Hearth and Home

Hello, I thought I would pop in quickly to let you know I haven’t fallen off the face of the earth 🙂 I have been keeping super busy with personal life stuff and not much art journaling, so I didn’t quite know what to share. Lately, I’ve been enjoying diving into working around the house, visiting with family, taking time to talk on the phone, all the things that I used to think  “I had to make time for” because I was trying to “Run a shoppe”. I’ve not been this happy since my kids were little!

It’s the small things that make me smile, like finally getting to some decorating done in my laundry room. I will be painting that chest of drawers when I make up my mind about color. I have a long list of projects I want to do around the house, and I am finally ticking them off.

At the end of the day I work on this, it’s coming along quite nicely.

It’s that time of year again. This was two days of hard labor to pull up some unsightly ground cover that looked ratty and made a nice home for weeds to grow. We still have a few more things to move and remove here, but progress is happening.

On the news front, one of my journals was chosen to for the next issue of Art Journaling magazine, it should be out this summer. I didn’t write my article on this little beauty of course, this was just a nice excuse to share a recent gift.

This has been my latest obsession, Ali Edwards “Week In The Life” project. I had joined up last spring when my son was visiting from Korea, and I took loads of photos, but it didn’t get any farther than that. So, I decided to do a trial run with the photos from his visit before my niece arrives for her annual visit. I can’t tell you how much fun it was to look through all the photos and remember and our little adventures together. But, I’ll have to put this on hold until after my niece flies home. She and I will be filling in a couple of these albums documenting her visit, I can’t wait!

That’s it for now. I’ve signed up for the iHanna Post Card Swap again, so hopefully I will share about that this week some time.

Until then,

Have a wonderful weekend,

~Patty

A Yarny Yarn

Once upon a time, there was a Granny Stripe afghan. It grew, and it grew, until it was too long for it’s new home…so it was *frogged.

*frogged: a frog says “rip it rip it” and fogging refers to unraveling rows of knitted, or crochet, work due to an error found.

So, it was turned back into yarn balls, then into yarn seedlings…

They grew and grew…

…and turned into granny squares, and more granny squares.

They all joined together to become a happy family!

…to be continued…

Have a great week!

~Patty

Slow-Stitching and Ponderings

Last week, I was able to get a few projects finished up, you know, the one’s you just trudge through to get done.

So, I decided to reward myself by indulging in a project that has been sitting on the shelf of procrastination for quite a while, my fabric journals.

I received this book by Mandy Pattullo, of Thread and Thrift, for Christmas. It’s so awesome! I can’t say enough about how much I love it! This book is already giving me the much needed nudge to finally get some work done in my fabric journals. (At present count I have four, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a few more lurking about.)

I would love for my fabric collages to look just like Mandy’s, because that would be super awesome, but not very authentic. By following the pointers and lessons from her book, I’m already seeing great improvements in my style.

I made this cover out of some canvas fabric I had painted onto a few years ago, the collage is a definite improvement.

The fabric pages looked bright and crisp and I wanted to “age” them, so I gave the whole journal a tea bath. Now, I would highly recommend that you over dye your fabric before assembling your journal. But if you decide after the fact, like I usually do, you can always throw it into the dryer after it’s bath. (Truth be told, I have now done this to two other journals.)

The goal with these journals is to have a quiet, creative project to work on in the evenings, and to use up an abundance of sewing notions.

That tag is something I found in my mothers sewing things. She had a little coin purse with various clothing tags she had collected. I love using bits and bobs from her collectings.

I absolutely love doing beadwork. I’m almost sure my skills will improve over time.

This page is a work in progress, that embroidery was taken from a project I scuttled several years ago, waste not, want not.

I’m just trying new things here and there, like pop-up flowers. When the pins are removed, I’m thinking about sharing this with my grandson, he might like all the tactile elements.

Sometimes I struggle with the idea of “Creativity for creativity’s sake”, I don’t know why. Probably just that judgmental voice in my head from people that don’t get the idea of creating just for fun, and not profit. You know “That’s really pretty, you should sell those!” Ya, that’s the first and best way to take the fun right out of creating sometimes!

Well, if at the end of the day, my children have to struggle with whether or not they should chuck all my creations into the bin when I’m gone, that’s their hard cheese! Creativity for creativity’s sake. Yep, I like it!

