Sunday, June 21, 2015

Shabby Chic Travel Journal

Hello to all of my friends, followers and visitors!  Sorry I've been mia lately!  My Mom has been very ill for the last two months and my life has been  turned upside down :(     I did take some time to try to be creative and this was a refreshing change for my brain.   Here is a fabric journal that I did using a fantastic kit that I purchased from Doreen Rock of Oolala Vintage Treasures plus there is  a lot from my stash.  I also did a You Tube video featuring this journal

This is the front cover.  I made it to appear as a small round suitcase.  Now for a side  view and back view:
 I made the flowers!
Now for some interior views.  Each page has a pocket! The tag pictures were part of the kit! (but I did use various dies cuts for the shapes.
The next pages feature a secret envelope and a change purse that was black and I altered it!
Almost done.....
All of the tags are decorated front and back.    Thanks so much for stopping by.   I really appreciate your visit.  Happy Crafting!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You Tube Tutorial

Hello fellow crafters, friends and followers.  I just posted a You Tube video that is my own  tutorial of a  Victorian Fabric boot.  Here's a peak of the finished boot.

I hope you enjoy this video and subscribe.  Here is the link:

Also a couple more pictures in different angles:

Front view:
And back view:
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to make one.  Happy Crafting!!


Sunday, March 29, 2015

Tussie Mussie

Hi fellow crafters, visitors and friends!!   I got a chance to create something new since I completed my remodeled craft room.

 I get a monthly kit from Doreen , J'Adore Ooh-la-la Vintage Treasures  (Facebook group) and this kit was totally awesome.  She had some beautiful laces, fabric, gems and a large rusted spring in the kit.   There was also a template for a Tussie Mussie!    I cut the fabric into the proper shape.  Next I fussy cut a portion of the fabric that had a shape similar to a Fleur de Lis. I hand sewn all of the tiny beads to the outline.  The crown gem in the center was included in the kit as well as all of the gems that I used for the stick pin. 

I painted the rusted bed spring then covered it with some bias binding and eyelash trim.  I thought of  adding the eyelash trim in my sleep last night. (Not sure if I dreamed it or what??? but I love the results!)  The purple roses are a gift from Kelly Neis (Thanks Kelly) and I hand made all of the other roses except the ones with the small pearls .  Correction:  The flower cluster with the feathers was also in the kit made by Doreen.
Now a back view.  I used wedding applique  but my pictures does not show it to much.
And now a side view:
That's all folks!!   Happy Crafting and Thank You for stopping by!!!!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Craft Room Remodel

Spring is in the air!   I finally got my craft room finished.  It only took almost two whole weeks to totally paint, refinish all cabinets, clean out my inventory and upholster all of my stools and desk chair.    I am very happy with the results.

My cupboards were all a dark wood finish.  I took all of the doors off and removed all of the drawers then sanded everything.  Next primer was applied then two finish coats of paint.   I built the shelves between the top cabinets so I could display some of my creations.  Also added a bracket to hold my camera for future videos.  

I use to have all of my punches  where the new shelves are.  I  made all of the shelving for all of my punches a few years ago along with a box for my Copics and holder for all of my Distress Inks  but they were also stained a cherry finish.  Needless  to say I also painted them all white.
I even painted my ATG gun!   I'll be dazzling it up soon!

All new hardware was applied to the cupboards.   Love it!!   I found the old wedding dress at the Salvation Army.  It had a long train but I cut it up for the appliques.  
My desk chair is leather but the arms were getting pretty worn.  So I covered all of the stools and my desk chair with the same fabric.  Due to the fact that the top of my chair indented  I applied a large ribbon with a bow from the same fabric.  

I'll even show you how packed my closet is but it is organized.
Got to have a chandelier too!
This is my favorite place to craft along with my Espresso!
 All of the ring binders contain many of my die cuts and the folders on the bottom shelf contain my Magnolia stamps.  The rings  hanging are my collection of Cricuit  cartridge's information, embossing folders, Sizzix dies and Tim Holtz dies and embossing folders.  Makes a great reference for me and I have everything stored in alphabetical order.  Some punches are displayed using rods and baskets that I found in Ikea. 

This is where my son usually sits when he stops in after work almost every day.   I love it!  This was a major make over .   Now you know what I've been up to.  Happy Crafting!!! 



Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Looks Like Pink is a New Favorite Color!

Hi everyone!   On a positive note I managed to created two new projects this past week due to being stuck inside.  Yes this has been a brutal winter and I can not wait for warmer weather.   Patience, patience I know....
 You will never guess what I altered to make this.    Give up?   Yep a toilet paper roll.  Who knew something so simple could turn into beauty!  I belong to a closed group on Facebook "All things Marie Antoinette".  They had a swap involving altered tp rolls.  I missed the swap however; I did give it a try.  I covered the paper roll with Design paper then a doily.
  If you notice the top of the doily looks like a crown.  How fitting!!   Next I applied lace, trims and of course my main image and used a Spellbinders Opulent Ovals die for the framing.  Here are my results with a side view, close up and back view.

I found the image on Google.    Marie Antoinette Queen of France.   I totally love her style!

 Yes I made it a pin cushion with homemade stick pins.  

Also I made another Victorian shoe.  Margaret is right.  This are addicting to make!

Back view:

Thanks so much for stopping by.   If you have any questions please email me.  Happy Crafting!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Victorian Boots

The sun is shining and I hope that spring is on it's way!  I made my very first Victorian boots.  I was inspired by Margaret  on You Tube who is so very creative (Thanks Margaret!!).   I found some Victorian boot images on the web so I made a pattern. 

I placed the pattern on folded fabric, drew around the pattern with fabric chalk then cut out the image by adding 1/4 inch.  Next I sewed the two pieces of fabric with the right sides facing each other, then sewed on the chalk line.  I left the very top unsewn so I could stuff it with fiberfill.  So easy peasy!!
Next time to add laces to the top and embellish each boot.  Each boot is about 8 inches tall (including the standing lace) and about 6 inches  from toe to heel.  

I'm so happy with the results!  Now  a view of the backs:


Monday, February 23, 2015

Sisterhood of the Traveling Suitcase

The sun is shining brightly and I'm so happy to share with you my version of an altered train case.  Warning this is loaded with pictures so you might want to grab a favorite drink!

I belong to a group  (J'Adore Ooh-la-la) on FaceBook that currently has a little challenge to decorate a suitcase.  The whole purpose is that if we ever meet each other in person, we will bring our altered suitcase along.    I must say this bugger took me a good week to complete.  Here's what I started with:

I applied Gesso to the entire case inside and out.   (I really did not have an immediate plan)   Next I applied wall paper inside and out.   The wall paper was like a dusty rose color  that looked marbled.  Still I wanted something with more design so I searched my stash and found a fabulous Paper Studio Kirby Teesdale  Paper pack.   These papers are beautiful.   I applied wide strips of the paper with Mod Podge . I really started to get  motivated and my Mojo was churning!   Some handmade flowers, lots of decorative lace, gems, feathers and pearls and I was on a roll!
Side view:

Next back view
And now a peak of the inside:
More pictures:
I completely lined the interior with fabric....yes over the wallpaper.  ???  That's how a mind can change while in crafting mode.   No wonder it took me a week to complete this but I am satisfied with the results.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and I hope you might get inspired to craft something!!!
Have fun!!