Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

A newer Wacky this week so everyone should recognize it and the packaging which has changed quite a bit since I was a kid (what hasn't, right?).  

Have a blast!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TT/Travel

A very broad theme this week at Tag Tuesday: travel.  I bet we'll see some very interesting tags!  I used some scrapbook paper and old airline stationery.

Enjoy your travels today!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Cat Collage

The last Kaisercraft challenge for the month of July (boy, July always goes by way too fast!). The original sketch contains two photos so I used two pictures of my old cat, Corduroy, seven years apart. The colors of these papers matched his markings quite well. This is 100 percent Kaisercraft paper too.



I tried to make the slips of paper look like they are sticking out of the "drawers."

These sketch challenges are very inspiring!

Have an inspired day!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Too Early?

I never decorate for the holidays too early-- I get tired of the clutter and who wants to clean it any more than necessary? However, I just made some Halloween cards, tags, and ATCs because I was kind of out of any other craft ideas. So here is a sneak peak.



So now that you've had a taste of Fall, go enjoy a Sunday in July!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

This Week's Finds Part 2

Here are a few more finds from a couple garage sales I stopped at last Saturday. A few of these items are already in my Etsy store. A very 70s looking flour canister, a 1950s wooden pineapple dish from Hawaii. A cute ceramic reindeer candle hugger, a Belleek salt cellar, and old nursery rhyme seal booklets.

As I was talking to the owner about this Belleek piece, I asked if it was a salt cellar. He said, "Just a little ring dish." I looked it up; I'm going with salt cellar.

Old camera outfit-- with the box, manual, and all.  Kinda neat.

I'm keeping that groovy flour canister.  It's in place in a dead corner of my kitchen counter.  No flour in it-- just for looks.  Remember what I said yesterday about being impractical??

Since The Thrifty Groove still has their link running, I might as well link up again.

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 26, 2013

This Week's Finds

I'm linking to The Thrifty Groove today with some definitely thrifty finds from my local thrift store. Everything pictured cost $1.75 (excluding tax). Even I can afford that. 

I bought the book to go on display in my patriotic bedroom. The scarf is in great condition and a Vera design. The dessert plates were manufactured by Vernon Kilns of California. They look like something my grandparents would have owned. That kitchen prayer plaque is not something I would usually buy, but I have seen them sell on Etsy so why not?


The book looks great in my room.  And here are some recipes I won't be trying: liver dumplings, tongue with raisin sauce, breaded frogs' legs, eel with green sauce... There are some "normal" sounding dishes: potato soup, cherry tart, pancakes in orange sauce, chocolate mousse, but since it's living in my bedroom, I'll probably never think to look at it when I want to try a new dish. Us artists types do impractical things like that for the sake of design.

Have a nice day-- practical or impractical, whichever you prefer!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Wacky Answer

There is not much of a stretch between Amour hot dogs and Armor hot dogs is there?  So yesterday's (7-24-13) Wacky was one of the easier ones to guess.  Did you know the Armour company goes way back to the 1800s, and was one of Chicago's biggest businesses?  The company has been sold a few times since 1970. They also make Dial soap!  How about that?

Postcard Art

Sunday Postcard Art has a theme this week that no collage artist could refuse: ephemera. I don't have tons of ephemera but enough. The only requirement is size, 4" x 6". At the center is an old florist's gift card from a very thoughtful fellow. I've also included an old postage stamp, bingo number cut from a game card plus cardboard markers, handwritten letter, Password game card, price card from a package of Xmas cards (get that price-- 10 cards for 29 cents!!).  The flowers were cut from a very beat up gardening book. Pretty fun project.


Have a nice Thursday!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

Well, no prize for guessing this Wacky. Did you know yesterday was National Hot Dog Day?  I actually found that out after I selected this Wacky.  Weird.

So if you didn't eat a hot dog yesterday, have one today!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TT/Fish and A Bonus

A very straight-forward theme this week at Tag Tuesday: Fish. Below is the tag I completed and posted there.

I also made these three other fish tags but was not very thrilled with any of them. As long as I did go to the trouble to complete them, I thought I'd post them anyway.



And just to keep this post going, here are my movie star tags I made for the A-Z theme at Tag Tuesday earlier this year. A couple of the taggers asked me what I did with all of them, and responding; "They're in an undecorated shoebox" just wouldn't cut it so I made little books.  The front and back covers are mat board I decorated and held them all together with binder rings.



Okay-- I'm done now; go have a nice day!


Sunday, July 21, 2013

Aunt Lu Layout

Another entry for Kaisercraft's Saturday Sketch Challenge (July #3). This is a copy of a family photo. The little girls are my aunts (my mother was not on the scene yet). Shirley, on the left, is the aunt who made the Raggedy Ann and granny dolls posted here.  Norma, on the right, is still among us at 91. She remembers an "Aunt Lu" but never knew how she fit into the family.  By the look of her, I'm guessing she was my grandmother's aunt or more likely great-aunt.  If I'm right that would make her my great-great-great aunt! And by the look of her, I'm glad I did not inherit her figure!


