more precious than family. Preserving memories and stories of family is a treasured heirloom that can never be bought with money or power.  It is more precious than gold and lasts for generations beyond. Preserving those memories can be done through a family activity, family recipes, internet resources, videos, dvds, and preserving photos by using the best and most current storage options. It also can bring distant family members closer and a greater respect for those individuals.
Memorabilia is especially important while creating a heritage album. Awards, newspaper clippings and special achievements should always be included as part of your heritage album. Future generations will appreciate the importance of these types of documents if they know about them.

A family heirloom such as a blanket or a wedding gown of course cannot be added into the album.  Taking a  photo or scanning the actual piece is a great opportunity to incorporate these into your scrapbook. Preserving the actual piece in a large shadow box will safely display the original piece.

  • Tomorrow I'll discuss: Outdated Medical Terms. Until Then... Have a wonderful and blessed evening all!!

Monday, November 8, 2010



Thursday, November 4, 2010

Wheel Pose – How To

Unable to attend a yoga class? Want the freedom of having a personal yoga instructor in the privacy of your own home? Wouldn't you enjoy mastering techniques without onlookers? Sometimes we all need that peace and freedom to just connect with our inner self and pray to God. I encourage you to open your mind and try it. Check out Guarantee you will be transformed!! Wheel Pose – How To

Good Morning!!

Good Morning to all you fellow Scrapbook and Mixed media Artist Bloggers.  Hope that you are enjoying my Blog! I really enjoy posting.  Today is a gloomy morning here in Michigan, although the temperature is not too bad.  I don't like rain. Makes me tired.
Anyway, this Saturday I'm going to try and post a video tutorial. Hope you all will be able to tune in a view it. Have a wonderful day!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Gypsies Journal: A very merry gypsy holiday indeed.... and a GIVEAW...

Friday, October 29, 2010

A very merry gypsy holiday indeed.... and a GIVEAWAY!

Whether you've been naughty or nice this year we think every gypsy deserves of a special gift this holiday season. And here's our gift to you...

The arrival of our first holiday release EVER!

(yes, it is in stores and ready to ship now!)

3 BRAND NEW products to feed your

i-wish-7gypsies-would-create-some-fabulous-holiday-goodies fix!

But they are only available in very limited quantities so ORDER now before they're gone!

First, a very merry holiday clear stamp packed with 19 different holiday themed sentiments and gorgeous graphics. Ooh and Aaaah over the postage seal, musical notes, bingo card or use the To: and From: or ornate "A gift for you" to adorn your cards & gift tags. This stamp is packed with everything you need to spread some holiday cheer!

Artist Printers Tray picture
ATC Receipt Holder: 12 Card picture

Gypsies Journal: A very merry gypsy holiday indeed.... and a GIVEAW...: "Whether you've been naughty or nice this year we think every gypsy deserves of a special gift this holiday season. And here's our gift to y..."

A Canvas Mini Filled with ♥

Check this out!! This is a beautiful canvas album completed by one of Prima's designers Leena Loh!! A Canvas Mini Filled with ♥

Canvasalbum leena1

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Clear Your Mind and Restore Your Energy


 Clear Your Mind and Restore Your Energy
After visiting Southern California this past August, I've had the opportunity to reconnect with my co..."

Baubles and Beads

Here I'd like to share with you some of my favorite vintage findings and pendants.  I picked these up from a flea market for less than a 1.00 each. I will use these in my mixed media art or my Vintage Chic jewelry.  I love creating with these and am always reminiscing about who may have worn them, and what their life was like.
I'm still learning how to take good photos to post!!

Scrapbooking Childhood Years

I did promise to post my scrapbook pages that I created of my daughters. Well here are a couple. I used Rusty Pickle elements, paper as well as My Mind's Eye tags. I usually will sketch a layout before I actually put it together. It makes it much easier to create and finish within a reasonable amount of time.

This is the cover of the album

6th grade

5th grade

I love to use larger photos and only use 1 photo. Of course when the girls were toddlers I would scrapbook using many photos on one page. I like the one photo per page.