I am a couple of days late in sharing these, but I am busy playing catch up after a fabulous weekend away in Indiana.
I got to visit this absolutely adorable scrapbook/paper arts store in Princeton, IN called Paper Chase. It is so fabulous and staffed with just the nicest ladies. They hosted the weekend events and rolled out the welcome mat complete with yummy goodies and great shopping.
I got to spend time with the fabulous Sally Lynn MacDonald who inspired and challenged me to try new things and had my creative wheels spinning!
I got to play with tons of Tattered Angels goodies. I learned some new tips and uses for it. I discovered some new must have colors for my collection.
It was messy.
Very, very messy.
I got to play with these and learn all that I needed to know to become a certified Copic instructor. I met some really fabulous and inspiring ladies who traveled from all over the country AND CANADA to learn all about Copics.
And most importantly, I got to hang out with this girl and finally see her college and dorm room. I did all of the required mom visit things, including taking the girl to dinner and shopping at the mall, all on my dime. Time with this girl is just too few and far between. So glad that I had this weekend to steal some time with her.
I am been so thankful lately to be really busy with wedding orders. I really love creating things for weddings and always so excited that a little something I made will play a small part in a day so important in the life of someone else. It seems that I am always finishing up an order late at night and rushing to box it and send it on its way without even thinking of grabbing a photo or two. I wish I would remember to take more photos because the color combinations that my brides have been choosing are so beautiful!
Last week I finished off this pillow and grabbed a quick late night shot. It isn't a pretty setting, it is my completely trashed studio and bad night time light, but I loved the combination of these colors so much I wanted to share it anyway.
The colors on this pillow are Daphne and Chromite. I think it is a really classy combination.
I also finished a pillow this week for a local bride and actually finished during daylight hours so I shot some photos of her pillow. She chose Lime and Tourmaline which I think are really beautiful and fun together.
I am so excited! I found out last night that I am going to get to learn all things Copic with the fabulous Sally Lynn MacDonald next week in Indiana! I simply adore Sally Lynn and am always in awe of her skill in all things ink. Getting to go and be taught by her is such a great oppertunity! I can not wait to learn a ton of new techiniques and skills and get to see Sally Lynn! The class is being sponsored by Paper Chase Arts which looks simply adorable, I can not wait to check out their shop.
And if that wasn't fabulous enough, Princeton, where the class and shop is, is super close to Evansville where my oldest daughter goes to college. So not only do I get to sneak away for the weekend for some scrappy inky therapy, I get to have some Mommy and Anna time.
Add it all up and it sounds like a whole lot of bliss! I can hardly wait!
If you have followed my blog for a while, you might remember this project:
If you do, you might remember that it was a project that I was doing as an online class for Big Picture. Well, you know life happens and gets busy and for a few reasons, I never did finish it up and get it submitted. It is a shame really because the class is basically all written and all photographed, it seems like a real waste that it is just hanging out on my computer. . . So I have decided to finish it up, get it all formatted and post it here as a free class. I am hoping to have it done in a week or two. I will post here and let you know as soon as it is ready.
I have a few new scrapbooks and other items to add to my etsy shop. As I get them added I will post them here to share also.
I love this image, it is from Mother Stork's Baby Book and one that I have here on the site for download.
I restocked and re-arranged my shelves this past week at Show Me Handmade. I thought I would share a few photos with you to show off my space.
I now have my sample book for ribbon and fabric colors along with my wedding line samples in the shop. If you are in the St. Louis area and are looking for handmade items for your wedding, you should stop by the shop! Besides my items, several other artists in the shop offer custom work for weddings and other special occasions.
As I do more and more craft shows, I am learning more and more. The lesson learned at Tower Grove this weekend. . . check the forecast and dress appropriately! It was a beautiful day but very windy and chilly. I brought just a light jacket. Brrr! Despite the chill, I had a great time hanging out with Emily and Amy and met a ton of wonderful people at the park. I really love the Tower Grove area and the people who visit the Farmer's Market there!
Here are a few quick shots I took of our little booth and my things there:
If you are in the St. Louis area on Saturday October 3rd, I hope you will stop by Tower Grove Farmers' Market and say "hi"! I will be there in the Show Me Etsy booth with the fabulous Emily (Candy Calamity) and Amy (Ginger and Tu). I will have several new pieces of my metal stamped jewelry and some fun new felty things. The market is also hosting a special event in cooperation with the Farm Aid event and will have lots of extra features that you don't normally see there. It sounds like a great time so if you are looking for something to do on a lovely fall day, Tower Grove just might be the answer!
Hope to see you there!
I love when people share with me what they have created with the images I post here. This week, Joy sent me an email sharing a digital ATC that she created using one of the vintage photos of Paris that I shared here.
You can find Joy's blog at: DustyPenny.blogspot.com.
You can find the original post with the photo of Paris at: Paris 1955
Thank you Joy for sharing this with me, I love it!
I haven't had much to share here lately on a personal or crafty note because I have been swamped working on something very big. I can finally share the scoop!
This collection of loveliness is courtesy of Bad Girls Kits. Recently the owner of Bad Girls, Wendy Rago asked me about creating an exclusive shabby scrapbook for the members of her club. I was happy to say yes! After some collaberation between Wendy and myself, we came up with this book, that if I do say so myself, is absolutely lovely!
The book is a 6x6 album that has a fabric cover in soft buttercream with a tan scroll pattern. The inside has a wonderful robin egg blue fabric with brown dots. It is a fabulous match to the dress on the sweet little angel in the image featured on the cover. The book comes in a matching drawstring bag. The image and fabric combination is exclusive to Bad Girls and is a limited edition creation. If you want one, you will have to grab one there, it will not be offered in my Etsy shop.
I really hope those who are lucky enough to snatch up these kits will love these books as much as I do! Thank you Wendy for asking me to create these for all of your Bad Girls!