Well, it's been a really long time since I've posted here...not sure exactly why, or maybe there are just a lot of little reasons, but obviously the holidays always inspire me, and particularly Halloween.
I'm determined this coming year I'm going to get back in the swing of it...I miss blogging, and I miss visiting all of my blogging friends.
I have tons of catching up to do with swaps, events, etc., but since Halloween is around the corner, I thought I would post a couple of things I've recently made and have added to my Etsy shop. After the holidays, I will catch up on some fun things that happened this past year.
I've posted below, most of the details about this super fun swap I just participated in, as well as photos of the amazing ornaments Robin made for me. Here are a few photos of the ornaments I made for her. Robin said she was really into snowmen this year, so I wanted to incorporate them into her ornaments...I came up with ideas for two ornaments with snowmen and then I was stumped, so I ended up going a little more traditional with the bird ornament.
I can't believe it's been almost a year since I last posted! I have so much to catch up on, but since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I would post some photos of a swap I was recently in. This was a swap with a group I'm a member of...Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group.
Everyone who participated was paired up with a partner and we each made three ornaments for the other person. I was partnered with the super talented Robin Sanchez, and these are the ornaments she made for me...
So gorgeous...I absolutely love them!!! I will post photos soon of the ornaments I made for Robin.
This is my favorite time of year...I love fall, love Halloween, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE Vanessa's annual Halloween parties ~ they are truly magical.
For last year's party, because I was in what felt like a million swaps, I posted lots of pictures of swaps that I made and received. This year I only participated in one swap and I've already posted about it. So I've just decided to post a few things I've made recently.
I fell in love with these vintage images so I made a series of banners with them.
And for these...I really wanted to make over-the-top embellished witches, so I used some of my favorite jewelry on these banners...
Thank you all for stopping by!!!
If you didn't come here from Vanessa's party, it's a MUST...it is sure to be as amazing as always!!! There are also links to all of the other party participants on her blog!
Edited: I've had a few people ask, so...just wanted to let you know I've put these banners in my Etsy shop. Thanks for all of your nice comments!!!
The Marie Mail Art Group I'm a member of hosted a Marie/Halloween Fancy Paper Shoe Swap. I've never made a paper shoe before, so I thought I would give it a try ~ so fun! A special thank you to Kris for hosting this swap.
These are the three shoes I made and shipped off today. (Of course today is the very last day shoes had to be shipped.) One day I just might get something shipped off before the absolute deadline :)
I'm going to get three different shoes in return ~ I'll post pictures when they arrive!
And also a special thank you to Terri for a fantastic tutorial. If you haven't made anything like this...Terri's tutorial is wonderful!
Justina from La Boheme Magique and Anna from Frosted Petunias came up with such a fun idea for a blog party ~ everyone who loves the movie Practical Magic was invited to do a blog post today ~ anything about the movie and/or what they love about it.
I couldn't make up my mind, as usual, about what I wanted to do, but I ended up deciding to make a Book of Shadows. I've been wanting to make one for a while now, just for a fun decoration to have out around Halloween, so I thought this was the perfect opportunity. I really loved making these pages. I probably will make more and keep adding to it.
A huge thanks to Justina and Anna for hosting such a fun party!
Edited: I've had a few people ask me how I made these pages, so I thought I would add it here in case anyone else is curious as well. So here goes...
I started off with thick blank watercolor paper. I used a mixture of coffee and walnut ink to stain the pages. I soaked the sheets for about 15 minutes in hot water with the coffee and walnut ink. I never really measure, but guessing ~ maybe I used about two tablespoons of walnut ink and maybe a cup of instant coffee grounds. I then laid all of the pages outside on the grass and sprayed the front side with Glimmer Mist. (I mix my Glimmer Mist colors, so I can't say exactly what color I used, but it was a mixture of browns). I left the pages in the sun to dry. After they dried, I cut them down to 8.5 x 11 and ran them through the printer to print out the spells. I then cut them down to the size of the book I was going to be adding them to (I used an old hardcover book). Then the fun part...I just used all kinds of different stamps to decorate the pages...there are a few rub-ons as well, but mostly stamps. After I finished stamping, I sanded all of the edges of the pages to look worn, and then inked the edges with ColorBox Charcoal Cat's Eye Chalk Ink. And that's it! If you have any other questions, just let me know!
It was such an amazing weekend in Manhattan Beach! Thursday night vendor night was incredible. The classes and teachers were unbelievable. The beautiful women who attended the event were all so sweet and generous! And Jenny Doh, yeah...Jenny Doh! And the Sunday bus tour shopping spree! What more could you want? Kim and her unbelievable creativity made this event truly unforgettable....I could go on and on...but here are a few photos. I have been seeing so many beautiful photos on blogs and FB so I thought it would be fun to change mine a little and play around with sepia and B&W...
The room we were in for vendor night and classes was decorated so beautifully.
I really loved this....
There were gorgeous centerpieces on every table...this was one of them.
These ties were the decorations on the back of every chair!
These canvas totes were on the tables for everyone. They were filled with all kinds of amazing gifts from so many generous people.
The table setting for each person...
Sherry hosted an altered mermaid clothing contest...some of the women who designed some amazing pieces...
Thank you Kim for a truly unforgettable weekend....
I will post more pictures soon of the fun classes and swaps.
Karen of My Desert Cottage is hosting her second Where Bloggers Create Party. I thought it would be fun to participate this year, and I needed a little motivation to get my room in order. :)
Everyone is going to show the area where they create, and also show what they create there.
I had no idea what a hard time I would have taking photos of the room where I work. It's a little dark ~ kind of earthy and rustic, but it doesn't make for great flash free photos. Decorating and organizing in here has been a bit of challenge for me. I like the rustic aspect, and it goes with the style of the house, but sometimes I just want to paint everything white!
Most of my stamps are in a drawer, but the ones on the table are the ones I seem to use most frequently. LOVE my birdcage...I have all kinds of things hanging from it...things I've received in swaps, things I've purchased, etc.
Some of my favorite stamps.
The good stuff.
I struggled for the longest time trying to find a good way to store my loose ribbon. I ran across these hangers that have a velvet like finish to them, and it turned out to be the perfect way to keep the ribbon. I can easily see everything I have and they don't slip off. Each hanger is by color...the pink one.
The fireplace mantle where I keep jars of all kinds of vintage millinery and trims, etc. In this photo you can really see how rustic the room is, the whole house is actually, lots of wood and stone...I love it in the winter when it's cold and stormy, but in the summer I want white! Luckily the bedroom is all white and super sunny and feminine...so I spend a lot of time in there in the summer!
And my armoire which I love because it makes me appear WAY more organized than I really am. This is where I keep a lot of my supplies and unfortunately lots of unfinished projects ~ I'm sure you can all relate :)
My dress form that is holding beautiful altered books at the moment.
We are also supposed to show what we create...I am realizing I participate in A LOT of swaps. I am currently in five of them! Unfortunately I can't post photos yet because they haven't been given out, but I thought I would post some photos of a few things I've made for past swaps.
The Kentucky Derby Hat Swap
Magic Wand Swap
Marie Antoinette Canvas Swap
I'm going to try to fix a few more shots of my room and I will add them to this post.
And then I'm off to visit everyone! Be sure to stop by Karen's blog...she has links posted of all the participants.
A huge thank you to Karen for hosting such a great event.