Until next time,

Thanks for popping in,

Have a great day,

~Patty

Getting to the Heart of the Matter

This has been an interesting week. I have offered up some great deals in my shoppe with only one sale. So, what does this mean? This means I need to reevaluate why I started a business in the first place.

Stay with me, this gets better!

So, over the last few days, while feeling sorry for myself, I did some reading and a lot of soul searching.

I had to ask myself, “Why do I even bother with my shoppe?”. Selling on social media is a pain in the neck, I hate all the hoops I have to jump through to get noticed! Don’t get me wrong, I love getting sales, but there has to be more to it than making money to keep my heart in it.

So what is my motivation?

After asking all the right questions, and finding what I hope is the answer,

It’s You!

When I thought about closing up my shoppe because my ego was a little ruffled, I thought about what I would miss the most, my connection with this community and all the wonderful people I have met through it! And I just can’t bring myself to do that.

My goals in the beginning were to inspire and provide materials for art journaling, and they still are, I just let the whole idea of what having a business “Should look like” get to my head.

Honestly, If you feel as if you can’t live without one of my journals, you know where to find them. Or, If you like looking at photos and listening to me blather on, I can help you with that too.

But, in the meantime, I just want to keep calling you my friends.

It’s that simple!

So, if you see me going off the rails on the Pity Train, please pull the emergency break and tell me to grow up!

Until next time,

Have a wonderful day,

Much Love,

~Patty

Another Batch of Postcards

GIVEAWAY CLOSED! BUT PLEASE DON’T LET THAT STOP YOU FROM ENJOYING MY BLOG POST. THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED. I’LL BE SURE TO  HAVE ANOTHER ONE SOON!

My last postcard giveaway was a lot more successful than I thought it would be! As a matter of fact, because I neglected to put a stop on the offer to send one to anyone that emailed their address to me, I have fallen behind on sending them out.

And, because I can’t just make one or two at a time, I’m having another giveaway. Yay!

I want to give you plenty of time to think about it, so I wrote a super lengthy blog post. A process post for this latest batch:

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First, let’s start with the base layer. This is an experiment I did with layered painting from an online class I took. I’m not going to beat around the bush, I don’t like it! I don’t know if it’s because this is just not my style, or I just need to practice more.

It has been stuffed in my closet for a few months, and I think this is the perfect project for it. First, I adhered it onto heavy card stock…

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…then I started the layering process. My favorite tissue paper and matte medium. I always use Liquitex matte medium because it’s very smooth and doesn’t dry too fast, so the tissue paper won’t tear too easily.

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As you can see, the background is still visible, kinda.

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Next, a little doodle coloring. These pens said waterproof, but they still smeared a bit.

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But it looked pretty before it smeared.

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My new postcard making kit. This used to be my “Happy Mail” journal kit, but it sat around untouched for way too long, so I reorganized it. Instead of the envelopes labeled with the sender’s names, I organized them into categories, stickers, vintage ephemera, cards and tags, that sort of thing.

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I have kind of a loose layering system, having my stash organized works much better for me. Because the background is such riot of color, I went with neutral images, then built from there. Some of you may recognize some of the goodies you have sent to me over the years, thank you!

First, stickers, then the image, stars and hearts, the postage stamps last.

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I went over each one with tinted matte medium (I explain that here). After they’re dry, I go around some of the elements with a 9B pencil and eraser. The card at the top left is the before, the lower right the after. I love the shadows and contrast the pencil makes.

img_6806So, there they all are. The last layer is a coat of satin varnish, it seals the layers and saturates the colors a bit.

Now to the giveaway! I’m going to do this one a bit differently than my last one, I’ve made a few rules:

#1. You must follow my blog

#2. You must comment on this blog post

#3. Please email your physical address to me, the link is at the top right

(This giveaway is open internationally)

And that’s it!

I only made 8 of these, and 2 of them are promised to a couple of gals from my last giveaway (that means you Sue and Miss Iowa). So, the first 6 people that meet the above criteria will receive one of these cards, (I guess I’m assuming somebody will want one, geeze I hope so!)

If you have any questions, or if you feel as if I have left something out, please comment or email me. And if you would like to send a little postcard art to me, just email me, and I’ll send you my address 🙂

Once again,

Thank you for stopping by,

Have a great weekend,

~Patty