The Mystery of the Neighborly Neighbors!

Yesterday I woke up to a wonderful surprise! I knew it had been snowing all night, and the first thing I thought when I opened my eyes was “I better get up and shovel the sidewalk”. So, I get up to check out what I had in store…and somebody else had already done it…before 8:00 in the morning!

Well, I couldn’t let this kind deed go unnoticed, so I decided to put together a little Thank You.

You may remember this lot from a few months ago.

Aha I thought! The perfect gift!

So, I gathered what I could find to cobble this gift, the jars (of course), bakers twine, dictionary pages, and various décor to cover the “Happy Birthday” on the only bag I had.

I knew I didn’t want to hassle with trying to adhere paper to that bag, so I printed a design from a scrapbook paper download I had purchased from Etsy onto some sticker paper. Then I found some paper with some metallic designs, a label from Joann’s clearance bins, a Tim Holtz butterfly, and a little wordstrip.

I stuffed the jars and card into my little bag, threw on a scarf, and trudged over to the nieghbor’s house…this is where it gets interesting…

…my neighbor didn’t know what the heck I was talking about, and he tried handing my bag back!

Here’s the crazy bit! Not only was my sidewalk shoveled, but my driveway, the path to my house, the neighbor on the other side of me, and the neighbor two houses down! I asked him if he thought maybe his wife had done it, (she wasn’t home at the time), and he said she didn’t mention anything to him about it.

Now I don’t know about you, but if I had done all that shoveling, the first thing I would do was take a picture and send it to my husband…maybe post it on Instagram…or even write a blog post about it. Heck, I’d do all that if I only shoveled my OWN yard!

“It’s a mystery Shaggy”

Anyway, I needed to thank them for the Christmas gifty bag they brought us during the Holidays, so there you go, but I’d still like to thank the right person!

Oh well, I just wanted to share because I had so much fun putting this together with what I could find around the house. Hope you enjoyed my little story!

Until next time,

Thank you for stopping by,

~Patty

A Different Kind of Keepsake Journal

So, I’ve decided to stop doing my annual “Holiday Keepsake Journals”! I was finding that I had so many different memory keeping projects I didn’t have time to do much else, and it would make more sense to put that energy into Project Life

But this project has me by the heart strings!

This is a journal that was gifted to me a couple of years ago by a sweet friend I made on Instagram. It sat on a shelf waiting for me to find the perfect time to work in it, and I’m glad I waited, because some projects just need to simmer for a while.

 

As you can see, she decorated and embellished many of the pages for me. The flash card on the left has a sweet Christmas message, and I love how she personalized it!

 

As I gathered embellishments, I kept finding more and more little keepsakes that had been sent to me over the years by my friends, and it slowly became clear that this was going to be the perfect place to store all these little gifts.

 

Truth be told, I have collected and saved these goodies for more years than I’d like to admit, so I’m not always sure who sent what, but many of them have a sweet note attached. If you recognize anything, please give me a shout, I’d love to hear from you!

 

I tried to keep the original ascetic of this journal going. The page on the right is a combination of both of our styles.

 

This is an envelope that was filled with Christmas treasures from a friend I’ve swapped with for years, a perfect place to put this beautiful mixed media card another friend made me.

 

I’m almost sure I will keep running into more Christmas keepsakes in the future, and I cannot tell you how happy it makes me to have them all in a place that I can just pick up and flip through! There are a few more pages to share in this journal (I got a little excited), so I’ll be sure to share those soon.

Also, I’m working on an Advent Journal right now, so more on that later too.

As always,

Thank you for stopping by,

I hope you are enjoying the Holidays,

Talk to you soon,

~Patty

 

Summer Bucket List Documenting

Living in Eastern Washington over the summer has had many advantages. Spending time with my daughter and grandson is the most precious part, but the abundance of farm fresh produce is another. So, one of the things on my summer bucket list was to get some canning done…

…little did I know I would be canning for two weeks! I admit, not as exciting as most bucket lists, but I’m a homebody to the extreme!

My daughter has grape vines in her backyard, so while I’m making grape jelly, she’s making fruit roll-ups in her dehydrator. I didn’t have my tried and true pickle recipe with me, we’ll have to see how these turn out.

Because I wanted to have a small place to document my whirlwind of activity over the last month, I enlisted a project I have had in the back of my mind for quite some time, collaging and journaling on vintage recipe cards. I thought that having little cards decorated and ready to pop a memory or thought onto might be fun…and now I’m obsessed!

This is a perfect project to use up some of those tiny embellishments you might have laying around, these cards are 3″x5″

I made that little “file folder” with the paperclip to keep images that coincide with some of the memories I want to document, it fits perfectly into my little recipe tin. Memories going clockwise are: the gorgeous tomatoes I used for my salsa and marinara, the afghan I started back up, babysitting my grandson overnight, the flowers my daughter brought me on my wedding anniversary, and the macrame project I finally started.

Because I was playing catch-up as per usual, I jotted down all the memories onto some plain old index cards with the date for easy reference, they also fit perfectly into the recipe tin. Hopefully I’ll get caught up and have a pile of cards to journal on soon.

This is the other side of the above cards along with a few things I gathered to decorate with.

I have to admit to you that I have let art journaling and my shoppe consume my life over the years, something that is easy to do. But, I promised myself that I would try to balance my life out a bit more, and get back some of my old interests, like canning, crochet, and sewing. And I’m hoping that downsizing my collage projects might help somewhat, they’re like little postcards to myself.

I’m having too much fun gathering and organizing for this little project, so I’ll have lots to share soon.

Until next time,

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Have a great rest of your week,

~Patty

I’m Not Ready to Say Goodbye to Summer!

It may still “technically” be summertime, but I’m feeling some Fall in the air. Schools are starting back up, fruit is ripening on the trees, and people are talking about their favorite football teams.

It’s been such a fun and busy summer, I’m just not ready to let go!

Like I have a choice, right!

Anyway, I treated myself to a little creative time this morning, and thought I’d share what I came up with. I’m going to be adding “Trim” packages to my shoppe soon (hopefully next week) and thought I should start adding some to my journals., and I’m really having fun with them!

Well, I just wanted to pop in for a quick share, and work on my procrastinating ways with this blog, I’m finally getting the hang of posting on my laptop!

I would love to get your feedback on whether trim packs would be a good addition to my shoppe, let me know in the comments.

As always,

Thank you for stopping by,

I’ll see you soon,

Patty

 

 

Shoppe Newness!

 

As per usual, I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy. Luckily I have been able to spend a little time making for my shoppe. I will be the first to admit that my shoppe isn’t setting the world on fire, but I’ve managed to sell enough that some replenishment was due.

Here’s a new ephemera pack theme, “Down on the Farm”, full of mid-century children’s books images! (and all ephemera pack international shipping prices are now drastically lowered! Yay!)

You know, I love almost every aspect of running my little shoppe. Putting together themed ephemera packs…

New “Garden” themed Junk Journal Inserts.

…choosing pages and themes for my journals…

Junk Journal insert ephemera pack.

…organizing my shoppe supplies…

Junkity Junk Journals.

…and especially hearing back from folks that love what they have purchased. That totally warms my heart!

I’m happy, off in my little world making away, filling my shoppe with goodies.

 My biggest struggle is talking about it!  After days of planning, making, photographing, and listing in my shoppe…I’m kinda over it and ready to  move on! Not a great sales strategy I know, but there you have it!

Let me know if you have any questions about international mailing prices on ephemera packs. Here is a link to my shoppe: PattysArtJournals

So, there you have it, the latest and the greatest.

As always,

Thank You so much for stopping by!

Talk to you soon,

~Patty