Sunday, March 30, 2008

paper love

I have been going thorough collage materials today. I went through a box of stuff I haven't looked in for a few years. In it was this picture I had taken out of National Geographic. I love this illustration. It is hard to reproduce here, but it is all so dark and blue green and it holds some sort of Disneyland-like fascination for me. I have no idea what I could do with it, but for now I will just put on my magnetic board.

I am planning to create some vintage paper packs. There will be lots of cool stuff in them, but having the time and table space to go through, separate and photograph all the stuff will take some time, so stay tuned.

In the stuff I went through today I found these vintage Western Union Telegram forms I have had for a long time. I have always loved them. Since I have a color printer now I can use them to make up cards! So, now in the shop you can get some cards or flats with this neat vintage find. Perfect for someone going on a voyage.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

i'm feeling nautical lately

There are some new nautical themed items in the shop now. Soon I will have some ship-themed art for your walls.

Friday, March 21, 2008

spring green

I haven't posted an Etsy finds post in a while. So, in honor of spring I thought I would post some finds with my fave color combo green and yellow.

Yesterday it poured rain most of the day, today it was mostly clear. There are some daffodil bulbs in my garden, but they have yet to even show a bud. I have seen daffodils all over town, though. My hydrangea plant that I pruned is popping out new sweet green leaves.

Spring in the Northwest is like this, one really nice day and then rain and more rain. I don't mind. That is what spring should be. I don't understand the people who think Spring means sun right away. I grew up in Southern California where it is sunny all the time. I used to read "April Showers bring May Flowers" and wondered why it didn't rain in April and what's the deal with the flowers. They are always around, not just in May.

Well, I am sort of rambling, so here is some yellow and green goodness from Etsy. Happy Spring!

banner from cozyblue

Spring in a can from dandeedesigns

From burstofhappiness

Fabric belt from traceybelt

Sunday, March 16, 2008


I have been goccoing today. I am working on some nautical themed items. Of course, I am watching The Ghost and Mrs Muir for inspiration. One of my most favorite films of all time. I am hoping to have some of these up in the shop by next week. Stay tuned.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

decorating for the economically challenged

Last week I went to the Goodwill bins. I didn't get too much. But, I did pick up a wooden crate that looked brand new. It probably came with some Harry and David pears in it or something. Even though I didn't know what I would do with it, I bought it. I have a weakness for boxes and it remind me fondly of the decorating of my youth.

When I was a kid my Mom would get wine a couple times a year at the Santa Barbara Winery. The wine would come in these nice wood boxes that I would stack in all different ways in my room. They worked like bookcases and little tables. It was real cozy and I always liked the way it looked.

When I was in my twenties I would get old crates and hang them on the wall for a cheap shelf. It worked out good. So, the other day I took the wooden crate box I bought and put it up on my wall, just to see how it looked. I liked it. It isn't fancy or stylish or anything. But, it makes me happy. I guess I haven't change much.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

truth blogging

I visit many craft blogs. Sometimes, they get overwhelming. Many of the women who keep them seem to have perfect lives, beautiful houses, large yards, plenty of time to craft, plenty of money to buy fabrics and gorgeous little things. I know it can't always be like this, but I also know that not working full time and having a large living space helps tremendously.

I have often said that I want to see a post from the person who doesn't get to craft in the middle of the day while drinking tea and looking out over her property. I want to see posts from people who work full time, who squeeze in crafts and projects with little time and little money. I want to see a decorating post from people with small spaces and renters. People like me.

So, just now while I was cleaning up I decided to show you the truth of my "desk" in my craft den. No perfectly cropped pics to show just a bit. The whole truth. Well, mostly. I had already moved some things, so it is slightly picked up.

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