Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Cincinnati Heights



Lauren and I had a little adventure the other day.  It was a bit challenging because Lauren does not like to spend time in the city.  The traffic, the heat and numerous other reasons surfaced when I proposed this jaunt but she humored me and off we went to visit the Carew Tower.   The shadows were amazing in the sunshine of Cincinnati however my camera didn't seem to pick up on them very well.


It wasn't difficult at all.  Street parking for two hours gave us ample time to walk the two blocks and travel to the observation deck.  



The views were stunning.  This is the second tallest building in Cincinnati. I have never seen this deck before and I even stayed at The Netherlands  30 years ago this summer.  How we missed this, I'll never know.







 We even had time on the parking meter to dine in one of the restaurants inside but  someone else even had a better idea

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This couple was having a lovely picnic on the deck!  How romantic!  They allowed me to take a picture and I asked for a business card to send them the link to this blog.  It turns out he is a well known glass artist!  It's good I didn't know that at the time because I might've been babbling about how much I like art glass and asking for his autograph or something! You can see his beautiful work at www.DarrenGoodman.net it was quite exciting later when I realized I had crossed paths with someone whose work I admired so much!  It's not always we get to know that!

Our lunch was delicious though!  

We chose the deli in the building


And we were quite satisfied with the delicious  Asian noodles and chicken salad!  It was a fun afternoon spent with my granddaughter, Lauren.  I'm grateful for small things!

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Making a Junk Journal

I first heard about Junk Journals from Cheri at Fabric and Memories but she was writing from myLot where I write also.  

I was fascinated about using up my mountains of junk papers in an artistic way, by way of making something functional.  

She uses papers from everywhere and I have linked to her page (above) where she blogged about her first Junk Journal 

I looked on YouTube and watched a dozen videos about people showing their junk journals then yesterday I found one that showed me how to make one.  It was painfully slow though!  She digresses, doesn't finish sentences, pets the cat, has a hard time getting the glue going.  In short it was like sitting with her in person while she showed me everything.  The the video was an hour long!  

But I learned the steps about taking all kinds of junk papers and turning them into subscriptions, which are small groups and how to glue them into a book cover.  It looked easy peasy.  

Well, yes and no.   

Just a wee shadow here! 

I love how mine turned out!   I used an antique book but didn't make adjustments 
for deteriorating spine fabric and I tore it while binding.  I had to use Duck Tape 
to repair it.  But oh well!  It's Junk!  

I forgot to clip my pages together when cutting and so they are not as even
as they could be.  I also don't have a heavy duty paper cutter anymore so I had 
to eyeball it and use scissors.  Not good!  

I used envelopes, printed materials that were mistakenly printed too big to use in pocket letters, some leftover pages from book I have cut up and lots of Washi tape.  


In the picture below, on the left is an envelope that is part of the subscription  (the other half is further into the book) and on the right is an envelope I later added along with some bling to decorate it.

I have barely scratched the surface on filling and decorating this book.  I'll color Alice and fill the empty spaces with things I like or just jot down things I want to remember.
The envelopes are to keep items in that I don't want to glue into a book. 


The next picture
I had a piece of watercolor paper I had done a background on but didn't use it.  It will be 
a great background for something I might find later.
Then I used an envelope that came from China.  Again,because I didn't clip the pages it 
is in crooked.  But you know what? I don't care!  I learned something!

  Actually, I love it.  I love the foreign writing, the bubble wrap inside and the big old pocket it made.  

After I put the book together I had many pages with just writing.   I added note cards and made them into pockets that I can stuff with ephemera.  Note on the left the other part of the envelope you saw earlier.  The top center looks messy because of my inexperience but I will hopefully learn from these mistakes. 



In the next picture
I made a double pocket on the right and put a note pad in it and a small painting I was experimenting with, in the bottom half.  
On the left is a pocket and I may not cover that Chinese writing with anything.  I love it.  





You use all sizes of paper and some that were torn, I left it torn, just because I love how it looks

Note the white spaces are great for penning in quotes I like.




The backs of these boot pictures are blank, so I can journal there or paste something in.
it's crazy and crooked but the more time I've spent in this junk journal the more I love it.  



There are dozens more pages but I will stop here and do another post in a few months after I have added a lot more to the book.  It is going to be fun to add bits and pieces of my life to this little junk journal that will be mine alone.  I send out pocket letters and love them and love to share my art but this little book is mine to keep.  

I have a video on YouTube of this journal and several others I've made.  My YouTube Channel  is:


How easy is that?  Come visit and Subscribe!  

Thanks Cheri for writing about yours, I have more fun with junk and this is a great way to put it into some order. 

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

I Love Washi


Mikoka Washi Tape

I wanted this set of Washi because I absolutely loved the antique look when making pocket letters.  My favorite pocket letters are vintage ones and this Washi tape is from the Antique Bright set from Mikoka.  I like it because it's very easy to work with.  


This is a pocket with bunting.  It's so easy to do.  



 I chose a piece of vintage cardstock  and just put Washi across the bottom.
I just tear it off and then trim the ends.


I scored it about every quarter inch using the corner of a metal ruler.
I use what I have! 



 Then I just folded it accordion style. 



 I placed a piece of matching Washi all along the bottom to hold it in this position.

(even when crafting I notice shadows!)


It really makes a beautiful pocket embellishment! 
This one was placed right on the card, and fit inside the pocket.

