Another Shameless Plug!

Along with keeping up with everything else that’s going on in my life, I’ve decided to take some time out to work on a few things for my shoppe.

My blog, my art, and my shoppe are things that I decided I needed to set aside for my self (sanity). I’ll try not to let them get in the way of the “rest of my life”, but the “rest of my life” will also have to make room for my “creative life”!  It’s been exhausting at times, but I haven’t been this happy in a while! 🙂

First, I want to share a couple of art journal pages I did last week, then a few new goodies from my shoppe (with a coupon, so stay with me!)

I start thinking about Fall on the first day of August. Red has been a huge color for me lately, and it shows on my pages. There’s something about a vintage table setting that just gets me. I love vintage home decor!

I received this stamp from one of my favorite Etsy shops PreciousOwl. Every time I visit her shop I see something new, she probably thinks I’m stalking her, it’s really more of a crush!

That beyond cute vintage playing card is from another favorite shop called VintageScrapShop. I follow her on Instagram too, LOVE! There are so many shops I love on Etsy, I’ll try to share them more often.

Now to mine…

We’ll start with Fall Decorative Clips. I decided to mix my Decorative Clip packages up a bit. Instead of all Floral Clips or all Tassel Clips, in each package you’ll get a variety of each one, along with a Button Clip and a Yo Yo Clip, this is an example. It’s a bit hard to see, but that Button Clip with the little bird has a mini doily on the back.

I went a little nuts on the ephemera packs, but they seem to sell, so what the heck. As you can see, it’s quite a mix of things old and new.

Halloween Clips, a different selection with these, Tulle Clips and a Double Ribbon. I made a super cute Halloween art journal for my shoppe, but it’s already found a forever home.

But there are plenty of these Halloween ephemera packs available. I haven’t started working on my Halloween pages yet, but I set aside a few goodies of my own to work with.

So, the shoppe‘s up and running at full speed! I’ll be filling it with Christmas goodies as soon as I’m organized.

But, if your ready for fall creating, and you can’t resist, please be sure to use the coupon code CUSTOMERLOVE20  at checkout to receive 20% off your entire purchase!

Until next time,

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Have a great day,

~Patty

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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