Love the fashions.  How about those pearls on Lu and the little necklace Shirley is wearing?  Cute!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cosmos

I know, big deal, so she grew cosmos.  But I never did before so it is kind of a big deal. They are doing very well in my front yard planter. I planted them from seed, and when they first started coming up, I was thrilled.  At about three inches tall, I thought they weren't cosmos but the marigolds I also planted. The leaves are similar, but I was right the first time-- cosmos.


They somewhat make up for the lack of zinnias this year-- have done zip so far. Nuts!  I love zinnias.

Have a good day-- find joy in something as simple as cosmos!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Audrey In A Hat

The word at Take A Word Challenge this week is "hats."  I did a Google search and came up with Audrey Hepburn in this cute pink number. With such a pretty image and pretty background color, I felt it didn't really need much to make a quick ATC.


Have a stylish day!

Friday, July 19, 2013

Incongruous

"Incongruous" is the theme at Collage Obsession this week. Rather fun. Believe it or not, it was harder to come up with something that didn't belong than did. 



I kept thinking of that old Sesame Street song: "One of these things is not like the others..."

Have a nice start to the weekend!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Wacky Answer

Of course everyone knew Downy fabric softener from yesterday's (7-17-13) Wacky Pack.  First introduced in 1961; do you remember the cute illustration of the little girl on the bottle?  Now they use a photograph. I kinda like the old one better.

Dog Hair Commodity

In the summer I brush my dogs outside for obvious shed reasons.  I left some of Arthur's hair out there and guess who decided to use it for nesting material?


The hair wasn't there ten minutes before this homemaker stepped in.  That's the third or so time sparrows helped themselves to Arthur hair.

We know where they are taking it too.  Just several feet away in a plastic gourd birdhouse we put out every spring.  Must be awfully fluffy in there!

Lucky for the sparrows Arthur loves to be brushed!

Have a comfy day!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wacky Pack Wednesday

Anyone who has done laundry in the last 50 years will probably know this product. As a matter-of-fact, I often feel like I'm drowning in dirty laundry!!

Happy middle of the week!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

TT/The Roaring Twenties

Tag Tuesday has an interesting theme this week: The Roaring Twenties.  A lot of choices there.  I happened to have this image of sheet music from 1926 so decided to use that. How about that title?  I wonder how the song went?


There are many new contributors to Tag Tuesday now.  Worth a look!

Have a good day, and maybe a cup of coffee, a sandwich...

Hey, folks-- "On The Ball" Pat at Corn In My Coffee Pot clued me in that this song can be heard on youtube. Here is the link.

Thanks, Pat!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Flowers Tag

Another tag to show today. This one I just finished for Dragons Dream Tag It On. Their current theme is "vintage, texture, flowers" plus a real rubber stamp. If you have the time, pop over to Dragons; the examples are really worth a peek.


Just between us, I inked in the O in "joy" freehand. My lower case alphabet stamps set is an old one I bought second-hand, and a few of the letters are missing. I tried to come up with a word that did not contain a missing letter, but nothing seemed appropriate. So if I hadn't blabbed, would you know?

Have a nice Monday!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Spoon Rack Makeover

I picked up this spoon rack at a thrift store recently and decided it needed an update-- looked awfully late 70s to me.  And I almost forgot to take a "before" photo which is why it is painted on the top-- didn't buy it that way!

Here's the finished product.  What do you think?  Decoupaged the images and "aged" the entire piece.  Kind of funny to think I "aged" something from the 1970s!
It will go in my Etsy shop soon.

Have a fun day!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vacation ATC

So Artful Challenges is running a theme of creating something about a vacation, real or imagined, using the colors red, yellow, and white.  I came up with an ATC for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I've never been there.  It was in the running one summer but was bumped for Mackinac Island.  I used their logo (on the white) and the other image is a wall in a psychedelic music exhibit they once had.

As long as we're on the subject of rock and roll, here is a Led Zeppelin collage I recently completed. And did you notice that is a Zeppelin LP in the above photo?  

Have a rockin' day!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Okay, I Lied

On Monday, I posted what I said was the last of my stamp collection. Well, I forgot about the stamps below.  Since they are not singles, I have them stored separately from the others so didn't think of them.



Marilyn and The Doors are foreign stamps.  My husband bought them for me years ago through some mail order offer.






The Doors stamps are really nice.  Those are their album covers in case you don't know.

So that's it, and if I come across any more stamps, I think I'll keep my mouth shut.

Hey, it's Friday!