Monday, October 27, 2008

Vintage Veranda

The Vintage Veranda is a new online community dedicated to creating in a vintage style. The site was created by Pam, Sarah and Louise as a resource and a place to share our love for vintage style creations. Twice a month they hold a challenge...the first challenge this month was to create something using a recipe. Lucky entry was randomly chosen to win a wonderful package of vintage goodies! My Vintage Veranda fun pack arrived today and just take a look...there's all sorts of vintage things...buttons, ribbons, lace, foreign money, photos, lots of wonderful paper ephemera, tulle, golden doilies, flowers, playing cards and a big beautiful bingo card! Thank you ladies...what a treat! Here's a photo of all the goodies and the atc I made for the challenge...Making Cookies. If you love a vintage look be sure to stop in for a visit at the Vintage Veranda!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Make a Moo or Two

This week's theme on Make a Moo or Two is "Tone in Tone." My favorite color is red so here's my little red moo. You can see all the other colorful moos here.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Red Lead Charm Swap

I received my charms from the Red Lead charm swap and they're just great. There's a lovely microscope slide charm from Laura with wonderful images on both sides, a colorful domino charm from Kathy reminding me to Laugh and an adorable charm from Andra with an Owl (sorry for the glare) on one side and the Pussycat on the other...too cute! I forgot to post a photo earlier of the charms I sent this round so here they are. I used brass chick charms from Red Lead and pieces of an old ruler to make "art chicks rule" charms. As usual, Kitten included some fun goodies when she returned the charms. Just look at that bony hand! I thing I'm going to have to just drill a hole in it, hang it on a chain and wear it to work on Halloween!

Digital ATC

Here's my first attempt at creating a digital ATC. I used a vintage photo that I had, then added elements from a digital Halloween kit from Tangie Baxter Designs. I had fun making this and learning a little more about how my Photoshop Elements program works but I realized I missed the actual cutting and pasting. This is my October atc for the RedLead group.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Two more atcs...Halloween and Day of the Dead

Here are two atc's I made recently...the first one for our lunch group and the second one is for the October SDA swap.

TMTA - Halloween

Don't you just love Halloween? It's always been one of my favorite holidays. There are so many Halloween-y ideas and projects I always want to do and never enough time to do them all. Kris from A Nostalgic Halloween has the right entire blog devoted to all things Halloween...all year long. If you haven't seen it go take a look!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Red Lead Workshop

I had the opportunity this past weekend to take a workshop at Red Lead Paperworks in St. Louis. It was called "The Teeny Tiny Mica Metal Book Lace Workshop." It was so much fun get to shop in the store in person. I had the pleasure of meeting Chris and Sharon who own the shop and are the creative pair behind all the wonderful creations there including their own line of gorgeous, whimsical rubber stamps. I spent a couple hours Friday afternoon wandering around the store looking at all the art work and treasures, asking questions and peeking over their was wonderful! The workshop on Saturday was attended by a great group of women...some I have come to know through the Red Lead Yahoo group. It was a real treat to meet in person some of the people I've been trading ATC's and charms with. The workshop was great...Chris shared her recipe for adding patina to copper and I learned so much about working with metal and mica. Plus, I just love the way the book lace turned out! Chris and Sharon were such fun and gracious hosts, everyone had a great time and turned out some beautiful pieces...I can't wait to be able to go back again!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Blog Award

Beth at the Salvage Studio was sweet enough to bestow on me this blog award. She was so funny in her note to me saying..."they're like can never get enough!" She's so right and I'm tickled to be given this by someone I like and admire so. Do go visit Beth and Lisa and Amy at the Salvage Studio if you're ever in's a trip that'll change the way you look at things for sure! In the mean time check out their site and blog here. I'm going to ponder who to pass this on to for a bit...there are so many of you out there who I peek in on routinely or by chance who inspire and amaze me! Thanks for being out there creating in your own corner of the world!

Soldering Party - Part 2

Here are the pieces I made at the soldering party in addition to the large house shaped piece I showed you a few posts back. I didn't get all my pieces soldered...too much chatting and probably one too many trips to the dining room! But, now I have a feel for it and can solder them here at home when I have a free afternoon. Plus, now I have all sorts of ideas for new pieces! Thank you again Cathy for such a wonderful day!

Soldering Party

I finally had a chance to get the rest of the photos from Cathy's soldering party off the camera and on to my computer. This was by far the most fun I've had in ages! What a great bunch of women... some I was meeting for the first time. From the moment we arrived though, it seemed like we'd always known each other. Cathy and Jo graciously opened their lovely home to all of us and the fun began. There was delicious food, good conversation, lots of concentrating on wrapping copper foil, a crash course on soldering and using patinas, laughter, a burnt finger here and there and of course...tiaras! Here are some random shots from the beginning of the party. Once we got started we were all so intent on what we were doing I never picked up the camera again! There's something so magical about getting together with a group of people all intent on creating. There was a constant buzz of energy the entire day! I can't wait to do it again!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Trust Your Wings

This is a collage piece I made at Cathy's birthday party this past weekend. Cathy provided the gorgeous house shaped beveled's 4 in x 6 in! As you can see here I have the copper foil on it and it's all ready for soldering. My problem is I really like the look of the copper foil with the colors in the collage so I can't decide if I want to solder it or not! Hmmm...I'll just have to keep looking at it for awhile. For fairy woman in the collage is from Divas D 'Este. Be sure to take a look at their site...they have some wonderful collage images. More on the birthday party later...