You can also affix them to the outside, it will give it a bit more dimension. 




Another thing I like to do with Washi is to cover things!

Here is a simple tea light.




They are just the right size for Washi 




I like placing them at different levels when entertaining.  Easy and inexpensive! 


I also like to gift pencils covered in Washi
Isn't this a great idea!  
Washi is a paper tape so it will also sharpen along with the pencil in many sharpeners.  


If if doesn't sharpen in your sharpener, just peel and tear the Washi first and then sharpen.

How cute is this?

What else can you cover?  Well your imagination is your only limit. 
Keys, switch plates, flower pots, bud vase, a broom handle, flip flop thong,.....
Just go crazy!  Mikoka Washi comes in many, many different patterns and colors. 



Mikoka gave me a set of tapes
and asked me to do a blog on how I used them.  
Wasn't that nice??

Thank you Mikoka!  I love my Washi!  

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I Hit the Mother Lode of Coffee Cups!


I was out thrifting yesterday and I always try to bring back a new cup for my morning coffee when I thrift but yesterday I couldn't stop at one! 

This beauty from Lenox China has a completely different butterfly
on the other side and a blue flower.  I chose it for my 
birthday cup of morning coffee this morning!  

It sips like a dream, the cup is thin and delicate.  I was afraid the scallops would be awkward but you would never know when sipping!  Even on eBay it sells it's priced anywhere from $22 to $7.00

All the cups are even prettier in person than shown. 



Now this one is a great cup, with a flared top that leans out.  It holds the most coffee and the retro styling is a favorite of mine.  I always love this 30's look.  


This one has the beautiful pattern, gorgeous border that extends to the handle.  
Inside the cup is the Pawpaw blossom!  I love that.
Again it's a beautiful porcelain cup of the highest quality.  




I just purchased a book of postcards that includes this beautiful fairy! 
The cup is from Queen and it is the fabulous thin, delicate porcelain.  It also has the decorated handle, blossom inside the cup and 
the beautiful fairy on the  outside.




This one had the most vivid butterflies all around the cup and I just couldn't 
leave it.  It is a little heavier china, but not too thick. and has the curved rim and 
nice handle.  It's probably the least expensive all all the cups originally but will be a joy to drink from.  



Three of the cups were priced at $4.99, a shockingly high price for a thrift store but a bargain when you think of what you would pay retail.

Each cup was only FIFTY CENTS yesterday!  

More about my thrifting tomorrow!  

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Spring Visit to Spring Hill Botanical Garden

My last visit was in the summer and most of the blooms were different.  
This is what is blooming in April in Florida! 






While there I had to stop and pick up a geocache!


An interesting Mother Child sculpture




 This was quite the strange flower! 


A bit further back so you can see how it grows.


It was a nice visit but I missed many areas due to time constraints.




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Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pocket Letter Ready to Roll

There was a request for a swap for a Winter, Spring, Summer and Autumn Pocket letter and I was lucky enough to get the Autumn one!  I've been dying to do one for the fall, not that I'm tired of Easter Bunnies, Leprechauns and spring flowers!  I'm not!  I'm looking forward to receiving some beautiful springy PL's!  

But I just had a hankering to do a fall one.

I immediately stamped out some cute witches, pumpkins and owls.  I looked forward to diving into my Thanksgiving stuff I had acquired in anticipation.....but you never know where the journey will take you when you begin creating.  

What is Fall?  It's back to school, Thanksgiving, w
itches and goblins and hunting season. It's colorful leaves and nuts and berries, rich browns, oranges and maroons.  It's apple season.  

Can you pick out the pockets that represent the various categories? 




I hope she likes it.  I really enjoyed putting it together! 
I imagine it will get a few new touches before it goes into the mail tomorrow, but now I'm planning to make the next one.  I wonder where it will take me?  



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Sunday, April 10, 2016

My Artistic Gene is Ambushing Me




I am so into making pocket letters I can hardly think of anything else!  
It's not that they are so awesome, actually many are received with a perfunctory thank you, but I am just enjoying the process of creating!  

I might like to keep the one's I've made but I love receiving them too much! 

I have a fat notebook now with about fifteen P.L.'s stuffed with goodies for me to use in creating more of them!  It is just so much fun to go out to the mailbox
these days!  

This is one of my recent Pocket Letters that I sent out this week.  

The front of the Pocket Letter has a theme.  This one has a Frenchy Poodle theme. 


The back is stuffed with interesting items  that may or may not be part of the the theme.
When the goodies are removed, a nice background compliments the front.  
I keep the goodies intact and use them as needed and the background slowly appears on the ones that I have received.  


This week I did two Etegami postcards to match the theme
Remember.....Clumsy is celebrated!  
I have never tried to paint animals but I loved the saying!


Especially clumsy is this one!  
Would you go up into this Eiffel Tower? 

It's the way you are supposed to hold the brush that makes straight lines difficult!




Normally I just send them in the mail to brighten someone's day.


I have a friend in New Mexico with a horse ranch...Again, I had a big stretch to do 
this Etegami, I have never tried to do a horse before!  I'm not sending this one just yet, I'm going to try and do a better one to go along with it.


The "rules" of Etegami is they go out, mistakes, ugly or just bad.  What you might not like someone
else will enjoy receiving it and can pass it alone or mercifully toss it.

I like to do flowers.  Here are a couple that will go out with my two Asian Pocket Letters




And that my friends is my life right now!  


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