Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Dictionary Collage

Another inspiring challenge at Sunday Postcard Art this week: Dictionary. I have a couple old dictionaries I use in my work on occasion so I made the collage below.

Also in there is scrapbook paper, ribbon, and old paper reinforcers (the white rings).

Have a nice day!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

In case you missed the news flash, I was "tagged" by the oh so nice Pat at Corn In My Coffee Pot to participate in the Creative Blog Hop. Thanks, Pat-- I'm honored you thought of me!

My job today is to answer the following four questions:

1. What am I working on right now? Right at this exact second, I'm making some random ATCs. By the time this post "airs," I will be on to something else. I work fairly quickly.

2. Why do I create what I do? Scrapbooking and card making came in to vogue just about the time I became a mother and was also dealing with chronic health issues. Paper art fit into limited time and energy. Up to that point, I was a "fine artist," drawing and painting. Collage type work seemed easier to me; I almost felt like I was cheating (I got over that), plus I really enjoy it. And it was a lot neater to leave a paper project to attend to an infant rather than paints and wet brushes.

3. How does my work differ from others in my genre? I think my work is sort of in between true collage and paper crafts, such as card making. I use a lot of scrapbook paper, unlike most collage, yet use vintage ephemera, unlike a lot of card making. I also work "flat," which is not true of most card and scrapbook projects. I have yet to get into the 3-D embellishments.

4. How does my creative process work? I work in a very simple start to finish manner and am good about finishing things before moving on to something else. Unless I'm making a single piece for a specific occasion or challenge, I make several ATCs, or cards, or tags, etc. at one time. I start with the main image, add a background, then little "extras" to the composition. Lastly, I usually add some sort of ribbon or trim. That can really pull a piece together or conceal a "not cut so straight" edge.

For any first time readers, check my sidebar to see how I came up with the name Lydia's Post. I've never shown the entire "Lydia" photo before. Here it is-- Lydia, the horse, my grandmother inside the wagon, and my great-grandfather (her dad). Wasn't it nice of Lydia to look at the camera?

In keeping with the Creative Blog Hop parameters, I am supposed to tag three more bloggers to follow up with their answers to these questions. Well, folks, I hate to disappoint, but no one I contacted was interested (don't tell the blog hop police on me!). I thought instead I'd share some links to other paper art blogs so you can "hop" over to these.

Tim Holtz Blog

Sunday Postcard Art

Inspiration Avenue

Collage Obsession

Scrapbook.com Gallery

Order of the Opus Gluei

So Artful Challenge

Eclectic Ellapu

Shopping Our Stash

Dragons Dream Tag It On

Thanks for reading today! A little long-winded from my usual posts.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Grandfather LO

The theme now running at Shopping Our Stash is "Who's Who." The idea is to have a person on your project. Since I just bought this sheet of scrapbook paper to make a layout of my grandfather, I hopped to it. He was a draftsman so I thought the design was perfect.



He also loved golf and played well into his 80s; as a matter-of-fact, he shot his age once.

Have a super-duper day out there!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Lastest Thrift Buys

I bought more than my usual pittance at the thrift store last week. I only had a twenty with me and knew the clerks would go into a panic trying to break it so I added a couple things I might have otherwise left behind. A sort of neat, sort of odd, cloth Cheshire Cat. A Disney Easter-themed tin box, and next to that a colorful pottery mug that is signed on the bottom, but so far, I haven't found this potter. The girl figurine was made in Norway.

I seldom find vintage cards at thrift stores but did luck into some that day. These, obviously, are wedding cards.

A couple "thinking of you" and get well cards,

Even the interiors were cuter back then.

I also carried home a 1968, double Barbie case in good condition. None of my Barbie cases survived.  Sort of fell apart on me. This one is pretty.

 And inside, the former owner left behind a few accessories.

By the way, the clerks still couldn't break my twenty!  I had to go to the post office, where I handed the clerk a twenty for a 70 cent stamp. Luckily he knows me, and we joked about it. Then I trotted back to the thrift store with acceptable currency.

Have a good, small bill day!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Add A Frame

"Add A Frame" is this week's challenge at Sunday Postcard Art. I have had this photo copy floating around my work space for months so finally put it to good use. It is a family photo, unfortunately there is no one left who can identify these women. My aunt thinks the girl on the left might be my grandfather's sister, but she wasn't sure. At any rate, she was a snappy dresser, eh?


Hope you can laugh today! Thanks for viewing.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wacky Pack Wednesday

This is a newer Wacky Pack sticker, but the product has been around for many decades.

Do you like Chiclets gum? I had it as a kid but was never too wild about it.

Have a good day!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

1967 Baby

Here's what babies born in 1967 were wearing and using from the Sears Spring/Summer catalog.

Any mothers from that era must remember "plastic pants."

Strollers have changed quite a bit, haven't they?

I'd say the high chairs look close to today's models. My neighbor who had children in the late 50s said she bought a wooden high chair used and sold it for what she paid for it when she no longer needed it. The new plastic type one I used for my daughter went in the garbage when we were through with it. What does that say about our disposable society?

New mothers today never heard of "bathinettes," I'd bet. My folks had one. And spell check does not recognize the word "bathinette."

You could even buy feeding supplies from Sears. Everything but the baby! And do you realize those 1967 babies are 47 years old (or soon will be)?  That means they could even be grandparents now. Eeekkk!!

Have a sweet day!