Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mail Art

I've received some very pretty mail art recently. The first is from Joanna created for the theme "Starts with a K." Isn't it gorgeous? Jo also included a sweet gift for me...a fun Creative Expressions Mask. I know I'm going to enjoy using that in my journal. Thank you Joanna!

Here are the envelopes I sent for the swap. I decided my "starts with a K" envelopes would be all about a kitschy kitchen. I love the women in these old advertisements. On the back I chose a 50s modern kitchen for each of them.

When I got back from Santa Barbara, Sue's Christmas envelope was waiting for me. I love all the different Christmas stamps she used. Inside was lots of vintage Christmas ephemera and some Christmas stamps for my own use...what a treat! Thank you Sue!

Here are the Christmas envelopes I sent out. I can't believe this little group has been sharing mail art for a whole year now. It's always a surprise to find one of these wonderful envelopes in my mailbox. I'm looking forward to doing it all again in the coming year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you have a wonderful day full of good food, family and friends. I'm in California spending the holiday away from home for the first time in ages! Thanksgiving in a warm climate is something different for us...palm trees are beautiful but seem out of place somehow. Inside the girls' apartment though everything is as it should be. Lots of cooking, lots of laughter, good smells wafting from the kitchen, a little crafting and lots of gratitude that we're all together. Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

From Me To You

I wanted to share a little of a sweet book I received recently. It's called From Me to You - A Gift of Friendly Thoughts. The cover has such a charming image...I thought you might like to use it to make something. The end pages are just as sweet. I love the flock of bluebirds flying across the pages. I found myself reading the little book straight through. I loved the simple, cheery thoughts and poems. It was a perfect antidote to this cold, rainy day. I hope you enjoy it too.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Vintage GlueBook Page Swap

I received my pages from Mary Green's Vintage Gluebook Page swap and they're all wonderful! Six big, beautiful pages! Along with the pages, Mary sent a vintage book to enclose them and a package of vintage paper. I love the cover that Mary chose for me...The Bobbsey Twins in the Great West. I used to love to read this series when I was young and here I am now living in the "great west." She couldn't have picked a more perfect cover for me! Thank you Mary for this great swap. And thank you to everyone who played in it. Here are the pages I received:

First off is a page from Linda M. I love how she's layered old text with vintage wallpaper...so pretty!

Next, is a page from Kathy M. This is my one card featuring a male image. I love how the old text and colors she chose complement the image.

This page from Kim S. has such gorgeous color and the image of the young girl is so striking!

This sweet page from Sabrina makes me smile. I love the two different images she's used of a group of children playing and how she added touches of red to the page. You know I love red!

Irene W. used one of my favorite images that Mary's shared with us. I love her wistful expression. She looks so pretty against the background Irene created for her.

Susan's page looks like it came right out of an old book. I love how she tore the focal image and added it to the background then surrounded it with flowers...lovely!

And here's my cover. I haven't put my book together yet. I'm going to add few things to fatten it up.

If you love the idea of making something lovely and vintage using only paper, glue and scissors be sure to check out Mary's new class starting next week. It's called My Christmas Gluebook. I can't wait to get started!