Wow, what a fun weekend! My mom came up for a visit and we spent the weekend doing some artsy craftsy shopping. We added some really good fun stuff to our supply stashes. Then, on Saturday, we spent the day at For Keeps Sake taking two awesome classes from the amazing Wendy Vecchi!
We made an fun mini book and altered a vintage wooden shoe last. I loved both, but the shoe last project was so incredibly fun. It was kind of an open studio project with all sorts of trinkets and treasures to dig through to include in your project.
It was really amazing seeing what everyone created and how differently they all turned out. It was so fun to explore your own creativity. Oh, and I used Grunge Paper for the first time. I think a few friends were surprised that I had never used it! I have to admit that I am seriously hooked on it now. My wheels are spinning thinking of things I want to do with it!
I stole some of Sue's images from the store's blog to share with you. I went to class without a camera. Once I saw how amazing all the shoes were I really regretted it! I really loved how everyone saw something different and so personal with their shoe. I thought each one turned out to be little individual artist's statements.
Okay, so here is mine. . .
I loved that I was able to add so many little things that signified little things about me, like my word for the year (Alive), my love of flowers, ladybugs, Paris, sewing, and rusty shabby things.
My shoe had the words "happy medium" printed on it. I loved that! My mom found one that had her maiden name on it. Some of the others found ones with other significant words and numbers on them. Little bits of kismet!
We played a ton with Wendy's Studio 490 Stamps and all sorts of Tim Holtz and Ranger products.
I have totally developed a new love for grunge paper. Stamp it, ink it, die cut it, shape it. . . what is not to love?